Saturday, January 16, 2010

MOVIE NEWS … EXIT SPIDERMAN 4

MOVIE NEWS …

EXIT SPIDERMAN 4

Columbia Pictures has pulled the plug on "Spider Man 4" and will instead make a younger, cheaper installment of the superhero franchise.


Star Tobey Maguire and helmer Sam Raimi, who were both set for big paydays for "Spider Man 4," will no longer be involved in the franchise as Col moves forward with a high school-aged Peter Parker pic, which will bow theatrically in summer 2012.


Last week, Columbia confirmed that "Spider Man 4," which was scheduled to begin lensing in February and be released in 2011, was on hold indefinitely due to script problems. Columbia needs to continue actively developing "Spider Man" films or else the property will revert back to Disney/Marvel.

TRIVIA BITS ….. BIRTH FLOWERS

TRIVIA BITS ...

BIRTH FLOWERS

January Carnation

February Primrose

March Violet

April Daisy

May Lily of the valley

June Rose

July Water Lily

August Poppy

September Aster

October Marigold

November Chrysanthemum

December Narcissus

REMINSICING … JEFFREY HUNTER

REMINSICING …

JEFFREY HUNTER

Jeffrey Hunter was an  American film and television actor.

He made his Hollywood debut in Fourteen Hours, had star billing by Red Skies of Montana (1952), and first billing in Sailor of the King (1953).

A loan-out to co-star with John Wayne in the title roles of the now-classic western The Searchers began the first of three pictures he made with director John Ford; the other two films he made with Ford were The Last Hurrah and Sergeant Rutledge.

 

Ford also recommended Hunter to director Nicholas Ray for the role of Jesus in the Biblical film King of Kings, a difficult part met by critical reaction that ranged from praise to ridicule. Among an all-star cast in the World War II battle epic The Longest Day, he provided a climactic heroic act of leading an ultimately successful attempt to breach the defense wall atop Normandy's Omaha Beach but dying in the process.

 

With the demise of the studio contract system in the early 1960s and the outsourcing of much feature production, Hunter, like many other leading men of the 1950s, had to find work in B movies produced in Europe, Hong Kong, and Mexico, with the occasional television guest part in Hollywood.

TODAY IS ... 16 JANUARY

TODAY IS ... 16 JANUARY

BIRTHDAYS -

1989 -Yvonne Zima - an American actress best known for her portrayal of Rachel Greene in ER, having first appeared in the 1994 pilot episode.

1986 - Mason Gamble - an American actor known for his portrayal of Dennis Mitchell in the 1993 film Dennis the Menace and as Jason Schwartzman's sidekick, Dirk Calloway, in Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson's critically acclaimed 1998 film Rushmore

1974 - Kate Moss - an English model. She has appeared on over 300 magazine covers. She is known for her waifish figure, uncommonly short height for a fashion model, and appearances in many advertising campaigns.

1959 - Sade - a British Nigerian singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. She first achieved success in the 1980s as the frontwoman and lead vocalist of the popular Brit and Grammy Award winning English group Sade.

1950 - Debbie Allen - dancer, actress: Fame, Roots: The Next Generation, Ragtime, The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh; choreographer

1948 - John Carpenter - an Academy Award winning, American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor, composer, and occasional actor. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, his name is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction.

1946 - Ronnie Milsap - Grammy Award-winning singer: Stand By My Woman Man [1976]; CMA Male Vocalist of the Year [1974, 1976, 1977]; CMA Entertainer of the Year [1977]; My Heart, Only One Love in My Life, It Was Almost like a song, Lost in the Fifties Tonight, A Woman in Love, [There’s] No Gettin’ Over Me; blind since birth, learned to play several instruments by age 12

1909 - Ethel Merman - singer, Tony Award-winning actress (musical): Call Me Madam [1951]; It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Alexander’s Ragtime Band; Musical Theater Hall of Famer

OTHER EVENTS –

2005 - The Killers started a two week run at No.1 on the UK charts with their debut album 'Hot Fuss.' The Las Vegas band also entered the UK singles chart at No.3 with 'Somebody Told Me'. Green Day were at No.1 on the US album chart with 'American Idiot.'

