INTERPREP ★ AUGUST 4, 2016

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 4, 2016

This is day 217 of 2016. There are 149 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Richard Belzer (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Homicide) is 72

• Billy Bob Thornton is 61

• President Barack Obama is 55

• Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O, Lost) is 48

• NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon is 44

• Abigail Spencer (Timeless) is 35

• Dylan and Cole Sprouse (Big Daddy, Grace Under Fire) are 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1830: Plans for the city of Chicago were laid out.

• 1892: The family of Lizzie Borden was found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home.

• 1945: Golfer Byron Nelson recorded the most tournament wins in a season: 18. (Still a record.)

• 1949: The NBL and NBAA merged into the National Basketball Association.

• 1956: Elvis Presley released Hound Dog.

• 2004: In Florence, Kentucky, Alan Swain walked into a bank and demanded cash from the teller. She told him “No.” He demanded money again and again she refused. To which Alan replied, “OK. I’ll go out and get my gun.” The bank employees then watched Alan jump in his car and, instead of fleeing, casually drive over to the shopping mall next door. He parked in the first place he found and walked inside. The cops were waiting for him when he came out.

• 2014: A hospital in France announced plans to open a wine bar where terminally ill patients would be able to enjoy a “medically-supervised” glass with their families. The head physician at the hospital said terminally ill patients had the right to “enjoy themselves”.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Coast Guard Day

• India Pale Ale Beer Day

• National Chocolate Chip Day

• Assistance Dog Day

• Single Working Women’s Day

UPCOMING

• August 5-21: Summer Olympics

• August 27: College football begins

• September 5: Labor Day

• September 8: NFL season begins

• October 12: Columbus Day

• October 31: Halloween

• November 8: Presidential Election

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4,216: Colleges in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

Two extremely rare Amur baby leopards were born at a zoo in the UK. [The scientific community is excited over the births, but all the crying got on Donald Trump’s nerves and he called for someone to get those babies out of here.]

The GOP is actively exploring options to take if Donald Trump should drop out of the presidential race. [I mean options other than throwing a big party.]

Parents of a two-year-old were arrested for leaving him alone at home in order to go capture Pokemon. [In the long run that kid would probably be better off if they had never come back.]

The New York Attorney General has ordered several businesses to cease-and-desist their fraudulent practice of selling ineffective anti-Zika products. [For example, so-called Zika-fighting lip balm, toothpaste, and nose hair clippers.]

Busch Gardens Tampa had to euthanize a beloved flamingo after it was attacked by a tourist. [The man was arrested and faces jail time which he will be required to spend while standing on one leg.]

A new study finds that Millennials are having less sex than Baby Boomers did at their age. [That’s because Baby Boomers spent all their time chasing each other, not Pokemon.]

In the Nicaraguan presidential race Daniel Ortega has named his spouse as his running mate. [I’ll bet Vice Presidential candidate Bill Clinton wouldn’t mind going one-on-one with Vice Presidential candidate Melania Trump.]

A Florida woman wound up in the ER after she accidentally shot herself in the hand while trying to take a Snapchat video of herself posing with a gun. [On the bright side, her video on how to make a tourniquet is getting lots of views.]

Experts are telling us that flossing is a waste of time. [Well, it took them long enough to figure that out. I can’t wait till they tackle the whole make-the-bed-each-day controversy.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THE iPHONE 7 WILL REPORTEDLY HIT APPLE STORES ON SEPTEMBER 16 _ If you’re wondering when you’ll be able to walk into an Apple Store and buy the new iPhone 7, one leaker is claiming September 16 is that day. The same source says pre-orders for the iPhone 7 would begin on September 12.

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT LOSES TRACK OF 15 SKULLS, SKELETON _ Fifteen human skulls and an entire human skeleton are among more than 100 items that have been reported missing from the University of Connecticut Health Center after a routine inventory. Officials believe the items were disposed of without the necessary paperwork.

CHILDREN’S FITNESS LEVELS ‘WIPED OUT’ BY LAZY SUMMER VACATION _ If your kids are active over their summer break, they’re in the minority. New research (by UKactive) shows today’s children are far less active during summer break than during the school year, with any fitness gains achieved during school wiped out in just six weeks.

