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This is day 91 of 2015. There are 274 days remaining.
• Debbie Reynolds is 83
• Ali MacGraw is 76
• Rudolph Isley (Isley Brothers) is 76
• Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is 65
• Annette O’Toole (Smallville) is 63
• MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is 42
• Reality TV personality Jon Gosselin is 38
• Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo) is 18
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1778: New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock created the dollar symbol ($).
• 1826: Samuel Morey patented the internal combustion engine.
• 1853: Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay firefighters a regular salary.
• 1891: The Wrigley Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois.
• 1918: The Royal Air Force was established in Britain.
• 1924: The Royal Canadian Air Force was formed.
• 1933: Nazi Germany began persecuting Jews with a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses.
• 1963: The Soap Opera General Hospital debuted.
• 1970: President Richard Nixon signs the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring surgeon general’s warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States starting on January 1, 1971.
• 1976: Apple Computer was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
• 1985: Sports Illustrated carried a profile of a New York Mets wunderkind named Sidd Finch who could throw a baseball 168 miles an hour. Readers should have recognized an April Fool’s joke by the by-line: author George Plimpton, widely known for his hoaxes.
• 1996: Baseball umpire John McSherry died after collapsing during a game between the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos.
• 1997: Russia’s Tass news agency reported that an alligator named Gena, hatched from a quail’s egg aboard the Mir space station, had bitten a U.S. astronaut. It was an April Fool’s Day story.
• 1999: A New Jersey man was arrested and charged with originating the “Melissa” e-mail virus, which infected more than 1 million computers worldwide and caused more than $80 million in damage. (David Smith served just 20 months in federal prison in exchange for helping the FBI track down the authors of other computer viruses.)
• 2003: An ice cream maker in Fredonia, New York, introduced his newest flavor, suffering succotash. Scott Aldrich mixed corn and lima beans with vanilla ice cream and threw in pimentos for color. For more than 20 years, the Aldrich Beef and Ice Cream Parlor has made a bizarre flavor to honor April Fool’s Day.
• 2003: American troops rescued Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, where she had been held prisoner since her unit was ambushed nine days earlier.
• 2007: In an April Fools’ Day prank, Google posted a link on its home page offering consumers free high-speed wireless Internet through their home plumbing systems. Code-named “Dark Porcelain,” Google said its “Toilet Internet Service Provider” (TiSP) works with Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system.
• April is National Car Care Month, National Kite Month, National Poetry Month, National Fresh Celery Month, National Pecan Month, National Soft Pretzel Month, National Soy Foods Month, National Florida Tomato Month, National Garlic Month, National Grilled Cheese Month.
• April Fools Day
• International Tatting Day
• National Fun Day
• National Fun at Work Day
• National Walking Day
• Sourdough Bread Day
• April 5: Easter (Sunday)
• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)
• April 6: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game (Monday)
• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)
• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)
• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)
2,505: Square feet of the average single-family home built today. Most have four bedrooms or more.
New research shows that college students remember better if they take lecture notes by hand rather than with a computer. [Now if you can find a kid who actually knows how to use a pencil.]
Virgin Atlantic’s new Dreamliner is programmed to produce mood lighting to recreate day and night to lessen jetlag. [But who do they think they’re fooling? We all know when it’s bedtime for us in economy that means in first class the party’s just getting started.]
Paula Patton told Meredith Vieira that she’s doing just fine since her divorce from Robin Thicke. [She can’t believe all the extra time she has now that she doesn’t have to spend half the day cleaning his lip prints off all the mirrors.]
NASA’s Mars rover, Opportunity, has developed severe memory problems. [The only info it gives out is movie start times.]
A DEA agent and a Secret Service agent are accused of stealing money during an investigation. [It just goes to prove that not all DEA and Secret Service agents waste their time on booze and loose women.]
Coachella and Lollapalooza are banning selfie sticks. [But that’s about all they ban.]
Virgin Australian Airlines is in trouble for kicking a woman off for breastfeeding her son. [Well, the kid was 18.]
