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James Gandolfini Dies

Food Channel's Paul Deen - End Of An Empire

Corey Monteith of "Glee" Dies

One Direction Live On Morning TV - August

AEG Cleared In Michael Jackson Wrongful Death

"Revolt" A New Music Cable-TV Channel Debuts

Jimmey Kimmel Punks "Bogus" Sign-Language Character At Nelson Mandela Service 

Goodbye Actor Tom Laughlin - "Billy Jack"

Justin Bieber Documentary "Believe" Debut Bombs

Yahoo Says These Topics Were Most Searched In 2013

Billboard Magazine Top Pop Songs For 2013 

 

Year 2013 In News Headlines And Information

Most Wanted Man/Christopher Dorner Saga

Two Bombs Explode At Boston Marathon

Texas Fertalizer Plant Explosion Kills 12

Three Women Freed After 10 Years Of Captivity

Deadly Oklahoma City (area) Tornado Kills 19

19 Firefighters Die Near Phoenix, Arizona

TV Station News "Punked" & Gives False Cockpit Names In Crash

George Zimmerman Not Guilty In Trevor Martin Shooting

U.S./Russia - Reach Agreement On Syria Chemical Weapons Useage

Shooting Spree At Washington Navy Shipyard - 13 Dead

Government Shuts Down After House/Senate Stalemate

Government "Re-Opens" After 16 Day Shut Down

Monster Storm Typhoon Haiyan Hits Philippines

Passenger Train Derails In The Bronx - 4 Dead 

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

Pope Francis - "The People's Pope" is Time's 2013 Person Of The Year  

 

Year 2013  In Technology News And Information

Apple Unveils iPhone 5S and 5C

Trend - Cable-TV Viewing Is Up In 2013

 

Year 2013 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez Charged With Murder

Brewers' Ryan Braun Suspended

Diana Nyad Swims Cuba To Florida

Sports Moment - Yankees Say Goodbye To Mariano Rivera

Greatest College Football Finish Ever- Auburn Defeats Alabama

 

Most Bizarre Story Of 2013

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2013 Music/Entertainment/Celebrity/Hollywood Info/Trends/Trivia/TV News 

January - For the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991, the same album finishes as the United States' best-seller for a second year. Adele's "21" triumphed in 2011 and ruled again in 2012… Ann Curry wants NBC bosses to let her out of her contract so she can accept a high-profile anchor job at CNN… After TMZ published pictures of Justin Bieber smoking what appears to be marijuana on Jan. 4, the 18-year-old singer apologized to his young fan base via Twitter the following day…

meredith viera leaving millionaire tv history timeline facts mrpopculture imageJanuary 8 - Just after just one season, Britney Spears is not returning to judge "The X Factor" this fall… New "American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj shrugged off their widely publicized feud  as a "trumped-up thing" that was merely a passionate difference of opinion over the TV talent show's contestantsTelevision personality Meredith Vieira is leaving the U.S. version of the quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" after 11 seasons… TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel beat out veteran David Letterman and nearly caught ratings champion Jay Leno with his first show in their time slot. The move from midnight to 11:35 p.m., which took effect this week and paid off big for ABCA  former bodyguard for Justin Bieber sued the pop superstar, seeking more than $420,000 in overtime and other wages and claiming the singer repeatedly struck him during an October confrontationSome Golden Globe Winners – Held On January 13, 2013: Best Picture – Argo  Best Actor Picture – Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”  Best Actress Picture – Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”…

January 15 - “American Idol” returns for a new season and, like its off-season competitor, “The Voice” – now utilizes three celebrity judges -  Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban… Pop singer Jessica Simpson is set to star in a television pilot in development for NBC that is loosely based on her life. The comedy could be Simpson's first step back into a major acting role in more than five yearsBiker Lance Armstrong conducts a two-show interview with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN channel Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor... American Idol" returned Wednesday night, and Fast National returns give the veteran singing competition's twelfth season premiere 17.81 million viewers and a 6.0 rating among adults 18-49 -- losses of 19 percent from last January's debut...

adele to perform at grammys january 2013 news timeline music mrpopcultureJanuary 22 - Fox News Channel is parting ways with former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, ending her three-year tenure as a contributor on the networkAdele will perform the Oscar-nominated theme song from the latest James Bond movie at the 85th Academy Awards. The singer will perform "Skyfall," written by the singer and Paul Epworth. Also, it's announced all 7 James Bond actors will appear!... 19th Annual SAG Awards – Some Winners: Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"  Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"… Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of popular The Andrews Sisters singing trio of the 1940s and 1950s, has died in California at the age of 94...  Comeback? - Justin Timberlake, making his pop music comeback with a new single and album, will perform at next month's Grammy Awards for the first time in four years...

"Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars

February 1 Ke$ha New MTV Reality Series - Singer Ke$ha is coming to cable television with a new reality series that promises to document the "drama, madness and euphoria" of her professional and personal life... Beyonce says she lip-synched at the inaugoral - but - she wasn't feeling well... Barbara Streisand to perform at the Oscar show later this month...   Goodbye 30 Rock -  NBC’s Emmy-winning TV comedy "30 Rock" bowed out after seven seasons with production of final episode... Top Pop Hit Music Single: - "Locked Out Of Heaven" - Bruno Mars... 

christina applegate leaves up all night nbc tv history facts mrpopculture timeline 2013 February 8 - Christina Applegate is calling it quits early as she exits her NBC comedy, "Up All Night"...Bruce Springsteen  is honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year at the Los Angeles Convention Center... AMC's hit "The Walking Dead" set a series record Sunday night with 12.3 million viewers. The show was returning from a hiatus, and the Nielsen Co. said it beats the series' previous record of 10.9 million for its third season debut last October... Suicide - Mark Balelo, an auction house owner on “Storage Wars,” has died. He was 40. Sometimes referred to “Rico Suave” on the show because of his eye-catching outfits, Balelo was found dead in his car…Howie Mandel has signed on to return as a judge for the upcoming season of "America's Got Talent"... 

55th Annual Grammy Awards – Some Winners (LL Cool J Emceed At The Los Angeles Staple Center):

Record of the year: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra.

Album of the year: "Babel," Mumford & Sons.

— Song of the year: "We Are Young," fun.

— New artist: fun.

— Pop solo performance: "Set Fire to the Rain (Live)," Adele.

— Pop vocal album: "Stronger," Kelly Clarkson.

— Pop/duo group performance: "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra.

Music Passing Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter. He was 80...

"The Other Side Of This Kiss" - Mindy McCready 

mindy mccready found dead february 2013 music timeline image musicFebruary 15 - Found Dead - Troubled country singer Mindy McCready, age 37, has died of an apparent suicide, the result of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound...Lady Gaga canceled the remainder of her "Born This Way Ball" concert tour to undergo hip surgery... Legendary music man Clive Davis says that he is bisexual and has had two serious relationships with men over the past 20 years. The legendary music producer's admission comes in his new memoir, "The Sound Track of My Life," which also documents his decades as a top music hit-maker and collaborator with everyone from Bob Dylan to Kelly Clarkson..Justin Timberlake The 32-year-old star -- whose new album, "The 20/20 Experience," hits stores on March 19 -- will pull double duty on “Saturday Night Live,”  also serving as the show's musical guest  - On May 9…

Fox-News channel has a reputation for hiring, pretty on-camera anchors. This country song makes lite of it all. 

Here's, "The Girls On Fox-News"

February 22 - Hot Youtube Music Video - "Harlem Shake"...

85th Annual Academy Awards –

Some Winners: Best Picture – “Argo”

 More Academy Award Winners:  2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”  3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”  4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”  5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”

 Perez Hilton Announces He’s A Dad... Michael Jackson’s Brother Changes Name To:  Jermaine Jacksun... Top Music Album: Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars... Barbara Walters said she will return to the daytime TV talk show "The View" next week after more than a lindsey lohan anger management sheen february 2013 timeline tv history mrpopculturemonthlong absence due to illness... Lindsay Lohan  will play herself in an April episode of Sheen's FX sitcom "Anger Management." She will be treated by Charlie Sheen's character, a therapist, and the two develop a romantic relationship. 

Top Hit - "Harlem Shake" - Baauer

March 1 Passing - Actress Bonnie Franklin, known to TV fans as divorced mom Ann Romano on the '70s sitcom "One Day at a Time," has died at age 69. Her family says her death was due to complications from pancreatic cancer...

Bonnie Franklin - "One Day At A Time"

Miley Cyrus has “something blue” for her upcoming nuptials to Liam Hemsworth! The 20-year-old starlet made a major hair switch-up last week and dyed her bright blond locks a dark, steely shade of blue... Actress Valerie Harper has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, and says that her doctors have given her as little as three months to live.The 73-year-old actressis best known for her roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," the spinoff, "Rhoda," and "Valerie"...  Carrie Fisher  confirms – she’ll be back as Princess Leia in "Star Wars: Episode VII"... Top Pop Hit Music Single/Download Youtube Music - "Harlem Shake" - Bauuer...  Justin Bieber started off his 19th birthday tweeting about his "big night ahead," but by the wee hours, he'd tweeted it had turned into his "Worst birthday"... 

nicki minaj late for idol march 2013 tv history timeline facts mrpopcultureMarch 8Nicki Late For “Idol” - On the Wednesday, March 13 episode of the FOX series, judge Nicki Minaj  appeared 13 minutes into the broadcast. Host Ryan Seacrest opened the show, explaining (dubiously) that the rapper's tardiness was caused by "some congestion on the 405. She should be here momentarily"... Fashion Trend - wedge sneakers! Britney Spears – was recently seen waring a pair of tan Monica Corte sneakers, and the fancy footwear are a definite thang. Fellow pop stars Rihanna and Beyoncé have been running around town in their sneaks and even “The Client List” actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has been spotted wearing a pair... Top Movie: Oz: Great And Powerful...

March 15 - Lindsay Lohan agreed to spend 90 days in a "locked in" drug rehab facility as part of a plea deal to settle criminal charges against her...  Jimmy Fallon is named to replace, Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" is its hope that Fallon can compete with Jimmy Kimmel for younger viewers...

March 22 - Passing - record producer Phil Ramone at 72... Justin Bieber's neighbor accused the singer of "battery and threats" after a confrontation outside his Calabasas, California, home...Lil Wayne says he's an epileptic and has had seizures for years... Top TV show - "NCIS"...

"When I Was Your Man" - Bruno Mars  

April 1 - Passing - film critic Roger Ebert at 70... The Rolling Stones announce that they will tour this year. Los Angeles is the first stop... Rick Ross has apologized for a controversial lyric that has been interpreted as condoning rape on Rocko's track "U.O.E.N.O." ... 

April 8 - Passing: Beloved 1950's Mouseketteer Annette Funicello (70) - from complications of MS... Passing: Comedian Jonathan Winters (87)... This week in “American Idol” – the judges and the audience it seemed, were blown away  by contestant Candice Glover's moving performance of The Cure's "Lovesong" on Wednesday night's show....David Letterman interviews Lindsay Lohan on "The Late Show" Tuesday night – for two segments... Justin Bieber launches a new prepaid debit card aimed at teens... 

 

April 15 “Rush” and “Public Enemy” get inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame at Los Angeles ceremonies... FOX-TV renews “Glee” for two more years. Glee has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season... Neil Diamond Leads Crowd In Boston - On Saturday, April 20, Diamond himself helped honor that tradition with a live performance of “Sweet Caroline” during the Red Sox home game against the Kansas City Royals...

April 22 Passing - Richie Havens, the folk singer and guitarist who was the first performer at Woodstock. He was 72... Passing - Christina "Chrissy" Amphlett - frontwoman for the Australian rock band the Divinyls, whose "I Touch Myself" was a top 5 hit...

Goodbye Richie Havens 

 May 1Lindsay Lohan checked into a California rehab center..After 25 years, “Cops” is being dropped by Fox-TV, and the show will move over the Spike-TV... American Idol" fall, it seems, the animosity between "Idol" judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey increases. Minaj ripped open the scab on her feud with Carey on Thursday, referring to her television cohort as "insecure" and "bitter," after Carey tweaked Minaj over her lack of No. 1 singles...

Some Top Albums - May 2013

Life On A Rock – Kenny Chesney

To Be Loved – Michael Buble

The 20/20 Experience – Justin Timberlake

Side Effects OF You – Fantasia

Based On A True Story… Blake Shelton

The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

May 8Passing - Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s. She was 85..Actress Angelina Jolie says she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carries a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, which sharply increases her risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer...  Barbara Walters says she’ll be retiring next year... American Idol judge Randy Jackson is leaving the show after this season... Orange County Plastic Surgeon Dr. Malcolm Paul hits a milestone - over 35 years and thousands of facelifts performed. His Story Here... 

May 15Passing – Alan O’Day – who had a huge late 1970’s hit, “Undercover Angel.” He was 72... Passing - Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek has died at age 74 of bile duct cancer... At the 2013 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Taylor Swift led all artists at the Sunday night ceremony with eight wins, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album, for "Red."

Wins American Idol - Candice Glover. Candice beat out Kree Harrison, who became the Season 12 runner-up.... 

May 22 Getting excellent reviews – HBO’s “Behind the Candleabra” – about famed pianist and showman – Liberace. It stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon... Jon Bon Jovi and his band waive their performance fee for a concert in Madrid as a gesture to their Spanish fans hit hard by the country's severe economic crisis...

June 1 - Passing – Jean Stapleton – Archie Bunker’s wife in “All in the Family.” She was 93...  Michael Jackson's daughter Paris was rushed to a hospital following a possible suicide attempt hospital. She'll be OK... Passing - Esther Williams, whose success as a competitive swimmer propelled her to stardom on the silver screen in the 1940s and 1950s. She was 91....CMT Awards - Carrie's hit Blown Away nabbed the CMT Awards' biggest honor, Video of the Year, while Miranda Lambert accepted Female Video of the Year statue for Mama's Broken Heart (as well as CMT Performance of the Year). Blake Shelton also earned a trophy for his latest single, Sure Be Cool if You Did... Guitarist Adrian Belew has apparently left Nine Inch Nails... The mother of Grammy-winning singer Bruno Mars died of a brain aneurysm in a Honolulu, Hawaii, hospital. Bernadette Hernandez was 55.... 

June 8 - Top Music Albums/Downloads – June 8, 2013

The Devil Put Dinasaurs Here – Alice In Chains

Random Access Memories – Daft Pink

DNA – Little Mix

Wrote A Song For Everyone – John Fogerty

Based On A True Story – Blake Shelton

True Believers – Darius Rucker

June 15 - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are parents of a baby boy. She’s a first-time mom....Jennifer Lopez gets her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Passing - James Gandolfini, who played mobster Tony Soprano on HBO's seminal drama "The Sopranos," died suddenly today at the age of 51. Of a heart attack while visiting Italy. 

Goodbye Tony Soprano

More June 15 - Paula Deen of the Food Channel is in big trouble with racial slurs. She's apologized, but - looks like the end of her career on many fronts. Update: Celebrity chef Paula Deen's contract with the Food Network will not be renewed, the network said , the latest fallout over revelations this week that she admitted to using a racial epithet in the past. Deen and her brother are being sued for alleged sexual and racial harassment by a former manager of Deen's restaurants in Savannah, Georgia.

