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Haiti Earthquake Relief Telethon

Year 2010 In News Headlines And Information

Major Haiti Earthquake

Major Chile Earthquake

ObamaCare A Reality 

Gulf Oil Spill

U.S. Iraq Combat Role Ends

33 Coalminers Rescued After 2 Months

Wikileaks Problem

Obama Repeals Gay Ban In Military

Year 2010  In Technology News And Information

Apple Update/iPad Unveiled

Apple iPad Goes On Sale

iPhone 4 Unveiled By Steve Jobs

Google At 6.4% Of All Internet Traffic

Year 2010 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

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Tik Tok - Ke$ha

carson daily january 2010 facts history video timeline trivia mrpopculture photoJanuary - Hanes (underwear) drops its Charlie Sheen ads. This because of his recent domestic problems and subsequent arrest… Radio - Carson Daly begins hosting mornings on KAMP (AMP 97.1) Los Angeles… Sarah Palin is joining Fox News where she’ll be a commentator…. Simon Cowell is leaving “American Idol” after this next season…. Jay Leno will be back to 11:35p - but will Conan follow? Leno’s prime time show ends in early February. But wait, O’Brien says he's rejecting NBC's attempt to move "The Tonight Show”  to a post-midnight slot to accommodate Jay Leno’s  return to late-night. … R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass , who was one of the most electric and successful figures in music until a car crash 28 years ago left him in a wheelchair, dies of colon cancer. He was 59…

MTV presents "Hope for Haiti," a telethon that will be simulcast on numerous networks Jan. 22 at 8/7c. The two-hour, commercial-free special  on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox,  CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT  will be headlined by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean  in New York and Anderson Cooper in Haiti…

Hope For Haiti Telethon/Justin Timberlake 2010

Hot music albums this week –

susan boyle facts history i dreamed a dream billboard 200 2010 music facts mrpopcultureI Dreamed a Dream – Susan Boyle

Animal – Ke$ha

The Element of Freedom – Alicia Keys

The Fame – Lady Gaga

Stronger With Each Tear – Mary J. Blige

Amy Whinehouse pleads guilty to drunkenly assaulting a theater manager at a family Christmas show and was ordered to pay her victim 185 pounds ($300) in compensation…. On his final "Tonight" show, Conan O’Brien said walking away instead of accepting a demotion is the hardest thing he's ever had to do. Despite the rancor that led to his $45 million buyout, the red-haired comic urged fans not to be cynical and said their support made a sad situation "joyous and inspirational…. Passing - Actor Pernell Roberts (81)….

52nd Grammy Awards - Some Winners:

Song Of The Year - "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" - Beyonce

Record Of The Year - "Use Somebody" - Kings of Leon

Album of the Year - "Fearless" - Taylor Swift


"The Who" perform on the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show!

We Are The World is being re-recorded - this time for Haiti. Look for - The new recording will feature Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith, Jason Mraz, Sheryl Crow and Mya….

lil wayne going to jail february 2010 rap music facts history trivia mrpopculture video timeline

More February - Country-pop Taylor Swift, who rocketed to stardom with ballads of teen love that she wrote on her bedroom floor, became the youngest artist to win the coveted Grammy for album of the yearProsecutors plan to charge Michael Jackson’s doctor with manslaughter rather than take the case to a grand jury. Prosecutors will file a criminal complaint against Dr. Conrad Murray, who practices in Houston… Rapper Lil’ Wayne is going to jail. He pleaded guilty to a felony charge in October and received a 12-month sentence, which begins next week on Rikers Island in New York…. A star for former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame evening during a whimsical ceremony that also marked the 50th anniversary of the sidewalk attraction's groundbreaking…. Executives at a parents' rights group are urging "American Idol" bosses not to hire Howard Stern to replace Simon Cowell - insisting the shock jock is too controversial for the family-friendly TV show…. Doug Fieger , leader of the pop band The Knack who sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona," died Sunday. He was 57…  Ellen DeGeneres gets a first taste of judging on a live "American Idol"  as the Top 12 girls got their first chance to compete for the public vote. Ellen and Simon served as bookends on the judges' table, with Randy and Kara at center

82nd Academy Awards - Some Winners:

Best Picture - "The Hurt Locker" 

Best Actor - Jeff Bridges - "Crazy Hart"

Best Actress - Sandra Bullock - "The Blind Side"

britney spears blonde hair again 2011 trivia timeline trivia mrpopculture March - Britney Spears is back to being a blonde. The 28-year-old singer – went brunette in December… Today co-host Meredith Vieira has signed a new deal with NBC that keeps her in the co-anchor seat alongside Matt Lauer until the end of 2011…Taylor Swift has warned ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas to expect more songs about their failed romance -- because the heartbreak has provided her with "albums" full of material”… The Pussycat Dolls have finally broken up…

Actor Corey Haim , 38, was pronounced dead at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., Wednesday morning after an apparent overdose…

conan obrien tour 2010 video timeline may facts mrpopculture imageMore March 2010 Pop - Lil Wayne gets sentenced to a year in jail in New York City for having a loaded gun on his tour bus in 2007…. Charlie Sheen (Carlos Irwin Estevez) pleads not guilty in Aspen to domestic violence charges, and was scheduled for a July 21 trial stemming from a Christmas Day altercation with his wife....  Authorities in Arizona say rapper DMX has been arrested for allegedly violating his probation by using drugs… Conan O’Brien announces a 30-city theater tour. Joining him - sidekick Andy Richter and Conan’s TV band…Lady Gaga is to become the latest star guest on hit TV show "Glee." .... Pop Superstar Madonna and Iconix Brand Group unveil a joint venture to launch fashion brands globally, starting with a juniors collection to be sold at Macy's  department stores…Passing - Peter Graves(84)… Lady Gaga is to become the latest star guest on hit TV show "Glee." The "Poker Face" hitmaker has signed up to join the cast of the all-singing-all-dancing series… Genesis and the harmony-driven Hollies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,  joined by ABBA…  Miley Cyrus us set to appear as a guest mentor on "American Idol" and help the Top 11 finalists prepare for their performances on a Billboard No.1 Hits-themed show airing Tuesday, March 23 on FOX…Singer Ricky Martin comes out, revealing that he is gay

"Rude Boy" - Rihanna

jennifer hudson - weight watchers spokesperson april 2010 videotimeline facts photoApril -Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson took on a new role as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers after slimming down since she gave birth more than seven months ago…

Jennifer Hudson Weightwatchers 2010

rihanna matt kemp april 2010 facts video timeline mrpopculture photo triviaMore April - Passing - John Forsythe(94)… Actors Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy end  their five-year relationship by announcing the split on their Twitter pages… Pop star Rihanna confirmed that she's indeed dating slugger Matt Kemp, on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show…Charlie Sheen is saying goodbye - as he 44-year- old star's current contract ends after season seven of, “Two and a half Men”… Miley Cyrus says - her pop music side is finished - for now. She says she is disillusioned with the "contrived" business of music. Since shooting to fame as schoolgirl pop star Hannah Montana on the hit Disney show, Cyrus has released three studio albums to date, and is planning for her fourth, out later this year, to be her last….  Late-night mainstay Conan O'Brien is headed to TBS to resume his comedic duties with a talk show expected to debut in November….Kevin Eubanks is leaving as Jay Leno’s  sideman in May after 18 years with the late- night host…Rocker Melissa Etheridge and life partner Tammy split… The rap world is mourning news that groundbreaking rapper and Gang Starr co-founder Guru has died of cancer. He was 43….Actor and director Leonard Nimoy (79) has announced plans to retire from acting after 60 years in the movie business… Christina Aguilera will perform on this season's "American Idol" final

Top Movies - May 15, 2010

Iron Man 2

Robin Hood 

Letters to Juliet (

Just Wright 

How to Train Your Dragon

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Date Night

The Back-up Plan

Furry Vengeance

Clash of the Titans

"Nothin' On You" - B.o.B./Bruno Mars

charlie sheen signs two more seasons TV CBS trivia mrpopculture 2011May - Lady Gaga performs on “ American Idol”… More “Two And A Half Men” - Charlie Sheen has agreed to a new contract that will keep him on the show for two more seasons… FOX is changing the “American Idol” " format after it sagged in the ratings (dropping 9% in young viewership)  In response to viewer requests for more performances, FOX will increase the Tuesday night competition show from an hour to 90 minutes….  William Shatner will star in his first sitcom, "Bleep My Dad Says," on which the son of Shatner's character has more than a million followers to a Twitter account where he writes down his father's musings...The official Britney Spears Twitter account passed actor Ashton Kutcher's feed as the most popular on the microblogging site. Britney had over 5 million compared to Kutcher's 4,942,000….Gary Coleman dies at the age of 42.