The Daytime Emmy nominees have been announced. [Dr. Phil is up again for Best Unexplainable Success.]
In Ohio a woman stabbed her boyfriend because he was eating all the salsa. [Well yeah — he was double-dipping.]
California announced that its death row is full. [So be sure to phone ahead for reservations.]
VIDEO SHOWS FINAL SECONDS OF GERMANWINGS CRASH? _ French magazine Paris Match and German newspaper Bild claims a recovered cell phone video shows the final seconds of the Germanwings crash. The two news reports claims the Germanwings crash video was recovered from a SIM card contained within a cell phone found at the Germanwings crash site. What did passengers allegedly see? Paris Match reports: “One can hear cries of ‘My God’ in several languages. Metallic banging can also be heard more than three times, perhaps of the pilot trying to open the cockpit door with a heavy object. Towards the end, after a heavy shake, stronger than the others, the screaming intensifies. Then nothing.” The “heavy shake” is from a wing hitting a mountain.
… A reporter from Paris Match claims they have “access” to the video which shows the final seconds of the Germanwings plane crash, but refuses to reveal how they came about the video. Bild also claims that “even though the scene on board is chaotic and completely shaky, and no individual person can be identified, the accuracy of the video is beyond question.”
… A spokesman for French investigators says none of the staff members involved in the search and rescue operation have leaked a cell phone memory card to the media.
AMERICAN MOMS SPEND THE MOST TIME WITH THEIR KIDS _ Moms may worry over whether they’re spending enough time with their kids, but a new study suggests they can stop stressing about it: According to research published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, American moms spend more time with their kids than moms in any other country in the world. And that’s not where the good news ends: This research also found that the quantity of time spent with kids makes little difference in how they’ll turn out. Instead, it’s all about quality.
9-YEAR-OLD RORY MCILROY TO TIGER WOODS: ‘I’M COMING TO GET YOU’ _ It was the year after Tiger Woods achieved golf’s No. 1 ranking: a title he would hold for 683 weeks. In 1998, a nine-year-old Rory McIlroy wrote Woods a letter, warning him to watch his back: “I’m coming to get you.” The letter came to light in a piece on McIlroy for The New York Times Magazine.
‘101 YEAR DIFFERENCE’ PHOTO GOES VIRAL _ When Sarah Hamm of Gilbert, Arizona shared a photo of her Grandma Rosa holding her three-week-old daughter Kaylee she had no idea it would go viral and touch hearts all across the globe. The photo shares continue to grow and now they hold even more meaning because Rosa passed away on Monday (March 30). The photo of 101-year-old Grandma Rosa shows her holding the newborn Kaylee in her arms. • Photo
MAN WILL GET $1 MILLION IF MICHIGAN STATE WINS NCAA TITLE _ If Michigan State advances to and wins the NCAA men’s basketball national championship Monday, the team’s players, coaches and fans may not be the tournament’s biggest winners. That distinction might just go to a very gutsy, very lucky Michigan fan — despite the facts that his team didn’t even play in this year’s tournament, and the Spartans are a semi-hated rival of the Wolverines.
… In December, Derek Stevens walked into the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and plunked down a very large bet. Stevens told the Golden Nugget’s sportsbook director that he wanted to make whatever bet was needed to ensure a payout of precisely $1 million. Stevens was told: $20,000 on Michigan State to win it all — a 50-to-1 longshot.
… When Stevens laid down the bet on December 5, the Spartans were nursing a record of 5-3 and fresh off two straight losses to Kansas and Notre Dame. And Michigan State received a modest 7-seed in the NCAA tournament. In other words, there were 24 other teams that the tournament’s selection committee believed had a better chance to win the crown than the Spartans. Now Stevens is just a couple of games away from $1 million.
GRANDMOTHER GOES VIRAL IN REAL ESTATE LISTING PHOTOS _ Yolie Ball and her husband Don are selling the Florida home they have lived in for the past 12 years, and to help speed up the sale, their daughter encouraged her 86-year-old grandmother to pose in the photos for the listing.
