On This Day February 29
1970 – “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” by Simon & Garfunkel, tops the singles chart and remains there for six weeks. It captures Record of the Year and Song of the Year Grammys in 1971 and goes on to sell over six million copies worldwide.
1976 – Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” captures an Album Of The Year Grammy. In his acceptance speech, Simon tells the audience, “I’d like to thank Stevie Wonder, who didn’t make an album this year.”
1996 – At the 38th Annual Grammy Awards, Kiss shock the audience by appearing in full makeup. Introduced by rapper Tupac Shakur (2Pac), it marks the first time in more than 15 years that all four band members appeared together. Just a few weeks later, they announce a reunion tour.
1953 – Cambridge University scientists James Watson and Francis Crick announce that they have confirmed the double-helix structure of DNA, the molecule containing human genes. They are later honored with the Nobel Prize for their achievement.
1958 – A school bus in Prestonsburg, Kentucky hits a tow truck and plunges down an embankment into the rain-swollen Big Sandy River. The driver and 26 children die in what remains the worst school bus accident in U.S. history.
1983 – After 11 seasons, CBS broadcasts the finale of the popular sitcom “M*A*S*H” as a special two and a half-hour episode (“Goodbye, Farewell and Amen”) watched by 77 percent of the viewing audience. It’s the largest viewership ever for a single TV show up to that time.
Own a Piece of This Day
M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen
Starring Alan Alda, Mike Farrell, Loretta Swit, Harry Morgan, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr, William Christopher and others
A Journey to Waco: Autobiography of a Branch Davidian
Clive Doyle, Catherine Wessinger and Matthew D. Wittmer
The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Complete First Season
Starring Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Valerie Harper and Betty White