Today is National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day and it’s also Croissant Day. So, I guess you have to wrap your Croissant in bubble wrap? That just sounds nasty. 

January 30th, 2012


Gene Hackman (actor) is 82
– “Norman Dale” in Hoosiers

Vanessa Redgrave (actress) is 74
– Born in London, England

Dick Cheney (politician) is 71
– Former Vice-President of the United States

Marty Balin (singer) is 70
– One of the lead singers for Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship

Phil Collins (musician) is 61
– Drummer for Genesis

Charles S. Dutton (actor) is 61
– “Roc” on Roc

Brett Butler (comedian) is 54
– “Grace” on Grace Under Fire

Jody Watley (singer) is 53
– Had the hit “Looking For A New Love”

Tammy Cochran (country singer) is 40
– Had the hit “Angels in Waiting”

Christian Bale (actor) is 38
– “Bruce Wayne/Batman” in Batman Beginsand The Dark Knight

Wilmer Valderrama (actor) is 32
– “Fez” on That ’70s Show

Jake Thomas (actor) is 22
– “Matt McGuire” on Lizzie McGuire


  • In 2011Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher make a surprise appearance during Brad Paisley’sconcert at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, joining Paisley, Darius Rucker andJerrod Niemann on the show-closer “Alcohol.”
  • In 2006…I’ll drink to that: Toby Keithcollects a gold single for “Whiskey Girl.”
  • In 2005…A day before Michael Jackson‘s trial on molestation charges was due to start, the King of Pop addressed his fans via an online video message. He described grand jury testimony leaked to TV as “disgusting and false” and asked for a fair trial.
  • In 2004CMT premieres Keith Urban’s“You’ll Think Of Me” video.
  • In 2000Faith Hill performs the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIVat Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. The St. Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans, 23-16.
  • In 2000…The New York Metsannounced that Garth Brooks would attend their spring training.
  • In 1998Elton John received a knighthood in British Prime MinisterTony Blair‘s first New Year’s EveHonours List.
  • In 1994The Judds sing “Love Can Build A Bridge” during a “Rockin’ Country” halftime show at the Super Bowl that features Clint BlackTravis Tritt and Tanya Tucker. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Buffalo Bills, 30-13, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
  • In 1994…The American speed skaterDan Jansen sets a new world record of 35.76 at the World Sprint Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • In 1990…France awarded Bob Dylanwith the title Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
  • In 1988Kathy Mattea collects her first #1 country single in Billboard with “Goin’ Gone.”
  • In 1985Randy Travis records four songs in his first recording session forWarner Bros. Among them is “Prairie Rose,” destined for the soundtrack toRustler’s Rhapsody, and “On The Other Hand.”
  • In 1981Kenny Rogers takes fourAmerican Music Awards, including favorite country single, for “Coward Of The County,” and country album, forThe Gambler. Other winners include:Barbara MandrellThe Statler Brothers and The Eagles.
  • In 1974Bob Dylan made his first New York concert performance in eight years at Madison Square Garden.
  • In 1972Grammy voters shower Kris Kristofferson with five nominations as a songwriter for three songs: “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me And Bobby McGee” and “For The Good Times.” Four artists are also nominated for performances of Kristofferson tunes.
  • In 1971Janis Joplin‘s version of Kris Kristofferson‘s song “Me and Bobby McGee” was released – four months after her death from a heroin overdose. It was her only number-one hit.
  • In 1970Tammy Cochran born in Austinburg, Ohio. The traditionally minded singer nets a hit in 2001 with “Angels In Waiting,” written about two older brothers who died from cystic fibrosis. 
  • In 1969The Beatles performed their final concert on the roof of the Apple Building on London’s Saville Road. Police stopped the set after 42 minutes when an accountant at the nearby Royal Bank of Scotland complained about the noise.
  • In 1956…At the RCA studios in New York, Elvis Presley made his own recording of Carl Perkins‘ “Blue Suede Shoes.”
  • In 1956…At Memphis’ Sun Studios,Jerry Lee Lewis lent his piano-pumping prowess to Billy Lee Riley‘s recording of “Red Hot.”
  • In 1948Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, is assassinated in New Delhi by a Hindu fanatic.
  • In 1933Lone Ranger debuts on Detroit’s WXYZ radio station.
  • In 1920Jujiro Matsuda forms Toyo Cork Kogyo, a business that makes cork, in Hiroshima, Japan; just over a decade later the company produces its first automobile and eventually changes its name to Mazda.
  • In 1882Franklin Delano Rooseveltwas born, later to become the 32nd U.S. President.
  • In 1835…In the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol, President Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the United States, survives the first attempt against the life of a U.S. President.
  • In 1781…Maryland becomes the 13th and final state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, almost three years after the official deadline given by Congress of March 10, 1778



  • Conan O’Brien (TBS 11 PM ET) Maya RudolphChris Gethard and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  • David Letterman (CBS 11:35 PM ET)Jennifer LopezRob Schneider andJames McCartney
  • Jay Leno (NBC 11:35 PM ET)MadonnaChris Colfer and Joe Perry
  • Jimmy Kimmel (ABC 12:05 AM ET)Kate Walsh and Marc Maron
  • Craig Ferguson (CBS 12:35 AM ET)Don Cheadle and Andrea Riseborough
  • Jimmy Fallon (NBC 12:35 AM ET)Glenn CloseEmmy Rossum andNada Surf

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