SMARTPHONE USERS ARE BECOMING MORE AWARE OF SECURITY FEATURES _ As more personal business is conducted through smartphone devices, more users are implementing security measures for their devices. A recent survey (Harris) shows more smartphone users are protecting their devices with PINs and passwords than in previous years. In 2016, 69% of smartphone users had some sort of PIN/password, up 13% from 2015 and 38% from 2012.

TEENS DON’T ONLY KNOW TEXT SPEAK _ The widespread popularity of text messaging and social media has some concerned that the heavy use of slang and abbreviations has harmed literacy in teens. A study (University of Toronto) says that’s not the case. In the study, seventy teenagers who chatted through instant messaging used a “fusion of different levels of diction.” The researchers found the teens were using both formal writing phrasing used in school and informal words.

ISIS IS TAKING PICTURES WITH KITTENS _ It appears that ISIS is trying to depict itself as a compassionate terror group. Now it’s releasing photos of its soldier holding cuddly kittens. The photos have been published on ISIS’s online magazine.

WHAT ARE YOUR 50+ GOALS? _ According to a survey, the top three goals of Americans over 50 are weight loss, writing a book and taking a Hawaiian trip or Alaskan cruise.


OLYMPICS

AUDIO: Olympic Fanfares (.zip file) – InterPrep purchased a license for affiliates to use these beds and workparts. For use only on subscribing stations.

PREVIEWING EVERY OLYMPIC SPORT _ A quick preview of every sport taking place in Rio.

6,755 HOURS OF PROGRAMMING _ NBC will provide an unprecedented 6,755 hours of programming during Rio. Almost all of the Games will be streamed online, but not the Opening Ceremonies. In this summer’s Rio Olympics, which open tomorrow (Friday), more than 10,000 athletes will compete in over 300 events in 42 different sports.

COMING TO THE 2020 OLYMPICS _ The International Olympic Committee has decided to add baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing to the Olympic program for the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. The addition of new sports comes as a result of the Olympic Committee’s decision to get rid of the 28-sport limit in December 2014. The Summer Olympics will instead be capped at 10,500 athletes and 310 medals.

THE BEDAZZLING OF THE AMERICAN GYMNAST _ So it begins: the flag-waving excitement, the teeth-grinding anticipation, the blinding sparkle. In 2008, when Nastia Liukin won the gold medal in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Beijing, her leotard had 184 crystals on it. In 2012, when Gabby Douglas won the same event in London, her leotard had 1,188. This year, many of the Team USA leotards will have close to 5,000 Swarovski crystals each.

SOME COUNTRIES HAVE NEVER WON AN OLYMPIC MEDAL _ Did you know that 75 countries have never won a single Olympic medal? That’s more than a third of the countries taking part in this year’s Rio Olympic Games.

HEY OLYMPICS, BRING BACK CLUB SWINGING _ We love swimming and women’s gymnastics the most. What, no love for live pigeon shooting? Back in 1900, the live pigeon shooting competition brought down 300 birds and was “a bloody mess” at the Paris Olympics. Some other strange Olympic events throughout history

Club swinging — Not picking up babes at nightclubs, but actually swinging heavy clubs around and around

Tug of war — That’s exciting TV. Too bad they eliminated it in 1920

Swimming obstacle course — Swimmer had to climb over boats, swim under things and then climb up a pole. This was another event that was halted after the 1900 Paris games. I’d like to see this one come back! Maybe throw in some sharks to spice it up a bit!

Roller hockey — 1992 was the one and only year for roller hockey

La Canne — It’s like fencing, but with a walking stick.

Rope climbing — This classic gym activity was eliminated after 1932.

2012: FENCER REFUSED TO LEAVE ARENA _ In one of the strangest moments of the 2012 London Olympics, South Korean fencer Shin A Lam lost a highly controversial decision in the semifinals and then refused to leave the arena as her team scrambled to make an appeal. Shin was tied with German Britta Heidemann in the semifinal match of the women’s individual when a clock error occurred. The clock froze with one second remaining, allowing Heidemann a few extra seconds to score the winning point. Had the clock expired on time, they would have finished the round tied, and Shin would have advanced to the gold-medal match. Instead, the officials met for a lengthy period of time, and when they emerged with a decision, they awarded the victory to Heidemann. An understandably devastated Shin then sat on the bench for an hour, as leaving the arena would qualify as an acceptance of the decision. Eventually, her team submitted an appeal, which was effectively denied.

