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VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
Time is cruel, but nostalgia is so sweet. For this list, we’re scouring our memory banks and the history books to find five interesting stories that’ll make you miss the good old days. Be sure to keep an eye on our Community Tab to vote for your favorite memories on upcoming episodes! WatchMojo checks out this week in history: November 25-December 1.
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This Week In History: November 25-December 1

Time is cruel, but nostalgia is so sweet. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be opening up our time capsule to tell you what happened this week in history, November 25-December 1.

For this list, we’re scouring our memory banks and the history books to find five interesting stories that’ll make you miss the good old days. Be sure to keep an eye on our Community Tab to vote for your favorite memories on upcoming episodes!

26 Years Ago
Aladdin Freed the Genie
November 25, 1992

Between lyricist Howard Ashman’s death, Robin Williams’ financial dispute with Disney, and numerous other problems behind the scenes, “Aladdin” was looking like a bomb ready to go off. As we all know, however, this diamond in the rough wound up being a high point of the Disney Renaissance. While the film initially opened second behind “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York,” it wouldn’t be long until “Aladdin” climbed to the top of the box office charts, becoming 1992’s biggest movie and surpassing “Snow White” as the highest-grossing animated feature ever. With a live-action remake heading to cinemas in 2019, songs like “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World” won’t be leaving our heads anytime soon.

14 Years Ago
Ken Jennings’ Winning Streak Comes to an End
November 30, 2004

It was an anomaly when contestant Ken Jennings made his “Jeopardy!” debut on June 2, 2004, marking the beginning of a winning streak that would span 74 matches. That being said, all good things must come to an end and challenger Nancy Zerg finally gave Jennings a run for his money on November 30, 2004. Confusing “FedEx” for “H&R Block,” Jennings’ winning streak was over. Although Jennings had reached “Final Jeopardy” in more ways than one, he’s anything but a loser. When all was said and done, Jennings had won over 2.5 million dollars. Today, he remains the show’s biggest winner and the second highest-earning game show contestant ever.

29 Years Ago
“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” the Original YouTube
November 26, 1989

In the digital era, anyone can record a video on their iPhone and upload it to social media. Back in the 90s, however, the only way to share home movies with a mass audience was to break out a heavy camcorder and mail a VHS to this video clip show. Terms like “streaming,” “trending,” and “viral video” weren’t even part of everyday lingo. Initially premiering as a special in 1989, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” was quickly picked up as a series that’s still airing almost three decades later. We’re not sure what’s more nostalgic: watching the original episodes featuring Bob Saget or watching current episodes where Alfonso Ribeiro, aka Carlton Banks, has assumed hosting duties.

5 Years Ago
Disney Releases “Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”
November 25, 2013
“Frozen” only came out five years ago, but it’s hard to remember a time when people weren’t listening to the soundtrack on repeat. It quickly became clear that the world wouldn’t be letting go of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s music anytime soon, as the soundtrack dominated the Billboard charts, sold over 4 million copies, and made Idina Menzel a household name. While the film’s lead single won an Oscar and a Grammy, songs like “Love Is an Open Door” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” have cemented their places in pop culture. You’ll be hearing even more about “Frozen” when its sequel hits in 2019.

36 Years Ago
Michael Jackson Breaks New Ground with “Thriller”
November 30, 1982

Even almost a decade after his sudden death, there’s still a lot to be said about the King of Pop. Controversy aside, Michael Jackson will always be remembered as a music legend with this historic album marking the pinnacle of his superstardom. With famous titles like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and of course “Thriller,” Jackson’s sixth studio album sold roughly 66 million copies, becoming the best-selling album of all time. In addition to being an enormous commercial success that remains unbeatable, “Thriller” was seen as a major turning point for performers of color on MTV. Perhaps the only thing more iconic than the music itself is the album’s cover featuring Jackson in his iconic white suit.

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