… One of Yolie’s granddaughters posted four photos on Twitter last week with the caption: “MY GRANDMA IS TRYING TO SELL HER HOUSE IN FLORIDA AND THESE ARE THE PICS I AM LAUGHING SO HARD”. The photo has been retweeted nearly 27,000 times. The viral photos started by accident when Yolie stuck her head out from a bedroom door. It was a joke they went with and it may be the best marketing campaign ever. • Photos
HIS BEARD MIGHT BE MAKING YOU SICK _ A lot of women are into beards on men — and with good, scientific reason. A beard can transform any baby-faced guy into more of a macho man and that can be enticing. Your man’s beard might be giving you an infection. Debra Jaliman, a dermatologist in New York City, says, “If a guy doesn’t groom his mustache and beard properly, they can become a breeding grounds for germs.” So what kind of infections can an unhygienic bearded guy give you? You can get herpes, fungal infections, or even a dangerous staph infection. So think twice about rubbing against his beard if you don’t know how often he washes it.
WOMAN LOSES 130 LBS. BY INSTAGRAMMING HER FOOD _ A UK woman has found a new purpose for Instagram by posting pictures of her daily meals. These are the pretty “food porn” pics most people share. No, 22-year-old Jessica Semmens used her Instagram to ask users how healthy her meals were. Sharing hundreds of photos as a motivational dieting tool saw Semmens shrink from a size 22 to a size 10 (U.S.) in two years. Semmens says the pressure of knowing so many people would see what she was eating kept her motivated. • Photos
MAN KILLED BY FALLING HEADSTONE WHILE DECORATING FAMILY GRAVE _ A Pennsylvania man was killed when a headstone fell on his head at a cemetery. Police said the 74-year-old man and his wife were decorating a family grave for Easter when one of the headstones at St. Joseph’s Cemetery fell on his head. A caretaker at the cemetery said the wet ground causes the bases of the headstones to sink, making them easy to tip over.
SELLER ON eBAY DOES SOMETHING AWESOME FOR BUYER _ A Navy midshipman says his friend, who’s training to become a Navy pilot, got a nice surprise after buying something on eBay. According to the midshipman his friend bought and paid for an XBox One. But when the Columbus, Ohio, seller found out the buyer was headed to flight school to become a Navy pilot, the seller told him he was not only sending him the XBox One, but also refunding his money. • Read the email
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS GRANT WISH AND SIGN 11-YEAR-OLD _Garrett Gamble Jr. had been a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs for just a few hours, but it didn’t take long before he was making some pretty big demands. Shortly after signing a one-day contract with the team as part of the Children’s Wish Foundation initiative, the 11-year-old from Saskatchewan was asked what jersey number he wanted. Garrett said No. 42. When told it already belongs to Tyler Bozak, the newest member of the Leafs made a somewhat bold request: “We’ll change him to 32.”
… Garrett was born with a rare disease called Morquio Syndrome that affects his bones, his heart and his hearing. On Saturday, his Make A Wish was granted. He was given a spot in the Leafs dressing room and dropped the ceremonial puck before Saturday night’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
YOUR FAVORITE BOOZE IS ABOUT TO GET A NUTRITION LABEL _ Pretty soon you won’t have to guess how many calories you’re consuming every time you order a drink: Diageo, a massive alcohol manufacturer, just announced it will voluntarily add nutritional facts to its spirits. This includes Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Ketel One, Johnnie Walker, Bailey’s, Tanqueray, plus a number of popular wine brands and beers, including Guinness, Harp Lager, and Red Stripe. The nutritional information will include calories, carbs, protein, fat, and alcohol by volume.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PULLS HIS KID’S LOOSE TOOTH WITH A CAMARO SS _ When your kid’s got a loose tooth, do you let it come out naturally, or maybe coax it along with some household string? Maybe, like a dad in Florida, you tie one end to your kid’s loose tooth and the other to your Camaro SS. • Video
