Saturday, November 14, 2009

MOVIE NEWS … DOMINIC COOPER

MOVIE NEWS … DOMINIC COOPER
Dominic Cooper ("Mamma Mia," "The Duchess") will star in the action thriller true story "The Devil’s Double" for Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group says Screen Daily. Cooper plays Latif Yahia, a dead ringer for Saddam Hussein’s sadistic and widely despised son Uday who was forced against his will to stand in for Uday in potentially dangerous situations. Through his role, Yahia gained access to Hussein’s inner sanctum and witnessed corruption, violence and debauchery. Ludivine Sagnier is also in talks to star in the project which begins shooting in January in Malta. Lee Tamahori ("Die Another Day," "XXX: State Of The Union") will direct from a script that Michael Thomas adapted.

TRIVIA BITS ... LEGACY OF THE INCAS

TRIVIA BITS ... LEGACY OF THE INCAS
Much has been said about the value of Incan gold.
But even greater than this is the great legacy of food plants.
The potato,
the pumpkin,
and the pineapple
came from South America and spread throughout the world.
Coco, the source of cocaine, and cinchona, the source of quinine, are also gifts of the Peruvian civilization to mankind.

REMINISCING ... JOHN TRAVOLTA

REMINISCING ... JOHN TRAVOLTA
John Travolta - an American actor, dancer and singer. He first became known in the 1970s, after appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Travolta's career re-surged in the 1990s, with his role in Pulp Fiction, and he has since continued starring in Hollywood films, including Face/Off, Ladder 49 and Wild Hogs. From Welcome Back Kotter - Season 1 Episode 22.

