INTERPREP ★ JULY 7, 2016

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DATEBOOK: JULY 7, 2016

This is day 189 of 2016. There are 177 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Former Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen is 89

• Ringo Starr is 76

• David Hodo of The Village People (construction worker) is 69

• Shelley Duvall is 67

• Billy Campbell (Once and Again) is 57

• Jim Gaffigan is 50

• Amy Carlson (Blue Bloods) is 48

• Jorja Fox (CSI) is 48

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1863: The United States began its first military draft; exemptions cost $100.

• 1865: Four conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln were hanged.

• 1928: Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It was described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.

• 1930: Construction of the Boulder Dam — now known as the Hoover Dam — began.

• 1954: Elvis Presley made his radio debut when Memphis, Tennessee, station WHBQ played That’s All Right.

• 1985: Boris Becker won the Wimbledon tennis title by defeating Kevin Curren. Becker became the youngest, the first German and the first unseeded player to win the title in the 108-year history of Wimbledon. Becker was only 17.

• 1999: The first lawsuit brought by a group of individual smokers made it to the trial stage. A jury in Miami held cigarette makers liable for marketing a dangerous product that causes deadly diseases. The jury held the tobacco industry liable for damages worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

• 2005: Terrorist bombings in three Underground stations and a double-decker bus killed 52 victims and four suicide bombers in the worst attack on London since World War II.

• 2007: Live Earth, a global series of concerts designed to raise environmental awareness, was held.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Chocolate Day

• Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day

• Global Forgiveness Day

• Strawberry Sundae Day

• Macaroni Day

• Tell the Truth Day

UPCOMING

• September 5: Labor Day

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

5: New Facebook profiles created every second.


NEWS ATTACK!

A life-size $100 million replica of Noah’s Ark is due to open to the public today (Thursday) in Kentucky. [In case of a natural disaster the ark was designed to be large enough to preserve two of every kind of Kentucky bourbon.]

A life-size $100 million replica of Noah’s Ark is due to open to the public today (Thursday) in Kentucky. [It’s expected to be a boon to the local economy in particular, termite exterminators.]

Virginia passed a new law making it illegal for a girl to get married before turning 18. Previously, a law still on the books allowed a girl to get married at 12. [When you host your in-laws for your very first Thanksgiving Dinner as a married woman you shouldn’t have to sit at the children’s table.]

Verizon, which is already the most expensive wireless carrier, is raising its rates. [I’d call to complain, but I can’t afford to.]

A Long Island couple was on its way to the hospital but ended up having its baby in the parking lot of Starbucks. [The baby was big. It was a grande.]

A United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after birds got sucked into the jet engines. [The passengers were all fine though several did mention a sudden urge for KFC.]

To combat a growing epidemic of childhood obesity in China the government is now making the teachers in Beijing schools responsible for getting their students in shape. [Is there anything scarier than having to solve algebra problems in the middle of dodgeball?]

The list of the healthiest American cities has been released. Rochester, Minnesota finished first. [Their McDonald’s has a jog-thru lane.]

Rio Olympic officials will distribute cans of the insect repellent OFF! to all athletes. [To ward off the Zika virus they can spray it on themselves, and to ward off street crime they can spray it in the eyes of muggers.]

In Australia an upset teen called police to report that his angry dad had just thrown all the kid’s illegal marijuana plants into a bonfire. [“And officers, just look what he did to my meth lab.”]


NEWS & NUGGETS

PASSWORD SHARING IS A FEDERAL CRIME _ If you’ve been watching HBO or Netflix for free with the help of a friend’s password, it might be time to get your own account. One of the nation’s most powerful appeals courts ruled Wednesday that sharing passwords can be a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

… In this particular instance, the conviction of David Nosal, a former employee of Korn/Ferry International research firm, was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, who said that Nosal’s use of a former coworker’s password to access one of the firm’s databases was an “unauthorized” use of a computer system under the CFAA.