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOULD-BE ROBBER BREAKS LEG, CALLS AMBULANCE _ An armed robber in his 60s broke his leg while holding up a convenience store in Japan. He then used the store’s phone to call an ambulance. Police are planning to arrest the suspect when he is released from hospital.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GROOMS FACE TERROR CHARGES OVER WEDDING FIREWORKS _ Two newly-wed brothers in Pakistan could be facing long prison sentences after police arrested them on terrorism charges for letting off firecrackers during their joint wedding ceremony. It is a long-standing custom at Pakistani weddings to set off fireworks and fire weapons in the air in celebration. But police say this time the happy couples went too far. The firecrackers were so powerful they created fear in the neighborhood where the joint wedding ceremony took place.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SPENDS YEARS LIVING IN ROADSIDE TREE _ In Bangladesh, a man has been living in a small treehouse for about three years. The man, in his 60s, doesn’t talk to anyone, including the street vendors under the tree. He passes most of his time in the tree house. When a reporter did get the man to talk, he said: “I love nature, I love trees and I have made this tree house.” He said he stays in the tree to take better care of the other trees that are on both sides of the street.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ALLEGEDLY STABS BOYFRIEND FOR EATING ALL THE SALSA _ A Cleveland woman has been charged with felonious assault after she allegedly stabbed her boyfriend with a pen and then a knife for eating all the salsa. The boyfriend is recovering at a hospital. Police captured the woman after she took off from the scene of the crime, presumably on her way to buy more salsa.
SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New
AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — The Top perform and another hopeful is sent home. Kelly Clarkson also performs in this new, 2-hour edition.
THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA (8p ET, NBC) — Kathie Lee Gifford guest stars in this new episode.
THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — Norm Macdonald and Dave Foley guest star in this new episode.
ARROW (8p ET, CW) — New
THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Ana Gasteyer guest stars in this new episode.
THE DOVEKEEPERS (9p ET, CBS) — The mini-series concludes tonight.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New
LAW & ORDER: SVU (9p ET, NBC) — Rob Morrow (Numb3rs) and Ally Ioannides (Parenthood) guest star in this new episode.
SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — New
BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New
CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New
NASHVILLE (10p ET, ABC) — New
COMEDY CENTRAL DEFENDS TREVOR NOAH _ In the span of a day, newly announced Daily Show host Trevor Noah experienced both the highs and the lows of being thrust into the national spotlight. Noah’s post-announcement honeymoon period ended quickly when the Internet discovered offensive tweets from his past, but Comedy Central has stepped in to say it’s standing by him. Many were upset by what were seen as anti-Semitic tweets, as well as jokes about punching and body-shaming women. The Internet’s lightning-fast cycle of insta-judgement brought about outrage and counter-outrage from Noah’s critics and defenders.
TREVOR NOAH ON HIS OFFENSIVE TWEETS _ Trevor Noah has taken to Twitter to respond to those accusing the South African comedian of posting misogynistic and anti-Semitic tweets. In a tweet posted on Tuesday afternoon, Noah said, “To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian.” Noah, who has been tapped to replace Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, came under fire early Tuesday when fans found old tweets on his Twitter feed that many viewed as offensive towards women and Jewish people.
BOX OFFICE PREDICTION: FURIOUS 7 WILL HAVE $115 MILLION OPENING _ Industry experts say Furious 7 should pull in $115 million across North America this weekend, likely setting a new record for an April opening.
KEVIN JAMES GETS 2 BLART 2 FURIOUS IN A NEW PARODY TRAILER _ We’ve still got a little over two weeks before Kevin James is back on duty in Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. In the meantime, Sony Pictures has just dropped a new trailer for the sequel, this one parodying this Friday’s highly-anticipated release of Furious 7. The parody is called 2 Blart 2 Furious. • Video
JONI MITCHELL HOSPITALIZED _ Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell was rushed to a hospital after a 911 call from her home Tuesday. Sources says paramedics went to 71-year-old Mitchell’s Los Angeles home around 2:30 Tuesday after a 911 call for an unconscious female, but she was alert on the way to the hospital. TMZ reports Mitchell was in intensive care late Tuesday.