TODAY IS ... 14 NOVEMBER

TODAY IS ... 14 NOVEMBER
BIRTHDAYS: 1974 - David Moscow is an American actor. His first major role was as the young Josh in the 1988 film Big, in which his character was magically transformed into an adult, played by Tom Hanks.
David Moscow
1971 - Adam Gilchrist is a former Australian international cricketer. He is an aggressive left-handed batsman and record-breaking wicket-keeper, who redefined the role for the Australian national team through his aggressive batting. He is considered to be one of the best wicket-keeper-batsmen in the history of the game
Adam Gilchrist
1954 – Yanni, born in Kalamata, Greece - is a self-taught pianist, keyboardist, and composer. After receiving a B.A. in psychology, he would instead seek a life in music though he had no formal training and could not read a note. He earned Grammy nominations for his 1992 album, Dare to Dream, and the 1993 follow-up, In My Time. His breakthrough success came with the 1994 release of Yanni Live at the Acropolis, deemed to be the second best-selling music video of all time, (behind Michael Jackson's video for Thriller with nine million units) 1951 - Steven Bishop, US singer, songwriter, 1976 album 'Careless', sang the theme for the film 'Tootsie', 1977 US No.11 single 'On And On'. 1948 - Charles, Prince of Wales is the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Since 1952, he has been heir apparent to the thrones of the Commonwealth realms.
HRH Prince Charles
1921 – Brian Keith an American film, television, and stage actor, who in his four decade-long career gained recognition for his work in movies such as the 1961 Disney film, The Parent Trap, the 1966 movie, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, and the 1975 movie, The Wind and the Lion.
Brian Keith
OTHER EVENTS: 2004 – Paul McCartney, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Robbie Williams, Keane, Snow Patrol, Travis, The Darkness and others take part in the recording of a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The highlight of the session is U2’s Bono reprising his immortal line, “Tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.” 2004 - U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Vertigo', the bands fifth UK No.1, taken from 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'. 2002 – Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson and David Dorfman star in The Ring which started screening in Australia. A young journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it. 2000 - As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band's online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song "Original Prankster" were automatically entered, appear on MTV's "Total Request Live" to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins, correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band. 1999 - Robbie Williams went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'She's The One / It's Only Us', his second UK No.1. 'She's The One' was written by World Party leader Karl Wallinger. Williams scored six other chart toppers as a member of Take That. 1998: The Disney/Pixar computer-animated feature film A Bug's Life premieres at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. 1998 - "Doo Wop" by Lauryn Hill topped the US charts and stayed there for 2 weeks. 1996 - When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals. Ransom starring Mel Gibson and Rene Russell commenced screening in Australia. 1992 - Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Keep The Faith' their second UK No.1 LP. 1991 - Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video premieres on FOX TV 1987 - The soundtrack from the film 'Dirty Dancing' went to No.1 on the US album chart. 1987 - Janet Jackson becomes the first woman in UK chart history to pull six hit singles off one LP, 'Control' 1987 - George Michael went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album 'Faith', also No.1 in the US. 1987 - "La Cage aux Folles" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 1761 performances. 1982 – UK No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Up Where We Belong,” Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes. The single wins an Oscar as the theme of “An Officer and a Gentleman.” 1979 - U.S. President Carter froze all Iranian assets in the United States and U.S. banks abroad in response to the taking of 63 American hostages at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran. 1973 - Britain's Princess Anne married a commoner, Capt. Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey. They divorced in 1992, and Princess Anne re-married. 1970 - Santana's "Black Magic Woman" is released. 1969 - 'Sugar Sugar' by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single became the longest running one hit wonder in the UK with eight week's at the top of the charts. It was the first No.1 performed by cartoon characters. 1968 - Yale University announced it was going co-educational. 1967 - The Monkees received a gold record for "Daydream Believer". 1963 - The island of Surtsey, off Iceland, is created by a volcanic explosion. 1961 - The Elvis Presley film ``Blue Hawaii'' premieres in the US. 1961 - The Everly Brothers record "Crying In The Rain" and "That's Old Fashioned" 1960 - Ray Charles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Georgia On My Mind', a No.24 hit in the UK. His cover of Hoagy Carmichael's 1930 standard, became the first of three No.1 hits for the singer. 1960 - Billboard reports Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" has become the fastest selling single in U.K. history. It sold 780,000 copies in the first week of release. 1955 - A re-issue of Bill Haley & the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" debuts, again, on the U.K chart. It's only the second of the song's five chart appearances. Others follow in 1956, 1968 and 1974. 1952 - First-ever UK record sales chart, a top 12, published in NME; Al Martino is No. 1 with 'Here in My Heart' 1944 - An outstanding array of musicians gathered in Hollywood to record a classic. Tommy Dorsey and orchestra made "Opus No. 1", Victor record number 20-1608. Buddy Rich was the drummer in the session, Al Klink and Buddy DeFranco blew sax and Nelson Riddle played trombone on the Sy Oliver arrangement. 1943 - Leonard Bernstein: The 25-year-old gets his first big break when his asked to fill in as conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Amongst his later achievements was West Side Story.
Leonard Bernstein
1910 - First airplane take-off from the deck of a ship: Eugene Ely takes off from the USS Birmingham. 1851 - Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was published.

Friday, November 13, 2009

REMINISCING … OLIVA NEWTON-JOHN

REMINISCING … OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN
Olivia Newton-John AO, OBE - a British-born, Australian-raised singer and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles and two No. 1 Billboard 200 albums. Eleven of her singles (including two platinum) and 14 of her albums (including two platinum and four double platinum) have been certified gold by the RIAA. She co-starred with John Travolta in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Grease, which became the highest grossing movie musical and one of the most successful film soundtracks in Hollywood history. The movie was released in 1978.

MOVIE NEWS … Jake Gyllenhaal

MOVIE NEWS … Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to headline the sci-fi thriller Source Code for "Moon" director Duncan Jones. Source Code centers on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown commuter and is forced to live and relive a harrowing train bombing until he can determine who is responsible for it. Source Code has had quite the life. The project had originally been set up at Universal in early 2007 when the studio bought Ben Ripley's screenplay and attached Topher Grace to star. The studio tapped Australia's Shane Abbess ("Gabriel") to helm last year. The Current script includes revises by Billy Ray ("State of Play").

TRIVIA BITS ... LARGEST INCANDESCENT GLOBE

TRIVIA BITS ...