… But civil liberties groups say that such a broad interpretation of the CFAA means that millions of Americans are unwittingly violating federal law by sharing accounts on things like Netflix, HBO, Spotify, and Facebook. Stephen Reinhardt, the dissenting judge in the case, noted that the decision “threatens to criminalize all sorts of innocuous conduct engaged in daily by ordinary citizens.”

‘GHOST TOWN’ LISTED FOR $350,000 ON CRAIGSLIST _ The owner of a Colorado “ghost town”, complete with a service station and a motel, for sale on Craigslist. James Johnson is offering the ghost town of Cabin Creek for $350,000. Cabin Creek includes an old service station with a large garage, a cafe, a motel, a small house, a private shooting range and an RV parking area. The listing reads: “Have a huge family? Want to start a business? Need a huge shop? Racing Fans? Fix and flip? Just want acreage out of town? Own it all.” Johnson purchased the property decades ago, after it had already been dormant for several years. The couple who owned the town before him ran the cafe that “served the best chicken fried steak in the state.” But the couple were murdered by someone they took in and the town went dormant. Johnson said he had originally intended to turn the ghost town into a roadside attraction, but he is now selling it to fund his retirement with his wife.

VIDEO CAPTURES 30-PERSON WALMART BRAWL IN NEW YORK _ Four people were arrested following a brawl that erupted at a New York Walmart. The fight began when two 17-year-old girls started taking pictures and making fun of another woman’s dress. When the woman’s family members realized what the two girls were doing, an all-out melee broke out. Allegedly, both the victim and suspect had large families with them, and 30 people were involved in the brawl. • VIDEO

… In the viral video someone involved is seen throwing a trash can. The fight, however, took a more serious tone when people began using baseball bats and canned food to protect themselves.

PHOTOGRAPHER DISCOVERS 1,200 ROLLS OF UNPROCESSED FILM _ Levi Bettwieser acquired an amazing time capsule from East Chicago, Indiana. A photographer known only as Paul had snapped pictures of American life during the 1950s — 1,200 rolls of pictures. Then he wrapped the rolls in tin foil and athletic tape and then labelled the packages with photographic details — things like the cameras he used. The packages were placed in cigar boxes, which were in turn packed carefully inside more tape, foil, and newspaper. The mysterious Paul created a time capsule, then disappeared. Levi Bettwieser is now slowly and carefully excavating the find. He calls his efforts the Rescued Film Project and is close to raising the $15,000 he needs to carefully develop the 1,200 rolls of film. • LINKVIDEO

SNAPCHAT REALIZES YOU DON’T WANT EVERYTHING TO DISAPPEAR _ The fundamental premise of Snapchat is that it’s better and more fun if you delete everything except the things that are really important and you want to save. That statement was delivered by Snapchat’s CEO back in 2013. Fast forward to 2016 and Snapchat wants to replace your phone’s camera roll with a new feature called Memories. Swipe down from the camera in Snapchat’s app, and you’ll have a gallery of old snaps to reminisce about and re-share.

MYSTERIOUS MAN SEEMS TO DIE IN EVERY TERRORIST ATTACK _ If you’ve clicked on any articles about the victims of recent terror attacks, you might have seen a photo of a familiar looking man. Following the deadly terrorist attack at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, social media users shared his photo, claiming the man was among the 42 people killed. His photo was also shared online after the EgyptAir crash in May and, once again, he was believed to be a victim. This same man made it onto the lists of victims of the shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12. His photo was even included in a New York Times video showing images of the victims.

… After the EgyptAir crash, several media outlets, saw through the scam and reported that Internet trolls had been putting up fake posts about crash victims, apparently to trick the media. A media outlet in France says the perpetrator of the hoax is out for revenge. The person or persons behind the hoax said they knew the man in the photo personally and that he had cheated them out of money, ranging from fairly small sums up to about $1,000. One of them said: “We want the whole world to recognize his face.”

… France 24 managed to contact the man pictured in all the photos. He didn’t deny being caught up in legal proceedings. The guy is from Mexico and says he never reported the people who are posting his photo as a terror victim because “nothing ever happens in these kinds of cases.”