DAYTIME EMMY NOMINATIONS _ The nominees for the 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday, and The Young and the Restless and General Hospital lead the pack. ABC’s General Hospital leads all shows with 28 nominations and CBS’ The Young and the Restless finished second with 25.
… As for the networks, CBS ruled the daytime game with 62 nominations in total. PBS followed with 50, ABC had 35, and NBC snagged 20. The 42nd annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be broadcast live Sunday, April 26.
RUMOR: BATMAN V SUPERMAN TRAILER OUT MID-MAY _ Last summer, a few thousand people saw a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. Since then those are the only people who’ve seen footage from the highly anticipated 2016 release. Well rumor has it Warner Bros. is looking at the May 15 release of Mad Max: Fury Road as the right time to unleash the first Batman v Superman trailer.
BLOODLINE RENEWED FOR SEASON 2 BY NETFLIX _ Netflix has renewed drama Bloodline for a second season. The streaming service made the announcement via Twitter. The second season will happen next year.
MARK WAHLBERG TO PRODUCE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING MOVIE _ Boston-bred Mark Wahlberg will produce a movie about the Boston Marathon bombing. Titled Patriots’ Day, the story is envisioned as an intense thriller, spanning the five-day search up to the infamous siege where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was pulled from a boat in Watertown, Massachusetts. The script is based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ first-hand account of the tragic 2013 events. Davis worked closely with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers.
ROLLING STONES ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR _ The Rolling Stones announced a new 15-city North American stadium tour, which is kicking off in San Diego on May 24. This is the first time the Stones have played North American stadiums since their A Bigger Bang Tour in the mid-2000s.
HUGH JACKMAN TO STAR IN BIBLICAL DRAMA _ Hugh Jackman will put away his Wolverine claws for a Biblical film. The screenplay is about Paul, who had been persecuting Christians as Saul of Tarsus. According to Biblical accounts, as he neared Damascus a light from heaven flashed around him and he heard a voice say, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Paul became an apostle of Christianity, wrote 14 of the 27 books in the New Testament and founded many churches.
… Matt Damon and Ben Affleck will also produce the movie.
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TOP TV SHOWS
Week of March 23-29
1. NCIS, CBS, 16.23 million
2. The Walking Dead, AMC, 15.78 million
3. NCAA Men’s Basketball: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky, TBS, 14.75 million
4. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 14.42 million
5. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 13.85 million
6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 13.83 million
7. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 12.2 million
8. The Voice (Tuesday), NBC, 11.62 million
9. Madam Secretary, CBS, 11.47 million
10. NCAA Studio Show (Saturday), TBS, 10.83 million
11. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10.08 million
12. Scorpion, CBS, 9.7 million
13. Survivor, CBS, 9.64 million
14. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 9.39 million
15. Person of Interest, CBS, 9.15 million
16. The Good Wife, CBS, 8.88 million
17. NCAA Men’s Basketball: Arizona vs. Wisconsin, TBS, 8.8 million
18. Modern Family, ABC, 8.71 million
19. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 8.46 million
20. Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, 8.18 million
SUMMER MOVIE CALENDAR
Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1 • trailer
Tomorrowland: May 22 • trailer
San Andreas: May 29 • trailer
Entourage: June 5 • trailer
Jurassic World: June 12 • trailer
Inside Out: June 19 • trailer
Ted 2: June 26 • trailer
Pan: July 24 • trailer
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation: July 31 • trailer
Fantastic Four: August 7 • trailer
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: August 14 • trailer
Straight Outta Compton: August 14 • trailer
HEY, KENTUCKY: TRY GOING UNDEFEATED IN RODEO
It’s one of the rarest achievements in sports: an undefeated season capped by a national championship. No team in Division I men’s college basketball has done it since Indiana in 1976. At 38-0, Kentucky stands two wins away from joining the rarified ranks of the undefeated. Going 40-0 would place these Wildcats under consideration as the greatest team that college basketball has ever seen.
If it does pull off perfection, though, Kentucky still won’t be in the same class as the Trinity College squash team. Or the Texas Wesleyan table-tennis team. Or the Boise State speech-and-debate team known as the Talkin’ Broncos.