 American Idol Finale/Goodbye Simon - Lee DeWyze is the champ, beating out favorite Crystal Bowersox in the Season 9 finale of "American Idol"…


CMT Awards - Some WInners:

Video of the Year - "Cowboy Cassenova" - Carrie Underwood

Group Video of the Year - "Need You Now"

Male Video - "Til Summer Comes Around" - Keith Urban

Female Video of the Year - "White Liar" - Miranda Lambert

Carrie Underwood gets multiple awards - The former "American Idol" champ won the night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year for "Temporary Home"….

katy perry music june 2010 pop culture video timeline photo facts photoMore June 2010 Pop - Lady Gaga - the outlandish pop singer, talked her way past security and visited the Yankees clubhouse after the team lost to the New York Mets on Friday night. The New York Post reported  that Yankees co-chairman Hal Steinbrenner was upset with Lady Gaga's antics and permanently barred her from the locker room…. Katy Perry has broken radio records in the U.S. -- stations can't get enough of her "California Gurls." The summer pop anthem currently holds the top spot in charts around the globe, including the U.S. and U.K. According to Billboard.com, the summer pop anthem, which has been topping charts internationally, logged 11,816 plays among the survey's 132 panelists for the week ending on June 27. That's an average of 90 plays per station. That passes Ke$ha's 11,224 plays of "TiK ToK" in February. Lady Gaga is third on the radio-play record list with 10,859 weekly plays for Bad Romance earlier this year….

"California Gurls" - Katy Perry/Snoop Dogg

carrie underwood marries mike fisher trivia 2011 mrpopculture July - Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton was arrested after a World Cup match in South Africa on suspicion of marijuana possession but subsequently released without charge… Lindsay Lohan gets sentenced to three months in jail and a rehab program after she violated the terms of her probation in a 2007 drug case….. James Bond movie canceled: The next James Bond movie, that was set to star Daniel Craig once again in the iconic role, has been cancelled. The reason for the movie being axed? The studio is out of business due to crushing debt …. Marries - Carrie Underwood to hockey player Mike Fisher…… On the fifth piece of audio,  Mel Gibson loses his temper during another heated conversation with ex-wife Oksana Grigorieva, with whom he has a 8 1/2-month-old daughter, Lucia.Gibson is first heard shouting that, after making tens of millions of dollars during his career, he now "doesn't have any f*cking money!”.... Leaving Idol. Ellen DeGeneres is leaving as a judge of the hit talent competition after one season…. Justin Bieber will guest star in the upcoming season of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation…

"Love The Way You Lie" - Eminem/Rihanna

 August -  Lollapalooza kicks off in Chicago’s Grant Park and the first performing artist is B.o.B. Also performing the next several days : Soundgarden, Lady Gaga, Green Day, Devo, The Cribs and many others… Jay-Z pulled in $63 million over the past 12 months, earning him his second-straight hip-hop cash crown… Madonna has been hit with a lawsuit over her new “Material Girl”  fashion line for teenagers by a California clothing company that says it has been using the name since 1997. .. "Back to the Future" star Michael J. Fox is heading back for TV. According to reports, Fox will be guest-starring in the show "The Good Wife" on CBS...  Martin Short's wife, Nancy Dolman, has died. She was 58... Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are no longer a couple…

62nd Annual Emmy Awards - Some Winners:

edie falco emmy 2010 tv history jackie mrpopculture video timeline photo Drama Series: "Mad Men," AMC.

Comedy Series: "Modern Family," ABC.

 Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

Actress, Drama Series: Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer," TNT.

Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory," CBS.

Actress, Comedy Series: Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie," Showtime

September - Kara DioGuardi is officially out at as judge on “American Idol. ” She follows the departures of judges Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeners. DioGuardi said in a statement that it felt like "the best time to leave Idol”…. A former bodyguard sues Britney Spears, claiming the singer repeatedly subjected him to "repeated unwanted sexual advances" and harassment. Fernando Flores filed the sexual harassment lawsuit

Lady Gaga crowned queen of the MTV Video Music Awards, winning eight prizes including video of the year. Most of her Moonman statuettes were for her video "Bad Romance"…

lindsay lohan facts 2010 video timeline mrpopculture photo facts historyMore September - Actor Randy Quaid and his wife were arrested after being found apparently squatting at a California home they owned years ago…  Season 5 America’s Got Talent Winner – Is… blues singer Michael Grimm… Lindsay Lohan returned to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge refused to set bail and ordered her to remain in custody for failing a drug test until another hearing nearly a month away. Bailiffs escorted the troubled starlet from the Beverly Hills courtroom immediately after the hearing that lasted less than 10 minutes… CNN says Piers Morgan of "America's Got Talent" will replace Larry King on the network's prime-time lineup in January…. Mary Hart is leaving Entertainment Tonight after 29 years.... …. Sarah Palin shows up in the audience of ”Dancing With The Stars” to cheer-on her daughter  Bristol… Michael Bolton, who got the boot from Dancing with the Stars last night (Wednesday September 29) was so offended by judge Bruno Tonioli’s harsh criticisms that he’s demanding a public apology… Comedian and talk show host George Lopez and his wife, Ann, end their 17-year marriage…

"Just The Way You Are" - Bruno Mars 

lady gaga top youtube views 2011 trivia mrpopcultureOctoberLady Gaga and Justin Bieber are both approaching a major milestone of the new music industry: one billion all-time YouTube views. Gaga should pass one billion views around October 20 if she continues on her current pace… “Die Hard" director John McTiernan was sentenced to one year in prison on Monday for perjury and lying to officials in a wiretapping case involving a former private investigator who represented many Hollywood stars… Rocker Courtney Love has quit Twitter after accidentally publishing a nearly-nude photo of herself on the website… Rapper T.I. has been sentenced to 11 months behind bars for violating his probation as a result of a drug arrest last month… Appearing on Oprah’s show -  Sixteen months after Michael Jackson’s 's death, his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley finally opened up about their much-scrutinized marriage… Pop singer Madonna is opening a chain of fitness centers around the world to be known as Hard Candy Fitness global gyms… President Obama appears on Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show.” Stewart just got “most influential man” on a site called “AskMan”… After 11 years of marriage, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have separated, the couple announced in a joint statement… Justin Bieber, the 16-year-old R&B singer has teamed with Nicole for OPI to start a line of fingernail polishes based on his songs…

"Like A G6" - Far East Movement

taylor swift perfume arden november 2010 music history trivia video timeline mrpopculture photoNovemberTaylor Swift, 20, signed a deal to create her very own signature scent with Elizabeth Arden, the company behind the fragrances of Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Elizabeth Taylor and Usher… Jusin Bieber has written his first book. "So, the reason I decided to write this book at such a young age is because there is so much stuff on the Internet that is misconstrued and a lot of people have [written] stuff about me and it's just not right"… Randy Travis and his wife divorce after 19 years of marriage…  Passing – Charlie O’ Donnell – heard as the announcer on “Wheel of Fortune” and other game shows of the past… For the second year in a row, ABC will air a Thanksgiving special with Beyonce. Beyonce's I Am... World Tour will feature a compilation of performances, backstage moments and life on her tour… Charlie Sheen has countersued Capri Anderson, claiming that the adult-film actress tried to extort him for $1 million after their encounter in a New York hotel room…… Passing – Leslie Nielsen, who traded in his dramatic persona for inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in "Airplane!" and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in "The Naked Gun" comedies…