2005 – Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK number one. Elvis, who led last week’s chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’, had now scored more number one UK hits than any other artist with 20 number 1’s, beating The Beatles’ 17 chart toppers.

2003 – The Quiet American starring Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser opens in Australia. An older British reporter vies against a young American for the affections of a Vietnamese beauty.

2002 - A section of Interstate 80 in Californis is renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway."

2001 - Oil tanker endangers eco-paradise - 'Jessica', the fuel supply tanker to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific has run aground off the island of San Cristobal. Marine experts are warning of an ecological disaster to the Archipelago, which is home to thousands of unique animal and plant species.

Jessica and iguana

2000 - Jay-Z was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Vol 3. Life and Times of S. Carter.’

1999 - Norman Cook scored his third UK No.1 single under the name of Fatboy Slim with 'Praise You'. The song features the prominent vocal sample "Praise You" from the opening of 'Take Yo' Praise' by Camille Yarbrough. Cook's other No.1's had been with The Housemartins and Beats International.

1999 – Legendary Los Angeles nightclub the Whisky A Go-Go begins a weeklong slate of concerts to mark its 35th anniversary. The concerts feature acts who have previously played the venue. Included in the festivities are the Grass Roots, the Robby Krieger Band, Johnny Rivers, Nancy Sinatra, Randy Bachman, Jan & Dean, and Martha Reeves.

1999 - Brandy’s single, Have You Ever, was #1 (for the first of two weeks) on the Billboard Hot 100 and a No.13 hit in the UK..

1997 - The passionate Merchant-Ivory drama tells the story of Francoise Gilot, the only lover of Pablo Picasso who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty and move on with her life in Surviving Picasso. Starting to screen in Australia on this day, it starred Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone and Julianne Moore.

1997 - Microsoft ships Microsoft Office 97 application suite for Windows. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.

1996 – Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th Vegas show. Newton had already performed more shows as a headliner on Las Vegas’ famed Strip than any other entertainer in the city’s history. He first headlined on the Strip at the Fremont Hotel in 1959.

1996 - Jimmy Buffett’s sea plane Hemisphere Dancer was shot at by Jamaican police who mistook him for a drug smuggler. U2’s Bono was in the plane with Buffett at the time. Jimmy wrote a song about the incident, Jamaica Mistaica, that appears on the album Banana Wind.

1995 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “On Bended Knee,” Boyz II Men.

1994 - Canadian rocker Bryan Adams played before 2,500 people in Ho Chi Minh City. He was the first Western entertainer to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

1992 - Mick Jagger attends the premiere of his film Freejack at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1992 - Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV.

1991 - The Sixth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner.

1991 - The Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) began, with the first fighter aircraft launched from Saudi Arabia and off U.S. and British aircraft carriers on bombing missions over Iraq. The goal was to drive Iraqi forces out of Kuwait.

1988 - With his recent hit "Got My Mind Set On You," the Beatles' George Harrison becomes the act with the longest span of Number One hits in pop music history -- 24 years. (The Beach Boys would soon break this record, however, with their hit "Kokomo.")

1988 – Wet Wet Wet went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘Popped In ‘Souled Out’.

1988 - Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.

1988 - George Michael’s Faith started a sixteen-week run as the number-one album in the U.S. The tracks: Faith, Father Figure, I Want Your Sex, One More Try, Hard Day, Hand To Mouth, Look at Your Hands, Monkey and Kissing a Fool.

1988 - Former Go-Go's singer Belinda Carlisle scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Heaven Is A Place On Earth.' The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle's husband Morgan Mason

1988 - Elton John lands his 22nd US Top 10 hit as Candle in the Wind moves to No. 7

1988 – 24 years after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Got My Mind Set On You’.

