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Whitney Houston Dies

Dick Clark Dies

Goodbye Donna Summer

Goodbye Robin Gibb (Bee Gees)

Andy Griffith Dies

12/12/12 Concert For Hurricane Sandy Victims

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Treyvon Martin Shooting

Mass Shooting - Aurura, CO

Jerry Sandusky Sentenced

Movie Mocking Muhammad Shakes Up Muslims

Superstorm Sandy Hits NJ/Northeast

Obama Defeats Mitt Romney In Presidential Elections

Newtown Ct. Slayings

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wil.i.am music news dec 2012 tour facts history  mrpopcultureJanuary Trump’s New Celebrity Apprentice Line-up - Mob boss widow Victoria Gotti, singer Clay Aiken and IndyCar champ Michael Andretti are on tap for the next edition of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice… “The Martha Stewart Show” ends production in April…  Kristy McNichol - has come out publicly as a lesbian in hopes of helping others who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation… Jay-Z released his latest collaboration "Glory feat. B.I.C." on his website LifeandTimes.com on Monday. The new track commemorates the birth of Jay-Z and Beyonce's newborn baby girl, Blue Ivy… With Madonna performing the SuperBowl half-time show – it’s announced that Kelly Clarkson will perform the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVI… Will.i.am announced that he's doing a global tour with Intel to promote its new Ultrabooks… Goodbye Etta James - The 73-year-old blues legend died on Friday at Riverside (CA) Community Hospital from complications of leukemia… The first single from Madonna’s's upcoming album "MDNA" is called "Give Me All Your Luvin'" and is set for a February 3 release, two days before the singer performs at the Super Bowl… Top Movie, “The Grey”…

The One That Got Away - Katy Perry

February - Passing – Don Cornelious – best known as host of the long-running “Soul Train” music show… Rap artist M.I.A. flips the SuperBowl TV audience the bird – while performing with Madonna during the Halftime show!..

84th Academy Awards - Some Winners:

Best Picture - "The Artist"

Best actor - Jean Dujardin - "The Artist

Best actress - Meryl Streep - "The Iron Lady"

Best supporting actor - Christopher Plumper - "Beginners"

Best supporting actress - Octavia Spencer - "The Help"

whitney houston passes dies february 2012 timeline video image mrpopcultureMore February - Top Pop Hit Song - "Stronger" – Kelly Clarkson… Michelle Obama and "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon turned the White House into a playground to promote the first lady's "Let's Move!" fitness campaign… Mrs. Obama and Fallon did pushups and twirled hula hoops… Passing – Whitney Houston (48) is  found dead in a hotel room bath after two nights of heavy partying. Ms. Houston was found dead by her bodyguard in a hotel suite reportedly littered with bottles of prescription pills. Paramedics rushed to revive the 48-year-old but she was pronounced dead at 3.55pm yesterday afternoon.… Oprah Winfrey took to Twitter last night to ask Nielsen viewers to watch her cable network OWN…

Goodbye Whitney Houston

54th Annual Grammy Award - Some Winners:

Album of the Year: "21," Adele

Record/Song of the Year: "Rolling in the Deep," Adele

New Artist: Bon Iver

More February 2012 Pop - The sketch-comedy series "Key & Peele" has earned a second season from Comedy Central two weeks after its premiere… A Los Angeles talk radio team has been suspended for 10 days for referring to the late Whitney Houston as a “crack ho.” John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, known as John and Ken on KFI in Los Angeles, apologized for the comments… Passing – Davy Jones of the Monkees – of a heart attack at 66… 84th Annual Academy Awards – 1. Best Picture: "The Artist"… 2. Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"… Best  Actress: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady"

george clooney 2012 news celebrity march facts trivia mrpopculture photoMarch Oprah Winfrey has landed the first sitdown interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown since the passing of her mother, Whitney Houston… Top Pop Hit Music Single, “Set Fire To The Rain” – Adele… Rapper Coolio was arrested on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago… Music Passing - Michael Hossack, longtime drummer for the classic rock band the Doobie Brothers, has died of cancer at age 65… Director and legendary actor Clint Eastwood has signed on to let the cameras shoot his home life, debuting May 20… George Clooney and his father were arrested Friday during a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy… Rosie O'Donnell's daily talk program "The Rosie Show" was canceled by Oprah Winfrey's OWN network… Kohl’s Stores Go American Idol -  Kohl's has partnered with AI to create the exclusive apparel line, Authentic Collection, which will be sold in stores from April through June to coincide with season 11…Hilary Duff and her husband, hockey star Mike Comrie, welcomed their first child into the world… Hunger for “Hunger Games.” There’s a huge buzz for the movie – which opens in a few days…  To kick off the release of her new album, Madonna is joining Twitter for one day to answer questions from fans. The pop legend will be turning to Twitter on Monday night to promote her 12th studio album, MDNA…  Keith Olbermann is looking for a new job after less than a year as a talk show host at Current TV…

taylor swift 2012 cma award music trivia history facts  mrpopculture imageApril The group behind the "Kony 2012? internet video that broke records by getting more than 100 million views in less than a week - and subsequently received heavy criticism - is planning to release a sequel…A Burger King commercial featuring Mary J.Blige singing about chicken has been pulled. But the fast-food chain is blaming music licensing issues for the decision — not criticism of the ad… Bruce Willis and his wife, Emma Heming Willis, welcome their first child into the world…

"Glad You Came" - The Wanted

Music news Academy Of Country Music Awards 2012- Winners:  Entertainer of the year: Taylor Swift  Top male vocalist: Blake Shelton…  Top female vocalist: Miranda Lambert…

Blake Shelton - "Honey Bee" Hit From 2011

More April 2012 Pop - Heidi Klum moved to end her marriage from singer Seal a little over two months after they separated… Latin pop singer Marc Anthony has filed for divorce from singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, ending their seven-year marriage… Engaged - Brad and Angelina are going to get married…

Passing – American pop culture icon Dick Clark (82)…

Dick Clark Introduces Beach Boys 1964

rihanna most beautiful april people magazine 2012 facts video timeline mrpopculture photoMore April - Rihanna's fans were surprised to see her upload Instagram photos that feature her sitting on top of a bald bodyguard's head, rolling what appears to be a cigar leaf full of marijuana… Rocker and wildlife hunter Ted Nugent has agreed to plead guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in southeast Alaska… President Obama appears on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" …“The Voice” vs “American Idol” – Social Media says “The Voice” has more traffic - The Voice" has proven to be a formidable foe to the formerly untouchable "American Idol" on the ratings front… People magazine has named Beyonce as the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2012… Passing - Tommy Marth, saxophonist for the rock group The Killers at 33. .. New Selena Gomez Perfume Is Launched…

May CNN ratings have hit the lowest numbers they’ve achieved since August 2001. In April of 2012, CNN ratings plummeted a total 21% over April of 2011, and in the 25-54 year old demographic, the decline was even more marked, with a 29% drop… Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has been set to host the season finale of Saturday Night Live… Passing- Beastie Boys’ “MCA”… Adam Yauch. He was 47… President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama honor songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David… Movie, "The Avengers" smash debut box office receipts with a $200.3 million first-weekend debut….

donna summer 2012 news music history death trivia video timeline  mrpopculture photoMore From The Month Of May - Tom Gabel, the lead singer of punk rock band, “Against Me!”, says he's becoming a woman... Shock jock Howard Stern promised  to tone down his act for his judge's role on "America's Got Talent"… Britney Spears To Be A Judge On “X-Factor” next season…

Passing – Disco Music Legend Donna Summer (63) of cancer. Lovingly named the "Queen of Disco"

Donna Summer At Her Peak

Billboard Music Awards -  Top Artist: Adele, Top New Artist: Wiz Khalifa, Top Male Artist: Lil Wayne, Top Female Artist: Adel…

Passing -  Bee Gees singer Robin Gibb, who with brothers Barry and Maurice helped define the disco era. He was 62…

