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This is day 295 of 2015. There are 70 days remaining.
• Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future) is 77
• Catherine Deneuve is 72
• Jeff Goldblum is 63
• Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) is 53
• Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Modern Family) is 40
• Michael Fishman (D.J. Conner on Roseanne) is 34
• Jonathan Lipnicki (Stuart Little, Jerry Maguire) is 25
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1746: Princeton University in New Jersey received its charter.
• 1797: French balloonist Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first parachute descent, landing safely from a height of about 3,000 feet.
• 1934: Bank robber Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd was shot to death by federal agents at a farm in East Liverpool, Ohio.
• 1968: Apollo 7, with astronauts Wally Schirra, Donn Fulton Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham aboard, returned to Earth.
• 1976: Red Dye No. 4 was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it was discovered that it caused tumors in the bladders of dogs.
• 2002: A bus driver was shot to death in Aspen Hill, Md., in the 13th and final attack by the Washington-area sniper.
• 2004: In Germany some guys attempted to rob a bank. While the tellers were getting the money together one of the gun totin’ knuckleheads dropped his pistol. It hit the floor and shattered into several pieces, revealing itself as a plastic fake. As the crooks were making a hasty exit without their cash, yet another crook dropped his gun.
• 2007: A small brewery in New Zealand said it was offering a lifetime supply of beer in return for a stolen laptop. The computer, containing designs, creative work, contact details and financial information, was stolen from the Croucher Brewing Company. The owners were so desperate to get it back, they offered free beer to whoever turned in the person responsible for the burglary.
• 2012: Based on the findings of a systematic doping investigation, Lance Armstrong was banned for life from participating in International Cycling Union-sanctioned events and stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
• Caps Locks Day. Creators of this day continue to campaign for the removal of the caps lock button from standard keyboards
• Stuttering Awareness Day
• National Nut Day
• Smart is Cool Day
• October 27: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween
• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 28: Small Business Saturday
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.
101 billion: Estimated number of people who have ever lived.
The President of China gave the Queen of England a gift of his wife’s music albums. She’s a professional folk singer who sings about the glories of the Communist Party. [Well, that should definitely liven up the next Buckingham Palace dinner party.]
A congressman is asking NBC to drop Donald Trump as the scheduled host of Saturday Night Live. [If NBC doesn’t, the congressman has just one word to say: drones.]
The daughter of The Real Housewives of Orange County star Vicki Gunvalson says that her stepfather hit on her while she was pregnant. [In real life that would be shocking, but for The Real Housewives it’s just another typical Mother’s Day.]
The new James Bond movie, Spectre, will be the longest 007 film in history. [Good. Maybe it will finally give him enough time to meet a nice girl.]
A federal judge has thrown out a copyright infringement lawsuit against Jay Z. [The judge determined that Jay Z’s hit song Big Pimpin’ in no way violates the copyright of The Wheels on the Bus.]
Actress Lark Vorhies of Saved By The Bell has filed for divorce from her husband of six months. They met on Facebook. [I don’t understand it. The rest of her castmates grew up to make such excellent life decisions.]
Beyonce’s dad says the singer is 36, not 34. [Well, Beyonce’s Christmas shopping list just got shorter.]
The IRS says that it will now recognize same-sex marriage from all states. [At least I think that’s what they said. You have to read about 17 different forms to figure it out.]
A new NASA study says that there’s a 99.9% chance in the next two and half years that Los Angeles will be hit with an earthquake of a minimum magnitude of 5.0. [In most places that means that people would start moving. In L.A. it means that people are scouting for the best places to set up their GoPro cameras.]
Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has opened an indoor space of artificial grass and miniature fire hydrants for traveling pets, service animals, [and that really weird guy].
JOE SAYS NO TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT _ Vice President Joe Biden won’t be running for president. Biden said he felt he was “out of time — the time necessary to mount a winning campaign.” The first filing deadline for appearing on a 2016 primary ballot is November 6 in Alabama.