1986 - Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rae Dawn Chong star in Commando which started screening in Australia. A retired elite commando has only a few hours to find and rescue his daughter from an exiled dictator.

1985 - Leonard Nimoy, who roamed among the stars in the Star Trek TV series and movies, got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock.

1984 - The Rolling Stones go to Mexico City to shoot videos for "She Was Hot" and "Too Much Blood", two songs from their "Undercover" LP.

1984 - Michael Jackson didn’t get to sit down much at the 11th annual American Music Awards this night. The ‘Gloved One’ got up and down to receive eight awards, including favorite pop and soul male vocalist, pop and soul album winner for Thriller, pop and soul video winner for Beat It and best pop song for Billie Jean.

1983 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Down Under,” Men at Work. The song holds at No. 1 for three weeks, drops behind Toto’s “Africa,” then reclaims the top spot for one week.

1982 - Earth, Wind & Fire's "Let's Groove" becomes the longest running R&B Number One single in the past ten years, having held that position now for eight weeks.

1982 – Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second No.1 ‘Land Of Make Believe’.

1981 - The sitcom Harper Valley P.T.A., based on Jeannie C. Riley's hit song, debuts on NBC.

1980 - Human Interferon: Scientists in Boston announce that the natural virus-fighting substance has been manufactured using gene-splicing techniques

1979 - Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the leader of Iran since 1941, was forced to flee the country. Two weeks later, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of the Islamic revolution, returned after 15 years of exile and took control of Iran.

1979 – Days of Heaven starring Richard Grere and Brooke Adams starts screening in Australia. A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

1977 - One half of TV cop show "Starsky & Hutch" (he was blonde Hutch), David Soul went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Give Up On Us'. Also a No.1 in the US.

1976 - The television variety show Donny and Marie, starring Donny and Marie Osmond, debuts on ABC.

1976 - The album, Frampton Comes Alive, was released by Herb Alpert’s A&M Records. The double LP soon reached the top spot of the album charts and stayed perched there for 17 weeks. It sold 19 million copies in its first year in the record racks.

1975 - Paul McCartney and Wings arrive in New Orleans to begin sessions on their Venus and Mars album at Allen Toussaint's Sea Saint studios. They would stay through Mardi Gras.

1974- Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws first published.

1974 – The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second and final UK No.1 single ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’.

1973 - The final first-run episode of the long-running western "Bonanza" aired on NBC.

1971 - At a press conference in Memphis, TN, Elvis Presley declares that "I don't go along with music advocating drugs and desecration of the flag. I think an entertainer is for entertaining and to make people happy."

1969 – Starring Ken Shorter, Rowena Wallace and Carmen Duncan, You Can’t See Around Corners started screening in Australia. Theatrical film version of the TV series "You Can't See Round Corners" (1967)

1969 - Marmalade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da'.

1969 - Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins all appeared at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California.

1969 - At Twickenham Film Studios in London, the Beatles conclude rehearsals for their Get Back project (later retitled Let It Be).

1966 - Metropolitan Opera House opens in Lincoln Center

1965 - Temptations hit US chart with My Girl, their first No. 1.

1965 - Beatles manager Brian Epstein, in Britain's Melody Maker magazine, is quoted as saying "I give the Beatles two or three years more at the top."

1965 - "Oh What a Lovely War" closes at Broadhurst New York City after 125 performances

1964 - The Dave Clark Five were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Glad All Over', the group's only UK No.1.

1964 - Hello Dolly! opened at the St. James Theatre in New York City. Carol Channing starred in the role of Mrs. Dolly Levi. The musical was an adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s play, The Matchmaker. The show, with an unforgettable title song, was hailed by critics as the “...possible hit of the season.” It was possible, all right. Hello Dolly! played for 2,844 performances. And, it returned to Broadway in the 1990s, again starring Carol Channing.