Paul Deen And What Media Is Saying

June 22Justin Bieber has been sued by a paparazzo who claims the singer kicked and punched him last year at a Southern California shopping center.... More Fallout - Food Channel celebrity Paula Deen was dropped by Wal-Mart, Sears & K-Mart due to the fallout pertaining to her using the "N" word...  Passing - Gary David Goldberg, the writer and producer who created classic TV comedies "Family Ties" and "Spin City," has died. He was 68. 

July 1 - Thousands of Americans flocked to the National Mall to celebrate the Fourth of July with a fireworks display, performances by Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow and selections from the "Lincoln" score played by the National Symphony Orchestra. Diamond sang "Sweet Caroline" in tribute to victims and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing, while composer John Williams conducted portions of his "Lincoln" score following a video introduction from the movie's director, Steven Spielberg...Twister Relief Concert In Oklahoma - Some of country music's biggest stars, including Garth Brooks, Toby Keith and many others with ties to Oklahoma, played a sold-out show Saturday at the University of Oklahoma to raise money for the victims of the recent tornadoes that strafed the state...

Top pop hit music singles – July 1, 2013

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke

We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus

Get Lucky – Daft Punk fea. Pharrell Williams

Radioactive – Imagine Dragons

Cruise – Florida Georgia Line fea. Nelly

Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fea. Ray Dalton

Treasure – Bruno Mars

Mirrors – Justin Timberlake

corey monteith dies july 2013 mrpopculture photo timelineJuly 8 - Lauryn Hill begins her 3 month prison sentence in Connecticut for tax evasion. The 38-year-old was sentenced in May for failing to pay tax on $1.8m of her earnings between 2005-07... Mariah Carey Shoulder Injury – The pop star's representative says the singer went to the hospital in New York after injuring her shoulder while filming a music video. Her rep adds Monday that "doctors reset her shoulder" and that "she is fine”... Randy Travis had heart surgery on Monday following his admission to a Texas hospitalthe previous day in critical condition. The Grammy-winning country singer, 54, born Randy Traywick, is "suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy," a rep has said. Viral cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscles due to infection... "Rolling Stone" magazing gets in trouble after featuring terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. Several outlets pulled the August edition including Walgreen and CVS... Leave It To Bieber - A new video, shows Justin Bieber -  the 19-year-old apparently urinating in a restaurant’s mop bucket. The clip, which the site claims was taken earlier this year, appears to be shot by one of Bieber’s friends as they laugh about his behavior... George Clooney and his latest girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, have reportedly split. George is 52, and Stacy, 33... Passing - "Glee" star Cory Monteith was found dead at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel Saturday. He was 31.  . He checked into the hotel July 6, and was expected to check out Saturday... Marry - Halle Berry married French actor Olivier Martinez in a private ceremony in France..Elizabeth Hasselback leaves,  “The View”... 

Top movies – July 8, 2013

Despicable Me 2

Grown Ups 2

Pacific Rim

The Heat

The Lone Ranger

Monsters University

World War Z

White House Down

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Man Of Steel

July 15 - Jenny McCarthy was officially named the new co-host of "The View"... It's revealed that Cory Monteith, star of the hit TV musical comedy Glee, died from a heroin and alcohol overdose... Forbes names Robert Downey Jr. as top Hollywood money maker at $75 million....For the first time – a streamed TV show gets nominated for an Emmy. “House of Cards” from Netflix is up for best drama....

Top Social - July 15, 2013

Justin Bieber

Miley Cyrus

Rihanna

Taylor Swift

Beyonce

Jennifer Lopez

Justin Timberlake

Britney Spears 

dennis farina dies july 2013 mrpopculture timeline photoJuly 22 - Passing – Actor Dennis Farina (69) – blood clot in lungs... Geraldo Riviera self-published an (almost nude) photo of himslef on Twitter, saying he was celebrating his body of 70 years. Network FOX asked him to take it down... Beyoncé's tresses got tangled in a fan during her Montreal show of The Mrs. Carter Show world tour. While she strutted down the aisle performing "Halo," her golden blonde locks were briefly snatched up by an electric fan. 

More July 22 - A Virginia man admits embezzling at least $400,000 from Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley. Getty Andrew Rothenberg pleaded guilty to wire fraud in federal court in Charlottesville... Gaga Will Be Part Of VMA - Lady Gaga will perform her lead "ARTPOP" single live at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, The ceremony will take place on Aug. 25 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center ...Rapper DMX is arrested in South Carolina and charged with driving under the influence. Greenville County jail officials say the 42-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was charged with not having a driver's license ...Miley Cyrus News - The 20-year-old actress-singer is getting a one-hour documentary on MTV. It'll feature her recording her new album... Miley Cyrus has become the latest celebrity to bare it all for fashion designer Marc Jacobs’ “Protect the Skin You’re In” T-shirt campaign. “Hannah” posed nude for the fashion designer’s campaign which is aimed at raising awareness and funds for melanoma research...   Passing – JJ Calle - JJ Cale, the musician best known for writing the Eric Clapton hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine," died  at the age of 74…Passing - Eileen Brennan, who earned an Oscar nomination for her hilarious turn as the exasperated drill captain in 1980's "Private Benjamin," has died. She was 80... Lindsay Lohan Out Of Rehab -  Following a court-mandated 90-day stint, the 27-year-old Canyons star departed Cliffside Malibu Rehab Center on July 30... Radio news - Passing - syndicated radio star KIDD KRADDICK -  longtime morning man at Top 40 KHKS/DALLAS and was syndicated on hundreds of stations nationwide. He was also one of the stars of DISH NATION on FOX-TV... Randy Travis is released from the hospital after suffering a stroke earlier this month... 

August 1 - Making news - Laura Silverman - who is married - is going to have a child with - Simon Crowell. Passing - actor Michael Ansara (91)... Lollapalooza 2013 served up the alt-pop to close out the festival's final night in Grant Park as the Cure left fans with smiles... Kanye West will join Lady Gaga as a performer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards... Elton John is recovering after an operation to remove his appendix... Rapper and actor 50 Cent stood silently before a judge as his attorney entered his plea of not guilty to domestic violence and vandalism charges involving an ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his child...

Top Pop Hit Music Single - August 1, 2013

We Can't Stop - Miley Cyrus

August 8 - Passing - Karen Black, an actress whose roles in several signature films of the late 1960s and ’70s included a prostitute who shared an LSD trip with the bikers played by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda in “Easy Rider”... Oprah Winfrey says she had a racist encounter while shopping in Switzerland — and the national tourist office and the shop owner have apologized... Just one month after bidding adieu to Elisabeth HasselbeckThe View said goodbye to one of the show's original co-hosts, Joy Behar and 16 years...  Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on February 6, and, per terms of his show exit deal withNBC, the cast and crew will be paid until his contract expires in September... Passing - Singer Eydie Gorme, who enjoyed decades-long success as half of the duo Steve & Eydie and as a solo artist in her own right, has died. She was 84....

jennifer lopez idol 2013 trivia image August 15 - Passing - Troubled actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Laurie Forman on "That '70s Show," died last night at the age of 43... Singer Chris Brown is given 1,000 hours of such "community labor" and the judge also reinstated probation for Brown "under the original terms and conditions" that stemmed from his previous run-ins with the law... Lindsay Lohan told Oprah Winfrey, in the much-hyped interview that aired Sunday night, that she was eager to get back to her day job... Passing -  Actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead at his home. He was 29... Jennifer Lopez is planning to join the "Idol" again for it's 13th season... Lady Gaga’s “Applause” video debuts... Passing - Super agent Sid Bernstein (95). His vision created the first super concert – the Beatles at Shea Stadium – 1965...  Former teenage idol David Cassidy of 1970s U.S. television series "The Partridge Family" was arrested and charged with felony drunken driving  Cassidy, 63, was stopped shortly after midnight in Schodack, N.Y., about 15 miles south of state capital Albany..

Top movies – August 15, 2013

The Butler (1st week - $24.5 million)

We’re The Millers

Elysium

Planes

August 22 -  Michael Douglas, 68, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, 43, are separating. The star couple is splitting after almost 13 years... Harry Connick Jr. is joining “American Idol” as a judge. That means he'll be joining returning singers Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban for the elderly show's 13th season.... Parkinson's Disease has left Linda Ronstadt unable to sing. The 67-year-old singer will publish her memoir,Simple Dreams, next month... One Direction performs at Rockefeller Center - Today Show (See Video Below)... MTV Video Music Awards (everyone’s talking) – Number featuring Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke – as Miley practically strips down.

MTV Video Music Awards – Some Winners:

Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Video of the year: Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors"

Best female video: Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble."

Best male video: Bruno Mars, "Locked Out of Heaven"

Best pop video: Selena Gomez, "Come & Get It"

Best hip-hop video: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton, "Can't Hold Us"

One Direction Interview On Morning-TV (Interview)

September 1 - MSNBC has announced that Alec Baldwin joins the cable news network as host of a new weekly current events and culture talk show... U2 bassist Adam Clayton is a single man no more. The 53-year-old rocker wed his longtime girlfriend, Mariana Teixeira De Carvalho... Hip-hop star A$AP Rocky is facing an allegation of assault during the Made in America festival in Philadelphia. The district attorney's office says a concertgoer claimed the 24-year-old Harlem-bred rapper, whose given name is Rakim Mayers, slapped her...

Top Pop Hit Music Singles – September 1, 2013

Berzerk – Eminem

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke fea. T.I. + Pharrell

Roar – Katy Perry

We Can’t Stop Miley Cyrus

Applause – Lady Gaga

carson daly joining today nbc photoSeptember 8 - Carson Daly is joining NBC's "Today" show, hosting the show's brand-new Orange Room, part of the revamped set that will include a digital vibe... Lindsay’s mom - Dina Lohan gets arrested on Long Island, New York for drunk driving... Kanye West is charged with grand theft and misdemeanor battery related to a scuffle he had on July 19 with a paparazzo... Robin Thicke announces he'll hit the road next year for a 15-city tour in support of his chart-topping "Blurred Lines" album... Radio news Talkshow host Sean Hannity signs a deal with Premiere Radio... 

September 15 - Breaking Bad was seen by at least 6.4 million viewers, the biggest audience in the show's history... Miss New York -  Nina Davuluri is crowned as Miss America 2014... Singer and actress Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth have called off their engagement..Britney Spears has revealed the release date for her new album. The singer's eighth, currently untitled LP will be released on December 3... More Britney – Two Year Vegas Exclusive Engagement -  It’s announced her two-year Las Vegas residency show, titled “Britney Spears: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino... Selena Gomez has canceled several concert dates in eastern Europe after Russian authorities reportedly denied the pop star's visa request...  

Nielsen Top TV Shows - Septembet 16, 2013 

NBC Sunday Night Football

Emmy Wards

Dancing W/The Stars

Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kickoff...

Under The Dome

NCIS

America's Got Talent (Wed)

America's Got Talent (Tues)

Sleepy Hollow

bruno mars iheartSeptember 22 - Marriage Split – Richard Gere from his wife of eleven years – Carey... In a matter of 24 hours, Kanye West - the 36-year-old rapper has managed to verbally attack late-night host Jimmy Kimmel and flip out on another paparazzo. With Kimmel - The rapper fired back against the late-night host on Twitter, after Kimmel spoofed a recent interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, wherein West expressed his frustration with getting knocked down in the fashion world and declared himself the "biggest" rock star in the world...Television - Fast National returns give Robin Williams' The Crazy Ones(CBS) a clear advantage with a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49. The highest-rated comedy of the season thus far, it also ranks as the most-watched series premiere across the board... Music - iHeart radio music festival conducted at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – The event included Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Paul McCartney, & Queen... Paul McCartney performs an outdoor (roof) concert in Hollywood for the Jimmy Kimmel latenight show... P!nk dominates the weekly tally of Hot Tours with box office revenue reported from a record-breaking 18-show engagement during the Australian leg of her “Truth About Love” tour... Britney Spears declares on Twitter that the eagerly awaited music video for her new single, "Work Bitch" will debut on Tuesday (Oct. 1) on the CW television network.

October 1 - Passing - Tom Clancy, the best-selling author whose rollicking espionage thrillers set the bar for military accuracy. He was 66... A Los Angeles jury found that entertainment giant AEG was not liable in a wrongful death case brought by the family of Michael Jackson... This week, MTV airs a documentary on Miley Cyrus - "Miley" The Movement"... Lauryn Hill is no longer an inmate. The popular songstress was officially released from a federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut... Sinead O'Connor reacts strongly to online taunting by Miley Cyrus in the wake of her impassioned letter to the young singer, demanding an apology and threatening legal action for potentially damaging her career. Following O'Connor's much-discussed open letter, in which she warned Cyrus of allowing herself "to be pimped" by the music business, Cyrus responded by mocking O'Connor's mental health issues of two years ago... Madonna reveals in the November issue of Harper's Bazaar that she was held up at gunpoint and raped during her early days in New York...

Top Pop Hit Music Singles – October 1, 2013

Roar – Katy Perry

Royals – Lorde

Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake fea. Majid Jordan

Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

Wake Me Up! – Avicii

Holy Grail – Jay Z fea. Justin Timberlake

Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke fea. T.I. + Pharrell

The Fox – Ylvis

jonas brothers news october 2013 October 8 - Split After 22 Years Of Marriage -   Bruce and Kris Jenner are no more...The Brothers Jonas just cancelled their entire upcoming tour -- 19 concerts, which was supposed to kick off Friday...Passing - Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitarist for the all-female glam metal band Vixen - of cancer. She was only 51... 

October 15 - Passing - Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades. He was 74... With her hotly anticipated album "Prism" due out next week (Oct. 22),Katy Perry also confirmed that she will serve as celebrity spokeswoman for CoverGirl Cosmetics... Hope for a Jonas Brothers reunion is getting dimmer by the day. Just one week after the trio scrapped plans for a nationwide tour, with the band's rep citing a "deep, creative rift," the official Jonas Brothers Twitter account has disappeared... Cassadee Pope, the third-season winner of NBC's "The Voice," becomes the second rookie female to debut at No. 1 on Top Country Albums this year, as "Frame By Frame" arrives with 43,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan...  Austin Mahone has postponed his upcoming tour. The 17-year-old heartthrob has fallen ill with a fever and a blood clot...  A Los Angeles man named Toby Sheldon took being a "Belieber" to another level. The 33-year-old songwriter reportedly spent his life savings on surgeries to look like his idol, 19-year-old pop star Justin Bieber... Kelly Clarkson is married. The singer married fiancé Brandon Blackstock Sunday... “Revolt”- a new cable channel from Sean "Diddy"Combs is finally on the air. The rap mogul is calling it the "ESPN of music." Combs says that he wants “Revolt” to "bring kids back to television" in a world where the Internet reigns supreme. The channel will involve social media heavily and is intended to be available on multiple platforms such as smartphones, tablets and really anywhere you can currently stream media... Kardashian Engaged  Again - Kanye West pulled off a huge birthday surprise by renting out an entire baseball stadium (San Francisco-AT&T Park) and asking Kim to marry him...

