INTERPREP ★ JUNE 27, 2016

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 27, 2016

This is day 179 of 2016. There are 187 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Businessman and former presidential candidate Ross Perot is 86

• Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys is 74

• Julia Duffy (Newhart) is 65

• J.J. Abrams is 50

• Tobey Maguire is 41

• Khloe Kardashian is 32

• Drake Bell (Drake and Josh) is 30

• Sam Claflin (Hunger Games movies, Snow White and the Huntsman The Huntsman: Winter’s War) is 30

• Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) is 29

• Chandler Riggs (Carl on The Walking Dead) is 17

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1859: The melody of probably the most often sung song in the world, Happy Birthday to You, was composed by Mildred J. Hill, a school teacher born in Louisville, Kentucky.

• 1950: The United States decided to send troops to fight in the Korean War.

• 1957: Hurricane Audrey killed 500 people in Louisiana and Texas.

• 1967: The world’s first ATM was installed in Enfield, London.

• 1977: In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that lawyers could advertise.

• 1988: At age 35 singer Cyndi Lauper received her high school diploma from Richmond High in New York City.

• 1999: A 29-year-old woman was arrested for computer hacking in Grafton, Ohio. After her husband allegedly stayed online several nights until 4AM chatting with other women, she hacked his computer to pieces with a meat clever. She pleaded no contest to charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest and was fined $200.

• 2003: The United States National Do Not Call Registry, formed to combat unwanted telemarketing calls and administered by the Federal Trade Commission, enrolled almost three-quarters of a million phone numbers on its first day.

• 2008: Bill Gates stepped down as Chairman of Microsoft Corporation to work full time for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

• 2011: The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Fish Are Friends, Not Food Week

• Mosquito Control Awareness Week

• Prevention of Eye Injuries Awareness

• Decide To Be Married Day

• Industrial Workers of The World Day

• National HIV Testing Day

• National Sunglasses Day

• PTSD Awareness Day

• Please Take My Children To Work Day

UPCOMING

• July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month, Family Reunion Month, Fireworks Safety Month, National Baked Bean Month, National Bison Month, National Blueberries Month, National Culinary Arts Month, National Doghouse Repairs Month, National Grilling Month, National Horseradish Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Purposeful Parenting Month, National Recreation & Parks Month, National Water Gardening Month, Roots and Branches Month, Smart Irrigation Month, Social Wellness Month

• July 1: Canada Day

• July 4: Independence Day

• September 5: Labor Day

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1,436: Genres of music in the world. (Book: “You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice”)


NEWS ATTACK!

Over 30 people had to receive medical treatment in Dallas at one of motivational speaker Tony Robbins’ seminars where participants are invited to walk barefoot on hot coals to prove to themselves that they can do anything. [Their feet were burned almost as badly as their wallets.]

Are you going to see that new Matthew McConaughey movie The Free State of Jones? [It’s based on a true story from the 1800s about an ordinary farmer who led a rebellion for independence and successfully got Mississippi to leave the European Union.]

UK citizens voted to leave the European Union, but before that can happen there’s a long legal process that has to be completed. [Not to mention the packing.]

An old Facebook hoax is going around that says if you don’t share the message you’re reading you’ll be charged a monthly fee of $9.99. [I’d pay that much if Facebook would permanently lock me out of my account.]

A Texas woman underwent surgery and came out with a British accent. [And the urge to drive on the wrong side of the road.]

For $33 you can now slide 45 feet down the side of a Los Angles skyscraper on a glass slide. It’s supposed to be terrifying. [Maybe too terrifying. The line moves very slowly because they have to keep stopping to thoroughly hose the thing down.]

Scientists report that seagulls are now spreading a superbug bacteria that’s resistant to antibiotics. [That’s it for me. I’m never eating another seagull.]

Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka is being sued by an Italian shoe designer who says she stole his design. [The Trumps are hoping that they get the same jury that Led Zeppelin got.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

SYRIAN REFUGEES IN GREECE PUT THEIR TENT ON AIRBNB _ A group of Syrians refugees living in a camp in Greece advertised their tent on Airbnb. In the advertisement, the Syrians said they have been living for three months in a tent in a refugee camp in Ritsona, north of Athens, and invited visitors to come and live with them, promising scorpions, dehydration and poor sanitation.

