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The 58th Grammy Awards are held

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony recognizes the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year. The "pre-telecast" ceremony, officially known as the Premiere Ceremony, in which the majority of awards were presented, was held at the nearby Microsoft Theater.

Saturday Night Live celebrates its 40th Anniversary

NBC aired a ​3 1⁄2-hour special on Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary. The program included a mix of clips, new performances of classic characters from previous cast members, and special guest appearances from previous hosts.

Chubby Checker launches a $500,000 lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard

Checker sued HP over a WebOS application with the same name. The application, before being pulled, was used to unscientifically estimate penis size from shoe size. The district court said that Checker's trademark claim survived Hewlett-Packard's motion to dismiss, but his other claims were dismissed per Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

"Red Dwarf" first airs on BBC2

"The End" is the first episode of science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf, which was first broadcast on the British television channel BBC2. The episode introduces the main characters and sets up the story backbone of the series. On the mining ship Red Dwarf, Dave Lister is placed in stasis for refusing to give up the whereabouts of his forbidden pet cat. When he emerges from stasis, three million years later, he discovers that everybody has died from a radiation leak.

Linda Ronstadt goes to #1 on the US singles and album charts

The album hit the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and spent 4 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart. "You're No Good," a reluctant first single release from the record company, reached number 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.

Nat King Cole dies at age 65

Nat King Cole was an American jazz pianist and vocalist. Cole, who had been a heavy cigarette smoker, had lung cancer and was expected to have only months to live. He died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, early in the morning.

Ray Charles records I Can't Stop Loving You

I Can't Stop Loving You is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter, and musician Don Gibson, who first recorded it for RCA Victor Records. It was released as the B-side of "Oh, Lonesome Me", becoming a double-sided country hit single. At the time of Gibson's death, the song had been recorded by more than 700 artists.

Walt Disney's animated film "Cinderella" premieres in Boston

Cinderella is an American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney and originally released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film first opened in theaters in Boston, Massachusetts. It became a critical success, garnering the best reception for a Disney animated film since Dumbo.

Duke Ellington first records "Take the 'A' Train"

"Take the 'A' Train" is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra. The song was first recorded in 1941 as a standard transcription for radio broadcast. The first and most famous commercial recording was made in February.

Silent film "It" released in the US

"It" is a silent romantic comedy film that tells the story of a shop girl who sets her sights on the handsome, wealthy boss of the department store where she works. It is based on a novella by Elinor Glyn that was originally serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine. The picture was considered lost, but a Nitrate-copy was found in Prague in the 1960s.

Actor Cesar Romero is born

Cesar Julio Romero Jr. was an American actor, singer, dancer and vocal artist. He was active in film, radio, and television for almost 60 years. Cesar Julio Romero Jr. was born in New York City, the son of Cesar Julio Romero Sr. and Maria Mantilla.

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