2012: EGYPTIAN WRESTLERS SHOWED UP TOO LATE TO WRESTLE _ Here’s a nightmare for every Olympic athlete: oversleeping. It was in 2012 that two wrestlers from Egypt forfeited their matches when they didn’t show up in time.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JOINT ROLLER EARNS UP TO $7,000 FOR HIS CREATIONS _ ( AUDIO) A man who rolls joints for a living is proving the old adage of “do what you love and the money will follow.” Tony Greenhand of Albany, Oregon said he’s “considered one of the best joint-rollers in the world.” His biggest order yet was for $7,000 to make a set of small joints that looked like weapons, including a fully smokeable AK-47 he made from rolling papers and a half-pound of weed. Greenhand describes his career this way: “I basically jump out of bed and start rolling joints.” • VIDEO

… He once rolled a 4.2 pound joint that looked like a watermelon.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PRANKSTER CHANGES NEW YORK ROAD SIGN TO READ ‘I LOVE YOU’ _ A prankster’s changes to the message on an electronic roadside sign in Buffalo may be causing motorists to smile, but New York State Police aren’t amused. Someone accessed the keyboard on a sign along Route 198 and changed the message to read: “It’s All A Dream.” The same sign Tuesday flashed “I Love You” before crews shut it down.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUN LEFT IN BATHROOM _ An employee at a bank in Wisconsin called police after he went into the restroom and found a loaded gun on the toilet. A short time later, the bank got a call from an employee of an armored security firm who said he realized he had left his gun at the bank when he stopped there. The gun was returned.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN CALLS 911 ON UNDERPERFORMING HUBBY _ Is your husband not living up to his, uh, obligations? What better way to renew the spark than a 911 call and a bedroom full of embarrassed policeman? A 44-year-old woman in Germany called the cops on her husband in the middle of the night, complaining that he was not satisfying her. After sleeping in separate beds for months without any action, the woman reportedly awoke and demanded that her husband take care of business. When he refused, she dialed 911.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CLUMSY CROOK _ A clumsy crook has himself to blame for a robbery that left him in the hospital and his accomplice in jail. Sheriff’s deputies in Texas say a teen used a gun to rob a grocery store. While trying to run away, his gun somehow went off twice. One of the bullets hit him in the leg. Another teen who acted as his look out got away but his mother turned him into authorities.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DUMPS FIANCE FOR WEDDING PLANNER _ In Britain, A woman has dumped her fiance and is going to marry her wedding planner.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NURSE LUCKY TO BE ALIVE CRASH _ A nurse at a Maryland trauma center ended up in the trauma unit herself after she stopped to help the victims of a crash. Early Wednesday morning a tractor trailer tanker truck carrying liquid asphalt  struck the rear of a slow moving dump truck. The dump truck overturned, the tractor trailer jackknifed and caught fire. Meanwhile, 47-year-old Angela Weir and her husband were in their car going the opposite direction and stopped across from the scene of the crash. Weir vaulted over the wall to get to the accident victims as her husband called 9-1-1. What Weir didn’t realize is that she was jumping off the highway bridge that spans a river 100 feet below. A Maryland State Trooper rescued her and rendered first aid until she could be flown to a the hospital. She was treated and released.


ON TELEVISION

RIO OLYMPICS PREVIEW SPECIAL (8p ET, NBC) — Bob Costas hosts this Olympics preview that covers all of the topics related to the Rio Olympics and introduces the host city and country. There are also featured are profiles of athletes, including Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Usain Bolt and more.

BATTLEBOTS (8p ET, ABC) — YouTube persona Michael Stevens (Vsauce) serves as guest judge as 16 teams continue to battle their way to the championship in this new edition.

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

SEASON FINALE: HOME FREE (8p ET, FOX) — In the 2-hour season finale, the remaining two contestants compete to win the ultimate dream home for their heroes.

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.

SEASON FINALE: GREATEST HITS (9p ET, ABC) — The live, 2-hour season finale covers the hits from 1980-2005, with performances by Cyndi Lauper, Sheryl Crow, Celine Dion, Ariana Grande, Adam Lambert, and Nelly.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (9p ET, NBC) — A 2-hour repeat

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

KILLING THE COLORADO (9p ET, Discovery) — This new documentary examines how drought conditions, shortsighted policies, and poor planning have greatly diminished the once-mighty Colorado River and how it could affect the water supply for the entire western United States.

