INTERPREP ★ APRIL 13, 2016

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 13, 2016

This is day 104 of 2016. There are 262 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Race car legend Dan Gurney is 85 – In 1967, after winning the 24 hours of Le Mans together with A.J. Foyt, he spontaneously sprayed champagne while celebrating on the podium. Drivers and other sports pros have been doing it ever since.

• Paul Sorvino (Law & Order) is 77

• Tony Dow (Wally on Leave It to Beaver) is 71

• Ron Perlman is 66

• Max Weinberg (E Street Band, Conan O’Brien) is 65

• Ricky Schroder is 46

• Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 40

• Kelli Giddish (Law and Order: SVU) is 36

• Allison Williams (Girls) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1796: The first elephant ever seen in the United States arrived from India.

• 1902: James C. Penney opened his first store in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

• 1964: Sidney Poitier became the first black performer in a leading role to win an Academy Award, for Lilies of the Field.

• 1970: An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 exploded, putting the crew in danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon.

• 1997: At age 21, Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament and the first African American to claim a major golf title.

• 1999: Jack Kervorkian was sentenced in Pontiac, Michigan, to 10 to 25 years in prison for the second-degree murder of a man whose assisted suicide in 1998 was videotaped and shown on 60 Minutes.

• 2005: Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to carrying out the deadly bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and three other attacks in back-to-back court appearances in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Bookmobile Day

• Scrabble Day

UPCOMING

• May 30: Memorial Day

• June 20: Summer begins

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

500 billion: Different ways to tie shoelaces.


NEWS ATTACK!

China has instituted its new zero-tolerance policy for disruptive travelers, and banned its first three people. [Not surprisingly they’re all pilots.]

Interest in learning English is now at an all-time high in Cuba. [The most popular beginner’s phrase is “Where can I buy a carburetor for a ’57 Chevy?”]

For the first time researchers have scanned the brains of patients on LSD. They found that the various departments in the brain that normally don’t often interact began chatting nonstop with each other. [So now we know what we need to slip into the Congressional water cooler.]

A judge has ruled that Cesar Milan, the Dog Whisperer, is not guilty of animal cruelty for an accident that slightly injured an animal. [“Good judge. Good judge. You’re a very good judge. Yes, you are. Yes, you are.”]

Animal experts say that tigers are making a comeback around the world, but there are still more tigers kept in the U.S. as pets than there are in the wild. [But it’s important to remember that most tigers in the U.S. came here legally and are law-abiding citizens eager to contribute to this country.]

Authorities in Odessa, Texas are looking for a woman who walked into a funeral home and stole a wedding ring off a corpse. [They’ve set up a stakeout in case she returns for the diamond nose piercing.]

The Israeli army is running short on supplies so its asking former soldiers to please return any equipment they took with them when they got out of service. [Park it, leave the keys in the ignition, and they’ll be no questions asked about all the extra miles you put on the tank.]

Because of North Carolina’s controversial new law that makes things tough for the LGBT community a porn site has banned web traffic from the state. [If you want to get the attention of politicians, blocking them from porn should definitely do the trick.]

Louis CK said that working on his latest web series has left him millions in debt. [And I thought I had an expensive Internet service provider.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

HOW TO MAKE EATING FOODS YOU DON’T LOVE MORE BEARABLE _ You know that scrunched-up, wincing face you make when you’re about to eat something you know you don’t like very much? Well, if you want to make the whole process easier on yourself, try your hardest to keep your face relaxed. Turns out, that wince you make when you go to take a bite is setting you up for failure. That’s why researchers (University of Pennsylvania) suggests you keep your face relaxed. It’s also recommended that you don’t hold the food in your mouth and explore the texture for too long. Imagine it’s just a normal food you like to eat every day and you’ll be much better off.

MAN FACES JAIL FOR REFUSING TO TAKE DOWN TRUMP FLAG _ Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump appears to have a passionate supporter in Joseph Hornick, a New Jersey man who faces a $2,000 fine or 90 days in jail for flying a flag emblazoned with the candidate’s name over his home. Local officials said the flag violates an ordinance prohibiting the display of political signs more than 30 days ahead of an election and issued him a summons. New Jersey’s primary is on June 7.

