Back In the Day-Popcorn, FOUR! and a Miracle on Ice
February 21-a fun day in history…popcorn!!!
1630 – THE INDIANS INTRODUCED THE PILGRIMS TO POPCORN! (–Not sure how they made it without microwaves. I looked it up on Wikipedia, but no luck.)
1879 – Frank Winfield WOOLWORTH opened a five-and-dime store in Utica, New York.
1888 – Scotsman John Reid first demonstrated the maddening, frustrating, and addicting game of GOLF to Americans in Yonkers, New York.
1956 – ELVIS PRESLEY’S classic “HEARTBREAK HOTEL” became his first Top-10 single.
1969 – T. REX opened a British tour with DAVID BOWIE on the bill performing a mime act about Tibetan monks.
1976 – FLORENCE BALLARD died of heart disease in Detroit. Despite being an original member of THE SUPREMES, she lived on welfare her last few years after losing an $8.7 million lawsuit for back royalties against Motown Records in 1971. She was only 32 years old.
1980 – The MIRACLE ON ICE occurred when the United States FINALLY beat the Soviet Union in hockey winning by a score of four to three in the 13TH WINTER OLYMPICS in Lake Placid, New York. (The U.S. went on to beat Finland in the final game taking the Gold Medal in Hockey.)
1980 – Malcolm McLaren and ADAM ANT had a falling out, and Adam was forcibly separated from the original Ants! Adam formed a new group of Ants while McLaren turned the original band into BOW WOW WOW!
1986 – D.L. HUGHLEY married his wife LaDonna. Today is their 25th Anniversary.
1987 – ANDY WARHOL died of a heart attack at age 58, after gall bladder surgery.
1989 – At the 31st Grammy Awards, TRACY CHAPMAN won Best New Artist. “DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY”, by BOBBY MCFERRIN, won Best Song AND Best Record.
1997 – Mad scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in CLONING an adult mammal, producing a lamb named “DOLLY”.
1997 – JENNIFER LOPEZ married a waiter named OJANI NOA, who’d proposed to her in 1996 at a cast party for the movie “Selena”. She divorced him in 1998 .
2002 – Legendary Warner Brothers animator CHUCK JONES died at the age of 89. He created the Roadrunner, Wile E. Coyote, Marvin the Martian, and Pepe Le Pew and produced and directed tons of classic Looney Tunes cartoons.