CODE BLACK (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

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


ENTERTAINMENT

BRITNEY SPEARS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ON APPLE MUSIC _ Pop queen Britney Spears took to Twitter Wednesday morning to announce the release date of her new album Glory. Spears called it “the beginning of a new era” as she shared with fans the release date of her ninth studio album. Glory is scheduled to hit headphones August 26 via Apple Music. The mother of two is currently in the middle of her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood.

ALIEN 5 WILL FEATURE SURVIVING CAST MEMBERS FROM ALIENS _ When Alien 5 was rumored way back in the early 2000s, collective groans and sighs could be heard throughout the cinematic world. After all, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection didn’t leave fans of the franchise with the fondest of memories. In an interview with Forbes, Michael Biehn — who played Corporal Hicks in Aliens back in 1986 — explained how Alien 5 is still very much a go and remains a passion project for Sigourney Weaver, who became a household name by starring in the original Alien back in 1979.

SUICIDE SQUAD FANS PETITION TO SHUT DOWN ROTTEN TOMATOES _ Suicide Squad has received some very negative reviews from critics. DC fans are not impressed, spewing hate at reviewers on social media, unable to understand how the much-hyped villainous team-up could be anything less than brilliant. In an attempt to upset the system, one disappointed fan, Abdullah Coldwater, has decided to start a petition to shut down review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes — where the film’s currently holding a 35% approval rating. Almost 7,000 angered people have signed the petition.

… It should be noted that Suicide Squad has yet to be released in theaters and very few people have actually seen the film, therefore making it difficult to gauge if people do actually disagree with the critics on this one.

THE VIEW ANNOUNCES CO-HOSTS FOR SEASON 20 _ The View is coming back for a 20th season in September. ABC has officially released the names of the ladies who will continue on with those heated debates that they are so well known for.

… In addition to Whoopi Goldberg, who had already renewed her contract earlier, ABC announced that Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Candace Cameron Bure, and Raven-Symoné will all be back on the show to join her. Good Morning America anchor Sara Haines has been confirmed as well. She has already debuted as a fill-in recently and has fit right in. Haines will replace comedian Michelle Collins, who was let go from the talk show in June.

… Two other ladies that the audience is now pretty familiar with, Jedediah Bila and Sunny Hostin, were also revealed as joining the ABC talk show for frequent appearances as they have been all summer.

MOVIE ICON JERRY LEWIS PLAYS A GRIEVING HUSBAND IN TRAILER FOR MAX ROSE _ Film and comedy icon Jerry Lewis will soon be back on the big screen in the drama Max Rose. The movie will co-star Dean Stockwell, Claire Bloom, Kevin Pollak, Illeana Douglas and Mort Sahl. Jerry plays a musician who attempts to unravel a mystery concerning his recently deceased wife of 65 years. Max Rose opens this fall. • TRAILER

TERRENCE HOWARD WAS ALMOST KICKED OFF EMPIRE _ Terrence Howard plays ruthless businessman Lucious Lyon on Empire, but off-screen the actor is facing a business battle of his own. Howard’s former management company, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, filed a formal complaint on Tuesday that claims the actor owes the company $250,000 after their team helped save his job on the hit Fox show. There is no context provided to imply why Howard’s position on the show was in jeopardy, but the complaint states that his former management company “intervened with the Los Angeles-based executives … and effectively saved Howard’s job on Empire…”

MARIAH CAREY: AMERICAN IDOL WAS THE MOST ABUSIVE EXPERIENCE _ Mariah Carey is still hurting from her time on American Idol. In an interview Wednesday Carey said, “It was the most abusive experience.” She then quickly moved away from the subject of Idol, which she has criticized before.

LADY GAGA & TONY BENNETT WILL RECORD SECOND ALBUM NEXT YEAR _ Lady Gaga will be doing a second album with Tony Bennett. Bennett revealed they’ll begin working on the album early next year.

SUITS GETS SEASON 7 RENEWAL FROM USA NETWORK _ USA Network says Suits has been renewed for a seventh season.

OLIVER STONE WANTS YOU TO SHUT OFF YOUR CELLPHONES DURING A MOVIE _ Oliver Stone wants you to shut off your cellphones during a movie. • VIDEO


AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• PRO JOINT ROLLER: Pro joint roller jumps out of bed and starts rolling  → Story in August 3 Wacky-But-True.

• MYSTERY VOICE: Mel Gibson.

