INTERPREP ★ MAY 13, 2016

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DATEBOOK: MAY 13, 2016

This is day 134 of 2016. There are 232 days remaining.


• Harvey Keitel is 77

• Stevie Wonder is 66

• Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is 55

• Stephen Colbert is 52

• Actress/country singer Lari White (the woman who finally gets her FedEx package in Cast Away) is 51

• Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) is 31

• Lena Dunham (Girls) is 30

• Robert Pattinson is 30


• 1880: In Menlo Park, New Jersey, Thomas Edison performed the first test of his electric railway.

• 1939: The first commercial FM radio station in the United States was launched in Bloomfield, Connecticut. The station later became WDRC-FM.

• 1958: Velcro’s trademark was registered.

• 1992: Three astronauts walked in space simultaneously for the first time.

• 1994: Johnny Carson made his last television appearance, on The David Letterman Show.

• 2002: A Chicago truck driver will never forget this not-so-egg-celent day after he spilled over 180,000 eggs on the highway. Michael Haynes fell asleep behind the wheel of his truck, lost control, and dumped the eggs on parts of I-65. The highway was closed for over three hours and snowplows were used to clean up the mess.

• 2006: Artist David Mach created an 8 foot tall sculpture of a nude woman made from 4,200 Scrabble tiles. The sculpture went on display on this day in West Sussex, England, and cost over $100,000 to build. The artist has previously used magazines, newspapers and car tires in his sculptures.


• Friday the 13th

• Blame Someone Else Day

• Crouton Day

• Hummus Day


• May 30: Memorial Day

• June 20: Summer begins

More holidays



• George Lucas is 72. Robert Zemeckis is 65. David Byrne (Talking Heads) is 64. Tim Roth is 55. C.C. DeVille (Poison) is 54. Fabrice Morvan (Milli Vanilli) is 50. Cate Blanchett is 47. Danny Wood (New Kids on the Block) is 47. Sofia Coppola is 45. Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia) is 33. Miranda Cosgrove is 23.

• Bereaved Mother’s Day. Letter Carrier’s  Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day. National Archery Day. National Chicken Dance Day. Miniature Golf Day. National Train Day. National Windmill Day. Spring Astronomy Day. World Belly Dance Day.


• Country singer K.T. Oslin is 74. Chazz Palminteri is 64. David Charvet is 44. Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos) is 35. Alexandra Breckenridge (The Walking Dead, American Horror Story) is 34.

• Bay to Breakers Race (longest consecutively run footrace in the world). International Day of Families. Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Peace Officer Memorial Day.


19: Percentage of kids who say they make their beds before going to school.


Have you seen that video of a school of whales ganging up to chase, hunt down, and destroy a shark? [It looked like the hosts of The Talk going after Ozzy Osbourne.]

The Hyperloop performed a successful test in Nevada. Eventually the Hyperloop will be able to transport people at incredible speeds. [Gamblers heading to Vegas will be able to lose all their money before they’ve even left home.]

Three women were arrested at Chicago’s O’Hare airport for having over $3 million worth of heroin and opium neatly packed inside bags of tea. [I could never do what they tried to do. I hate packing.]

The studio announced the new dates for the next Godzilla movies. Godzilla 2 will be out in 2019. Then in 2020 will come Godzilla versus King Kong [Civil War].

The next Wolverine movie will be rated R for violence. [And full frontal clawing.]

Disney is being accused of paying critics to trash competitors’ movies. [The critics’ thumbs may be down, but apparently, their palms are up.]

In McKinney, Texas they’re building a new high school football stadium that costs 62.8 million. [But they hope to defray some of the costs by auctioning off the school.]

At a high school in Arkansas 37 of the school’s 80 seniors have been barred from graduation exercises after they vandalized the school. Criminal charges have also been filed. [Nothing shows that you’re ready for the real world like having to post bail.]


POLICE VISIT WALMART FOUR TIMES MORE OFTEN THAN TARGET _ If you’re a regular listener of this show you know that customers of Walmart are often, um, “featured” in our (offbeat news) feature. And by I often I mean weekly. A recent Tampa Bay Times analysis of police visits to Walmart stores showed that in the four counties surrounding the bay, police head to a Walmart somewhere in the area an average of two times every hour.

… The Times compared police visits to the number of calls at nearby Target stores, and even to an entire mall. There were four times as many calls to Walmart, on average, compared to Target.