"Revolt" From Puff Diddy - A New Cable Channel Debuts

lady gaga almost naked 2013 pop musicOctober 22 - Showtime announced Tuesday that it was renewing its biggest current hit, “Homeland,” for a fourth season, as well as the new drama “Masters of Sex” for a second season... CBS-TV plans an "I Love Lucy" holiday special using footage of a rarely seen episode and more... Ryan Seacrest will be counting down more new years: He’s signed on to keep hosting and executive producing “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” in a new, “multi-year” contract...Passing - Marcia Wallace, the voice of The Simpsons Edna Krabappel and the wise-cracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show, died on Friday. She was 70… of breast cancer...  Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with Michael Jackson projects released after the singer's death...  Practically Naked - Just days after releasing the cover art for her latest single "Do What You Want," featuring her rear end on proud display, the "ARTPOP" singer, 27, did it again — this time during a performance in London and taking off much more clothing... Passing – Lou Reed – Influential part of the rock scene late 1960’s into the 1970’s. He was 71... 

November 1 - Cher stirred up Monday's Dancing With the Stars, opening the show by descending from the ceiling in a mini-dress as she belted out Believe... Lady Gaga and her longtime manager, Troy Carter, part ways. No reason was given... Internet superstars stepped out from behind the computer screen and onto the stage at Pier 36 Sunday night to make history at the first YouTube Music Awards. Hosted by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts and featuring live performances by Lady Gaga, Eminem and other pop and rock greats... Kanye West has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft in a case filed over a scuffle with a celebrity photographer earlier this year.

ABC-TV CMA Award Winners Segment

CMA Awards - Some Winners:

Entertainer of the Year -  George Strait

Male Vocalist of the Year - Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year -  Miranda Lambert

New Artist of the Year - Kacey Musgraves

Song of the Year - Lee Brice, “I Drive Your Truck”

November 8 - The latest popular musician to hit Broadway is Alanis Morissette. A new musical titled "Jagged Little Pill" -- based off the landmark 1995 album of the same name -- will hit the stage as a workshop production in 2014..Britney Spears doesn't just have a new album on her plate in the coming months -- in fact, she has an extra responsibility afforded to her, courtesy of VH1. The pop star has been named one of VH1's "Save the Music" ambassadors... Tom Cruise Backlash The headlines have irritated and outraged veterans and service members and their families around the world. "Tom Cruise: making movies is like serving in Afghanistan,"  said one of the headlines buzzing around social media and patriotic websites this weekend. Cruise’s lawyer says now, that the quote is a little out of context... Miley Cyrus Smokes Joint -  at the MTV European Music Awards in Amsterdam. Right after accepting the best music video award, Cyrus, onstage, pulled out what MTV News reports was a marijuana joint and took a smoke. "I couldn't fit this award in my bag but I did find this, so thank you guys very much," Cyrus said ...

Top movies – November 8, 2013

Thor: The Dark World

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Free Birds

Last Vegas

Ender’s Game

Gravity

November 15 - Maroon 5 frontman and "The Voice" judgeAdam Levine is this year's Sexiest Man Alive, as declared by the editors at People magazine... Surviving members of the Monty Python comedy troupe will reunite for a stage show... Hugh Jackman reveals he had skin cancer on his nose – and thanks his wife for making sure – he took care of it... MSNBC has yanked Alec Baldwin's show Up Late for two weeks as a result of the uproar stemming from his use of a homophobic slur... Lady Gaga On “Saturday Night” - she’s the sole name on the “Saturday Night Live” bill. For her first performance, Gaga sang “Do What U Want,” accompanied by R. Kelly. For her second performance, Gaga delivered a feel-good, what-if-Stevie-Nicks-and-Elton-John-had-a-baby-esque “Gypsy”...  Last week, Rihanna surpassed 10 million albums sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan... Jay Z says he'll move forward with his holiday partnership with luxury retailer Barneys New York, which has been accused of racial profiling two black customers at its Manhattan flagship store...

November 22 - Alec Baldwin's MSNBC show "Up Late" was canceled, the network said, after the actor received criticism for using a gay slur... Katie Couric has joined Yahoo! as its new Global Anchor. The website said that Couric will help develop Yahoo News’ coverage with an expanding team of correspondents who will report on live world events, anchor groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers, and more... Bruce Springsteen announced details of his upcoming LP "High Hopes" (out January 14th)... CBS won the holiday weekend Friday (Nov 29) with its two-hour Garth Brooks special. The singer'sLive From Las Vegas averaged a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, easily locking up broadcast TV's best showing of the night... Killed - "Fast & Furious" star Paul Walker and his longtime pal and business partner, Roger Rodas, were killed in a fiery car crash on Saturday. Their bodies were deemed 'unidentifiable' after being badly burned, according to the L.A. County coroner.

American Music Awards - Some Winers - 

Artist of the year: Taylor Swift

New artist of the year: Ariana Grande

Single of the year: "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly

Pop/rock female artist: Taylor Swift

Pop/rock male artist: Justin Timberlake

Pop/rock band, duo or group: One Direction

Pop/rock album: "Take Me Home," One Direction

Country female artist: Taylor Swift

Country male artist: Luke Bryan

Country band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum

Country album: "Red," Taylor Swift

Rap/hip-hop artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

December 1 - Sam Champion leaves “Good Morning America” to become the "on-air face" of The Weather Channel, appearing as a host and serving as managing editor. He had been with GMA since 2006... NBC’s gamble of filling an entire night with live musical theater paid off handsomely on Thursday as “The Sound of Music,” with Carrie Underwood in the Julie Andrews role of Maria - scored 18.5 million viewers... Bob Dylan is in legal trouble in France because of a year-old interview he gave to Rolling Stone in which he compared Croatians to Nazis. Dylan, 72, has been charged with incitement to hatred for statements that appeared in the magazine's Sept. 27, 2012 issue... Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are suddenly facing a very serious lawsuit after a federal judge in Nashville refused on Tuesday to dismiss a songwriter's claim of having her song stolen to create the duo's platinum-selling song, "Remind Me”... A 1964 Fender Stratocaster guitar once owned by music legend Bob Dylan sold for $965,000 Friday at Christie's, setting a new world auction record for any guitar... 

December 8 - After the huge ratings success of Sound of Music Live!, NBC has announced plans for another live musical next holiday season. Stay tuned... Garth Brooks, 51, announces his latest world tour in an appearance Monday on Good Morning America...  Passing - Acoter Peter O'Toole. He was 81. 

Goodbye Billy Jack

December 15 - Passing - Actor Tom Laughlin - who brought "Billy Jack" to the screens during the 1970's. He was 83... Dwayne Johnson and Robert Downey Jr. are on top of the most paid actor’s list for 2013, according to Forbes... Goodbye Katie Couric For Now  - The newswoman and ABC have pulled the plug on her daily talk show, “Katie,” which will not return for a third season next year.  “While production will continue on 'Katie' through June 2014, we've mutually agreed that there will not be a third season of the show”... Kiss is set to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside other new inductees Nirvana, Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadtand Cat Stevens. The 29th annual induction ceremony will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 10... Passing – Country music Hall-of-famer Ray Price. He was 87... Beyonce  showed up to a Walmart store in Tewksbury, Massachusetts on Friday, Dec. 20, to purchase her album Beyonce, and now Us Weekly can exclusively reveal the video from that surprising day... CBS airing of an “I Love Lucy” holiday special featuring a “Lucy” show never seen – earned the network top ratings. Lucy never stops delivering ratings. Many purists though, didn’t enjoy that both were “colorized”... Radio news - Passing - Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio and controversial end times Bible teacher, is dead. Camping was 92... Passing – Chicago radio legend Larry Lujack. He was 73... 

December 22 - Britney Spears begins her much-discussed two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in which the onetime teen-pop superstar will perform a scheduled 100 shows through 2015, with the possibility of adding more gigs if the production takes off...

Justin Bieber's "Believe"

"Believe" the Bieber documentary - is bombing - The film may only take in $4.5 million in its first-five days, a fraction of what Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" made and by far the worst showing among concert documentaries featuring the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and One Direction...Real estate website Zillow has released the results of its annual Celebrity Neighbor Survey, and according to one-fourth of those surveyed, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian would be the worst possible celebrity neighbors, a higher percentage than any other celebrity in the survey... Racy Miley - The controversial singer's video for her song "Adore You" leaked online Christmas Day and it's filled with Miley, well, being Miley. Cyrus rolls around filming herself on under a sheet on a bed, clad in a sheer bra and panties and doing plenty of ... self-exploration. She also steams things up in a bathtub... In their first press conference since being released from prison Dec. 23, two members of the group Pussy Riot said that they planned to form a human rights organization focusing on the protection of prisoners. The musicians, who were serving two-year sentences for a "punk prayer" opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin, delivered in 2012, don't plan to play any shows to raise money... A song on Beyoncé's latest album has upset families of the victims of the 1986 Challenger shuttle disaster. The love song XO opens with a six-second audio sample that originally was broadcast in the immediate aftermath of the Jan. 28, 1986 explosion that took the lives of all seven crew members on board.  

Top Movies - Final Week Of 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Frozen (2013)

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

American Hustle

The Wolf of Wall Street

Saving Mr. Banks

The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

47 Ronin

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas

 

 

 

 

Year 2013 In News Headlines And Information

January 1 – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is "making excellent progress" recovering from a blood clot in her head that was discovered during a medical examinationCongress approved a plan to end Washington’s long drama over the “fiscal cliff” after House Republicans surrendered to President Obama’s demand to let taxes rise on the nation’s richest households… The U.S. unemployment rate remained largely unchanged at 7.8 percent in the month of December, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly reportA powerful earthquake sparked a tsunami warning for hundreds of miles of Alaskan and Canadian coastline, but the alert was canceled when no damaging waves were generated…

gov jerry brown fiscal budget news timeline facts history 2013  mrpopcultureJanuary 8 – A commuter ferry from New Jersey crashed into a dock in lower Manhattan during the Wednesday morning rush hour, injuring at least 50 people, at least two criticallyCalifornia's budget deficit is gone after years of financial troubles, Governor Jerry Brown said, proposing a plan that raises spending on education and healthcare, boosting total expenditures by 5 percent… An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday overturned Hosni Mubarak's life sentence and ordered a retrial of the ousted leader in the killing of hundreds of protesters…

January 15 U.S. Navy  Minesweeper Runs Aground In Philippines -  USS Guardian (MCM-5)  has ran aground on the Tubataha Reef  while transiting in the Sulu Sea… Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money launderingSecond Inaugural - President Barack Obama delivered a defense of the nation's safety net programs, and vowed to expand gay rights and tackle the problem of climate change in his second inaugural address Monday afternoon…

January 22 - As Illinois becomes the fourth and most populous state to give illegal immigrants permission to drive, nagging concerns remain about whether there are enough safeguards to avoid the identity fraud and other pitfalls other states facedNorth Korea said it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its "sworn enemy"... Deadly Nightclub Fire - A blaze raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil , setting off a stampede that killed 232 people attending a university party. Over 100 are injured in a blaze started by a music band… More Violence In Egypt -  A man was shot dead on Monday(Jan 28) in a fifth day of violence in Egypt that has killed 50 people and prompted the Islamist president to declare a state of emergency in an attempt to end a wave of unrest sweeping the Arab world's biggest nation… Child Kidnapping In Alabama - A kindergartner, snatched from the safety of his school bus by a gunman and stashed in an underground bunker – continues into the third day... 

ed koch passes february 2013 timeline facts history mrpopcultureFebruary 1 - Passing - Former Mayor Edward Koch, who presided over New York City during the turbulent late 1970s and '80s and came to personify the city with his wry and outspoken style. He was 88... A former Navy SEAL, author of the best-selling autobiography "American Sniper," was one of two people killed Saturday(Feb 2) at a gun range, authorities said. Chris Kyle, 38, who declared himself the "most lethal sniper in U.S. history," was killed along with 35-year-old Chad Littlefield on Saturday afternoon in Glen Rose, Texas, southwest of Fort Worth, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Police arrested suspect Eddie Ray Routh, 25, after a brief pursuit... A gunman who held a five-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker in rural Alabama for nearly a week was killed on Monday(Feb 4) and the child was plucked to safety without injury. This after Negotiations with the suspect, identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, had deteriorated... California - One Riverside police officer is dead and another wounded after an ambush shooting Thursday, Feb. 7, that authorities have linked to Christopher Dormer -  a rogue former LAPD officer wanted in connection with two killings in nearby Irvine... (More Here) 

February 8 Winter Storm Nemo slams into the northeast – bringing blizzard conditions to the New York area and New England. The storm dumped as much as 3 feet of snow in parts of the Northeast, as workers across New York and New England struggle to get airports, trains and highways back online...The spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI, surprised the world by saying he will resign at the end of the month "because of advanced age"... Defying U.N. warnings, North Korea on Tuesday conducted its third nuclear test in the remote, snowy northeast, taking a crucial step toward its goal of building a bomb small enough to be fitted on a missile capable of striking the United States... Most Wanted Man In America Saga Ends - The search for Christopher Dorner ends when he bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff's deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames. His body is in the cabinet ruins – waiting to be removed and autopsied. All of this occurred in the San Bernardino mountains, near Big Bear, California...

ABC-TV End Of Christopher Dorner

president obama guns february 2013 facts history image mrpop video timelineMore February 8 - President Obama made guns a high point in the first State of the Union address of his second term: "Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote," Obama thundered, referencing the countless individuals touched by gun violence. "They deserve a vote"..After five days without power in the Gulf of Mexico, the more than 4,200 people aboard the Carnival Triumph returned home to the U.S., with many of them telling their horror stories for the first time. A fire in the engine room disabled the vessel's propulsion system and knocked out most of its power. After power went out, passengers texted ABC News that sewage was seeping down the walls from burst plumbing pipes, carpets were wet with urine, and food was in short supply.

February 15 - It’s revealed that Autopsy results on former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner died from a single gunshot wound to the head that was likely self-inflicted. ... A day after a spectacular meteor blast shook Russia's Urals region, the clean-up operation got under way Saturday in the hard-hit Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Although some buildings were unscathed when the sonic waves from the Friday morning explosion reverberated through the region, others lost some or most windows or had walls come tumbling down. More than 1,000 people were injured, including more than 200 children, according to news reports. Many of them were hit by flying glass... Marine Gen. John Allen, former commander of allied forces in Afghanistan, will retire from the military to care for his ailing wife... New York passes tough gun control - "Called the New York Safe Act,” the law includes a tougher assault weapons ban that broadens the definition of what constitutes an assault weapon, and limits the capacity of magazines to seven bullets, down from 10...Three people were killed and at least four others were hurt in a car-to-car shooting and crash early on Thursday on the Las Vegas Strip. This after somebody in a black Range Rover opened fire...

