Browsing: December 26

A Brief History On December 26, 1871, the famous opera writing duo of Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated on Thespis, the first of many operas the much beloved pair worked together on.  Today we use this occasion to list some of the greatest musical collaboration teams in the history of musical entertainment.  Feel free to nominate other musical collaborators that you think should belong on this list, or to denounce any of our picks.  Honorable mention: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the 2 Swedes that wrote most of ABBA’s hit songs, some of the biggest hits of their time (including “Dancing…

A Brief History On December 26, 1986, a new National Day was declared in “honor” of the most serious of the whiners in this fair land.  The man behind the plan was Rev. Kevin Zaborney, who also created a National Hugging Day (January 21st).  See the link at the end of the article for his website. Digging Deeper Zaborney named Donald Trump the Most Famous Whiner of 2015, apparently largely due to this actual Trump quotation while being interviewed by Chris Cuomo.  According to Mr. Trump, in his own words, “I do whine because I want to win, and I’m…

A Brief History On December 26, 2004, former NFL defensive end and perennial All Pro Reggie White was rushed to the hospital where he died from cardiac arrhythmia.  He was only 43 years old. Digging Deeper White played college football at the University of Tennessee (All-American there) and  then 2 years in the USFL before being selected by the Eagles of the NFL.  White also played for the Packers and the Panthers before retiring after 15 years in the NFL.  After 17 years of professional football, an extremely long stretch for a defensive lineman, the celebrated player finally retired in…

A Brief History On December 26, 1982, Time Magazine broke with tradition and for the first time ever named a non-human as its “Man of the Year”  (MOY) when they named the Personal Computer the cover model of its iconic issue. Digging Deeper Of course, the “Man of the Year” title is somewhat dated, as since 1999 the “award” has been officially called “Person of the Year” (POY) and the tradition goes back to 1927 when the magazine named aviator Charles Lindbergh as its first person recognized as most influential in the world, whether for good or for bad.  In…

A Brief History  In 1965, Maulana Karenga (born Ronald Everett), currently Professor of African Studies at the University of California in Long Beach, created a new holiday he named Kwanzaa during which time African Americans could honor their African heritage.  Digging Deeper As a university student, Karenga had been active in the radical African-American movement known as Black Power and even created an organization he called “US” meaning black people.  This group became a rival to other Black nationalist groups such as the Black Panthers. Karenga’s US (sarcastically called United Slaves by the Black Panthers) clashed with the Panthers to the point of…

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