COUNTRY July 16, 2015

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DATEBOOK: JULY 16, 2015

This is day 197 of 2015. There are 168 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former NFL coach turned commentator Jimmy Johnson is 72

• Actor-singer Ruben Blades is 67

• Stewart Copeland of The Police is 63

• Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) is 57

• Phoebe Cates (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) is 52

• Will Ferrell is 48

• Corey Feldman is 44

• Jayma Mays (Glee) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1880: Dr. Emily Howard Stowe became the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada.

• 1955: The Disneyland park opened in Anaheim, California.

• 1957: United States Marine Major John Glenn flew a F8U Crusader supersonic jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds setting a new transcontinental speed record.

• 1969: Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida, and would become the first manned space mission to land on the moon.

• 1999: John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette were killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

• 2004: Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge for lying about a stock sale.

• 2005: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling hit bookstores and sold over 9 million copies in the first 24 hours.

• 2009: A company in Minnesota entered the Guinness Book of World Records with a 151-pound cupcake.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• World Snake Day

• Get to Know Your Customers Day

• Corn Fritters Day

• Fresh Spinach Day

• U.S. Drone Racing Championships

• Emmy Nominations (11:30 AM ET)

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

22,000: Invitations sent out for the July 16, 1955 grand opening of Disneyland. Another 10,000 people showed up with counterfeit passes.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Lance Armstrong took to social media to insinuate that there’s cheating at this year’s ongoing Tour de France. [He’s got a $500 bet going with Pete Rose.]

An airplane had to make an emergency landing on a New Jersey highway. [But the police didn’t give the pilot a ticket since technically speaking, he is, in fact, eligible for the carpool lane.]

A Rhode Island cemetery worker is accused of stealing over 150 gravestones to pave his garage floor. [Oh, no, people who work at cemeteries aren’t creepy at all.]

The Mayor of Boston announced that the last of Boston’s infamous mountain of snow mixed with city garbage left from this winter had finally melted. The pile of snow and garbage was huge. [Not only could astronauts see it from the International Space Station, but they could also smell it.]

This Friday residents of Berezniki, Russia will begin their annual three-day Mosquito Festival which includes a contest where women compete to see who can get bitten by mosquitoes the most often in 20 minutes. [Even those guys in Spain who were running with the bulls are shaking their heads.]

Friendly people in Massachusetts rallied to save a beached great white shark. [In gratitude it let them all live.]

A woman was arrested in Myrtle Beach for not paying her restaurant bill. She told police that Jesus would pay it. [She’s now waiting for him to pay her bail.]

The Mayor of Rome says the famous city is falling apart with decay, corruption, garbage and rats. [No wonder the pope never stays home.]

A group of researchers are taking an opposite approach to what is commonly taught by claiming that it’s chimpanzees whose hands are more developed, not that of humans. [For example, a chimp can use a remote to change the channel and adjust the volume all in one smooth motion.]

PETA says that it discovered that one of its activists was actually a spy working for SeaWorld. [PETA first became suspicious when a receipt fell out of his pocket for a McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

AMAZON GETS DEFENSIVE AS CUSTOMERS CRITICIZE PRIME DAY _ Amazon.com’s much-hyped Prime Day was meant to be a celebration. As the Seattle company marked its 20th birthday, it was hoping that customers would share its enthusiasm by taking part in an online sale that was billed to have more offerings that the yearly shopping ritual of Black Friday. Half way through Prime Day on Wednesday many customers didn’t seem to be enthused with the selection of goods or price cuts and took to social media to express their dismay. In response, Amazon got defensive, releasing an update during the sale to partially illustrate Prime Day’s impact.

… In a statement, an Amazon VP said: “Prime Day peak order rates have already surpassed 2014 Black Friday. Prime members have already bought tens of thousands of Fire TV Sticks, 35,000 Lord of the Rings Blu-ray sets, 28,000 Rubbermaid sets, and 4,000 Echo devices in 15 minutes. The Kate Spade purse was gone in less than a minute. We also sold 1,200 of the $999 TVs in less than 10 minutes. And there are thousands more deals coming.”

… While #PrimeDay was trending on Twitter, users were also using #PrimeDayFail as they poked fun at suntan lotion, pop tarts and a 55-gallon container of a water-based lubricant for more than $1,138 (roughly half its normal price).

… One shopper tweeted: “Amazon Prime Day is like a disappointing birthday party.”