Robin Sings Out Front On, "I Started A Joke" From 1969

More May 2012 Pop - Lady Gaga canceled her sold-out show in Indonesia after Islamist hard-liners threatened violence, claiming her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt the youth… Phillip Phillips Crowned  American Idol winner… Justin Bieber sings on TV's "Ellen" performing his hit single Boyfriend to diehard fans with Bieber Fever!... CBS declared victory in the 2011-12 television season, saying it was the most-watched U.S. network for the 9th year thanks to hits like crime drama "NCIS" and the nation's top comedy "TheBig Bang Theory"…. American Idol Champ Phillip Phillips' "Home" sold 278K digital copies in its first week, more than any other coronation song (an official single celebrating the winner's victory) in American Idol history… Passing - Jim Paratore -- the man who founded TMZ and created a slew of hit shows including "Ellen" and "Rosie" -- died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday during a bike trip in France…

"Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye fea. Kimbra

June – Police say Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose was robbed of three gold-and-diamond necklaces worth some $200,000 after the hard rock band's concert in Paris… Miley Engaged - After three years of dating, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are ready to say “I do”… Bob Welch(66), a guitarist who played with Fleetwood Mac before launching a solo career, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest…

Top Pop Hit Music Single – “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

ann curry 2012 news june today show facts history trivia mrpopculture photo More From The Month Of June - Tom and Ray Magliozzi announced they're retiring from "Car Talk" on NPR this September… Reclusive singer Lauryn Hill says she hasn't paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family. The eight-time Grammy Award winner and New Jersey resident was charged this week with willfully failing to file income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service…Several members of the MTV "Jersey Shore" cast -- including Jenni "JWoww" Farleyand her boyfriend Rodger Mathews, Pauly "Pauly D" DelvecchioRonnie Ortiz-Magro andMike "The Situation" Sorrentino -- were involved in a "massive" bar brawl Friday night at Seaside Heights hotspot Bamboo Bar… 2012 Tony Award Winners –  Best Musical: "Once", Best Play: "Clybourne Park"… Pink hair is here to stay! Demi Lovato debuted freshly dyed bright pink tips at the X-Factor San Francisco auditions this weekend… Ann Curry is reportedly being phased out of her co-anchor position at "Today"… Passing - Don Grady, an original Mouseketeer and Robbie of "My Three Sons" has died of cancer at the age of 68…Charlie Sheen's new FX comedy "Anger Management"debuted to huge numbers last night, scoring the biggest scripted comedy debut in cable history. It pulled in 5.47 million total viewers… After five years of marriage – Tom Cruise and Katy Holmes are calling it quits…

July CNN’s Anderson Cooper has confirmed what most people in the media world and New York already knew: He is gay Passing - Andy Griffith, the television icon who headlined The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Griffith was 86.

jennifer lopez 2012 june news facts trivia idol seacreast  mrpopculture image More July - Passing – Ernest Borgnine (95)San Diego  Comic-Con Death - A "Twilight" fan was struck and killed by a car in front of a horrified crowd of fellow Twi-hards camping out two days ahead of the opening of San Diego Comic-Con… Both Jenifer Lopez and Steven Tyler won’t be returning as judges on “American Idol.” Jennifer Lopez called in to "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" today to tearfully confirm that she is leaving "American Idol"… Passing - Hollywood movie producer Richard D. Zanuck (77)… Sylvester Stallone’s Son Dies - There were no signs of foul play or trauma in the death of Sage Stallone, at the age of 36… An epic Bruce Springsteen concert in London's Hyde Park ended on Saturday with organisers pulling the plug with the singer and ex-Beatle Paul McCartney still on stage and playing at full throttle after more than three hours of music… Several rock legends, including Elton John, Robert Plant and Queen guitarist Brian May, sent a letter to the Telegraph on Tuesday accusing Google of enabling pirates to steal their music. The letter, which was also sent to British Prime Minister David Cameron, implored both the government and the private sector to do more to protect musicians’ intellectual property rightsIt’s announced that Mariah Carey will be replacing Jennifer Lopez as a judge on “American Idol”… Passing - Sherman Hemsley of “The Jeffersons” at 76… Passing - Chad Everett, the blue-eyed star of the1970s TV series "Medical Center" at 75…  Snoop Dogg wants you to know that he's tired of hip-hop, is Bob Marley reincarnated and is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about. Also, he's got a new name: Snoop Lion…. Passing - Gore Vidal - author, playwright and commentator has died in Los Angeles. He was 86…. 

prince harry 2012 news bieber august history trivia  mrpopculture photo AugustAn arrest warrant issued for Cuba Gooding Jr. was lifted on Wednesday after the "Jerry Maguire" actor met with police in New Orleans regarding an incident in which he allegedly pushed a female bartender… Stevie Wonder has filed for divorce from his wife Kai Millard Morris after 11 years of marriage… Music Passing - Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies. He was 68… Passing - Judith Crist, a blunt and popular film critic in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, has died. She was 90… Justin Bieber makes a comment on Prince Harry’s thinning hair problem: “I mean, there are things to prevent that nowadays, like Propecia"… Legendary 60s pop-rock band The Monkees announce that they will tour together for the first time since singer Davy Jones died of a heart attack in February…  Randy Travis was charged with driving while intoxicated after the country singer crashed his car and was found naked and combative at the scene… The Spice Girls Re-Unite for the Closing Olympic Ceremonies.  They’d been gone for four years… Top Pop Hit Music Single – “Whistle” – Flo Rida… Snookie Has A Baby - Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and her love of two years, Jionni LaValle, welcomed their first child… Madonna - As she kicked off the U.S. leg of her "MDNA Tour" in Philadelphia, Madonna said she was happy to party in the USA after touring Europe for three months…Chris Lighty, a hip-hop mogul who helped the likes of Sean "Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent and Mariah Carey attain not only hit records, but also lucrative careers outside music, was found dead in his New York City apartment Thursday in an apparent suicide… LeAnn Rimes sued two women she claims illegally recorded a phone conversation with her and posted snippets online, one day after she sought professional help for anxiety and stress… Republican Convention – Clint Eastwood does a 12-minute improvised riff, which featured the 82-year-old Academy Award-winning actor and director pretending to have a conversation with an invisible President Obama, represented by an empty chair …

September – Randy Jackson will not return as a judge on "American Idol"…“Jersey Shore” will have just one more season – and that’s it. New season begins in October… Top Pop Hit Music Single – “Lights” – Ellie Goulding… iHeartRadio Music Fest In Las Vegas - Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Usher, Linkin Park, the reunited No Doubt, Brad Paisley, Green Day and more than a dozen other A-list performers will be headlining Clear Channel’s 2012  iHeartRadio Music Festival. The list also includes: Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Lil Wayne, Swedish House Mafia, Pitbull, Deadmau5, Miranda Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Calvin Harris and Shakira…A man allegedly clutching a pair of scissors was arrested after police say he tried to force himself inside Miley Cyrus’ Los Angeles home…

MTV Video Music Awards  - Video of the Year: Rihanna, “We Found Love” feat Calvin Harris…

lindsay lohan 2012 september news facts history arrested  mrpopculture photoSeptember - Lindsay Lohan was arrested in New York on charges that she clipped a pedestrian with her car and did not stop, police said… P!ink performs on the “Today” showJ.K. Rowling launched her long-anticipated first book for adults, "The Casual Vacancy"… George Strait To Stop Touring. The 60-year-old country music  uperstar announced that he'll embark on his final concert tour early next year… Passing -  Andy Williams, who charmed audiences with his mellow delivery of songs like "Moon River" and "Can't Get Use To Losing You" in the 1950s and 60s. He was 84… Bieber Throws-Up During Concert - The 18-year-old superstar, seemingly suffering from some sort of stomach ailment, threw up on stage during a concert in Glendale, Ariz..