JOE’S CRAB SHACK IS BRINGING BACK TIPPING _ A handful of restaurants around the country have been doing away with tipping — instead they’re paying their staff more and bumping up prices. But a no-tipping test at the Joe’s Crab Shack chain isn’t going so well. The CEO has announced the no-tipping experiment would be scaled way back. Joe’s Crab Shack has decided to revert to accepting tips at most of its trial locations, six months after announcing that it would become the nation’s first major restaurant chain to test a no-tipping policy at 18 locations.

… The casual seafood chain has more than 130 restaurants nationwide and raised its menu prices at the test sites — then gave higher, fixed wages to its staff. But Joe’s new CEO says it’s continuing its no-tipping test at just four stores. And he blamed customers.

… Company research found that 60 percent of the restaurants’ customers disliked the change in tipping. Customers wanted to inspire good service with their tips and they didn’t trust management to pass on the money to its employees. The number of customers at the no-tip locations dropped 8 percent to 10 percent on average.

BEIJING WOMAN USES PENSION TO RESCUE HUNDREDS OF DOGS _ A retired woman who has rescued hundreds of stray dogs in Beijing using her small pension has touched the hearts of many in China. The 66-year-old retired railway worker has rescued more than 400 homeless dogs to date. The woman and two full-time employees plus volunteers help take in, care for and find homes for the found animals. Between rent and dog food, she has $12,000 in bills every month. Her pension is less than $500 a month so donations are what she uses to get by.

POP WARNER FOOTBALL ELIMINATES KICKOFFS _ Pop Warner, the nation’s oldest youth football program, announced Thursday that it has become the first national football organization to eliminate kickoffs. The ban will take effect in the three youngest divisions when the season begins this fall. The organization said it’s aimed at significantly reducing the number of full-speed, head-on impacts in games. After the season, Pop Warner said it will evaluate the results and consider implementing the kickoff ban in older divisions as well.

… Pop Warner leagues have 225,000 football players in the U.S.

GOING TO SPAIN? VISIT THE BABY JUMPING FESTIVAL _ Book your tickets now, because the annual baby jumping festival in Castrillo de Murcia, Spain, is only weeks away. In this bizarre festival, grown men, dressed as El Colacho (the devil) jump over tiny babies to ward off bad luck and to cleanse the babies of the evil that infests them when they are born. • LINK

GOVERNMENT SAYS HE’S DEAD, BUT MAN INSISTS HE’S ALIVE _ A Nebraska (Lincoln) man says he’s not dead, despite what the Social Security Administration has said. Chuck Zellers learned of his demise in March after his Social Security deposit was removed from his bank account while he and his wife, Alice. They talked to a woman at the Social Security office who checked her computer and told him, “Oh, by golly, you’re dead!”

… 73-year-old Zellers has spent the past few weeks going from agency to agency, business to business, proving with various documents that Charles Richard Zellers II, of Lincoln, Nebraska, is not dead yet.

VOLUNTEER DETROIT PARK GRASS CUTTERS TRY BLINDFOLDED MOWING _ Volunteers helping to maintain Detroit parks and playgrounds took a crack at mowing grass while blindfolded as part of a friendly competition. The Detroit Mower Gang held the “Blindfold Mowing Olympics” on Wednesday while trimming a field on the city’s west side. The contest came after they wanted to determine who could drive a riding mower the straightest without seeing. It wasn’t easy: Two of the six contestants mowed an X in the grass as they crossed paths. The winner went crooked, but not as crooked as the others. The prize was a bunch of used blindfolds.

POLICE CATCH NURSERY-RHYMING ‘GINGERBREAD MAN’ SUSPECT _ Authorities say they’ve caught the gingerbread man, a Pittsburgh-area burglary suspect who referred to the nursery rhyme in taunting authorities who couldn’t catch up to him. Police say 25-year-old Heath Emory Miller was trying to hide in the attic of a home where police found him. Miller is wanted on several warrants from burglaries. On Monday he escaped into the woods after deputies thought they had him cornered. That night, Miller posted on Facebook: “They call me the gingerbread man. Catch me if u can. I’m running as fast as I can.”