A NEW PAIN IN THE TECH: SELFIE ELBOW _ Selfie-obsession has brought with it grief. It seems that frequent selfie takers are complaining of selfie elbow. The symptoms, similar to tennis elbow, involve stiffness and pain from your hand to your elbow. The phenomenon was apparently went mainstream when TV personality Hoda Kotb revealed that her doctor had suggested that the pain in the arm might be caused by selfie-taking. Kotb explains: “When you take the picture, your arm is up, bent in a weird way and you just click, click, click — think about how many you take: 20, 30, or 40.”

MYSTERY HERO SAVES BOY FROM FALL _ In China a 3-year-old had fallen through the bars of a security cage enclosing the balcony of a sixth-floor apartment. Fortunately, the bars were narrow enough so the boy’s head could not pass through. But the kid was just hanging there by his head. As a crowd gathered below, an older man volunteered to go rescue the boy. The man climbed out a window on the fifth floor, inched toward the boy along a ledge and was able to hold him in case he came loose. He held the 3-year-old up for a half hour till a rescue crew arrived. The mom asked the man for his name and contact info, but he declined.

SEWAGE WATER FORCES OLYMPIANS TO USE ANTIMICROBIAL CLOTHES _ Textile engineers at Philadelphia University have developed seamless, light-weight, antimicrobial suits for the US Olympic rowing team. In August, the team will wear the suits as they compete in the summer games in Rio de Janeiro, which is surrounded by water brimming with raw sewage, pollution, drug-resistant bacteria, virus loads up to 1.7 million times the level considered hazardous in the US, and a recent oil slick.

… To protect athletes, the new suits contain two layers: one that wicks water away from the skin and another that contains a chemical-based antimicrobial finish.

INDIAN DOCTORS GROW NEW NOSE ON BOY’S FOREHEAD _ Doctors in India have replaced a 12-year-old boy’s damaged nose with a new one which was grown on his forehead. The boy’s nose was badly damaged and disfigured when he suffered from pneumonia as a baby. More than a decade later a team of surgeons moved the 12-year-old’s new nose from his forehead to where his deformed and damaged nose had been. The process of growing the nose took about a year.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES SWIPE TONS OF WATERMELONS OVERNIGHT _ Police are on the lookout for a suspected band of watermelon thieves that is systematically stripping fields in southeast China by the ton. A pilfered grower in one town alerted officers after waking up on Monday morning to find his field had been picked bare. He estimates he lost 10 tons of melons worth $7,480 — half a year’s income. And at least three other watermelon farmers in the vicinity have been hit by the fruit looters.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES CUT GRASS, STEAL LAWN MOWER _ Three female roommates in Tulsa, Oklahoma, say thieves stole their lawn mower. But before they took off they cut the victims’ grass. One of the women spotted their lawnmower on a trailer and followed the truck towing it. When the truck began swerving the mower fell off and all the wheels broke. But the the women say they’re just glad to have their mower back.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PUBLIC WARNED AGAINST SELFIES WITH MOOSE _ Conservation officers in Saskatchewan are warning members of the public against “trying to take a selfie with the moose” seen swimming in a lake. Conservation officers said they are monitoring the moose, but there are no plans to take any action.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BASEBALL TEAM TO WEAR CAT-THEMED UNIFORMS _ A minor league baseball in New Jersey will celebrate cats during a special “CATurday” game featuring limited edition uniforms. The Lakewood Blue Claws announced that the team will wear special uniforms featuring several pictures of cats this Saturday (July 9). The cat-themed jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit BlueClaws Charities.

… Fans who sign a waiver will also be able to purchase a $2 Paw Pass that will allow them to bring cats on leashes or in carriers to the ballpark for the game.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ESCAPED INMATE TURNS HIMSELF IN AT BAR _ An inmate who escaped a northwestern Arkansas jail showed up at a nearby bar a week later, ordered a beer and declared he was turning himself in. The 45-year-old escapee was wearing a dirty prison uniform and covered in insect bites. He drinking a beer when police arrived and surrendered without incident.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TRESPASSES AND SLEEPS IN WOMAN’S HOME _ A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to trespassing in a woman’s house and falling asleep. Police say when the woman arrived at her home she found a note on the door saying, “Don’t be scared when you come, Bob is here.” The woman’s boyfriend told police he knew “Bob”, but not well and hadn’t seen him in a long time. And the couple hadn’t given Bob permission to stay at their home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BREAKS INTO FIRE STATION _ Eugene, Oregon, firefighters returning to their station from battling a brush fire got a surprise when they walked inside and found a stranger, dressed in firefighter gear, sitting at a table waiting for the crew’s return. The 36-year-old man was arrested on drug charges and criminal trespass.


ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BATTLE BOTS (8p ET, ABC) — The robots continue to do battle as 32 teams advance out of the qualifying round in this new edition.

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

BONES (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — A house guest is evicted and the head of household competition is held in this new edition.

GREATEST HITS (9p ET, ABC) — Tonight’s new episode highlights the hits from1995-2000. The Backstreet Boys team up with Meghan Trainor, Coolio with CeeLo Green, Jewel with Tori Kelly, LL COOL J and Wiz Khalifa, an acoustic performance by Hanson, and John Legend performs.

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (9p ET, NBC) — Six new teams compete in this new edition.

HOME FREE (9p ET, FOX) — Mike and Tim guide the contestants to learn the fundamentals of home construction in this new edition.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (9p ET, CW) — In this new episode, the gang draws closer together when Vincent and Cat discover another nemesis out to get Vincent.

AQUARIUS (10p ET, NBC) — Hodiak assists an old war buddy in finding his blackmailer in this new episode.

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

MATCH GAME (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike) — This “new” episode features Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt, with first-hand celebrity accounts and secrets behind song choices.


ENTERTAINMENT

PRINCE BACKUP GROUP THE REVOLUTION TO REUNITE IN SEPTEMBER _ Prince is getting the old band back together, months after his death. The musician’s former backup group The Revolution will reunite for a pair of shows in the fall. The concerts will take place September 2 and 3 at Minneapolis club First Avenue, where portions of Prince’s 1984 film Purple Rain were filmed.

SARAH SILVERMAN ‘LUCKY TO BE ALIVE’ AFTER FREAK ILLNESS _ Sarah Silverman is alive and well following a frightening medical scare. The comedian shared on Facebook Wednesday that she was in the ICU at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after having contracted epiglottitis last week. She shared, “I was in the ICU all of last week and I am insanely lucky to be alive. Don’t even know why I went to the doctor, it was just a sore throat. But I had a freak case of epiglottitis.” Epiglottitis occurs when a piece of small cartilage that covers the windpipe swells and blocks air from getting into the lungs. It can cause respiratory failure.

SHOOTER STUNTMAN INJURED IN ON-SET ACCIDENT _ A stuntman was injured on the set of the USA Network series Shooter. The incident reportedly involved actor Tom Sizemore. According to TMZ, Sizemore was behind the wheel of a vehicle on set. While filming, he jumped into the car, put it in reverse, and accidentally backed over the stuntman. The series is a remake of the 2007 film of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg, based on the Stephen Hunter novel Point of Impact.

STAR WARS: EPISODE 8’s WRAP DATE HAS BEEN REVEALED _ Mark Hamill shared in a tweet that Star Wars: Episode 8 will wrap up filming on Friday, July 22.

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME JOINS KICKBOXER: RETALIATION _ Jean-Claude Van Damme is returning for Kickboxer: Retaliation, the sequel to Kickboxer: Vengeance. The Belgian actor starred in Kickboxer: Vengeance as a karate master. He played the lead in the original 1989 Kickboxer.

ALIENS 30TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION AT COMIC-CON _ 20th Century Fox and the Alamo Drafthouse recently celebrated the Alien franchise with Alien Day, but there’s still more celebrating to be done with this series. July 18 marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron‘s Aliens. For the occasion, Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, and more will participate in a panel at San Diego Comic Con.

