Category Archives: 80’s General

On this day in 1986 – The Chernobyl disaster

The Chernobyl disaster (also referred to as the Chernobyl accident or simply Chernobyl) was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat, then located in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union (USSR). An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.

The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles. During the accident itself, 31 people died, and long-term effects such as cancers are still being investigated.

Meshach Taylor of ‘Designing Women’ dead at 67

meshach_taylorIn case you missed this (as we did), CNN reported that actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986) passed away June 28, 2014. He is also known for his portrayal of Hollywood Montrose, a flamboyant window dresser in Mannequin (1987).

Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away.

“It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition,” the family said in a statement.

RIP Meshach. :(

 

Madonna’s The Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD

Madonna is still at it and is releasing her Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD March 2010.

The show, which will be distributed by Warner Bros Records, will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD and will include many of the Material Girls hits from the course of her unprecedented career including, ‘4 Minutes,’ ‘Like a Prayer, ‘Hung Up’ and ‘Ray of Light’. Filmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic ‘Don t Cry For Me Argentina’ to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans.

Also included are several hits from the multi-Grammy winners most recent CD ‘Hard Candy’ which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The DVD also includes 30 minutes of exclusive footage filmed behind the scenes during the course of the tour.

Order your copy of Madonna’s “The Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD here!

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