… The Airbnb ad read: “This is a real opportunity to experience life as a Syrian refugee. While EU politicians talk about refugees, you can have an authentic refugee experience — tents, wood-fire cooking, 105 degree heat, marginal sanitary situation, friendly scorpions, broken promises, even dehydration.” The refugee camp, an hour’s drive north of the Greek capital, is described as “the most unique neighbourhood in Greece”.

… In a statement, Airbnb said it had removed the listing because it was “not permitted under our terms of service”.

THE FACEBOOK PRIVACY HOAX IS BACK _ The Facebook Privacy Notice hoax is making the rounds again and people believe posting a status will keep them from having to pay a fee. No, there is not a fee to use Facebook, so the price grid you’re reading about on the status updates of many friends is not real.

… The Facebook Privacy Notice hoax has been around for years now and everyone keeps falling for it and recycling it around social media. This time, there is actual pricing thrown into the status update as apparently the new “price grid” has been released by Facebook so you know what you’ll pay for each level: Facebook just released their price grid for membership. $9.99 per month for gold member services, $6.99 per month for silver member services, $3.99 per month for bronze member services, free if you copy and paste this message before midnight tonight. …. If you copy this on your wall your icon will turn blue and Facebook will be free for you. Please pass this message on if not your account will be deleted if you do not pay.”

SCHOOL WITHHOLDS DIPLOMA AFTER STUDENT PROPOSES TO G.F. _ Jack Graham wanted to propose to Rachael Green in front of both their families and all their friends. But he wasn’t sure how he could pop the question to his girlfriend of more than two years in front of so many people without her, or anyone else, knowing it was coming. Earlier this year, he realized he had the perfect opportunity: their graduation from Seattle’s Meadowdale High School. Graham and Green, both 18, have been a dating since they were 15, when they were sophomores.

… At Saturday’s 300-plus senior graduation, Green jokingly told her boyfriend not to trip. But after his name was called, and then hers, she looked over and saw that he had somehow fallen down. It was all part of the plan. He sat up and said, “Either I’m just tripping, or I fall for you every day.” Then, amid yells and clapping from classmates seated a few feet away, he pulled out a ring and asked her to marry him. She said yes.

… The school wasn’t enthused. When the newly engaged went to pick up their diplomas Monday, staff members told Graham they were withholding his. School leaders saw the proposal, however romantic, as a disruption. A school district spokesman said nobody but Graham knew about his plan, and the reaction drowned out the names of the students who came after them. They want him to write a letter to those students and pull weeds on the school campus over the summer.

TEEN STABS HIMSELF IN THE EYE WITH A JAVELIN IN ‘FREAK ACCIDENT’ _ An Oregon track and field star is not expected to lose his sight after a “freak accident” Friday in which he tripped and stabbed his eye on a javelin. Parker Kennedy, a recent graduate of Hood River Valley High School, was competing independently at the USA Track & Field meet in Portland, when the accident occurred. Witnesses called it a “freak accident.”

… He was warming up and had just thrown a javelin and was walking out to retrieve it. A witness says, “It was kind of sticking up at a 45-degree angle and he literally tripped and fell. His spikes caught in the grass and it was the wrong angle and the javelin pierced his eye.”

… Kennedy remained conscious as someone on scene removed the javelin from his head. Apparently the javelin missed the center of Kennedy’s eyeball and pierced down towards his mouth rather than up into his brain.

PEOPLE 40 AND YOUNGER DEALING WITH ARTHRITIS _  It used  to be fifty years and older before most people first experienced the onset of arthritis. Now some doctors are seeing patients 40 and younger. Houston hand surgeon Dr. Mark Ciaglia blames texting, video games and excessive use of computers for wearing joints out sooner

WIFE OF MAINE’S GOVERNOR TAKES WAITRESSING JOB _ The wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage has taken on a summer waitressing job near their home (in Boothbay). Ann LePage had kept quiet about the gig, but her husband told a crowd at a recent town hall that his wife took a job to “supplement” his lowest-in-the-nation $70,000 salary. This year, the Republican governor unsuccessfully proposed to more than double his successor’s salary to $150,000. LePage worked her first double shift on Thursday at McSeagull’s. She’s saving up for a new Toyota RAV4 and says being a waitress is “something I’ve always, always wanted to do.”

