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This Day In History: “Candle in the Wind 1997” Is Released in the U.S.

“Candle in the Wind 1997 (Goodbye England’s Rose)” is a re-written and re-recorded version of the song Elton released in 1973. The song was released following the death of his good friend Princess Diana in August 1997. “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in the UK September 13th, 1997 and sold 1.5 million copies in the first week. The single debuted September 23rd in the U.S. and sold 3.5 million copies in the first week while staying atop of the Billboard charts for 14 weeks. The global proceeds of the song went to many of Princess Diana’s charities. After the performance of the song at Princess Diana’s funeral, Elton John stated that he would never sing the song live again other than by the request of the royal family.  

This day in history: Garfield Debuts

It was today, June 19th, 1978 that Garfield with his lasagna loving and Monday hating ways were brought into our lives. In honor of him, I myself will be lazy today and pull snippets from past Nostalgia Blog piece written by my buddy and co-creator of the Nostalgia Blog M. Manuge. The first is from a post called These People Really Love Garfield which delves into the lives of people who love to spend all of their money on Garfield memorabilia. After watching this you realize how this merchandise generates upwards of $750 million to $1 billion annually…   Like most people my age, I didn’t get into Garfield through the comics but through the TV show. And wouldn’t you know it? M. Manuge wrote a piece about that too called Ladies and Gentlemen: Garfield and Friends.   One of my favorite things to come out of Garfield is the hindsight that comedy group Fatal Farm gave us on how terrible the actual comic was…   So there you have it. A post lazy enough …

This Day in History: First 100 Million Dollar Box Office Weekend

You know that person you constantly hear saying “no one goes to the movies anymore”? Punch that person in the face. I went to the movies last night and had to wait in line for over an hour to make sure I could get a decent seat. That’s right folks, I waited, therefore movies are still insanely popular. Boom! Solid logic. My amazing research and debate skills aside, today does mark the day that a film made over $100 million at the box office in a weekend. Can you guess what film that was? Too late! It was Spider-man back in 2002. While this was an enormous achievement at the time, breaking $100 million has now become common place for huge blockbuster movies. In fact, since 2002, Spider-Man now has fallen to 25th all time for the fastest movie to generate $100 million. You can check out the list here. For more fun facts, check out a website that actually does that kind of thing.

Great Scott!: Website Counting Down to Back to the Future Day

*Website Found Here* This is a pretty simple yet cool thing I stumbled upon the other day. This is a website counting down to Back to the Future day 2015. Back to the Future day is of course October 21st 2015 which is the date that Marty and Doc traveled to in the movie Back to the Future II. The movie made some bold predictions for what life would be like in 2015 but more on that in the…future…. for now, enjoy watching a clock tick down!

10 Years Ago: Tiger Woods Incredible Shot and Equally Terrible High Five

It was a great moment for Tiger Woods, Nike Golf and awkward high fives! If you didn’t know, it was The Masters this past weekend (call your dad and he’ll tell you all about it) and in honor of that we are taking a look back 10 years (yes this happened 10 years ago!) to relive one of Tiger Woods and golf’s most iconic shots. Woods made a sensational chip, aiming 20 feet (6┬ám) to the left of the hole and using the sloping green to run the ball towards the hole. The ball crept towards the cup and appeared to stop on the lip of the hole before toppling in for a dramatic birdie. Tiger went on to win his 4th Green Jacket as Masters Champion but we’ll never forget the best part of this shot…his amazing lack of high five skills with his caddy: Enjoy the clip!