December 30 - Happy Birthday Lebron James!

Happy 26th birthday to Lebron James! Arguably the most polarizing figure in pro sports today, James has become a worldwide icon and for both his on and off court activities. Known throughout the sports world as "King James", he is widely regarded as one of the most talented and gifted basketball players to have ever played the game. James made headlines during the summer of 2010 when he held an hour long television special to announce that he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and joining the Miami Heat. "The Decision" became one of the most talked about subjects throughout the entire summer, and at the time was the 3rd highest rated cable TV program of 2010.

Athletically, James' resume reads that of a first ballot Hall of Famer. Even though he is only 26 years old, King James is currently the two time reigning league MVP, and is a 6-time All Star. He has also won the NBA Scoring Title, Rookie of the Year Award, and an Olympic Gold Medal for Team USA at the 2008 Olympics. He is currently searching for his first NBA Championship.

James was named as a finalist for Time's "Man of the Year" award for 2010 and was part of Barbara Walters' annual special of her "10 Most Fascinating People".





December 28 - "The Greatest Game Ever Played"

December 28, 1958 marks arguably the greatest and most important date in the history of the NFL. On this day, the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants 23-17 in sudden death overtime to become the 26th team to win the NFL Championship. The game took place at Yankee Stadium and is known worldwide as "The Greatest Game Ever Played". This was the first NFL Playoff game to ever go to sudden death overtime and ended with a 1-yard TD run by Colts running back Alan Ameche.

The game marked the start of the NFL's popularity surge and eventual rise to the top of the North American sports ranks. 17 people involved with this game (players, coaches, and management) have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including Colts Quarterback Johnny Unitas.

To this day, this is the only NFL Championship game to ever be decided in Overtime.





December 27 - Jazz icon Miles Davis graces the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine

On this day in 1969, if you had 35 cents you were in luck. Jazz legend Miles Davis was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and it was yours to have for a grand total of one quarter and one dime. Davis was the first jazz musician to hit the cover of music's biggest magazine and is noted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "one of the key figures in the history of Jazz".

Davis' influence transcended more than just Jazz music, as he is regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in the history of music. His discography is one of the most expansive in music history as he has produced 67 studio albums, 71 live albums, 128 compilation albums, and 3 soundtracks.

Davis was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and has also been honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star and a Grammy Award for "Lifetime Achievement".





December 24 - Nirvana begins recording their first album "Bleach"

On this day in 22 years ago, one of the most influential bands in music history began recording their very first album. With a $600.00 loan from a friend from school, Nirvana began recording their debut album, "Bleach". While the album was received well by critics, it failed to chart on any of the Billboard Charts in the United States upon it's original release.

The album featured 13 tracks, including "Blew", "Love Buzz", and "About a Girl". "Bleach" sold 40,000 units upon it's original release. After the huge success of their follow up album "Nevermind", the band re-released their debut album and it reached the charts in 9 different countries.

After the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, the album began to sell hundreds of thousands of copies and eventually reached platinum status in 1995--six years after it's original release date.





December 22 - Madonna hits the top of the US Charts for the first time

On this day 26 years ago, Madonna made her mark on the North American music scene with her 2nd album "Like a Virigin". This was Madonna's first album to reach the top of the US Billboard charts, and it remained there for six consecutive weeks. The album was a huge commercial success as it went multi-platinum in six different countries (10x platinum in the United States).

"Like a Virgin" produced 5 singles, 4 of which went #1. Singles such as "Like a Virgin", "Into the Groove", "Material Girl", and "Angel" all reached the top of the charts, with "Like a Virgin" hitting the peak position in both the United States and Canada.

This album was a follow up to Madonna's self titled debut album, which came out in 1983.





December 20 - Jimi Hendrix earns "Guitarist of the Millennium" honor

On this day in 1999, Jimi Hendrix was given the distinction of "The Best Guitarist of the Millennium" by UK Guitar Magazine. Hendrix's music career was highlighted with iconic singles "Purple Haze", "All Along the Watchtower", and "Foxy Lady" amongst many others. This award was given to Hendrix 29 years after his death.

Also receiving a special distinction was Nirvana's Nevermind album, which was named "The Best Album of the Millennium". This album attained a massive cult following and featured the hit singles "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Come As You Are", and "Lithium". The album was released in 1991.

Not all musicians were given positive distinctions on this night. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was named "The Most Overrated Guitarist of the Millennium", which needless to say, didn't sit overly well with him.





December 19 - Titanic hits the theaters

The 2nd highest grossing movie of all time (thank you Avatar) hit the theaters on this day, 13 years ago. The film that grossed over 1.8 billion dollars was a huge phenomenon and would go on to win every award in its site. The movie picked up a record 11 Academy Awards and even managed to win 3 Grammy Awards for the Titanic Soundtrack.

The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater. While DiCaprio had done a few movies prior to Titanic, this movie was instrumental in launching his career. He has since starred in several blockbuster movies including "Gangs of New York", "Catch Me If You Can", and "Inception" to name a few.


The movie was produced and directed by James Cameron, who is planning a theatrical re-release of Titanic in 2012 that will be viewable in 3D.





December 18 - Remembering a Legend of Comedy

On this day 13 years ago, humour lost one of its closest friends. Legendary comedian Chris Farley passed away at the age of 33 from an accidental overdose. Farley epitomized good news throughout his career as he routinely made the planet laugh in hysterics every time he graced a screen.

Farley got his start on Saturday Night Live when he and fellow comedian Chris Rock joined the cast in 1990. These two along with David Spade, Adam Sandler, and Rob Schneider were known as "The Bad Boys of SNL". Farley and Spade would go on to make two movies together in the mid 90's as "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep" would attain a cult following and help launch Farley's film career.

Other notable Chris Farley movies include: Almost Heroes, Dirty Work, and Beverly Hills Ninja, which was the number 1 movie in America after it's first week in the theaters.





December 16 - OJ Simpson makes NFL History

Yes, before the epic 1994 car chase, OJ Simpson was one of the most recognizable and great football players in the games history. On this day in 1973, Simpson became the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. His performance during the 1973 season is widely regarded as one of the best seasons by a Running Back in NFL history as he ended that season with 2,003 rushing yards in just 14 games (6.0 yards per carry). He would go on to win the 1973 NFL Most Valuable Player award.

"Juice" as he was known throughout his football career, would win 4 NFL Rushing Titles during his illustrious playing career. He would become a 6 time Pro Bowl selection, he was selected to the 1970's all decade team, and in 1973 Simpson would win the Associated Press' "Male Athlete of the Year" award.

In 1985, Simpson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first ballot inductee. He also starred as Nordberg in the "Naked Gun" film trilogy and hosted Saturday Night Live during the 1980's.