February 22 - The Afghan government has demanded that US Special Forces leave a strategic province that lies just to the west of Kabul ...  Las Vegas triple murder suspect Ammar Harrishas a smirk on his face in a 90-second YouTube video that shows him flashing a thick stack of $100 bills...Michelle Obama Introduces – “Let’s Move” – To Get Kids To Exercise... 

julio acevedo hit and run nyc murder march 2013 timeline facts mrpopcultureMarch 1Sinkhole Kills Man – While In His Bedroom - A Florida man was missing and feared dead after a large sinkhole suddenly engulfed the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home, police and fire officials said. Jeff Bush, 36, was in his room sleeping and the other five members of the household were getting ready for bed night when they heard a loud crash and Jeff screaming... Julio Acevedo, the ex-con wanted in the hit-and-run death of a New York City couple and their baby, surrendered to police in Pennsylvania today, four days after the fatal high-speed crash. Acevedo will be extradited to New York, where he will be charged with the deaths of Nachman andRaizy Glaube, both 21, and their baby son. He is accused of driving his car into the livery cab carrying Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife... 

new pope francis march 2013 timeline facts history mrpopculture imageMarch 8 - New Pope Is Elected - Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff of the modern era, revealed himself to the world from a balcony at the Vatican on Wednesday. Jorge Bergoglio, who served as archbishop of Buenos Aires, took the name Francis shortly after being elected by cardinals in what was apparently the fifth round of voting on the second day of the conclave. Bergoglio, 76, is the first pope to take the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, revered among Catholics for his work with the poor...Colonel General Kang Pyo-yong – a general in North Korea claims the country has a long-range missile armed with nuclear warheads on standby. Pyongyang repeated its Thursday vow to ditch all nonaggression pacts with South Korea and again threatened a "preemptive nuclear attack" on the United States as well...

March 15 - For the second time this week, Carnival Cruise Lines says one of its ships has experienced problems during a cruise. Late Thursday, the company said "a technical issue" affecting the sailing speed of the Carnival Legend forced the cancellation of a stop at Grand Cayman Islands. Another Carnival ship, the Dream, experienced problems with an on-board generator while docked in St. Maarten and the company announced Thursday that passengers would be flown home. A month ago, passengers on the Carnival Triumph spent five days in the Gulf of Mexico without power or working toilets... Seven Marines were killed as the result of an explosion during a Marine Corps training exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in western Nevada, the Marine Corps said Tuesday. Eight others were injured...

March 22 -  Cyprus clinched a last-ditch deal with international lenders for a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout that will shut down its second largest bank and inflict heavy losses on uninsured depositors, including wealthy Russians...The Pentagon on Tuesday condemned North Korea's threats to target U.S. military bases, saying the United States was ready to respond to "any contingency"...

April 1 - The United States will not accept North Korea as a "nuclear state," Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Tuesday, just hours after Pyongyang announced plans to restart a nuclear reactor it shut down five years ago... President Bashar Assad warned the fall of his regime or the breakup of Syria will unleash a "domino effect" that will fuel Middle East instability for years to come, in his sharpest warning yet...

margaret thatcher dies april 2013 timelineApril 8 -  Passing: Margret Thatcher - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in postwar British and world politics and the only woman to become British prime minister, dies at the age of 87... Tens of thousands of immigrants and activists rallied nationwide Wednesday in a coordinated set of protests aimed at pressing Congress to approve immigration measures that would grant 11 million immigrants living here illegally a path toward citizenship...

ABC News - Boston Marathon Bombings

boston marathon terrorists april 15 2013 timelineApril 15 -  Boston Marathon Bombing - Two bombs detonate some 10 seconds apart at the end of the Boston Marathon – just 4 hours into the race. Three people died -- including an 8-year-old boy -- and more than 183 were injured when the twin blasts went off near the finish line Monday afternoon. "This was a heinous and cowardly act and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism," President Barack Obama said... Friday Morning - A massive manhunt is underway in Boston and several surrounding communities for one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon terror bombing attacks. A second suspect has died in a confrontation with police, while one police officer has been killed and another wounded. The search has led to the sudden shutdown of the MBTA’s entire network of commuter rail, bus, and subway services... Friday Evening - The alleged Boston Marathon bomber who hid from authorities for more than 20 hours was captured tonight by police, sending cheers up through the Watertown neighborhood where he was found. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was discovered by a homeowner lying in a boat in the man's backyard around 7 p.m. The man noticed blood on the boat, spotted a body inside the boat and called 911... In TexasThe bodies of 12 people have been recovered after an enormous Texas fertilizer plant explosion that demolished surrounding neighborhoods for blocks and left about 200 other people injured.

Second Bombing Suspect Captured In Boston

dreamliner 787 flight first april 22 2013 aviation history timelineApril 22 -  Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts... Mississippi Flooding  - A powerful spring cold snap is bringing more rain and snow to a soggy U.S. heartland, putting more pressure on riverside communities from the upper Midwest to the Deep South... More than three months after safety issues grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Ethiopian Airlines became the first to resume service with a commercial flight...  A Mississippi man is charged with being in possession of a biological toxin in connection with the investigation into ricin-tainted letters sent to President Barack Obama, James Everett Dutschke, 41, of Tupelo, has been arrested... 

May 1 - Boston Marathon Bombings Update - Three friends of Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been jailed on charges they tried to throw investigators off Tsarnaev's trail...The last two sections of the 408-foot spire on One World Trade Center were finally hoisted on top of a temporary platform on the structure Thursday morning, putting it firmly on its way to becoming the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere... Freak Limo Fire Kills Five – Investigators are trying to determine why the back of a stretch limousine burst into flames on the San Mateo-Hayward bridge, trapping and killing five women inside... Three women freed from a decade of captivity inside a Cleveland home celebrated in the arms of their families Tuesday, as police and the FBI worked to unravel the details of their abductions. Amanda Berry, Georgina "Gina" DeJesus and Michele Knight were freed Monday night after Berry attracted the attention of a neighbor who helped her escape. A 6-year-old girl that police said is believed to be Berry's daughter was also freed. 

Three Women Are Alive - Kidnapped For 10 Years - ABC News

May 8 - The U.S. Supreme Court, in a shocking decision, declared the U.S. Air Force unconstitutional...  President Obama vowed to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting are proved true... Three more people have died in China from the new strain of H7N9 bird flu virus, raising the death toll to 35... 

May 15 - Six Dead - Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless... Authorities have arrested Akein Scott who is wanted in a Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 19 people in New Orleans... Bridgeport - Train service in the busy New York-to-New Haven corridor is restricted for days as officials investigate a rush-hour collision of two trains in Connecticut -- an incident that sent dozens to hospitals... More Deadly Tornados - A massive, howling tornado pulverized a vast swath of the Oklahoma City suburbs, chewing up homes and businesses, and severely damaging a hospital and two elementary schools. 19 are dead... 

Fox-News - Oklahoma Tornado

 

May 22 - President Barack Obama in a major counterterrorism speech defended the American drone program, saying that despite the controversies around it, the strikes are legal and save lives... A 15-year-old Utah boy was arrested in connection with the slayings of his two younger adopted brothers, ages 4 and 10, who were apparently stabbed to death in their home... In London - Three more people were arrested in connection with this week's grisly killing of British soldier Lee Rigby...Seven people, including children, were killed when a tractor-trailer collided with a minivan on a rural two-lane highway in upstate New York... A suspicious letter addressed to President Barack Obama intercepted in the Washington area appears to be connected to possibly poison-laced notes sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and an anti-illegal-gun group he founded... 

June 1 - More Oklahoma twisters claim nine lives including a group of men who devoted their lives to hunting powerful storms. Tim Samaras, his son Paul Samaras and Carl Young were killed while following a tornado in El Reno... Four Houston firefighters died after a hotel wall collapsed while they were battling a major blaze... The Internal Revenue Service is playing defense on a new front: excess spending on conferences. The IRS spent close to $50 million on 225 conferences between 2010 and 2012. Several IRS employees stayed in presidential suites at hotels, the committee learned. Such suites currently cost between $1,500 to $3,500 per night.... A vacant building being demolished collapsed onto a thrift store in Philadelphia, killing one person and trapping more than a dozen under rubble... Gloria Mackenzie, 84, came forward to claim the second-largest U.S. lottery jackpot, more than two weeks after the $590.5 million Powerball drawing on May 18. She passed up a payout spread over 30 years for a somewhat smaller one-time lump sum, pocketing $370.9 million before taxes... Double Life - Federal authorities say Andrea Sanderlin, 45 – of Scarsdale and a mother of two – lived a double life: a mother and owner of a marijuana farm in Queen... Near Los Angeles - Five people are dead including a gunman and at least five injured after a house fire and subsequent shootings near Santa Monica College... 

June 8 - NSA Source Revealed - A 29-year-old computer technician for a U.S. defense contractor (Eric Snowden) leaked details of a top-secret American program that sifts through reams of data from telecommunications companies... Fear and anxiety were common in much of central Colorado thanks not just to one, but two major wildfires that have threatened lives and property. So far, the Black Forest fire has burned some 9000 acres... 

June 15 - G-8 Summit - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he still doesn't see eye to eye with the United States on Syria. But,  "all of us have the intention to stop the violence in Syria ... and to solve this situation peacefully," Putin said Monday after a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the Group of Eight Summit in Northern Ireland... Ratings Slip - President Barack Obama's approval rating dropped 8 percentage points over the past month to 45%, the president's lowest rating in more than 18 months, And Obama's disapproval rating soared 9 points to 54% since mid-May... Federal agents arrested 30 alleged members and associates of a prison gang on charges that they worked with Mexican organized crime to bring drugs into the U.S. in South Texas and distribute them north... The IRS comes under scrutiny after some employees reportedly took hotel suites ranging from $1000 and more. Other IRS impropriaties are being reported as well.  

eric snowden 2013 facts history mrpopculture timeline photoJune 22 - Edward Snowden - the computer contractor who exposed details of U.S. surveillance programs was on the run, is seeking asylum in Ecuador with the aid of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks... A deeply divided Supreme Court nudged the nation toward broad recognition of same-sex marriage in rulings hailed by advocates as a "joyous occasion"....The Senate passed a politically fraught immigration reform bill that would give a path to citizenship to some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. Now it's up to a Republican-controlled Congress.... George Zimmeron Trial Case - Update - A prosecution witness testified in the George Zimmerman trial that he saw the former neighborhood watch captain and Trayvon Martin engaged in a mixed martial arts-style fight the night Martin was fatally shot..Nineteen firefighters were killed battling a blaze in Arizona. The vast majority were from Prescott,  with the Prescott Fire Department. The firefighters were members of a "hotshot" crew, tasked with digging a fire line and creating an escape route. The crew was fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, which broke out Friday northwest of Phoenix.

July 1 - Edward Snowden has abandoned his effort to seek asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin warned that he would have to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs if he wanted to stay... Egypt's military deposed the country's first democratically elected president , installing the head of the country's highest court as an interim leader, the country's top general announced. Gen. Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi said the military was fulfilling its "historic responsibility" to protect the country by ousting Mohamed Morsy, the Western-educated Islamist leader elected a year ago. The country's constitution has been suspended, new parliamentary elections will be held and Adly Mansour, the head of the country's Supreme Constitutional Court, will replace Morsy, El-Sisi said.... A Boeing 777 bound from South Korea crashed Saturday upon landing at San Francisco International Airport, sending up a huge fireball and spinning before finally coming to a stop -- having lost its tail and, eventually, much of its charred roof. Three die with 118 injured... Tank cars filled with crude oil continue to burn and the death toll is expected to rise 36 hours after a runaway train exploded in a small Canadian town, local police said Sunday... Dozens are believe to be dead and around 40 people are listed as missing in the tiny lakeside town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, local police spokesman Lt. Michel Brunet said Sunday... 

July 8 - At least 42 people have been shot dead near a military barracks in Cairo, amid ongoing unrest following the removal of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi... More Egypt - Reassuring Egyptians and the world about its intention to return to civilian democracy, the military-led interim government  laid out a brisk timetable to overhaul Egypt’s suspended Constitution, elect a new Parliament and choose a new president, all in the space of about six months... Disgraced NY governor Eliott Spitzer wants back in – this time as NY State Comptroller. Eliot Spitzer's decision to jump back into politics just five years after he went from tough talking governor to "Client 9" in a prostitution scandal was surprising for a number of reasons... Edward Snowden said Friday that he has no regrets over leaking details about U.S. electronic spying networks and is seeking temporary asylum in Russia until he can reach one of the Latin American countries that has offered to take him in... TV Station Punked – Brad Belstock - a producer at the humiliated San Francisco TV station which published a series of fake and racially offensive names supposedly of the pilots on-board the crashed Asiana 214 flight, captured the moment he realized their mistake tweeting simply ‘oh ***t’  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Belstock, a producer with seven years experience at KTVU, revealed his embarrassment on the social networking site yesterday, just moments after an anchor in all seriousness read four 'names' including Captain Sum Ting Wong... 

More July 8 - Not Guilty - a Florida jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty in Tryvon Martin’s death. The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race. The six jurors -- all of them women -- deliberated for 16½ hours. Five of the women are white; one is a minority.

July 15 - Zimmerman protests -   In Los Angeles, about 150 people broke away from a march, defacing property, assaulting people and stopping traffic. George Zimmerman, 29, was cleared on Saturday of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's death in February 2012. Through the week - rallies were held across the country including NYC. .. Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden applies for temporary asylum in Russia... Thousands of residents flee their homes in the San Jacinto Mountains as a wildfire that grew to 405 square miles in S. California - near Palm Springs....  In Bihir, India - Police say they've been unable to find the headmistress at an Indian school where 22 children were poisoned to death after eating school lunches... The city of Detroit files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy protection. It’s the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in history... Passing - Helen Thomas (92) The gritty White House Reporter who covered every President since JFK... Serial Killer On Loose -  Police plan to expand their search Sunday for possibly more victims after three bodies were found wrapped in plastic bags in a Cleveland suburb... Twinkies are return to store shelves, retaining the same spongy golden exterior and sugar-laden cream... 

katy prince william new baby july 2013 mrpopculture timeline photoJuly 22 - After much anticipation and media coverage - Prince William and Duchess Kate's first baby, a future monarch, was born today at 4:24 pm local time in London's private wing of St. Mary's Hospital, the palace announced. The announcement said the baby weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and William was present for the birth. Later, baby is named "George"... Anthony Weiner said he's not dropping out of the New York City mayoral race despite new revelations that he sent additional lewd photos and text messages after he left Congress in disgrace for his prior online chats... A train derailment in Spain takes the lives of at least 80 persons....More Egypt Trouble - Dozens were reported killed overnight in clashes between (deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy)  supporters and those opposed to his rule, an escalation of violence that has raised concerns among Western leaders about the stability of a key ally in the region... Near Miami - A gunman killed six people overnight at a Florida apartment complex before police shot him dead in a shootout..A wave of vandalism continued to mar some of Washington’s more popular landmarks (including Lincoln Memorial) with at least three more attractions spattered with green paint, and authorities announced the arrest of a woman near one of the incidents at Washington National Cathedral...

Viral Youtube Video This Week - Shows divers almost eaten by whales... 

