COUNTRY July 24, 2015

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DATEBOOK: JULY 24, 2015

This is day 205 of 2015. There are 160 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Comedian Ruth Buzzi is 79

• Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride) is 73

• Gallagher is 69

• Robert Hays (Airplane!) is 68

• Michael Richards (Kramer on Seinfeld) is 66

• Lynda Carter (the classic TV Wonder Woman) is 64

• Kadeem Hardison is 50

• Kristin Chenoweth is 47

• Laura Leighton (Melrose Place) is 47

• Jennifer Lopez is 46

• Rose Byrne is 36

• Summer Glau is 34

• Elisabeth Moss is 33

• Anna Paquin is 33

• Bindi Irwin (Bindi: The Jungle Girl) is 17

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1847: Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah.

• 1866: Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.

• 1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts, two of whom had become the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific.

• 1979: A Miami jury convicted Ted Bundy of first-degree murder in the slayings of Florida State University sorority sisters Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy.

• 1990: Iraqi forces started massing on the Kuwait/Iraq border.

• 2005: Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong won his seventh consecutive Tour de France.

• 2005: Two Melbourne, Australia, teenagers driving a stolen car were caught by police after stopping to help a motorist with a dead battery. The 13- and 14-year-olds pulled over to help a motorist with a dead battery. Two officers on a routine patrol stopped to make sure everything was okay, but soon discovered the teenagers were underage drivers and the car had been stolen.

• 2008: Ford Motor Co. posted the worst quarterly performance in its history, losing $8.67 billion.

• 2012: A grocery store in Manhattan, New York, introduced a “man aisle.” Westside Market included everything a man would need, from beer to barbecue sauce, to beef jerky, condoms, and razors. Also in the Man Aisle: Doritos, meat marinades and a non-sissy sounding bottled water.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cousins Day

• National Drive-Thru Day

• National Tequila Day

• Jellybean Day

UPCOMING

• July 23-25: World Lumberjack Championships

• September 7: Labor Day

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

More holidays

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JULY 25

• Barbara Harris is 80. Iman is 60. Illeana Douglas is 50. Matt LeBlanc is 48. David Denman (Parenthood, The Office) is 42. Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men) is 41.

• Merry-Go-Round Day. National Dance Day. National Day of the Cowboy. Video Games Day. Hot Fudge Sundae Day.

SUNDAY, JULY 26

• Mick Jagger is 72. Helen Mirren is 70. Roger Taylor of Queen is 66. Kevin Spacey is 56. Gary Cherone (Extreme, Van Halen) is 54. Sandra Bullock is 51. Danny Woodburn is 51. Jeremy Piven is 50. TV host Chris Harrison is 44. Kate Beckinsale is 42.

• Parents’ Day. Aunt and Uncle Day.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

14,000: Age, in years, of the world’s oldest map, etched into the wall of a cave in Spain. It charted the best locations to hunt for food.

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NEWS ATTACK!

A fire broke out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. [The good news is that the fire disinfected the ship from the virus that had also broken out.]

It seems that not a day goes by without Donald Trump saying something mean spirited. He simply can’t keep his mouth zipped. [What happened to the good old days when all we had to worry about was a politician keeping his pants zipped?]

Citigroup was caught using illegal and deceptive credit card practice, and has been ordered to repay consumers $700 million. [And if they don’t pay within 30 days, we get to pester them day and night with non-stop phone calls.]

Russia successfully docked a spaceship with the International Space Station. [Then immediately claimed it for Russia.]

Intelligence reports say that North Korea is preparing to launch a new long-range missile in October. [Halloween just got a little scarier.]

New York State is moving toward giving fast food workers a $15 minimum wage. [Plus free drink refills.]

U.S. house sales shot up this summer. [See, there’s a good side to all those celebrity divorces.]

50 Cent is claiming that he’s filed for bankruptcy because the glamorous life he seems to live is actually fake. [For example, he says that not a single one of his Lamborghinis is equipped with satellite radio.]

Donald Trump says that if he doesn’t win the Republican nomination, he might run as a third party candidate. [That way he gets to lose twice.]

A new study finds that boa constrictors and anacondas don’t kill their victims by squeezing the air out of them as we thought, but by cutting off their blood flow. [Well, that changes everything. I think we owe them an apology.]