HOVERING PARENTS MAY HARM KIDS _ A new study (National University of Singapore) suggests children with “intrusive” parents who push too hard for good grades may be more prone to become highly self-critical or anxious and depressed. The five-year study of primary school students in Singapore found that those whose parents acted intrusively, had high expectations of academic performance or overreacted when the child made a mistake were at increased risk of being overly critical of themselves.

WATCH OUT FOR GENLEAH SWAIN _ An amazing impromptu performance of The Star-Spangled Banner by a woman visiting the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. is getting millions of views. The singer is Star Genleah Swain, and she performs an incredible a cappella rendition of the national anthem which was recorded using Facebook Live. After Facebook user Nay Nichelle posted the video to the social media platform, it went viral, attracting millions of views. • VIDEO

MAN RAISES $103K FOR TEEN WHO OFFERED TO CARRY GROCERIES _ A Memphis teenager asked a stranger at the grocery store to buy him and his mother some food in exchange for carrying the man’s groceries to his car. The stranger, Matt White, set up a GoFundMe page for the teen and his mother — and made over $100,000. Now Chauncy Black and his mother, who is disabled, have moved into a new house.

… White said Chauncy first asked him for donuts, but knew that the teen needed more food than that, so they aisle by aisle and Chauncy shared his story. The teen missed his bus so White drove him back to his house and saw what he and his mom lived in, and just how much the groceries meant to them.

BOOZE AND BOOKS: BARNES & NOBLE TO SERVE BEER AND WINE _ Barnes & Noble announced Thursday that it planned to open four new concept stores that will have an expanded food menu — and also serve beer and wine. The first store will open in Eastchester, New York in October. Three more are set to open in Edina, Minnesota, Folsom, California and Loudon, Virginia.

WORLD’S UGLIEST DOG IS A BLIND CHIHUAHUA/CHINESE CRESTED MIX _ Congrats to Sweepee Rambo, this year’s World’s Ugliest Dog. Sweepee is a blind Chihuahua/Chinese Crested mix owned by Jason Wurtz of Encino, California. Sweepee pup was a gift to his ex-wife. When the couple split he took Sweepee because his wife thought the dog was ugly. It turns out she was right.

… Friday night’s competition in Petaluma, California was the third time the 4-pound dog competed, but it’s her first win.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STOP HANGING UP ON PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR _ Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf likes to dial his own phone calls, but he’s finding disbelieving receptionists sometimes hang up on him. That’s what happened recently when he called his community and economic development secretary and a state lawmaker. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan says that’s what prompted an email to government agencies. The email asked that switchboard operators not hang up on anyone “claiming to be Tom Wolf.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BRAGS ABOUT BURGLARY ON FACEBOOK  _ A Florida burglar who posted a Facebook video bragging about a $500,000 jewelry haul has landed himself and one of his accomplices in jail.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ‘CAME TO COMMIT A FELONY’ _ A jury in Maine found a woman guilty of criminal trespassing and operating under the influence of intoxicants — both misdemeanors. However, the night she committed her crimes — which allegedly involved a handgun and some robbery action — she told a nearby witness, “I’m here to commit a felony.” The woman was accuse of breaking into her ex-lover’s home, stealing a vacuum cleaner and threatening him with the handgun. And despite showing up to commit a felony — which included dressing in camo — she was found guilty of only the misdemeanor charges.


ON TELEVISION

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — JoJo and the eight remaining men travel to Buenos Aires in this new edition.

U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS (8p ET, NBC) — The Swimming Finals features the women’s 100m butterfly; men’s 100m breaststroke; and women’s 400m freestyle.

MOM (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — The judges reveal the top 10 dancers in this new edition.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (8p ET, CW) — It’s a mini-marathon as 4 repeat episodes air in a row.

2 BROKE GIRLS (8:30p ET, CBS) – Repeat

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (9p ET, NBC) — In this new edition, competitors in Philadelphia take on obstacles, including the Wall Drop and Rolling Thunder.