August 1 -  Edward Snowden and the WikiLeaks organization that helped him evade extradition to the United States to face espionage charges praised Russia for having “done the right thing” Thursday in granting temporary asylum to the formerNational Security Agency contractor... Ariel Castro, who kidnapped and repeatedly raped three women for a decade, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 1,000 years after pleading guilty to 937 counts, including aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape and assault... Unemployment at 7.4%... The United States told its citizens in Yemen to leave immediately and airlifted out some U.S. government personnel, following warnings of potential attacks that have pushed Washington to shut diplomatic missions across the Middle East... Snuff? -  President Barack Obama pulled out of a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Many say – partly, it’s due to the Eric Snowden situation.... A fast-moving wildfire was roaring through Southern California's San Jacinto Mountains after burning homes, forcing evacuation of more than 1,500 people and injuring three people.

August 8 - Four bodies are found after a small plane crashed into two homes near a Connecticut airport. The multi-engine, propeller-driven plane struck the small homes in a working class neighborhood while trying to land in rainy weather at Tweed New Haven Airport.... Saga Ends - Brett Anderson is expected to reunite with his 16-year-old daughter, Hannah. Hannah was rescued in the Idaho wilderness after an FBI agent shot and killed the family friend, James DiMaggio suspected of killing her mother and brother, burning his own house down, and kidnapping the 16-year-old girl... A 60-foot-wide sinkhole formed under a resort in central Florida, forcing guests out of their rooms as one three-story building collapsed and another slowly sank... Egypt - Nearly 100 people were killed in clashes across the country that erupted when Egyptian security forces cleared out thousands of people at sit-ins demanding the return of ousted president Mohammed Morsi... 

August 15 - The death toll from political violence in Egypt has climbed to 421... A nationwide sweep by federal agents targeting the violent MS-13 street gang has resulted in hundreds of arrests, including 263 gang members...A wind-driven wildfire burned its way through sage and pine trees near the Idaho mountain resort community of Sun Valley - over 100 square miles so far... After a decade of rapid consolidation in the nation’s airline industry, the Justice Department filed a lawsuitto block the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways... Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation's history by providing files to WikiLeaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison... 

August 22 - Chemical Weapons Mass Deaths In Syria Last Week - Russia sought to dispel the widespread impression that it had "watered down" a United Nations Security Council statement calling for an urgent probe into reports that a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of citizens, many of them children - were said to have died... California's "Rim" wildfire, which has swelled to 165 square miles, crept into a remote section of Yosemite national Park , but Yosemite Valley is not threatened so far and the park remain opens to visitors... A gunman went on a shooting spree in North Florida, killing his former employer and a former co-worker and wounding two other former co-workers before taking his own life... New York's attorney general accused Donald Trump in a lawsuit of defrauding students who studied at the billionaire mogul's investment institute, though Trump's representative said a large majority of the school's alumni were satisfied with their experience..U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government... Fast-food workers in 50 U.S. cities walk off the job in an attempt to ratchet up pressure on  and Wendy’s Co. to raise wages... 

Diana Nyad Record Swim  

September 1 Record Swim – Cuba To Florida - Diana Nyad completes a record-setting, 103-mile weekend swim from Cuba to Florida with no shark cage..Ariel Castro (53), who was sentenced to life in prison last month for abducting and sexually abusing three young women in his Cleveland home, hangs himself in his cell...  At G-20 Summit Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama did not discuss Edward Snowden during their talks, despite the United States' pending extradition request for the former spy agency contractor... The State Department orders nonessential American diplomats and the families of staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut to leave Lebanon immediately due to security concerns as the Obama administration and Congress debate military strikes on neighboring Syria... G-20 Summit Ends – Syria Up In The Air - President Obama ran into an impasse on Friday in his bid to rally international backing for a military strike on Syria...

September 8 - Andy Weiner loses the first day of the New York mayoral primary. Weiner was considered an underdog after several womanizing episodes came to lite. Also not a contender – womanizer Eliot Spitz on his run for NY comptroller... The California state Legislature approves Driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants after years of setbacks and strong opposition... N.J. - A devastating fire hits the Seaside Heights boardwalk – an area already damaged by superstorm Sandy. Dozens of businesses were destroyed..The United States and Russia agree on an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons and said Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week. The agreement will be backed by a U.N. Security Council resolution that could allow for sanctions or other consequences if Syria fails to comply... Botox gets approved by the FDA - this time for Crow's Feet... 

Washington D.C Shooting Spree

September 15 - Shooting Spree - 13 people are dead and several others were wounded after a shooter opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, spreading fear and chaos across the region as authorities sought to contain the panic. The dead includes the shooter – Aaron Alexis – who just got hired by the shipyard...  Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms... House Republicans narrowly pushed through a bill on Thursday that slashes billions of dollars from the food stamp program, over the objections of Democrats and a veto threat from President Obama... The Republican House approved a stopgap spending measure to continue government operations, but also eliminate funding for "Obamacare." The President lashed out at lawmakers who voted largely on party-lines hours earlier to take aim at the signature domestic accomplishment of his first term, the GOP's opening gambit in a fiscal standoff with just days to go until the government runs out of money... 

September 22 - Kenya's president proclaimed victory over the al Qaeda-linked terrorists who stormed a Nairobi mall, saying security forces had "ashamed and defeated our attackers" following a bloody four-day siege in which dozens of civilians were killed. President Uhuru Kenyatta said the dead included 61 civilians..The five most powerful members of the United Nations Security Council agreed to a resolution that requires the Syrian government to surrender its chemical weapons, but in a concession to Russia makes no threat of enforcement.... A United Airlines captain suffered a heart attack while piloting a plane from Houston to Seattle and passengers stepped in to help with a doctor performing CPR and an off-duty pilot assisting in the emergency landing in Idaho. He died at the hospital... House Republicans emerged from behind closed doors Saturday(Sept. 29) with a new temporary spending bill that calls for a one-year delay in ObamaCare and a repeal of the law's medical-device tax. The plan appears almost assured of being rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate... 

ABC News - Government Shuts Down - October 1

October 1 - The U.S. government shut down at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday after lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government. At the center - funding for "Obamacare"... A North Carolina church bus crashed into a tractor-trailer and an SUV after it crossed a median on Interstate 40 in eastern Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon, killing eight people...  President Obama meets with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday afternoon to discuss possible ends to the government shutdown. Obama is expected to call on House Republicans to pass a new spending plan without any restrictions Affordable Care Act (ACA)...  Thursday A car chase that began when an unknown driver tried to breach a White House security barrier ended across downtown Washington, when police shot and killed the driver on a street near the U.S. Capitol. The woman driving the car was unarmed, law enforcement sources said. All the shots in the incident, which occurred about 2:20 p.m., were fired by police trying to stop her... Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill adding California to the growing list of states allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to obtain driver's licenses. Immigrant advocates have long lobbied for the change in the nation's most populous state. The licenses would carry a distinction on the front of the card that states the document may be used for driving, not as federal identification... Crazy Weather - A Tornado strikes the town of Wayne, Nebraska as winter storm hits South Dakota, Wyoming... Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives agreed on Saturday to retroactively pay 800,000 furloughed federal employees once the government reopens...

October 8 - A gunman later identified as Tomas Piccard fired multiple rounds into the federal building in Wheeling, W.Va., and was shot dead by police. A security guard suffered minor injuries when the unidentified suspect fired an estimated 20 rounds into the building... House Republicans on Thursday plan to unveil a six-week increase to the nation's borrowing limit that doesn't include additional policy conditions, in a potential major breakthrough in the deadlock that resulted in a partial government shutdown and threatens the country's ability to borrow... A fierce cyclone tore into India's east coast on Saturday night, killing at least five people and forcing about half a million into overcrowded shelters as the storm threatened to cut a swathe of devastation through farmland and fishing hamlets... Hopes for an immediate resolution of Washington's fiscal crisis faded on Capitol Hill on Saturday(Oct. 12) as angry House of Representatives Republicans accused President Barack Obama of shutting down negotiations with them and turning to the Senate... Carnival Cruise Lines says a 6-year-old boy drowned in one of its pools while at sea.The company said in a statement that the Carnival Victory ship was on the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise on Sunday when the boy drowned.... 

Government Re-Opens After 16 Days

October 15 - Two girls, ages 12 and 14, have been charged with felony aggravated stalking for what a Florida sheriff described as "maliciously harassing" a 12-year-old girl who jumped from a tower to her death. The two "repeatedly and maliciously harassed" Rebecca Ann Sedwick, who became so despondent that she climbed a tower at an abandoned cement plant and jumped to her death on September 9..The federal government is back open for business. The Obama administration changed the government's status to "open" early Thursday, more than two weeks after a partial shutdown took hold when funding from Congress ran out...  President Barack Obama said on Thursday that "Americans are completely fed up with Washington" a day after the latest fiscal impasse was narrowly averted and called for talks with Congress on the budget, immigration and farm legislation... Passing - Former House Speaker Tom Foley, a Democrat known for his ability to forge consensus but who was a casualty of the 1994 Republican revolution. He was 84...  Syrian rebels assaulted a checkpoint in a pro-government suburb of Damascus on Saturday, setting off a suicide car bomb that killed 16 soldiers, activists said... President Obama said Monday that problems with the new health care website are inexcusable, but argued that the law overall will benefit millions of Americans. While Healthcare.gov "hasn't worked as as smooth as it was supposed to have worked," Obama said in a White House speech that thousands of once-uninsured Americans have signed up for coverage... New Jersey becomes 14th state to allow gay marriage... In Sparks, Nevada - A 13-year-old student opened fire on a middle-school campus just before the starting bell Monday, wounding two boys and killing a teacher member who was trying to protect other children, police said. The lone suspected gunman then shot himself dead, police said... 

October 22 - For marijuana advocates, the last 12 months have been a period of unprecedented success as Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana... Massachusetts - A 24-year-old Danvers High School teacher has been found dead, and a 14-year-old boy is being held without bail on a charge of murdering her. Math teacher Colleen Ritzer’s body was found in the woods behind the school... Britain's 3-month-old future monarch, Prince George, was christened Wednesday(Oct 23) with water from the River Jordan at a rare four-generation gathering of the royal family in London...The United States is investigating reports that pirates kidnapped two Americans from a U.S.-flagged ship off the coast of Nigeria in West Africa, where security has been a growing concern. The incident involves a U.S.-flagged vessel, the 222-foot C-Retriever, in the Gulf of Guinea.... Obamacare doesn't officially kick off until January 1st, yet millions of Americans are already at each other's throats over it. Research from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the country is now more divided than any other time in history since the Civil War era... The Federal Reserve, still uncertain that the American economy can grow unaided, announceds it would press ahead with its stimulus campaign of asset purchases and low interest rates...NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has found a new job, his lawyer says. The former US spy agency contractor will work for a major private website in Russia, where he was granted asylum after fleeing the United States... 

November 1 - A gunman kills a security officer and injures several others at Los Angeles International Airport. Others were injured trying to flee. In a few chaotic minutes on Friday morning, the security agent, Gerardo I. Hernandez, lay dead, and Paul A. Ciancia, identified by the police as the gunman, was critically injured...Opponents of President Barack Obama’s health care law get quick to evoke the plight of potentially millions of Americans getting hit by cancellation notices from their health insurance companies due to new coverage requirements under the Affordable Care Act...Tuesday Elections - Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the Virginia governor's race, squeaking by Republican Ken Cuccinelli..New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie won re-election in a race seen mainly as the kickoff for the next one.. New York City elects first democratic mayor in a long time - Bill de Blasio..Goodbye Blockbuster Video - Blockbuster, which was bought by Dish Network in 2010 after going bankrupt, will shutter its domestic operations, including approximately 300 stores and all distribution centers...

ABC News - Typhoon Haiyan

November 8 - Typhoon Haiyan - A powerful typhoon that ripped through the Philippines on Friday killing thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands displaced. Through this week - aid is being sent, but the full impact of deaths and damage is still not known... A jury of eight found former Utah doctor Martin MacNeill guilty of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of his wife... Giant online retailer Amazon.com Inc. is turning up the heat on rivals this holiday season and beyond under a new deal with the U.S. Postal Service for delivering packages on Sundays..The president of Applebee’s International, Inc. announced that the family restaurant chain would be declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy next week, after offering military service members and veterans free alcohol for Veterans Day. The promotion resulted in a massive single day loss of nearly $6 billion..It's official: New York City's One World Trade Center is now the nation's tallest building, wresting the title from Chicago's Willis Tower..Four U.S. Marines were killed at Camp Pendleton Wednesday morning during a range maintenance operation, base officials confirmed... President Barack Obama said Thursday that insurers will be able to continue health-insurance coverage next year for current policyholders that otherwise would be canceled under the new health-care law.

November 15 - More than a week after Typhoon Haiyan laid waste to much of the central Philippines, a health official said that some victims are living off the land. Over 5,000 perished from the storm..A powerful storm brought tornadoes and damaging winds to portions of the Midwest: Six people dead in Illinois, hundreds of homes flattened and splintered, 81 tornadoes sighted through the Midwest, 358 reports of damaging winds, 40 reports of large hail...Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed Tuesday morning by his son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, before the son fatally shot himself. Gus Deeds, 24, died at the scene... Florida Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel has been charged with cocaine possession after what a federal law enforcement official described Tuesday as a "buy and bust" operation... J.P. Morgan & Chase will pay a record $13 billion to resolve U.S. Justice Department probes into the bank’s sale of mortgage bonds that officials said helped feed the financial chaos of 2008... Fifty years after the Presidential Medal of Freedom was established, President Obama presented the nation’s highest civilian award to 16 Americans from fields as diverse as science, politics and sports. Winners included Oprah Winfrey, the late Sally Ride and Benjamin Bradley...

November 22 - The death toll from this month's Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines has spiked to 5,209, the government-run Philippines News Agency reported, citing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council... Iran and six major powers agreed early Sunday on a historic deal that freezes key parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for temporary relief on some economic sanctions... Weeks after she was forced to retract her "60 Minutes" report on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, Lara Logan and producer Max McClellan will be taking a leave of absence from the CBS News staple. Logan was forced to admit that the report was a "mistake" after a British security contractor's account of the attack was discredited...  Serial killer Charles Manson plans to marry his 25-year-old girlfriend behind bars. Manson who notoriously gained cult status for a series of murders orchestrated by him in 1969 is now spending his the rest of his twilight years at California’s Corcoran State Prison. Raised as a Baptist, Star grew up in a town on the Mississippi River... Heavy snow is piling up Wednesday (Nov 27) in parts of Pennsylvania and western New York from a winter storm system that threatens to disrupt millions of travelers heading out for Thanksgiving. A heavy snowstorm forecast for Pittsburgh -- and dubbed the "Gobblegeddon" -- failed to develop as snow turned to rain in the city, but did strike northern counties, bringing more than 9 inches to Mercer County as it moved East... Black Friday shopping treacherous - as Twitter hastag #WalmartFights encouraged users to post photos and videos of shoppers getting violent at Walmart stores. People using the hashtag posted photos and videos of bloody noses, paramedics wheeling stretchers, women smacking one another on the head, security officers wrestling shoppers to the ground and employees yelling at shoppers to stop recording the melees on their cellphones. Also at a Walmart in Rialto, CA - three fights broke out due to the madness. In suburban Chicago at a Khols a suspect tried to shoplift and bullets were fired and two policemen were injured. The average black Friday discount was 35% - up 10% from last year...  Seeking broader international support for opposing China’s claims to airspace over the East China Sea, Japan has asked the United Nations agency that oversees civil aviation to look into whether the newly created Chinese air defense zone could endanger civilian airliners...  Scotland's official holiday was transformed into a grim day of mourning Saturday as emergency crews searched the wreckage of a riverside pub smashed by a falling police helicopter. At least eight people died and more than a dozen remained hospitalized with serious injuries...