 October - David Chase has returned with his first work since "The Sopranos" went black. The director premiered his debut film, "Not Fade Away," at the New York Film Festival… Nicki Minaj's continued media exposure due to her judging role on "American Idol" has generated substantial social returns. An appearance on "The View," coupled with the launch of her own fragrance, brings 130,000 new fans to Minaj and lifts her 23-14 on Billboard's Social 50 chart… Top Pop Hit Music Single – “One More Night” – Maroon 5… Lady Gaga Gets Sick On Stage - During a concert in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday night, Lady Gaga vomited on stage not once, twice, but at least four times mid-performance… Justin Bieber Tweets That He brad pitt 2012 news chanel 5 facts trivia mrpopculture imageWas Robbed… that some of his belongings were stolen during a show in Washington state… Brad Pitt officially makes his debut as the first male spokesman for the iconic female perfume Chanel No. 5 in a new ad campaign… TV Buzz – “Honey Boo Boo”… Bruno Mars hosts and sings on "Saturday Night Live" and unannounced guest star Tom Hanks stopped by to mock the presidential debates…Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson as the highest-earning dead celebrity in the past year, with her estate pulling in $210 million, much of it from the auction of her jewels, costumes and artwork… AMC's "The Walking Dead" pulled in 9.5 million viewers for its first season showing. It was the second episode of the show's third season… Korean pop sensation PSY will bring his "Gangnam Style" to this year's MTV European Music Awards show in Frankfurt in November…  Oprah Winfrey interviews Justin Bieber – saying it was her biggest since Michael Jackson… An Internet hoax claiming Justin Bieber had been diagnosed with cancer, and that fans had begun shaving their heads in solidarity…

November – Khloe Kardashian's first outing as the new co-host of "The X Factor" helped boost the show's audience by 30 percent…“Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” NBC holds a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit. Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert, hosted by “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer. Other performers include Christina Aguilera and Sting… Blake Shelton wins the Country Music Association Awards' entertainer of the year… Thousands of Aerosmith fans watched the band perform on Monday in front of the building in Boston where they once lived… Top Pop Hit Music Single -  “Gangnam Style” – PSY… Thousands of screaming fans lined the black carpet late on Monday(Nov. 12) for the final "Twilight" film premiere as the cast of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" bid farewell to the franchise and its loyal followers…

justin bieber november 2012 news music trivia facts  mrpopculture imageMore Month Of November - Country-pop star Taylor Swift will ring in the New Year as the headline act on TV special "New Year's Rockin' Eve," which will feature a two-hour tribute to late host Dick Clark…Biggest Rock Album Since 2008 - Mumford & Sons showed when the indie folk-rock quartet stormed the Billboard 200 last month with "Babel," which arrived with 600,000 copies sold… After nearly two years together, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have gone their separate ways…. American Music Awards: Artist of the year: Justin Bieber, New artist of the year: Carly Rae Jepsen. Pop/rock female artist: Katy Perry, Pop/rock male artist: Justin Bieber… Passing - Larry Hagman – best known for “Dallas” and “I Dream Of Jeannie” at 81… Miley Cyrus has a new hair look – short and chopped and – still blonde. This is the second hair make-over for Miley this year, when in August – she went to a short – pixie-style look complete with bangs… 

December – Alex Baldwin who plays ruthless executive Jack Donaghy on "30 Rock," has entered an overall deal with Universal Television, the studio arm of NBC Universal that produces the series. Under the two-year agreement, Baldwin will develop and produce series ideas for Universal TV - including projects that he will potentially star in…2012 Kennedy Center Honors - David Letterman's "stupid human tricks" and Top 10 lists vaulted into the ranks of cultural acclaim as the late-night comedian received this year's Kennedy Center Honors with rock band Led Zeppelin, actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova… Shakira being sued by Ex-Boyfriend – as Antonio de la Rúa  seeks to "recover damages" of at least $100 million for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty… Passing - Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five"… He was 91… Rihanna is delving into the world of fashion, starring in a reality television show competition that will challenge designers to make outfits for a handful of celebrities… The season finale of "The Voice" has enlisted some high-profile talent to help send the show's third cycle off with a bang. Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars and The Killers have been tapped to perform on the two-hour extravaganza… The annual Z-100 “Jingle Ball” was another success with top pop music acts from One Direction To Justin Bieber. Also appearing – Ne-Yo and Taylor Swift… 12/12/12 Concert - Bruce Springsteen was the opening act in a benefit concertto help neighbors in the New York metropolitan area hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. Also performing at Madison Square Garden,  -  Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and the Rolling Stones…

madonna 2012 music tour facts history trivia mrpopculture photoMore Month Of DecemberPassing - Ravi Shankar, the sitar master who influenced The Beatles. He was 92… ABC News veteran and former correspondent Sam Donaldson is facing a drunken driving charge in Delaware… Stones 50th Anniversary Concert – With Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga …  and other top acts including the Black Keys and John Mayer jammed with the Stones… Madonna, 54, topped Billboard's list of highest-grossing live tours, earning an estimated $228.4 million in ticket sales from her sold-out ninth worldwide tour in support of her 12th studio album "MDNA"… WINNER - Cassadee Pope, who was country singer Blake Shelton's protege on the third season of NBC's "The Voice," has won the show's competition…  Ashton Kutcher filed court papers to end his seven-year marriage to actress Demi Moore… Passing - Jack Klugman, the three-time Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his portrayals of slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's “The Odd Couple”… he was 90… Passing - Charles Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors. He was 89… LeAnn Rimes and "The X Factor's" Carly Rose Sonenclar weren't quite in sync when they performed "How Do I Live Without You" and many say Rimes was awful… Janet Jackson is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana... With Tate Stevens winning the X Factor - it looks like Britney Spears will not be asked back for next season’s “X-Factor”... New Years Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest – Set to perform – Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepson,  Neon Trees, Pitbull, OneRepublic, Karmin, Brandy and Flo Rida... Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" is shaping up to be the biggest beneficiary of gift card downloads, as it could sell somewhere in the range of 525,000 to 575,000...

The Year 2012 In News Headlines And Information

 January 1 – An early morning New Year's shooting left four people dead at a condominium near San Diego, authorities said Sunday. Police responded to a 911 cellphone call of shots fired in Coronado, a wealthy seaside suburb of about 24,000 people on San Diego Bay…

mitt romney 2012 january news campaign trivia  mrpopcultureJanuary 8 - Romney Wins In New Hampshire - Republican front-runner Mitt Romney emerged on Sunday from back-to-back debates inNew Hampshire a bit dinged but not seriously dented as rivals stepped up attacks to slow his march toward the presidential nomination… Passengers leapt into the sea and fought over lifejackets in panic when an Italian cruise ship ran aground and keeled over, killing at least three and leaving dozens missing…

January 15 – Oil In Nome - Crews have laid a hose along a half mile stretch of Bering Sea ice and were hoping Monday to soon begin transferring 1.3 million gallons of fuel from a Russian fuel tanker to the iced-in western  Alaska city of Nome… The co-founder of  Pinkberry Frozen yogurt has been charged with assault for attacking a homeless panhandler with a tire iron after the man flashed a provocative tattoo at him…

January 22 - Oakland, CA -  Riot police fought running skirmishes with anti-Wall Street protesters on Saturday, firing tear gas and bean bag projectiles and arresting more than 200 people in clashes that injured three officers and at least one demonstrator…

February 1 – Republican Primary – Mitt Romney Wins Florida. And, after his resounding 15-point victory in Florida, Mitt Romney has taken a giant leap toward securing the Republican presidential nomination… Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday… President Obama touted January's jobs gains as a signal of economy recovery and warned Congress not to "muck it up"…

February 8 - 15-year-old Alyssa Bustamante -  Missouri teenager sentenced to life in prison with possible parole for killing 9-year-old girl… BP said it had sanctioned a major new project in the Gulf of Mexico, the latest sign the British oil group is getting back to business in the area after its 2010 oil spill… The U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of $3.3 billion in its first quarter… Gov. Chris Gregoire handed gay rights advocates a major victory Monday, signing into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in Washington State…

February 15 – Iran trumpeted advances in nuclear technology on Wednesday, citing new uranium enrichment centrifuges and domestically made reactor fuel…  Iran has stopped selling crude to British and French companies, the oil ministry said on Sunday, in a retaliatory measure against fresh EU sanctions…

obama news 2012 february facts history mrpopcultureFebruary 22 - President Obama apologized Thursday(Feb23) in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for the burning of Korans at the largest American military base in Afghanistan. The incident at Bagram Air Base has fueled days of angry protests… Two students die and three were wounded in a fusillade of bullets at Chardon High School Ohio (near Cleveland) in an attack that left "friends laying all over the place" in puddles of blood…

March 1 - Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., says he and his investigators have evidence that President Obama's birth certificate is a forgery… Super Tuesday Results - Republicans in 10 states weighed in on the GOP presidential nomination race in its busiest day yet. Mitt Romney won six states, Rick Santorum clinched three and Newt Gingrich prevailed in one… January ranked as the fourth-warmest for the 48 U.S. states on record since 1895…