CHICAGO WILL HAVE THE HIGHEST SALES TAX IN THE U.S. _ Starting next year, Chicago will have the highest sales tax in the country, with state, county and city taxes adding up to 10.25%.

TOM BRADY WILL SUE THE NFL IF GIVEN ANY SUSPENSION _ Tom Brady will, soon, learn if his four-game suspension stands, or is reduced. Whatever commissioner Roger Goodell decides, if it involves any suspension at all, the NFL Players Association says it will take the matter to Federal Court.

… Some are calling this a smart move since The Wells report stated that Brady was “generally aware” that balls were under-inflated, a notion that in real court would be laughable. Also, the NFL had no policies in place or existing standards for measuring air pressure in footballs.

HUMAN LEGS FOUND NEAR CONNECTICUT TRAIN TRACKS _ Police in Connecticut say a pair of severed human legs have been found near a railroad station in New Haven. Police say no other body parts have been found. The legs have been sent to the state medical examiner to try to determine the age, gender and race of the person. • UPDATES: NEWSPAPER

RETRO COMPUTING ICON COMMODORE MAKING A SMARTPHONE _ In the 1980s, Commodore was the company that brought computers into the homes of millions. The Commodore 64, an 8-bit home computer released in 1982, was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest-selling single computer model of all time. Then the ’80s past and the world of technology kept spinning while Commodore fell off the map. Now Commodore is back — as a smartphone.

… It’ll be a typical Android phone with all the trimmings. So to recapture the Commodore flame, the developers of the device have harkened back to the company’s heyday: there are two emulators pre-installed — one to replicate the Commodore 64, another for the Amiga. These emulators will bring back to life the most popular games for those old computer systems.

DONALD TRUMP HEIGHTENS SECURITY IN WAKE OF EL CHAPO THREATS _ If it’s not one thing it’s another for Donald Trump, as the controversial 2016 Presidential Candidate continues down his stormy campaign trail, with many being highly critical of Trump’s take on illegal immigration and others supporting the Donald’s candid, straight-forward stance on the issue. One of those apparently not pleased with Donald Trump’s ongoing commentary regarding Mexican illegal immigrants in the U.S. is El Chapo, the Mexican drug kingpin that recently escaped from prison and whose violent alleged threats against Trump via Twitter have the outspoken real estate mogul stepping up his security in case El Chapo really intends to follow through.

… Trump’s beefed up anti-El Chapo security has been on display for a couple of days, most recently at the opening of his new bed and breakfast and winery in Virginia.

POLITICIAN TRIES TO STOP MONKEYS RACING DOGS AT COUNTY FAIR _ There is nothing more American than monkeys dressed as jockeys racing dogs. But a politician is trying to ban the activity at the Lake County Fair near Chicago because she fears for the safety of the monkeys. Lake County Board member Sandra Hart wants the races stopped before a monkey gets hurt. She’s collected more than 3,500 signatures on an online petition. The races will go on at this summer’s fair, July 29-August 6. As for next year?

SIRI WILL CORRECT ANYONE WHO USES CAITLYN JENNER’S OLD NAME _ Siri doesn’t have perfect answers but one thing Apple’s assistant gets right most of the time is information about Caitlyn Jenner. If you try and ask Siri questions using Jenner’s former name, Siri will tell you information using her correct name and pronouns. Ask about physical features, gender, family relationships, and celebrity status, and Siri will automatically interpret the input and return results as Caitlyn.

… Not one to simply ignore history, if you ask Siri, “Who is Bruce Jenner?” and whether or not “Bruce Jenner” was ever in the Olympics, she will point you to an old Wikipedia page. Whereas a direct search on Wikipedia for “Bruce Jenner” redirects you to Caitlyn Jenner’s page.

OBAMA: NO WAY TO REVOKE BILL COSBY’S MEDAL OF FREEDOM _ President Barack Obama responded on Wednesday to questions about Bill Cosby, the once-beloved actor, now accused of drugging and raping dozens of women. A petition on the White House website started one week ago has asked the president to rescind Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. The president said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference: “There’s no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism.” Cosby received the Medal of Freedom in 2002. It is awarded to American civilians “who have contributed richly to the national life some way.” There are no rules placed on the president for awarding the medal, just as there are no rules outlined for rescinding one. It’s simply never happened before.