LARGEST INCANDESCENT GLOBE

The Largest light bulb was a foot long 75,000 watt bulb hand-blown at the Corning Glass Works to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Thomas Edinsons’s invention of the icandescent lamp.

Thomas Edinson

TODAY IS ... 13 NOVEMBER

TODAY IS ... 13 NOVEMBER
BIRTHDAYS: 1980 –Monique Coleman - American actress and singer from High School Musical, as part of the cast had the 2006 US No.1 ‘High School Musical’ album and 2007, US No.1 ‘High School Musical 2’ album. Over 17 million viewers in the United States watched the TV premier of High School Musical; making it the highest rated basic cable broadcast in U.S. history.
Monique Coleman
1973 - Samantha Riley, is an Australian breaststroke swimmer of the 1990s who competed for Australia in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, winning three medals.
Samantha Riley
1967 - Steve Zahn, an American comedian and actor of both film and stage. He has appeared in many films, usually playing the role of a goofy comic relief sidekick. Zahn received his strongest critical acclaim for his performance in Riding in Cars with Boys, in which he co-starred with Drew Barrymore as her dim-witted, drug addicted husband.
Steve Zahn
1955- Actress Whoopi Goldberg Academy Award-winning, outspoken African-American comedienne turned film and television actress. Her films include The Color Purple (1985), Ghost (1990), Sister Act (1992) and Girl, Interrupted (2000).. 1938 - Jean Seberg - an American actress. She starred in 37 films in Hollywood and in France. Seberg became even more of an icon after her roles in numerous French films and the tragedy of her turbulent life and eventual probable suicide. Seberg made her film debut in 1957 in the title role of Saint Joan, from the Shaw play, after being chosen from 18,000 hopefuls. On a more lighter note, Sedberg starred opposite Lee marvin and Clint Eastwood in the 1969 movie Paint Your Wagon.
Jean Seberg
OTHER EVENTS: 2008 - The Elton John stage musical, "Billy Elliot", debuts on Broadway,
Sir Elton John introduces his musical. Trent Kowalik is Billy, in the "Angry Dance". The 63rd Tony Awards
2005 - Paul McCartney wakes up the space shuttle astronauts by singing "Good Day Sunshine" to them live from his concert in Anaheim, California. 2005 - Il Divo went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ’Ancora’ the group's second No.1 album.
Il Divo
2003 – Madonna donates 100,000 copies of her children’s book Mr. Peabody’s Apple to schoolteachers across the U.S. 2003 – Seabiscuit based on a true story commenced screening in Australia. Starring Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges it was the story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. 2001 – Jewel releases her third album of poesy set to music, This Way, featuring the hit “Standing Still.” It peaks at No. 9 on the Billboard 200. 2001 - War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States. 2000 - Elton John released his live album "One Night Only." It was recorded at Madison Square Garden only 22 days before. 2000 - 102 Dalmatians (starring Glenn Close as Cruella De Vil) has its world premiere at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 1999 - It was announced that Cliff Richard had signed up with Internet company Remotemusic.com, making him the first major artist to sign a deal with an online company 1998 - "The Wizard of Oz" was released on the big screen by Warner Bros. 59 years after its original release. 1997 - Broadway musical The Lion King opens at the New Amsterdam Theater in New York City. The cast album is also released at the theater and on theshow's opening night 1997 – Celine Dion, best known for singing in English and French, releases her first single in Japanese. The single, “Be The Man,” is released in Japan only and is the theme to the Japanese TV drama “Eve.” 1997 - Things get ugly for the Spice Girls in Barcelona at the 44th Premios Ondas Awards. The industry crowd boos throughout the cheeky quintet's lip-synched performance of "Spice Up Your Life," after it is announced that the Girls would not perform while photographers were present. 1990 - Madonna's "The Immaculate Collection" was released. 1989 - The most violent quasar outburst ever observed, in two minutes its energy output increased by an amount equal to the total energy released by the Sun in 340,000 years 1984 - Donald Duck's 50th Birthday, a CBS television special is broadcast on The Magical World of Disney. Donald is shown in both animated and costumed form, interacting with emcee Dick Van Dyke and other special guests.
Donald Duck
1982 - Men At Work started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their debut album 'Business As Usual', which went on to sell over five million copies in the US alone. 1980 – Jack Nicholson headed the cast of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining which started screening in Australia. It also starred Shelley Duval. A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future 1976 - Rod Stewart started an 8 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tonight's The Night'. It was Rod's second US No.1; it made No.5 in the UK after being banned by many radio stations due to song being about the seduction of a virgin. 1974 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Whatever Gets You Through the Night,John Lennon. Elton John plays piano and organ and sings backing vocals on the song. 1973 - Peter, Paul and Mary's "In The Wind" LP goes gold. 1971 - Santana scored their second US No.1 album with 'Santana III'. 1971 – The American space probe, Mariner 9, becomes the first spacecraft to orbit another planet successfully, swinging into its planned trajectory around Mars.
Mariner 9
1968 - Hugo Montenegro was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly', the soundtrack from a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. 1968 - The Beatles' animated movie "Yellow Submarine" premiered in the U.S. 1967 - Hair: The musical opens at the Public Theater in New York. 1965 - The Castiles, which featured a young singer called Bruce Springsteen appeared at The Fire House, Hazlet, New Jersey. The night was billed as a Teenage Go, Go Dance. 1961 - The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is released. 1954 - "I Need You Now" by Eddie Fisher topped the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks. 1946 - First successful seeding of clouds to make snow: Dry-ice pellets are dropped from a plane at 14,000 feet over Massachusetts. The snow fell about 3,000 feet before evaporating. 1940- Disney's 3rd feature film, Fantasia premieres at New York's Broadway Theater (formerly known as the Colony). The film introduces stereophonic sound to the motion picture via a special sound system dubbed "Fantasound" - which literally vibrates the theater's seats! (Although a triumphant premiere, Fantasia will not be appreciated for many years ... until its re-release in the 1970s makes it a hit.) 1921 - That great romancer of the silver screen, Rudolph Valentino, starred in "The Sheik", which was released on this day. "The Sheik" firmly established Valentino’s popular reputation as the Great Lover, and his last film, the comical "Son of the Sheik" (1926) sealed that title. But the actor never thought of himself as a conqueror of women - nor as a great actor. He found the Sheik films rather silly. Valentino had plans to make more serious films beginning with an ambitious version of "El Cid", to be called "The Hooded Falcon".
Rudolph Valentino
1907 - First helicopter flight: A French aviator achieves a height of six feet for 20 seconds.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