March 8 – Moody's declared Greece in default on its debt Friday after Athens carved out a deal with private creditors for a bond exchange that will write off 107 billion euros ($140 billion) of its debt… Two people were killed and seven people were wounded in a shooting on Thursday at a psychiatric institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center… Afghan President Hamid Karzai said a U.S. service member killed 16 people — nine of them children and three women — in a shooting spree Sunday that he condemned as "an assassination"…

March 15 – Higher gas costs drove U.S. wholesale prices up last month. But excluding the big jump in gas, inflation was mostly tame… Convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich entered a federal prison in Colorado on Thursday to begin a 14-year sentence for corruption… A motorcycle assailant opened fire with two handguns Monday in front of a Jewish school in the French city of Toulouse, killing a rabbi, his two young sons and a schoolgirl…

March 22Pink Slime Meat - Two of the biggest U.S. supermarket operators, Safeway Inc and Supervalu Inc, will stop buying the ammonia-treated beef product critics call "pink slime" because of customer concerns… More than 25,000 people filled Fort Mellon Park in Sanford, Florida on Thursday night(March22) to protest the lack of an arrest in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin

Jet Blue Pilot Melts Down - one of the airline's captains had a mid-air meltdown, causing a flight from New York to Las Vegas to be diverted to Amarillo, Texas. The captain, Clayton Osbon, became incoherent and the co-pilot locked him out of the cockpit… Vermont teacher Melissa Jenkins was strangled and police today arrested a married couple and charged them with her death…

April 1A Pakistani court convicts Osama bin Laden's three widows and two of his daughters of illegally entering and living in the country and sentenced them to 45 days in prison, with credit for time served… President Obama signed the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act, banning insider trading on Capitol Hill…

george zimmerman 2012 martin case update april mrpopculture imageApril 8NBC News decision to air an edited call from George Zimmerman to police in the moments before he shot Trayvon Martin was "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone callThe U.S. Navy deploys a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions with Iran over its nuclear program… A massive 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia… George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watchman who shot and killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., has been charged with second-degree murder in the 17-year-old's death…

 April 15 – Causes Upheaval - The Los Angeles Times published photos of U.S. soldiers posing with what the paper said were bodies of insurgents in Afghanistan…

 April 22 – Nine small bombs exploded in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, after an opposition supporter was shot dead in clashes ahead of a fourth nationwide strike in eight days…

 May 1- Bangladesh - Rescuers on Tuesday(May1) had recovered 103 bodies from a turbulent northeastern river after a heavily packed ferry capsized… Five people, claiming to be anarchists, have been arrested near Cleveland for trying to blow up a bridge… President Barack Obama pays a surprise visit to Afghanistan…Criminal charges are  filed  against members of the Florida A&M University marching band who were involved in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion last November… Federal authorities charged 107 doctors, nurses and social workers in seven cities with Medicare fraud Wednesday in a nationwide crackdown on unrelated scams that allegedly billed the taxpayer-funded program of $452 million… Arizona vigilante Jason Todd "J.T."  Ready - the former Marine with ties to neo-Nazi and Minutemen groups is one of the five people killed in a shooting spree in Gilbert, Ariz…

May 8 – Michele Bachmann is now a Swiss citizen. The Minnesota congresswoman and former Republican presidential candidate was recently granted dual citizenship… North Carolina Bans Same Sex Marriage …

May 15Rebekah Brooks, a close confidante of Rupert Murdoch, was charged on Tuesday with interfering with a police investigation into a phone hacking scandal… Passing - Mary Richardson Kennedy - the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. died on Wednesday. She was 52...  G8 Gathering - U.S. President Barack Obama pledged at a summit  to work with Europe on a package that balances growth with debt reduction as world leaders try to prevent the worsening euro zone crisis from destabilizing the global economy…

May 22 –  The world's tallest tower and Japan's biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Skytree, opened to the public… Authorities have arrested an alleged Zetas drug cartel leader nicknamed "El Loco," AKA the Fool or the Crazy One, on charges that he dumped 49 headless bodies on a highway outside Monterrey, Mexico…. Dharun Ravi was sentenced to 30 days in jail by a New Jersey judge who said he "acted out of colossal insensitivity" toward ex-roommate Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide over Ravi’s actions. Ravi, guilty of spying on Clementi, his gay college roommate, with a webcam… Romney Clinches Presidential Nomination with 1,144 delegates… Seattle Shooting Spree – Five Are Dead Plus The Gunman…

June 1 – New Mexico Wildfire Largest In Its History – 190,000 acres so far… Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison Saturday for his role in the killing of protesters during last year's revolution that forced him from power…

June 8 – Shellie Zimmerman - the wife of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman is  arrested,  charged with perjury in connection with her testimony during her husband's bond hearing… The Justice Department announced Wednesday it will give up its criminal case against former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards…

June 15 - In a speech in the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama explained his administration's decision to allow as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants to apply for temporary legal status and work permits… Found Dead - Rodney King - the man who was at the center of the infamous Los Angeles riots… Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest group of new immigrants to the United States…Commerce Secretary John Bryson, already on medical leave, has formally resigned his post…

jerry sandusky 2012 news june trivia history facts  mrpophistory photoJune 22 -  Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual molestation and faces up to 442 years in prison… Islamist Mohammed Morsi was declared the winner Sunday in Egypt's first free presidential election in history… The Supreme Court upheld a key part of Arizona's tough anti-illegal immigration law in a 5-3 decision on Monday that allows police officers to ask about immigration status during stops…

July 1 – Syria's main opposition group says nearly 800 people have been killed in escalating violence across the country in the past week… President Barack Obama kicks off his first bus tour of the 2012 campaign with news meant to cheer struggling Rust Belt voters: His administration is taking on China over an allegedly unfair trade practice…

July 8 - President Barack Obama called for a one-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts on annual income up to $250,000, while letting those that chiefly benefit the very wealthy expire on schedule at year's end… Visa Inc, MasterCard Inc and banks that issue their credit cards have agreed to a $7.25 billion settlement with U.S. retailers in a lawsuit over the fixing of credit and debit card fees in what could be the largest antitrust settlement in U.S. history…

July 15 - A JetBlue pilot suffered an eye injury when a green laser was pointed directly into the cockpit as the plane was en route to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport… An American Navy ship fired on a boat in the Persian Gulf , killing one person and injuring three others aboard the craft… A lone gunman burst into a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight showing of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises," and opened fire, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 50, police said. James Holmes, 24, of North Aurora, was apprehended at the scene clad in a bullet-proof vest and riot helmet….

July 22A pickup truck carrying 23 people veered off a Texas highway and crashed late Sunday, killing 14 and injuring 10 others… Passing- Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, died on Monday at her home in San Diego. She was 61… Damascus and Syria's second biggest city,Aleppo, came under shell fire as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad stepped up efforts to crush rebels threatening the government's two main power centers…

chick-fil-a news august 2012 gay marriage facts history mrpopcultureAugust 1 - Chick-fil-A -  CEO - Dan Cathy, after saying he supported traditional marriage – set off Chick-fil-A protests for gay marriage and those against gay marriage…  At least seven people were killed, including the suspected gunman, in a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., south of Milwaukee… NASA's Curiosity rover has transmitted its first color photo and a low-resolution video showing the last 2 1/2 minutes of its white-knuckle dive through the Martian atmosphere…

 August 8 -  President Barack Obama is pledging a wide-ranging response to the worst drought in a quarter-century. In his weekly radio/Internet address, the President said his administration is giving farmers and ranchers access to low-interest emergency loans, is opening more federal land for grazing and is distributing $30 million to get water to livestock… Three people, including a police officer and the suspected gunman, are dead following a shooting near the Texas A&M campus in College Station…

August 15 - President Barack Obama  said the United States needed to do more to safeguard U.S. troops after a spate of Afghan "insider" attacks that have left 10 American troops killed in the past two weeks… Rep Akin Facing Firestorm After Comment - Facing a firestorm of criticism over his comments about "legitimate rape," Missouri Rep. Todd Akin canceled a scheduled interview with CNN's Piers Morgan…