December 14 - Sprinter Ben Johnson wins Canada's Athlete of the Year

During the late 1980's, there may not have been a more polarizing figure in Canadian sports than Ben Johnson. From world records, to National Awards, to worldwide controversy, Johnson's athletic career had it all. On this day in 1987, Johnson was given the Lou Marsh Award for Canadian Athlete of the Year for his dominance in the sprinting world. Johnson beat out several other high profile Canadian athletes including "The Great One", Wayne Gretzky.

Johnson took home two bronze medals at the 1984 Olympic Games and from there began one of the most heated rivalries in sports with American sprinter Carl Lewis. By 1986, Canada's human lighting bolt was destroying the competition and was invested as a Member of the "Order of Canada" for becoming at the time, "The World's Fastest Human Being". In 1987, Johnson became a worldwide celebrity as he was making nearly $480,000 a month just from endorsements.

In 1988, after Johnson broke a world record and won the Olympic Gold Medal, he became entrenched in controversy as he was caught for using a banned substance. While he admitted to using the substance, he along with his coach claimed that they used the substance to "remain on equal footing with the competition". Five other sprinters from that race, including Carl Lewis, were either implicated or were caught using banned substances at some point in their careers.

Johnson now lives in Markham, Ontario where he spends the majority of his time with his family.





December 13 - Happy Birthday Emily Carr!

On this day in 1871, one of Canada's most influential and decorated artists was born. Emily Carr, a "Canadian Icon" as dubbed by the Canadian Encyclopedia, was born in Victoria, British Columbia and is one of the most famous Canadians to ever come out the B.C. capital. Carr will always be remembered primarily for her paintings, as she was one of the first artists to "attempt to capture the spirit of Canada in a modern style".

During the 1920's, Carr was closely associated with the iconic "Group of Seven" which was comprised of seven Canadian landscape painters. Unlike many other artists, Carr was the latest of late-bloomers. She began the work she was best known for during her career when she was in her late 50's. She was known as a "darling of the women's movement" as the Victoria native was known as a woman who succeeded against all odds.

Today, Carr is not only recognized in British Columbia, but all over Canada. She has schools and libraries named after her, and "Emily Carr House" is a National Historic Site in Victoria.





December 10 - The First Nobel Prizes are Awarded

On this day in 1901, the first Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace were awarded. The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards which are given in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The prize is one of most recognizable and distinguishable accomplishments a person can achieve.

While the award holds a high level of prestige, the prize has come under harsh criticism over the years. One of the biggest mysteries and controversies surrounding the award is that Mohandas Gandhi never won the award for "Peace" although he was nominated for it on five different occasions.

Notable winners of the Nobel Prizes include Al Gore (Peace), Barack Obama (Peace), Ernest Hemingway (Literature), Winston Churchill (Literature), and the man who first discovered how to use X-Rays, Wilhelm Rontgen (Physics).





December 9 - The First YMCA in North America is Established

On this day in 1851, the first YMCA in North America was established in Montreal, Quebec. Today, YMCA's are all over the world, with their headquarters being in Geneva, Switzerland. In Canada, there are 45 YMCA's and 8 YMCA-YWCA's, combining to serve 1.8 million people in Canada in over 250 communities.

YMCA stands for "Young Mens Christian Association", however today the YMCA is open and provides community services to everyone. YMCA's offer health and fitness programs for all ages, child care, volunteer and leadership opportunities, as well as summer day camps. The organization operates differently in each country as it tailors to the community's needs. In North America, the YMCA is often times perceived as a sports and recreation facility.

The National YMCA Federation in Canada expresses its statement of purpose as being "dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body and a sense of responsibility to each other and the global community."





December 8 - Remembering one of music's finest

On this day 30 years ago, the world was stunned as news broke that music icon John Lennon had passed away. One of the founding members of the Beatles, Lennon and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney formed one of the most successful partnerships in the history of music. As a writer, co-writer, and producer, Lennon is responsible for 27 #1 singles on the United States Billboard Chart including "Imagine", "Hey Jude", "Hello, Goodbye" and several others.

Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Lennon has the fifth greatest singer of all time, while BBC ranked him at #8 on their "100 Greatest Britons" list. On what would have been John Lennon's 70th Birthday, the "John Lennon Peace Monument" was unveiled in Chavesse Park in Liverpool with the encryption “Peace on Earth for the Conservation of Life · In Honour of John Lennon 1940 – 1980”.

Lennon's music can still be heard today on radio stations across the planet. His biggest single, "Imagine", was ranked as the 3rd greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.





December 7 - "Instant Replay" is used for the first time

There are certain things in life we take for granted. Spell check, Don Draper's hair, and instant replay are all things we never really think about, but impact our lives in so many ways (any fans of "Mad Men" will agree!). So this is why our "On This Day" focuses on the first time instant replay was used during a live sports telecast.

December 7, 1963 in a college football game between Army and Navy, instant replay was used for the very first time. It's hard to imagine a sports game without the use of instant replay, as this feature has become a huge part of live sports telecasts and can impact the game greatly. Instant replay is used to overturn calls, award or takeaway scores, and can also be used to drum up great controversy (see video clip below).

Today instant replay is used not just in sports, but in all facets of television. Shows such as Wipeout, Amazing Race, and America's Got Talent all use and depend on instant replay. TV advancements such as TiVo and PVR were all created due to the popularity of replay.








December 6 - Europe hits #1 with "The Final Countdown"

On this day in 1986, Europe hit the top of the charts with their iconic hit single "The Final Countdown". The song was a huge success as it reached #1 in 25 countries, including the United Kingdom. VH1 named it the 66th best hard rock song of all time, and was ranked #16 on the "Most Awesomely Bad Songs...Ever" list.

"Final Countdown" has been used extensively in pop culture during the last 20+ years. The Detroit Pistons have used the iconic track as their intro song since the late 80's, and its been featured in several video games including "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games". The song gained even more popularity during the most recent decade when it was often used in the hit TV show Arrested Development for Gob's illusion acts.

"Final Countdown" is often times used at sports games to help energize the home crowd. Last year, it was used in the Broadway hit "Rock of Ages" which pays homage to the music of the 1980's.





December 4 -"Led Zeppelin" Disbands

On this day in 1980, one of the most iconic and successful groups in rock music history announced that it was disbanding after 12 years together. Led Zeppelin, the band that brought us several chart topping hits including "Stairway to Heaven", "Kashmir", and "All of My Love" disbanded after the passing away of their drummer John Bonham. The band attained a huge cult following during the 1970's where they were widely regarded as "the biggest rock band in the world".

