Today: Apr 23, 2024

History: This week in pop culture

Feb. 28: 

1955- Late comedian Gilbert Gottfried known for “Saturday Night Live,” Iago in “Aladdin,” the Afflac Duck and popular stand-up performances was born.  

1970- Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water” reached number one on the US singles chart. 

1983- Popular TV show “M*A*S*H” aired its final episode.  

1984- Michael Jackson won eight Grammy Awards.  

2016- Adele’s album “25” reached number one on both the UK and US albums charts. 

Feb. 29: 

1692- The Salem Witch trials began with the first few accusations towards suspected witches.  

1940- At the Oscars, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an award for her role in “Gone With the Wind.” 

1968- The Beatles won three Grammy Awards; Album of the Year for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” Best Cover and Best Engineered and Recorded album. 

1976- Rapper and actor Ja Rule was born, making him 46-years-old.  

1980- Buddy Holly’s glasses were found in Mason City, Iowa, 21 years after his fatal plane crash.  

2012- The lead singer of “The Monkees,” Davy Jones, passed away at 66-years-old.  

March 1: 

1973- Pink Floyd released “Dark Side of the Moon.”  

1978- Jensen Ackles, known for his roles in “Supernatural,” “The Boys” and “Days Of Our Lives” was born, making him 44-years-old.  

1985- Jackie Coogan, known for his character Uncle Fester in “The Addams Family” passed away at 69-years-old. 

1990- Janet Jackson began her world tour for “Rhythm Nation.” 

1994- Nirvana played their last ever concert.  

1994- Whitney Houston won a Grammy Award for “I Will Always Love You.” 

2006- Popular animated kids’ film “Ice Age: The Meltdown” was released.  

2019- The Jonas Brothers announced their reunion and released their single, “Sucker.” 

2022- “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson as Batman was released.  

March 2: 

1904- Children’s book author Dr. Seuss was born.  

1933- The original “King Kong” premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  

1965- The iconic musical, “The Sound of Music,” premiered.  

1968- Daniel Craig, known for playing James Bond, was born, making him 55-years-old.  

1974- Stevie Wonder won four Grammy Awards; Album of the Year for “Innervisions,” Best R&B Song and Best Vocal for “Superstition” and Best Pop Vocal Performance for “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.” 

1983- CDs were launched by Sony, Philips and Polygram, beginning a new way to listen to music and audio. 

March 3: 

1847- The inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell. was born. 

1931- The U.S. officially declared “The Star-Spangled Banner” as its national anthem.  

1975- The first People’s Choice Awards were held, allowing the public to vote for their favorite actors.  

1986- Metallica released their popular album “Master Of Puppets.” 

2005- 50 Cent released his album titled “The Massacre.” 

March 4: 

1877- Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet “Swan Lake” made its premiere in Moscow.  

1927- Babe Ruth was established as the most paid baseball player after signing a contract with the New York Yankees.  

1954- Actress Catherine O’Hara, known for “Home Alone” and “Schitt’s Creek” was born, making her 69-years-old.  

1993- The first ESPY Awards is held, honoring professional athletes.  

1994- Kurt Cobain was hospitalized for an overdose and suspected to have died.  

2004- Mianne Bagger made LGBTQ+ history by becoming the first transgender athlete to play in a professional golf tournament. 

2005- Martha Stewart was released from prison after five months.  

March 5: 

1807- Ludwig van Beethoven premiered his “4th Symphony in B.” 

1956- Frank Sinatra released his tenth album “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!” 

1971- Led Zeppelin performed their hit “Stairway to Heaven” live for the first time in Belfast.  

1982- SNL star, comedian, actor and musician John Belushi passed away of an overdose at 33-years-old.  

2002- MTV premiered the first episode of famous reality TV show “The Osbournes,” starring musician Ozzy Osbourne and his family.  

2019- Kylie Jenner became the youngest billionaire ever.  

Sources: 

The Current https://www.thecurrent.org/today-in-music-history 

The History Channel https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history  

On This Day https://www.onthisday.com/  

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