August 22 – President Barack Obama is holding on to his lead in Ohio, but he now faces tighter races in Florida and Wisconsin… Navy SEAL Book - The U.S. government was surprised by the news that a Navy SEAL who participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan has written a book about the operation in which the al Qaeda leader was killed. "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden" was written by a Navy SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen…

September 1 - Rebels seized an air defense facility and attacked a military airport in eastern Syria… As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac pushed their way up the Mississippi valley, spinning off severe thunderstorms and at least four tornadoes, some on the Gulf Coast were impatient with the pace of restoring power days after the storm dragged through the region…Responding to popular demand from beer enthusiasts, the White House has released the "secret" recipes for two of President Obama's home brews - a honey ale and honey porter… Charlotte Democratic Convention - Bill Clinton Makes Obama Nomination Speech… Chicago-area police sergeant Drew Peterson is guilty of first-degree murder in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio…

September 8More outrage about a film mocking Mohammad… the movie – from Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, is called "Innocence of Muslims” which depicts Mohammad as a buffoon…Islamist militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a lightly defended United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, killing American ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three members of his staff…   For the first time in a quarter of a century, Chicago teachers went on strike after last-ditch negotiations over the weekend failed to produce a new labor agreement for the country’s third-largest school district…The first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States…At least three people died and 28 others were wounded after police fought hundreds of protesters who ransacked the U.S. embassy in Tunisia in their fury over a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad…

September 15 – The Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda urged Muslims to step up protests and kill more U.S. diplomats in Muslim countries after a U.S.-made film mocking the Prophet Mohammad which it said was another chapter in the "crusader wars" against Islam"… Protesters enraged by a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad battled with police in several Asian cities on and vented their fury against the United States, blaming it for what they see as an attack on the Muslim religion… A French magazine ridiculed the Prophet Mohammad by portraying him naked in cartoons, threatening to fuel the anger of Muslims around the world who are already incensed by a film depiction of him as a womanizing buffoon.

jeffrey sinclair september 2012 news facts history trivia army  mrpopcultureSeptember 22 - Afghanistan banned all Pakistani newspapers from entering the country in an attempt to block the Taliban from influencing public opinion via the press… President Barack Obama acknowledged in unaired portions of a "60 Minutes" interview that his campaign ads sometimes go "overboard" when it comes to attacking Mitt RomneyAmid warnings from other world leaders—and planned protests outside—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, his last speech in front of the world body as president of Iran… Greek police clashed with hooded rioters hurling petrol bombs as tens of thousands took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday in Greece's biggest anti-austerity protest in more than a year… Army brigadier general Jeffrey Sinclaiar has been charged with forcible sodomy, inappropriate relationships, and possessing alcohol and pornography while serving as a senior commander in Afghanistan earlier this year… A man who apparently lost his job at a Minnesota sign-making business returned to the company and allegedly killed four people before fatally shooting himself…

October 1 – Mitt Romney said that the presidential debate won't be about "winning or losing" but instead it will be a chance for the candidates to describe the "pathway" on which they'd like to take the country… Californians awoke to yet another unprecedented spike in the price of gasoline that brought the one-week increase in the Golden State to a whopping 36 cents a gallon… An outbreak of a rare and deadly form of meningitis has now sickened 26 people in five states who received steroid injections mostly for back pain…

October 8 - Turkish President Abdullah Gul said the "worst-case scenarios" were now playing out in Syria and Turkey would do everything necessary to protect itself, as its army fired back for a sixth day after a shell from Syria flew over the border…The United States sends military troops to the Jordan-Syria border to help build a headquarters in Jordan and bolster that country's military capabilities in the event that violence escalates along its border with Syria… Unemployment in Greece hit a record high of 25.1 percent in July as the country's financial crisis continues to exact its heavy toll… Canada was in uproar over a 15-year-old schoolgirl who was found dead, an apparent suicide, five weeks after she uploaded a video to YouTube describing years of bullying that drove her to drugs and alcohol… Jim Lehrer said that he accomplished precisely what he wanted to while moderating the first presidential debate: get Mitt Romney and Barack Obama talking to each other…

October 15 – A shooting at a spa near a Brookfield, Wis., mall left three dead and four others wounded… Passing - George S. McGovern(90), a proud liberal who argued fervently against the Vietnam War…

hurricane sandy october 2012 news trivia history new york jersey mrpopcultureOctober 22 –– Third and Final  Presidential Debate. This one moderated by Bob Schieffer – who, so far, did the best job. Conducted at Lynn University, it looks like both did a decent job. No clear winner… A CNN.com story headlined "Do hormones drive women's votes?" sparked a social media backlash that lasted for seven hours… The East Coast is bracing for Hurricane Sandy, a "rare hybrid storm" that is expected to bring a life-threatening storm surge to the mid-Atlantic coast, Long Island Sound and New York harbor… Sandy Hits – As millions along the East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, with huge swaths of the nation's largest city unusually vacant and dark. New York was among the hardest hit, with its financial heart in Lower Manhattan shuttered for a second day and seawater cascading into the still-gaping construction pit at the World Trade Center…  New Jersey took the brunt with coastal flooding and power outages everywhere.

Hurricane Sandy - CBS-TV

November 1 - Death toll is up as At least 95 people in North America died in the superstorm and officials said the count could climb higher as rescuers searched house-to-house through coastal towns…   Hurricane Sandy – Seems that Staten Island has some real problems. 19 are dead, including two boys – taken away by a water surge while their mom tried to hold on to them in their SUV… Workplace Shooting – Three Dead In Fresno - Deliberately and methodically, a Fresno meat-processing plant employee shot four of his co-workers -- two fatally -- before killing himself… Obama Wins - President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress that comes only in fits and starts…

Obama Victory Speech - 2012

david patreaus 2012 news november facts history cia  mrpopculture photo November 8Damage in New York State from Superstorm Sandy could total $33 billion when all is said and done, Gov.Andrew Cuomo said Thursday as the state began cleaning up from a nor'easter that dumped snow, brought down power lines and left hundreds of thousands of new customers in darkness… CIA Director David Petraeus has submitted his resignation to President Obama, citing an extramarital affair… An outbreak of fungal meningitis has been linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. So far, 32 have died…

November 15  - Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza,  including the prime minister's office… U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clintonin Jerusalem for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as expectations rose of a ceasefire soon to end a week of fighting around the Gaza Strip… After 82 Years – Hostess – is going out of business. It was best known for Twinkies and Hostess cup cakes – but its desert products were part of growing up in America…

 November 22 - Joe Luis Saenz, one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives was arrested in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles to face charges of murder, kidnapping and rape… Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly announced he was quitting politics, injecting new turmoil into the Israeli political system weeks ahead of general elections… Winning tickets for the record Powerball jackpot worth more than $587 million were purchased in Arizona and Missouri… Lindsay Lohan is arrested and charged with third-degree assault after a fight at a nightclub in the Chelsea section of New York City…

 December 1 - Radio Address - President Obama is urging Congress to extend tax breaks for the middle class, saying it's "unacceptable for some Republicans in Congress to hold middle class tax cuts hostage simply because they refuse to let tax rates go up on the wealthiest Americans"… The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has returned home to a hero's welcome after winning a resounding endorsement for Palestinian independence at the United Nations… A 7.7 quake centered off northeastern Japan shook buildings as far away as Tokyo triggering a one-meter tsunami in an area devastated by last year's Fukushima disaster, but there were no reports of deaths or serious damage…

December 8 - The sudden (suicide) death of a nurse who unwittingly accepted a prank call to a London hospital about Prince William's pregnant wife Kate has shocked Britain and Australia, and sparked an angry backlash from some who argue the DJs who carried out the hoax should be held responsible…  Gunman Opens Fire In A Portland Mall - The masked gunman who opened fire in the crowded Clackamas Town Center mall in suburban Portland, Ore., killing two and seriously injuring a third before killing himself20 children and six adults were shot and killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school. The massacre involved one gunmen who was also dead at the scene…

December 15 - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who skipped an overseas trip this past week because of a stomach virus, sustained a concussion after fainting… The gunman in the Connecticut shooting rampage committed suicide as first responders closed in, the governor said Sunday, raising the specter that Adam Lanza had planned an even more gruesome massacre and was stopped short. Lanza blasted his way into the building and used a high-power rifle to kill 20 children and six norman schwarzkopf december 2012 news death history trivia mrpopcultureadults, including the principal who tried to stop him, authorities said… Time magazine has named President Barack Obama as its 2012 Person of the Year…. NRA - the nation's largest gun-rights lobby called for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings"…