Top movies - December 15, 2010

TRON: Legacy 

Yogi Bear 

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Fighter


The Tourist

Black Swan

How Do You Know 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – part 1

Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna

miley most searched on yahoo 2011 trivia mrpopcultureDecember - Will.i.am is singing out in movie theaters for Orpah Winfrey’s's new cable venture. Starting Friday, a song written by the Black Eyed Peas member will be heard as part of nationwide theater advertising for the OWN channel…While the top two searches of the year went to the oil spill debacle in the Gulf of Mexico and the World Cup in South Africa, Miley Cyrus earned the honors of the Year's Most Searched Person on Yahoo! Miley was a fixture on the cyber scene this past year, with the ending of her long-running Disney show, "Hannah Montana," her on-again off-again relationship with now ex-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, her provocative dance moves in an Adam Shankman video, her parents' highly-publicized split and the most recent video leak of her holding a bong smoking what was reported to be the herb Salvia… Garth Brook’s offer to perform a benefit concert for Tennessee flood victims has become nine sold-out concerts, and the music star said he was overwhelmed by the response. Brooks, the all-time best-selling star in country music, will raise at least $4 million for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for the nine concerts over six days... Kanye West has been named MTV's Man of the Year. The rapper won the honor for his "compelling" comeback story after starting the year as a villain, thanks to his infamous mic-swipe from Taylor Swift, and ending it as a "hero"… Passing - Teena Marie, who had hits like "Lovergirl," "Square Biz," and "Fire and Desire" with mentor Rick James, has died. She was 54…

The Year 2010 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 - A manhunt ended with the arrest of a Florida man accused of the carefully planned slayings of four relatives at a Thanksgiving dinner. Paul Merhige , 35, was arrested without a struggle at a motel in the Florida Keys, Jupiter Police Sgt. Scott Pascarella said. Pascarella credited the TV show "America's Most Wanted" for the tip that led to Merhige's capture on Long Key….

January 8 - Two men have been arrested in connection with the investigation of a bomb plot against New York City. FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko says Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay were arrested early Friday in New York. The FBI says the arrests were part of "an ongoing investigation"…  An earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti. A hospital and other buildings collapsed and people were screaming for help. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7 and was centered about 10 miles west of the capital of Port-au-Prince… More Haiti - It's estimated the death toll could exceed 200,000. Death and destruction are everywhere.

CNN Haiti Video

January 15 - Hundreds of U.S. paratroopers touched down in shattered Port-au-Prince overnight as U.N. and other aid organizations struggled Friday to get food and water to stricken millions. Fears spread of unrest among the Haitian people in their fourth day of desperation (Haiti Telethon) ... For the first time, John Edwards is publicly admitting that he is indeed the father of a 2-year-old daughter conceived with Rielle Hunter, a campaign videographer with whom he had an affair

john edwards 2011 timeline divorces trivia mrpopcultureJanuary 22 - Daniel Kerrigan, who rushed to his sobbing daughter Nancy and carried her into the locker room after an attack at a skating competition nearly derailed her Olympic dreams, died after what authorities said was a violent struggle with his son in their family home. Mark Kerrigan, 45, pleaded not guilty to assaulting his 70-year-old father at the home in the Boston suburb of Stoneham where he had been living with his parents… Politician John Edwards and his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Edwards, have legally separated

2010 State of the Union - Obama

February 1 - James Arthur Ray , the motivational speaker was indicted on manslaughter charges that could land him in prison and topple his self-help empire. Ray was arrested on three counts of manslaughter for deaths of participants in a sweat lodge ceremony he led in northern Arizona last year…

February 8 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that Iran has produced its first batch of uranium enriched to a higher level, saying his country will not be bullied by the West into curtailing its nuclear program a day after the U.S.  imposed new sanctions….

February 15 - Andrew Joseph Stack III of Austin, Texas - a software engineer upset with the Internal Revenue Service,  set fire to his home  and then flew his plane into a multistory office building that houses federal tax employees, authorities said. The pilot was presumed to have died in the crash, federal law enforcement officials said. At least two people were  injured and a third person who worked in the building was unaccounted for, fire officials said….

February 22 - A sweeping credit card law  takes effect. The law that President Barack Obama signed last May was supposed to prevent banks from using tactics that put borrowers deeper into debt. Yet, it still allows loans and cards with crushing terms. The new law now lets you know how much that card really costs to use…. A SeaWorld killer whale seized a trainer in its jaws Wednesday and thrashed the woman around underwater, killing her in front of a horrified audience. It marked the third time the animal had been involved in a human death… A devastating earthquake struck Chile, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth. A tsunami set off by the magnitude-8.8 quake threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean roughly a quarter of the globe…

BBC News - Chile Earthquake

March 1 - The unemployment rate held at 9.7 percent in February as employers shed 36,000 jobs, fewer than expected

March 8 - Harry Reid’s wife and daughter were being treated in a hospital for serious injuries they sustained when their vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck…The strongest aftershock (7.2) since Chile's devastating earthquake rocked the South American country just as President Sebastian Pinera was sworn into office. 

March 15 - A torrential rainstorm that brought heavy winds to the Northeast, downing trees, flooding roadways and knocking out power, continued to pour rain on New England on Monday.  At least nine people died in storm-related accidents, and nearly half a million people were without electricity in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut at the peak of the storm. 

obama care voted in trivia march 2011 mrpopcultureMarch 22ObamaCare A Reality – as the House voted 219-212 to send a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system to be signed into law… Less than 24 hours after the House of Representatives gave final approval to a sweeping overhaul of healthcare, attorneys general from several states  said they will sue to block the plan on constitutional grounds…Osama bin Laden threatened al-Qaida would kill any Americans it takes prisoner if accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is put to death, according to an audiotape aired on the al-Jazeera news channel… The U.S. Postal Service would cut Saturday mail delivery starting in the first half of 2011 under a plan the agency will give its regulator tomorrow…

April 1 - President Dmitry Medvedev made a surprise visit to the violence-wracked southern province of Dagestan, telling police and security forces to use tougher, "more cruel" measures to fight the "scum" responsible for terrorist attacks on the Moscow subway that killed 39 people and left nearly 90 hospitalized…Mine accident in China -  Rescuers pulled 115 miners to safety, their eighth day trapped in the northern China mine. Emergency teams were trying to reach 38 others still in the Wangjialing mine …   Another mining disaster West Virginia - A huge underground explosion blamed on methane gas killed 25 miners in the worst U.S. coal mining disaster since 1984…

April 8 - START treaty signed by President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev - The new nuclear arms treaty that the U.S. and Russia signed Thursday in Prague may mark a historic return to arms control efforts for the world's nuclear superpowers… Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia,killing 97…  A series of strong earthquakes struck a far western Tibetan area of China on, killing at least 550 people and injuring thousands…

April 15 - Ash clouds from Iceland's spewing volcano disrupted air traffic across Europe as authorities closed air space over Britain, Ireland and the Nordic countries. Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded… An explosion and fire has destroyed the Deepwater Horizon oil rig - killing 11. The rig owned by BP - is said to be leaking a considerable amount of oil. 

