Kitty Wells shocked the country music scene when she first sang about honky tonks and cheating husbands 60 years ago, but it propelled her to stardom and blazed a path for the strong female voices that followed.
While attending the first Louisiana Heritage Fair in Congo Square 40 years ago, legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and influential jazz artist Duke Ellington spontaneously led a brass band and crowd of second-line revelers on a parade through the festival grounds.
• 18 in '08 This group gets its name from a documentary film by teenage director David D. Burstein, who spent two years examining the disconnect between politicians and young adults. (One congressman told Burnstein the government should never have lowered the voting age in the first place). After the film's release, Burstein launched the site "to register, engage, and mobilize America's youth," as the site's mission statement reads. As for why he started the organization, Burnstein tells Politico: "There is a tendency to categorize our generation as obsessed with Angelina, Britney and Xboxes. But more than ever, our generation wants to make a difference; we just have no reason to believe politics is a way of doing that." • Rock The Vote Rock the Vote, popularized by MTV's 1996 "Choose or Lose initiative," began in 1989 with founder Jeff Ayeroff's first campaign, "Censorship is UnAmerican." Ayeroff, then an entertainment
"The Wedding Singer," that celluloid celebration of the 1980s starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, has been transformed into a Broadway musical and booked for a New York opening -- for April 2006.