Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts

Monday, April 16, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for April 16

No books won the fiction Pulitzer Prize fiction award on April 16, 2012.

No Book Won the Fiction Prize

As the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on this day in 2012, no books in the fiction category won. The three books nominated were The Pale King by David Foster Wallace, Swamplandia! By Karen Russell and Train Dreams by Denis Johnson. Because none of the book received a majority of the votes, the Pulitzer Prize Board decided to not award any of the three. The really odd thing is this wasn’t the first time for this to happen. The last time was in 1977 and there were 10 other times before that in Pulitzer history where no fiction book won. Pulitzer Prizes first began giving awards in 1917.

Friday, August 4, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for August 4

"Holiday Inn" premiered on August 4, 1942.

‘Holiday Inn’ Premieres in New York

Ever wonder why the hotel chain, Holiday Inn, chose that name? It was inspired by the Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire musical, Holiday Inn which premiered at the New York Paramount Theatre on this day in 1942. Believe it or not, the movie’s plot centers around an inn that only opens on holidays and of course, each holiday offered good excuses for the two singers/dancers/actors to perform various musical numbers. The film contained 12 songs all written by Irving Berlin including “Easter Parade.” The movie earned an Oscar for Best Original Song (“White Christmas”) and two nominations for Best Score and Best Original Story (which was also written by Berlin). The movie also starred Marjorie Reynolds and Virginia Dale. While the movie has been shown on TV numerous times over the years, one scene has often been edited out. During the song number “Abraham,” which appears during the celebration about President Lincoln’s birthday, a blackface minstrel show is incorporated into an act which has been seen as offensive by some viewers. Holiday Inn is often confused with the 1954 movie White Christmas which was sort of a remake, featured the same song and also starred Crosby. Astaire was also supposed to star in the latter film, but he declined.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for June 15

Nik Wallenda successfully walked a tightrope over the Niagara Falls on June 15, 2012.

First Person to Walk a Tightrope over Niagara Falls

The “King of the Wire,” Nik Wallenda, an American acrobat holds seven Guinness World Records for various feats but on this day in 2012, he conquered his most famous to date: he became the first person to walk a tightrope stretched across Niagara Falls. That was the final feat. The first feat was winning a two year battle for approval to do so. During the television broadcast of the event, Wallenda wore a microphone so that he could communicate with the TV crew. Short prayers to God were heard as well as he considers what he does is a gift from God. The born-again Christian credits God for his success…and safety.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 17

Donna Summer passed away on May 17, 2012.

Donna Summer Passes Away

Many are familiar with the term, “Queen of Disco,” referring to Donna Summer who rose to fame in the ‘70’s with such hits as “Love to Love You Baby” and “Hot Stuff.” However, not near as many people knew that Summer had become a born again Christian in the 80’s. She reportedly said, "Well, I was Christian my whole life, but I didn't really execute it -- I didn't live it. And I came back to realizing that without it I couldn't get through this stuff I had to go through. I need something that grounded me and it had to be really strong." On this day in 2012, Summer died from a non-smoking-related lung cancer.