• LIGHTING: Blogger Nick Griemsmann was playing weatherman during an intense thunderstorm in Arizona when the job got a little too real. (VIDEO)

• SIRI READS EMOJI: Siri will read you all 1,064 emoji. To get it working you just need to connect your iPhone to Apple CarPlay so you can have your text messages read aloud and then have someone send you an emoji text.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

HOW TO RAISE A SMARTER CHILD

Forbes.com says these simple steps can help your child grow up smarter and more well-adjusted:

• Be Natural — Though there are plenty of methods and prescriptions for raising children, doctors say the most important thing for parents to do is act natural. “We need to encourage parents to trust their instincts,” says Dr. Jonathan Gitlin, professor of pediatrics and genetics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “There are many ways to raise a child, and most of them are right.”

• Breastfeed — According to Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten, breastfeeding for the first year is associated with an eight-IQ-point advantage for a baby. The reason: Breast milk contains DHA, a very critical fat for brain function. Fortunately for mothers who are unable to breast feed, newer formulas are being made with DHA.

• Limit Exposure To Television — Some people believe that any television is bad for children in their formative years, but Perlmutter believes it is only problematic before the age of 2. The one-sided nature of television fails to encourage verbal skills. “To learn the appropriate use of language, a child must receive the right responses from those around him,” he says.

• Encourage Social Interaction — It’s hard to say how much social interaction a child needs, but one thing is for sure–it helps a child develop the social skills that are crucial later on in life. “We all know those people with high IQs who work in a back room of a business because they don’t have the social skills to pull off a team effort,” says Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, professor and psychologist at Temple University in Philadelphia.

• Feed Them Before Birth — Proper nutrition is vital for children, but mothers must also make certain they give babies essential vitamins and nutrients before they are born. Making sure a baby has a balanced, nutrient-dense diet is the first step toward ensuring that he or she will be intelligent and healthy. “Although the brain is able to adapt to change, and brain development happens after birth, there are significant effects of poor nutrition during pregnancy that can last a child’s lifetime,” says Dr. Gitlin.

• Play — According to Hirsh-Pasek, how you learn is as important as what you learn, which is why she encourages that babies and children get enough playtime. “There are so many TV shows and toys that teach the ABC’s and 123’s, but we as humans learn best in meaningful contexts, rather than memorizing. There is natural learning that occurs in everyday, ordinary environments.”

• Start Instruments Early — Early exposure to musical training can have a tremendous effect on a child. According to Perlmutter, learning to play an instrument at the age of 4 can raise a child’s IQ by as much as 6 points. “Some parents think that children aren’t equipped at that age, but in reality, they can easily learn at that point,” he says.

• Use A Village To Raise A Child — More heads are better than one when it comes to caring for your child. Not only do other people bring different strengths to a child’s developing mind, but it’s helpful to have a support system–think about the soccer mom toting around her child and several others. “It takes all of us to build a community where a child feels safe,” Hirsh-Pasek says. “That’s where children can grow up to be everything they want to be.”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average cost to do this is $12,230. (Move. This is a for a household.)

MYSTERY VOICE

Question: Who is this?

Answer: Mel Gibson


VIDEO OF THE DAY

When you wake up thinking it’s Friday and are reminded it’s Thursday.


IMAGE OF THE DAY


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: AUGUST 4, 2016

• 1963: A 21-year-old housewife named CONNIE SMITH won a talent contest in Ohio that was being judged by BILL ANDERSON. Within a year, she’d recorded her first single, Once A Day, which went to number one.

• 1986: In Washington state MERLE HAGGARD stood up 10,000 Clark County Fair fans. Fair officials said he’d had a fight with his wife, but his spokesman said he had the flu.

• 1984: THE JUDDS scored their first number one on the Billboard Country Singles Chart with Mama, He’s Crazy.

• 1998: With 47, GEORGE STRAIT became the most nominated artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards. He moved past MERLE HAGGARD, who held the previous record of 43.

• 2004: JIMMY BUFFETT’s album License To Chill spent its third straight week at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart.

• 2004: CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON scored six nominations for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

• 2008: BROOKS & DUNN received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

• 2010: TIM MCGRAW was named Artist of the Decade in terms of airplay across all genres with nearly 8 million total spins from 2000 and 2009.


COUNTRY AUDIO

ON THE COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE…

• KENNY CHESNEY on his song Setting The World On Fire.