WALKING EVERY BLOCK IN NEW YORK CITY _ Matt Green plans to walk on every single street in New York City. Of an estimated 8,000 to 9,000 miles of streets, trails, and paths in the city, he has already covered 7,000. He’s only excluding the high-speed expressways and parkways that prohibit pedestrian traffic. Matt previously walked across the United States and visited every New York City subway station in one go. He shows his routes and shares photos on his website, ImJustWalkin.com.
… 69-year-old William Helmreich has already walked every street in New York City. It took him four years and he turned his adventure into a book titled The New York Nobody Knows.
… Helmreich and Green recently met to compare notes. | Interesting video
83-YEAR-OLD ENROLLED IN UNIVERSITY FOR 28 YEARS _ Tang Ling loves going to college in China. Really loves it. The 83-year-old has picked up eight degrees over the last 28 years. She says while learning something new every day is great, making new friends is the reason she keeps going to college.
AUSTRIA AUTHORIZES HOVERBOARDS _ Hoverboards may have yet to make the leap from the Back to the Future movies to reality, but Austria’s transport ministry has given them the green light anyway. A ministry announcement this week — the week made famous in the plot of 1989’s Back to the Future II — said hoverboards could be treated as “small off-road vehicles” that could be used “anywhere a skateboard is.” The ministry said that it wanted to provide users with “legal clarity” over the matter.
… While hoverboard aren’t mainstream yet, several companies have produced prototypes, including California-based Hendo, which is building a hoverboard that works on magnetic repulsion.
THERE MAY BE A LEGO SHORTAGE COMING THIS CHRISTMAS _ Everything is not awesome for parents wanting to buy their kids LEGOs this holiday season. The Danish toy maker said it might have trouble fulfilling orders coming in later this year. One reason for a possible LEGO shortage is the new Star Wars film. LEGO lovers who also love Star Wars are snatching up kids based on the hugely popular film franchise.
JUST LOOKING AT FOOD ON INSTAGRAM COULD MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT _ While you might think delicious-looking food is pretty harmless, a new review of studies (in the journal Brain and Cognition) suggests you’ve got it all wrong. Turns out regular exposure to virtual foods could encourage you to feast regardless of your actual hunger level. Spend too much time scrolling through a food-heavy Instagram feed, and you could end up eating excess calories that contribute to weight gain.
MAN REUNITES WITH STOLEN CAR AFTER MORE THAN 30 YEARS _ An Ohio man has been reunited with his car after it was reported stolen more than 30 years ago. Ron Reolfi bought the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro for around $600 when he was 19. He last saw the car on October 24, 1981. He parked it outside a grocery store where he worked, and it was gone 20 minutes later. Someone in Maryland sold the car to a person in Delaware. Authorities were then alerted that it had been stolen. Reolfi says recovering the car was “really emotional” for him.
DENVER WOMAN GETS PHOTO-RADAR TICKET FOR HER STOLEN SUV _ A Denver woman says police mailed her a ticket after photo radar caught her SUV speeding. But it wasn’t her behind the wheel — the vehicle was stolen weeks before. Melissa Gonzales got the ticket showing her 2014 Ford Explorer going 85 in a 45-mph zone about two weeks after it was taken from outside her home. She hopes someone recognizes the four males in the photo.
WOMAN BIT OFF A TEEN’S TONGUE WHEN HE TRIED TO RAPE HER _ A South Carolina teen bit off more than he could chew when the 33-year-old woman he tried to rape bit off his tongue. When the woman heard a knock on her door she went to answer it. When she got to the door there was no one there so she went back to bed. This happened twice more, and finally the victim decided to walk outside to see who kept knocking. When she walked outside, she saw her attacker standing on the side of her house holding a knife to his chest. She immediately ran back inside, but the teen followed and forced himself into the house. He then proceeded to tackle her and punch her, and gave her a warning about cooperating. After that, the teen attempting rape asked the victim where her bedroom was. The woman said he then picked her up, and brought her to the bedroom to rape her. The teen even tried to force his tongue into the victim’s mouth. When he did this, the woman bit the attacker’s tongue completely off. She told police that she “bit his tongue as hard as she could until she heard it snap.” After biting off her attacker’s tongue, the teen immediately stopped and got off the bed. The woman seized the opportunity and ran to her car. When she went through the kitchen, she still had the tongue in her mouth. She said that that’s where she threw the tongue on the ground. The victim drove to a business to call the police.