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

HOUDINI AND DOYLE (9p ET, FOX) — In this new episode, Houdini, Doyle and Adelaide investigate a haunted house in Canada with other ghost hunters.

RIZZOLI AND ISLES (9p ET, TNT) — In this new episode, Maura decides to undergo minor surgery. Sharon Lawrence returns as Hope.

JAWS OF THE DEEP (9p ET, Discovery) — It’s Shark Week, and in this new special, marine biologist Greg Skomal returns to Guadalupe to find the world’s largest great white shark, Deep Blue, with the help of two robot subs.

BRAIN DEAD (10p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Agent Onofrio’s investigation of a deadly incident on live TV causes Laurel, Gustav and Rochelle to delve deeper into the mystery of the bugs.

MISTRESSES (10p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Karen is happy to work with clients again, despite having to put her love life on hold and someone from Marc’s past returns.

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (10p NBC) — Six new teams compete on the grueling obstacle course in this new edition.

UNREAL (10p ET, Lifetime) — Darius reveals his secret to Rachel, as Quinn and Chet find themselves back on the same team in this new episode.

MAJOR CRIMES (10p ET, TNT) — In this new episode, the FBI seeks Captain Raydor’s help to find a terrorist after an ISIS-inspired attack against a member of the U.S. Armed Services.

SEASON FINALE: TURN: WASHINGTON’S SPIES (10p ET, AMC) — TURN has not yet been renewed for a 4th season.


ENTERTAINMENT

FINDING DORY STAYS ON TOP _ ( AUDIO) Finding Dory overwhelmed the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence at the weekend box office. In its second week of release Dory made over $73 million at North American theaters. Independence Day opened with $41.6 million.

… The firs Independence Day made $50 million its opening weekend — adjusting for inflation it made $77 million.

… To add insult to injury, the original production cost $75 million, compared with an estimated $165 million this time around.

RIHANNA TEASES MONDAY RELEASE FOR NEW STAR TREK BEYOND SONG _ A new song from Rihanna, the latest Star Trek alien, could be coming today (Monday). The track appeared on iTunes three days ago, and the singer teased on Instagram that she’s “got something for y’all tomorrow.”

PRINCE GUITAR, BOWIE’S HAIR SOLD FOR MORE THAN $150K _ Bidders shelled out for a lock of David Bowie’s hair and Prince’s iconic “Yellow Cloud” guitar Saturday at a Beverly Hills auction. Heritage Auctions said the snippet of Bowie’s pale blond hair went for $18,750 while Prince’s guitar attracted a winning bid of $137,500.

… The guitar was purchased by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. Irsay also has instruments once owned by musicians Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead, John Lennon and Ringo Starr of The Beatles and singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.

… The auctioneer was forced to abandon plans to sell Whitney Houston’s Emmy after the Television Academy argued it owned the rights to the statuette.

BREXIT WON’T HURT GAME OF THRONES _ Game of Thrones, the hit HBO cable TV series that is partly filmed in Northern Ireland, will not suffer due to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. HBO issued a statement after reports surfaced that the drama could take a hit as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Northern Ireland and other parts of the UK receive subsidies from the EU which help to attract movie and TV show production companies. HBO said, “We do not anticipate that the result of the EU referendum will have any material effect…”

TAYLOR SWIFT IS ‘FURIOUS’ WITH KANYE WEST OVER HER NAKED DOUBLE _ Taylor Swift is “furious” over the video for his song Famous that Kanye West dropped Friday, which features a number of nude celebrities — look-a-likes — lying on a big bed. A source says Taylor isn’t happy is “deciding how to respond. She’s strategizing with her team as to what her next move should be. She’s weighing all her options and will then respond accordingly. Just writing a song dissing him isn’t enough payback for something like this.”

ADELE BURPS WHILE TAKING SELFIE WITH FAN _ Adele can do no wrong. She’s the first to laugh at herself, point out her own faults, and she burps just like the rest of. During her show at the Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. on Saturday, the singer brought a lucky fan named Maria onstage for a selfie. The two were standing side by side and Adele took Maria’s phone into her own hands to snap the pic. While doing so, Adele singer let out a burp — and made sure to tell the entire crowd.