• MIRANDA LAMBERT loves Chicago.mp

• JAKE OWEN on his song American Country Love Song.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

An unnamed source close to Gwen Stefani tells People she and BLAKE SHELTON could get engaged in the not-too-distant future. The source says with her tour, the timing hasn’t been right, but Gwen is extremely happy with Blake.

BLAKE SHELTON has been with The Voice since its inception, and while several other stars have rotated through the TV singing competition’s big red chairs, the country singer and pop artist Adam Levine have been coaching constants — and there’s a reason for it. NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt jokes, “They love doing the show, and they love the paycheck.”

… Greenblatt added, in all seriousness, that Blake and Adam “are always hugely popular whenever we do testing, and we’ve done a fair amount of that over 11 cycles … they’re the pillars of the show…”

SHANIA TWAIN’s album Come On Over is Billboard’s “Greatest of All-Time” Country Album. The list spans from 1964-2016 with the Top 10 titles including two by GARTH BROOKS (No Fences (#2) and Garth Brooks (#4); RANDY TRAVIS’ Always & Forever (#5); CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Some Hearts (#7); and the soundtrack to O Brother Where Art Thou? (#10).

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s July 30 concert at Cheyenne Frontier Days (Wyoming) brought in 25,011 fans, breaking the previous attendance record set by JASON ALDEAN.

CHRIS STAPLETON’s album Traveler re-gains the top spot on the Country Albums chart this week.

On September 23 DWIGHT YOAKAM will release a bluegrass album, Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars. The eleven songs are interpretations of favorites from his catalog done bluegrass style.

JOHN RICH plans to open two more Redneck Riviera bars this year — one in Las Vegas, the other in Nashville.

For LUKE BRYAN, his art isn’t his vocal range or the types of songs he sings but rather the ability to get people together in the name of having a good time.

BRANDY CLARK has written several hits for other artists and herself but she has one big fear — that her songwriting well will run dry. Fortunately, just about the time she thinks that, inspiration strikes for more tunes.


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 5, 2016

This is day 218 of 2016. There are 148 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Loni Anderson is 71

• Maureen McCormick (Marcia The Brady Bunch) is 60

• Former NBA star Patrick Ewing is 54

• Jonathan Silverman (The Single Guy) is 50

• Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) is 36

• Runner Lolo Jones is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1923: Syracuse University refused to let a student, Bernice Goldstein, graduate because she could not learn to swim.

• 1930: Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, was born.

• 1962: Marilyn Monroe died.

• 1978: Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds registered his 3,000th major league hit.

• 1999: A man who admitted making thousands of obscene phone calls over a three year period was arrested in Vienna, Austria after one of the women told him she was busy and would return his call. So he gave her his phone number.

• 2005: A 38-year-old suburban New York City man allegedly admitted to police he drank 10 beers before lighting a commercial-grade firework inside his home, blowing up the house and burning himself and a female companion. A sheriff’s spokesman said the firework — designed to spread a pattern up to 50 feet across — was set in an 8 by 8 room.

• 2008: IBM was granted a patent for storing a customers preference for ‘paper or plastic bags’ on stores’ customer loyalty cards.

• 2009: A new study revealed that the French spend more time at the table and in bed than other nations.

• 2010: Thirty-three workers were trapped in a copper mine in northern Chile after a tunnel caved in. They were rescued after being entombed for 69 days.

• 2013: The Washington Post was purchased by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Oyster Day

• National Underwear Day

• International Beer Day

• Twins Day

UPCOMING

• August 27: College football begins

• September 5: Labor Day

• September 8: NFL season begins

• October 12: Columbus Day

• October 31: Halloween

• November 8: Presidential Election

More holidays


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6

• Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense) is 46. Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) is 44. Vera Farmiga is 43. Soleil Moon Frye is 40. Melissa George (Grey’s Anatomy) is 40. Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash) is 35.

• Hiroshima Day. National Fresh Breath Day. Mustard Day. Root Beer Float Day. Sandcastle Day.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7

• Humorist Garrison Keillor is 74. B.J. Thomas is 74. Country singer Rodney Crowell is 66. Wayne Knight (Seinfeld) is 61. David Duchovny is 56. Country singer Raul Malo of The Mavericks is 51. Charlize Theron is 41.

• Friendship Day. Lighthouse Day. National Kids’ Day. Sisters’ Day. Professional Speakers Day. Purple Heart Day.