… For weeks, Hornick has displayed the blue flag with Trump’s “Make America Great Again!” campaign slogan on a pole outside his house. Despite being issued a summons on March 25 for the violation, Hornick apparently intends to keep it up. The 54-year-old wrote in a Facebook post: “They fine can be in the millions of dollars! That flag will never come down!”

BILLIONAIRE CASHES IN FOR COUNTRY BRIDE _ In 2013, a woman in a Chinese village was kind enough to put up a gentleman in her modest home after he missed the last bus out of town. Her warm hospitality touched the man, a 57-year-old widower, father of three… and billionaire. The widower kept returning to the village and became close to the woman. He then invited her to visit his hometown. But when a neighbor told her about the man’s fortune she broke it off. She told him, “I love you for your sincerity. I don’t want our marriage to affect your children’s inheritance.”

… The man decided to leave behind his businesses and everything he built and move to the Chinese countryside to be with the woman he loved. His decision to sell his empire was met with resistance at first. His three children tried to persuade their father he was making a mistake. But when they saw a happiness they had not seen since their mother passed away in 2002 of stomach cancer, they gave their blessings.

THAILAND DRUNK DRIVERS FACE MORGUE WORK AS PUNISHMENT _ About 24,000 people die each year on roads in Thailand, and only Libya has a greater number of fatalities per capita from road traffic accidents. To encourage safe driving — and to cut down the number of repeat drunk drivers — Thailand could soon send offenders to work in morgues.

GOLDEN SOFT SERVE ICE CREAM _ An ice cream shop in Japan is selling soft serve covered entirely in gold leaf — and it’s only $8! Not a bad price when you consider the most expensive ice cream sundae in the world (served at New York City’s Serendipity) is dripping with gold and costs almost $1,000.

INKY THE OCTOPUS MAKES GREAT ESCAPE FROM AQUARIUM _ An octopus made a successful dash for freedom from a New Zealand aquarium and is now thought to be roaming the Pacific Ocean. Inky the octopus took his chance to escape through a small gap in his enclosure at the National Aquarium (in Napier). After managing to squeeze his way out, Inky slid across the floor and found a 6-inch drain pipe which — luckily for him — led to the sea. The aquarium’s manager says the tank’s lid was left slightly ajar following maintenance work.

MAN WHO SMUGGLED TURTLES IN PANTS GETS 5 YEARS IN PRISON _ A Canadian man who repeatedly entered Michigan to buy and ship thousands of turtles to his native China was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison this week for smuggling. The 27-year-old expressed remorse to a judge and thanked agents “for stopping the darkness of my greed and ignorance.” He said he sold turtles partly to make money for college. He said he was a semester short of an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario.

CLAIM: NASA DROPPED NUCLEAR BOMB ON ALIEN MOON BASE _ A UFO hunter claims to have obtained new “smoking gun” evidence that NASA dropped a nuclear bomb on an alien Moon base on October 9, 2009. According to UFO blogger Scott Waring, he has stumbled on “100 percent” proof of conspiracy theory rumors that in 2009, NASA “nuked” an alien Moon base deemed a national security threat.

… Rumors that the U.S. government secretly launched a nuclear strike to destroy a threatening Moon base have been around in the online UFO community since 2012. But skeptics have dismissed evidence presented by UFO conspiracy theorists as bogus and fanciful.

… Waring claims he had watched the live Internet transmission of the alleged Moon bombing on October 9, 2009, but had not realized the significance of the event at the time. But years later while reviewing live video footage showing NASA employees at the Ames Research Center during the alleged “nuking” of the alien lunar base, he realized suddenly that the footage contains evidence that a nuclear bombing of the lunar surface actually took place.

