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Sunday, April 15, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 15

April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day

Jackie Robinson: First African American to Play in the MLB

Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line on this day in 1947 when he played 1st base for the Dodgers. He was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. That same year, Robinson was the recipient of the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award. He later became an All-Star from 1949-1954 and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1949. In 1997, the MLB retired Robinson’s uniform number of 42 across all major league teams. In 2007, April 15 was dubbed the first Jackie Robinson Day where every player on every team wore the number 42 in his honor, a tradition that continues today.

Friday, April 6, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 6

Candace Cameron Bure was born on April 6, 1976.

Candace Cameron Bure is Born

For many years, Candace Cameron was better known as Kirk Cameron’s younger sister, but today the actress and celebrity has made a name for herself. It was on this day in 1976 that Candance was born. Following in her brother’s footsteps, Candace got her start in acting by appearing in many TV commercials followed by guest starring roles on various TV series before landing her big break, Full House in 1987. She played the role of D.J. Tanner for eight years. The following year, Candace married Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure. Ironically, the two were first introduced by former hockey player and then fellow Full House actor, Dave Coulier. The couple have three children born in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Candace went back to acting in 2009 with the ABC Family TV series, Make It or Break It, which ran through 2012. In 2014, Candace competed on Dancing with the Stars and made it to the semifinals. In 2015 she joined the cast of the daytime talk show The View where she didn’t shy from her Christian beliefs and added some tension to the show. In 2016, she reprised her role as D.J. Tanner in the spin-off series, Fuller House for Netflix which has aired two seasons to date.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for March 25

Elton John was born on March 25, 1947.

Elton John is Born

It was on this day in 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex that Reginald Kenneth Dwight, better known as Elton John, was born. By the age of three, John was already playing the piano and after playing for family and friends, he finally got serious and took up formal piano lessons at the age of seven. When John was 11-years-old, he won a junior scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music and stayed there for five years. When he began to get serious about a music career, his father tried to convince him to move toward a more conventional job like banking. In 1967 John met Bernie Taupin when they both answered an advert for songwriters. The two have been working together ever since. For two years, they wrote songs for other singers, but in 1969, John’s first album, Empty Sky, was released. His second album shot John to fame when the 1970 single, “Your Song,” reached the Top 10 in both the UK and the US. Together, John and Taupin have worked on over 30 albums throughout their careers. Elton John has sold more than 300 million records, has had more than 50 Top 40 hit songs and has written music for Disney’s The Lion King (both the movie and the Broadway musical) as well as Aida and Billy Elliot the Musical. Finally, John has won five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, one Oscar, one Golden Globe, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends Award and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 24

Rupert Holmes was born on February 24, 1947.

Rupert Holmes is Born

You may have wondered “whatever happened that guy who sang about pina coladas and getting caught in the rain,” and you wouldn’t be the only one. The man we know as Rupert Holmes was born David Goldstein in Northwich, Cheshire, England on this day in 1947. Rupert’s family moved to New York City when he was six-years-old. He attended the Manhattan School of Music majoring in clarinet. In 1969, he and Ron Dante (known for being the lead singer of The Archies) formed the band, The Cuff Links and worked on the song, “Jennifer Tomkins,” but since Dante was prohibited by the Archies studio from any involvement with new recording ventures, he had to bow out the pair’s recording project. Holmes released the song under a new band name called The Street People. The song made it on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks in 1970. Holmes' first album, Widescreen, was produced in 1974 and got the attention of Barbra Streisand who used some of the songs for her movie, A Star is Born. He also wrote songs for her Lazy Afternoon album released in 1975. The infamous “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" wasn’t released until 1979 on Holmes 5th album, Partners in Crime. His last album, Full Circle, was released in 1982. Shortly thereafter, Holmes began a career as a playwright. His first musical, Drood, was written in 1985. Since then he has written both plays and musicals with his most recent being writing the book for Secondhand Lions: A New Musical which premiered in Seattle, Washington in 2013.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 30

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born on July 30, 1947.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was Born

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger was born on this day in Thal, Styria in 1947. Though now known for many different achievements, Schwarzenegger began lifting weights at the age of 15. At the age of 20 he won the Mr. Universe title. The next year he moved to the U.S. Arnold then went on to win the Mr. Olympia contest seven times. Arnold says that the first real movie he saw starred Joyn Wayne. He landed his firm movie role in 1970 playing the lead character in Hercules in New York under the stage name of Arnold Strong. However, his accent was so thick that all of his lines were dubbed by another actor. Many consider Arnold’s big break in the movies came in 1982 when he played Conan the Barbarian. He became a U.S. citizen in 1983. In 1984, he appeared as “The Terminator” for the first time. In 2004, Arnold spoke at the Republican National Convention and stated that he was a Republican because “the Democrats of the 1960s sounded too much like Austrian socialists.” He became the governor of California in 2003 a title he held until 2011. He returned to acting fairly quickly appearing in The Expendables 2 in 2012, The Last Stand in 2013, The Expendables 3 in 2014 and Terminator Genisys in 2015. In January 2017, he took over Donald Trump’s famous role on the reality TV series, Celebrity Apprentice. However, the ratings were not fantastic and Schwarzenegger stated that he would NOT be back for another season of the show.

Monday, July 3, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 3

Humorist Dave Barry was born on July 3, 1947.

Dave Barry is Born

David McAlister "Dave" Barry was born on this day in 1947. The Pulitzer Prize-winning American author is best known for his syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005, but he has also written numerous books of humor as well. From 1993-1997, CBS based a sitcom, Dave’s World, on the books of Barry. His first novel, Big Trouble was published in 1999 and was turned into a movie that starred Tim Allen in 2002. His most recent works have been the Peter and the Starcatchers series, prequel stories about Peter Pan, that he has written with Ridley Pearson. The first has been turned into a Broadway musical and Disney has plans to create a movie version as well.