October 27, 1966: The television special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” first aired on CBS.

Based on hais famous “Peanuts” comic strip, Charles M. Schulz created and wrote the program, which follows Charlie Brown and the gang as they prepare to celebrate Halloween.

The character Linus believes that a Santa Claus-like figure exists during the Halloween season called the Great Pumpkin. While his friends refuse to believe that such a thing exists, Linus is insistent in his beliefs and each year, he waits in anticipation for the Great Pumpkin to arrive.

Since its successful premiere, this Halloween classic has been re-aired annually on national television for over 40 years.

October 30, 1978: “Glee” actor Matthew Morrison was born.

In 2009, Morrison rose to international fame when he was cast as Spanish teacher and Glee club director Will Schuester on the hit television show “Glee.” Like several of his “Glee” cast mates, before emerging on the Hollywood scene, Morrison was an established and critically acclaimed Broadway actor.

After making his on stage debut in “Footloose,” Morrison went on to originate the role of Link Larkin in the Tony Award winning production “Hairspray.” Along with his current work on “Glee,” Matt Morrison has also added recording artist to his already impressive resume with the release of his debut self-titled album back in May.

November 2, 1999: The boy band ‘N Sync filed a countersuit against manager Lou Pearlman.

‘N Sync discovered that their manager Lou Pearlman had been stealing from the group’s fortune.

When group members Justin Timberlake, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass and JC Chasez threatened to leave Pearlman’s joint record and management company Trans Continental to sign with Jive Records, Pearlman sued the group, claiming that ‘N Sync was in breach of their contract.

In order to preserve their future in the music industry, the group, under the guidance of new manager Johnny Wright, filed a countersuit, which stated that the their decision to break ties with Pearlman was justified.

After facing a bitter two-month legal battle, the lawsuit was settled, leaving ‘N Sync free to sign with Jive.

In 2008, long-time fans of the group were delighted when Pearlman was arrested and plead guilty to charges of fraud and money laundering, resulting in a 25 year prison sentence.

 

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