COP SAVED 3 LIVES WITHIN 10 DAYS _ Officer Brian Strockbine of New Jersey (Evesham Township Police) has been honored by his department after saving three lives in ten days. The first life Officer Strockbine saved was that of a woman who appeared to be dead on her front lawn. Strockbine was able to resuscitate the woman and discovered that she had been beaten by her husband who was allegedly attempting to kill her. During the second rescue, Strockbine pulling an unconscious woman suffering a diabetic attack from a smoking vehicle. In the third incident, he performed CPR on a woman who had reportedly stopped breathing and stabilized her.

GONE FROM THE CUTTING-EDGE BANK: TELLERS _ A Wells Fargo bank in the Washington D.C. area has gotten rid of tellers. Instead the branch has a handful of tablet-toting employees to help customers navigate technology to deposit checks, apply for loans or open savings accounts.

WHAT MAKES A PERSON LUCKY? _ What makes a person lucky? Often it’s less about actual luck than it is about a person’s general outlook. Here’s why. Psychologist Richard Wiseman did a test. Wiseman gave both the “lucky” and the “unlucky” people a newspaper and asked them to look through it and tell him how many photographs were inside. He found that on average the unlucky people took two minutes to count all the photographs, whereas the lucky ones determined the number in a few seconds. How could the “lucky” people do this? Because they found a message on the second page that read, “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” So why didn’t the unlucky people see it? Because they were so intent on counting all the photographs that they missed the message.

… OK, what does this mean? According to Wiseman, unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else. They go to parties intent on finding their perfect partner, and so miss opportunities to make good friends. They look through the newspaper determined to find certain job advertisements and, as a result, miss other types of jobs. Lucky people are more relaxed and open, and therefore see what is there, rather than just what they are looking for.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MEOWING TRACED TO KITTEN FOUND STUCK INSIDE HOME’S WALL _ Firefighters rescued a kitten that was trapped inside the wall of a Florida home. It’s unclear how the feline became trapped. The homeowners say a neighborhood cat must have had a litter in the home’s attic, with the kitten then somehow falling down into the wall.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOMEBODY STOLE A PORCUPINE MADE OF NAILS _ Police in Portland are searching for a sculpture of a porcupine stolen from the grounds of the Portland International Jetport sometime in late March or early April. The sculpture, made of steel and repurposed nails, is part of a collection of public art created by a Brooklyn, New York, artist. The collection of 10 individual animal sculptures lining the entrance to the jetport was installed in 2011.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HOPS PLANE TO TURN HIMSELF FOR STEALING TV 27 YEARS AGO _ There are responsible citizens, and then there’s this guy. A 60-year-old man in Florida received a letter from Norwalk, Connecticut, police notifying him that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Back in 1989, police tracked a TV stolen from the Norwalk Jewish Center to the man, who worked as a custodian. Police issued the warrant for the man but couldn’t find him, so the warrant was never served. Until the man walked into the police station on Sunday morning, fresh off a flight from Florida. He was arrested and charged with larceny in the third degree. He was released after promising to appear in court on April 19.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HIGH SCHOOLERS CLAIM SHINY UNIFORMS ARE RUINING LOVE LIVES _ A high school in China denied accusations from students that the reflective strips on their newly issued school uniforms are intended to help better catch frisky couples in school campus parks. The high school distributed 1,300 of the reflective uniforms to incoming students this month, which the school claims were added for safety reasons. The students claim the reflective tape on their track suits are there to foil their make-out sessions in the school’s forested areas.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ANGRY CUSTOMERS SHOOT TACO TRUCK _ Two men who were angry over their food shot up a taco truck in Stockton, California. Police arrived to find no employees had been shot, but the dissatisfied customers — armed with a shotgun — did shoot up their taco truck. Police gave no details on what specifically the customers did not like about the food.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ONE MORE CAR THEFT _ In Italy a guy was due to appear in court on auto theft charges. With an image to keep up, he wanted to be sure he arrived to court in style. So he stole a car to drive to the proceedings. Unfortunately, this car came equipped with a GPS system that alerted cops that the vehicle had been stolen. Police arrested him as he pulled into the courthouse parking lot.


ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — In this new edition, a tribe separation results in the ultimate sabotage.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — On the results show, the top two performers from each team advance while the coaches save one remaining artist from their teams.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Frankie and Sue have an awkward lunch when Sue and her new boyfriend start obsessing over everything that is wrong with the world.

ROSEWOOD (8p ET, FOX) — The suspicious death of a man with medical issues causes Rosewood to confront his own mortality in this new episode.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

THE GOLDBERGS (8:30p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Murray is not happy about Erica’s new boyfriend who is a Rush fanatic.

CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Rossi has an awkward reunion with his ex-wife (guest star Sheryl Lee Ralph, Instant Mom), who kept his daughter a secret for nearly 30 years.

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Gloria invites a new couple over even though Jay says he doesn’t want to make any new friends. Challen Cates (Big Time Rush) and Adam Arkin (How to Get Away with Murder) guest star.

SERIES PREMIERE: STRONG (8p ET, NBC) — Professional volleyball player and fitness expert Gabrielle Reece hosts this 10-episode fitness series, where 10 women partner with 10 of the most elite fitness trainers in the nation. The two-person teams will train together and compete in challenges. Each week one team will be eliminated.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — Lucious recreates a traumatic interaction with his mother for a new music video in this new episode.

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — Dre’s sister’s upcoming wedding leads to a conversation on tradition in this new episode.

NASHVILLE (10p ET, ABC) — The Exes head out on the road with Autumn Chase (guest star Alicia Witt), while Juliette comes up with a plan to get Glenn back as her manager in this new episode.

CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS (10p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, the team heads to Belize to search for a couple who disappears while on their honeymoon. Autumn Reeser (The O.C., Hawaii Five-O) guest stars.


ENTERTAINMENT

ORIGINAL STAR WARS TRILOGY HEADING BACK TO THEATERS _ The original Star Wars trilogy is coming back to a handful of theaters this summer. The Alamo Drafthouse announced Tuesday that it will roll out a Star Wars road show beginning August 6 in select cities. The three films will typical play in back-to-back-to-back screenings. The films will play in about 20 cities through August, the independent theater chain said.

NOSTALGIC STAR WARS SITE LETS YOU RELIVE ALL YOUR FUZZY JEDI MEMORIES _ About 10 years ago, ’70s kid Tom Berges was searching through his old family photos when he discovered a treasure trove of memories filled with Star Wars memorabilia — from giant Millennium Falcon toys to C-3PO Halloween costumes to the quintessential iron-on T-shirt of the 1970s. Berges thought, “It can’t be just me with these photos. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could compile a library of these childhood Star Wars related photos from a bunch of people?” • LINK

… So he created the website I Grew Up Star Wars, where any lifelong Star Wars fan can submit childhood photos of themselves sporting their fan pride. So far he’s received more than 1,000 photo submissions and receives a few more each week.

HAN SOLO JACKET SELLS FOR $191,000 _ Harrison Ford has lost his Hans Solo jacket for good. Ford auctioned the jacket — the one from the latest Star Wars installment — through online site IfOnly. After some intense bidding, the gavel went down and Ford’s pockets were lined with $191,000.

… Harrison’s not keeping the loot. He’s funneling the money to two charities.

LINDSAY LOHAN NOT ENGAGED _ Despite reports claiming that Lindsay Lohan’s boyfriend of seven months, Russian business heir Egor Tarabasov, had popped the question over the weekend, the rumors are false.

LIFETIME DEVELOPING MOVIE ON FLINT WATER CRISIS _ Lifetime is developing a TV movie centered on the drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. The Lifetime original movie will document the events that led up to the crisis and will reportedly cover the politics behind the issue and the contamination’s impact on the town’s residents.

MEGAN FOX IS PREGNANT AND WANTS YOU TO KNOW WHO IS NOT THE DAD _ Megan Fox took to Instagram on Tuesday to address those pesky baby daddy rumors head-on — by confirming who is not the father of her third child. Simply using the hashtag #notthefather, Fox posted a collage of herself standing alongside three of her recent costars — Transformers’ Shia LaBeouf, New Girl’s Jake Johnson and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Will Arnett.