oil spill in gulf april 2011 timeline news trivia mrpopcultureApril 22 - Officials are saying that an explosion on an oil rig off the coast of Louisiana has the potential to be a major spill. The Coast Guard is still searching for the 11 workers missing since the blast…Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed into law a new state immigration bill that President Barack Obama called "misguided" hours earlier. The sweeping legislation makes it a crime under state law to be in the country illegally. It also requires local police officers to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants…. Crews raced to protect the Gulf of Mexico coastline Monday as a remote sub tried to shut off an underwater oil well that's gushing 42,000 gallons a day from the site of a wrecked drilling platform… Standard and Poor's downgraded the sovereign debt ratings for both Greece and Portugal citing weak "macroeconomic structures," with the Greek debt lowered to junk status…

News Report - BP Oil Spill

May 1 - The surface area of a catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill quickly tripled in size amid growing fears among experts that the slick could become vastly more devastating than it seemed just two days ago… Authorities arrested a U.S. citizen in connection with the failed bombing attempt in New York's Times Square as he tried to leave the country, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday. Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested by Customs and Border Protection agents as he attempted to board an Emirates airlines flight to Dubai at New York's JFK airport… Major flooding in Tennessee and Nashville - About 1,500 guests of a downtown Nashville hotel complex spent the night in a high school to escape the flooding Cumberland River, which was expected to crest Monday following weekend thunderstorms that killed at least 19 people in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky. Officials in Tennessee were preparing for more deaths and for the Cumberland River, which winds through the Music City, to crest more than 11 feet... 

May 8 - Samuel "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher is now an elected official in Ohio. Wurzelbacher won one of the nearly 400 seats on the Republican Party committee for northwest Ohio's Lucas County

May 15 - The Supreme Court has ruled that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone... The Senate passed the most far-reaching restraints on big banks since the Great Depression. In its broad sweep, the massive bill would touch Wall Street CEOs and first-time home buyers, high-flying traders and small town lenders.

May 22 - President Barack Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities. The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence and blocking drug trafficking…. The Gulf oil spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history. A team of scientists trying to determine how much oil has been flowing since the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 2…

June 1 - Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigns  to improve his party's chances in an election next month… Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, are separating after 40 years of marriage… A taxi driver described as "friends with everybody" went on a shooting spree across the scenic Lake District of northwestern England on Wednesday, police said, killing 12 people and wounding 25 others before shooting himself... 

BP accused of recklessness oil spill june 2011 news trivia mrpopcultureJune 8 -  Joran van der Sloot has confessed to the slaying of a 21-year-old woman in a Lima hotel room  Van der Sloot said he broke Stephany Flores' neck after she grabbed his laptop without his permission and found out that he was involved in the disappearance of an American woman.... Oil spill update – The oil spill plaguing the Gulf of Mexico is washing ashore with little pattern, slathering some areas in a tarry mess while leaving others unscathed, and officials confirmed Tuesday that plumes of oil are also lurking in the deep…

June 15 - Dedicating new urgency to the Gulf oil spill, President Barack Obama accused BP of "recklessness" in the first Oval Office address of his presidency Tuesday and swore not to rest until the company has paid for the damage it has caused to lives, businesses and shorelines…

June 22 – Afghanistan Commander Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who publicly apologized  for using "poor judgment" in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine, is eventually sacked by President Obama and replaced with General David Petraeus…The huge slick in the Gulf of Mexico dominated a meeting for oil companies, with the owner of the spewing rig criticizing President Barack Obama's ban on deepwater drilling and protesters interrupting a BP executive's speech. 

 July 1 - A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday (July 2) left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded, prosecutors said. The fire-fight occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Arizona border, near the city of Nogales…. BP announces that its costs from America's worst-ever oil spill have topped $3 billion, and that it's accelerating cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico after a lull during Hurricane Alex's storm surge. The price tag is up from a figure of $2.35 billion that BP announced late last month…

July 8 - The mayor Coppell Texas, a small city near Dallas, and her teenage daughter have been found shot to death at their home, city officials said . Police discovered the bodies of Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters, 55, and Corrine Peters, 19…Three suspected al-Qaida members are arrested for what Norwegian and U.S. officials said was a terrorist plot linked to similar plans to bomb New York's subway and blow up a shopping mall in England... The Wall Street Journal reports that BP hopes to completely shut off flow from its gushing Gulf of Mexico oil well by later this month -- weeks earlier than the company's previous public forecasts...

July 15 - Reveling in victory, President Barack Obama signed into law the most sweeping overhaul of financial regulations since the Great Depression, a package that aims to protect consumers and ensure economic stability from Main Street to Wall Street…. BP finally choked off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico - 85 days and up to 184 million gallons after the crisis unfolded — then began a tense 48 hours of watching to see whether the capped-off well would hold or blow a new leak…

July 23 - Six people are dead and many others are injured after a Greyhound passenger bus crashed on a state highway in California's Central Valley (near Fresno).... Bedbugs are spreading at an unprecedented rate in New York City, and officials on Wednesday announced the start of a plan to battle the infestation, including a public awareness campaign and a top entomologist to head the fight... The showdown over Arizona's immigration law played out in court and on Phoenix's sun-splashed streets , as the state sought to reinstate key parts of the measure and angry protesters chanted that they refused to "live in fear"... Comic-Con – Comes to an end – and a coming out of it all -  A new take on "Tron," the latest "Harry Potter" film, HBO's "True Blood" and Marvel's "The Avengers" were among the highlights of the 41st annual festival... 

Wikileaks - CNN

chelsea clinton marries august 2011 trivia timeline news mrpopculture August 1 – Chelsea Clinton marries Marc Mezvinsky…. Omar Thornton, walked into a room early  at the beverage distributorship where he worked in Manchester, Connecticut. Company and union officials played a video. He calmly watched images that purportedly showed him stealing from a truck. An employee of Hartford Distributors for two years and a driver for one, Thornton was given a choice of resigning or being fired, union and company officials said. He signed a resignation paper, was escorted out of the room and toward the door. He asked for a drink of water. That's when all hell broke loose. Thornton pulled out a handgun and began firing, officials said. Within minutes, the gunman and eight other people were dead, and two others were wounded… In Chile - over 30 miners are trapped after a cave-in. 

 August 8 - After 859 days, thousands of miles and "50,000 mosquito bites," Ed Stafford became the first man known to have walked the entire length of the Amazon river…. Former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, died in a small plane crash in southwest Alaska that killed four other people…. President Obama  signed into law a $600 million border security that will put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border… An off-road truck sailed off a jump and hurtled into a crowd at a race in the S. California desert, pinning bodies beneath it and sending others flying into a chaotic cloud of dust in a crash that killed eight people, authorities and witnesses said. Twelve people were injured in the crash, not far from Hesperia…

August 15 - A former medical student accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist apparently killed himself inside a Boston jail, where he was awaiting trial. Philip Markoff's body was found in the Nashua Street Jail after an apparent suicide…Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who was forced to retire in July after an embarrassing Rolling Stone article quoted him and his staff making disparaging remarks about top White House officials, is taking a job at Yale...  The federal jury that found former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty of just one count of lying to federal agents was deadlocked 11-1 in favor of convicting him of a more serious count involving an alleged attempt to sell a Senate seat... 

August 22 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the country's first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an "ambassador of death" to Iran's enemies….  In Chile - 33 men are found alive after 17 days trapped deep in a copper and gold mine and the challenge now may be preserving their sanity during the months it may take to carve a tunnel big enough for them to get out…President Barack Obama on Tuesday (August 31) formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq as promised, declaring: "It is time to turn the page." He said the nation's most urgent priority must be fixing its own economy. In advance excerpts of his prime-time speech to the nation, Obama said the United States "has paid a huge price" to give Iraqis the chance to shape their future. That toll has included more than 4,400 dead, tens of thousands of troops wounded and hundreds of billions of dollars spent since March 2003.