TEEN COMPLETES BUCKET LIST BY SACRIFICING HER LIFE TO SAVE HER FRIEND _ Kiss in the rain. Fly to Spain. Save a life. Those were the items Rebecca Townsend put on her bucket list for a high school assignment in December 2012. Over the next two-and-a-half years, she checked the first two off her list. And on July 2, the 17-year-old from Connecticut fulfilled the final item by pushing her friend out of the way of an oncoming car. But she lost her own life. Police say the two friends were struck by a car while crossing a street near the campus of Western Connecticut State University. Rebecca died and Ben her friend (Ben Arne) was seriously injured.

EXCLUSIVE ATTRACTIONS UNVEILED FOR SHANGHAI DISNEY RESORT _ The Shanghai Disney Resort in China will feature attractions not seen in the five other Disney resorts worldwide when it opens next spring. According to a plan unveiled Wednesday, new attractions including ones based on Marvel comics and Star Wars, and others inspired by Chinese culture will distinguish the Shanghai resort from the other parks in the United States, Europe and Asia.

… The Garden of the Twelve Friends will use Disney and Pixar characters to recreate the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, and a section inspired by the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie will feature a live stunt show.

… There will be other unique attractions, and the resort will have two hotels — the 420-room Art Nouveau-inspired Shanghai Disneyland Hotel, and the 800-room Toy Story Hotel, themed around the Pixar animated film series.

JEWISH MAN WHO FLED NAZIS IS RESCUING CHRISTIANS FLEEING ISIS _ A Jewish man who fled occupied Austria as a child is funding the rescue of up to 2,000 Christians from Syria and Iraq as a way of showing his gratitude to the religion whose members saved him from the Nazis. Lord Weidenfeld says he has “a debt to repay” to Christians fleeing Isis, because they fed and clothed him and helped him to reach Britain in 1938. The 95-year-old is spearheading the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund, which last week supported the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland on a privately chartered plane to allow them to seek refuge, making them the first beneficiaries of the resettlement project.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 200 PEOPLE FLOATED TO WORK ON INNER TUBES _ If you’re looking to change up your morning commute, try hopping in the nearest river. On Tuesday, Boulder, Colorado hosted its eighth annual “Tube To Work Day.” Participants brought inner tubes and floated down Boulder Creek to their respective day jobs. With 200 people joining in the fun, Tuesday’s tubers shattered last year’s record of 40 participants.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SUMMER HAIL PROMPTS USE OF SNOWPLOWS IN SOUTH DAKOTA _ A brief but intense hailstorm that dropped as much as 4 inches of hail in Rapid City, South Dakota, prompted officials to call out snowplows in the middle of summer. The National Weather Service says pea-size hail pelted a highway for about 15 minutes. The area was shrouded in heavy fog as the hail melted and a few cars went off the road, but that there were no serious injuries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF STRUCK BY MISFORTUNE RETURNS LOOT 20 YEARS ON _ In Israel, a thief who’s had nothing but bad luck since stealing two artifacts 20 years ago has returned them. The 2,000-year-old items were left last week in a bag in the courtyard of the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures. The thief included a note: “These are two Roman ballista balls … I stole them in July 1995, and since then they have brought me nothing but trouble. Please, do not steal antiquities!”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS _ An Akron, Ohio, man threatened to kill several people while he robbed a convenience store at knifepoint in order to steal $20 worth of feminine hygiene products. An employee recognized him as a frequent customer of the store which helped police track him down.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SAYS JESUS WOULD PICK UP BUFFET TAB _ In South Carolina, a woman was asked to leave a seafood buffet after spending four hours there. After causing a disturbance police were called. She told police that she planned to have Jesus pay her bill.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

FOOD FIGHTERS (8p ET, NBC) — Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito is featured in this new edition.

ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB (8p ET, ABC) — New

BOOM! (8p ET, FOX) — New

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (8p ET, CW) — New

MOM (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — New

MISTRESSES (9p ET, ABC) — New

DATELINE THURSDAY NIGHT MYSTERY (9p ET, NBC) — NBC has moved Aquarius and Hannibal to Saturday nights, replacing the shows with this 2-hour Dateline Mystery series.

WAYWARD PINES (9p ET, FOX) — New

DATES (9p ET, CW) — Two new episodes air back to back.

UNDER THE DOME (10p ET, CBS) — New

ROOKIE BLUE (10p ET, ABC) — New

SERIES PREMIERE: SEX&DRUGS&ROCK&ROLL (10p ET, FX) — Denis Leary created and stars in this new comedy as Johnny Rock, an aging singer who wants to reunite with his former band members. He’s also just learned that he has a daughter. John Corbett (Sex and the City) also stars.

