Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Beach Boys complete ‘Surfin’ USA’ and ‘Shut Down’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)

Video: 'The Beach Boys - Surfin' U.S.A.'

(Thursday, January 31, 1963, 8:00-11:30 p.m. PST) — The Beach Boys tonight completed recordings (that both began Jan. 5, 1963) of “Surfin’ USA” and “Shut Down” for the album Surfin’ USA at Western Recorders Studio in Hollywood. Continue reading The Beach Boys complete ‘Surfin’ USA’ and ‘Shut Down’ 50 years ago this hour (1963)

Michael Jackson performs during Super Bowl halftime 20 years ago this hour (1993)

Video: 'Michael Jackson - Super Bowl (Complete Version) (HQ)'

(Sunday, January 31, 1993) — Michael Jackson and 3,500 children performed during halftime today at the Super Bowl. He sang a variety of his hits, including “Heal The World.” The game began with country star Garth Brooks singing the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Actress Marlee Matlin interpreted the song in sign language.

Liddy, McCord found guilty in Watergate burglary trial 40 years ago today (1973)

Video: Jan. 30, 1973 (at 15:06)

(Tuesday, January 30, 1973; during the Watergate scandal) — Former Nixon aides G. Gordon Liddy and James W. McCord Jr. were convicted today of conspiracy, burglary and wiretapping in the Watergate incident (five others had already entered guilty pleas). But the trial ended without any proof of a larger conspiracy.

Hitler promotes commander at Stalingrad to prevent his personal surrender 70 years ago today (1943)

Video: Event of Jan. 30, 1943 described w/cover video of Jan. 31, 1943 (at 46:05)

(Saturday, January 30, 1943; during the Battle of Stalingrad on the Eastern Front of World War II) — German dictator Adolf Hitler today promoted Gen. Friedrich Paulus to Generalfeldmarschall. Since no German Field Marshal had ever been taken prisoner, Hitler assumed that Paulus would fight on or take his own life.