Zeppelin has sold over 200 million albums worldwide and had six of their ten studio albums reach #1 on the US Billboard Charts. They were ranked #1 on Rolling Stones list of "100 Greatest Artists of Rock" and were given high praise from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who described Led Zeppelin as "as influential in that decade [70s] as The Beatles were in the prior one."

The rock group has reunited four times since 1980, with the most recent time being in 2007 when John Bonham's son filled in behind the drums and joined Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones on stage in England.





December 3 - Bono and the rest of U2 breathe a huge sigh of relief

On this day in 1999, Bono received arguably the most relieving and assuring news of his storied career. After having his laptop stolen, Bono had it returned to him after an Irish man who had bought the laptop for £300 realized that it was indeed the stolen laptop that Bono had been stressing over. Now, while at face value this does not seem like big news, the laptop that was stolen contained all of the songs on the upcoming U2 album that had yet to be released. Had the laptop not been returned, the entire U2 album would have been leaked to public months before the album's set release date.

The laptop contained all the songs on U2's album "All That You Can't Leave Behind". Bono and the rest of U2 were hyping up the album as one of the best albums they had ever produced, and were extremely worried when they had all of the songs stolen from them. When the laptop was returned, they were able to release the album as planned. "All That You Can't Leave Behind" became one of the most popular U2 albums of all time as it sold over 12 million copies worldwide and won seven Grammy Awards.

The album yielded 4 singles, including "Beautiful Day", "Stuck in a Moment you can't get out of", "Elevation", and "Walk On".





December 2 - Happy Birthday Nelly Furtado!

Whoa, Nelly!

Happy 32nd Birthday to Victoria, British Columbia's own Nelly Furtado! The uber successful singer has become one of the biggest names in music, as she's sold over 20 million albums worldwide. Furtado broke into the pop culture music scene in 2000 with her album "Whoa, Nelly!" which featured the hit single, "I'm like a bird". The album sold 7 million copies worldwide, including going 4x platinum in Canada.

Since 2000, Furtado has gone on to release 3 more studio albums, including her most successful CD "Loose". "Loose" sold over 10 million copies around the world and featured multiple chart topping hits such as "Promiscuous", "Say it Right", and "Maneater".

Furtado has been featured on several other successful songs over the past decade including Swollen Members' hit single "Breathe", Timbaland's "Morning After Dark", and Young Artists for Haiti's remake of "Wavin' Flag".

Furtado performed at the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics with fellow Canadian Bryan Adams.





December 1 - The Beatles invade North America

On this day in 1963, The Beatles released their first single in the United States when their iconic single "I want to hold your hand" hit the Billboard Charts. The song would become the first Beatles track to reach #1 in the United States and is credited for helping kick start "The British Invasion" into the United States music scene.

The song held the #1 spot on the charts for 7 consecutive weeks and became the Beatles' best selling single worldwide. The song is credited as being one of the most influential Beatles songs of all time and helped the English rock group have one of the most impressive years in music history in 1964. Starting from "I want to hold your hands" last week at #1, The Beatles would go on to produce seven #1 singles during that one year time frame.

In 2004, the song was ranked #16 on the Rolling Stones "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". "I want to hold your hand" also cracked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's list of "500 songs that shaped Rock n' Roll".





November 30 - Ken Jennings' Jeopardy Streak Comes to an End

On this day in 2004, arguably the greatest run in Television Game Show history came to an abrupt end. Ken Jennings, the man who had mastered the game of Jeopardy, lost his first game on November 30, 2004 which snapped his record shattering 74 game winning streak. Jennings was defeated by challenger Nancy Zerg, after he uncharacteristically answered both his "Daily Doubles" wrong. The wrong answers caused him to lose a combined $10,200, which forced him to play from behind in "Final Jeopardy!"

Jennings ultimate downfall in the game was his inability to get the Final Jeopardy! question correct. The answer was, ""Most of this firm's 70,000 seasonal white collar employees work only four months a year". Zerg responded correctly with "What is H&R Block", while Jennings was incorrect with his response of "What is FedEx". Jennings' final total from his 75 show run totaled an astonishing $2,522,700.

Zerg would finish in 3rd place in the next show and unfortunately had her winning streak halted at just one victory.





November 29 - The Montreal Forum Opens

On this day in 1924, the doors opened to one of hockey's and Canada's most historic venues. The Montreal Forum, home of the Montreal Canadiens from 1926-1996 (Montreal Maroons occupied the building from 1924-1926) has been the setting for several iconic moments in both sport and music.

The arena was dubbed "The most iconic building in hockey history" by The Sporting News as it was home to several Canadien Stanley Cup wins along with several international hockey events. The Forum was the host to the first game of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia where the Russians walked in and shocked Canadians from coast to coast by beating Team Canada.

In 1976, The Forum was the site of 5 Olympic events. The most memorable moment from those games came from Nadia Comaneci as her "Perfect 10" was the first in the history of Olympic Gymnastics.

The Forum closed on March 11, 1996 when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Dallas Stars. The night was marked by one of the most emotional moments in hockey history, when the Forum crowd gave a Canadien legend Maurice "The Rocket" Richard a 10 minute standing ovation.





November 28 - John Lennon make his last ever concert appearance

On this day in 1974, a music icon unknowingly made his last ever concert appearance. At an Elton John concert at Madison Square Garden, John Lennon came on stage and performed "Whatever Gets you Through the Night", "Lucky in the Sky with Diamonds", and "I Saw Her Standing There" in front of a packed house in New York City.

Lennon's arrival was a surprise to all the fans in attendance. Lennon made a deal with Sir Elton that if their song "Whatever Gets you Through the Night" reached #1 (which Lennon didn't think it would), Lennon would have to make an appearance at John's Thanksgiving Day concert at Madison Square Garden. As far as surprise guest appearances go, having John Lennon show up unannounced may be as good as it gets!

In 1975 when Lennon's second child was born, the former Beatles legend took a 5 year hiatus from the music industry. So fans, Elton John, and even Lennon himself had no idea at the time that when John Lennon walked off the stage on Thanksgiving night in 1974, he would never walk back on one for the rest of his life.





November 27 - Gordie Howe makes hockey history

They don't call him "Mr. Hockey" for nothing.

November 27 will always be a special day for the former Detroit Red Wings legend. On this day in 1960, Gordie Howe became the 1st player in NHL history to record 1,000 points. Howe accomplished the feat in his 938th game as a member of the Detroit Red Wings.

To make November 27 even more special for Mr. Hockey, on the same day just one year later in 1961 Howe would become the first NHL player to play in 1,000 career games. Like his 1,000th career point, Howe accomplished the feat as a Detroit Red Wing. Howe holds the NHL record for most games played as he's played in an astonishing 1,767 career games. To put that into perspective, Wayne Gretzky played in 280 less games during his career.

