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The Eleventh of December

December 11th : Themes for celebration and contemplation

If you are looking for some themes and points of interest to add to your advent countdown, the Bulldogz Christmas spirit is in full flow and we can provide you with some of the fun, serious and little known points of celebration for each day on this magical countdown.

The Christmas Film World Cup Group stage voting is in the penultimate day, the possible knock out contenders have today and tomorrow to cement their place. Check out all the latest developments here.

December 11

Magnum P.I Day

December 11 marks the day that Magnum P.I was first broadcast on television in 1980. You can celebrate by wearing an Hawaiian shirt and hopefully if your Movember moustache is still in place, it could be put to good use today!

There is little more information on the origins of this celebratory silliness and there are no real teaching resources available to utilize Magnum P.I episodes.

UNICEF Birthday

Today also marks the birthday of UNICEF, the UN International Children's Emergency Fund. UNICEF have a wealth of resources to choose from on their website

App Day

This rather surreal celebration of software applications and their uses was inaugurated in 2017 by C.J Thompson of Platinum Edge Media. Most teachers have a strict "no phone" policy in class, and rightly so, but maybe this could give you the perfect excuse to enable students to get their phones out. There are ten ways to use mobile phones in class here.

World Choral Day

This event was first approved in 1990 on and around the second Sunday of December. Millions of singers across the world have been involved in concerts, festivals, sing-alongs. choral seminars, days of friendship and other events. Find out more at their website.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of December as a way for people to remember children who have died. Founded by the Compassionate Friends Organization in 1997.

December 11th in History


  • 1901 - Guglielmo Marconi transmits the first transatlantic radio signal from Poldhu, Cornwall, England to Saint John's, Newfoundland

  • 1972 – Apollo 17 becomes the sixth and final Apollo mission to land on the Moon.


  • 1918 – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 2008)


  • 1964 – Sam Cooke, American singer-songwriter (b. 1931)

  • 2017 – Keith Chegwin, British TV presenter (b. 1957)

Christmas films

Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home causes confusion.

A Tim Burton classic blending the cultural behemoths of Halloween and Christmas in a musical stop motion extravaganza!

Group F Second Seed : Last 16 elimination to It's A Wonderful Life in 2014

Christmas music

Queen "Thank God its Christmas" has been a poor performer in the Christmas Song World Cup and also in the charts when released. Find out why at the song's homepage here

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