1962 - First day of shooting on the film Dr No with a young actor named Sean Connery.

1960 - In Britain, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent appear together on ITV's pop show Boy Meets Girl

1960 – First man Into Space starring Marshall Thompson, Marla Landi and Bill Edwards commences screening in Australia. The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside.

1959 - Buddy Holly's Heartbeat hits UK chart

1957 - The Cavern Club opened for business in Liverpool, England. The rock club was just a hangout for commoners. Then, things changed -- big time. It all started in the early 1960s when four kids from the neighborhood popped in to jam. They, of course, turned out to be The Beatles.

1957 - Little Richard records "Lucille"

1957 - Elvis Presley's "Too Much" enters the pop chart. It will become the first of four chart toppers for Presley this year.

1956 - Tennessee Ernie Ford was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Merle Travis coal-mining song 'Sixteen Tons.' Written in 1947 about the misery of coal mining.

1954 -THE WAR ON COMICS- Senator Estes Kevfhauer chaired a U.S. Senate subcommittee to study juvenile delinquency. They conclude that one of the contributing factors to adolescent moral decay was four-color comic books.

1954 - "South Pacific" closes at Majestic Theater New York City after 1928 performances

1953 - The General Motors Motorama at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City opens to the press. The press take their first pictures of the prototype Corvette.

1947 – Dragonwyck starring Gene Tierney, Walter Huston and Vincent Price starts screening in Australia. A simple Connecticuit farm girl is recruited by a distant relative, an aristocratic patron, to be governess to his young daughter in his Hudson Valley mansion.

1942 - Kay Kyser and the band recorded A Zoot Suit (For My Sunday Gal) for Columbia Records. The tune is about the problems associated with wearing the garish, exaggerated ‘hep’ fashion.

1942 - Disney's Donald Duck short The Village Smithy, directed by Dick Lundy, is released. Donald's patience, as a blacksmith, is put to the test when he attempts to shoe a donkey named Jenny.

1938 - Benny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing

1936 - The New York Journal reports that film director Rene Clair feels that Charlie Chaplin and Walt Disney are both outstanding figures in the movies at this time. "They have no outside interference," she explains, "they act as their own producer, director, and even attend to their own stories and musical scores. Their artistry is sublime."

1935- Ma Barker’s gang has a furious shootout with the FBI at Ocklawaha, Florida. Legend has it they found Ma's body with the smoking tommygun still cradled in her lap. Others say she was only an ignorant hillbilly lady traveling with the gang as a cover

1932 - Disney's Silly Symphony cartoon The Bird Store, directed by Wilfred Jackson, is released.

1930 - Summer, a Silly Symphony short, is released. Directed by Ub Iwerks, it is the second "4 seasons Symphony."

1921 - The motion picture, The Kid, opened in movie houses. The classic starred Charlie Chaplin and featured a little tyke, soon to be a Hollywood favorite. Jackie Coogan continued to make movies until his death in 1984.

1919 – Temperance movement: The United States ratifies the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, authorizing Prohibition in the United States one year after ratification.

1889 - Cloncurry, Queensland, records Australia's highest shade temperature at 53.1 °C (127.5 °F)

Friday, January 15, 2010

MOVIE NEWS … FERRIS BUELLERS REMAKE

MOVIE NEWS …

FERRIS BUELLER REMAKE

Matthew Broderick has given Hollywood bosses the green light to remake his classic movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but doesn't want any involvement in it.

Rumours have swirled for months suggesting studio chiefs are nursing plans to bring the cult 1980s comedy back to the big screen in either a sequel or a remake.

Broderick has now commented on the reports, insisting he would be "happy" with plans to bring back rebellious teen Ferris, as long as the project is handed to a completely new cast.

He tells Cinematical, "(A remake) would be fine. I would be perfectly happy for somebody to do that. I probably wouldn't enjoy (having a role in the film). I would rather leave what we did as our thing."