MIT is offering an online class on how to play better poker. [Finally, a way for college to pay for itself.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

YOUR BRAIN WANTS TO CHECK FACEBOOK EVERY 31 SECONDS _ Why do we multitask, and how bad is it? It’s really bad, as scientists discovered when they outfitted computers of a study room of a university with a task tracker. This gave them an unfiltered image of what students were doing with their time. Students estimate that they can concentrate on their work for about five minutes at a time. If a five minute attention span seems awfully short, the experiment with a task tracker on a computer showed that in reality students on average concentrate on a task for about 31 seconds.

… A big culprit is, of course, social media — and specifically Facebook. Researchers said: “Facebook use is a key contributor to and initiator of task switching and multitasking behavior.”

… What can you do? This may be a hard pill to swallow but install one of those Facebook blockers in your browser.

NASA FINDS ‘EARTH’S BIGGER, OLDER COUSIN’ _ NASA said Thursday that its Kepler spacecraft has spotted “Earth’s bigger, older cousin”: the first nearly Earth-size planet to be found in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own. Though NASA can’t say for sure whether the planet is rocky like ours or has water and air, it’s the closest match ever found. The planet, called Kepler-452b, is about 1,400 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. It’s about 60% bigger than Earth, and is located in its star’s habitable zone — the region where life-sustaining liquid water is possible on the surface of a planet. A visitor there would experience gravity about twice that of Earth’s, and planetary scientists say the odds of it having a rocky surface are “better than even.” While it’s a bit farther from its star than Earth is from the sun, its star is brighter, so the planet gets about the same amount of energy from its star as Earth does from the sun. And that sunlight would be very similar to Earth’s.

CONVERSE REDESIGNED ITS ICONIC CHUCKS _ Some would consider it as sacrilegious as when Coke dabbled with its classic formula back in the ’80s, but after 98 years Converse has updated its iconic Chuck Taylor All-Stars. On the outside they look nearly identical, but on the inside the Chuck II is more comfy for your feet. Nike owns the Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoe. But before you feel outraged about Nike’s shoe technology invading your classic Chucks, it’s important to remember that Nike actually bought Converse back in 2003 after it went bankrupt. So without Nike, Chucks wouldn’t actually still exist.

… The biggest update to the Chuck II, as it’s officially called, is the inclusion of a material called Lunarlon. Developed by Nike, it’s a lightweight and bouncy foam that the company uses in its running and basketball shoes, but Lunarlon will now be incorporated into the Chuck II’s rubber sole. You probably still don’t want to run a race or shoot hoops while wearing them, but the Chuck IIs should still feel comfy after a long day’s wear. There’s also a non-slip tongue and a perforated suede liner which helps improve breathability.

MAINE FISHERMAN FINDS BRIGHT ORANGE LOBSTER _ A Maine lobsterman has caught a rare bright orange lobster, the second time he’s pulled an odd-colored crustacean. Bill Coppersmith was out on the Gulf of Maine on Wednesday when he caught the orange lobster. The odds of catching an orange lobster are one in several million. Coppersmith caught a white lobster in 1997; a one-in-100 million catch. Coppersmith has named the orange lobster “Captain Eli,” after his 4-year-old grandson. It will be kept at the Fishermens Catch, a restaurant and seafood market in Raymond, Maine, for about a month and then released.

ANTI-DRONE SYSTEMS ARE STARTING TO TAKE OFF _ Camera drones have opened a whole new world of possibilities for photographers looking for a way to capture aerial images, but the rise in drone popularity has also opened up a new industry — anti-drone defense systems. New technologies are being developed in order to keep drones away from places they shouldn’t be or doing things they shouldn’t do. Just last week, multiple drones kept firefighters grounded during a wildfire in Southern California. State senators responded by introducing new bills that give firefighters permission to take down drones that are interfering with rescue operations.

… As the number of these incidents and concerns mount, anti-drone defense systems may soon be a booming industry. The Wall Street Journal reports that quite a few companies are working on various solutions to neutralizing drones in the air. Some of the systems use radio-frequency jamming to disrupt or hijack a drone’s communication capabilities. Other devices use high-powered lasers to shoot drones right out of the air from distances of hundreds of yards.