… Charleston authorities followed the victim to her house where the attempted rape took place. Police found blood on the floor of the rape victim’s bedroom, and the attacker’s tongue was found and placed in a bag with ice. Police also found the knife in the woman’s yard. The suspect was found at a Waffle House after his mother had called 911 because of her son “not having a tongue and needing medical assistance.”
NIKE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES SELF-LACING SNEAKERS _ After a number of teases Wednesday Nike has finally made it official: the Back to the Future shoes, called the Nike Mag sneakers, are real and they will be available to wear — someday. And if you were wondering if the shoes would have the same power laces from the movie, yes, they will. Nike’s announcement doesn’t say when or if the shoes will ever be available to the public. However, the announcement does mention that the shoe is a limited edition model that will first be sold via auction with all the proceeds going to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Details regarding the auction won’t be revealed until spring 2016. | IMAGE
MOM WRITES LETTER TO BOY WHO HELPED HER DAUGHTER LEARN TO SKATEBOARD _ Six-year-old Peyton recently recently told her mom, “I wish I could skateboard.” But she thought it was just for boys. Mom Jeanean Thomas says she had a long talk about how there are no such thing as “boy things” and “girl things.” Thomas gave Peyton her old skateboard and took her to the local skate park in Cambridge, Ontario. When they arrived, they saw a group of teenage boys skating, smoking, and swearing. Thomas told her that didn’t matter, and Peyton began to skate. Soon, one of the older boys came over to Peyton. Thomas says she “immediately prepared to deliver my ‘She’s allowed to use this park just as much as you guys’ speech.” Instead, the boy told Peyton, “Your feet are wrong. Can I help you?” The encounter inspired Thomas to write a thank-you letter to the boy, which she shared on social media. She wrote, in part, “You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you – a feat not attained by most adults!” she wrote. “I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it.”
CANADIAN TOWN IS HOLDING CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER FOR BOY WITH CANCER _ The town of St. George, Ontario, is holding Christmas early this year in honor of 7-year-old Evan Wellwood. Evan has been fighting an inoperable brain tumor for the last five years. But despite intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments, his condition has gotten worse. A description on a GoFundMe page set up for the family reads: “Recently Evan’s mom received the news that he will not be with us much longer.” To make sure he gets the most out of Christmas, the family moved it up by two months and is celebrating this Saturday instead. Before long the news had spread far and wide. Now there are hundreds who are celebrating Christmas early for Evan. When Evan looks out his window, the back yard is decorated and there’s a sign saying “Merry Christmas.” And the entire street is lit up. More than 2,000 people have said they are attending a Christmas in St. George event on Facebook. A 25-float Christmas parade is planned.
DON’T STRESS ABOUT UNPLUGGING YOUR WALL CHARGERS _ There’s nothing wrong with trying to save energy and lower your power bill, but unplugging your smartphone, tablet, and laptop chargers when they aren’t charging isn’t doing much. They’re not the energy vampires some people think they are. Chris Hoffman at the website How-To Geek used a Kill a Watt meter, testing chargers for the iPhone, iPad, MacBook, Chromebook, Windows laptops, and Android phones. Individually, each charger rang up a big 0.0 watts of power usage. Then, just to be thorough, Hoffman filled an entire power strip with six different chargers and got a total reading of 0.3 watts. Assuming you had the highest cost of electricity in the country (30.04 cents per kWh in Hawaii), it would only cost you about 79 cents to leave them plugged in for the entire year. And that’s assuming you never unplug them at all for travel or moving around your home over the course of the year’s 8,760 hours. Of course, when you plug a device into the charger, that’s when begin paying more.
