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Monitor: February 28, 2014

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt welcome a daughter, Christina Aguilera gets engaged, and more

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Babies
Did Michael Scott send a gift? Ex-Office star John Krasinski, 34, and his wife, Emily Blunt, 31, welcomed daughter Hazel on Feb. 16…. The X Factor‘s Simon Cowell, 54, and his girlfriend, Lauren Silverman, had a son, Eric, on Valentine’s Day…. Rapper Lil’ Kim, 39, announced on Feb. 12 that she’s expecting a lil’ baby. (She did not reveal the father’s identity.)

Engagements
The Voice‘s Christina Aguilera, 33, got engaged to boyfriend Matt Rutler on Valentine’s Day.

Detained
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, and Maria Alyokhina, 25 — members of the Russian band Pussy Riot who were jailed for almost two years for protesting the government — were detained by police in Sochi on Feb. 18. They were released later that day.

Coming Out
Ellen Page, the 27-year-old star of Juno, revealed on Feb. 14 that she is gay. “I’m tired of lying by omission,” she said at a Las Vegas conference for LGBT youth.

Deaths
John Henson, 48, the son of Muppets creator Jim Henson and the puppeteer behind the character Sweetums, died of a heart attack on Feb. 14 in Saugerties, N.Y…. The Waltons father figure Ralph Waite died in Palm Desert, Calif., on Feb. 13. He was 85…. Mary Grace Canfield, 89, who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on Green Acres, died of lung cancer on Feb. 15 in Santa Barbara…. Jamie Coots, 42, the star of National Geographic’s Snake Salvation, died after being bitten by a rattlesnake during a Feb. 15 church service.

Birthdays
Feb. 22: Drew Barrymore, 39
Feb. 23: Aziz Ansari, 31; Peter Fonda, 74
Feb. 25: Rashida Jones, 38
Feb. 27: Kate Mara, 31

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