STRANDED WHALE IS SAVED BY VOLUNTEERS WHO KEPT IT COOL AND WET _ An orca became stranded on rocks and would have died if not for some volunteers. A dedicated team of whale researchers and volunteers stayed with the whale for more than eight hours on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada. The team used a pump and sheets to keep the orca cool and wet. As the tide came up there were many cheers when the whale was finally free.

STRANGERS PITCH IN TO KEEP WOMAN’S CAR FROM BEING TOWED _ A Canadian (Toronto) woman had to rush her six-week-old son to the hospital and didn’t think she’d be too long, so she put enough money in the parking meter to cover her car for four hours. But when she had to wait three hours to even see a doctor, she realized the meter would soon expire. So she reached out to a Facebook group for local mothers, asking whether anyone knew if her car would be ticketed or towed. Strangers responded to her post with offers to stop by and fill up the parking meter for her. Nine hours later, she picked up her car to find that there were still five hours left on the meter, and that her Facebook feed had exploded with messages from people she didn’t know, wishing her and her son well.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DNA ON CANDY WRAPPER, CUP LEADS COPS TO BURGLAR _ A man in China was jailed for 10 months after he robbed a police station and a government building and helped himself to snacks and drinks. Police tracked down the culprit by analyzing DNA left on wrappers and cups left at the scene.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OFFICER’S BATHROOM BREAK LEADS TO DRUG ARREST _ (CAUTION) A Greendale, Indiana, police officer went to convenience store and gas station to use the restroom while on patrol. The officer found the door locked and was told by an employee that a man had been inside the restroom for about 30 minutes. A woman who was with the man, identified as Smith, advised the officer that Smith was in the restroom because he was “having problems” with his butt. Smith eventually exited the restroom. Officers noticed that he allegedly had droopy eyes, slurred speech, and a white powdery substance on his nose and in his nostrils. Then Smith informed police that he had stuff stuck in his butt. When officers asked what the objects were, Smith removed a fishing bobber, screw driver, and open tire plug kit from his pockets. He told officers that those objects had been inside him. Officers searched the restroom, locating a white, powdery substance on the back of the toilet and in the toilet bowl. As they tried to identify him, Smith gave officers two different birthdays and three different social security numbers. During a search, 22 pills and a small plastic baggie containing cocaine were found.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OBAMA DID NOT SAY YOU COULD PRINT YOUR OWN MONEY _ Police were called to a Kingsport, Tennessee, grocery store after a woman allegedly attempted to pay with counterfeit money. When the officer arrived, he was handed a bill that he could tell had been printed on regular computer paper, with the two sides glued together but falling apart. According to the police report, the officer then searched the purse of the woman and found a counterfeit $100 bill, printed in black and white with an upside-down back. The woman allegedly admitted to printing the money in her apartment. She explained that she was allowed to print her own money, because she’d read online that President Obama had made a new law allowing people on fixed incomes to do just that.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RESTAURANT OWNER CONSUMES WORM TO AVOID COMPENSATION CLAIM _ A woman in China demanded compensation from a restaurant after her daughter accidentally ate half a worm in her meal. But to prove the worm was harmless the restaurant manager ate the rest of the creature.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BASSET HOUND THAT JUMPED FROM WINDOW SAVED BY HIS EARS _ Remy, a basset hound, jumped from an open third-floor window of his owner’s home in England (Steyning, West Sussex) after spotting a cat. The only thing that saved him from serious injuries in the more than 30-foot drop was his enormous ears. Remy landed on his face on the concrete, and according to his owner, his Dumbo ears prevented him from coming away with any broken bones.

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ON TELEVISION

ELEMENTARY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A 2-hour repeat

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

HOME FREE (8p ET, FOX) — A repeat of the series premiere

MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — New

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8:30p ET, CW) — Repeat

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

KNOCK KNOCK LIVE (9p ET, FOX) — A repeat of the series premiere

SERIES FINALE: THE MESSENGERS (9p ET, CW) — The Messengers has been cancelled, so tonight’s finale is the end of the series.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

JURASSIC WORLD SEQUEL CONFIRMED FOR 2018 _ If you liked Jurassic World, a sequel is scheduled to hit theaters on June 22, 2018. Jurassic World has made a little over $1.5 billion worldwide and is now the third top-grossing film of all time.

… Jurassic World still has a long way to go to catch up with the films in the No. 2 and No. 1 position though. Titanic, with $2.19 billion, and Avatar, with $2.79 billion, seem safe.