President Obama Iraq

September 1 - Moscow bans night-time sales of vodka and other spirits, part of a nationwide drive to curb crime and disease linked with Russia's national drink. The ban is among a series of tough measures to reduce alcohol abuse ordered last year by President Dmitry Medvedev as part of a fight to slow Russia's persistent population decline….. A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck much of New Zealand's South Island early Saturday and caused widespread damage, but there were just two reports of serious injuries…

September 8 - The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy said  he was determined to go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, despite pressure from the White House, religious leaders and others to call it off. "As of right now, we are not backing down," said the Rev. Terry Jones, though he may reconsider his decision… A federal judge in Riverside, CA has declared the U.S. military ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional because "don't ask, don't tell" violates the First and Fifth Amendment rights of gays and lesbians…

September 15 – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told NBC News on that his country was justified in barring further visits by U.N. atomic inspectors and challenged other nations to fully disclose their nuclear activities… A permanent cement plug sealed BP's well nearly 2.5 miles below the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico, five agonizing months after an explosion sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history…

bill clinton don't ask don't tell photo mrpopcultureSeptember 22 - Former President Bill Clinton defended signing "don't ask, don't tell" policy into law in an interview with CBS… A gunman opened fire inside a University of Texas campus library then fatally shot himself, and police are searching for a possible second suspect, university police said…

October 1 - Torrential downpours from a faded tropical storm marched into the Northeast on Friday (October 1), a day after claiming five lives, washing out roads, knocking out power and dousing some East Coast cities with more rain in hours than they normally get in months… Ecuador was under a state of siege Friday, the streets quiet with the military in charge of public order, after soldiers rescued President Rafael Correa  from a hospital where he'd been surrounded by police who roughed him up and tear-gassed him earlier… Bank of America said on Friday it is delaying foreclosures in 23 states to review whether it has been conducting them properly…

October 8 - In another White House shake up, President Barack Obama on Friday announced that his national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, was stepping down… A train locomotive rammed through a stalled passenger bus on a railroad crossing in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, killing 43 people and injuring eight others as the bus was pushed 300 meters (yards) down the tracks… Obama’s Health Care Plan Will Have Its Day In Court - Crucial pieces of a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's health care overhaul can go to trial, with a judge ruling Thursday he wants to hear more arguments over whether it's constitutional to force citizens to buy health insurance…

October 15 - Swiss engineers smashed through the last stretch of rock Friday to create the world's longest tunnel, sparking a national groundswell of elation over a costly, technically difficult project that has been 60 years in the making… In Chile- 33 miners trapped since August 5 - are finally rescued. Tales of survival and the rescue itself - was seen on television and talked about throught the world.   

PBS Miners Rescued Video

October 22 - Somali pirates seized a German freight ship off the coast of Kenya on Sunday — the second commercial vessel to be captured in the region in as many days…New Jersey lawmakers introduced an "anti-bullying bill of rights" Monday that one advocate said would be the toughest state law of its kind in the nation, a proposal that follows the widely publicized suicide of a Rutgers University student who was humiliated online…

November 1 - Elections – The Republicans retake the house 240-185 as the Democrats retain the senate at 51-46. Republicans picked up at least 60 House seats, far more than the 39 they needed for a majority that would elevate John Boehner to House speaker and put Republicans in charge of House committees. Many believe the Tea Party movement had much to do with this year's outcome.  

November 22 – Ireland’s banks will be pruned down, merged or sold as part of a massive EU-IMF bailout taking shape, the government said  as a shell shocked nation came to grips with its failure to protect and revive its banks…WikiLeaks - Hundreds of thousands of State Department documents leaked Sunday revealed a hidden world of backstage international diplomacy, divulging candid comments from world leaders and detailing occasional U.S. pressure tactics aimed at hot spots in Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. The site is called "Wikileaks" and is run by Julian Assange. 

julian assange wiki leaks news headlines december 2011 mrpopcultureDecember 1 - Hillary Clinton said, Julian Assange - "should resign." Speaking over Skype from an undisclosed location on Tuesday, the WikiLeaks founder was replying to a question by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel over the diplomatic-cable dump that Assange’s  organization loosed on the world this past weekend… In a surprising setback, the nation's unemployment rate climbed to 9.8 percent in November, a seven-month high, as hiring slowed across the economy… Iran claimed Sunday it could now use domestically mined uranium to produce nuclear fuel, giving the country complete control over a process the West suspects is geared toward producing weapons…

December 8 - House Democrats voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama's tax deal with Republicans in its current form, but it was unclear how significantly the package might need to be changed… Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff's eldest son hanged himself by a dog leash in his apartment Saturday, exactly two years after his father's arrest in a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that swindled thousands of investors of their life savings…

December 15 - LAS VEGAS — Waving a gun, a motorcycle helmet-wearing bandit ordered wide-eyed gamblers and dealers back from a Bellagio craps table, and quickly stashed at least $1.5 million in casino chips into a bag…In a reach across party lines the Senate overwhelmingly passed sweeping legislation Wednesday to prevent a Jan. 1 income tax increase for millions and renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. The 81-19 roll call cleared the way for a suspenseful vote in the House on Thursday, where rebellious liberals announced plans to try and stiffen an estate tax provision they oppose as too generous to the rich... Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been named Time's "Person of the Year" for 2010... 

December 22 - Declaring that members of the military will no longer be asked to lie, President Barack Obama fulfilled a campaign promise Wednesday and signed a landmark law repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the armed services… A powerful East Coast blizzard marooned thousands of would-be air, rail and road travelers Monday (Dec. 27,) shutting down major airports and rail lines for a second day, stranding buses on buried highways, and forcing New York City subway riders to spend a cold night in unheated trains…

Year 2010  In Technology News And Information

January It's official: Google Inc. will sell its own mobile phone in an effort to protect its online advertising empire as people increasingly surf the Web on handsets instead of personal computers. The phone announced Tuesday had been widely anticipated since Google handed out the device, called  the Nexus One, to its own employees three weeks ago. Consumers will be able to buy the Nexus One for $179 if they commit to a two-year service contract with T-Mobile USA… 3D being pushed to consumers - as part of this year's Consumer Electronics Show. "Major consumer technology companies are attracted to 3-D because it offers a 'gee whiz' escape pod from the downward price spiral of flat-panel televisions and Blu-ray players," said Ross Rubin, director of industry analysis for The NPD Group research firm. "Some have even positioned it as the third revolution in TV, after color and high-definition." Two cable networks, ESPN and Discovery, said this week they plan to launch 3-D networks… Steve Jobs gives an Apple update - over 250 million iPod's sold thus far and Apple has 284 retail stores and 50 million visitors last quarter. Here's Steve talking about that - and the iPad launch...

Steve Jobs Launches iPad - January 27, 2010

February - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has authorized Google Energy to buy and sell electricity in bulk like any other utility. The FERC, the agency with oversight of the U.S. power grid, signed an order that grants Google Energy market-based rate authorization. This paves the way for the search giant to not only better manage its own energy costs, but to possibly add electricity marketer to its repertoire of services. The order specifically grants Google Energy—a subsidiary of Google--the rights "for the sale of energy, capacity, and ancillary services at market-based rates" …. Apple Inc. said that it has sold 10 billion songs from the iTunes Store since it opened in 2003, cementing its position as the world's largest music retailer. The 10 billionth song was "Guess Things Happen That Way" by Johnny Cash, bought by Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Ga. He will receive a $10,000 gift card…