Gordie Howe would end his career with 1,850 career points which is the second highest total of all time (Wayne Gretzky). He currently holds 14 NHL records.





November 25 - The New Kids On The Block arrive on the music scene

On this day 22 years ago, the New Kids on the Block hit the top of the charts for the first time with their hit single "You Got It (The Right Stuff)". This song would kick start the boy band's successful music career as they would go on to record three more number 1 singles and attain a huge cult following through the late 80's and early 90's.

"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" was the first single of the off the 1988 album "Hangin' Tough". The album featured several other singles including "Hangin' Tough", "Cover Girl", and "I'll Be Lovin' You Forever". The CD would accumulate three #1 singles and sell 16 million copies worldwide. By the end of 1989, the album would be the #1 selling album in America.

The New Kids are currently on tour with The Backstreet Boys and will be in Vancouver during the summer of 2011.





November 24, 1990 - Madonna hits #1 with "The Immaculate Collection"

Before the days of a CD Burner, you couldn't put together a better album than Madonna's greatest hits compilation, "The Immaculate Collection". The album featured all of her best singles from the years 1982-1990, which included "Holiday", "Vogue", "Like a Prayer", and several other iconic songs. The album would spend 9 weeks atop the charts and went multi-platinum in 12 countries (including 12x platinum in the UK).

"The Immaculate Collection" also featured two new singles by Madonna: "Justify My Love" and "Rescue Me". "Justify My Love" became a number 1 single and got it's music video banned by MTV for sexual and explicit content.

The album is widely regarded as one of the best solo artist compilation albums ever, as it's sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It is also the highest selling album by a female artist in British history.





November 23 - MJ hits the top of the charts with "Black or White"

On this day in 1991, the King of Pop hit the top of the charts in both the UK and the United States with his smash hit, "Black or White". The song was the first single of Jackson's 1991 album "Dangerous" and featured then Guns N Roses guitarist Slash. The song was a huge success as it went to the peak position in 20 different countries and reached platinum status in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

"Black or White" was the 2nd best selling single of 1991, even though it was released towards the end of the year. The album "Dangerous" was Jackson's fastest selling album as it sold seven million copies in just under 2 months. The CD had several singles including "Remember the Time", "Jam", and "Heal the World", to go along with the lead single "Black or White".

In less than a month's time, Jackson will have another album hit the shelves as his posthumous album "Michael" will be his first album release since 2001.





November 22 - Wayne Gretzky scores his 500th career goal

On this day 24 years ago, the Great One scored his 500th career NHL goal against the Vancouver Canucks. He was the 13th player in league history to accomplish the feat and was the fastest to reach the mark as it only took him 575 games. To put that into perspective, it took Mark Messier 1,141 games to reach the 500 goal mark.

Gretzky would end his career as the all-time leading goal scorer in NHL history with 894 career goals in 1,487 games. He ended his career with a grand total of 61 NHL records, many of which will never be broken.

The NHL has not had a player hit the 500 goal mark since 2008, when Keith Tkachuck scored his milestone goal in his 1,055th game. Teemu Selanne, Mark Recchi, and Mike Modano are currently the only active players with over 500 career goals.






November 21 - Happy Birthday Troy Aikman!

Happy 44th birthday to former NFL Quarterback Troy Aikman! Aikman played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys where he won 3 Superbowl Titles in the mid 90's. Aikman was a 6 time pro bowl selection and won the MVP award at Superbowl XXVII where he threw for 4 touchdown passes.

He is widely regarded as the best Quarterback to play during the 1990s, and along with teammates Emmit Smith and Michael Irvin, formed a 3 headed monster that made the Dallas Cowboys offense one of the most feared in the entire league. In 2006, Aikman was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Aikman's career was cut short after 11 seasons due to concussion problems. He is arguably the best Quarterback in Cowboys history and accumulated 94 wins over his career. He now works as a colour commentator for the NFL on Fox, where he will be calling the Superbowl game this year along with Joe Buck .





November 19 - "Milli Vanilli" get stripped of their Grammy Award

It appears life was too good to be true for pop duo Milli Vanilli in 1990.

The group's debut album "All or Nothing" was a huge international success and produced several #1 hits including "Blame it on the rain", "Baby don't forget my number", and "Girl I'm gonna miss you". This success helped Milli Vanilli earn a 1990 Grammy Award for "Best New Artist".

However, their success would soon turn to international infamy as their Grammy would be revoked after it became apparent that the lead vocals on the album were not their actual voices. While this was an unfortunate time for the pop duo, they were able to keep their American Music Awards as the organizers believed the awards were given to them by the music consumers.

The band would go on to change their name to "The Real Milli Vanilli" for their next album. Since their debut album the group has gone on to produce 5 more albums under a variety of names, including a Greatest Hits album in 2006.





November 17 - Mario Lemieux enters the "Hall of Fame"

On this day 13 years ago, one of the greatest players in the history of the NHL received one of his biggest honors. Mario Lemieux was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame after becoming only the ninth player to be allowed into the Hall of Fame without having to wait the mandatory three year waiting period. Lemieux entered the Hall of Fame in 1997 as the only player to average more than 2 points per game (1494 points in 745 games).

In 2000, Lemieux made his return to the NHL. It didn't take long for him to regain his scoring touch, as he recorded an assist only 33 seconds into his first shift back after a three year hiatus. Lemieux would finish that game with a goal and three points, and would end the season with an astonishing 76 points in just 43 games.

In 2002, Lemieux would captain Team Canada at the Salt Lake City Olympics. He had 6 points in the tournament and helped Team Canada win their first gold medal in 50 years. Four years later, "Super Mario" would announce his second and final retirement from the game of hockey.





November 14 - "Moby Dick" is published

"Call me, Ishmael"

And with that iconic opening line, 159 years ago one of the Great American novels was published. Herman Melville's "Moby Dick" is an epic adventure novel that's captured the imagination of readers for over a century. The book covers a wide range of themes and has been interpreted differently by many people.

"Moby Dick" introduced the public to characters such as Ishmael, Ahab, Elijah, and of course, Moby Dick. The book has been adapted several different times in film, television, and stage. The most memorable adaptation may have been the 1998 made for TV movie which featured Patrick Stewart (Start Trek, X-Men) as Ahab.







November 13 - The Beatles launch their official website

On this day, 10 years ago, The Beatles launched their first official website: www.thebeatles.com. The website was unveiled on the same day the group released their compilation "1" album, which featured 27 Beatles songs that went #1. The album sold over $31 million copies.