UNIVERSAL FINDS PIRATED COPY OF JURASSIC WORLD COMING FROM ITS SERVERS _ Universal Pictures in France has been seeding a pirated copy of its latest blockbuster Jurassic World from its own servers. The dinosaur film has continued to do well at the box office, but has also seen high levels of piracy. Movie studios and publishers typically use automated programs that search for unlicensed copyrighted works, in this case a movie. The program likely found a file being linked to from outside Universal’s network on its own computers, meaning that Universal was seeding pirated copies of its own movie.

SHARKNADO 3 RATINGS DOWN FROM LAST YEAR’S SHARKNADO 2 _ More sharks and more celebrity cameos turned up for Syfy’s third installment of its low-budget, over-the-top disaster/horror/sci-fi/comedy franchise Sharknado, but that didn’t translate to more viewers. It’s estimated that Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No averaged about a million fewer viewers than Sharknado 2 had last year. About 2.8 million people watched Sharknado 3, according to estimates.

SHARKNADO 3 SCARES UP 2 BILLION TWITTER IMPRESSIONS _ Sharknado 3 had lower TV ratings than Sharknado 2, but it was a huge hit on Twitter. Syfy reports that the film generated 2 billion Twitter impressions — an amount twice as high as that generated by the second Sharknado movie in 2014.

BETHENNY FRANKEL REALLY IS DATING ERIC STONESTREET _ Last week, Bethenny Frankel denied she was dating Modern Family star Eric Stonestreet, but a source has learned that the two really are hooking up. Why the secrecy? Insiders say her divorce battle with ex Jason Hoppy is preventing the relationship from becoming serious. The source says they have been hooking up “but it’s not at the serious stage, and the major reason is because of Bethenny’s divorce. Under the terms of Bethenny and Jason’s custody agreement, they are both required to live in the New York City area for their daughter, Bryn. Eric lives in Los Angeles, so the distance is a problem.” The source says there is a “ton of chemistry between them” and they have a lot of fun together.

MARIAH CAREY GUSHES OVER BILLIONAIRE BOYFRIEND JAMES PACKER _ Mariah Carey dedicated her hit song Hero to her billionaire boyfriend James Packer while performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday night. Carey told audience members, “I’ve got a new heart.” Then she revealed: “James is in the house” before launching into the tune.

ED SHEERAN: I ACCIDENTALLY POOPED MY PANTS DURING CONCERT _ Ed Sheeran revealed in a new interview that he accidentally pooped his pants during a concert. The singer was on a Dublin radio station on Thursday when he opened up about the embarrassing incident. Sheeran was asked if he ever farted while performing on stage, and he responded that he does “all the time.” He continued, “I actually once misjudged a fart on stage, which ended up being a shart. It was like midway through a performance and I was really lively, and then halfway through I was like, ‘All right I’m just going to stand for the rest of the performance, and hope it’s over soon and then go home and throw these trousers out!’”

DIANE SAWYER TO CONDUCT INTERVIEW WITH MOTHER OF COLUMBINE SHOOTER _ Diane Sawyer will conduct the first-ever television interview with Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold. Klebold will discuss the topics revealed in her memoir, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy. The interview will air during a one-hour ABC News primetime special investigating school shootings and mental health in February. In her book, which will be released on February 16, Klebold writes about coming to terms with her son’s murder-suicide.

REBECCA BLACK HAS BEEN WORKING ON AN ALBUM _ Rebecca Black’s debut single may have made her an Internet sensation, but her long-awaited album is going to be different. Black reveals, “It’s definitely not like Friday or like Saturday or anything I’ve really released, which is why I’m a little nervous about it.” But while the recent high school graduate says that she’s been working on her debut album — which she hopes to have out before the end of the year — since the Friday video hit the web, it wasn’t until recently that things really started to take shape. The video for her song Friday has over 80 million views on YouTube. • VIDEO

CRIMINAL MINDS’ A.J. COOK GIVES BIRTH TO A BABY BOY _ A.J. Cook is seeing blue again. The Criminal Minds actress and husband Nathan Andersen welcomed their second son together on Thursday. Phoenix Sky Andersen arrived one day after his mom’s 37th birthday. He joins 6-year-old big brother Mekhai Allan Andersen in the family fold.