TRIVIA BITS ... PUFFER FISH

TRIVIA BITS ... PUFFER FISH
A puffer fish inflates its body with water into a spherical shape in order to defend itself. When the puffer fish is distended, it can barely move, but its spines and size make it practically impossible to attack. When it is lifted out of the water, it can still inflate with air as a defense. In Japan, the puffer fish is called fugu and the meat is considered a delicacy. However, puffer fish contain a highly toxic substance in the liver and intestines, so unless the preparation is done very carefully, the meat can be deadly; about 100 people die annually in Japan from eating puffer fish. The puffer fish is one of the few fish species that can blink and close its eyes. It also goes by the name swellfish or blowfish.

REMINISCING ... BONANZA

REMINISCING ... BONANZA

 

Bonanza is an American television series that ran on NBC from September 12, 1959 to January 16, 1973. Lasting 14 seasons, it is among the longest running Western television series (second behind Gunsmoke) and continues to air in syndication.

The show chronicled the weekly adventures of the Cartwright family, headed by the thrice-widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright (played by Lorne Greene). He had three sons, each by a different wife: the eldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright (played by Pernell Roberts) who built the ranch house; the second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss" (played by Dan Blocker); and the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe" (played by Michael Landon).

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

The family's cook was the Chinese immigrant Hop Sing (played by Victor Sen Yung). "Bonanza" was considered an atypical western for its time, as the core of the storylines dealt with Ben and his three dissimilar sons, how they cared for one another, their neighbors and their land.

Bonanza Opening Credits

TODAY IS ... 15 JANUARY

TODAY IS ... 15 JANUARY

BIRTHDAYS -

1990 - Chris Warren Jr. - an American actor, who is best known for playing Zeke in Disney's High School Musical trilogy.

1971 - Regina King – actress: Boyz N the Hood, Jerry Maguire, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Enemy of the State, Mighty Joe Young, Love and Action in Chicago, Leap of Faith

1968 - Chad Lowe - actor: Life Goes On, Siringo, An Inconvenient Woman, True Blood, Silence of the Heart; brother of actor, Rob Lowe

1957 - Mario Van Peebles - actor: Sonny Spoon, Jaws: The Revenge, Hot Shot, Exterminator 2; director, writer, actor: Posse, Panther, New Jack City

1937 - Margaret O’Brien - actress: Meet Me in St. Louis, Little Women [1949], The Secret Garden [1949]

1929 - Martin Luther King Jr. - civil rights activist

1926 - Maria Schell -actress: Samson and Delilah, Voyage of the Damned, The Odessa File, The Hanging Tree, The Brothers Karamazov

1913 - Lloyd Bridges – Actor best known as Mike Nelson, the square-jawed frogman star of the undersea adventure series Sea Hunt. The show ran from 1958-1961 and then continued for years in reruns. In 1980 Bridges' career was resurrected when he played a goofy plane dispatcher in the 1980 satire Airplane! and its 1982 sequel Airplane II. He is the father of the actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges.

OTHER EVENTS –

2009 - Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin star in Hotel for Dogs which starts screening in Australia. Two kids secretly take in stray dogs at a vacant hotel.

2007 - Disney/Pixar's Cars wins Best Animated Feature Film at the 64th Golden Globe Awards. It is the first ever given in the new category of Best Animated Feature. John Lasseter accepts the award.

2006 – X-factor winner Shayne Ward tops the U.K. charts for a fourth week with his debut single “That’s My Goal.”

2006 – James Blunt was at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album and biggest selling UK album of 2005 ‘Back To Bedlam.’

2005 – Sheryl Crow, Christina Aquilera and Tim McGraw participate in a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Southern Asia. The hour-long music and celebrity-driven broadcast airs live at 8 p.m. on the East Coast and is tape-delayed on the West Coast across NBC’s broadcast and cable channels, which include USA Networks, Bravo, Trio, SCI FI, MSNBC and CNBC.