MICHIGAN FAN CURSES UP A STORM IN FRONT OF HER SMALL CHILD _ A video of a Michigan fan cursing up a storm in front her small child has gone viral. Parents and non-parents alike are outraged at the words the mom uses as she watches her favorite team on TV lose to Michigan State. Sadly it appears from the video that dad is the one filming the mom as he turns the camera on himself to laugh about her outburst. | WATCH
iOS 9.1 GIVES USERS 150 NEW EMOJI _ For Apple gadget users iOS 9.1 is here, and it’s brought with it a whole bunch of sweet new emoji for you to annoy your friends with. And yes, the taco is finally here. All told, Apple has added more than 150 new emoji in the iOS update.
DOMINO’S LAUNCHES CUSTOM-BUILT PIZZAMOBILE WITH BUILT-IN OVENS _ Getting a hot Domino’s pizza to a customer is all about timing. After its baked the pizza has to move swiftly to the customer’s home, has to remain level so the pizza doesn’t bunch up at one end of the box, and has to remain hot. So what if there were a car designed to keep food warm and advertise Domino’s in traffic? It’s here. The process began three years ago, when Domino’s ran a design contest looking for the “ultimate delivery vehicle.” 100 of the vehicles will roll out in test cities over the next few months. It’s called the DXP, or “delivery expert,” and is based on the gasoline-powered version of the Chevrolet Spark. It has warming ovens where the backseat and trunk normally would be. Yep: exterior, lockable warming ovens. It’s sort of like a tiny cargo van. It has only a driver’s seat, and can hold a total of 80 pizzas.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JUDGE BRINGS GRENADE TO COURTHOUSE _ Sheriff’s bomb squad members descended on the Torrance, California, courthouse (Tuesday) after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge brought a grenade into the parking lot. The judge had found the grenade while cleaning out the personal belongings of a family member, and he brought it to the courthouse hoping that a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy could examine it or take possession of it. After a deputy suggested the grenade may be live, the bomb squad was called.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNKEN CUPCAKE BURGLAR FOUND COATED IN FROSTING, POLICE SAY _ After a Michigan (Alpena) burglary suspect barreled through a house, knocking over a tray of cupcakes and other items, police had little trouble tying her to the crime. Police found her a couple of blocks away, drunk, covered in cake and frosting. | Reminds us of this kid.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DANCES ON EX’S ROOF AFTER SETTING HOUSE ON FIRE _ Police in Indianapolis said a man stole his ex-girlfriend’s car and drove it into a utility pole. When they caught up with the man they found him sitting in a chair in his ex-girlfriend’s driveway holding a butcher knife. Police shot at him with rubber bullets, then the man retreated back into the home. A short time later, smoke was seen coming from the house, and the man emerged on the roof — and began dancing. Fearing for his safety police once again shot the guy with rubber bullets and a stun gun. They then used a ladder to retrieve the incapacitated man from the roof and lowered him to the ground.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: iPHONE THIEF ROLLED THEM OUT OF WALMART IN A SUITCASE _ Police are looking for a shoplifter who brazenly stole dozens of iPhones from a Walmart in New Jersey. Police say the man first got a rolling suitcase from the luggage department. He then broke into the cell phone cabinet and dumped 32 iPhones into the luggage, and proceeded to self-checkout where he paid for only the luggage.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SMASHES CHEATING HUSBAND’S BMW _ For 20 minutes, a woman in southern China smashed away at her husband’s BMW while shocked bystanders watched. The woman says that her husband had been inside the car with his mistress and therefore made it “dirty”. | VIDEO
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ON MOTORIZED WHEELCHAIR GIVEN DUI CITATION _ A Georgia (Conyers) man has been accused of DUI and public drunkenness while operating a motorized wheelchair inside a grocery store. According to an incident report, police found a disheveled man driving over plants.
NFL THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF (8p ET, CBS) — James Brown hosts, with analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher.
GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New
HEROES REBORN (8p ET, NBC) — New
BONES (8p ET, FOX) — The legendary Betty White guest stars in this new episode. FOX NFL Game Analyst and Super Bowl Champion Ronde Barber also guest stars.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New
(DEPENDING ON THE OUTCOME OF WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S GAME) NLCS GAME 5 (8p ET, TBS) — The Mets take on the Cubs in Chicago in Game 5.
