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Monday February 21 at a glance…

TODAY IN MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY

 

1933- Jazz singer Nina Simone (“Feelin’ Good”) was born in North Carolina. She passed away in 2003 at the age of 70.

1952- Elizabeth Taylor wed Michael Wilding. It was her second in a series of eight marriages.

1970- The Jackson Five made their debut on American Bandstand. They performed “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”

1992- After fulfilling the sentence for his 1991 indecent exposure charge, actor Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) produced a public service video warning kids about the dangers of taking illegal drugs.

1992- A Cleveland court dropped rape charges against Joseph Simmons, better known as “Run” of the rap group Run-DMC.

1997- The Beatles Anthology, Volume 3 was certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi Platinum 3x by the RIAA.

2003- Folk music singer/songwriter Tom Glazer died in Philadelphia at the age of 88. He is perhaps best known for the 1963 novelty song “On Top of Spaghetti.”

TODAY IN HISTORY

1792- Congress passed the Presidential Succession Act providing for the succession to the office of the President and Vice President in case of removal, death, resignation or disability.

1842- John J. Greenough of Washington, DC patented the sewing machine.

1887- Oregon became the first U.S. state to make Labor Day a holiday.

1902- Dr. Harvey Cushing, the first U.S. brain surgeon, performed his first brain operation.

1916- The longest and bloodiest battle of World War I – the battle of Verdun - began in France.

1925- The New Yorker magazine made its debut.

1931- Alka Seltzer was introduced.

1965- Black activist Malcolm X was shot and killed by assassins identified as Black Muslims as he was about to address a rally of several hundred followers in New York. He was 39. Malcolm X had broken from the Nation of Islam to found his own Organization of Afro-American Unity.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1931- The Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants became the first major league teams to meet in a night game.

1977- Former Green Bay Packers star Henry Jordan died. Jordan had the famous quote about his coach Vince Lombardi, “He treats us very fair – all the same – like dogs.”

1986- Rollie Fingers lost a chance to continue his career with the Cincinnati Reds when he refused to shave his trademark handlebar mustache to comply with the club’s policy

1989- Reds manager Pete Rose met with Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and Commissioner-elect Bart Giamatti to discuss his gambling habits.

2002- In Salt Lake City, U.S. figure skater Sarah Hughes jumped from fourth to first to win the gold after a near-flawless performance, leaving teammate Michelle Kwan to settle for a bronze.

2003- Michael Jordan became the first 40-year-old in NBA history to score 40 or more points, getting 43 in the Washington Wizards’ 89-86 win over the New Jersey Nets.

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