facebook tops google traffic trivia news update march 2011 mrpopcultureMarch - Apple has filed a lawsuit against Google phone manufacturer HTC, claiming many of the company's popular smartphones infringe on patents related to the iPhone.Apple alleges HTC violates as many as 20 patents, including multi-touch support, screen rotation and unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image…. Apple now offers an app that causes your text messages to disappear. If Tiger Woods had this last year he’d still be married and shaving with Gillette. Ironically, the app is called TigerText . It allows users to set a time limit on how long their text messages remain. This can be  nywhere from days to sixty seconds… Facebook topped Google to become the most visited U.S. Web site, indicating a shift in how Americans are searching for content….Google announces it has stopped censoring search results in China. The announcement came amid speculation that the search giant would pull out of China entirely and sets up a showdown with the Communist leadership there. Google said it stopped running the censored Google.cn service… 3D is the word – Nintendo announces it will introduce a handheld console that plays games in 3-D without the use of special glasses. The handheld device will be called the 3DS, succeeding Nintendo's DS series of portable gaming consoles… The demand curve for Apple's new tablet computer crossed the supply curve.  The ship date for iPad pre-orders, originally set to guarantee delivery by April 3, had been pushed back to Tuesday April 12….A redesigned YouTube is on its way. The site is changing its video pages to introduce several new features, including a playlist interface and revamped rating system, which favors a "like/dislike" rating system over a star ranking…

iPad goes on sale 2011 trivia tech timeline mrpopculture Apple says it sold more than 300,000 iPads on the first day of sales, including pre-ordered deliveries, deliveries to channel partners and sales at Apple retail stores. Apple also said that iPad users downloaded more than 1 million apps from its App Store and over 250,000 e-books from its iBookstore on the first day …. Users who rushed to snap up Apple's iPad are complaining within days of the slate computer's highly anticipated release that they're having trouble connecting it to the Internet. On Apple's technical support Web site, there were 11 pages of comments Tuesday morning on a post saying Wi-Fi connections were weak or kept cutting out… Google introduces a “replay” feature that allows users to search tweets posted at any given point in time - down to the minute. Let’s say you're curious to see what people were tweeting about Kathryn Bigelow the night of the Academy Awards on March 7. After you type her name into Google's search field, select “Show Options” on the results page and then click “Updates.” A timeline will appear above the results, allowing you to zero in on  tweets by the hour or minute…Buyers just can't get enough of Apple's gadgets. The company sold almost 11 million iPods last quarter and doubled its iPhone sales from this time last year, selling a record 8.8 million smartphones during the quarter ended March 27. Those sales helped Apple report a profit of $3.1 billion on revenue of $13.5 billion, blowing past Wall Street's expectations… Facebook's "like" button is about to get more prevalent on the Web as the social networking giant - with 400 million users worldwide - will push its "like" feature onto other Web sites, enabling users to share preferences for news stories, Web sites and products more easily. Currently, Facebook users click the "like" button on Facebook.com to alert their online friends that they find a certain status update, photo or other Facebook item interesting. The reported change would put that functionality on many other Web sites, too, linking a person's preferences for all kinds of things into the Facebook social network… AOL Inc. reported first-quarter results that missed analysts' expectations as the Internet company continued to struggle with declining sales and a dwindling subscriber base. The New York-based company posted net income of $34.7 million, or 32 cents per share, in the first three months of 2010. That's down from $82.7 million, or 78 cents per share, in the same period last year… The tit-for-tat between Apple and Adobe over Flash support for the iPhone andiPod took another turn with Steve Jobs calling out Flash as unreliable, "100% proprietary," a battery hog, and ultimately a "closed system" that "falls short"….

Top Video Games - May 1, 2010

Super Street Fighter IV (PS3) (X360)

Wii Sports

Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver Version (DS)

New Uper Mario Bros. Wii

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction

Wii Fit Plus

Monster Hunter Tri (Wii)

God of War III (PS3)

Record of Agarest War (X360)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (X360)

 May - The person who found and sold an Apple iPhone prototype says he regrets not doing more to return the device to its owner. Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California, says although he was paid by tech site Gizmodo, he believed the payment was for allowing the site exclusive access to review the phone. Gizmodo emphasized to him "that there was nothing wrong in sharing the phone with the tech press”Apple Inc. reports it is has sold 1 million of its new iPad tablet computers in the month after its launch, meaning it's been selling more than twice as fast as the iPhone did when it was new… New Operating System - Microsoft must be looking at this - Lucid Lynx, the latest version of the open operating system called Lynx. According to most experts - this version makes it more appealing to the general public. It has just been released… The next version of Firefox will be a faster, more powerful Web experience, the browser's director says. In a presentation to Firefox developers, Mozilla's Mike Beltzner said that the planned version 3.7 of the browser will now become Firefox 4.0- a revamp clearly designed to close ground on Microsoft's Internet Explorer…  Saying it will "change the future of television," Google rolled out Google TV – the internet giant's venture into web-TV integration. The application, run by Google's Android operating system, lets users search for content from their television, DVR and the web… €œRadio’s “Tech Guy” Leo LaPorte - who does a popular weekend radio show on the tech industry - is at war of sorts with Facebook - and has pulled his page. And lately - the social Internet giant has come under fire for how it operates and how it shares information. Now buffeted by those privacy snafus and the lingering fallout from a damning, years-old instant messaging thread, Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg switched into full-on damage control , confessing that the sprawling social network had "missed the mark" when it comes to its complex privacy controls and pledging to do better…. In honor of YouTube’s fifth birthday, the site announced it's now attracting more than two billion video views a day. That’s nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined… Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, plans to slash the price of Apple's 16GB 3GS iPhone to $97  Apple is widely expected to unveil a brand-new iPhone next month, and could be working with retailers to clear out its remaining inventory…  

iPhone 4 unveiled/debuted june 2011 trivia tech news mrpopcultureJune - Apple unveiled the iPhone 4, its fourth-generation cell phone, which CEO Steve Jobs introduced by joking: "Stop me if you've already seen this" ” a reference to a prototype of the phone that was seen worldwide two months ago when a gadgets website obtained it. The new phone is the "biggest leap since the original iPhone," released in 2007, Jobs told the crowd…

iPhone 4 Unveiled

June - A smaller, lighter and thinner Xbox was unveiled by Microsoft. The game console has a 250-gigabyte hard drive as well as built in Wi-Fi, and will sell for the same price as the current Xbox 360 Elite model  $299….. Google recently announced a new feature found in YouTube's TestLabs. The YouTube Video Editor is a trial feature that will allow YouTube video creators to edit their videos online without any additional software. In its initial form, the video editor allows users to do the following: combine multiple videos to create a new longer video; trim the beginning and/or ending of videos; add soundtracks from YouTube's AudioSwap library; and create new videos online with no uploading required…. Online video site Hulu, under pressure from its media company parents to generate a profit, has launched a subscription service with access to older episodes of popular television shows. More recent episodes of the shows will remain free on Hulu's ad-supported website. But for $9.99 a month, subscribers can get the entire current season of "Glee," "The Office," "House" and other shows from broadcasters ABC, Fox and NBC, as well as all the past seasons of several series…

July - Google announces it will buy online travel software company ITA Software for $700 million cash, a move the search giant hopes will boost its visibility in the highly competitive airfare market….. Apple Inc. said that it was "stunned" to find that its iPhones have for years been using a "totally wrong" formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting. Apple said that's the reason behind widespread complaints from users that the latest model, iPhone 4, can show a sudden plunge in signal strength when they hold it in a way that covers a small black strip on one edge of the phone. Users online have jokingly called this the "death grip" for the phone…. A recent survey lends some hard proof to the trend that many consumers and investors have already noticed: The BlackBerry is dying. Why? Because the iPhone is killing it -- and because the Google Android operating system is driving strong sales for HTC and other manufacturers... A New York judge issued a temporary restraining order against the social networking site Facebook after a New York man sued the company, claiming he owns an 84% stake in it. Paul Ceglia filed a suit in the Supreme Court of New York's Allegany County on June 30, claiming that a 2003 contract he signed with Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg entitles him to ownership of the company and monetary damages….. Apple Inc. will give free protective cases to buyers of its latest iPhone to alleviate the so-called "death grip" problem in which holding the phone with a bare hand can muffle the wireless signal…. Google, in an effort to utilize more green energy and become carbon neutral, has signed a twenty-year deal with an Iowa wind farm to purchase energy. The deal, beginning at the end of this month, will supply Google with 114MW worth of energy….. Under fire for iPhone 4 problems, Apple has distributed an iPhone/iPad operating system update designed to display more accurate signal bars indicating wireless network strength…..
In a move that could bring Mickey Mouse into the online gaming world, Walt Disney Co. said it is buying social game developer Playdom Inc. in a deal worth up to $763 million. Mountain View, Calif.-based Playdom is among the leading makers of online social games, including Social City and Sorority Life…