THE VIEW TO ADD CANDACE CAMERON BURE AND PAULA FARIS _ As The View heads toward its summer hiatus, ABC is in final negotiations to add Candace Cameron Bure and Good Morning America Weekend anchor Paula Faris as co-hosts of the daytime talk show in the fall. Both personalities have previously filled in on the show, and if the deals close, the women would complete the table for season 19, which will feature moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Raven Symone and comedian Michelle Collins.

TAYLOR SWIFT REPORTEDLY MEETING CALVIN HARRIS’ PARENTS _ Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris’ relationship continues to get serious. Several reports claim that Taylor will meet his parents in Scotland. Calvin has already met Taylor’s parents.

RUMOR: TOM CRUISE IS ENGAGED TO 22-YEAR-OLD _ Sources say Tom Cruise is reportedly ready to get married again. Tom is said to be be dating his 22-year-old personal assistant Emily Thomas. They apparently got together at the end of 2014. He’s reportedly so “smitten” with her that he’s going to pop the question any day now. Emily was originally hired as Tom’s assistant on Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, but Tom was so taken with her that he insisted she become his assistant on every upcoming project.

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BITS & BREAKS

NEW IN THEATERS TODAY

SOUTHPAW (R)

A boxer fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.

• Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

PIXELS (PG-13)

When aliens misinterpret video feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth in the form of the video games.

• Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Jane Krakowski, Dan Aykroyd
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

PAPER TOWNS (PG-13)

A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.

• Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne
• Links: websitetrailerreviews

NEW ON DVD THIS WEEKEND

OPENING NEXT WEEK

• Wednesday: Vacation

• Friday: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

WORD SPY!

From the website that tracks new words.

TEXTPECTATION – The anticipation you feel when you’re waiting for someone to respond to your text.

NONVERSATION – A completely worthless conversation; small talk.

BEDGASM – The wonderful feeling of crawling into a soft bed after a long, hard day.

DESTINESIA – When you walk into a place but immediately forgot why you went in there.

AFTERCLAP – The last person to clap after everyone else has already finished their round of applause.

CHIPTEASE – A bag of chips that looks full, but it’s really just full of air.

THINGS I’LL GIVE UP FOR FREE WI-FI IN MY HOTEL ROOM

We’re looking at one more quick vacation before summer’s over and we found a hotel we like but it charges $12 a day for wi-fi. I thought hotel wi-fi was free?!

I’m thinking of emailing the hotel with a list of things they can remove from our room to cover the $12 daily wi-fi charge. Like…

• Arm chair with ottoman

• Clock radio

• Curved shower rod

• Ergonomic desk chair

• HD channels

• Movie channels like “free” HBO

• On-demand movies

• On-demand video games

• The entire TV

• Telephone

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport sells more than 2 million of these a year. (Hot dogs)

THE PRICE IS RIGHT

Conference 3 listeners and then read the description of the item and let the bidding begin. The contestant with the highest bid without going over the retail price wins. (Here’s a hip version of the Price Is Right theme.)

Today’s item: the Color Changing Shower Head

Turn your morning showers into a fun, psychedelic experience with the color changing shower head. Requiring no batteries or power, this unique shower head uses water pressure powered LED lights to transform the water into a cornucopia of color. It’s a disco in your shower!

How much is the Color Changing Shower Head? ($39.99)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Two nuns are decorating for a Christmas party. One comes back from hanging the tinsel to see the other with her hands colored bright red, shaking her head in frustration at a sopping wet pile of fabric. When asked what she’d been doing, she explained that she had dug an outfit out of the linen closet that nobody had used in years, hoping to dye it red and make a Santa Claus outfit to entertain the children with, but the fabric was too stubborn and she couldn’t get the color to take. “Well,” the first nun said, “You know what they say: ‘Old habits dye hard.'”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Kid at a baseball game struggles with the concept of a hot dog.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

I found a closet where you can store it…


source: instagram

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• The world’s strongest coffee.

• Time-lapse of severe weather and natural wonders.

• Your daily source of natural rain sounds.

• What speed do you read?

• 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.

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• Mac users: get the fantastic Forecast Bar.

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COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JULY 24, 2015

• 1941: WRBL radio in Columbus, Ohio, hired 17-year-old CHET ATKINS as a staff guitarist.

• 1948: ROY ACUFF announced his intent to run for governor of Tennessee.