MOVIE NEWS ... JONATHON RHYS-MEYERS

MOVIE NEWS ... JONATHON RHYS-MEYERS
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kevin Bacon, Sophie Okonedo and James Nesbitt are all joining the comedy "Whole LottaSole" for Essential Entertainment says ET Online. Terry George and Thomas Gallagher are producing and penned the script which centres on a botched fish market robbery that leads to the involvement of the local police and a gangster out for revenge. Jay Russell ("The Water Horse," "Ladder 49") will direct on location in Belfast in early 2010.

TRIVIA BITS – COMPUTER ERRORS 2

TRIVIA BITS – COMPUTER ERRORS 2
Sitting at the computer, go away to go to the bathroom and return. And there it is! That strange computer pop up with a message that you have absolutely no idea what it means. Here are some more that hopefully we never see on our screens.

REMINISCING ... LINDA RONSTADT

REMINISCING ... LINDA RONSTADT
Linda Ronstadt is an American popular music vocalist and entertainer. Her many vocal styles in a variety of genres have resonated with the general public over the course of her four-decade career. As a result, she has earned multiple Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums, in addition to Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations.
Linda Ronstadt May 2009
Linda Ronstadt 1970
Linda has released over 30 solo albums, more than 15 compilations or greatest hits albums. Ronstadt has charted thirty-eight Billboard Hot 100 singles, twenty-one of which have reached the top 40, ten of which have reached the top 10, three peaking at No. 2, the No. 1 hit, "You're No Good."
The Year? 1974