NFL FOOTBALL (8:25p ET, CBS) — The Seattle Seahawks face the division-rival 49ers in San Francisco.
SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — New
THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New
SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — New
THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — New
PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — In this new edition, and their final challenge before Fashion Week, the designers travel to Los Angeles to create red carpet look. Christian Siriano is the guest judge.
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New
THE PLAYER (10p ET, NBC) — New
MYTHBUSTERS WILL END AFTER SEASON 14 _ MythBusters will come to a close after season 14. Co-hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have performed nearly 3,000 experiments over 267 episodes of the science show thus far. Season 14 will air in 2016, and back episodes of the series will move to the Science Channel the same year.
WANT ANOTHER STAR WARS TRAILER? _ If the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens wasn’t enough to hold you over till the movie arrives in theaters in two months, a fan named Jacob Smyth edited together all the footage available so far from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. | VIEW
YOUTUBE LAUNCHES $9.99/MONTH “RED” AD-FREE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE _ Six months after reports began to swirl that YouTube would offer users an option to watch videos sans ads, the company officially unveiled its $9.99/month subscription service. YouTube Red will offer us an opportunity to pay for the ability to watch videos without the pesky interruptions of ads starting on October 28. Red allows users to save videos to watch offline on their phone, tablet or other device.
KANYE BOUGHT KIM $5 MILLION BRA FOR BIRTHDAY? _ Kanye West did not buy Kim Kardashian a $5 million Victoria’s Secret bra for her birthday. According to OK!, West opted to go with an “extremely expensive birthday surprise” in honor of Kardashian turning 35. The tabloid writes: “Kanye is gifting his wife a $5 million bra from Victoria’s Secret.” A so-called “insider” is even quoted as saying, “The rapper plans on surprising her with her very own unique Victoria’s Secret bejeweled bra he’s had made specially for her.”
… Kardashian’s rep says Kanye “did not buy” any such bra.
SESAME STREET INTRODUCES AUTISTIC MUPPET CHARACTER _ Sesame Street is reaching out to autistic children with a new Muppet character named Julia. She is part of a new initiative from Sesame Street Workshop aimed a reducing “the stigma of autism.” Julia will tell her stories in a series of online videos and interactive games. They are aimed at families with autistic children between the ages of 2 and 5.
SANDRA BULLOCK HAS NOT ADOPTED A SECOND CHILD _ Sandra Bullock is ready to set the record straight. After tabloid reports recently surfaced claiming the Hollywood actress had expanded her family, Bullock found herself receiving congratulations from a journalist. She said, “There is only one adopted child in my household and his name is Louis. If I had a second adopted child, everyone would be hearing about it. I would be loud and clear and say ‘Yes, I have officially adopted a second child.’ Right now, Louis must be it.”
MICHAEL BUBBLE AND WIFE ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER SON _ Michael Buble has confirmed that his second child with wife Lopilato would be another boy. Buble joked that his wife has vetoed the names Thor and Spider-Man.
MADAME TUSSAUDS UNVEILS ZAC EFRON WAX FIGURE IN WASHINGTON _ Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. unveiled its brand new Zac Efron wax figure Wednesday in an event attended by lucky fans who got to pose with a near-identical recreation of the Hollywood star. This is Efron’s second Madame Tussauds likeness — the first was unveiled in 2009 in London.
KRIS ON KHLOE AND LAMAR’S DECISION TO CALL OFF DIVORCE _ Kris Jenner appears to be happy about Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s decision to call off their divorce as he continues to recover from an overdose at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Just hours after TMZ announced that the couple would remain married, Kris Jenner spoke out. When asked what she thought about the news of their divorce dismissal Wednesday, Kris Jenner said, “Nothing but love.”
WHAT HALLOWEEN CANDY DO YOU HATE?
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What Halloween candy do you absolutely hate? Extra points if you say Candy Corn and give a good defense for it!
WHAT DID YOUR KID SAY THAT EMBARRASSED YOU?