• 1973: MARTY ROBBINS signed with MCA Records.

• 1980: The soundtrack to the movie Urban Cowboy was certified platinum.

• 1989: PATSY CLINE’s Greatest Hits album was certified double platinum.

• 1989: RICKY VAN SHELTON’s album Wild-Eyed Dream was certified platinum. Hits included I’ll Leave This World Loving You and Crime Of Passion.

• 1991: RANDY TRAVIS’ album Heroes & Friends was certified platinum. Hits included the title track and A Few Good Country Boys, a duet with GEORGE JONES.

• 1992: BILLY RAY CYRUS’ debut album, Some Gave All, was certified triple platinum. Hits included Achy Breaky Heart, She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore and Wher’m I Gonna Live.

• 1992: BILLY DEAN topped the country charts with Billy The Kid.

• 1996: BLACKHAWK’s self-titled debut album was certified double platinum. Hits included Goodbye Says It All, I Sure Can Smell The Rain and Every Once In A While.

• 2008: TAYLOR SWIFT’s Beautiful Eyes, exclusively sold through Walmart, debuted at #1 on the Country Albums chart and #9 on the Top 200 all formats chart with sales of 45,000 copies. Taylor had the top two country albums because her self-titled debut was in second. She became the second country female artist in history to achieve that feat following LEANN RIMES, who did it in 1997 with Blue and You Light Up My Life…Inspirational Songs.

• 2008: RANDY TRAVIS’ album Around The Bend became his best first week seller with 31,000 copies debuting at #3 on the country albums chart and #14 on the Top 200 all formats chart.

• 2012: A temporary restraining order was issued on behalf of SHERYL CROW against a 45-year-old man who threatened to shoot her after claiming she broke into his house and stole money from him. The order was later extended to three years.

• 2012: DIERKS BENTLEY scored his tenth number one hit with 5-1-5-0.

PAM TILLIS is 58. The daughter of MEL TILLIS, she is an accomplished songwriter and has scored a number of hits including Let That Pony Run, Maybe It Was Memphis and Mi Vida Loca. Pam is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

JERROD NIEMANN is 36.

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COUNTRY AUDIO

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JERROD NIEMANN is 36 today (July 24). Here’s Jerrod talking about what drew him to music. » download page

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

DARON NORWOOD, who charted with Cowboys Don’t Cry, If It Wasn’t for Her I Wouldn’t Have You and four other singles, was found dead Wednesday afternoon (July 22) in his apartment in Hereford, Texas. He was 49. A statement from the Hereford police department said there were no signs of foul play but that the death is still under investigation.

Eddie Montgomery of MONTGOMERY GENTRY was on Twitter Thursday morning ranting against the U.S. government, making statements like, “They’re screwing us over,” and “We the people need to take our country back,” and “There should be another spot on the ballot that says fire them all and start over.” His remarks were made after a series of events that include the Chattanooga shootings, the proposed deal with Iran and the revelation that Russia had bombers off the coast of California during a testing exercise earlier this month.

On Wednesday night (July 22), MIRANDA LAMBERT made her first public appearance since news of her divorce from BLAKE SHELTON came out. She joined ASHLEY MONROE to perform Heart Like Mine at a Nashville club.

BRANTLEY GILBERT has never been divorced, but he knows what it’s like to have a very public breakup with another famous country music singer. In August 2013 Brantley and his then-fiancee, JANA KRAMER, split after a year-long relationship. There was not quite as much tabloid scrutiny and rumor-starting then, but he knows how quickly it can begin to feel like people are losing perspective: “My heart goes out to them, because I’ve never heard of a divorce that wasn’t hard.”

RASCAL FLATTS will play the Grand Ole Opry September 8 and 22.

A Staton Island, New York school choir gave a moving tribute to teacher Adriana Lopez with MARTINA MCBRIDE’s I’m Gonna Love You Through It. The YouTube clip went viral and caught Martina’s attention and she’s urged her fans to check it out. Lopez is battling breast cancer. • VIDEO

… Martina tweeted: “Music is so powerful and I am blessed to have been given this song. Thanks P22 Chorus and much love to Adriana Lopez.”

RANDY HOUSER, TERRI CLARK, TROY GENTRY and JAMEY JOHNSON will perform October 21 during Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge’s 55th Birthday Bash in downtown Nashville.