TODAY IS ... 12 NOVEMBER

TODAY IS ... 12 NOVEMBER
BIRTHDAYS: 1982 - Actress Anne Hathaway, starred in the 2001 Disney comedy The Princess Diaries (with Julie Andrews and Mandy Moore) as an awkward American teen who suddenly learns she's really a princess. The movie was a box office success and Hathaway was suddenly a rising star: tall, dark-haired, with a screen persona that mixed naivete with determination. She co-starred in 2002's Nicholas Nickleby (based on the novel by Charles Dickens) and was then cast as the lead in 2004's Ella Enchanted, in which she sang a duet with pop star Jesse McCartney. She also starred in a 2004 sequel to her original hit, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement..
Anne Hathaway
1980 - Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor – A specialist in playing troubled young men on the big screen, Ryan Gosling got his start on the Disney television show MMC (the Mickey Mouse Club), alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. From there he worked in television (Breaker High and Young Hercules) until moving into feature films. Gosling received critical raves for his performance as a neo-Nazi in the drama The Believer (2001) and held his own with Don Cheadle and Kevin Spacey in 2003's The United States of Leland. His turn opposite Rachel McAdams in the romance The Notebook (2004, with James Garner) earned him legions of female fans,
Ryan Gosling
1961 - Nadia Comaneci - Romanian-American gymnast. Under the tutelage of coach Bela Karolyi, she rose to prominence in the celebrated Romanian gymnastics program. Comaneci was known for the boldness of her routines and her implacable composure. In the 1976 Olympics, she won five medals—three gold, one silver, and one bronze. She also scored a perfect 10 in two events, a score no one had previously achieved. In the 1980 Olympics, she won two gold and two silver medals. The difficulty of her performances and the high level of her technical execution resulted in a redefinition of the sport and of judges' and viewers' expectations of women's gymnastics.
Nadia Comaneci 1976 Montreal Olympics
1945 - Neil Young, Canadian singer, From his work with Buffalo Springfield (1966–68) and Crosby, Stills, and Nash in the 1960s and 1970s, to a prolific and creative solo career spanning three decades, to a successful collaboration with Pearl Jam in 1995, Neil Young's career has been one of the least predictable and most significant in rock music. His albums include Déjà Vu (1970), with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969), with Crazy Horse, Harvest (1972), the best-selling album of 1972, Comes a Time (1978), Freedom (1989), and Mirror Ball (1995). He is the subject of the Jim Jarmusch-directed documentary The Year of the Horse (1997).
Neil Young
1929 - An icon of Hollywood elegance and beauty, Grace Kelly won a best actress Oscar in 1954 for The Country Girl She is still better known for playing the gorgeous, reserved blonde in three Alfred Hitchcock films: Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954, with Jimmy Stewart) and To Catch a Thief (1955, with Cary Grant). She also played Gary Cooper's wife in the iconic western High Noon (1952) and starred with Crosby and Frank Sinatra in the musical romp High Society (1956). While attending the Cannes film festival she met Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The two were married on 18 April 1956 and Kelly abandoned her acting career to become Princess Grace
News Report Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Grace Kelly’s Wedding
OTHER EVENTS: 2006 - Westlife scored their 14th UK No.1 'The Rose' originally a US hit for Bette Midler in 1980. 2006 - Jamiroquai went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'High Times Singles - 1992-2006.' 2005 – Adding another chapter to her 2005 comeback story, Mariah Carey walks away the big winner at the third annual Vibe Awards. Carey nets artist of the year, album of the year (”The Emancipation of Mimi”), R&B voice of the year and best R&B song (”We Belong Together”)
Mariah Carey
2003 – Phil Collins (”In the Air Tonight”) reveals that he has lost nearly 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear. 2003 - With 501 km/h (311 mph) Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world record for commercial railway systems.
Shanghai Transrapid
