1956 – The Grinch steals Christmas

In an audacious daylight robbery, an individual known only by the nom du crime of “The Grinch” disguised himself as Santa Claus on this day in 1956, and stole a variety of Christmas-related items – presents, food and decorations – from the sleepy hamlet of Whoville.

However, the alleged Grinch later experienced a change of heart (n.b. witness accounts make it clear that this is no metaphor) and returned all of the stolen goods. The citizens of Whoville declined to press charges.

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Lonely Christmas Eve — Ben Folds