The website itself is quite cool with Beatles songs playing on repeat, memorabilia, and an archive of all the vintage Beatles music videos. Unfortunately you can't hear any of their solo work, but then again, that is to be expected!

Today, The Beatles' music is not available through digital download from iTunes or Napster. They are among a handful of major artists who do not allow for their music to be sold through digital download.





November 12 - Happy Birthday Neil Young!

Happy 65th birthday to Neil Young! One of the most influential musicians of his time, Young has received several accolades throughout his career. One of his most notable accomplishments was being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on two separate occasions; once as a solo artist and once as a member of Buffalo Springfield.

Young has had several iconic solo singles, including "Old Man", "Heart of Gold", and "Rockin' in the Free World". He has been nominated for 26 Juno Awards, and has won for "Best Male Artist", "Entertainer of the Year", and "Album of the Year".

Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Young received the "Order of Canada" in 2009.





November 11 - Happy Birthday Mark Sanchez!

Happy 23rd birthday to Mark Sanchez! The "Sanchize", as he's known across North America, is starting QB for the Superbowl contending New York Jets. The Jets drafted Sanchez 5th overall in the 2009 draft out of USC, and in his short career has already helped lead the Jets to the AFC Championship Game.

The Jets have big plans for their young Quarterback, as many envision him as a potential NFL star in the coming years. This season, Sanchez has thrown for 10 TD passes and has helped the Jets to a 6-2 record, good enough for first place in the AFC East Division.

This past Sunday, Sanchez helped the Jets overcome a late 4th quarter deficit and lead them to an Overtime win against the Detroit Lions.





November 9 - "The Rocket" wins his 7th Cy Young Award

On this day, just six years ago, Roger Clemens won his MLB record 7th Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in baseball. Clemens won his 7th Cy Young Award as a member of the Houston Astros, where he posted a record of 18 wins and just 4 losses. "The Rocket" would win the award with every team he played for, including twice with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Since his retirement, Clemens has been surrounded in controversy regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs. Clemens is currently being indicted by a federal grand jury for amongst other things, two counts of perjury. Not the best news for the baseball legend, but for those who believe, Clemens remains one of the greatest pitchers to ever step on the mound.




November 7 - "The Waterboy" hits the theatres

Can you believe it's been 12 years? Yes, on this day in 1998, Adam Sandler's box office smash hit, "The Waterboy" hit the theaters. The movie was a huge success, as it grossed nearly $186 million worldwide. Along with "The Wedding Singer", this would be Sandler's second movie of 1998 that grossed over $100 million.

The movie was based around a stuttering waterboy named Bobby Boucher, who becomes the star Linebacker for the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs. The movie features appearances from Rob Schneider, Paul White (aka "The Big Show" from WWE), and Henry Winkler (aka "The Fonz").

Along with Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison, Bobby Boucher is one of Sandler's most iconic characters.





November 6 - Aerosmith plays their first ever gig

On this day 40 years ago, music history was made. Rock legends Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Since then, Aerosmith has come a long way, as they are widely regarded as one of the best Rock n Roll groups in music history.

The boys from Boston are the highest selling American rock band of all time, with an astounding 150 million record sales worldwide. The band has had several #1 singles including "I don't wanna miss a thing", "Cryin'", and "Love in an Elevator". In total, the band has released 67 singles.

The band's most successful album was their 1993 release "Get a Grip". The album peaked at #1 and went 7x Platinum in the United States. The album include the hit singles "Eat the Rich", "Crazy", and "Livin on the Edge".




November 5 - Happy Birthday Bryan Adams!

Happy 51st Birthday Bryan Adams! Adams is Canada's highest selling male recording artist of all time, and is widely regarded as one of the most prolific musicians to ever come out of Canada. Adams has had 56 Juno nominations and 15 Grammy nominations over his 33 year career.

Adams is best known for his hit singles "Summer of 69", "(Everything I do) I do it for you", and "Heaven". Adams also performed at the Opening Ceremonies at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.

Aside from receiving numerous musical awards, Adams has received the Order of Canada for his philanthropic work, and was also inducted into the Canadian Walk of Fame in 1998.





November 4 - The NBA takes their talents to South Beach

On this day, 23 years ago, the NBA announced that they would be expanding into Miami. Given the current state of basketball in Miami, we here at Good News Weekly consider this to have been a very wise move on the part of the NBA.

The Heat began their first NBA season by losing their first 17 games of the season, which was at the time a NBA record. The team finished the year with a 15-67 record, which surprisingly enough, wasn't the worst season in franchise history. Since then, the Heat have become a respected franchise in the NBA, winning the NBA Championship in 2006 behind the performances of Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O'Neal.

Today, the Miami Heat are the most hated team in all of sports. The summer of 2010 saw them acquire 2 time MVP Lebron James and former Toronto Raptor Chris Bosh, to team up with incumbent superstar Dwayne Wade. The Heat, along with the LA Lakers, are the favourites to win the NBA Championship in 2011.





November 2 - Happy Birthday Nelly!

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Happy 36th birthday Nelly! The rapper from St. Louis has been a huge musical success since 2000, when he released his first single album "Country Grammar". Nelly has produced several chart topping hits including "Hot in Herre", "Dilemma", and "Ride wit me".

Nelly's most successful album to date was his 2002 release "Nellyville". The album featured 3 number 1 hits and went multi-platinum in 4 different countries. In the United States alone, Nelly has sold over 21 million albums in total.

Nelly just released another studio album in 2010 called "Nelly 5.0". The album has already hit platinum status in the United States and the lead single, "Just a dream" peaked at #3.





October 31 - Happy Birthday Deuce Bigalow!

Happy 47th birthday Rob Schneider! The actor who is most famous for his starring roles in "Deuce Bigalow", "The Animal", and "The Hot Chick", Schneider got his start as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1988. It was here on SNL that he developed his relationships with fellow actors Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and David Spade.

Schneider and Sandler have worked together on a number of movies, including "Big Daddy", "Little Nicky", and "Eight Crazy Nights"--all of which were movies that had Adam Sandler as a the lead role.

Schneider was most recently in the movie "Grown Ups", where he played the role of Rob Hillard.





October 28 - Harvard College was Founded

On this day, 374 years ago, Harvard College was founded. We here at Good News Weekly remember it like it was yesterday.

Harvard College is one of two schools within Harvard University that grants undergraduate degrees. It is Harvard's oldest school, and has had its fair share of notable alumni. Two of the most famous alumni are Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)--both of whom, oddly enough, did not graduate.

Notable alumni who have graduated from Harvard College include CNBC's Jim Cramer, Nobel Prize winner T.S. Eliot, actor Tommy Lee Jones, musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), and former president John F. Kennedy.