CASSADEE POPE will perform her new single, I Am Invincible, tomorrow (Saturday) as part of the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics at the Los Angeles Colliseum. The event will air on ESPN.

KELSEA BALLERINI is so excited about her new single, Dibs, she named her new puppy after the song.

Several country stars, including TIM MCGRAW, DWIGHT YOAKAM, REBA, and TRACE ADKINS, have been successful at expanding their careers into the field of acting. Now that’s he’s reached superstar status, will JASON ALDEAN do the same? He took a small part in the film Sweetwater in 2013 and Jason says he’s open to doing more. Jason says, “As far as any major acting goes, we’ll sort of see what comes down the pipeline, but it’s definitely something I’m always up for.”

NEW AND OUT TODAY: ASHLEY MONROE’s sophomore album, The Blade, which was produced by VINCE GILL.

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES – RADIO AIRPLAY

  1. JASON ALDEAN – Tonight Looks Good On You
  2. BRANTLEY GILBERT – One Hell Of An Amen
  3. LITTLE BIG TOWN – Girl Crush
  4. MICHAEL RAY – Kiss You In The Morning
  5. CANAAN SMITH – Love You Like That
  6. LUKE BRYAN – Kick The Dust Up
  7. BLAKE SHELTON – Sangria
  8. FRANKIE BALLARD – Young & Crazy
  9. ZAC BROWN BAND – Loving You Easy
  10. BRAD PAISLEY – Crushin’ It

THE WEEK’S TOP SINGLES – RADIO AIRPLAY, DOWNLOADS & STREAMING

  1. LITTLE BIG TOWN – Girl Crush
  2. LUKE BRYAN – Kick The Dust Up
  3. SAM HUNT – Take Your Time
  4. SAM HUNT – House Party
  5. BLAKE SHELTON – Sangria
  6. JASON ALDEAN – Tonight Looks Good On You
  7. THOMAS RHETT – Crash And Burn
  8. BRANTLEY GILBERT – One Hell Of An Amen
  9. CANAAN SMITH – Love You Like That
  10. ERIC CHURCH – Like A Wrecking Ball

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DATEBOOK: JULY 27, 2015

This is day 208 of 2015. There are 157 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• TV producer Norman Lear is 93

• Jerry Van Dyke is 84

• Roxanne Hart is 61

• Comedian-actress-writer Carol Leifer is 59

• Comedian Bill Engvall is 58

• Julian McMahon is 47

• Maya Rudolph is 43

• Jonathan Rhys Meyers is 38

• Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 694: The Bank of England received a royal charter as a commercial institution.

• 1789: Congress established the Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the State Department.

• 1794: French revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierre was overthrown and placed under arrest; he was executed the following day.

• 1866: After two failures, Cyrus W. Field succeeded in laying the first underwater telegraph cable between North America and Europe.

• 1940: Bugs Bunny made his debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon “A Wild Hare.”

• 1994: When Cindy Hartman’s phone rang in the middle of the night in Conway, Arkansas, she discovered an armed burglar ransacking her home. She fell to her knees and asked if she could pray for him. The burglar broke down, joined her in prayer, and apologized. He brought her belongings back into the house, borrowed a shirt to wipe away his fingerprints, and left his gun behind when he drove away.

• 1995: The Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C., by President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.

• 1996: A pipe bomb exploded at a public park during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and injuring more than 100.

• 1998: A 31-year-old man in Paola, Kansas, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child after one of the two girls he molested saw him on the TV game show “Wheel of Fortune.” He won $4,400 and was arrested a few days later.

• 2001: A new law in North Carolina banned swearing in the presence of dead bodies. The law, intended to foster respect for the dead and bereaved, also outlined how corpses should be transported. The law was prompted after some bodies were carried in the back of an open pick-up truck.

• 2003: Comedian Bob Hope died at age 100.

• 2003: Lance Armstrong won a record-tying fifth straight Tour de France title.

• 2005: NASA grounds the space shuttles, pending an investigation of the continuing problem with the shedding of foam insulation from the external fuel tank. During ascent, the external tank of the Space Shuttle Discovery shed a piece of foam slightly smaller than the piece that caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Barbie-in-a-blender Day

• Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day

• Walk on Stilts Day

UPCOMING

• September 7: Labor Day

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

More holidays

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