WABC-TV Reports Train Derailment In The Bronx

December 1 -  A suburban New York train derailed on Sunday (Dec 1), killing at least four people and injuring 63, including 11 critically. Later - Federal investigators said the commuter train that crashed Sunday, killing four people, was going 82 miles an hour as it entered a 30-mph zone along a tight curve and that there was no apparent problem with its brakes... PassingNelson Mandela, who rose from militant antiapartheid activist to become the unifying president of a democratic South Africa and a global symbol of racial reconciliation, died at his Johannesburg home following a lengthy stay at a Pretoria hospital, the government said Thursday. He was 95... Payrolls rose by a seasonally adjusted 203,000 in November in sectors ranging from construction to health care, a striking pickup at an uncertain moment for the economy. Moreover, the jobless rate fell to 7% from 7.3%...  Merrill Newman -- the 85-year-old American detained by North Korean authorities earlier this fall -- returned Saturday to the United States, arriving at San Francisco International Airport... 

December 8 - A Winter storm hits the East Coast. A blast of winter weather wiped hundreds of flights off the boards Monday after causing dozens of wrecks, including one that tangled up about 50 cars, on snowy and icy roads in the Northeast. Part II - another one - is scheduled for Tuesday... Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to 90 days in home confinement, three years probation, and a series of fines totaling about $1500 as part of a plea deal. The 71-year-old pleaded guilty in October to kissing or grabbing three women at campaign events or at City Hall -- one a felony false imprisonment charge, the other two misdemeanor battery charges... Aron Ralston, the Colorado adventurer whose self-amputation ordeal was made into the movie "127 Hours," was arrested in Denver on allegations of domestic violence after police say he and his girlfriend got into an altercation... American Airlines emerged from bankruptcy protection and US Airways culminated its long pursuit of a merger partner as the two completed their deal Monday to create the world’s biggest airline. It’s the latest in a series of mergers that will leave four airlines controlling more than 80 percent of the U.S. air-travel market. With less competition, the airlines have successfully limited the number of seats, boosting prices and returning to profitability....Eighteen current or former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials have been indicted in five separate criminal cases in connection with a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of abuse and misconduct inside L.A. County jails..President Obama eulogized Nelson Mandela as "the last great liberator of the 20th century'' as tens of thousands of South Africans, joyously cheering and singing despite a cold rain, mourned the passing and celebrated the life of the father of their modern nation...  General Motors on Tuesday promoted insider Mary Barra to serve as the new chief executive officer, the first female head of a major U.S. automaker...

Bogus Sign Language - Jimmy Kimmel 

A mystery South African man who acted as a sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was a “fraud” who simply made “childish hand gestures” for hours as he stood on stage. Deaf groups say the man, who has not yet been identified, made no sense in any language to those relying on him around the world. The embarrassing revelation also raises questions about the security at the landmark event, which was attended by 91 heads of state and government including Barack Obama and David Cameron... School Shooting - Colorado - Claire Davis, a 17-year-old senior, was identified by Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson as the girl who was critically wounded Friday (Dec 13) in a shooting at Arapahoe High School. A student who carried a shotgun into the school in Centennial, Colorado and asked where to find a specific teacher. The student then opened fire before apparently killing himself, Robinson said. Time Magazine names Pope Francis - as its Person of the year for 2013. Check Out Link Here...

December 15 -  Nelson Mandela's body has been laid to rest in a family plot, after political and religious leaders paid tribute to South Africa's first black president at a state funeral service... National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has written an "open letter to the people of Brazil" offering to help investigate U.S. surveillance of Brazilian citizens. The letter was posted on the website pastebin and on the Facebook page of David Michael Miranda, partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, according to a tweet from Greenwald... Six U.S. troops were killed Tuesday in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan after what appears to be an engine failure, a U.S. defense official said. There was one survivor in the crash... President Obama will nominate Sen. Max Baucus to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China... Emergency services said more than 80 people had been injured in a packed London theater on Thursday when part of the ceiling collapsed during a performance, bringing the city's West End theater district to a standstill.The audience was showered with masonry and debris following the incident at the Apollo Theatre, where about 720 people including many families were watching the hugely popular play "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"... Gunfire hit three U.S. military aircraft trying to evacuate American citizens in a remote region of South Sudan that on Saturday became a battle ground between the country's military and renegade troops, officials said. Four U.S. service members were wounded in the attack in the same region where gunfire downed a U.N. helicopter the day before... Claire Davis, the 17-year-old high school senior shot by a classmate at their Colorado school, died Saturday (Dec 21) at the hospital where she was being treated...

December 22 - More than 1 million visitors logged into HealthCare.gov by late Monday, racing to meet the administration's new midnight, Christmas Eve deadline to enroll in health insurance. Officials pushed back the Dec. 23 deadline by a day, acknowledging the site was still having problems signing people up... Retail traffic plummeted 21 percent last week, and in-store sales decreased 3.1 percent from the year before, dashing retailers' hopes that the final stretch before Christmas would offset soft sales numbers earlier in the holiday shopping season... Pope Francis has celebrated his first Christmas Eve mass at the Vatican with a characteristic message of God’s mercy. Addressing some 10,000 worshippers packed into St Peter’s Basilica, Francis departed from his prepared text to underline God’s forgiveness. “He is mercy. Our Lord forgives always,” he said... The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator approved price increases amounting to 6 percent on most mail, a step the service’s board called a “last resort” forced by Congress’s failure to pass cost-cutting legislation. A first-class stamp will cost 49 cents, up from 46 cents, starting Jan. 26. Similar changes will apply to magazines, bills and advertising mail. The increases of 4.3 percent approved today are on top of 1.7 percent, an amount equal to inflation, approved last month... The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered American Express to pay more than $75 million to settle claims it charged improper fees and misled its credit-card customers over so-called add-on products like identity-fraud protection... Two of the nation's biggest package shippers hit the road Thursday, scrambling to deliver boxes to angry customers who didn't receive the gifts they ordered in time for Christmas. UPS and FedEx, under fire for failing to deliver Santa's packages in time for the holiday, blamed the delays on weeks of bad weather and higher demand from soaring online sales... Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese finance minister and ambassador to the United States, died Friday when a car bomb struck his convoy in downtown Beirut, Lebanon's National News Agency reported. The blast killed five others and left 71 wounded... The nation's long-term unemployed will be cut off from federal unemployment benefits on Saturday, even as President Obama offers his support to two senators proposing to extend expiring federal jobless aid.  Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island have proposed extending for three months benefits that more than 1 million Americans will lose. Obama called the two senators separately on Friday, describing it as an urgent economic priority... Russian officials say they believe a female suicide bomber caused an explosion that killed at least 14 people Sunday at the entrance to a train station in Volgograd.

 

 

 

Year 2013  In Technology News And Information

January 1 -  Struggling online game company Zynga shut down two more titles as part of an ongoing cost-cutting aimed at reversing the company's mounting losses. The most popular title Zynga shut down was PetVille, which had 1 million monthly active users in December…

Top Video Game – “Call Of Duty/Black Ops II”

January 8 - Microsoft will be killing off its Windows Live Messenger chat service on March 15, transitioning its more than 100 million users to Skype… RSS Inventor Commits Suicide – Computer activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide in New York City. He windows 8 performance business january 2013 timeline tech history mrpopculturewas 26 years oldHoliday season sales of personal computers fell for the first time in more than five years, according to industry tracker IDC, as Microsoft Corp's Windows 8 failed to excite buyers and many opted for tablet devices and powerful smartphones instead…

January 15 - Atari files for bankruptcy protection – but will stay in business. Atari was founded in 1972 andi scored hits with groundbreaking gaming consoles and classic titles like "Pong," "Centipede" and "Asteroid," but later lost its dominance to rivals like Nintendo.

January 22 - After two days - ATT U-verse customers report that an outage continues, affecting Florida and at least 14 other states, - and is still not resolved… Data from Scarborough from August 2010 through July 2011 showed the market shares of cable satellite providers as: Comcast, 58 percent; DirectTV, 17 percent; ATT U-verse, 10 percent; and Dish, 6 percent... For the first time, the number of active daily visitors checking Facebook on mobile devices is higher than the number of people checking the social network on the Web. Overall, the company says there are 1.06 billion active Facebook users in the world. Of those, 618 million of them are visiting daily and 157 million are doing it from mobile devices... RIM changes name to Blackberry. The surprise move came as the company kicked off a series of around-the-world events unveiling BlackBerry 10, along with the first two devices to run on the new platform.

February 1 - Netflix offers original programming - first - a new Kevin Spacy series titled, "House of Cards"... The New York Times says Chinese hackers have carried out sustained attacks on its computer systems, breaking in and stealing the passwords of high-profile reporters and other staff members... 

February 8 -  NBC News has shuttered EveryBlock, a hyperlocal news site that pulled in and mapped useful information from a variety of rich sources... A Montana television station's regular programming was interrupted by news of a zombie apocalypse. The Montana Television Network says hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls affiliate KRTV and hackers broadcast that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" in several Montana counties...Comcast said Tuesday that it's buying General Electric's 49 percent stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for $16.7 billion several years early, as the company takes advantage of low borrowing costs and what CEO Brian Roberts called a "very attractive price."

facebook facts news tech trivia february 2013 timeline mrpopcultureFebruary 15  Facebook says that it been the target of a series of attacks by an unidentified hacker group, but it had found no evidence that user data was compromised... Trending - Samsung has been aggressively expanding its presence in Silicon Valley recently by building its own innovation center, by launching a $100 million venture fund for Silicon Valley startups and by building “a massive new semiconductor campus with a distinctive design destined to compete with Apple’s proposed spaceship-like campus for the title of Silicon Valley’s most distinctive architectural landmark”...

February 22 Billboard changes the way it adds up its most prodigious weekly music list – the top100 (hit music). It now factors YouTube views to its formula for determining hits... Google unveiled a groundbreaking new Chromebook laptop — one with touchscreen capability, powerful chipset and an extremely high-resolution display. The Chromebook Pixel will ship in April... 

March 1 - At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas T-Mobile announced that HD Voice is now available nationwide on its US network. This will give people the richer, fuller voice experience similar to what many of us have gotten used to experiencing while making Skype calls...

March 8 The hot buzz at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin was Marketbot’s newest prototype of its first desktop 3-D printer, which spit out plastic replicas of small objects. MakerBot unveiled a desktop device that can scan small three-dimensional objects. Called a MakerBot Digitizer, it's meant to complement the company's Replicator printer by letting customers scan objects, then feed the resulting digital files to the Replicator to be printed..

March 15 Online game publisher Zynga Inc relaunched its website on Thursday, allowing users to play its games without first signing on to Facebook, a significant step toward establishing its independence from Facebook Inc...

March 22 - Pew research: 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of them own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.

mark zuckerberg press conference -  facebook mobile april 2013 tech history timelineApril 1FB CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage during a press conference on Thursday and unveiled the next stage in Facebook’s mobile evolution: Home...

April 8 Facebook Pay-To-Message Tryout - Facebook is giving select users in nearly 40 countries around the world access to a trial service that will charge them a fee for sending direct, personal messages to people outside their network... Now In Kansas City - The next city to get Google's ultra-high-speed Fiber network is Austin, Texas. Google Fiber offers Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is 100 times faster than the average American Internet user's service... First-quarter shipments of PCs fell 14 percent worldwide from the same time last year, according to International Data Corp. That's the deepest quarterly drop since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994...Twitter is introducing a music feature that is expected to use the listening habits of users’ friends and contacts to recommend music... 

April 15 - More Fiber Optics -  Google Inc. will pay $1 for a municipal fiber-optic system that cost $39 million to build, according to terms of the Internet company's agreement with Provo... It's Google's third fiber city... Verizon's iPhone activations fell 33% in the first quarter, compared to the fourth quarter... 

April 22 - AOL has shuttered its AOL Music division and laid off its staff, according to pink-slipped employees posting on Twitter... Netflix Inc reported on Monday a first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as the dominant video rental service added 2 million new U.S. streaming subscribers, and its shares soared 24 percent...

May 1  Facebook's sales jumped 38% in the first quarter, boosted by its growing mobile ad business. Investors are laser-focused on mobile, which Facebook has said is the key to its future success....A solar-powered airplane that developers hope to eventually pilot around the world took off early on Friday from San Francisco Bay on the first leg of an attempt to fly across the United States with no fuel but the sun's energy. The plane is dubbed the Solar Impulse.

Top Video Game - Dead Island: Riptide (Video)

May 8 - Disney's ABC network will become the first broadcast network to stream its shows live online through an ongoing service, starting with viewers of its TV stations in New York and Philadelphia on May 14 and expanding to its other stations by the end of the summer...

May 15 - Google Glass, a cross between a mobile computer and eyeglasses that can both record video and surf the Internet, is now available to a select few but is already among the year's most buzz-worthy new gadgets.

May 22 - New Apple Product - The new iPod touch, - comes with 16 GB worth of memory only, a dual-core A5 processor, and a front camera, but no rear camera... A new study from Experian digs into the details of how people use their phones and finds that users on all systems spend an average of 58 minutes a day on their smartphones. Even with all the bells, whistles and apps, the biggest chunk of that time is spent talking on the phone.... 

June 1 -  iRadio - Apple is gearing up to sell audio ads on a music-streaming service it intends to unveil at its developers conference next week. It’ll be going up against Google Inc and Pandora Media Inc in the increasingly competitive market for mobile tunes..Yahoo is discontinuing older versions of its email client — including Mail Classic — starting this week. You'll have to upgrade... Google says in a new study all the online searching and trailer-watching moviegoers do ahead of a film's release can have significant predictive powers at the box office. The search company published a "Quantifying Movie Magic" study that surveyed 99 of the top-grossing films of last year. Google says that four weeks before a film is released, search volume for its trailer can predict its opening box office with 94 percent accuracy when factoring in its status and the time of year...

June 8 -  Google acquires crowd-sourced traffic data specialist Waze, The search giant will integrate Waze into Google Maps in an effort to bolster its traffic information... Hashtags are coming to Facebook to help users better surface conversations. Facebook will roll out hashtags to more users in the coming weeks.

June 15 - Yahoo has announced a plan to "recycle" old e-mail addresses, a move meant to free up accounts for folks who want them but that has sparked privacy concerns. The one-year period will officially begin July 15, when users can "claim" a dormant account name. They'll find out in mid-August if they got the account they wanted... Google filed a court petition demanding it be allowed to share information about government surveillance programs with the public... 