December 22 -  A gunman set a trap and shot and killed two firefighters responding to an early morning blaze in Webster, N.Y., police officials said. Two other firefighters were in serious condition… A "stubborn" fever that kept former President George H.W. Bush in a hospital over Christmas has gotten worse, and doctors have put him on a liquids-only diet… A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation's midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel… Facing a stalemate in "fiscal cliff" talks, President Barack Obama pressed his Republican foes in Congress to have some eggnog, sing some Christmas carols and come back to work next week ready to pass a scaled-back plan to help middle-class Americans…  President Vladimir Putin signed a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children, part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators… Passing - H. Norman Schwarzkopf, the retired general credited with leading U.S.-allied forces to a victory in the first Gulf War, has died at age 78…

Year 2012  In Technology News And Information

wikipedia shuts down january 2012 tech history news trivia  mrpopculture imageJanuary-  Wikipedia's English-language site shut down and the organization said it would stay down for 24 hours. Instead of encyclopedia articles, visitors to the site saw a stark black-and-white page with the message: "Imagine a world without free knowledge"… Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is leaving the struggling Internet company, as it tries to revive its revenue growth and win over disgruntled shareholders under a new leader… SOPA STOPPED FOR NOW - Immediately following Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’ss (D-NV) decision to postpone a full vote on “Protect IP Act” (PIPA), which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Rep. Lamar Smith(R-TX), chief sponsor of the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA), has announced that he will delay further consideration of the contentious anti-piracy bill in the House “until there is wider agreement on a solution”… Facebook - announced in a blog post that Timeline will be coming to all users in the next few weeks…

Top Video Games Here In January 2012:

Kinect Adventures X360

Just Dance 3 Wii

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 X360

Mario Kart 7 3DS

Super Mario 3D Land 3DS

Zumba Fitness Wii

Call of Duty: Modern warfare 3 PS3

NBA 2K12 X360

The Elder scrolls V: Skyrim X360

Kinect Sports: Season Two X360  

pinterest tech history 2012 website internet mrpopculture imageFebruaryFacebook files to raise $5 billion in an initial public offering. In 2011, Facebook earned $1 billion on sales of $3.7 billion. As of December 31, Facebook had 845 million monthly active users… Pinterest – Hot Social Website -  Pinterest is the breakout social network of 2012… Kodak is exiting the digital camera business and it will instead license its brand name to other camera manufacturers… "Slingo," a leader in online games for 17 years, is making its way to Facebook with a redesigned version of the popular bingo/slot-machine game… The Federal Bureau of Investigation may soon be forced to shut down a number of key Domain Name System (DNS) servers, which would cut Internet access for millions of Web users around the world. In November of last year, authorities arrested six men in Estonia for the creation and spread of DNSCharger, which reconfigures infected computers’ Internet settings, and re-routes users to websites that contain malware, or other illegal sites…

March YouTube Trend – Kids posting Youtube videos asking – ?Am I pretty,  Am I ugly?” mostly by young girls…

More March - Apple releases its third-generation iPad. No, it doesn’t have a nameTop Video Game – X360/PS3 – “Mass Effect”… A Bangladesh court on Wednesday(March22) ordered authorities to shut down five Facebook pages and a website for blaspheming the Prophet Mohammed, the Koran and other religious subjects… Losing Your Smartphone - On average, people lose their smartphone once per year, according to Lookout Mobile Security… Online Movie Watching Outpaces DVD’s For The First Time - U.S. movie buffs will pay to watch more movies online in 2012 than they will on physical video formats like DVD…

April – Google and Apple continue to dominate the smartphone market in the US. More than seven out of ten smartphone owners in the country own a device that runs on Google’s Android operating system or Apple’s iOS operating system… Twitter is cracking down on spammers. The company on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco against five of its most aggressive spam enablers…Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock…Walmart launches a service that converts customers’ DVDs and Blu-Rays and upload them to its cloud storage, so the film can be viewed anywhere and on various devices from computers to iPads to mobile phones…

 May Microsoft launches a $99 Xbox console package with a monthly subscription.  Microsoft will offer a 4GB console and a Kinect sensor for $99 and a monthly subscription of $15 that will run for two-years… - Now that Pinterest is the third most visited social network in the U.S., some startups are seizing the opportunity to facilitate pinning across the web. Case in point: WP Pinner, an all-in-one Pinterest tool for users of the blogging platform WordPress… FaceBook Creates App Center - Facebook users who haven't yet discovered the joys of FarmVille or plugged in to the sounds of Spotify will be getting an easier way to find apps that run on the site… Beginning To See Signs Of Change – Google Chrome routed more Internet traffic than Microsoft's Internet Explorer… Google Places is gone, replaced by a new feature that combines its Google Plus social site and renowned restaurant reviewers Zagat

netflix open connect news 2012 june tech history facts  mrpopculture imageJune – Netflix said it has created its own content delivery network called Open Connect. It's a series of servers, routers and fiber that can send Netflix video from the source to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, Time Warner Cable) amd Verizon Wireless… Kicking off the annual E3 video games trade show — by far the biggest week in the video games calendar -- market leader Microsoft took the stage at a Los Angeles press conference and unveiled, "Xbox SmartGlass"… Facebook starts  rolling out the App Center: A mobile app portal within the social networking site. With 600 titles available at launch, App Center collects the apps that can post to Facebook as well as the ones that use the site for login authentication… A new Internet standard giving the global network more room to grow is now in effect. Internet operators switched to a new standard called IPv6 that allows for trillions of "IP" numbers or addresses, up from the current 4.3 billion… Top Video Game - Diablo III (PC)…  Apple's social network Ping will be gone in the next release of iTunes…

nexus tablot news july 2012 tech history facts  mrpopculture image July - Bad News For Blackberry as  RIM  reported 5,000 layoffs, a giant quarterly loss and -- worst of all -- another delay to its next BlackBerry system as the company's BlackBerry 10 operating system in January… Netflix Sets Streaming Record - Netflix CEO Reed Hastings posted on Facebok that the company had exceeded 1 billion hours of streaming video in June…  Yahoo is hiring longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer to be its next CEO, the fifth in five years as the company struggles to rebound from financial malaise and internal turmoil… Microsoft Corp reported its first quarterly loss as a public company on Thursday as it took a previously announced hit for writing down the value of its ailing online unit… YouTube launched its own face-blurring tool, a valuable tool for protesters trying to protect themselves from government recrimination... Demand for Google's 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet seems to have well exceeded the tech giant's expectations. Last week, Google posted a message to its online store saying that shipments of the 16GB model were delayed one to two weeks… First Time For Google – Google said Thursday that in Kansas City it will sell both wideband Internet access and cable-TV programming, charging subscribers $120 monthly for a package that includes a 1 GB Internet connection, hundreds of high-definition networks and a Nexus 7 tablet computer that will operate as a remote control for its cable service…

windows 8 news 2012 microsoft tech internet history facts  mrpopculture August Microsoft has finally said that Windows 8 is now complete. Microsoft has begun delivering RTM versions to manufacturers and the general availability of the tablets and computers using Windows 8 will be on October 26th… Pandora's share of overall radio listening now 6.13% about double from last year… Top Video Game -  “Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance” (3DS)… Strong demand for Google’s debut tablet were reaffirmed shortly after the Nexus 7 launched, as Google quickly sold out of its entry-level model

