Wednesday January 30
30th day of 2013 with 335 remaining
Least you think I'm a fan of those flying harbor rats, check below, I am however a huge fan of the Poe! It was on this day in 1845, The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe, was published for the first time in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe took the pen name Quarles in signing the poem.
This Day in Music
1958, On the first night of a six date Australian tour, Buddy Holly, Paul Anka, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jodie Sands and Johnny O'Keefe all appeared at Sydney Stadium
1959, Elvis Presley had his third No.1 single 'One Night / I Got Stung' a double A side. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached No.1.
1961, The Shirelles became the first girl group to have the number one song on the US chart when 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow?' reached the top.
1964, The Searchers were at No.1 on the singles chart with the Sonny Bono song 'Needles And Pins'.
1969, The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live.
1970, Edison Lighthouse were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).' The group's only Top 40 hit spent five weeks at the top of the charts.
1972, Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.
1973, After recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens.
1975, The Bee Gees begin recording 'Jive Talkin', which became their second US chart topper.
1982, American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin' Hopkins died of cancer aged 70.
1982, Hall and Oates went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can Go For That, (No Can Do)' the duo's fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
1988, During a court case involving Holly Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood had not played on their hits 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes'. The court was told that top session musicians were used to make the records.
1988, INXS had their first US No.1 hit single with 'Need You Tonight'.
1992, Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the The Barton Theater in Adelaide.
1999, After spending 11 weeks on the chart Britney Spears started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '...Baby One More Time.' Britney's debut album also went to No.1 on the US chart on the same day.
1999, In the NME readers poll results the winner of 'The pop personality that you would like as your doctor' was won by singer Natalie Imbruglia.
2005, The Chemical Brothers went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Push The Button', the duo's fourth UK No.1 album. The Game had the US No.1 album with 'The Documentary.'
2010, Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his "influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work". A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honoured by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.
This and That
There are lots of reasons to thnk The Ravens are a bunch of low class thugs. Ray Lewis is one thing, we don't expect much from that guy, but Joe Flacco was supposed to be the exception. Not really. Flacco took it a little too far when he called the change to a cold-weather stadium...well.
“I think it’s retarded,” Flacco said at his Super Bowl news conference Monday, via the Denver Post. “I probably shouldn’t say that. I think it’s stupid. If you want a Super Bowl, put a retractable dome on your stadium. Then you can get one. Other than that I don’t really like the idea. I don’t think people would react very well to it, or be glad to play anybody in that kind of weather.” Nice, Joe, really nice.
Google maps for the first time now includes a detailed look at North Korea. It's that dark spot above Party Central known as South Korea.
Ashton Kutcher tried Steve Jobs' all-fruit diet to prepare for his role as the Apple founder. Um, Ashton, that's just the name of his company.
15-year-old named Laurel, baked a coming out cake for her parents — the words "I'm Gay" written in icing across the top. The paramedics loved it after reviving her dad.
A new study shows dieters who ate early lunches tended to lose more weight than those who had their midday meal on the later side. It works, I call it breakfast.
Deborah Ford will retire from the U.S. Postal Service in Detroit after 44 years without using any of her sick days. They had to give her Lance Armstrong money in comp time.
SEASON PREMIERE: AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) -- The 12th season begins with returning host Ryan Seacrest and new judges Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Randy Jackson also remains as judge. Tonight’s two-hour premiere begins with the auditions.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) -- Repeat
THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) -- New
WHITNEY (8p ET, NBC) -- Everything on NBC is repeats.
ARROW (8p ET, CW) -- New
THE NEIGHBORS (8:30p ET, ABC) -- New
CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) -- Michelle Trachtenberg (Gossip Girl, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) guest stars in this new episode.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) -- New
SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) -- New
SUBURGATORY (9:30p ET, ABC) -- New
CSI: (10p ET, CBS) -- New
NASHVILLE (10p ET, ABC) -- New
Finally a Steeler Finds his Place
This is excellent news for everyone who saw Ward’s amazing acting chops in “The Dark Knight Rises” and wanted more.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers star will play – what else – a flesh-eating zombie in the Feb. 10 episode of “The Walking Dead.”
"It was an amazing experience," said Mr. Ward, who will be a zombie extra when AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead" returns to haunt. "Just being in makeup preparing me for my role was cool. I actually scared myself when I looked in the mirror for the first time after." AMC scored big in ratings when it ran the first half of Season 3.
"A former Georgia teammate of mine is one of the stars of the show, and my agent thought it would be something fun and different for me to do," Mr. Ward said.
And on the Big Screen
It's one of the most famous appendages in cinema history -- (see above) and it's owner has now been revealed.
Linda Gray revealed on "Anderson Live" Tuesday that her leg was used the now infamous poster for "The Graduate."
Many attribute the leg to the 1967 film's star Anne Bancroft, but Linda says she was out the day of the shoot. How much did Linda get paid for one of the most famous movie posters in film? 25...dollars.
• Gene Hackman (Oscars for The French Connection and Unforgiven) is 83
• Vanessa Redgrave is 76
• Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney is 72
• Musician Phil Collins is 62
• Charles S. Dutton (Rudy, Alien 3, TV's Roc) is 62
• Brett Butler (Grace Under Fire) is 55
• Christian Bale (Batman films) is 39
• Singer Josh Kelley (married to actress Katherine Heigl) is 33
• Wilmer Valderrama (Awake, That '70s Show) is 33