PASSAGES: Icon Parks Turns 89
FETED: Civil rights icon Rosa Parks — who refused to move to the back of a Montgomery, Ala., bus in the days of segregation — was honored Monday at a Detroit event celebrating her 89th birthday and the premiere of the CBS-TV movie “Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story,” reports the Associated Press. The movie stars Angela Bassett, 43, and Motown legend Stevie Wonder, 51, sang “Happy Birthday” . . . MARKED: More than 150 guests, including Bette Midler (who helped sing “As Time Goes By”), attended Saturday’s offbeat 60th birthday party for musician Graham Nash at San Luis Obisbo, Calif.’s Madonna Inn. Nash’s band mates Stephen Sills and David Crosby were also there, and the latter wore a pink bunny costume, reports the AP. Pink was the theme of the party . . . DIED: James Blackwood, 82, a founder of Gospel Music Association and the last founding member of the Grammy-winning Blackwood Brothers Quartet, died Sunday in Memphis following complications from a stroke . . .SIDELINED: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), 65, underwent a 10-minute surgical procedure Monday to remove a non-cancerous growth on his nose, emerging in good spirits and saying that the lesion was unrelated to two past cases of melanoma, reports NBC News. “I’ve had worse bouts with the dentist,” he told reporters outside his house . . . SPRITZED: Upscale bridal gown designer Vera Wang is launching her own fragrance for Valentine’s Day and aimed at the estimated 2.4 million American women who become brides each year, reports The New York Times. Besides brides, says the paper, the scent will also smell good on would-be brides, those somewhere between the ages of 25 and 35 who are seeking long-term commitments.