September –Samsung accuses Apple of resorting to litigation in an effort to limit consumer choice after the iPhone maker said it was seeking to stop the sale of Galaxy S III smartphones in the United States… Android is growing at a rapid pace. Last December there were 700k devices activated each day. Then, earlier this summer, that number was at 900k. One month later in late July it hit 1M. Now, in early September, there are 1.3M devices activated every single day…Google announced it is discontinuing support for Internet Explorer 8 in Google Apps, including its Business, Education, and Government editions…Apple unveiled a thinner, taller, faster iPhone 5 at a highly anticipated event in San Francisco. The device, which is 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S, is the thinnest smartphone in the world… A German court has dismissed Apple Inc.'s claim that Samsung Electronics and Google Inc.'s Motorola Mobility infringed patents used in touch-screen devices… The company that makes Apple's iPhones suspended production at a factory in China on Monday after a brawl by as many as 2,000 employees at a dormitory injured 40 people…

cell tower hurricane sandy tech news october 2012  mrpopculture image October – Samsung is suing Apple over claims that the iPhone 5 infringed on its patents"…  Facebook tops 1 billion users… Facebook rolls out a feature in the U.S. that lets users pay to promote their posts to friends, just as advertisers do… On-Line Scammer Kristy Ross Caught – Fined $163 million - For the last five years, Ms. Ross has been flooding the internet with pop-up ad after pop-up ad, all claiming that your computer — yes, yours specifically — is infected with virusesPirate101," the follow-up to the popular, free online kids' game "Wizard101," is launching to the general public on Oct. 15… Top Video Game - Resident Evil 6 (X360/PS3)… After years of losing money, Newsweek announced that it will stop printing its magazine and become a digital-only publication… Best Buy Co Inc is planning to sell its own tablet, the Android-based "Insignia Flex," for $239 to $259…Apple has lost its appeal against a ruling that cleared rival Samsung of copying its registered designs for tablet computers, in a decision which could end the two firms' legal dispute on the subject across Europe…  Microsoft launches its new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet …Hurricane Sandy - Many cell towers that are still working are doing so with the help of generators and could run out of fuel before commercial power is restored, the Federal Communications Commission said. The landline phone network has held up better in the affected area, which stretches from Virginia to Massachusetts, the FCC said.

 NovemberMicrosoft has announced that Windows chief Steven Sinofsky, heir apparent to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, has left the company… Google is investing $75 million in an Iowa wind farm as part of its effort to encourage development of cleaner energy sources. The deal gives Google Inc. a stake in the Rippey Wind Farm in Greene County, Iowa… Black Friday retail sales online this year topped $1 billion for the first time ever as more consumers used the Internet do their early holiday shopping… Microsoft is trying to skewer Google as a lousy holiday shopping guide in its latest attempt to divert more traffic to its Bing search engine. The attack began this week with a marketing campaign focused on a recent change in how Google runs the part of its search engine devoted to shopping results. The revisions require merchants to pay Google to have their products listed in the shopping section. In its new ads, Microsoft Corp. contends the new approach betrays Google Inc.'s longstanding commitment to provide the most trustworthy results on the Web, even if it means foregoing revenue.

December - Verizon and Coinstar announced a joint video streaming service to compete with Netflix  and Amazon.  The service, which is called Redbox Instant by Verizon, is now in its testing phase and is set to become available by the end of the year…After a long period of closed beta testing, Microsoft made the beta version of its social network, Socl, available to everyone Google announced the latest numbers for its Google+ social network and described it as the “fastest-growing network” of all time. The Internet giant revealed that more than 500 million people have joined the social networking service since it launched a little over 14 months ago… Google Launches It’s IOS -  so Apple phone users finally have a map that works…  Hulu Plus more than doubled the number of subscribers who pay for access to its premium content in 2012. The streaming service now numbers 3 million paid subscribers… Families across the United States had to rely on other sources of entertainment after Netflix's video streaming service was hit by a Christmas Eve outage…

Year 2012 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

joe paterno 2012 news facts history trivia penn state sports  mrpopcultureJanuaryJoe Torre resigned as Major League Baseball's executive vice president for baseball operations to join a group trying to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Torre managed the Dodgers from 2008-10, then retired and joinedMLB last February as a top aide to Commissioner Bud Selig…. Hostess/Wonder Bread files for Chapter 11 BK Protection… Jim Rome, the notorious radio and TV talker - he of the acerbic rants and intentional provocation - has switched networks again, going from ESPN to CBS Sports… Joe Paterno wishes he had done more after hearing accusations in 2002 that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had been caught acting inappropriately with a young boy in the Penn State locker room, but admits he "didn't know which way to go" with the information… Passing - Joe Paterno Jr.whose glittering career as Penn State's football coach was tainted by a child sex-abuse scandal. He was 85… 

February McDonald's has announced that it will be discontinuing the use of the controversial meat product known as boneless lean beef trimmings in its burgers. The product was recently brought to the attention of the public by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, who derisively referred to it as "pink slime"… SuperBowl 46 – New York Giants 21… New England Patriots – 17… An record average of 111.3 million total viewers tuned in to NBC's SuperBowl coverage, according to figures from Nielsen… Mars, the candy maker, plans to shrink its candy bars come next year. A regular Snickers bar will be slimmed down about 11%... Passing – Baseball’s Gary Carter. The star catcher, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series… NY Knicks Jeremy Lin in the Spotlight… Police were called in to break up a crowd that had gathered at the Florida Mall near Orlando in anticipation of the release of a new limited edition, glow-in-the-dark Nike shoe…

rush limbaugh 2012 news march facts history radio  mrpopcultureMarch – Passing - Andrew Breitbart, the outspoken conservative writer, activist and website operator. He was 43… Rush Limbaugh tells his talk show fans that a law student was a "slut" for her testimony to Congress about the need for birth control coverage. On Friday, two days after Limbaugh's tirade, President Barack Obama called student Sandra Fluke to commend her willingness to speak out and share her dismay over the slur…. A tearful Peyton Manning announced the end of his 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts … Denver Broncos players, linebacker D.J. Williams, defensive tackle Ryan McBean and tight end Virgil Green, have been suspended for violating the NFL's anti-doping policy… Five Year - $98 million Deal - Free agent quarterback Peyton Manning will play for the Denver Broncos…  Lottery ticket-holders in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland each selected the winning numbers for the world record-breaking $640 million Mega Millions jackpot… Magic Johnson’s Investment Group To Purchase The LA Dodgers – At A Record Price - $2.15 billion dollars…

mike wallace 2012 news facts history timeline  mrpopculture photo April New Disney Cruise Ship Emphasizes Unique Gaming - Disney launches its newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, out of Port Canaveral, Florida… Passing – Thomas Kinkade (54) – famed painter – of natural causes…  Emmy-Award TV writer/director Ken Levine publishes his third book – “Growing Up In The ‘60’s”…  The Kentucky Wildcats beat the Kansas Jayhawks 67-59 to win the NCAA men's basketball championship in New Orleans… Passing  - Mike Wallace – best known for his work on “60 Minutes”…  Fox News said it was firing Joe Muto - an employee who had anonymously posted videos and comments about behind-the-scenes workdays at the television network, leading media website Gawker to dub him the "mole”… Bubba Johnson wins the Masters after winning in a sudden death playoff and a shot to the green from the woods… The Red Sox blew a 9-0 lead after the Yankees posted back-to-back seven-run innings in the seventh and eighth in New York's unlikely 15-9 victory... Goodbye New Jersey Nets – last game played as the team moves to Brooklyn next season…

junior seau sports history 2012 may facts trivia news  mrpopculture imageMay A New Jersey woman arrested for allegedly putting her 5-year-old daughter in a tanning booth says it was all a big misunderstanding. Patricia Krentcil, 44, said she took her daughter with her to a local tanning salon, but that the child was not exposed to the booth's synthetic UV rays… Suicide – NFL’s Junior Seau(43) who mostly with the San Diego Chargers before also playing for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots… Kentucky Derby Winner - Kentucky Derby winner "I’ll Have Another" came out of his 1-1/2-length victory over Bodemeiste… It was Floyd Mayweather defeating Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand by not far - 116-112… Controversial - Breast Feeding On The Cover- Time magazine cover features Jamie Lynne Grumet, a 26-year-old woman breastfeeding her three-year-old son. Grumet… Newsweek's May 21 issue declares Barack Obama the country's "first gay president"… – Passing - Stacy Robinson, a wide receiver on the New York Giants’ first two Super Bowl-winning teams… Mitchell Guist, one of the stars of Swamp People on the History Channel, died this morning from injuries suffered during a fall off his boat… Boxer Paul Williams, known as "The Punisher," has been left paralyzed from the waist down after a traffic accident Sunday in suburban Atlanta… Former NBA star Dennis Rodman - was sentenced to 104 hours of community service after being found guilty last year of four counts of contempt for failing to pay child support…

Top Music Albums - June 2012

Born and Riased – John Mayer

21 – Adele

What We Saw From The Cheap Seats – Rgeina Spektor

Here – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

one direction up all night mrpopculture photo timeline video 2012Up All Night – One Direction