June 22 - Apple has reportedly reached deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the world’s largest chip manufacturer, as it continues its efforts to end its business relationship with rival Samsung... .Microsoft announced that it will be adding 3-D printing support to Windows 8.1. The company believes 3-D printing one day, will be as normal and active as regular printing. 

July 1Apple has filed a trademark for the name, “iWatch”... Sprawling online bulletin board Reddit is especially popular with young men, according to a new study. Six percent of all adults on the Internet use Reddit, and it is most popular with men between 18 and 29 -- 15% of whom frequent the site....

Top Video Games – July 1, 2013

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS)

The Last of Us (PS3)

Project X Zone (3DS)

Deadpool (X360/PS3)

Minecraft (X360)

July 8 -  T-Mobile is making a bid to become the wireless world's "un-carrier," rolling out a plan that will let users update their phones up to twice a year for a modest fee... Google Outage - Reports of outages began by 9:30 a.m. ET and quickly spread on Twitter, with users asking if the problem was affecting others as well. Google said it received reports of problems with Google services from users in West Virginia, North Carolina, Nebraska and Georgia...

July 15 - Apple has bought a Canadian startup called Locationary in an apparent bid to beef up its own mapping service... After a disastrous rollout of its crap map app service last year, Apple has been working overtime to sort out its own satnav-like software....

July 22 - Google TV – Google introduces the Chromecast dongle for $35.00 and promises a newer, simpler way to view TV and streaming...

apple update august 2013 tech historyAugust 1 - Apple is trying to force Samsung Electronics Co.’s mobile devices off U.S. store shelves a week after dodging an iPhone 4 ban by a rare White House veto. The company will ask a U.S. appeals court on Aug. 9 to block sales of Samsung models a California jury found violated patents for the iPhone’s look and features....

August 8 - With sales stalling and its customer base shrinking, BlackBerry formally put itself up for sale on Monday, a signal the company that pioneered the smartphone market now sees its prospects as a stand-alone public company diminishing fast... According to new mobile industry data, 435 million mobile phones were sold around the world in the second quarter of 2013 alone, and just over half of those were smartphones... 

August 15 - AOL announced plans to cut 10% of its workforce, with staff from its Patch division bearing the brunt... With the new movie, “Jobs” – about Steve Jobs – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thought star Ashton Kutcher’s performance and interpretation of his old business partner – fell short... 

August 22 - Apple said it bought navigation-software company Embark Inc., part of an effort to improve the performance of its mapping system after a bungled debut last year..Apple has begun a long-awaited iPhone trade-in program at its retail stores, ahead of an event that is widely expected to include the unveiling of the new iPhone on September 10... Google, oft rumored to be working on a smartwatch, quietly bought WIMM Labs last year to light a fire under the effort...

September 1 - Microsoft announces it is buying Nokia's smartphone and cellular handset business in a deal worth $7.2 billion...CBS and Time Warner reach an agreement for carriage on the cable-TV provider. CBS and Showtime had been off for about a month in New York and Los Angeles... 

Apple Unveils 5S - September 2013/CEO Tim Cook

September 8 - Apple unveiled an update to its popular smartphone. The tech giant announced the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C -- two very different phones. Apple introduced a lower-cost iPhone 5C alongside the iPhone 5S -- the company's flagship smartphone... Passing - Ray Dolby (80) - the famed noise reduction guru... Intel - The world’s leading maker of computer chips is closing its only factory in Massachusetts, eliminating up to 700 high-paying manufacturing jobs...

September 15 - Google buys mobile startup Bump Technologies – makes of a popular app that enables users to transfer photos, videos and files just by bumping their phones together... Lines for for the new IPhone 5 - for those who want there's now. Apple stock is up. 

September 22 - Google has begun rolling out a redesign of its homepage - the world's most visited web address.The revamp features a flattened, reshaped logo and replaces the previous menu bar with a smaller range of links on the page's right-hand side.The move comes in the same month that Yahoo's logo and Microsoft's Bing search tool have also been updated...  Apple said it sold a record nine million new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models during the first weekend the devices went on sale, topping Wall Street expectations... 

October 1 - Twitter Inc. revealed plans to raise up to $1 billion in a public offering, looking to cash in on a messaging service that has transformed public conversation but is still losing money and facing challenges attracting new users and advertisers...

October 8 - Twitter strikes  a deal with Comcast to bring some NBCUniversal programs to TV subscribers via tweets. Under the deal, NBCUniversal programming from The Voice and Sunday Night Football will become available on Twitter directly from tweets. TV subscribers will need to log in to their pay-TV accounts... Google on Friday announced that it would soon be able to show users’ names, photos, ratings and comments in ads across the Web, endorsing marketers’ products. Facebook already runs similar endorsement ads.    

Top Video Games - October 8, 2013

Grand Theft Auto V (X360/PS3)

FIFA Soccer 14 (X360/PS3)

Madden NFL 25  (PS3) (X360)

Minecraft (X360)

October 15Microsoft releases the Windows 8.1 update for its flagship operating system. The download seeks to address some of the criticisms levelled at the original version of Windows 8. In particular, the update restores the start button and allows a computer to boot up with a traditional desktop interface... Google hits a stock all-time high as revenue is reported up by 36%... 

October 22 - YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year... Twitter Inc. is sued for $124 million by two financial firms that claim the Internet company engineered a failed private sale of its shares in 2012 to strengthen its hand in preparation for its initial public offering..Airline passengers soon will be able to use electronics such as readers and games during takeoffs, landings and throughout flights... The National Security Agency has broken into the highly secure data centers where Google and Yahoo store vast troves of data on their users by hacking an unencrypted weak point in the data pipeline linking the enormous centers...

November 1 -  BlackBerry announced that it won't be sold to Fairfax Financial Holdings or any other suitors, and that its CEO Thorsten Heins will resign. John Chen, former CEO of Sybase will step in as interim CEO... A French court ruled Wednesday that Google must remove from its Internet search results all images of a former Formula One car racing chief at an orgy. The ruling in the privacy case could have ramifications for the tech giant’s operations across Europe... Twitter IPO hits the market - shares almost doubled to around $45.00.

November 8 - Netflix users who stream video to their televisions will be seeing a major overhaul in the next few days. The company has announced what it's calling the biggest update ever for its more than 40 million streaming customers, rolling out a more visually rich design that will be the same regardless of what kind of device is used to bring videos from the Internet to the TV... Microsoft has announced plans for the Xbox One launch, just two days before its chief competitor, the PlayStation 4, hits store shelves. According to the software company, its launch celebration will span more than 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries. Those retail stores will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. local time to kick off Xbox One sales. The festivities will start in Auckland, New Zealand, and sweep across the globe...

November 15 - Sony's PlayStation 4 is off to a hot start. Consumers in North America bought more than 1 million PS4s within the first 24 hours of the new $399 home video game console going on sale Friday. That's the fastest start for a PlayStation system so far... Instagram is now available for Windows phones, some three years after the photo-sharing app's launch... Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download... 

November 22 - Microsoft sold more than one million Xbox One consoles in the first 24 hours of availability for the next-generation game console... Apple has bought a 3-D-sensor company that helped build Microsoft's motion-control system Kinect. PrimeSense is an Israel-based company that specializes in sensors that let users interact with mobile devices like tablets and smartphones by waving their hands.

December 1 - More people did their Black Friday weekend shopping online than they have in years past.  According to research conducted over Black Friday by IBM, iOS users spent more ($127.92 per order) and accounted for more Web traffic on shopping sites (28.2%) than Android users did. Android users spent $105.20 on average and accounted for 11% of traffic...

December 15 - Calxeda, the company that pioneered the concept of making corporate data center computers run on the same low-power chips that power your smartphone, has closed its doors... Spain has ordered Google to pay a fine of 900,000 euros ($1.23 million) over privacy violations... The Spanish government's data protection agency accused Goog of three breaches of a national law protecting personal data... 

December 22 - Google has removed Rap Genius' site from its search results following disclosures that the New York lyrics site has tried to game the search engine with a backlink scheme. The scheme, detailed in a blog post earlier this week by John Marbach, involved getting bloggers to insert backlinks to Rap Genius' lyrics for the new Justin Bieber album, "Journals." In exchange, Rap Genius promised to Tweet a link to the blog post containing the links. Such deals are verboten in Google's book because they can lead to irrelevant or low-quality search results..Nokia has removed its Here Maps app from the iTunes App Store, denying new and future users of Apple’s iPhone the chance to use its navigation software... More U.S. adults use LinkedIn and Pinterest than Twitter, but that website attracts a greater proportion of blacks and young adults than do its social media peers, a Pew Research Center study released on Monday showed. Photo pin-up site Pinterest spiked in popularity over the past year, according to the survey, a poll of 1,445 Internet users aged 18 and older. About 21 percent of respondents said they employ the service, up sharply from 15 percent in a similar survey conducted a year ago... Viewers spent a record 17.2 hours per week watching ad-supported cable networks in 2013, rebounding from a slight dip last year, while the big four networks claimed a combined 7.5 hours, another low. "With the growth in on-demand viewing, Hulu andNetflix, you'd think there'd be less viewing of cable TV as a whole," says Turner Broadcasting research chief Jack Wakshlag. "But it's at the highest it's ever been."

 

 

 

Year 2013 In Sports News And Other Fascinating Facts

starbucks reusable cup news january 2013 facts mrpopculture iconJanuary 1 - Starbucks Corp. is rolling out a $1 reusable plastic cup at its cafes starting this week. The Seattle-based coffee chain already gives customers a dime discount each time they bring in reusable cups for refills… The National Hockey League (NHL) and locked out players returned to the negotiating table on Tuesday but failed to produce a new labor deal with the deadline to salvage a shortened season fast approaching…

January 8 - QB Colin Kaepernick passed for 263 yards and ran the San Francisco 49ers right back to the NFC championship game with a 45-31 win over Green Bay in an NFC divisional game… The Seattle Seahawks rally from a 20-point deficit – and during the last minute of a Atlanta Falcon playoff game – were up 28-27… but, within that minute – the Falcons drove within field-goal range – and won the it – 30-28…

wal mart hiring veterans announcement january 2013 timeline facts mrpopcultureJanuary 15 – Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's largest retailer, said it plans to hire more than 100,000 veterans in the United States over the next five years… A new government study is calling popular energy drinks "a rising public health problem" that is sending more and more people to the emergency rooms… Football Playoffs – Coming from behind 16-0 in the second quarter – The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Altanta Falcons 28-24... The Baltimore Ravens defeat the New England Patriots – 28-13. Both playoff games – the visiting teams win!.. Brothers John and Jim Harbaugh will be battling it out in the SuperBowl - John with the Ravens and Jim with the 49ers - the first time brothers have competed in the big game... The NHL season will resume as a new deal is reached!... 

January 22 - Pro Bowl In Hawaii: NFC – 62… AFC – 35… Two New Jersey men sued Subway this week, claiming the world's biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them by selling "footlong" sandwiches that measure less than 12 inches… The popular wine known as "Two-Buck Chuck" will need a new name after the bargain beverage's price was raised to $2.49. Over the  past decade shoppers at Trader Joe's California stores paid $1.99 for a bottle of Charles Shaw shiraz or cabernet sauvignon… The price of sending mail with a first-class stamp, the kind of postage most consumers use, goes up by one cent to 46 cents… NBA legend Dennis Rodman – known in his day to make waves – good and no-so-good -  has written a children’s book, “Dennis The Wild Bull”...

February 1 - Passing - Andre Cassagnes who dreamed up a drawing toy that kids could shake up and start over a toy that super bowl 47 history timeline joe flacco mvp sports nfl timeline mrpopculturebecame the Etch A Sketch... The Grand Central Train Terminal In Midtown Manhattan turns 100 this month!...Super Bowl 47 – Ravens - 34 San Francisco 49ers - 31 as Joe Flacco of the Ravens received game MVP..After another obscenity incident involving CBS and a Super Bowl broadcast, the Federal Communications Commission is under pressure to fine the TV network. A watchdog group says it wants the FCC to act after CBS aired audio of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco using the F-word and another player using a curse word...

February 8 Felix Hernandez of Seattle – is now baseball’s highest-paid pitcher – at $175 million for two years... McDonald's Corp (MCD) said on Friday that January sales at established restaurants around the world fell 1.9 percent, a steeper decline than expected as fast-food chains fight for diners... IOC leaders dropped wrestling from the Olympic program on Tuesday, a surprise decision that removes one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games...

February 15 - Passing - Laker's owner Dr Jerry Buss (79) Of Cancer...  Basketball All-Star Game - Chris Paul got Most Valuable Player honors on Sunday evening after earning 20 points and a game-high 15 assists in the West's 143-138 victory... Office Depot Inc will acquire smaller rival OfficeMax Inc in a $1.2 billion all-stock deal, the companies said on Wednesday, confirming an agreement inadvertently announced earlier in the day, before it was completed...

February 22 Two fans struck by debris at a NASCAR race have retained legal representation.  The Daytona 500 ran as scheduled Sunday despite a jaw-dropping crash a day earlier that flung debris into the stands at the Daytona International Speedway. At least 28 fans were injured when more than a dozen cars piled up in the final curve of the Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 in Daytona Beach... Girls Gone Wild -- the brand founded by Joe Francis in 1997 -- files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.The filing was made in an effort to keep Steve Wynn's Las Vegas resort from securing the company's assets to satisfy a $10.3 million lawsuit...

March 1Hockey Hot In Chicago – The Hawks – part of the Western Conference and Central Division - have a 17-0-3 start to the season. Chicago's 3-0 shutout win over the St. Louis Blues drew a massive 7.54 rating in the country's third-largest television market... An Atlanta woman has filed a lawsuit saying basketball Hall of Famer and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is the father of her 16-year-old son. The lawsuit was filed Feb. 6 by Pamela Y. Smith, is 48... Fox announces "Fox 1" a  national sports network. The all-sports network will go live in August, timed to the start of college football season… 

tiger woods cadillac champ march 2013 golf sports history timeline imageMarch 8Tiger Woods  wins the Cadillac Championship golf tournament on Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Doral, Fla...

March 15 10% levy on all bank savors sends folks scrambling to take money out of the bank. And, it’s effecting world markets. People in Cyprus have reacted with shock to news of a one-off levy of up to 10% on savings as part of a 10bn-euro (£8.7bn; $13bn) bailout agreed in Brussels...The Miami Heat, trailing by 27 in the third quarter, rallied for a 98-95 win Wednesday night over the Cavaliers to extend their winning streak to 24 games and move within nine of matching the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers for the longest in NBA history...

March 22 - The Miami Heat’s winning streak ends at 27 with a loss to the Chicago Bulls – but good enough for an NBA record!... Supporters of same-sex marriage (and their friends) marriage gay support equal sign march 2013 timeline facebookare seeing a lot of red Tuesday of this week. Thousands of people on social networks  -- particularly Facebook and Twitter  -- changed their profile pictures to an image of a red equal sign, indicating support for same-sex marriage...

