Showing posts with label 1984. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1984. Show all posts

Friday, February 16, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 16

America won the first gold medal for downhill skiing on February 16, 1984.

First American to Win Gold for Downhill Skiing

In January of 1984, Bill Johnson was the first American man to win a World Cup downhill race, at Wengen, Switzerland. So impressed with himself, he boasted that he would take home a gold medal the following month at the Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. On February 16, 1984 he did just that and became the first American man to win Olympic gold in downhill skiing. He practically became an American hero which was short lived. He didn’t make the 1998 Olympic ski team and suffered a terrible crash in 2001 in training for the 2012 games. The crash put him in a coma and left him with brain damage.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for January 27

Patty Sharkey Flips Her Lid

On this day in 2016, Patty Sharkey founded National Big Wig Day which was inspired simply by a whim. After “suffering” from a bout of post-holiday blues, Sharkey went through her wig collection, took a selfie and declared the day to become National Big Wig Day. Soon, Wig Day parties were being celebrated across the country where 75% of the proceeds would then go to the Look Good/Feel Better division of the American Cancer Society.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for October 26

Keith Urban was born on October 26, 1967.

Keith Urban is Born

It was on this day in 1967 that Keith Lionel Urban was born in Whangarei, New Zealand. In 1983 he was a contestant on the TV talent show, New Faces, in Australia and began making regular appearances on other TV shows before releasing his own self-titled album in 1991. He released four singles from the album and then moved to America the following year. He became addicted to cocaine but checked in for treatment in 1998. He made his American debut in 1999 with his first #1 single, “But for the Grace of God.” In 2005 Urban met Nicole Kidman and the two began dating six months later. The two were wed on June 25, 2006. In October of that year, Urban checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for drug treatment once again stating, "I deeply regret the hurt this has caused Nicole and the ones who love and support me. One can never let one's guard down on recovery, and I'm afraid that I have." Urban became a father on July 7, 2008 as the couple welcomed their daughter, Sunday Rose. Their second daughter, Faith Margaret was born on December 28, 2010. To date, Urban has released a total of nine studio albums.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for September 20

Fonzie "Jumped the shark" on September 20, 1977.

Fonzie Jumps the Shark

The phrase, “jumping the shark” was inspired by the fifth season premiere episode of the TV series Happy Days which aired on this day in 1977. The episode featured the leather clad Fonzie to perform a waterskiing stunt risking his life by jumping over a confined shark. It is said that the phrase was coined in 1985 by Sean Connolly who was describing when favorite TV shows go downhill in terms of storytelling using the above storyline as the best example. In 2010, Fred Fox Jr. who wrote the Happy Days episode has been quoted in a Los Angels Times article saying "Was the [shark jump] episode of Happy Days deserving of its fate? No, it wasn't. All successful shows eventually start to decline, but this was not Happy Days' time." The series continued to air for seven more years after the stunt. Incidentally, a similar phrase, “Nuke the Fridge” was coined after the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull where Jones survives an atomic bomb detonation by slipping inside a lead-lined refrigerator.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for August 2

Brittany Nicole was born on August 2, 1984.

Brittany Nicole is Born

It was on this day in 1984 that Christian singer and songwriter, Britanny Nicole Waddell was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina. She began her career at age three singing in her church, Truth Temple of Kannapolis. She soon became a TV star of sorts as she, her brother and cousin appeared on the church’s daily show on a local TV station. As she grew, so did her talents taking classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop and others, and she was part of her school’s advanced choir group while attending South Rowan High School. Nicole received a scholarship from Belmont University in Nashville, but she turned it down to pursue a music career instead. Her first independent album, Follow the Call, was released in January 2003. In 2006, she signed with Sparrow Records and her first album with them, Say It, was released in 2007. In 2012, she married Joshua Crosby, had her first child, Ella Brave in July 2013 and second, son Adin Jerusalem on February 2015. Her most recent self-title album was released in 2016.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 27

The first official Bugs Bunny cartoon was "A Wild Hare"

First “Official” Bugs Bunny Cartoon is Released 

While Porky's Hare Hunt was the first Warner Bros. cartoon to feature a “Bugs Bunny-like” rabbit, A Wild Hare, directed by Tex Avery, was released on this day in 1940 and is widely considered to be the first official Bugs Bunny cartoon. It is the first film where Bugs is voiced by Mel Blanc (who would continue to voice the rabbit for many years) and the first for the hare to utter, “What’s Up Doc?” A huge success at the box office, the short also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Cartoon Short Subject.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 20