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ENTERTAINMENT

ESPYs 2015 _ Here’s the updating winners list from Wednesday night’s ESPYs.

… Some good audio in Joel McHale’s ESPYs opening.

BETHENNY FRANKEL AND ERIC STONESTREET RUMORS PERSIST _ Rumors have been going around for a while that Bethenny Frankel is dating Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet. It’s a pretty random pair that no one saw coming, and although Bethenny has already hit up Twitter to deny the rumors, they still persist that the two are an item.

… Bravo’s Patti Stanger, who used to be a professional matchmaker, had a lot to say about Frankel’s rumored relationship with Stonestreet: “It’s unusual. But they’re both successful, they’re both smart. It’s great for her to get on the acting radar and say she’s dating actors so she can jump up. It’s a bit of social-climbing move. But Eric’s a cool, midwestern dude.”

MINKA KELLY SOUNDS OFF ON SEAN PENN ROMANCE RUMORS _ Minka Kelly is sounding off on whether or not she’s dating Sean Penn. Kelly, who recently celebrated her birthday with Penn, took to Twitter to slam rumors that she and Penn are an item. She tweeted a short note to deny that there was anything going on between her and the actor: “Not my nature to address gossip but hoping this last one goes away already. Not dating a friend I had a group dinner with. #sillymedia.”

BIGGEST LOSER COUPLE EXPECTING FIRST CHILD _ Michelle Bridges and Steve “Commando” Willis are expecting their first child together. Bridges wrote on Instagram: “We’re so happy to announce our special news.” It will be the first child for the couple who began dating two years ago, after working together on The Biggest Loser since 2007.

NEIL YOUNG SAYS HIS MUSIC IS TOO GOOD FOR STREAMING SERVICES _ After years of complaining about modern music formats Neil Young Wednesday announced that he’s pulling his music from all streaming services. He made the announcement on his official Facebook page saying: “Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans. It’s not because of the money, although my share (like all the other artists) was dramatically reduced by bad deals made without my consent. It’s about sound quality. I don’t need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution. I don’t feel right allowing this to be sold to my fans. It’s bad for my music. For me, It’s about making and distributing music people can really hear and feel. I stand for that. When the quality is back, I’ll give it another look. Never say never.”

PAUL WALKER’S BROTHER JOINS USS INDIANAPOLIS _ Cody Walker has landed his first feature film role following his work as his late brother Paul Walker’s stand-in for Furious 7. He will star alongside Nicholas Cage in the thriller USS Indianapolis.

… The true story follows Cage’s Captain Charles McVay, a WWII commander who struggled to keep his men alive when their boat was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine and they were forced to fight for survival swimming amongst sharks. Walker will play one of the Navy crewmen.

HBO PUTTING SCIENTOLOGY DOC “GOING CLEAR” BACK INTO THEATERS _ HBO is taking on Tom Cruise. The cable channel/movie producer is re-releasing Going Clear, the Scientology documentary. They’re putting it back into theaters on September 25, just as Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation fades from theaters.

… Going Clear fully chronicles Tom Cruise’s crazy alliance and membership in the religious cult.

GEORGE LOPEZ REPLACING DONALD TRUMP ON CELEBRITY APPRENTICE? _ Actor and comedian George Lopez may be stepping into The Celebrity Apprentice’s boardroom to replace Donald Trump. The New York Post says talks for Lopez to take Trump’s seat are in early stages, and NBC is casting “a wide net” to find Trump’s successor. The network is also eying Shark Tank star Mark Cuban, Richard Branson and Martha Stewart.

CHRIS BROWN’S HOUSE BURGLARIZED BY ARMED INTRUDERS _ At least two armed intruders burst into Chris Brown’s Tarzana, California, home early Wednesday morning and locked his aunt in a closet. Brown wasn’t home at the time.  According to police, the men stole money, “some electronic devices” and other property.

DISNEY DEVELOPING ALADDIN PREQUEL _ Disney is developing Genies, a live-action comedy adventure that’ll reveal how Aladdin wound up in that tiny little lamp. The tentative plan is for Genies to eventually lead into an Aladdin live-action movie.

… Disney’s 1992 animated feature Aladdin followed a street urchin who picks up a lamp containing a friendly Genie (voiced by Robin Williams) with the power to grant wishes. With the Genie’s help he wins the heart of Princess Jasmine, and he uses his final wish to set the Genie free.

THE VIEW: NICOLLE WALLACE TO EXIT _ For those playing The View Bingo, you can now put a chip over “Nicolle Wallace leaves.” The political commentator, who joined the ABC talk show last September, will not return as a full-time co-host next season.