MAN ADMITS LOCKING VERIZON WORKER IN UNDERGROUND VAULT _ A Massachusetts man accused of locking a Verizon worker inside an unventilated underground vault because he was upset the worker parked on his grass has pleaded guilty to kidnapping. 73-year-old Howard Cook Jr. was sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to complete an anger management program. Authorities say the retired utility official locked Michael Hathaway in the vault (in August 2013) by pulling out the extension ladder, locking the hatch and placing large rocks on top. The ventilation system automatically shuts off when the door is closed. Police say Cook was upset that Hathaway parked on the grass at his business. Hathaway used his cellphone to call police.

ROB GRONKOWSKI NAMED ‘MADDEN NFL 17’ COVER ATHLETE _ Rob Gronkowski is coming to a living room near you. The New England Patriots star tight end is already one of the most popular players in the NFL, and on Thursday he was named the “Madden NFL 17” video game cover star. Gronk was a finalist in the highly anticipated cover decision last year but lost out to New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

… Thursday was a big day for the 6-foot-6 football phenomenon after it was revealed that he is also appearing on the cover of GQ‘s June issue.

MAN PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND AT CAFE, RING ARRIVES AT 86 MPH _ Most marriage proposals involve a ring, but not one flying to your table at 86 miles per hour. Staff at a Christchurch, New Zealand, cafe hid the engagement ring in the couple’s meal, then delivered it to their table in a pneumatic tube. That’s how the cafe delivers some of its food to tables. You open the tube — think bank drive-thru — and the food is stuffed inside. Well the ring was in the food. • VIDEO

FOOTBALL LEAGUE SELLING FANS THE RIGHT TO STREAK _ A new Indoor Football League app allows fans to donate money and receive perks in return — one of those being permission to streak a game of their choosing. The Indoor Football league is the second tier of professional football under a roof — second to the Arena Football League. There are currently IFL teams in 10 cities, with another coming in 2017. • LINK

… The streak goes for $500, and only one person has signed up. There is one rule, however: the league says that “underwear is required”.

WHERE DOES AMERICA’S E-WASTE END UP? _ The United States produces more electronic waste than any country in the world. But where does this e-waste go? Basel Action Network, a Seattle-based e-waste watchdog group partnered with MIT to put 200 geolocating tracking devices inside old computers, TVs and printers. They dropped them off nationwide at donation centers, recyclers and electronic take-back programs — enterprises that advertise themselves as “green,” “sustainable,” “earth friendly” and “environmentally responsible.”

… About a third of the tracked electronics went overseas — some as far as 12,000 miles.The tracked electronics ended up in Mexico, Taiwan, China, Pakistan, Thailand, Dominican Republic, Canada and Kenya. Most often, they traveled across the Pacific to rural Hong Kong.

… The problem is that many countries receiving our e-waste have fewer health and environmental safety laws. Much of the e-wasted is mined for metals and other recyclables but too much ends up in makeshift e-waste landfills, polluting land and water.

PUPPY ABANDONED AT A BASEBALL STADIUM, NOW HAS A JOB WITH THE TEAM _ A couple of weeks ago, a ticket salesperson at the Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Georgia, found a 7-week-old puppy with no tags, collar, or microchip crying alone in the parking lot. The Savannah Bananas, an amateur baseball team based at the stadium, saw an opportunity to expand the team with the pup. They named her Daisy and said she will will work alongside the rest of the Bananas as its first “bat dog.” As the team’s first bat dog, Daisy will undergo training to learn how to fetch baseballs and pick up bats from the field.

ONE GUN BROKER CANCELS SALE OF WEAPON USED TO KILL TRAYVON MARTIN, ANOTHER SITE PICKS IT UP _ Wednesday, George Zimmerman announced that he was planning to auction off the gun that he used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin. That, of course, got a lot of people talking. On Thursday the auction company Zimmerman was using — pulled the gun listing from its website.

… But then got in touch with Zimmerman through a friend and is now auctioning the gun. A spokesperson for the site explained that the weapon’s controversy is of no consequence to the site since it was legally owned, and that it “comes down to a moral decision for George to do what he wants with his property.”