… She shouted, “Oh my God, I just burped!” Adele then let the audience know that the “dirty burger“ she had for dinner was to blame for the untimely belch, which was given the social media hashtag #glastonburpy. • VIDEO

DRAMATIC CRASH WILL WELCOME NEW SEASON OF JAY LENO’S GARAGE _ The new season of Jay Leno’s Garage (CNBC) debuts Wednesday night — and it begins with a bang. Jay got the thrill — and the scare — of his life when he teamed up with one of his icons, legendary stunt driver Bob Riggle. The duo strap into a 2,500-horsepowered hot rod. After successfully lifting the car on two wheels, Riggle lost control as he tried to turn. The car flipped over several times, banging up its occupants before landing upright. Luckily, both Jay and Riggle are okay. • VIDEOCrash scene begins at 3 minutes.

SEE STAR TREK BEYOND EARLY AS PART OF AMC THEATRES EVENT _ Not only does this year mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, but Star Trek Beyond hits theaters next month. If you’re looking to see the movie a little bit early, AMC Theatres literally has just the ticket for you. The theater chain will be hosting a Star Trek marathon of all three of the films from the rebooted sci-fi franchise, and that includes seeing Star Trek Beyond before nearly everyone else.

YOU CAN ENROLL IN THE AARON SORKIN ONLINE SCREENWRITING COURSE _ If you’re going to study screenwriting, there’s probably worse people to learn from than Aaron Sorkin. The Academy Award-winning writer behind The Social Network, Steve Jobs, A Few Good Men and the first four seasons of The West Wing is making himself available to aspiring screenwriters all across the world. If you want to learn a thing or two from the acclaimed writer, all you have to do is enroll in the Aaron Sorkin online screenwriting course. • TEASER VIDEO

… The online course costs $90 and you’ll learn Sorkin’s “rules of storytelling, dialogue, and character development.” The class includes 25 video lessons, a 30-page workbook, and interactive assignments. One of those assignments is crafting a premiere episode for season five of The West Wing, which Sorkin was not a part of.

50 CENT FINED FOR CURSING IN ST. KITTS _ A representative for rapper 50 Cent says he’s paid a fine and is back home after he and a member of his entourage were detained in St. Kitts and Nevis for using “indecent language” during a performance at a music festival.


AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• HARDEST TONGUE TWISTER: MIT researchers say “Pad kid poured curd pulled cod” is the world’s hardest tongue twister. Some guys from curiosity.com gave it a shot.

• GAME OF THRONES: (Note: Season 6 finale was Sunday night.) At a recent event in Albuquerque, George R.R. Martin interviewed Stephen King. For his final question, Martin asked King how he writes so fast. Basically King tells him to stop screwing around and write every day.

• PARODY: Comedian John Crist has created a parody video for Get Offended, a phone app that makes getting offended on the Internet easier than ever. We trimmed his video down to a shorter radio-ready version.

• JULY 4: A large collection of July 4-related drops.


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Finding Dory, $73 million
  2. Independence Day: Resurgence, $41.6 million
  3. Central Intelligence, $18.3 million
  4. The Shallows, $16.7 million
  5. Free State of Jones, $7.77 million
  6. The Conjuring 2, $7.7 million
  7. Now You See Me 2, $5.6 million
  8. X-Men: Apocalypse, $2.47 million
  9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, $2.4 million
  10. Alice Through the Looking Glass, $2.1 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Jurassic World.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

The BFG (PG) – Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Mark Rylance

The Legend of Tarzan (PG-13) – Alexander Skarsgård, Christoph Waltz, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson

The Purge: Election Year (R) – Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Brexit
  3. Summer Vacations
  4. 50 Cent
  5. Shark Week
  6. Gay Pride Month
  7. BET Awards
  8. Kanye West
  9. Dow Jones
  10. College World Series
  11. Game of Thrones
  12. Led Zeppelin
  13. Kenny Chesney
  14. Zika Virus

THE CHEESE PULL REALLY WORKS

Ah, the cheese pull. You may not know the advertising trick by name, but you absolutely know it when you see it: It’s that stylized shot of perfectly-congealed cheese strands that stretch seductively from a slice of pizza as it’s lifted from the pie. It’s the pizza “money shot.”