Blown Away – Carrie Underwood

NOW 42

Valtari – Sugur Ros

Tuskegee – Lionel Richie

Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan

Making Mirrors – Gotye

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj

…Little Broken Hearts – Norah Jones

Immortal – Eric Church

June Passing - Richard Dawson(79), the actor and the Emmy-winning host of Family Feud Passing – Ray Bradbury(91), the science fiction-fantasy master… Boxing - Pacman Loses... Timothy Bradley promised to shock, though the biggest shock in his fight with Manny Pacquiao came from the judges' scorecards. .. The Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup since the franchise was founded in 1967, eliminating the New Jersey Devils in Game 6, 6-1… NBA Champs - The Miami Heat take the NBA - Miami Heat's 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat’s LeBron James dominated these NBA Finals… CBS announced it has created CBS Sports Radio, a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week lineup of national programming… Citing health concerns, Larry Byrd steps down as president of the Indiana Pacers…

 tony robbins hot coal mishap july 2012 news trivia history  mrpopculture photoJuly All-Star Game – The National League clobbered the American League 8-0…  Fire officials in California say at least 21 people were treated for burns after attendees of an event for motivational speaker Tony Robbins tried to walk on hot coals. At  least three people went to a hospital and most suffered second- or third-degree burns…. Passing - Jon Lord, the keyboardist and co-founder of Deep Purple, has died. He was 71… Actor and comedian Fred Willard was arrested on suspicion of engaging in a lewd act at an adult theater in Hollywood… The statue of Joe Paterno, Penn State's late, disgraced former football coach, has been taken down, after university officials announced early Sunday their decision to remove it… Summer Olympic Games Open in London In Spectacular fashion. Movie director Danny Boyle put on an incredible 3-hour opener. It even featuring a stand-in for Queen Elizabeth II parachuting with James Bond into Olympic Stadium… All Time Olympic Record - Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic medal Tuesday night by anchoring the United States' gold-medal 4x200 relay team, moving him past Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina for the most in the history of the Games… Katherine Jackson said she was "devastated" his children have been "taken away" from her while she was vacationing in Arizona. She was named their legal guardian in Michael Jackson's will….

Top Movies - July 15, 2012

Ice Age: Continental Drift (1st week $46.6 million)

The Amazing Spider Man

Ted

Brave

Savages

Magic Mike

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protecton

Katy Perry: Part of Me

Moonrise Kingdom

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

william shatner priceline news 2012 history facts timeline  mrpopcultureAugust Britain captured its first gold medal of the London Games when Helen Glover and Heather Stanning won the final of the women's pair at the Olympic rowing regatta… 2K Sports has announced a partnership with hip-hop impresario and part-NBA owner Jay-Z, who is the executive producer of the upcoming "NBA 2K13" video game….  Olympic boxing's governing body said it had asked London Games' organizers to tell American broadcaster NBC to cease its ringside commentary at the boxing arena on Friday because they were disrupting officials… Shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarusbecame the first athlete to be stripped of a medal at the London Olympics after her gold was withdrawn Monday for doping… The three stars of the Olympics: Jamaica’s Uasain Bolt, USA’s Michael Phelps and Britain’s Mo Farah  - all delivered the signature performances of the Olympics… Priceline is bringing back popular pitchman William Shatner in a new television ad, seven months after "killing" his character in a bus crash spot… Tony Scott, director of such Hollywood hits as "Top Gun," ''Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II," died Sunday after jumping from a Los Angeles County bridge, authorities said. He was 68… Passing – TV actor William Windom (88)… Passing – Singer – Scott Mckenzie (73)…  Passing -  Neil Armstrong (82) – Who made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. He commanded the historic landing of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the moon July 20, 1969…

derek jeter yankees all time hits september 2012 sports history  mrpopcultureSeptemberTiger Woods has become the first $100 million man on the PGA Tour. Woods finished third Monday(Sept2) in the Deutsche Bank Championship and made $544,000, pushing his career total to $100,350,700…Despite aggravating an ankle injury,  Derek Jeter was in the New York Yankees lineup – and he singled to center in the seventh inning to drive in a run and tie Hall of Famer Willie Mays for 11th place on the all time hits list at 3,283… Passing - NFL Films President Steve Sabol… NASA's Mars rover Curiosity reached out and touched a Martian rock with its huge robotic arm for the first time, then took off on its longest Red Planet drive to date… The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars — a find that the mission's chief scientist called exciting… NFL refs returning to pro-football after three weeks of blown, reversed and no calls by substitutes… President Obama appears on “The View” and the ladies were just beside themselves…

At The Movies - 

October – Passing - Alex Karras, who gained fame in the NFL as a fearsome defensive lineman and later as an actor. He was 77… Slump - Alex Rodriquez  watched the New York Yankees' biggest game of the year on the bench…Hulk Hogan responded to his leaked sex tape, telling "Today's" Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb that it has crushed him. Hogan confirmed the woman in the video is Heather Clem, the now ex-wife of his best friend, Todd Alan Clem, aka radio host Bubba the Love Sponge…Follows Nike - Anheuser-Busch, the brewer of Budweiser, said it would not renew its relationship with cyclist Lance Armstrong at the end of 2012, but will continue to support the embattled former professional cycling racer's cancer charity…Fallen Wall Street insider Rajat Gupta was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday for leaking Goldman Sachs boardroom secrets to the hedge fund manager at the center of the U.S. government's crackdown on insider trading… Donald Trump  offers to donate $5 million to charity if President Obama releases his college and passport records… Unstoppable - The San Francisco Giants route the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 -  and will face the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. But Wait - The Giants were down by two games and made a total comeback- one of the best in baseball playoff history… The San Francisco Giants take the World Series, beating the Detroit Tigers in four games.

hector comacho 2012 boxing history dies sports  mrpopculture imageNovember Hyundai Motor Co and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp  conceded on Friday that they overstated the fuel economy by at least a mile per gallon on more than 1 million recently sold vehicles, and agreed to compensate owners for the additional fuel costs  Showtime's "Homeland" hit a series high with its Sunday episode -- and it helped to deliver a first-time honor for the network, Showtime said Tuesday. With "Dexter," in its seventh season, inching up 5 percent from last week to score 2.28 million total viewers, Sunday marked the first time that Showtime has aired two back-to-back episodes of original series that have drawn more than 2 million viewers each in a single night… … News Corp. said it was acquiring a 49 percent stake in the YES Network, the New York Yankees' regional cable sports channel… Hector “Macho” Camacho, a former three-division champion, is shot and later diedsin Puerto Rico… Kevin Clash, the actor who created the voice and persona of Elmo on Sesame Street, resigned from the children's show today in the wake of a new allegation that he had a sexual relationship with an underage boy… Passing - Motivational Speaker- Zig Ziglar at age 86

December - The world's tallest woman has died in eastern China. She was 39 and 7 ft, 7 inches… NFL news/information – Jovan Belcher – a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs shot and killed his girlfriend at a house near the team's facility. The player then drove to a location near the team's main campus and took his own life… With a crushing right hand, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of a non-title bout in Las Vegas… The Los Angeles Dodgers announce that they have signed Zack Greinke to a six-year $147 million contract… Former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager (HAY'-gur) announces that she's pregnant with her first child, due in the spring… Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent at NBC News, and his production team have been released amid gunfire at a Syria checkpoint after they were taken prisoner in the civil war-torn country. .. Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views. Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting…

 

Billboard/Soundscan Biggest Hit Music Singles For 2012:


1) SOMEONE THAT I USED TO KNOW--Gotye featuring Kimbra (6.80 million sold)
2) CALL ME MAYBE--Carly Rae Jepsen (6.47 million)
3) WE ARE YOUNG--fun. featuring Janelle Monae (5.95 million)
4) PAYPHONE--Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa (4.76 million)
5) STARSHIPS--Nicki Minaj (3.98 million)
6) WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL--One Direction (3.89 million)
7) SOME NIGHTS--fun. (3.84 million)
8) STRONGER (WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU)--Kelly Clarkson (3.82 million)
9) GANGNAM STYLE--Psy (3.59 million)
10) ONE MORE NIGHT--Maroon 5 (3.46 million)

 

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