Thursday January 31
This is the 31st day of the year, with 334 days remaining in 2013.
Mostly Fake People (or whatever they were) Movie Day - 2010: Avatar became the first film to gross over $2 billion worldwide.
This Day in Music
1953, Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes'.
1957, Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, 'Rock Around The Clock' had sold over a million copies
1963, Two former Shadows members, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan were at No.1 on the UK single charts with 'Diamonds'.
1967, The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional video.
1970, The Jackson Five went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Want You Back'. The song was originally written for Gladys Knight & The Pips and was the first of four No.1's for the group.
1976, Abba knocked Queen from the UK No.1 position on the UK singles chart with 'Mamma Mia.'
1976, UK Music weekly Sounds readers Poll Winners included; best album 'A Night At The Opera', by Queen, best single 'Bohemian Rhapsody', Queen, best band Queen.
1978, Greg Herbert saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland aged 30.
1981, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles hart with 'The Tide Is High', the group's third US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.
1987, Paul Simon went back to No. 1 on the UK album chart with 'Graceland', the album stayed on the chart for 101 weeks.
1988, Janet Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Together Again'.
1990, The Stone Roses were granted conditional bail by Wolverhampton Magistrates court after the band had trashed their record company's offices.
1998, Usher went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'You Make Me Wanna'. The US hip-hop vocalist and actor was 18 at the time.
2000, The Strokes played their first ever UK show when they appeared at The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth.
2006, Notorious Big, feat P Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge & Avery Storm were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Nasty Girl'.
2007, Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. 'Woman in the Window', a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign.
2008, Natasha Bedingfield entered the US chart at number three with her album Pocketful of Sunshine, equaling the record set by soul singer Sade in having the highest-ever US chart debut for a UK-signed female. The British singer sold 50,000 copies of the record in its first week of release.
This and That
American Idol Money Grab
Who amoung the gifted contest winners is still racking in the dough? According to Forbes Number One is still #1! Get the complete list here.
Everybody Loves Dogs, Right?
The Labrador retriever holds its 22-year reign as America's top dog. But what about the rest of the breeds? Here, then is the Poochy Top Ten:
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Yorkshire Terrier
A financial group is close to bringing back Twinkies. You can never be too rich or too fat.
The surf world still hasn’t made it official but there’s a good chance that for the first time a surfer has ridden a 100-foot wave. I don't blame then for keping it secret, what idiot climbed up that sucker?
There's a new $445,000 Lamborghini available. Comes with a bumper sticker that says, "my other car is a small country."
Couples wanting to improve their sex lives may want to look at how they divide household chores, because men and women who follow traditional roles have sex more often than other couples. There's something about a sexy vacuum cleaner.
Retailers in 40 states have been given the green light to charge up to 4% on top of your purchase IF you use your credit card. Okay, we get the message, you don't want us to buy ANYTHING, EVER!
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) -- New
SERIES FINALE: 30 ROCK (8p ET, NBC) -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Salma Hayek and Ice-T guest star in the hour long series finale.
AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) -- These are the final auditions in Oklahoma.
SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) -- Repeat
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) -- New
TWO AND A HALF MEN (8:30p ET, CBS) -- New
PERSON OF INTEREST (9p ET, CBS) -- New
GREY’S ANATOMY (9p ET, ABC) -- New
GLEE (9p ET, NBC) -- New
THE OFFICE (9p ET, NBC) -- Two new episodes air back to back.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (9p ET, CW) -- New
ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) -- New
SCANDAL (10p ET, ABC) -- New
SERIES PREMIERE: DO NO HARM (10p ET, NBC) -- This new take on Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde stars Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) as a highly respected neurosurgeon that has a dangerous alternate personality. Alana De La Garza (Law & Order) and Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show) also star.
SUITS (10p ET, USA) -- Wendell Pierce (Treme, The Wire) guest stars in this new episode.
Diane Sawyer may have decided to step down. Less than four years after taking over ABC World News, the longtime TV journalist is said to be considering retiring later this year. Sawyer, 67, succeeded Charles Gibson in 2009 as the anchor of ABC World News. Before that, she co-hosted Good Morning America for more than 10 years. (I will reserve comment, except to say Miss Sawyer has had her moments).
• Carol Channing (Hello, Dolly!) is 92
• Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (Mr. Cub) is 82
• Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is 66
• Anthony LaPaglia is 54
• Kelly Lynch (Drugstore Cowboy) is 54
• Minnie Driver (Gross Pointe Blank, Good Will Hunting) is 43
• Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) is 40
• Kerry Washington (Django's wife in Django Unchained.) is 36
• Justin Timberlake is 32
• Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons is 26