• Trinity College squash: 1998-2012 — Trinity won 252 straight matches, believed to be the longest winning streak in college sports.
• Minnesota women’s hockey: 2012-13 — The Golden Gophers went 41-0-0, the first Division I women’s team to win all of its games. The last men’s team to do so was Cornell in 1969-70.
• New Mexico State rodeo: 2014 — The Aggies won all 10 of their regular-season competitions last year only to lose in the postseason.
• Texas Wesleyan table tennis — Texas Wesleyan has won the national title in coed table tennis every year since 2004.
TRIVIA: A Traveler’s Tour Through the United States is believed to be the first what in the U.S.? (Board game, which came out in 1822. The game attracted little interest. Mansion of Happiness was the first successful U.S. board game and it came out in 1843.)
Baseball legend Lou Gehrig said this in an endorsement ad many years ago: “For a sense of deep-down contentment, just give me __________ after a good, man-sized meal.”
Fill in the blank.
Three bulls, one large, one medium, and one small, were standing in the pasture and had just heard a rumor that the farmer had just bought a new, larger bull. The largest of the three said, “Well, he ain’t getting none of my cows.” The medium bull said, “He ain’t getting none of my cows.” The little bull said, “Well, if he ain’t getting any of your’s, them he sure as heck ain’t getting one of mine.” Two days later, a semi pulls into the yard, and they unload the new bull. He’s big and angry from having been cooped up for the long journey. When the three bulls see him, the biggest bull says, “He can have my cows,” the medium bull says, “He can have mine, too.” The littlest bull, however, begins to paw the ground, snort and bellow, and basically carry on. “What’s with you?” the other two asked. “I’m just showing him I ain’t a cow!”
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• 1967: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened in Nashville.
• 1979: Drummer Mark Herndon joined ALABAMA.
• 1981: SAWYER BROWN officially became a group.
• 1993: After a 25 year run, the producers of Hee Haw announced the show would leave the air.
• 1996: ALABAMA’s Greatest Hits was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies.
• 1999: The DIXIE CHICKS’ Wide Open Spaces was certified multi-platinum for sales of 5 million copies.
• 2008: TAYLOR SWIFT joined CARRIE UNDERWOOD and GRETCHEN WILSON as the only female country artists to have four Top Ten singles from a debut album. Taylor accomplished the feat with Picture To Burn, following Our Song, Teardrops On My Guitar and Tim McGraw.
• 2008: GEORGE STRAIT’s 37th album, Troubadour, was released.
• 2009: DARIUS RUCKER became the first male country artist to have his first two singles top the charts in 15 years.
• 2010: ANNE MURRAY announced her intentions to retire after 41 years of recording and touring.
JIM ED BROWN is 81. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1963, one of his best known hits is Pop A Top, which was re-recorded by ALAN JACKSON for his album Under The Influence. He also recorded several songs with Helen Cornelius, which led to their winning the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year Award in 1973.
WOODY LEE is 47. Before the 1995 release of his album Get Over It, he co-wrote I See It Now for TRACY LAWRENCE. He also wrote SHENANDOAH’s song Always Have, Always Will.
LADY ANTEBELLUM member Hillary Scott is 29. She’s the daughter of LINDA DAVIS, who scored hits with Some Things Are Meant To Be, I Wanna Remember This and her duet with REBA MCENTIRE, Does He Love You.
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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
GARTH BROOKS’ 19th city on his world tour will be Tampa, Florida. Shows are scheduled for June 5-6 with tickets going on sale April 10.
TRISHA YEARWOOD’s third cookbook, Trisha’s Table: Recipes For A Balanced Life, is now in stores. The book was written by Trisha and her sister, Beth Yearwood Bernard, with a forward written by Trisha’s husband, GARTH BROOKS.
TRISHA YEARWOOD’s sixth season of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, her cooking show on The Food Network, will debut April 18.
TRISHA YEARWOOD’s line of cooking products, Trisha’s Precious Metals, will be released in mid April at Walmart stores and on the Food Network website.