… The father of Fox’s baby, of course, is her estranged husband Brian Austin Green, with whom she already shares two sons.

PETS GET INTO TROUBLE IN NEWEST TRAILER FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS _ Another new trailer for The Secret Life of Pets was given to the Internet Tuesday. The upcoming animated comedy follows a group of pets who get into some crazy trouble while their owners are out at work. • VIDEO

JENNIFER LAWRENCE NOT PLAYING BLONDE BOND _ Jennifer Lawrence is not in talks to play Blonde Bond, despite a new tabloid report. According to the New York Post, Sony is producing a movie based on the true story of American spy Betty Pack, who worked for British Intelligence during World War II, and used her beauty and sexuality to gain classified information. Pack was given the nickname “Blonde Bond” in a Time magazine obituary and also credited with “changing the entire course of the war,” thanks to her ability to charm unsuspecting men into divulging the enemy’s secrets.

… Unfortunately, those hoping to see Lawrence portray the sexy secret agent on the big-screen will have to wait for the time being. We’re exclusively told the actress already has several films lined up, and the Pack biopic currently isn’t one of them.

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE BRINGS IN ELTON JOHN _ Kingsman: The Golden Circle promises to take the U.K. spy organization across the Atlantic, where they’ll hook up with their Stateside counterparts. But it’s still managed to find some room to bring in a major British icon. Elton John is reportedly in talks to join the action sequel.

UNDERWORLD BLOOD WARS IS THE TITLE FOR FIFTH INSTALLMENT _ Underworld Blood Wars will be the name for the fifth installment of the series, which features Kate Beckinsale returning as Selene. Underworld Blood Wars is scheduled to open in October of this year.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of April 4-10

  1. NCIS, CBS, 15.67 million
  2. NCAA Basketball Championship: Villanova vs. North Carolina, TBS, 13.85 million
  3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 13.5 million
  4. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 13.31 million
  5. NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 12.28 million
  6. Little Big Shots, NBC, 12.27 million
  7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 11.99 million
  8. Dancing With the Stars, ABC, 11.72 million
  9. Empire, Fox, 11.34 million
  10. The Voice (Monday), NBC, 10.43 million
  11. Blue Bloods, CBS, 10.35 million
  12. Madam Secretary, CBS, 9.86 million
  13. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 9.7 million
  14. NCAA Basketball Championship Pregame, TBS, 9.67 million
  15. Survivor, CBS, 8.99 million
  16. Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 8.63 million
  17. Chicago Fire, NBC, 7.68 million
  18. The Odd Couple, CBS, 7.63 million
  19. Modern Family, ABC, 7.51 million
  20. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, CBS, 7.44 million

AUDIO

NEW ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• VIRAL: Radio-ready audio from the “Zombies are coming” prank video.

• DROP: Am I supposed to be learning something from this.

• REAL CALL: It will soon be garage sale season. Ask your listeners for tips. (1 real caller)


BITS & BREAKS

THE STUFF FOUND ON AMERICA’S BEACHES

As warmer weather arrives and many people start making beach vacation plans, the Clean Ocean Action environmental group has released a list of the junk it pulled of beaches last year — just in New Jersey:

• A keg

• Birth control pills

• A rubber brain

• Toilet bowls

• A kitchen sink

• Rolls of toilet paper

• A mattress

• A vacuum cleaner

• A full bottle of wine

• Several pieces of underwear

• An industrial fan

• An empty safe

• A sleeping bag stuffed with rags

• Sports equipment: baseball bats and balls; batting helmets; a hockey stick; a can of tennis balls; ping pong balls and a fishing pole.

… The volunteers along the state’s entire 127-mile coastline picked up more than 332,000 pieces of debris last year.

LAST MINUTE TAX ADVICE FOR YOUR LISTENERS

It never hurts to help the listener on tax deadline day (Monday, April 18 this year). This link has some last minute advice from the IRS, along with links to important forms, like Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

IT WAS OVER WHEN…

You thought you had heard it all? From the website ItWasOverWhen.com.

