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This Day in Pop Culture for January 23

Rock and Rock Hall of Fame

1977: ‘Roots’ Miniseries Airs for the First Time

On this day in 1977, ABC aired the first night of the 10-hour presentation of Roots, a miniseries based on Alex Haley’s novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The popular miniseries ran for eight consecutive nights which received huge Nielsen ratings for the finale, which continues to hold the record for the third-highest-rated US television program (36.38 million) Roots received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won nine. It won also a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. A remake of the classic miniseries began airing on May 30, 2016 on the History Channel. It too was a ratings and critical success.

2018: Minnie Mouse Receives Her Own Star

Well it’s about time. In celebration of her 90th anniversary, Minnie Mouse received her star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on this day 2018. Ushered by her beau, Mickey, Minnie was joined by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger and Katy Perry who presented the honor to Ms. Mouse in front of Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre. “Minnie Mouse has been a star and a fashion icon since she first burst onto the scene in the groundbreaking animated classic, Steamboat Willie.” Bob said. “The star of more than 70 movies during her illustrious career, Minnie has entertained millions of people around the world, touching hearts and bringing joy wherever she goes. We’re thrilled to see her cultural influence and many achievements recognized with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

Rock and Rock Hall of Fame
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1986: The Rock and Roll Hall Selects the First Inductees

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1983, but it wasn’t until this day in 1986 that the first inductees were chosen: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. Architect I. M. Pei designed the new museum which had its groundbreaking ceremony on June 7, 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio and was dedicated on and it was dedicated on September 1, 1995.

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Birthdays

  • 1913: Wally Parks (founder of the National Hot Rod Association)
  • 1933: Chita Rivera (actress)
  • 1964: Mariska Hargitay (actress)
  • 1974: Tiffani Thiessen (actress)

Other Events

  • 1997: Madeleie Albright became the first woman to serve as US Secretary of State

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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