JASON ALDEAN may have two daughters, Keeley, 12 and Kendyl, 7, but he and new wife Brittany Kerr plan to expand their family in a couple of years. Brittany tells US Weekly the couple definitely plan on kids, but want to enjoy some time together before they take that step.
The 2015 Ottawa Blues Fest is set for July 8-19 at LaBreton Flats Park in Ottowa, Ontario, with country artists to include JASON ALDEAN, KEITH URBAN, LITTLE BIG TOWN and BRANTLEY GILBERT. A full lineup can be found at OttawaBluesFest.ca.
JANA KRAMER and her fiance, NFL free agent Michael Caussin, will tie the knot some time over the next couple of months in Virginia. Jana says it will be a simple, economical ceremony.
… In other Jana news, her sophomore album is expected out this summer.
BRETT ELDREDGE has heard people say he should be looking for love on The Bachelor, but Brett says while it’s flattering he simply doesn’t have the time.
JUSTIN MOORE has been writing material for his next album and hopes to create a different sound than his last album, Off The Beaten Path. Justin knows evolving as an artist is important, but for him, so is staying true to his musical roots. No word on when Justin will start recording the next project, but he’s currently on the road with MIRANDA LAMBERT’s Certified Platinum tour.
JOANNE CASH, sister of JOHNNY CASH, will release her new gospel duets album, Breaking Down The Barriors, today (Wednesday). The set includes duets with ROSANNE CASH, TOMMY CASH, LARRY GATLIN and T. GRAHAM BROWN.
CRAIG CAMPBELL’s 3rd Cornhole Challenge, held in Nashville over the weekend, raised more than $100,000 for colorectal cancer research while honoring those who’ve survived the disease. Colorectal cancer hits close to home for Craig, whose father was diagnosed with the disease when Craig was just eleven. He passed away within a year. Craig, JERROD NIEMANN and CHARLIE WORSHAM performed after the after the competition.
This is day 92 of 2015. There are 273 days remaining.
• Singer Leon Russell is 73
• Christopher Meloni (True Blood, Law and Order: SVU) is 54
• Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson in the Marvel comics universe) is 53
• Roselyn Sánchez (Without a Trace) is 42
• Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) is 40
• Adam Rodriguez (CSI: Miami) is 40
• Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Ingorlious Basterds, Prometheus) is 38
• Lee Dewyze (American Idol) is 29
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1902: Electric Theatre, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opened in Los Angeles.
• 1917: The first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress, Jeannette Rankin, took her seat as a representative from Montana.
• 1932: Aviator Charles Lindbergh, through an intermediary, paid $50,000 ransom in a New York cemetery to a man who promised to return his kidnapped son. (The child was found dead the following month. The ransom money was eventually traced to Bruno Hauptmann, who was executed for the crime.)
• 1968: The science-fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey had its world premiere in Washington, D.C.
• 1974: Robert Opel streaked naked across the stage at the Academy Awards. Actor David Niven, who is on stage, ad libbed, “Just think, the only laugh that man will probably ever get is for stripping and showing his shortcomings.”
• 1975: CN Tower was completed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, reaching 1,750 feet in height and becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure (at that time).
• 1978: Dallas debuted on CBS. It starred Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing, Linda Gray as Sue Ellen, Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie, Patrick Duffy as Bobby, Victoria Principal as Pam, Charlene Tilton as Lucy, and Jim Davis as Jock.
• 1992: In New York, Mafia boss John Gotti was convicted of murder and racketeering and was later sentenced to life in prison.
• 2005: Pope John Paul II died at the age of 84. His funeral was broadcast to every corner of the globe through the modern media. Millions of Catholic pilgrims journey to Rome, Italy to pay final respects.
• International Children’s Book Day
• National Ferret Day
• National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
• World Autism Day
• Tell A Lie Day
• April 5: Easter (Sunday)
• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)
• April 6: NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game (Monday)
• May 10: Mother’s Day (Sunday)
• May 25: Memorial Day (Monday)
• June 21: Father’s Day (Sunday)