(CAUTION) A dad of three who goes by the name “Darwinian Monkey” on Reddit was completely embarrassed after his 3-year-old daughter yelled “Daddy! Look at your little penis!” in a public restroom. As you might’ve guessed, the guys who overheard this dad’s little girl started laughing. But daddy was big enough to share the funny story on the Internet.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What did your kid say that embarrassed you?
Singer/actress Carrie Underwood says her idea of romance is her husband/NHL star Mike Fisher change the bathroom light bulb instead of bringing her flowers.
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s something your husband can do that’s more romantic than flowers or candle-light dinner?
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TRIVIA: Shortly after World War II, about 45% of Americans did this. Now, just under 18% do so (Smoked)
TRIVIA: The tallest was 6 foot, 4 inches. The shortest 5 foot, 4 inches. (U.S. president. Abraham Lincoln was tallest, James Madison shortest.)
I’ll describe four unrelated things or places or people. The first begins with the letter ‘F’; the second begins with the letter ‘O’; and so on.
• Gump’s first name. (Forrest)
• The Academy Award statue’s nickname. (Oscar)
• The cord that connects mom to her unborn child. (Umbilical)
• Guinness keeps track of the oddest of these. (Records)
A man and a woman had been married for a long time when the wife began to question her husband. “I know you’ve been with a lot of woman before. How many were there?” The husband replied, “Look, I don’t want to upset you, there were many. Let’s just leave it alone.” The wife continued to beg and plead. Finally, the husband gave in.”“Let’s see,” he said, “there was one, two, three, four, five, six, you, eight, nine…”
Songwriter Trevor Bricker noticed that his baby son’s cute flailing arm movements made him look like he was playing a piano, so he added in some music for fun.
• Another reason to nap at your desk?
• Six things everybody should do to secure their Facebook account.
• Use this to self-destruct a tab you only want to be in for a short time, like Facebook.
• Real-time facial expression reenactment. Track the facial expressions from one person and put them on the face of a second person in real-time.
• Write in a more polite, friendly tone.
• A new fact every minute.
• Mark Davis worked at a Kmart in Naperville, Illinois in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Each month, the corporate office mailed a cassette tape to all the stores, which contained easy-listening elevator music and in-house advertisements. Davis saved all 56 cassettes.
• Paste any YouTube link and it speeds it up 2x to the tune of the Benny Hill theme song.
• 1963: BUCK OWENS recorded his hit Act Naturally.
• 1965: ERNEST TUBB was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
• 1966: EDDY ARNOLD was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
• 1991: PATSY CLINE’s four disc set The Patsy Cline Collection was released.
• 1992: WYNONNA’s self-titled album was certified platinum. Hits included She is His Only Need, Noone Else On Earth and I Saw The Light.
• 2004: GEORGE STRAIT held the top spot on the Billboard Country Singles chart with I Hate Everything.
• 2009: KEITH URBAN scored his 11th number one hit with Only You Can Love Me This Way.
• 2011: LORETTA LYNN was hospitalized with pneumonia, forcing the cancellation of several shows.
• 2012: TAYLOR SWIFT’s album Red was released.
SHELBY LYNNE is 47. Born in Quantico, Virginia, she won the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist Award in 1991 and is the sister of ALLISON MOORER.
COUNTRY AUDIO: WEEK OF OCTOBER 19
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CHASE RICE built a fan base on the road before he had hits songs.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD needs TV time.
REBA McENTIRE talks tour buses.
MADDIE & TAE’s Maddie on her favorite Bible verse.
A THOUSAND HORSES on what “southernality” is.
Visit the Country Audio Archive for over 2,000 artist clips.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
LADY ANTEBELLUM’s Hearts Unsung benefit concert has added some star power to its lineup. The November 9 show at Nashville’s Shermerhorn Symphony Center will include performances by MARTINA MCBRIDE, HUNTER HAYES, MADDIE & TAE, TRACE ADKINS, JEWEL and newcomer RYAN KINDER. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
JAKE OWEN has landed on Nashville Lifestyles magazine’s list of the 25 Most Beautiful People in Nashville. Chris Carmack, a star of the ABC series Nashville, tops the list, which also includes KELLIE PICKLER and model Martha Followill.