2004 - Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe and William Atherton star in The Last Samurai which commences screening in Australia. An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

2004 - Actor Johnny Depp is nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

2001 - Wikipedia, a Wiki free content encyclopedia, goes online.

2001 – The Brit awards committee announces that U2 will receive an Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the February 26 ceremony in London, despite actually coming from Ireland – not Britain.

2000 – Four thousand people turn out for a Christina Aguilera in-store appearance in Illinois. The department store has to be evacuated due to over-crowding.

1998 – Starring David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, Scream 2 starts screening in Australia. It has been two years since the tragic events at Woodsboro. Sidney Prescott and Randy Meeks are trying to get on with their lives

1997 - Production begins on Disney's The Emperor's New Groove which will be released in December 2000.

1997 - Princess Diana sparks landmines row - Princess Diana has angered British government ministers after calling for an international ban on landmines. Her comments - made during a visit to Angola to see for herself some of the victims of landmines - are being seen as out of step with government policy.

1993 - Soap opera "Santa Barbara" final show on NBC TV

1992 - The Seventh Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. and the MGs, Johnny Cash, The Isley Brothers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sam and Dave, and The Yardbirds.

1991 - Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace A Chance" is released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics are updated to reflect concerns of the 1990's.

1991 - Desert Shield: Deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces from Kuwait. They failed to meet it, resulting in an Allied Forces invasion hours later.

1989 - "Ain't Misbehavin'" closes at Ambassador Theater New York City after 176 performances

1987 - Paramount Home Video reported that, for the first time, it would place a commercial at the front of one of its video releases: a 30-second Diet Pepsi ad at the beginning of Top Gun. The idea was that Paramount would be able to reduce the price of the video to consumers by $3. The difference would be made up with Pepsi money and more consumers would buy the Tom Cruise flick rather than more expensive videos without the commercial.

1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Shake You Down,” Gregory Abbott.

1985 - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored actress Myrna Loy at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The 79-year-old actress never received a nomination by the Academy -- though she appeared in 120 films.

1984 - Steve Jobs and Bill Gates sign an agreement rescinding their original Macintosh applications contract, allowing Microsoft to market its own competing products.

1984 – Bette Midler films the video for her cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” with Mick Jagger.

1983 – Phil Collins had his first UK No.1 single with ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’. A hit for The Supremes in 1966.

1981 - Hill Street Blues: The critically acclaimed TV series debuts on NBC.

1977 – UK singer Leo Sayer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, it was the first of two US No.1’s for the singer.

1977 – The Eagles went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hotel California’ the group’s third US No.1 album.

1977 – Swedish group ABBA accomplishes a lockdown on the British album charts. Arrival is at No. 1, while Greatest Hits rests at No. 2.

1977 - Linda McCartney is voted one of the ten "Most Watchable Women" by the Bachelors Club

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1975 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Mandy,” Barry Manilow. The song is Manilow’s first single to reach Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 singles pop chart.

1974 - Happy Days: The TV series debuts on ABC with Ron Howard as Richie Cuningham and Henry Winkler as Da Fonz. . It was a spinoff of a Love, American Style segment called Love and the Happy Day (1972) starring Ron Howard and Anson Williams.

1974 - Brownsville Station's "Smokin' in the Boys' Room" is certified gold

1973 - The Rolling Stones announce an upcoming benefit concert for the people of Managua, Nicaragua, devastated by an earthquake the previous month. (Nicaragua was the birthplace of lead singer Mick Jagger's wife, Bianca.)

1973 - Nixon orders ceasefire in Vietnam - President Nixon has ordered a halt to American bombing in North Vietnam following peace talks in Paris.

1972 – Don McLean’sAmerican Pie’ started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart.

1971 - The Aswan High Dam, on the Nile in Egypt and financed by the USSR, was opened.

