Showing posts with label 2000. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2000. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 13

The last "Peanuts" comic ran on February 13, 2000.

Charles Schulz's Last Peanuts Comic

On this day in 2000, Charles Schulz’s last Peanuts comic appeared in Sunday papers – one day after he passed away. In it he wrote: “Dear Friends, I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to maintain the schedule demanded by a daily comic strip. My family does not wish Peanuts to be continued by anyone else, therefore I am announcing my retirement. I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy…how can I ever forget them…”

Saturday, February 3, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 3

"The Day the Music Died" was on February 3, 1959.

The Music Died on This Day

Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party tour began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 23, 1959. With him was Waylon Jennings (electric bass), Tommy Allsup (guitar), and Carl Bunch (drums). Traveling for the band was a nightmare on an unheated bus with long distances between venues. The bus broke down twice and Bunch had to be hospitalized for frostbite. Holly charted a small plane to fly from Clear Lake, Iowa to Moorhead, Minnesota for himself, Jennings and Allsup. However, Allsup lost a coin toss and gave up his seat to Ritchie Valens and Jennings gave up his seat to J. P. Richardson (aka the “Big Bopper”) who was suffering from the flu. Not long after takeoff and shortly after 1:00 a.m., the plane crashed in a cornfield where all the performers flew out of the plane and died. This day in 1959 was soon branded the day that the music died.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for January 20

Donald Trump swears in as President of the United States.

Donald Trump Swears in as President

Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States on this day in 2017. After a contentious race for the presidency against Senator Hillary Clinton, President Trump didn't win over any of his enemies during his inauguration speech although many of them were not even there to hear it as a record number of democrats refused to attend the ceremony. The parade that followed event was met with a large number of protesters as well as Trump supporters. In regards to some the cheers and jeers coming from the crowd, some TV commentators referred to the behavior as the "sound of democracy."

Thursday, January 18, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for January 18

Michael J. Fox left "Spin City" on January 18, 2000

Michael J. Fox Leaves 'Spin City'

Back on this day in 2000, Michael J. Fox (Family Ties, Back to the Future) announced that he would be leaving the hit sitcom, Spin City to help raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease which he had been personally dealing with since 1991, but kept quiet about it until 1999. In May of 2000, Fox launched the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He returned to television in 2004 for guest spots on Scrubs, Rescue Me, Boston Legal and others before starring in his own Golden Globe nominated sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show in which he played version of himself with Parkinsons.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for July 29

NSYNC's first #1 song was released on July 29, 2000.

NSYNC First #1 Hit Song

The famed American boy band, NSYNC, was formed in 1995 and consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass. It is said that the group got inspiration for its name from Timberlake’s mother who had commented on how “in sync” all of their voices were together. Though extremely popular from the get go, it wasn’t until this day in 2000 that one of the group’s songs make it to the top of the list. “It’s Gonna Be Me” was the second single released from the group’s No Strings Attached album which sold over 9.9 million copies. Over the years, the band has sold over 70 million albums. Though the group was nominated for seven different Grammy awards, they never won any. Though their last album came out in 2001, it wasn’t until 2007 that the NSYNC actually confimed that they were no longer a group.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 31

The very first American "Survivor" show aired on May 31, 2000.

Debut of Survivor TV Series

The CBS reality TV show, Survivor, aired its very first program on this day in 2000. Based on the Swedish TV series, Expedition Robinson which premiered in 1997, the goal of the players is to “outwit, outplay and outlast” the other competitors while living on an isolated island with no provided food, water or shelter. Survivor was one of the first reality competition series where members took a vote on who should be sent home each week.While now everyone is familiar with the show, at the time, people weren’t too sure what to think of it. However, by the second week, the show gained over 18 million viewers. By the finale on August 23, 2000, the show received its highest ratings ever of 51.7 million viewers. Alternative lifestyle and nudist, Richard Hatch was crowned the first season’s winner of the million dollar prize. The 33rd season of Survivor will air the fall of 2016.