April 1Rutgers University fired basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after a videotape aired showing him shoving, grabbing and throwing balls at players and using gay slurs during practice... 48th Annual CMA Awards – Hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton in Las Vegas: — Entertainer of the year: Luke Bryan — Top male vocalist: Jason Aldean — Female vocalist: Miranda Lambert... Beyonce and Jay-Z caused a big stir in Havana as they marked their fifth wedding anniversary Thursday. R&B's power couple was mobbed by dozens of well-wishers... 

April 8NCAA Champs - Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Rick Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game...

April 15Passing - Pat Summerall, the football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer, died Tuesday. He was 82... Legendary sports broadcaster Al Michaels was arrested on misdemeanor DUI charges in Santa Monica, California... Byron Scott is fired by the Cavaliers following three losing seasons in which the team did not play well... Passing -  Al Neuharth changed the look of American newspapers when he founded USA Today. He was  89...   

April 22 The Justice Department formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars that the U.S. Postal Service spent to sponsor the cycling team...

May 1 -   Floyd Mayweather's contract for his May 4 bout against Robert Guerrero, which was filed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Friday, promises a guaranteed purse of $32 million for Money May. That mark ties the single-highest guarantee for a boxer in history...

May 8 - Another Win - With his two-stroke victory over three other competitors at The Players Championship in Jacksonville, Tiger Woods has already recorded his fourth victory of the season. This is the earliest in any golf season that Woods has been to the winner's circle this often.,,, Hockey – Amazing Game 7 overtime win for the Boston Bruins over the Toronto Maple Leafs – as they came back from a 4-1 deficit... 

At the movies - "Iron Man 3"

May 15Passing - Ken Venturi, the principled and plainspoken CBS Sports golf analyst who commented on the game for a broadcast-record 35 years...

May 22 - Miami's LeBron James and Indiana's David West and Lance Stephenson were all fined $5,000 by the NBA  for violating the league's anti-flopping policy... Tony Kanaan wins the Indy 500...

June 1 - A jury convicted former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley of abusing his estranged wife. He faces seven years in prison ... Passing – Pro-football Hall of Fame defensive end David "Deacon" Jones at 74. Jones played for the Rams, Chargers and Redskins... Kobe Bryant of the Lakers – out with after undergoing surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon, says he will be back for the season opener in September...   

June 8NASCAR driver Jason Leffler died after he crashed his car at the Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey, NASCAR said. He was 37...

June 15 - George Zimmer has been ousted from the company he founded back in 1973 – “Men’s Warehouse.” The was the store’s credible spokesperson for all those years as well. Zimmer says the Board didn’t like the way he expressed the new direction of the company... Three Atlanta-area radio hosts have been fired after mocking former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason in one of their on-air segments. Gleason is currently retired and battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease... Christina Torre - 44-year-old daughter of New York Yankee baseball legend Joe Torre told the New York Daily News that she was sipping coffee outside a Third Ave. bake shop in Bay Ridge, when several bystanders spotted Dillin Miller dangling from an awning. She caught the child as he fell. ... The Miami Heat take the NBA championship! – defeating the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. Lebron James gets MVP.

aaron hernandez murder june sports trivia 2013 mrpopculture photoJune 22 -   Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with first-degree murder. Hernandez is accused in last week's shooting death of Odin Lloyd, whose body was found less than a mile from Hernandez's home.  ... The Chicago Black Hawks get the Stanley Cup – in an outstanding series against the Boston Bruins in six games. The Pittsburgh Pirates are the hottest team in baseball... Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda made history on Sunday, June 23, when he crossed over the Grand Canyon on a 2-inch-think steel cable set 1,500 feet above the Little Colorado River...

July 1 - A Washington man caught a record-breaking fish that could be centuries old. Henry Liebman, a real estate developer from Seattle, caught the shortracker rockfish 10 miles off the coast of Sitka, Alaska. Its size, experts say, indicates that it could be over 200 years old...The New England Patriots have cut Aaron Hernandez over murder charges. Now they're offering fans a chance to get rid of his jersey in an unusual trade-in that starts Saturday morning.... Marion Bartoli easily beat Sabine Lisicki to capture the 2013 women's championship at Wimbledon. The triumph marks the first Grand Slam title for the 28-year-old Frenchwoman... The people of Newtown, Connecticut, no longer want their sense of community to revolve around grief. So about 4,000 of them took in a New York Yankees game Sunday, courtesy of the team... LA Lakers' Dwight Howard signed with the Houston Rockets.

July 8Shortstop Derek Jeter returned to the Yankees , batting second and playing designated hitter against the Kansas City Royals at the Stadium.  Jeter was playing in a major league game for the first time since he broke his left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers in October...

Top Nielsen TV Shows - Week of July 8, 2013

Under the Dome

America’s Got Talent on Wednesday

NCIS

America’s Got Talant on Tuesday

Big Bang Theory

Bachelorette

Two-And-Half Men

60 Minutes

Dateline on Friday

July 15 - Baseball All-Star game – American League defeats National League – in a slow, boring game – 3-0... ESPY Awards - LeBron James is the first repeat winner of Best Male Athlete. Serena Williams wins the Best Female Athlete... Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who strained his right quadriceps in his first game back with the team July 11 after being out all season with a broken left ankle, was put back on the disabled list Friday... Comic Con In San Diego - The cast, director and creators of How I Met Your Mother also made an appearance at Comic-Con on Saturday, revealing details about the show’s ninth and final season. There was also a surprise announcement from director Zack Snyder that Warner Bros. will be bringing Superman and Batman together in a feature film that’s set to be released in summer 2015...

ryan braun suspended sports trivia july 2013 mrpopculture photoJuly 22Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun - The 2011 National League MVP was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason, the start of sanctions involving players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. He’ll be out for 65 games. ESPN and Turner Sports won't broadcast NASCAR races after next season.  NASCAR had more than three decades of relationships with both networks. NASCAR is moving to NBC... Washington Wizards guard John Wall has signed a five-year, $80 million contract extension to remain the centerpiece of their rebuilding effort...

August 1 - Alex Rodriguez was among 13 players suspended by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s antidoping rules, the biggest single-day drug action in the sport’s history.A-Rod is appealing – and is still playing – but, to booing crowds... More players have been implicated as well. 

August 8 - The Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball - with an incredible winning streak...

August 15 - Recovering from a knee injury, New England QB Tom Brady was nearly perfect once again on Friday night, going 11/12 for 107 yards and a touchdown..With Major League Baseball already suspending the likes of Ryan Braun, Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez among others this season, there's more as Kansas City Royals utility man Miguel Tejada has been suspended 105 games without pay for amphetamine use, according to a press release from the league...

August 22 -  NBA star Lomar Odom, 33, was pulled over on Los Angeles' 101 Freeway after showing "objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated"...   Venus Williams was knocked out of the US Open, beaten 6-3 2-6 7-6 by China's Zheng Jie after the pair slugged it out for more than three hours... Derek Jeter was back on the field playing alongside Alex Rodriguez in a game for the first time all season, facing the Toronto Blue Jays – but the Yanks lost – 5-2... QB Tim Tebow has been cut by the New England Patriots. After being let go by his third team in 18 months...

September 1 - Retired US basketball player Dennis Rodman has arrived in North Korea for his second visit this year to meet leader Kim Jong-un. Before landing in Pyongyang, Rodman said meeting "my friend Kim", who is a basketball fan, was part of his "basketball diplomacy tour"... U.S. Open – He’s out - Andy Murray gets defeated by Ivan Lendl, and lets out a frustrated scream... Ryan Seacrest Opens Football Season in Denver – Gets Booed. Seacrest was announced to the crowd at the Denver Broncos' Sports Authority Field, the boo-birds came out in droves. “I only know of one other countdown that might be as big as this one,” Seacrest said, referencing his hosting of the annual New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square...

September 8 - A man dies after falling from an elevated walkway at San Francisco's Candlestick Park Sunday afternoon during the NFL game between the 49ers and Green Bay Packers...U.S. Open – Rafael Nadal defeats Novak Kjokovic, claiming his second U.S. Open crown and 13th major title!...

September 15 - LeBron James married Savannah Brinson at the posh Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego...Floyd Mayweather - The Grand Rapids boxing superstar dominated Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a bout in Las Vegas... Clobbered - The Seattle Seawhawks defeat the 29-3... The Los Angeles Dodgers clinch their division with a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks... The off-field troubles continue to mount for San Francisco 49ers star pass rusher Aldon Smith. Police in San Jose arrested Smith on Friday morning on suspicion of DUI after a single-car accident...  

September 22 - NFLThe Miami Dolphins beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-23 – and the team is 3-0. As are the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, and Denver Broncos. .. Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver has died by suicide. He was 29... Defending champion Oracle Team USA easily beat challenger Emirates Team New Zealand on a bright Wednesday afternoon to complete one of the greatest comebacks in sports history and win the 34th America's Cup... Yankees end their season and – pitcher Mariano Rivera ends his final career game with emotion at Yankee Stadium... 

Goodbye Mariano Rivera

October 1 - NHL -  Canadians enforcer George Parros slammed his face on the ice after stumbling over Maple Leafs tough guy Colton Orr during a fight late in the game at Montreal. He may be out for the season. .. The Atlanta Braves beat the Dodgers, 4-3, behind steely pitching from Mike Minor and the bullpen, and three big hits with runners in scoring position. They evened this best-of-five series, one game apiece. 

October 8 - Nice - Denver Broncos defeat the Dalls Cowboys 51-48 in a great game!... Embattled 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was charged with possession of illegal assault weapons and drunken driving for separate incidents that occurred in the past 14 months...The 2-year-old son of Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson died Friday of injuries suffered when he was beaten two days earlier, allegedly by his mother’s boyfriend...  More NFL Patriots-Saints - Great Ending - With Seconds Left... Bouncing back from one of the worst games of his career in Cincinnati, Tom Brady's 17-yard hookup with rookie Kenbrell Tompkins with five seconds left in the game gave the Pats a 30-27 win and his first-ever head-to-head victory against Drew Brees...

October 15 - Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan announced his resignation, effective at the end of the month, as CEO of the Texas Rangers on Thursday. He also sold his ownership stake in the club to co-chairmen of the board Bob Simpson and Ray Davis... NBA legend Bill Russell was cited for having a loaded gun in his carry-on luggage at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The TSA spokeswoman said the gun contained six rounds... Baseball -  Off To The World Series – NLCS – The St. Louis Cardinals clobber the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 6 – 9.0... Passing - Bum Phillips, the homespun Texan who was caricatured as a cowboy but possessed a keen football mind that built the Houston Oilers into one of the National Football League’s leading teams of the late 1970s. He was 90... The Boston Red Sox are going back to the World Series for the third time in 10 seasons. Shane Victorino's seventh-inning grand slam propelled Boston to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, clinching the AL championship series in six games and setting up a World Series rematch with the St. Louis Cardinals... New York Jets defeat the New England Patriots in overtime – 30-27. 

Fascinating FactsMcDonald's has lost its taste for Heinz ketchup. The fast-food giant said in a statement Friday that it is cutting ties with the condiment company after 40 years due to management changes there...

October 22 -  With only 12 seconds left and down by 6 – The Detroit Lions pull a big score – and beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-30 – and – a terrific ending... World Series – The Boston Red Sox take the series in six games!...

November 1 - Assistant Football Coach Derek Moore of Missouri Southern State University is killed the night before his team's Homecoming game Friday night... Team Bullying - The NFL Players Association says it is in contact with Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin as the league continues its investigation into allegations Incognito harassed Martin, who left the team last week after an incident in the team cafeteria... Aaron Rodgers could miss three weeks after initial tests showed a small fracture in theGreen Bay Packers quarterback's collarbone...

November 8 - Tampa Bay Lightning star center Steven Stamkos suffered a broken leg after crashing into the post in a game against the Boston Bruins... Marlon Byrd is closing in on an agreement with the Philadelphia Phillies after rebounding to hit a career-high 24 homers this year for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh. The 36-year-old outfielder was acquired by the Pirates on Aug. 27 and hit .364 in six postseason games, with one homer and five RBIs. He batted .291 during the season and had 88 RBI, one short of his career best..Passing - Former NFL tight end and broadcaster Todd Christensen died Wednesday morning in Salt Lake City due to complications from surgery. He was 57..Four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti announced Thursday he will no longer be able to compete in auto racing because of injuries suffered in an Oct. 6 crash..Miguel Cabrera the Detroit Tigers third baseman repeats and once again gets American League Most Valuable Player.

November 15 - A-Rod storms out of his hearing to appeal a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball – calling the whole process, “a farce.”

November 22 - NFL - The San Diego Chargers defeat top-rated Kansas City Chiefs In KC - 41-38. There were 8 lead turnovers during the game... Kobe Bryant signed a two-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers. Lakers did not announce financial but some say the deal is worth $48.5 million... Filipino boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao won via unanimous decision against American Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in their boxing match at the Venetian resort hotel in Macau, China. The judges scored it – 120-108, 119-109, 118-110. Pacquiao is the new WBO International Welterweight Champion with the win... Passing - Paul Crouch  - who founded Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). He was 79... College Football – Spectacular Auburn Win! Over Alabama -  in what is now the greatest finish in college football history - and enough to lift Auburn into the Southeastern Conference title game. It was not enough, however, to propel the Tigers past unbeaten Ohio State in the BCS rankings. Chris Davis returned a potential game-winning field goal attempt 109 yards against then-No. 1 Alabama Saturday to give Auburn the 34-28 victory in an unforgettable Iron Bowl meeting.

Amazing As Auburn Wins!

December 1 -  Michael Jordan and new wife Yvette Prieto are expecting their first child together, after tying the knot seven months ago. Jordan, 50, and Prieto, 34, have been together for five years...  Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant returns to the court against the Toronto Raptors. He'd been out since tearing his left Achilles tendon April 12... NFL - Texans owner Bob McNair fired coach Gary Kubiak on Friday, one day after the underachieving 2-11 Texans lost 27-20 to the Jacksonville Jaguars...

December 8 -  The NHL suspended Pittsburgh Penguins winger James Neal five games for kneeing a fallen Brad Marchand in the head. That's the maximum for a phone hearing... Joe Torre, Bobby Cox & Tony LaRussa, all elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame... 

December 15 - The Green Bay Packers - who were losing into the second half by more than 15 points - defeat the Dallas Cowboys - in Dallas - 37-36...   Jared Roberts hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired Saturday to complete an improbable comeback for Colorado State, beating Washington State 48-45 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl...

December 22 - LeBron James is named The Associated Press' 2013 male athlete of the year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award that has been annually awarded since 1931... Peyton Manning's 63-yard touchdown pass to DeMaryius homas against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday gave the Broncos 595 points this season, breaking the NFL's all-time scoring record. The total jumped to 596 following Matt Prater's extra point. New passing record - That gave Manning 5,477 passing yards on the season. That surpassed the 5,476 yards put up by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in 2011... The Washington Redskins fired coach Mike Shanahan after one of the ugliest seasons in recent memory -- and with too many losses in his four-year tenure. Shanahan's stint began with a massive rebuild and ends with a new coach facing a tough task as well, needing to at least overhaul the defense.

 


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