GOOGLE’S NEWEST SOFTWARE IS NAMED ‘PARSEY MCPARSEFACE’ _ The spirit of the “Boaty McBoatface” phenomenon lives on at Google. The company has introduced Parsey McParseface — a free tool born from Google’s research division to help computers better parse and understand English sentences. This is no overdue April Fool’s Day joke. A Google spokesman said, “We were having trouble thinking of a good name, and then someone said, ‘We could just call it Parsey McParseface!'” Parsey McParseface is a piece of a much larger project for building artificial intelligence.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: QUEEN WINS $70 GIFT CARD AT HORSE SHOW _ The queen of England recently won a $70 grocery store gift card at an equestrian event. The queen’s horse won one of the event’s minor competitions and she took home the gift card.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE RESCUE WOMAN STUCK INSIDE A TREE _ Officers with the Key West Police Department had probably thought they had seen it all. The department received a call Tuesday morning to help a woman stuck in a tree that she attempted to climb. Not “in” the tree like a cat on a branch. But IN the tree. A photo on the department’s Facebook page shows the woman wedged in the branches of the tree. Officers were eventually able to free her. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SKYWALKER HAS PASSPORT PROBLEMS _ Laura Matthews of England legally changed her name to add a middle name — Skywalker — and applied for a new passport showing that name. The U.K.’s Passport Office initially refused to issue the passport, even with the legal name change, because it claimed she was “infringing a trademark” with her name. After some fighting over the issue, the Passport Office issued her a passport, but then said it had been issued in error and was canceled. Unable to travel, Matthews had to change her name back to her birth name to get a passport.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WEED ARREST _ A man called attention to himself when he sped into a parking lot at the Placer County, California, Courthouse, parked in a reserved lot and ran inside, apparently trying to make it to his court date on time. Sheriff’s deputies, who watched it all, waited for him to finish his business inside and then confronted him when he returned to his car. They found the man had been driving with a suspended license and because he was on probation they searched his car — and found marijuana packaged for sale, hash, scales, and other paraphernalia. To top it off, they determined the man was high on meth. The man was arrested on multiple charges. The man’s name is Thomas Edward Weed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUG BUST STARTED WITH HER BUST _ Police in Pennsylvania were called to a hotel to look in on a woman who, according to her family, was a heavy drug user and could be harming herself. Sure enough, when officers got to her room she opened the door with a syringe in her hand and a pill bottle hanging out of her bra. Between the pill bottle and the bed they found 67 bags of heroin.



SEASON FINALE: THE AMAZING RACE (8p ET, CBS) — The final 3 teams race from Shenzhen, China to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the finish line. The Amazing Race has been renewed for another season.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH NICK CANNON (8p ET, NBC) — Tonight’s videos include a tornado and a homeowner attacking an intruder.

BEYOND THE TANK (8p ET, ABC) — In this new edition, the Sharks question the value of their multi-million dollar investment in Breathometer.

JUMPING THE BROOM (8p ET, FOX) — Angela Bassett and Paula Patton are among the stars of this 2011 film.

SEASON FINALE: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — Damon, Enzo and Caroline realize they must take drastic measures if they hope to save Bonnie. The Vampire Diaries has been renewed for another season.

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — In part one of the season finale, the team tries to protect a wounded Gabriel and escape the building they’re trapped in.

GRIMM (9p ET, NBC) — Nick fears he may lose everything as he continues battling Black Claw in this new episode.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — This new edition features a 15-year-old who created better equipment for her favorite sport, plus a revamped version of the pinball machine.

THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — Detective Kinney helps Vincent and Kol travel to the ancestral world to stop the witches and regain their city in this new episode.

SEASON FINALE: HAWAII FIVE-O (10p ET, CBS) — McGarrett and Danny go undercover as pilots to stop a meth epidemic, but McGarrett is seriously wounded and Danny must break their cover. Hawaii Five-O has been renewed for another season.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New

DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — New


SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — Drake does double duty as host and musical guest


60 MINUTES: MORLEY SAFER: A REPORTER’S LIFE (8p ET, CBS) — This special honors Morley Safer, the longest-serving correspondent of 60 Minutes, who is retiring. 84-year-old Safer joined 60 Minutes in 1970 after working for CBS News for about six years. In his 46 years on the program, he has filed more than 900 reports.

SEASON FINALE: ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) –OUAT has been renewed for another season.

THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (9p ET, NBC) — This new episode is followed by a new episode of Crowded.

UNDERCOVER BOSS (9p ET, CBS) — This new edition features identical twin brothers Ashley and Brandon Wright, who co-own Hamburger Mary’s, which specializes in gourmet burgers, cocktails and nightly entertainment.