O. J. Simpson is Granted Parole

After serving nine years of a nine to 33-year sentence, former football player and actor, O. J. Simpson was granted parole today in Nevada. Simpson was doing time for his role in his 2007 confrontation over sport memorabilia at a Las Vegas hotel. During his trial, Simpson was found guilty of 12 charges in the incident where he and five other men were said to have stormed a hotel room to retrieve his personal items, but left with a lot more. He told the parole board, "I've spent nine years making no excuses about anything. I am sorry that things turned out the way they did. I had no intent to commit a crime … I've done my time, I'd just like to get back to my family and friends – and believe it or not I do have some real friends!" He also reiterated about how good of a person he was and how he wants to live out the rest of his life as a better Christian. While some are doubtful of his remarks that he is not a violent person, his prison record has been spotless. He could be released as soon as October 1, 2017.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 1

MPAA introduced the PG-13 rating on July 1984.

PG-13 Rating is Introduced

Since 1968, the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) film-rating system has used in the United States to rate a film's suitability for certain audiences. The ratings were “G” (General Audiences), PG (Parent’s Guidance Suggested), R (Restricted to those under the age of 17) and X (X-rated). However, in the early 1980s, complaints began to come about regarding the violence and gore in films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Directed by Steven Spielberg) and Gremlins (Executive Produced by Spielberg). Spielberg suggested a new intermediate rating between "PG" and "R" which became the "PG-13" rating on this day in 1984. The advisory given: "Parents Are Strongly Cautioned to Give Special Guidance for Attendance of Children under 13 – Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Young Children.” Red Dawn was the first movie released with this new rating.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for June 8

Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977.

Kanye West is Born

It was on this day in 1977 that little Kanye Omair West was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a former Black Panther and English professor. West briefly attended art school before becoming a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s. He helped to produce hit singles for Jay Z and Alicia Keys and then released his own rap album, The College Dropout, in 2004. He then went on to found the record label GOOD Music and tried his hand at different musical styles. As West became better known he also became more vocal on his personal beliefs often causing disruption. In 2005 he publicly criticized President George W. Bush during a TV broadcast for Hurricane Katrina relief, interrupted Taylor Swift during her award acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and in 2015 at the end of one of his concerts, West proclaimed himself "the greatest living rock star on the planet." West is more than just music. He is also a fashion designer working with brands such as Nike, Louis Vuitton, Bape, Giuseppe Zanotti and Adidas. In 2014 he married Kim Kardashian. Although known for making headlines for all the wrong reasons, West is also one of the best-selling artists of all time selling more than 32 million albums. He has won 21 Grammy Awards and Time has named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world twice; once in 2005 and 2015. His most recent release, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for April 5

Phil Wickham was born on April 5, 1984.

Phil Wickham is Born

It is was on this day in 1984 in San Diego, California that contemporary Christian singer, Philip David was born into the Wickham family and grew up as the middle child. Wickham’s parents, John and Lisa, were once members of the Christian band, Parable. At age 13, Phil followed his father’s footsteps and began leading worship for his church youth group. Phil’s first album, Give You My World, was released in 2003. In 2008, he married his longtime girlfriend. Today, they have three daughters and one so. Telling a singer that they can no longer sing is cruel, but it happened to Wickham in 2014 when he had a polyp removed from his vocal cords and was “prescribed” a month of silence to allow this throat to heal.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Prince’s 'Purple Rain' Debuts in Theaters

Prince's Purple Rain
July 27, 1984
Prince’s American rock musical drama, Purple Rain, debuted on this day in 1984. Playing a version of himself in his first acting role, Prince had originally wanted the story to be darker in tone and have a more coherent storyline. Instead, many of the scenes shot for the film were cut giving more room for many concert sequences. Purple Rain won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score but was also nominated for two Razzies for Worst New Star (Apollonia Kotero) and Worst Original Song (“Sex Shooter”). The soundtrack of the film sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Prince died on April 21, 2016 and both MTV and VHI showed edited versions of the film as a tribute. Special screenings of the film were also shown in theaters the following week.