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BITS & BREAKS

TODDLER’S CREED

Great little list for stations with parents listening. “If you have small children, you’ll appreciate this Toddler’s Creed.”

• If I want it, it’s mine.

• If I give it to you and change my mind later, it’s mine.

• If I can take it away from you, it’s mine.

• If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.

• If it is mine, it will never belong to anybody else, no matter what.

• If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.

• If it just looks like mine, it’s mine.

SHOWER THOUGHTS

In the shower you’re alone with no distractions. It’s just you and your thoughts. On a Reddit board called Shower Thoughts people share what things they thought of while shower.

• 100 years ago we had trouble flying; 50 yrs ago we flew to the moon; this week we flew by Pluto.

• Parents spend the first 20 years scaring their kids into not getting pregnant, and the next 20 wondering why they won’t.

• How many magicians named Magic Mike had to change their name due to parents thinking they may be inappropriate for their kid’s birthday party?

• Driverless cars can change the world but it will never change pizza delivery. No one wants to walk out to a driverless car in a bathrobe to get their pizza.

• When science perfects immortality, life sentences are really going to suck.

• For the next Miss USA they should add an”ask her ex” competition to spice things up.

• In five years we’ll be back in the ’20s.

• Your lap only exists while you’re sitting down.

• The original food truck was the ice cream truck.

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FUN & GAMES

PICK THE WORST!

I’ll give you some bad scenarios; your goal is to correctly guess which got more votes in an online survey.

Pick the worst:

• Mullets – 55%
• Beer guts – 45%

Pick the worst:

• Sitting next to a very smelly person on a plane who keeps sneezing. – 71%
• Sitting next to a very large person on a plane that takes up a good portion of your seat. – 29%

Pick the worst:

• Eating 52 hard boiled eggs. – 65%
• Eating 52 hotdogs. – 35%

BRAIN BUSTER!

Q: How many times can you subtract the number 2 from the number 50?

A: Once, then the number is 48.

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A tall, weather-worn cowboy walked into a saloon and ordered a beer. The regulars quietly observed the drifter through half-closed eyelids. No one spoke, but they all noticed that the stranger’s hat was made of brown wrapping paper. Less obvious was the fact that his shirt and vest were also made of paper. As were his chaps, pants, and even his boots, including the paper spurs. Truth be told, even the saddle, blanket and bridle on his horse were made entirely of paper. Of course, the stranger was soon arrested for rustling.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

This mom did the same dance 32 places at Disneyland! FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How do you like to embarrass your kids?

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Long reach.


source: unknown

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• Your radio station videos are too long.

• How big is space?

• Justin Watkins took his drone out for a pleasant ride — and it caught a tornado in Kansas.

• Use your mouse to play with the text.

• The real value of $100 in each state.

Emojipedia

• Dad gets owned by daughter in beatboxing battle.

• Google Sheep View

Most Exclusive Website. One visitor at a time, every sixty seconds.

• If you favorite tweets for the show and find it a hassle to go back and unfavorite them, try Unfavinator.

• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 16, 2015

• 1969: MERLE HAGGARD recorded Okie From Muskogee.

• 1976: RED SOVINE topped the country charts with Teddy Bear.

• 1983: ALABAMA topped the country charts with The Closer You Get.

• 1986: DOLLY PARTON’s theme park, Dollywood, opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

• 1986: After 28 years with the label, JOHNNY CASH was dropped by Columbia Records.

• 1996: BILLY RAY CYRUS’ album Some Gave All was certified multi-platinum for sales of 9 million copies. Hits included Achy Breaky Heart, Could’ve Been Me and She’s Not Crying Anymore.

• 2001: BRAD PAISLEY was named one of the 14 hottest stars in music by Teen People magazine.

• 2001: LEE ANN WOMACK taped a music celebrity edition of ABC-TV’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in New York. She won $125,000 for charity.

• 2008: MINDY McCREADY visited the emergency room at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center. She was diagnosed with a nervous breakdown.

• 2010: GARTH BROOKS helped auction a 2011 Shelby GT350 muscle car in Las Vegas. The car raised $200,000 for charity.

• 2011: BILL ANDERSON observed his 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

Visit the country audio archive for over 2,000 audio cuts.

JAKE OWEN on the conversation that led to the song Real Life. » download page

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

For the first time in 17 years, GARTH BROOKS is bringing his world tour to Dallas, September 18-19. Tickets go on sale July 24.