SEASON FINALE: THE FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — The Family has not yet been renewed for another season.

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — This new episode is followed by a new The Talking Dead.


SEASON FINALE:  QUANTICO (10p ET, ABC) — Quantico will return for a 2nd season.


IN THEATERS TODAY _ Captain America: Civil War will continue to reign at the box office this weekend.

Money Monster (R) – George Clooney, Julia Roberts
The Darkness (PG-13) – Jennifer Morrison, Kevin Bacon, Lucy Fry

… And opening next weekend: The Angry Birds Movie. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. The Nice Guys.

CAITLYN’S REP SLAMS REPORT OF DE-TRANSITIONING _ A rep for Caitlyn Jenner shot down a report claiming the reality star has considered transitioning back to a man. Jenner’s rep said Thursday it was “not worth commenting on such an idiotic report. Of course it’s not true.” The denial comes after the entertainment website The Wrap published a story in which author Ian Halperin alleged that multiple sources told him Jenner has been miserable for months in the aftermath of last year’s transition.

PLAYMOBIL ANIMATED MOVIE _ A movie based on the German toy line Playmobil will hit theaters in early 2019.

OZZY AND SHARON OSBOURNE REUNITE _ After it was announced that Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne had split after 33 years of marriage, the two have reunited — for business purposes. The pair got together at the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday to promote Black Sabbath’s performance at the 20th anniversary celebration of Ozzfest in September — since Sharon still manages Ozzy’s band — but it was less than harmonious. An onlooker said, “Ozzy walked out on stage and gave Sharon the world’s most uncomfortable hug from behind. Sharon literally cringed as Ozzy wrapped his arm around her before taking his seat.”

ABC AXES MUPPETS, AGENT CARTER, CASTLE AND MORE _ Say goodbye to cult favorite Agent Carter and long-standing hour-long Castle, as ABC has decided to cancel both shows in addition to The Muppets, Galavant, Nashville, and The Family. On the positive side, they’ve renewed American Crime, The Real O’Neals, and The Catch so far.

FOX CANCELS THE GRINDER AND GRANDFATHERED _ The Grinder and Grandfathered have been canceled by Fox.

MELISSA RIVERS SETTLES LAWSUIT OVER JOAN RIVERS’ DEATH _ The family of Joan Rivers has settled a medical malpractice suit against the New York City clinic where the comedian died. In a statement released Thursday, Melissa Rivers said, “In accepting this settlement, I am able to put the legal aspects of my mother’s death behind me and ensure that those culpable for her death have accepted responsibility for their actions quickly and without equivocation.”

… Joan died September 4, 2014, at age 81. The comedian’s death came days after she stopped breathing after undergoing a routine endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan. Melissa Rivers filed the suit in 2015 to state Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging that the doctors performed unauthorized medical procedures.

NFL EXPANDS DEAL WITH YOUTUBE _ The National Football League and YouTube announced Thursday a multiyear renewal of their partnership. The NFL will post three of the most memorable games for each of the 32 franchises to its official YouTube channel prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. Additionally, the NFL will also up the number of in-game highlight clips it uploads to Google-owned YouTube.



• DROPS: Friday the 13th package.

• DROP: I really like the hamburgers here.

• PHONER: Taking food home from a buffet. → You spotted a guy at a buffet sliding a whole plate of food into a tupperware container. What have people seen others take home from buffets and other restaurants?



People were asked, What are your TV and movie pet peeves? The responses included:

• Why don’t people lock doors on television? Friends and neighbors just walk right in.

• It always bugs me when the star of the movie needs to break into a computer — two or three tries, tops, and he/she has the password.

• When two people are speaking to each other, they are often face to face with about six inches between their faces. How often do you carry on a conversation with your face that close to another?

• One of my pet peeves is showing people swimming underwater with a big smile or grin and teeth showing. This obviously lets a lot of water into the mouth.

• A characters’ hair and make-up are perfectly in place when they wake up.

• Characters get soaking wet by rain or falling in a fountain, etc., yet a few minutes later their hair and clothes are completely dried and everything looks fine.

• When people are seated at a table and are supposed to be eating, why is it for most of the time they don’t put food in their mouths? They either are cutting it up or just pushing the food around on their plates, but never eating it. I’ve seen it where the plates are full, then clean empty, then full, then clean empty, then full, then clean empty.