October 27 - Emmit Smith Becomes the NFL's All-Time Leading Rusher

On this day, 8 years ago, Dallas Cowboys Running Back Emmit Smith broke Walter Payton's NFL record for most career rushing yards (16,726). Smith would end his career with 18,355 rushing yards and 164 rushing touchdowns--both NFL records.

Smith is widely regarded as one of the best Running Back's in the history of the NFL. He won 3 Superbowl titles, a league MVP in 1993, and a Superbowl MVP in 1995. Along with QB Troy Aikman and WR Michael Irvin, Smith helped the Dallas Cowboys produce one of the most electric offense's during the 1990's.

Today, Smith has retired from professional Football and works as an analyst for NFL Network. In 2006, Smith won the third season of "Dancing with the Stars" along with his partner Cheryl Burke.





October 26 - Happy Birthday Napoleon Dynamite!

Happy 33rd birthday to Jon Heder! The actor most famous for his starring role in "Napoleon Dynamite", Heder has also had starring roles in "The Benchwarmers" and "Blades of Glory".

In 2004, the release of Napoleon Dynamite launched Heder's acting career. The movie grossed over $44 million worldwide, and has developed a cult following across North America. Heder won the MTV Video Award for "Best Breakthrough Performance" for his starring role in the movie. Heder was also a co-writer for the film.

Heder has made several TV appearances, as he has hosted Saturday Night Live, Mad TV, and WWE's Monday Night Raw. Heder is working on a few movies at the moment, and we should see something new from him in 2011.





October 25 - "It gets through Buckner"

Yes on this day, 24 years ago, Bill Buckner made one of the most famous errors in MLB history. Bucker's Boston Red Sox lost game 6 of the World Series to the New York Mets when Bucker, who was playing 1st base, let a routine ground ball go through his legs. The error led to the winning Mets run to cross the plate, and extended the series to a 7th game, where the Red Sox would lose the World Series. This play has gone down in infamy as one of the most costly errors in the history of professional baseball.

In 2004, when the Red Sox won their first championship in 1918, many people believe the burden of the ground ball was lifted off Buckner's shoulders, as the city of Boston had finally won their first world series in 86 years.

In 1992, Charlie Sheen purchased "The Buckner Ball" for $93,000 at an auction. American song writer, Seth Swirsky now owns the ball.





October 23 - Joe Carter wins the World Series for the Blue Jays!

"Touch em all Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life". Doesn't that quote say it all?

On this day, 17 years ago, Joe Carter hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, as his three run shot gave the Toronto Blue Jays their 2nd world series in as many years. The home run made Carter an instant legend in Blue Jays baseball history. Carter is only one of two men to end a World Series with a home run.

Since then, the Blue Jays have yet to win a world series. To make matters even more trying, the Blue Jays World Series win was the last time any Canadian team in any of the 4 major sports leagues (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB), has won a championship.

Carter would end his career as a 5 time all star and with 396 career home runs.





October 20 - Happy Birthday Snoop Dogg!

Who's the man with the dance? Yes, it's Snoop D-O Double G and today we celebrate his 39th birthday! The Dr. Dre protege has made a name for himself in the entertianment industry with success as a rapper, actor, and record producer. As a rapper, Snoop Dogg has released ten studio albums, which have featured hit singles "Gin and Juice", "Drop it like its hot", and "Beautiful". Five of his albums have peaked at #1, and all of them have reached the top 5 in the United States.

As a solo artist, Snoop Dogg has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. He has also collaborated with other music giants including Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and most recently, Katy Perry.

As an actor, Snoop Dogg has had roles in Training Day, Starsky and Hutch, and Malibu's Most Wanted.





October 18 - The Winnipeg Jets are sold!

On this day, 15 years ago, the Winnipeg Jets were sold to an American group who planned on moving the team to Phoenix. The Jets would play out their last season in Winnipeg, before the team would be relocated in Arizona. This was a tough time for Canadian hockey fans, as within the span of one year, Canada had lost both the Quebec Nordiques and the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets would end their last season in Winnipeg by losing in the 1st round of the playoffs to the top seeded Red Wings.

The team moved to Phoenix the following year, where they have yet to win a playoff round. The once proud Canadian franchise has floundered in Phoenix, where the team is currently looking for new ownership and fighting off bankruptcy. Canadian fans hold out hope that the Jets can return back to Winnipeg, where the city is starving for NHL hockey again.

For all the Winnipeg Jets fans out there, here is a clip that is sure to make you smile!





October 17 - Happy Birthday Eminem!

Happy 38th birthday to Slim Shady! One of the most successful musicians over the past decade, Eminem has built himself a worldwide following of fans. He has accumulated 13 number 1 singles including smash hits "Without Me", "The Real Slim Shady", and "Lose Yourself". His latest number 1 hit, "Love the way you lie", has hit the top of the charts in 9 different countries!

Eminem was named "The Best Rapper Alive" by Vibe Magazine in 2008, and was listed on both VH1 and Rolling Stone Magazines lists of the "Top 100 Musicians of All Time". He was also named Billboards "Artist of the Decade" for this past decade, joining the likes of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Mariah Carey, who have also won the award.

While he has attained the majority of his success through his music, Eminem has also gained respect from his work in H0llywood. His starring role in the 2002 movie, 8 Mile, earned Eminem several awards, including "Best Male Performance" at the MTV Movie Awards.





October 15 - I Love Lucy Premieres on CBS!

On this day, 59 years ago, one of television's all time greatest shows premiered on CBS. "I Love Lucy", a sitcom in the 1950's staring actress Lucille Ball, is widely regarded as one of the best TV shows to ever hit the airwaves. The show was the highest rated show in four of its six seasons, and was the first show in history to end the series while still being the number 1 show in America (Seinfeld and The Andy Griffith Show would later accomplish the same feat). The show won 5 Emmy awards and received several other nominations.

When the show ended after the sixth season, lead actress Lucille Ball and actor Desi Arnaz created the "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", which featured 13 episodes from 1957-1960. The "Luci-Desi Comedy Hour" was released on DVD as "I Love Lucy: Seasons 7-9".

In 2002, TV Guide ranked "I Love Lucy" as the 2nd greatest TV show of all time, behind Seinfeld.





October 14 - Pulp Fiction Hits the Theatres

On this day 16 years ago, Pulp Fiction hit the box office and became one of the most iconic movies in modern day. Featuring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Bruce Willis (just to name a few), the movie is best known for it's non-linear storyline and it's off key dialogue. Travolta, Jackson, and Thurman were all nominated for Academy Awards, and the movie helped revitalize the careers of both John Travolta and Bruce Willis.


The filmed was very well received by the public, as it grossed over $210 million worldwide. The film's soundtrack would also be a huge hit, as it peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Charts.