• “After two years together, his lease was up for renewal. I suggested we move in together. His response: “You want to live with me and my roommates?”

• “She told me that I had passed her guy “date-ability” list, missing only one out of thirty-four requirements. I thought she was kidding until she showed me the actual checked-off list.”

• “He told me that we couldn’t move in together because he’d feel guilty when he brought other girls home.”

• “I had just arrived to pick her up for our first date when her little boy ran over to me and said, “My mom says you are going to be my next dad. We went out that night and never again.”

• “He threw the Scrabble game board across the room, tiles flying everywhere, because I played a word where he was planning to play his Q word.”

• “We had been dating one and a half hears when he told me one night that I was worth the equivalent of two PlayStations to him. And really meant it.”

• “When we arrived at the wedding chapel, neither of us made a move to take off our seat belts.”

BEST COMBINATION OF CHILDREN

Proving there’s a study for everything, Bounty.com polled over 2,000 parents to determine what the best possible combination of children was for the family unit. It’s completely and totally arbitrary but here it is: Having two girl children makes you happiest of all.

And here’s how the rest of the combos come in, from best to worst:

  • Two girls
  • One boy and one girl
  • Two boys
  • Three girls
  • Three boys
  • Four boys
  • Two girls and one boy
  • Two boys and one girl
  • Three boys and one girl
  • Three girls and one boy
  • Two boys and two girls
  • Four girls

… Some nuggets of wisdom regarding two girls include: “Two girls are unlikely to fight, will play nicely together, rarely annoy their parents, and tend not to wind each other up.”

FB icon What the kid combination in your house and how does it compare with friends?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: What retail store’s name was originally going to be Pants and Discs? (The Gap. Donald Fisher’s original concept was to sell pants and records in the same store. The night before he was to have finalized the name for the sign painter his wife suggested Gap, after the alleged generation gap.)

TRIVIA: About 450,000 people around the globe have this in common. (They’re age 100 or older)

FOUR THINGS

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.

• A tire manufacturer. (Firestone)

• A heist movie starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia. (Ocean’s Eleven)

• The brother of your father or mother or the husband of your aunt. (Uncle)

• The small machine that rents DVDs. (Redbox)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

This marble race is pretty fun.

https://youtu.be/UaMr6bFruF0


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Just following instructions…


DATEBOOK: APRIL 14, 2016

This is day 105 of 2016. There are 261 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Loretta Lynn is 84

• Julie Christie is 76

• Pete Rose is 75

• Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) is 56

• Anthony Michael Hall is 48

• Adrien Brody is 43

• Sarah Michelle Gellar is 39

• Claire Coffee (Grimm) is 36

• Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) is 23

• Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Little Miss Sunshine) is 20

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1828: Noah Webster copyrighted the first edition of his dictionary.

• 1846: The Donner Party of pioneers departed Springfield, Illinois, for California, on what will become a year-long journey of hardship, cannibalism, and survival.

• 1865: Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth.

• 1912: The British passenger liner RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic. It would sink the following morning and take with it 1,503 lives.

• 1927: The first Volvo car premiered, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

• 1968: At the Academy Awards, a tie between Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand resulted in the two sharing the Best Actress Oscar.

• 1981: The first operational space shuttle, Columbia, landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California after its first test flight.

• 1983: The first cordless telephone, capable of operating up to 600 feet from its base, was introduced (by Fidelity and British Telecom).

• 2006:  A homeless cat saved the life of a newborn baby abandoned in the middle of the night with temperatures near zero on the doorstep of a house in Cologne, Germany. Police said the cat meowed loudly until someone woke up and opened the door to see about the noise. Thanks to the cat, the baby boy suffered only mild hypothermia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Dictionary Day

• International Moment of Laughter Day

• Look Up at the Sky Day

• National Dolphin Day

• National Pecan Day

UPCOMING

• May 30: Memorial Day

• June 20: Summer begins

More holidays