Friday February 22
This is day 53 of 2013. There are 312 days remaining.
Today is Truth or Dare on Segregation
On Feb 20, white city leaders of Montgomery, AL, told black citizens if the bus boycott ended immediately there would be no retaliation (what?). If it did not end, it was made clear they would begin arresting black leaders (on what charge?). Two days later, 80 well known boycotters, including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and others marched to the sheriff's office where they gave themselves up for arrest.
This Day in Music
1960, Percy Faith started a 9-week run at No.1 on the US chart with 'Theme From A Summer Place' a No.2 hit in the UK.
1962, Elvis Presley was at No.1 with singles chart with 'Rock-A- Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love.' The tracks were from his latest film 'Blue Hawaii'
1967, Pink Floyd continued working on their debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn at Abbey Road Studios, London. The Beatles were also working at Abbey Road, recording the giant piano chord for the end of 'A Day In The Life' for their Sgt. Pepper's album.
1969, T-Rex appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. Support act was David Bowie performing a one-man mime act.
1970, Appearing at The Roundhouse Spring Festival in Camden, London, David Bowie and the Hype
1974, Former David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson played the first of two nights at The Rainbow in London, England.
1975, Scottish group The Average White Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Pick Up The Pieces',
1978, The Police appeared in a Wrigley's Chewing Gum commercial for US TV, the band dyed their hair blonde for the appearance.
1980, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, featuring Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet and Cozy Powell appeared at The Royal Highland Exhibition Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1986, MTV dedicated a full 22 hours broadcast to The Monkees, showing all 45 episodes of the original Monkees TV series.
1987, Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation.
1988, Stevie Wonder was awarded the 1998 MusiCares Person Of The Year at a concert in Los Angeles.
1989, A category for Heavy Metal was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Metallica performed on stage, but the award went to Jethro Tull.
1997, No Doubt went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Don't Speak.'
1997, The Spice Girls started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wannabe'
2000, The engagement ring Sex Pistol Sid Vicious gave to his girlfriend Nancy Spungen went on sale for auction at $2,550.
2001, Winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2, record of the year and song of the year with 'Beautiful Day', Steely Dan won album of the year for 'Two Against Nature', Macy Gray won Female pop vocal for 'I Try',
2003, Sir Paul McCartney played a private show in San Diego for the 50th birthday of Wendy Whitworth, the executive producer of CNN's Larry King Show. Sir Paul donated his $1 million fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity.
2004, Norah Jones started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Feels Like Home', the singers second US No.1.
2010, Johnny Marr was said to be "ecstatic" after getting back one of his guitars which had been stolen in 2000 after a gig at the Scala nightclub in Kings Cross, London.
Top of the Charts!
It was in 1979 when this song by the rock band Queen. Though it sounded like a remake or a throw-back, the hit was written by Freddie Mercury, the track is featured on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band's compilation album, Greatest Hits.
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen
So What's (not) Stopping You?
People who quit smoking by age 44 tend to live nearly as long as those who never smoked. Researchers from the University of Toronto analyzed health and smoking records collected from more than 200,000 Americans, then compared the lifespans of smokers to non-smokers.
People download a lot of apps, but they abandon 95 percent of them, according to a a new study (by Nuance). Bottom line: We keep using the same apps. Facebook, YouTube, Google Play, Google Search, and Gmail were the top five apps in both 2011 and 2012.
A Real Shiner
For 32 years, Albert Lexie has been much more than the shoeshine man at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital — he's a philanthropist who's been giving back his tips. So far, all those dollars have added up to an impressive $200,000 in donations to the Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund, which helps out parents of sick children who can’t afford to pay. How did he do it? Two shoes a pop, one tip at a time, a few hundred dollars a week, for over three decades.
So Who Else is Not Watching AI-12
"Honestly, I'm not watching the show anymore," Phillips said Saturday (Feb. 16) backstage at Houston’s Toyota Center, where he was performing his hit single “Home” at NBA All-Star festivities. "I've been so busy."
It's understandable. The Georgia singer’s out on tour opening for Matchbox Twenty. But he does have some simple advice for the current Idolers."Be yourself," he said he'd tell them. "'Be your best self. Don't be rude to anybody. Just go out there and have a good time. And build those friendships."
It's a Death Trap..A Suicide Rap (The song, not the house)
For about $350,000, someone can buy a slice of music history. The Asbury Park Press reports the two-bedroom cottage in Long Branch, N.J., where Bruce Springsteen wrote the classic rock anthem "Born to Run" is for sale. Real estate agent Susan McLaughlin says tourists stop by the house "all the time."
Why Calgary is so COOL!
Artist Jaume Plensa recently unveiled a giant new sculpture called Wonderland at the base of Calgary’s tallest tower, The Bow. This massive sculpture is a 39 feet head of a young girl, the sculpture has two entrances so that visitors can walk inside of it. “My vision for Wonderland is to inspire everyone who experiences the sculpture: I believe the architecture of our bodies is the palace for our dreams,” said Plensa. For more views, click here.
Dumb Kid is Lucky to be Alive
Sometimes trying to be cool could mean just being cold...and possibly breaking a leg.
UNDERCOVER BOSS (8p ET, CBS) -- CBS has pulled The Job from the schedule and this repeat will air instead.
LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, ABC) -- New
KITCHEN NIGHTMARES (8p ET, FOX) -- New
DATELINE (8p ET, NBC) -- A new, 2-hour edition.
MALIBU COUNTRY (8:30p ET, ABC) -- New
SEASON FINALE: CSI: NY (9p ET, CBS) -- The 9th season comes to an end tonight. The show has not yet been renewed, so this could be the series finale.
SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) -- New
TOUCH (9p ET, FOX) -- New
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) -- Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty) guest stars in this new episode.
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) -- New
ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS (10p ET, NBC) -- New
'Wicked' will hit the big screen ''sooner rather than later''.Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson has insisted a film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical - which is also owned by the film studio - is still in the works and a top priority for the company. He told The Hollywood Reporter: '''Wicked' has been an enormous win for this company. The way it works, we should be in agreement together on when the right time to do this is.''But I will tell you I believe that we are collectively moving toward 'Wicked' coming to the screen sooner rather than later.''
• Director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) is 69
• Actor John Ashton (Detective Sergeant John Taggart in the first two Beverly Hills Cop movies) is 65
• NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving is 63
• Actor Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City) is 54
• Golfer Vijay Singh is 50
• Paul Lieberstein (Toby Flenderson on The Office) is 46
• Actress Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager, Boston Public, The O.C.) is 45
• Actor Thomas Jane (Hung) is 44
• TV personality Clinton Kelly (What Not To Wear) is 44
• Actress Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens, 50 First Dates) is 38
• James Blunt is 36
• Zach Roerig (The Vampire Diaries) is 28