October 13 - Happy Birthday Sacha Baron Cohen!

Happy 39th birthday to comedian, actor, and writer, Sacha Baron Cohen! Cohen attained worldwide fame for his roles as Ali G, Borat, and Bruno. His role as Borat, in the feature film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan", earned Cohen a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and earned him an Oscar nomination.


Baron Cohen's characters have become so popular that he has decided to retire all three of them. He stated that the public has become too familiar with them and it was time to go in a different direction.

Cohen will play the role of Freddy Mercury, in the upcoming "Freddy Mercury Biopic" which is currently in pre-production.





October 12 - Paul McCartney is dead?

On this day 41 years ago, a Detroit based radio station received a phone call that would churn the worldwide rumour mill forever. On October 12, 1969, a caller phoned Detroit's WKNR radio station and asked them to play the Beatles' smash hit "Strawberry Fields Forever" in reverse. When the radio station agreed to do this, everyone could hear John Lennon say the words "I buried Paul". This started a worldwide rumour that Paul McCartney was dead, and that there was an "impostor Paul" in his place.

Today this rumour is still believed by many, and is known worldwide as the "Paul is Dead" hoax. This is just one example of all the hysteria that surrounded the Beatles during the 1970's.







October 11 - Saturday Night Live Debuts!

On this day, 35 years ago, iconic comedy sketch TV show "Saturday Night Live" first debuted on NBC. SNL is one of the longest running network TV shows in the United States, with nearly 700 episodes being broadcast since 1975. Movies such as "A Night at the Roxbury", "Wayne's World" and "Coneheads" are all movies based off of Saturday Night Live sketches.

Betty White is the oldest celebrity guest to host SNL at the ripe age of 88 years and 111 days. Drew Barrymore is the youngest guest to host at the tender age of 7 years and 271 days. Comedian George Carlin was the first ever guest to host Saturday Night Live.





October 9 - Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon!

On this day 70 years ago, one of music's all time greatest talents was born. John Lennon, one of the founding members of The Beatles, was one of the most beloved celebrities on the planet before his death in 1980. As a performer, writer, and co-writer, Lennon is responsible for 27 number #1 singles in the United States! A BBC poll ranked him number 8 on the top "100 Greatest Britons" list, and Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as the 5th greatest singer of all time.

Some of Lennon's most famous solo recordings include "Imagine", "Instant Karma", and "Whatever gets you through the night".

Today, Lennon has monuments, parks, statues, pubs, hotels, cafes, schools, and an airport all named after him.





October 8 - Don Larsen Pitches a "Perfect Game"

Tis the season of Major League Baseball's Playoffs, so we thought we'd pay tribute to one of the great moments in the history of the sport. On this day 54 years ago, Yankees pitcher Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. A perfect game is accomplished when a pitcher does not allow any opposing batter to attain a hit, walk, or get on base. This is an extremely rare occurrence in baseball, and Larsen was able to accomplish the feat on baseball's grandest stage.

Larsen's perfect game was also the only no-hitter in MLB playoff history until October 6, 2010, when Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Roy Halladay, completed the feat.





October 7 - Happy Birthday Simon Cowell!

Happy 51st birthday Simon Cowell! The man most known for his blunt and controversial comments, Cowell has become a worldwide celebrity for his roles as a judge on American Idol and Britain's Got Talent. Cowell is also the CEO and founder of "Syco", a British entertainment company. Some of Syco's most prominent clients include Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, and Il Divo--all of whom have had number 1 albums in the UK.

Cowell's career as an executive, producer, and entrepreneur has been very successful as his reported net worth is approx. $200 million USD.





October 6 - Meet the Parents Hits the Theatres

On this day 10 years ago, comedy movie Meet the Parents was released. The movie was an instant success as it has made over $330 million worldwide. The movie contains an all star cast featuring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, and Owen Wilson. The film took home "Best Comedy" at the People's Choice Awards, and Stiller won "Best Comedic Performance" at the MTV Movie Awards for his starring role as Greg Focker.

The movie's success lead to a 2004 sequel, "Meet the Fockers", and filming for a third movie has already begun.





October 5 - The first James Bond movie is released!

On this day 48 years ago, Sean Connery starred in the first ever James Bond film: Dr. No. The film was the first time fans go to see the legendary "gun barrel sequence" at the start of a Bond movie, see him flirt with Miss Moneypenny, or say the iconic phrase:"Bond, James Bond". Dr. No was a huge success as it grossed nearly $60 million worldwide and is credited for being the catalyst that launched a very successful genre of spy movies in the 1960's.


Today the role of James Bond is played by English actor, Daniel Craig. Early reports state that filming for the new Bond movie could begin as early as mid 2011.





October 3 - Happy Birthday Gwen Stefani!

Happy 41st Birthday to singer Gwen Stefani! While she doesn't look the part of a 41 year old, Stefani has been around the music scene since the mid 80's. Her band, No Doubt, began producing music in 1986, with their first breakout album coming in 1993 with their third studio album, "Tragic Kindgom".

In 2004, Stefani began her solo career which yielded instant success. Her debut album, "Love. Angel. Music. Baby." sold over seven million copies and featured hit singles "Wait you waiting for", "Rich Girl" and "Hollaback Girl". "Hollaback Girl", the third single from the album, became the first U.S. digital download to sell one million copies.

Today, Stefani is back with No Doubt, and they are set to release a new album in December 2010.






Oct 2 - "Peanuts" turns 60!

On this day, 60 years ago, Charles M. Schulz published the first ever issue of "Peanuts". The strip ran for almost 50 years and is considered to be one of the most influential comic strips of all time. The comic strip gave birth to iconic cartoon characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Peppermint Patty.

The comic strip had incredible success on television as well. A Charlie Brown Christmas has become a staple on TV during Christmas time and even won an Emmy in the 1960's.

Nearly 18,000 Peanuts comic strips have been published, making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being"--Professor Robert Thompson.





Sept 30 - "Cheers" turns 28 years old!

Yes, sometimes you want to go, where everybody knows your name. And everyone knew your name at Cheers.

The comedy series that ran for 11 years, became a huge success during the late 80's and early 90's. The show's finale, which aired in 1993, was viewed by over 42 million people, making it one of the highest rated programs in United States television history.

The show's star, Ted Danson, played the iconic role of Sam Malone, the bartender and owner of Cheers. Danson would go on to win two Emmy Awards for Best Actor for his role as Sam Malone. Kelsey Grammer, who played the role of Fraiser Crane, received his own spin off show after the Cheers series finished in 1993. The show Frasier would go on to be a huge success in the late 1990's and early part of the 2000's.

Today, Cheers is in syndication and is still widley popular amongst several demographics.





