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...Sunjong abdicated as the Japan-Korea Annexation Treaty went into effect.In 1935, the film "Top Hat," starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York.In 1958, pop superstar Michael Jackson was born...
Is Fred Astaire REALLY Eminem's father?

...absurdities as are depicted in "8 Mile" have substantial antecedents: Buzby Berkeley's kaleidoscopic soft porn; Fred Astaire's dance with a coat-rack, for God's sake; Annette Funicello acting ... well, being in any film. (A point...
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Poet Frederick Seidel relates his inspired life

...president. Robert Kennedy is dead. Ezra Pound is a modernist. Seidel rides a motorcycle. The poet is 71. He loves Fred Astaire. "I want it all to matter," he says, "whether it gets down on the page or not." For more than 50 years, Seidel...

...Broadway and the Silver Screen. Jazz and blues influenced the beginning of the Big Band Sound. Singers like Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, the Andrews Sisters and the Dorsey Brothers were household names thanks in great part to radio. While America was...
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This Day in History

...Bill of Rights. In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age to 18. In 1987, actor-dancer Fred Astaire died in Los Angeles at age 88. In 1993, former first lady Pat Nixon died in Park Ridge, N.J., at age 81. In...
Juneau Empire Story Archive

...Bob Dole to the other ads of an older couple twirling on the dance floor as if you could swallow Viagra and turn into Fred Astaire. So she is about to declare ``good for him'' clear across the sound of hair dryers when suddenly out of nowhere...
Outside editorial: Jackson, a tragic figure

...that made the Jackson 5 a household presence Saturday mornings. The dancing skill that evoked praise from a marveling Fred Astaire. Then came "Thriller." The album exploded on the music scene like a supernova, and the creepy/funky video changed...
'Fancydancing' to success

...see it and they think it's cool, but anybody else who sees it goes, 'What the hell is he doing?' " "He was our Fred Astaire," Alexie added. "He's an incredibly talented dancer and singer, and he adapted quickly. And of course, editing...
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JDU to present spring show

...musical "Sweet Charity," nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and "I Wanna Be a Dancin' Man," Fosse's tribute to Fred Astaire from "Dancin'."Bollywood (a name that combines the words Bombay and Hollywood) will be represented in "Shakalaka...
Juneau Folkdancers bring tango expert to town

...S. Independent Dance Council, a director of the American Professional Theatre Guild, and an instructor for the Fred Astaire National Dance Association. The Argentine tango is an improvisational lead-and-follow dance from Buenos Aires...
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