• The expression on TV that drives me nuts is “all-new episode.” I mean, it can’t be partially new, can it? It is either new or not.

• Why is there always a stalk of celery or a loaf of French bread in a grocery bag?

• Cars never have an interior rear-view mirror.

• No matter how brightly lighted a crime scene is (large windows, a lot of sunlight), the detectives will still shine flashlights around; then, when they are in really dark locations, the flashlights are brought out again, but mostly waved around in the air and into the camera lens.

• My personal TV pet peeve is when actors drink from empty cups. When four empty lattes are carried one-handed in a drink carrier, I could scream.

• Whenever the action calls for an actor or actress to carry a suitcase, they carry it like it’s empty … which it is. If they had to tote the real thing, they would be hard pressed to do so but it would add a touch of realism to the plot.

• Women never wear glasses to correct their vision. Rather, the eyewear is merely a prop to indicate unattractiveness and to render the wearer invisible to her love interest. Eventually, the perfect eyesighted heroine takes off her glasses, immediately capturing the man of her dreams.

• Why do sitcoms always have their couches sitting smack in the middle of the room? Who on earth arranges furniture like that?

• Locked doors that pop open with one kick or shoulder bump.


Have a big test or final exam looming on your horizon? Here’s what the experts advise to ensure a passing grade (after studying):


• Eat or smell some peppermint or cinnamon

• Eat peanuts or protein (meat)

• Watch mindless TV

• Drink some coffee — in small amounts only

• Have some orange juice


• Listen to Mozart

• Drink beer

• A crossword puzzle or other mind-draining task

• Fight with a friend or family member before a test

• Skip breakfast


TRIVIA: The average person hangs on to this for about 22 months before replacing it. (Cell phone)

TRIVIA: 11% of adults believe this is truly unlucky. (Friday the 13th)


I’ll give you four Walt Disney theme parks, you put them in the order they opened.

  • Disney World Orlando
  • Tokyo Disney
  • Euro Disneyland France
  • Disneyland Anaheim

The correct order:

  • Disneyland Anaheim (1955)
  • Disney World Orlando (1971)
  • Tokyo Disney (1983)
  • Euro Disneyland France (1992)


Driving in water fail.


DATEBOOK: MAY 16, 2016

This is day 137 of 2016. There are 229 days remaining.


• Pierce Brosnan is 63

• Debra Winger is 61

• Mare Winningham is 57

• Janet Jackson is 50

• David Boreanaz (Bones) is 47

• Tori Spelling is 43

• Megan Fox is 30

• Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones) is 26


• 1843: The first major wagon train heading for the Northwest set out with one thousand pioneers from Elm Grove, Missouri, on the Oregon Trail.

• 1866: Charles Elmer Hires invented root beer.

• 1929: About 270 people attended a dinner at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel at which the first Academy Awards were given in 12 categories. The silent film Wings won Best Picture. A committee of only 20 members selected the winners that year. The Academy Awards were first televised in 1953.

• 1965: Campbell Soup Company introduced SpaghettiOs under its Franco-American brand.

• 1975: Japanese climber Junko Tabei, leading an all-woman expedition to Mount Everest, became the first woman to reach the summit. She later recalled, “Even after reaching the peak, instead of shouting with excitement, I was simply happy that I didn’t have to go any higher!”

• 1985: Michael Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year.

• 1988: A report by United States’ Surgeon General C. Everett Koop stated that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine.

• 1991: Fourteen Stanford University students started leapfrogging. They stopped 10 days and 999.2 miles later with a Guinness world record.

• 2000: The New York Democratic Party nominated First Lady Hillary Clinton for the U.S. Senate, making her the first First Lady to run for public office.

• 2007: Twenty-two-year-old Evonne D. Maurice pleaded guilty in federal court to trying to rob a Rhode Island bank at a drive-up window while traveling in a hired limousine. She told the driver she needed to withdraw cash from a branch bank to pay for the ride. Then she handed the teller an envelope with a note demanding money. The teller triggered an alarm.  Police said the driver was unaware of the robbery attempt.

• 2013: The oldest water ever found was discovered in a Canadian mine — 2.6 billion years old.


• EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week

• Dog Bite Prevention Week

• American Craft Beer Week

• National Bike to Work Week

• Accountant’s Day/Accounting Day

• National Piercing Day


• May 30: Memorial Day

• June 20: Summer begins

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