2002 - Stan Lee filed a lawsuit against Marvel Entertainment Inc. that claimed the company had cheated him out of millions of dollars in movie profits related to the 2002 movie "Spider-Man." Lee was the creator of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Daredevil. 2001 - American Airlines flight 587 crashed just minutes after take off from Kennedy Airport in New York. The Airbus A300 crashed into the Rockaway Beach section of Queens. All 260 people aboard were killed. 2000 - LeAnn Rimes sued Curb Records to void a contract signed by her parents on her behalf in 1995. In the suit the 18 year-old singer asked Curb to relinquish its rights and publishing interests in Rimes' past work, as well as future profits. 2000 - Destiny's Child started an eleven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Independent Women Part 1.' Taken from the group's third studio album, Survivor, the song first appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Charlie's Angels. 1998 - Winners at the MTV Europe Awards included Madonna, best female artist and album for 'Ray Of Light', The Spice Girls won best group, All Saints won breakthrough artist, Robbie Williams, best male artist and Natalie Imbruglia won best song with 'Torn.' 1996 - The album "Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack" was released. 1995 - The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on a mission to dock with the Russian space station Mir. 1993 - The Three Musketeers, starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O'Donnell, Tim Curry, and Rebecca De Mornay, is released. 1988 Whitney Houston's debut album is awarded a multi-platinum certificate for sales of nine million copies in US, equalling 'Boston's' record as the most successful debut LP ever 1988 - U2 started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Rattle And Hum. 1987 - The American Medical Association issued a policy statement that said it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive. 1984 – : Quid notes out - pound coins in - The English pound note is to disappear after more than 150 years. 1984 – Madonna releases her sophomore album, “Like A Virgin.” It becomes the Material Girl’s biggest album. The title track spends six weeks at No. 1 on Chart Toppers singles chart and spawns the top 5 singles “Material Girl,” “Angel” and “Dress You Up.” 1984 - Spacewalker Joseph Allen became the first astronaut to rescue a satellite. The "Discovery" space shuttle made the $35 million rescue. When capturing the wayward satellite, Allen might have told mission control, “Hey, I can see HBO in here! The Movie Channel, too! And, look, there’s Showtime! Way cool!” 1984 - Paul McCartney releases "We All Stand Together" 1983 - Lionel Richie started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All Night Long', becoming Motown's biggest seller to date, it made No.2 in the UK. 1980 - Bruce Springsteen scored his first No.1 US album with 'The River', featuring the US No.5 & UK No.44 single 'Hungry Heart.' 1980 - Saturn's rings are photographed in high resolution for the first time 1969 - Author Alexander Solzhenitsyn expelled from Soviet Writers Union 1968 - UK book and record chain W.H. Smiths refused to display The Jimi Hendrix Experience album 'Electric Ladyland' due to the naked girls featured on the sleeve. The album was then made available as two albums with changed artwork after the complaints 1967 - Pearl Bailey took over the lead in the Broadway musical, "Hello Dolly!" ‘Pearlie Mae’ was a smash hit in the role.
Pearl Bailey in “Hello Dolly!”
1965 - After changing his name from Toby Tyler to Marc Bolan, the future T Rex star performed his first single 'The Wizard' on the UK TV show 'Ready Steady Go!' 1957 - Disney stock is first listed on the New York Stock Exchange. 1957 - "Jamboree," the first movie starring Jerry Lee Lewis, previews in Hollywood. Among those featured in the flick are Fats Domino (with whom Lewis shares top billing), Carl Perkins, Frankie Avalon, Slim Whitman and Connie Francis. 1956 - Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Just Walking In The Rain.' It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this years Christmas No.1. 1946 - Walt Disney's Song of the South is released by RKO and debuts at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The film, based on the books by Joel Chandler Harris, is Walt's first major plunge into live-action filmmaking (although it also contains animated segments). The film & its songs later provide the inspiration for the Splash Mountain attractions at Disney theme parks. 1932 - Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoons The Wayward Canary and The Klondike Kid are both released 1902 - Caruso records the first record to sell a million - 'Vesta La Guibba' 1894 - Australian inventor Lawrence Hargrave demonstrates that it is possible for man to fly.