CHRISSY TEIGEN BOUGHT A FAN A $400 BLENDER _ While Chrissy Teigen’s been known to engage in a Twitter beef or two, she’s also using the social media service for positive purposes, like surprising a fan with a brand new blender. Medical student Amina Foon tweeted about her online shopping adventure, where a session looking for a blender ended in her purchasing Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings, instead. Amina tweeted: “Went on amazon for a blender and ended up buying @chrissyteigen’s cookbook”. Teigen spotted the tweet and replied, “Ima send u a blender DM me your address”. The blender wasn’t just any blender; Teigen bought her fan a $400 Vitamix blender and even wrapped it in paper covered with images of her face.

THE NEW IRON MAN: A FEMALE BLACK TEEN _ Robert Downey Jr. better watch his back. Marvel Comics is getting a new — female — Iron Man: a black teenager named Riri Williams. Williams will be stepping into the role of Iron Man at the conclusion of the current Civil War II event. Williams is a genius who gained admission to MIT at 15 before building her own Iron Man suit in her dorm room.

MAN NEEDS HELP GETTING BILL MURRAY TO ATTEND BILL MURRAY-THEMED ART SHOW _ An artist needs the Internet’s help connecting with living legend Bill Murray for his all-Bill Murray themed art exhibit. Artist Ezra Croft of Fairfield, California created an upcoming exhibit. Every last piece of art on display at the San Francisco event will depict Murray in a painting, a multimedia portrait or a sculpture, and it’s open to the public. Croft really wants Murray to drop by, so he took to Craigslist to ask for help getting word about the event to Murray. The event will take place July 23.

PRODUCTION FOR SEASON 7 OF GAME OF THRONES MAY START LATE _ Game of Thrones writers and producers says production for Season 7 of the HBO show may be delayed because there’s not enough gloomy weather. One of the producers says, “We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season … sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim, gray weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of June 27-July 3.

  1. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 11.21 million
  2. NCIS, CBS, 7.71 million
  3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 7.08 million
  4. The Bachelorette, ABC, 6.86 million
  5. The 100,000 Pyramid, ABC, 6.58 million
  6. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 6.32 million
  7. Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 6.3 million
  8. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.13 million
  9. Olympic Trials (Tuesday), NBC, 5.89 million
  10. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 5.87 million
  11. Olympic Trials (Wednesday), NBC, 5.77 million
  12. NASCAR Sprint Cup, NBC, 5.7 million
  13. 60 Minutes Presents, CBS, 5.66 million
  14. Match Game, ABC, 5.65 million
  15. Olympic Trials (Thursday), NBC, 5.3 million
  16. Blue Bloods, CBS, 5.27 million
  17. Olympic Trials (Monday), NBC, 5.17 million
  18. Zoo, CBS, 5.14 million
  19. Life in Pieces, CBS, 5.05 million
  20. Mom, CBS, 4.87 million

AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS: Eric Stonestreet talks about the movie and Kevin Hart talks about his character Snowball.

• THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS: Movie clip.

• MYSTERY VOICE: Kristin Wiig.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

EVERY 60 SECONDS ON FACEBOOK

• 510 comments are posted

• 293,000 statuses are updated

• 208,000 photos are uploaded

• 4.1 million posts are Liked

• 2.7 million videos are viewed (part or all)

• 10,000 friend requests

5 WAYS TO GET YOURSELF BANNED FROM THE NATIONAL PARKS

• Crashing a Drone – The Crime: Andreas Meissner was shooting video for his friend’s nonprofit when he crashed his camera drone into Lake Yellowstone in 2014. Rangers busted him when he asked for their help retrieving it; when officials examined the memory card, they discovered that he had made two other flights in the park. The Punishment: Prohibited from entering Yellowstone for one year; fined $1,600 and sentenced to one year probation.

• “Fixing” a Sign – The Crime: Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, who called themselves the Typo Eradication Advancement League, were on a cross-country trip when they added  a comma and moved an apostrophe on a sign at Grand Canyon’s Desert View Watchtower in 2008. The sign was a hand-painted antique, and the National Park Service came calling after Deck and Herson posted about it on their blog. The Punishment: Booted from all national parks for one year; fined $3,035 and sentenced to one year probation.