 August - Google announces that it has agreed to purchase social networking app maker Slide for an undisclosed amount. The deal marks the latest try for the search giant to make some headway into the world of social networking…. Apple's just opened up a new section of the App Store. Called "Try Before You Buy," it lets users test drive a limited selection of apps before purchasing them. Unfortunately, this trial period doesn't apply to all the paid apps in the store…. The Motorola Droid 2 and the BlackBerry Torch go on sale…. In a move signaling the growing importance of online security, Intel Corp. said Thursday it is buying computer-security software maker McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion…. Gmail isn't just about e-mail anymore: it's also a phone as Google launched the ability to make voice calls to any traditional phone number from a Gmail account …Facebook rolls out its long-awaited location feature, Facebook Places, an application that lets users "check in" on their mobile phones so friends know where they're hanging out and what they're doing....

September - Apple TV, which hasn't sold well and which Steve Jobs has referred to as a "hobby," gets a major revision. The new device is a quarter the size of the current model, fits in the palm of your hand, and sells for just $99 -- much less than the $229 of the current model. Our users want Hollywood movies and TV shows, cheaper; they don't want amateur hour," Jobs said. "They don't want another computer. They don't want to manage storage. They want it to be silent, cool and small”… Apple  launches Ping, a new social network that runs within the iTunes software. Apple hopes the new service will solve the "Discovery" problem -- with so much music out there, how do you find new artists you might like? Many say it falls short of that goal… The "virtual goods" market is growing at a healthy clip, according to an industry report.  The research group Inside Network says the U.S. virtual goods market will hit $2.1 billion in 2011, up from $1.6 billion this year. The group, which also owns a blog about Facebook, attributes much of the growth in that market to social online games like "FarmVille"… Microsoft unveils Explorer 9…  An historically large oversupply of LCD TV panels is causing television prices to fall right in time for the holiday shopping season. By the end of this month, LCD TV prices will be about 5% lower than they were at the same time last year…

twitter redesigned novmember 2011 tech trivia news mrpopcultureOctober - Twitter is introducing a redesigned interface on the web ("New Twitter")Microsoft issued its biggest-ever security fix Tuesday, including repairs to its ubiquitous Windows operating system and Internet browser for flaws that could let hackers take control of a PC… A September study conducted by Forrester Research found that 37 percent of 18- to 30-year-old Americans access the internet with their mobile phones and 15 percent use their phones to watch videos or TV… The Internet is growing fast, but Google is growing even faster. According to online security company Arbor Networks, Google now represents an average 6.4% of all Internet traffic…

November - Facebook has received a notice of allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the trademark on the word "face" when used in the context of online chat rooms or bulletin boards…

December - Facebook users the world over are changing their profile pictures to cartoons from their youth as part of a trend a U.S. Web site says began in mid-November… The first laptops powered by Google Inc's Chrome operating system will reach store shelves months later than expected and miss the holiday shopping season as the Internet company fixes software issues… Secrets about Apple Inc.'s iPhone were among insider trading tips that led to the arrests of three employees at public companies and a sales executive at a California expert-networking firm, authorities said as they boosted to six the number of arrests in a wide-ranging Wall Street insider trading probe… In the U.S., 33% of young mobile users have smartphones. Italy had the highest smartphone penetration among youth (47%), and India had the lowest (10%). One surprise: Most young U.S. smartphone users (55%) are female…After a daylong outage that left untold millions of Skype users high and dry, the CEO of the peer-to-peer chat service apologized, promised that service is slowly but surely being restored, and announced that credits may be in the offing for paying user…

Year 2010 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

January - ESPN is launching a new network in 3D. It will debut on June 11 with the World Cup match between South Africa and Mexico. ESPN3D marries great content with new technology to enhance the fan's viewing experience and puts ESPN at the forefront of the next big advance for TV viewing… Music sales for 2009 were up 2.1% - Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks the nation's album sales, says Swift's "Fearless " sold 3.2 million copies last year. It was released in late 2008. Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" sold 3.1 million copies — and it only came out in late November.Michael Jackson’s "Number Ones" was No. 3 … Mark McGwire finally came clean, admitting he used steroids when he broke Baseball's Home run record in 1998…. Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush scored 6.8 million viewers and was Nick's most- watched live-action premiere with kids and tweens. Beginning Jan. 22, the series will move to Fridays at 8:30/7:30c…. Air America - the liberal radio network - shuts down abruptly due to financial woes. … Passing – Jean Simmons (80)…

gary coleman domestic violence guilty plead february 2011 trivia mrpopcultureFebruary - Toyota's president apologized for the massive global recalls over sticking gas pedals as the automaker scrambles to repair a damaged reputation and sliding sales… Dennys restaurants which practically shut down the Internet when it offered a free Grand Slam breakfast during its Super Bowl commercials last year, is doing it again….

SuperBowl 44- The Nielsen Co. estimated that 106.5 million people watched the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts upset the Indianapolis Colts

Super Bowl XLIV Highlights 

February - Vancouver Olympics - Georgian athlete Nodar Kumaritasvili died in hospital after crashing in his final training run when he lost control, hitting the rim of the track and slamming into a steel pillar at 90mph… Actor Gary Coleman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief in conjunction with a domestic violence charge… The Discovery Channel says the captain of the “Deadliest Catch" fishing vessel Cornelia Marie has died. Capt. Phil Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke…  Jamie McMurray wins the Daytona 500 – On a track where crumbling asphalt caused almost 21/2 hours of delays, McMurray persevered to win NASCAR's biggest race… Passing - Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig (85)… Sebastian Janikowski and the Oakland Raiders agreed on a $16 million, four-year deal that is the richest contract for a kicker in NFL history, the team said… Lindsey Vonn vowed to "push through" the pain, and push through it she did - ” crossing the line in the downhill at the Winter Olympics on one ski to win her first career gold medal. She overcame a shin injury and living up to huge expectations… Tiger Woods appearing in a 13-minute press conference - admitted that he is the only one to blame, admitting, "I was unfaithful"…  Apolo Anton Ohno becomes the most decorated US Winter Olympian ever after earning his seventh career medal. The 27-year-old skater from Seattle took the bronze in the men's short track 1,000 meters on the ninth day of the Winter Olympics… Former “Growing Pains" actor Andrew Koenig is found dead  in a wooded area of a sprawling downtown park where he enjoyed spending time, apparently after committing suicide (hanging). The actor's father, Walter Koenig, said "my son took his own life"…

March - The 2010 U.S. Olympic team put on a performance for the history books. When they gave out the final medals Sunday, the Americans – for the first time since the 1932 Games in Lake Placid -- stood atop the overall medals table, with 37. That made for an Olympic record, topping the 36 Germany won in 2002 in Salt Lake City… Ford Beats Rival GM – Ford sales rose 43.1% to 142,285 last month, higher than expectations of a 30.1% gain. It was the first time since 1998 that Ford's sales topped rival General Motors in sales… ... Grieving singer Marie Osmond is preparing to return to the spotlight in Las Vegas- just one day after she lays her tragic son to rest. Osmond was leftdevastated when her 18-year-old adopted son Michael Blosil was found dead outside his Los Angeles apartment building in an apparent suicide last month… Willie Davis, a speedy center fielder who collected two World Series rings, three Gold Gloves and was a two-time All-Star during his 14 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers dies. He was 69… Pro Football Hall of Famer and former television actor Merlin Olsen has died. He was 69…Tiger Woods said he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a four-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports… Alex Chilton, the lead singer of late 1960’s hitmakers, ”The Box Tops” dies of a heart attack at the age of 59…. Passing – Fess Parker(85)… Passing -  Jaime Escalante transformed a tough East Los Angeles high school by motivating struggling inner-city students to master advanced math, became one of America's most famous teachers and inspired the movie "Stand and Deliver." He was 79

NCAA - Duke Defeats Butler. 