Advertisers use tricks like the cheese pull to communicate with the part of our brain that’s not verbal — the primal core of our being that doesn’t understand words but responds with hunger, thirst, arousal, desire.

Next time you watch TV, see how many of these gimmicks you notice:

• The hair flip in shampoo commercials

• The car cruising down a winding road in auto ads

• The closeup on condensation on an ice-cold bottle of soda

• The cold beer coming out of a cooler of ice

• The beer pour, flowing in perfect portions until the glass is frothy and brimming

• The sizzling burger on the grill

• The bite of a juicy burger

• The shirt drying in a summer breeze

• The chocolate orgasm

EVERY AMERICAN STATE’S ‘BREXIT’ NICKNAME

Thanks to Tony Lowery for sharing this…

Britain voted to leave the European Union. They nicknamed the referendum “Brexit” — short for British Exit. What if American states did the same? Texas would be “Texit,” right?

• Delaware would be “DelaWe’reGone”

• Idaho would be “IdaGottaGo”

• Michigan would be “Michigone”

• New Mexico would be “NewMexit”

• Tennessee would be “TennesseeYaLater”

FULL LIST

SHOWER THOUGHTS

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

• The Internet uses many terms relating to water. I can surf the web, stream a video, or wait until my computer freezes.

• When you’re pregnant you have to drink virgin drinks.

• If your wifi password starts with “its” guests will always be confused when you tell them

• All coffee does is move tiredness into the future.

• Wherever I am when I look at my odometer, no one else at that exact location has had the exact odometer reading.

• Telling someone that you finished a half marathon is the only time that you can not complete something and be congratulated for it.

• Kids would be eager to walk to school again if there were trampoline sidewalks.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 72% of Americans say they believe this exists. (Heaven)

TRIVIA:  On average, 100 people choke to death on these every year. (Ballpoint pens)

ANSWER WRONG AND WIN

I’ll ask you a few questions… get them all wrong and you win.

• Name the fruit that gives lemonade its lemony flavor.

• What’s the first thing you say when you answer the telephone?

• What did the Titanic hit that caused it to sink?

• Name a sport that’s played on ice.

• Name something you would buy at a drive-thru.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Woman eats it at L.A.’s new Skyslide.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Proud tattoo owner.


DATEBOOK: JUNE 28, 2016

This is day 180 of 2016. There are 186 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Mel Brooks is 90

• Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show) is 68

• Former NFL player John Elway is 56

• Mary Stuart Masterson (Fried Green Tomatoes) is 50

• John Cusack is 50

• Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, Ally McBeal) is 49

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1975: At the Western Open in Illinois, golfer Lee Trevino was struck by lightening, but survived.

• 1989: Nine members of the Ansett Social Climbers of Sydney, Australia, set a world record for high dining by eating at 22,205 feet at the top of Mt. Huascaran in Peru. They scaled the mountain carrying top hats, ball dresses, a 3-course meal, chairs, and a dining table. Unfortunately, the wine froze.

• 1996: The Citadel voted to admit women, ending a 153-year-old men-only policy at the South Carolina military school.

• 1997: Mike Tyson was disqualified during a heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas for biting off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear.

• 2003: Eager to block telemarketing calls, 735,000 Americans registered the first day with the Federal Trade Commission’s new National Do Not Call Registry.

• 2009: TV pitchman Billy Mays died at age 50.

• 2015: A SpaceX cargo rocket exploded shortly after launch; the unmanned vessel was carrying over two tons of food, provisions, supplies and equipment for the International Space Station.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Body Piercing Day

• Paul Bunyan Day

UPCOMING

• July is Cell Phone Courtesy Month, Family Reunion Month, Fireworks Safety Month, National Baked Bean Month, National Bison Month, National Blueberries Month, National Culinary Arts Month, National Doghouse Repairs Month, National Grilling Month, National Horseradish Month, National Hot Dog Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Purposeful Parenting Month, National Recreation & Parks Month, National Water Gardening Month, Roots and Branches Month, Smart Irrigation Month, Social Wellness Month

• July 1: Canada Day

• July 4: Independence Day

• September 5: Labor Day

More holidays