• Blocking a Road – The Crime: In 2014, Comfrey Jacobs tried to block trailers from taking Yellowstone bison to slaughter by chaining himself to a 50-gallon concrete-filled drum in the road. Officials used a tractor to move him out of the way, then spent hours cutting him loose. The Punishment: Blacklisted from Yellowstone for three years; fined $3,355 and sentenced to three years probation

• Collecting Artifacts – The Crime: Dawn Laate and Preston A. Waggoner illegally collected more than 40 Ancestral Puebloan artifacts from Lowry Ruin in Colorado’s Canyon of the Ancients National Monument in 2009. A visitor to the monument saw them and alerted a nearby ranger. The Punishment: Barred from Canyon of the Ancients for one year; fined $2,500 each, with $2,000 suspended, and had to publish letters of apology in local papers.

• Dumping Waste – The Crime: James Barber was working at a wastewater treatment plant in Mt. Rainier in 2011 when a buildup clogged one of the filters. Instead of fixing it, he opened an emergency bypass, dumping roughly 200,000 gallons of sewage into the Nisqually River, then went on vacation. The Punishment: Banned from Mt. Rainier for five years; fined $15,000 and sentenced to 30 days home confinement and one year probation.

Source: backpacker.com


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 27% of drivers admit they do this while operating their vehicle. (Check Facebook)

TRIVIA: If you see one of these in a bar, the center of it must be 5 feet 8 inches off the ground. (A dartboard)

WHO SAID IT?

“I think no matter if it’s Hillary or Donald Trump, we’re gonna be plagued with PMS either way — presidential mood swings!”

• Dolly Parton*

• Sharon Osbourne

• Kathie Lee Gifford

• Caitlyn Jenner


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Cat magic.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Life is good.


DATEBOOK: JULY 8, 2016

This is day 190 of 2016. There are 176 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Steve Lawrence is 81

• Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development) is 72

• Anjelica Huston (Addams Family movies, The Royal Tenenbaums) is 65

• Kevin Bacon is 58

• Rocky Carroll (Leon Vance on NCIS) is 53

• Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Almost Famous) is 48

• Michael Weatherly (played Tony on NCIS) is 48

• Beck is 46

• Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, NBC’s Heroes) is 39

• Sophia Bush (Chicago P.D.) is 34

• Jaden Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) is 18

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1680: The first confirmed tornado in America killed one person in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

• 1776: The Declaration of Independence was read aloud in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

• 1831: John Stith Pemberton was born in Knoxville, Georgia. Pemberton was a pharmacist addicted to morphine after using it to treat a wound he received as a Confederate officer in the Civil War. His search for a cure for the addiction, which he never found, led him to create a beverage. His syrup debuted in Atlanta on May 8, 1886. Soon called Coca-Cola, it went on to make his partners and investors quite wealthy. But not Pemberton, as the inventor sold his interest in 1888.

• 1881: The first ice cream sundae was served for the first time by druggist Edward Berner of Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

• 1889: The first issue of the Wall Street Journal was published.

• 1947: Reports were broadcast that a UFO had crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico.

• 1987: Lt. Col. Oliver North became a daytime TV star, pulling in more viewers than many game shows and soap operas. He captured center stage as the Iran-Contra hearings were televised throughout the U.S.

• 2008: In preparation for its Summer Olympics, China announced it was training 200,000 cheerleaders.

• 2011: Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Collector Car Appreciation Day; National Blueberry Day; Video Games Day

UPCOMING

• September 5: Labor Day

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JULY 9

• Brian Dennehy is 78. Richard Roundtree is 74. Chris Cooper is 65. Jimmy Smits is 61. Tom Hanks is 60. Kelly McGillis is 59. Courtney Love is 52. Jack White is 41. Fred Savage is 40.

• Bald Is In. Body Painting Day. Sugar Cookie Day.

SUNDAY, JULY 10

• Ron Glass is 71. Country singer Ken Mellons is 51. Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts is 46. Sofia Vergara is 44. Adrian Grenier is 40. Chiwetel Ejiofor is 39. Jessica Simpson is 36.

• Don’t Step On A Bee Day. Piña Colada Day.