15 February

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15 FEBRUARY

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2019 The superhero series The Umbrella Academy, based on a comic by former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, premieres to positive reviews on Netflix. The show, starring Ellen Page, also features Mary J. Blige as an assassin.

2011 A stunned Laura Marling accepts the Brit Award for Best British Female at the O2 Arena in London. In an interview later that year Marling says she was "terrified" at the awards ceremony, clarifying that she's "been around people for whom [winning a Brit] has changed things and it is uncomfortable to watch. I'm not built for that."

2006 The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia is classified with a heritage listing.

2006 Kaiser Chiefs take home three trophies to dominate the BRIT Awards, held at London's Earls Court.

2006 Anna Marly, composer of "Chant des Partisans," dies at age 88.

2005 The Norah Jones album Come Away With Me is certified Diamond for sales of over 10 million in America. A mellow, jazzy set, it's an outlier on the list of Diamond-certified albums, which are dominated by pop, rock and country.

2005 French singer Pierre Bachelet dies of lung cancer at age 60.

2003 With war in Iraq imminent, millions march for peace around the world, including System Of A Down, who shoot the video for their song "Boom" at the protests with Michael Moore directing.

2003 Good Charlotte's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" peaks at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest they would get on the chart.

2001 George Harrison enters the cyber age with an online chat on MSN Live.

1998 Backstreet Boys appear on the TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch in "The Band Episode."

1998 Fans of Japanese rock act Glay cause the Tokyo area phone system to break down as they try to reserve tickets for an upcoming concert by the band. Chaos ensues at the Nagano Winter Olympics main pressroom as long distance lines go down during the ski-jumping event.

1995 The Los Angeles, California, heavy metal radio station KNAC goes off the air and is replaced by the Spanish radio station KBUE on the same channel - 105.5FM. The station signs off at approximately 1:59PM after playing Metallica's "Fade to Black." Three years, later KNAC goes back on the air, this time on the internet at KNAC.com.

1995 ASCAP honors songwriter Diane Warren with the Voice of Music Award.

1991 Rod Stewart's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kelly Emberg, files a $25 million palimony suit against the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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Ben & Jerry's Debuts Cherry Garcia

1987

Ben and Jerry's introduces a new flavor: Cherry Garcia, named after the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.


The Vermont-based ice cream company is famous for its quirky flavors, and Cherry Garcia - a blend of cherry ice cream, cherries, and fudge flakes - is the first named for a rock icon. But it was neither Ben nor Jerry, nor any clever ad man who churned out the musical title for the cherry-infused concoction – but a persistent Deadhead from Maine. Jane Williamson posted the idea for Cherry Garcia on the bulletin board at her local Ben & Jerry's in 1986, but the Maine scoopers never passed along her message to their Vermont headquarters. Undeterred, the faithful Dead fan sent an anonymous postcard directly to the Burlington office, writing: Dear Ben & Jerry's: We're great fans of the Grateful Dead and we're great fans of your ice cream. Why don't you make a cherry flavor and call it Cherry Garcia? You know it will sell because Dead paraphernalia always sells. We are talking good business sense here, plus it will be a real hoot for the fans. Cherry Garcia gets an enthusiastic response from ice cream lovers, ranking in the top 3 Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors, and a thumbs up from its namesake. The company tracks down its mystery contributor after Williamson sends a grateful message written on the back of a Cherry Garcia pint lid. She gets a standing ovation at the next shareholders' meeting and is bestowed with a year's supply of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Ben & Jerry's continues its musical journey with flavors honoring Phish (Phish Food), John Lennon (Imagine Whirled Peace), Elton John (Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road), Bob Marley (One Love), Dave Matthews Band (One Sweet Whirled), and Queen (Bohemian Raspberry). The company even sets up shop on the famous corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco, the hippie mecca where Garcia and the Grateful Dead settled in the summer of 1966.

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