April - Tennis icon Martina Navratilova is battling breast cancer. Navratilova told Access Hollywood Wednesday morning that she caught the cancer early and her prognosis is excellent… Wins Masters at August – Golfer Phil Mickelson… Passing - Designing Women star Dixie Carter, whose Southern charm and natural beauty won her a host of television roles, has died at age 70…Movie actor Steven Seagal is accused of hiring young women as personal attendants whose real job was to serve his strange and sometimes violent sexual desires, according to a civil lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles by a 23-year-old former model who describes her experience in harrowing detail…Boston Marathon - Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya won the 114th Boston Marathon and broke the course record with a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 52 seconds…Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi Quaid showed up in a criminal courtroom two weeks late Monday and were arrested on outstanding warrants…

Tops in NASCAR  - May 2010

Denny Hamlin

Kyle Busch

Jimmie Johnson

Kevin Harvick

Kurt Busch

Matt Kenseth

Jeff Burton

Jeff Gordon

 May - Kentucky Derby - Super Saver won by 2 ½ lengths on a muddy track at Churchill Downs as the second favorite… Passing- Tom 'T' Bone Wolk - of a heart attack. Wolk played bass and rhythm guitar and was musical director and arranger for the Hall and Oates band. He was 58…  Pitches Perfect Game - Randy Johnson - the 40-year-old left-hander tossed the 17th perfect game in Major League history, pitching the Arizona Diamond Backs past the Braves, 2-0… Passing - Lena Horn(92)… Tyler Lambert, the son of late Diff’rent Strokes star Dana Plato, has committed suicide, nearly 11 years to the day that his mother took her own life. He was 25 … Ex-rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested in Los Angeles for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon… Hollywood Passing - actor Dennis Hopper(74)… Passing – Art Linkletter (97)…

Indy 500 - Dario Franchitti wins the big race. 

Dr phil cyberbullying june 2011 trivia mrpopcultureJune - Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas is retiring in the wake of controversial comments she made about Israel… Television Passing - Rue McClanahan (76)… Rush Limbaugh marries for the fourth time. She’s Kathryn  “Kate” Rogers . Elton John performed at the reception… Music passing - Marvin Isley, member of funk legends the Isley Brothers and a Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee, has passed away at age 56… Disney Is Shutting Down - most of its ESPN Zone restaurants. The only outlets that will stay open are the ones that are directly tied to a Disney property, like the one in the Downtown Disney shopping district in Anaheim….

NBA Champs - The Los Angeles Lakers best the Boston Celtics in game 7  83-79! But - the Los Angeles Lakers victory in the NBA championships ended on a sour note as Los Angeles Police Department officers clashed with rowdy fans….

Game 7 - NBA Championship 2010

More June - Passing - Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia(92)… Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw tackled the subject of cyberbullying on Capitol Hill.  "It is so out of control," said McGraw… PREMIERE RADIO NETWORKS and FOX NEWS CHANNEL's GLENN BECK has another #1 bestseller with the debut of his novel "The Overton Window," at the top of the NEW YORK TIMES adult fiction bestseller list with the JULY 4th issue. That gives BECK six consecutive #1 bestsellers on the TIMES lists…

 July - LeBron James - Long of the Cleveland Cavaliers – is taking a lot of heat and moving to Miami  to play for the Heat. Cleveland fans are stunned by the defection, including the team’s owner, Dan Gilbert… Bedbugs are spreading at an unprecedented rate in New York City, and officials on Wednesday announced the start of a plan to battle the infestation, including a public awareness campaign and a top entomologist to head the fight….

 August - After nearly 3,000 airings of "The View," the series pulls its biggest ratings for its July 29 visit from President Barack Obama. The first ever daytime talk appearance of sitting president averaged 6.6 million viewers during its one-hour broadcast…. Music Passing - Mitch Miller(99)… Passing - Patricia Neal(84)… Passing  Producer David L. Wolper(82)… A tumor in Michael Douglas' throat has reportedly been discovered by doctors. The "Wall Street" actor, 65, will endure eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy…. Passing - James J. Kilpatrick, who rose from cub reporter to become one of the South's most prominent newspaper editors and the nation's most widely syndicated political columnist at 89…  Martin Short's wife, Nancy Dolman  dies. She was 58. … Syndicated radio host and Fox news’ Glenn Beck - in what may be his boldest move yet: Restoring Hour rally (August 28) in Washington, D.C., which drew over 400,000 conservatives….

actor kevin mccarthy dies september 2011 trivia movies mrpopculture hollywood September - Passing - John Kluge (pronounced Kloog-ee), once listed as the wealthiest man in America, who built an investment in a radio station into a broadcasting empire that was the forerunner to Fox Television He was 95…. Passing - Actor Kevin McCarthy(96)… Passing - Legendary 1950’s hitmaker Eddie Fisher… Always wanting to sing for the Pope - Susan Boyle performed three songs as part of a special Mass to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Scotland… Passing – Legendary 1950’s hitmaker Eddie Fisher. He was known for his highly publicized marriages and divorces to some of the most famous Hollywood starlets of the era. He was in his 80s… Passing –Tony Curtis, who molded himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob to a respected actor…

October - Goodbye Mrs. Cleaver - Barbara Billingsley, who is best known for her role as the original "supermom" June Clever on the hit sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," died at her home in Santa Monica… Passing – Stephen J. Cannell - the prolific television writer and producer who co-created "The Rockford Files" and “The A-Team” and later became a bestselling novelist, has died. He was 69…"The View" co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off the set Thursday during a contentious interview with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. As the cast debated whether there should be a community center and mosque built in Lower Manhattan, O'Reilly declared that "Muslims killed us on 9/11" to back up his position that it's "inappropriate"… Old idea returns – McRibs Are Back -  For the first time in almost 17 years, this unique McDonald's dish will be available at every location in the country for six saucy weeks starting November… Tom Shales, the Washington Post's Pulitzer-prize winning television writer, says he's probably going to leave the paper when his contract expires at the end of December… Goodbye Danno - Actor James MacArthur, who played "Danno" in the original version of television's "Hawaii Five-0”…World Series - The San Francisco Giants take the Texas Rangers in five games. Edgar Renteria gets MVP

November - The radio giant Clear Channel Communications signs Ryan Seacrest to a new three-year contract worth an estimated $60 million, nearly double the value of his expiring deal with that company… Juan Manuel Marquez didn't waste any time after defending his lightweight title before setting his sights on Round 3 with Manny Pacquiao…

December - The Sirius XM satellite radio company has announced a new five-year deal with shock jock Howard Stern. There's no word on how much the deal is worth, but shares of Sirius XM are up eight percent in early trading… Barbara Walters picks Gen. David Petraeus as the most fascinating person of the year.Walters revealed Petraeus as the top pick on her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special Thursday… Steve Jobs action figures that got so much press last month has sold online for $2,500. The SJ Action Figure, you may recall, was hand-painted doll that sold for $99 until Apple) complained to M.I.C Gadget -- its Chinese manufacturer -- that the toy constituted an unauthorized use of a person's name or likeness and threatened to sue…The Yankees Wanted Him – But the Phillies Got Him Instead! The The Philadelphia Phillies agreed to terms late Monday night with Cliff Lee, the prized left-hander who pitched for them in the 2009 World Series, according to a baseball executive told of the deal.



Top Pop Hit Music Single/Download/Youtube Video - Tic Tok - Ke$ha 


Top Movie For Year 2010 - Toy Story 3 



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