Holocaust Remembrance Day, Deceased Musicians, Bumblebee Gecko: What’s Spiking (Thursday)

The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on

Yahoo! and across the Web for Thursday April 19, 2012.

Research by Search editor Liz Streng

Commemorations around the world marked the Jewish genocide during World War II. Tributes were also paid to two musicians who died—one from a long illness, the other sudden. On the nature front, a small creature made its public debut. Below, other news catching people’s attention across the Web.


  • Holocaust Remembrance Day: Israelis gathered to read names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, and other tributes happened around the world to commemorate 6 million Jews killed during World War II. Related searches: yom hashoah
  • Greg Ham: The 58-year-old Men at Work musician—who played the flute, saxophone, and keyboard—was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday. Lead singer Colin Hay issued a statement: “We played in a band and conquered the world together. I love him very much. He’s a beautiful man. He’s here forever.” His death is under investigation.
  • Levon Helm: The 71 year-old drummer from The Band died after a long bout with throat cancer. Though long estranged, the founding guitarist/songwriter Robbie Robertson paid a hospital visit. He wrote on his website: “Levon is one of the most extraordinary talented people I’ve ever known and very much like an older brother to me. I am so grateful I got to see him one last time and will miss him and love him forever.”
  • Bumblebee Gecko: Found another one: Researchers in Papua New Guinea spotted a new (to us) gecko species back in 2010 and have finally told us: It’s named Nactus kunan, or the bumblebee gecko.

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  • Fenway Park: Happy 100th birthday, Fenway! Boston’s venerable ballpark turns 100 Friday.
  • Chelsea Barcelona: Chelsea beat Barcelona 1-0 in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League game. They meet again April 24.
  • Delonte West: Sticking a finger in it will cost the Mavericks’ guard $25,000, for pulling a “wet willie” to the Utah Jazz player Gordon Haywood.
  • Flyers: The Philadelphia Flyers lost in a huge way to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-10 in game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals . Ouch.
  • Holly Warlick: The Tennessee Lady Vols assistant will be taking over, as coach Pat Summitt retires after 38 years.
  • Ivan Rodriguez: The catcher plans to announce his retirement Monday. His Major League career spans 21 years and a record 13 Gold Gloves.
  • Marian Hossa: The Coyotes’ forward Torres will find out his fate Friday, after his indefinite suspension by the NHL due to his hit on Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa that sent Hossa to the hospital.


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