1970 - A shy, withdrawn English schoolteacher falls for a flashy showgirl in Goodbye Mr Chips which starts screening in Australia. It stars Peter O'Toole, Petula Clark and Michael Redgrave.

Petula Clark sings You and I from Goodbye Mr Chips

1968- John Fred and the Playboy Band's "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" is certified gold

judy-in-disguise

1967 - The film The Fastest Guitar Alive, starring Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premieres in New York City.

1967 - Ed Sullivan refuses to let the Rolling Stones sing their big hit "Let’s Spend the Night Together" on his CBS show of the same name unless they change the title and lyrics to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." The band does as it's told, but lead singer Mick Jagger mocks the censorship by making faces at the camera while he sings the cleaned-up line.

1966 - The Rolling Stones receive their third gold record for the album "December's Children." It features the tunes "Get Off My Cloud," "Route 66," "As Tears Go By" and "I'm Free."

1966 - The Rolling Stones' December's Children album is certified gold

1965 - Murray the K, a New York deejay known as the "Fifth Beatle" tells the "New Musical Express" that "outside of the Beatles, British bands can't carry a show by themselves."

1964 - The soundtrack album of the musical, The King and I, starring Yul Brynner, earned a gold record.

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1964 - In Chicago, Capitol records obtains an injunction which prohibits Vee-Jay Records from manufacturing or distributing any further Beatles records. Vee-Jay files suit against Capitol and Swan, which owned the rights to "She Loves You."

1962 - The centigrade scale or Celsius scale was used for the first time in British Meteorological Office weather forecasts. It was invented 200 years earlier.

1961 - The Supremes sign with Motown Records.

1960- No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Running Bear,'' Johnny Preston.

1959 – Torpedo Run starring Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Diane Brewster and Dean Jones starts screening in Australia. A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners.

1958 - Elvis Presley records "Hard Headed Woman"

1955- A young singer named Elvis Presley performs at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, LA, performing "Hearts Of Stone," "That's All Right, Mama" and "Tweedle Dee." In the audience is "Colonel" Tom Parker, who was witnessing Elvis for the first time.

1955 - Billboard magazine reports that "music with an R&B beat is not longer regarded as a passing phase by major recording firms," citing the recent success of white pop covers of R&B hits.

1954 - Disney releases the Donald Duck film Spare the Rod to theaters. Huey, Dewey, and Louie also appear.

1953 - Harry S Truman became the first U.S. President to use radio and television to say farewell as he left office.

1945 - "Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater New York City for 429 performances

1943 - The Pentagon was dedicated as the world's largest office building just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA. The structure covers 34 acres of land and has 17 miles of corridors.

1943 - Disney delivers the film The Winged Scourge to the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. It stars the seven dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

1942 - Kenny Sargent, “one of the handsomest singers ever to grace a bandstand,” vocalized with the Glen Gray Orchestra on Decca Records’ It’s the Talk of the Town.

1936-THE DGA- Several top Hollywood directors including Lewis Milestone, Ruben Mamoulian and William Wellman meet at King Vidor’s house and pledge $100 dollars each to form the Screen Director’s Guild, later the Director’s Guild of America. It was a risky thing to do, previous attempts to form a directors union were broken up with threats by the producers of perpetual blacklisting. Final recognition and contracts were signed by President Frank Capra in 1940. One provision insisted on in the contract was that the director’s credit be the final name in the opening titles before the movie began. And so it remains.

1935-The Tsuni Conference- Chinese Communists elect Mao Tse Tung (or MaoZseDong) as their overall leader.

1927 - The Dumbarton Bridge opened in San Francisco carrying the first automobile traffic across the bay.

1925 - Disney's Alice Comedy Alice the Toreador, featuring Virginia Davis, is released.

1895 - Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake premiered in St Petersburg.

1892 - The rules of basketball were published for the first time, in Springfield, Mass.