LUKE BRYAN has announced DIERKS BENTLEY and COLE SWINDELL will join him as headliners for the second Crash My Playa in Riviera Maya, January 22-26. Others performing will include BRETT ELDREDGE, DUSTIN LYNCH and SAM HUNT. Check out CrashMyPlaya.com.

BLAKE SHELTON has earned triple platinum certification for 3 million digital sales of his tunes Honey Bee and God Gave Me You.

… FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Round Here has achieved double platinum for 2 million in digital sales.

… JASON ALDEAN’s When She Says Baby, LITTLE BIG TOWN’s Girl Crush and Blake Shelton’s Over, Drink On It and Austin have all reached the platinum mark for 1 million in digital sales.

JASON ALDEAN is back in the studio working on album number seven.

LITTLE BIG TOWN are on MIRANDA LAMBERT’s Smokin’ and Drinkin’ — a tune they almost recorded. Both LBT and Miranda found the song at the same time and both wanted to record it, but LBT let her have it. But Miranda said, “Will you sing on this record?”

Fans of THE BAND PERRY can look forward to new music next month when they release the lead single from their third album.

CHRIS YOUNG’s concert July 11 at Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout drew 12,500 fans, breaking an attendance record.

Tomorrow (Friday) LEE BRICE will release a six song EP titled Mixedtape: ‘Til Summer’s Gone through iTunes. Lee created the EP initially to hand out to his fans during the CMA Music Festival and is making it available digitally.

KELSEA BALLERINI performs tomorrow morning (Friday) on FOX & Friends.

The 2015 Watershed Music Festival is just around the corner. Taking place July 31-August 2 at the Gorge in George, Washington, the event sold out within minutes and is expected to draw around 25,000 fans. Headliners will be DIERKS BENTLEY, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and CARRIE UNDERWOOD.

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DATEBOOK: JULY 17, 2015

This is day 198 of 2015. There are 167 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) is 83

• Diahann Carroll is 80

• Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group is 76

• Lucie Arnaz is 64

• David Hasselhoff is 63

• German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 61

• TV producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) is 55

• Alex Winter (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) is 50

• Dancer Tony Dovolani (Dancing with the Stars) is 42

• Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) is 36

• Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) is 30

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1941: Joe DiMaggio’s baseball hitting streak ended at 56 games, by Cleveland Indian pitchers.

• 1955: Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.

• 1981: Two skywalks filled with people at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, collapsed into a crowded atrium lobby during a “tea dance,” killing 114.

• 1987: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 2,500 mark for the first time at 2510.04.

• 1995: The Midwestern heat wave in the United States reached its peak. Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, among other cities, set all-time high temperature records. The heat claimed over 400 lives on this day alone.

• 1995: Two goats jumped into a 5-foot deep lake in Inner Mongolia and drowned. Then, 206 goats and 43 other animals followed the first two to their death. Herders were able to keep 281 sheep from following suit.

• 1997: Woolworth closed its last 400 stores. The five and dime chain last 117 years.

• 1998: Pola Brown of London discovered why her new Mercedes SLK 230, capable of 140 miles an hour, would go only 30 miles an hour. A squirrel had disabled the sports car by hiding five pounds of nuts in the air filter.

• 1999: A suspected drug trafficker was arrested in Astoria, Oregon, when the cocaine he had stashed down his pants was burning his crotch so badly he had to ask police to remove it. Police were questioning the suspect while he sat in his car.

• 2004: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mocked Democrats with the term “girlie men,” claiming they were delaying the state budget by catering to special interests.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Peach Ice Cream Day

• Japan opens the Henn-na Hotel, the first hotel run by robots. Ten ‘bots will greet guests, carry their luggage and clean rooms.

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

• September 10: NFL season begins (Steelers at Patriots)

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JULY 18

• Blues guitarist Lonnie Mack is 74. Martha Reeves of Martha and the Vandellas is 74. Ricky Skaggs is 61. Elizabeth McGovern is 54. Vin Diesel is 48. Kristen Bell is 35. Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones) is 34. Chace Crawford is 30.

• National Hot Dog Day. International Mandela Day. Caviar Day. Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day.

SUNDAY, JULY 19

• George Dzundza is 70. Campbell Scott is 54. Anthony Edwards is 53. Country singer Kelly Shiver is 52. Benedict Cumberbatch is 39. Jared Padalecki is 33. Trai Byers (Empire, Selma) is 32.

• National Ice Cream Day. Lake Superior Day. National Daiquiri Day.

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