If you pull out your cell phone at a KELLIE PICKLER concert, don’t expect to get on the singer’s good side. Kellie feels cell phones put up a barrier between herself and those attending the show.
TIM McGRAW should be pretty happy with how baseball’s NLCS (ended / is going). Tim’s a New York Mets fan. His biological father Tug McGraw was a pitcher for the Mets for nine years, including the year Tim was born. So obviously, there’s some loyalty in his genes.
LUKE BRYAN scores a double on the Billboard charts this week with his album, Kill The Lights, re-claiming the top spot on the country albums chart and his tune Strip It Down retaining the number one position on the Hot Country Songs chart. In other album news, TOBY KEITH’s 35 MPH Town entered the Country Albums chart at No. 2 followed by JANA KRAMER’s Thirty-One, DON HENLEY’s Cass County and GEORGE STRAIT’s Cold Beer Conversation.
Tomorrow (Friday) the Now That’s What I Call Country series will grow with the release of Now That’s What I Call Country Christmas, a double disc set of 30 Christmas tunes by artists ranging from CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LUKE BRYAN and LADY ANTEBELLUM to KENNY ROGERS, TRISHA YEARWOOD and ALABAMA.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s idea of romance: She would rather have hubby Mike Fisher change the bathroom light bulb than bring her flowers.
CHRIS YOUNG will be on hand at Nashville’s The Palm October 27 to help CHARLIE DANIELS celebrate his 79th birthday. The event will help raise money for the Journey Home Project, which helps those leaving the military to integrate back into civilian life.
RESTLESS HEART’s Dave Innis is mourning the loss of his father, Eugene, who died Monday (October 19) at the age of 88.
This is day 296 of 2015. There are 69 days remaining.
• Actor/singer Dwight Yoakam is 59
• News personality Nancy Grace is 57
• Weird Al Yankovic is 56
• Cat Deeley is 39
• Ryan Reynolds is 39
• Emilia Clarke (Terminator: Genysis, Game of Thrones) is 29
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1915: Some 25,000 women marched in New York City demanding the right to vote.
• 1925: Comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson was born in Corning, Iowa.
• 1958: The Smurfs appeared for the first time.
• 1998: A Danish man said goodbye to his 86-year-old father by taking his corpse for a motorcycle ride, and stopping at a bar for a beer and a cigar. Flemming Pedersen asked to be left alone with his dad, dressed the corpse in leather, a helmet, boots, and dark glasses, strapped it to his Harley-Davidson, and rode around Copenhagen for three hours to his father’s favorite places. He said he felt good about the ride.
• 2001: Apple unveiled the iPod. It officially went on sale on November 10, 2001, for $399.
• 2002: Gunmen seized a crowded Moscow theater, taking hundreds hostage and threatening to kill them unless the Russian army pulled out of Chechnya.
• 2006: Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling was sentenced by a federal judge in Houston to 24 years, four months for his role in the company’s collapse.
• 2005: Near Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Laatsch called police to report that a deer in her yard had a pumpkin stuck on its head. It turned out the deer had a large brown or gold plastic ball stuck on its head, a lawn ornament or possibly a Halloween decoration.
• 2010: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project estimated 1 in 3 adult Americans will have diabetes by 2050.
• 2014: Craig Spencer was diagnosed with Ebola after recently returning to New York from Sierra Leone. Spencer rode the subway, went bowling, and took a taxi the day before he began displaying symptoms.
• Pharmacy Technician Day
• TV Talk Show Host Day
• Boston Cream Pie Day
• October 27: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween
• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 28: Small Business Saturday
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24
• Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman is 79. F. Murray Abraham is 76. Kevin Kline is 68. B.D. Wong (Jurassic World) is 55. Drake is 29.
• Food Day. Make A Difference Day. Pit Bull Awareness Day. National Bologna Day.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
• Marion Ross (Happy Days) is 87. Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) is 58. Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown is 57. Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan) is 45. Country singer Chely Wright is 45. Craig Robinson (Darry on The Office) is 44. Katy Perry is 31.
• International Artists Day. World Pasta Day. Mother-in-Law Day. Greasy Foods Day.