During this week 46 years ago, the first Boeing 747 rolled off the assembly line, actor Will Smith was born, TV show "Hawaii Five-0" premiered on CBS and the following songs were the most popular in America according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
"One, two, three, FOUR!" Never has a foreign invasion of a country's culture been announced in such a way. But so it was when American disc jockeys began playing the B-side of a .45 rpm record by a popular British rock 'n' roll quartet in January 1964.
But celebrating 50 years of The Beatles shows the band was more than a passing fad; it's a testimony to their enduring appeal. Current musical groups and figures such as Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips, Gnarls Barkley and Tori Amos credit The Beatles for their own creative directions. Go to a film revival showing "Yellow Submarine," and you will find 6 year olds joyfully jumping up and down in the seats and aisles.
The Super Bowl has created a veritable cottage industry of parties surrounding it, and nowhere is this more evident than in the XLVII game in New Orleans, a city that knows how to have fun. Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49er fans join athletes and celebrities enjoying the city's food, drinks and hospitality.
Christmas may actually be 11 days away but nerds are getting their gifts early today. Last night, Google released their popular Google Maps app. And later tonight, the first part of the Hobbit will be released in theaters. The reviews are in and while they aren't ecstatic they are encouraging.
Happy 12/12/12! Possibly fueled by this unique bit of numerology, the Internet is buzzing with news this morning. Beatle's guru Ravi Shankar is dead, the pope is an overeager Tweeter and North Korea is making everyone mad again.
The Library of Congress today released a collection of interviews on topics such as sex, drugs and rock and roll -- including Paul McCartney relating how pot and other drugs boosted the Beatles' creativity.
What plays well in a stadium doesn't always work so well on TV.But if the in-person thumbs-up reviews out of London Friday were accurate, the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics were a winner on both fronts. By and large, the version shown for four and a half hours tape delay on NBC Friday night certainly made for a fine opening to the games.