Sept 29 - Happy Birthday Kevin Durant!

Today is the 22nd birthday for NBA Basketball superstar, Kevin Durant. Durant made history last season, becoming the youngest player in the league history to win the NBA scoring title, at the tender age of 21. To put that into perspective, Michael Jordan didn't win his first scoring title until the age of 24! Even though he just turned 22, many believe Durant has the potential to become one of the greatest scorers in the history of the NBA.

Durant has accomplished an extraordinary amount by the age of 22, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Earlier in the summer Durant agreed to a contact extension with his current team, The Oklahmoa City Thunder, for a reported $86 million. To put that number into context, the largest Lotto 6/49 winning ever is 54.6 million dollars.

Needless to say, the future looks very bright and green for Kevin Durant.




Sept 27 - The Tonight Show First Aired

On this day, 56 years ago, the first ever broadcast of "The Tonight Show" was aired on NBC. The show was orginally hosted by Steve Allen from 1954-1957. The show's popularity increased dramatically when legendary host, Jimmy Carson, got behind the desk. Carson was the longest serving host to date, as he hosted the Tonight Show for 30 seasons.

The Tonight show has done over 10,500 episodes and has featured guests from all walks of life including athletes, celebrities, and politicians. In 2009, the Tonight Show became the first late night talk show in history to have the current President of the United States as a guest, when Barack Obama agreed to come on the show.

The current host, Jay Leno, reclaimed his job in controversial fashion from Conan O'Brien after a year long hiatus. The move was met with intense criticism and scrutiny from the public.





Sept 26 - Beatles Release Abbey Road

On this day, 41 years ago, The Bealtes released Abbey Road. Abbey Road would end up being the final album recorded by the super group, as The Beatles disbanded in 1970. The album was a huge success featuring classic tracks "Here Comes the Sun", "Come Together", and "Something". Abbey Road debuted at number 1 in the UK, and held the top spot on the charts for 17 of the first 18 weeks it was released. The reception was very similar across the pond in the United States, as the album spent 11 non consecutive weeks at number 1.

Abbey Road is widely considered by many to be one of the best albums of all time. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it as the #14 album in music history, while other publications have it in their top 10.




Sept 25 - The Fresh Prince Turns 42!

Happy Birthday Will Smith! Yes, on this day 42 years ago, Bel-Air's Fresh Prince was born and would go on to become one of the world's most successful musicians, actors, and producers. Smith's big breakthrough came when he starred on NBC's hit TV show, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", which became one of the most successful comedies during the 1990's. After the show's finale in 1996, Smith recorded his multi-platinum album, Big Willie Style, which featured smash hits "Gettin Jiggy With it" and "Miami".

As an actor, Smith is known for his ability to play starring roles in a wide variety of genres, including comedy, action, and drama. His portrayal of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in the blockbuster hit "Ali", earned him Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. Smith has also starred in action classics "Men In Black" and "Bad Boys".

Smith's greatest honor may have come from President Barack Obama, who stated that if a movie were to ever be made about him, that he would have Smith play the lead role.





Sept 24 - Nirvana Nevermind Album Turns 19 Years Old!

"With the lights out, it's less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us". And with that, Nirvana's Nevermind took off and became one of the most influential albums in music history.

Nevermind is credited for helping bring alternative rock to the large mainstream audience. The album boasted several big hits including "Smells Like Teen Spirt", "Come As You Are", and "Lithium", and sold over ten million copies worldwide. Within months of its release, the album overthrew Michael Jackson's Dangerous for top spot on the Billboard charts, as the lead single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit", became a worldwide number 1 hit.

Nevermind ranked #17 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".




Sept 23 - First and Only Female NHL Goalie

On this day 18 years ago, goaltender Manon Rheaume became the first female to play in an NHL exhibition game when she suited up for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Rheaume stopped 7 of 9 shots she faced and gained immense popularity after this performance as she was approached by Playboy and Penthouse magazines to pose for the publications. Rheaume now works for a foundation which helps provide scholarships for young women across Canada.

Rheaume, to this date, is still the only female to play an exhibition game in the NHL




Sept 22 - National Geographic Begins

On this day, 122 years ago, National Geographic published its first issue. National Geographic is one of the most popular magazines on the planet as it is published in 32 different languages and is received by over 50 million people each month.

The magazine is well known for its photography, which captures images from all across the world, including highly remote and scenic areas which are not often seen by the public. In 2008, National Geographic won three National Magazine Awards which included awards for photojournalism, written content, and general excellence.

The magazine has always been identifiable by it's distinct yellow border that surrounds the front page of all its issues.




Sept. 21 - J.R.R. Tolkien publishes "The Hobbit"

Happy 73rd anniversary to "The Hobbit"! The hugely successful children's novel has passed the test of time and is regarded as of the best all time classics in it's genre. The novel has evolved over the last decade, as its sequel, "The Lord of the Rings" became one of the greatest successes in both literature and film history. 

Now in 2010, "The Hobbit" is seen not only as a classic novel, but also as a collector's item. The first printing of the first English language edition has gone for over $20,000.00 in some auctions, while recent figures have estimated that worldwide sales of the novel are in the neighborhood of 100 million copies sold since 1937. 

Needless to say, "The Hobbit" is one of the all-time classics in literature history and one of J.R.R. Tolkien's finest works. 




Sept 20 - INXS Finds Their New Man

On September 20, 2005, music history was made. After 2 and a half months of watching some of musics top talents vie for a chance to be their new front man, 80's dance rock group INXS handpicked Canadian born J.D. Fortune to be their new lead singer. Fortune won the reality TV show, "Rockstar: INXS", which pitted him against 14 other hopefuls to be the heir apparent to Michael Hutchence, INXS' former front man.

Fortune performed songs by Elvis Presley, Joe Cocker, and Nirvana throughout the TV show, with his most memorable performance being his week 1 remake of The Mama and Papa's smash hit, 'California Dreamin'.

Fortune only made one album with the group, which received mixed reviews. After being kicked out of the group in early 2009, Fortune rejoined the group in 2010.




Sept. 17 - Happy Birthday Alexander Ovechkin!

For all that he's already accomplished in his NHL career, it is hard to imagine that today is only the 25th birthday for The Great Alexander Ovechkin. With 2 league MVP trophies, 2 goal scoring titles, 5 First Team All Star Selections, and 9 NHL records, there is almost nothing that "Ovie" hasn't yet accomplished.

Away from the ice, Ovechkin is becoming very prominent both in North America and Worldwide. In 2009, Ovie was ranked number 48 on G.Q. Magazine's list of "The Most Powerful Men in D.C." and in 2010 he was named as one of the official ambassadors of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.




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