INTERPREP ★ AUGUST 30, 2016

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DATEBOOK: AUGUST 30, 2016

This is day 243 of 2016. There are 123 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Businessman Warren Buffett is 86

• Ben Jones (The Dukes of Hazzard) is 75

• Artist and illustrator Robert Crumb is 73

• Actress Peggy Lipton (The Mod Squad, Twin Peaks) is 70

• Comedian Lewis Black is 68

• Michael Chiklis (The Shield) is 53

• Cameron Diaz is 44

• Lisa Ling is 43

• Tennis player Andy Roddick is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1963: A hotline between U.S. and Soviet leaders went into operation.

• 1967: Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

• 1984: The Space Shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage.

• 1993: The first episode of the Late Show with David Letterman aired on CBS, following Letterman’s move from NBC.

• 2001: Two killers who planned to marry in England’s Broadmoor Prison called off the wedding after finding out just how evil each other was. Lifers Sharon Carr and Robbie Layne, who had already bought gold rings, were stunned when they read a newspaper report describing their killings. A nurse said they stormed out of the room and wouldn’t even talk to each other.

• 2002: South African hijackers accosted a 41-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 14 and nine, in their driveway and drove them at knifepoint to meet up with another man who was unhappy with the color of the hijacked white Volvo. After stealing the victim’s mobile phone and jewelry, the hijackers returned her car keys and gave her specific directions when she said she didn’t know how to get home. No one was injured, but the mother suffered from shock.

• 2005: The 17th Street Canal in New Orleans was breached during Hurricane Katrina, leading to massive flooding and destruction.

• 2007: In Florida, a child’s grenade-shaped belt buckle caused a lengthy delay for passengers who were trying to leave a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Thousands of cruise passengers aboard the Freedom of Seas vessel waited several hours as a Miami-Dade police bomb squad investigated the scene. Transportation Security Administrator workers spotted the belt buckle while screening a suitcase that was loaded off the ship.

• 2014: Legislators in California passed a ban on disposable plastic grocery bags. Opponents of the ban gathered enough signatures to put it to a statewide vote (coming November, 2016).

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Slinky Day

• Frankenstein Day

• Whale Shark Day

• Grief Awareness Day

• Toasted Marshmallow Day

UPCOMING

• September 5: Labor Day

• September 8: NFL season begins

• October 12: Columbus Day

• October 31: Halloween

• November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back one hour)

• November 8: Presidential Election

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

469: Stations on the New York City subway line.


NEWS ATTACK!

Authorities found another tunnel between Mexico and the U.S. (Arizona). [They believe that it was a secret tunnel used by wanted Pokemon creatures on the run.]

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg met the pope and gave him a solar-powered drone. [Don’t laugh. I understand his problem. Every time I meet the pope I’m completely stressed out over what to give him.]

Charles Osgood, who’s now 83, announced that he would give up hosting CBS News Sunday Morning in September. [Good for him. CBS should be ashamed of itself for making a man that old work on weekends.]

Two Canadian men found that they were switched at birth. [It’s a shock to both, but at least one of them is relieved to discover that this means that he’s not actually related to the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.]

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been named America’s top party school. [The school mascot is a coaster.]

Brigham-Young University has been named America’s number one Stone-Cold Sober School for the 19th consecutive year. [Maybe that’s because no one else is trying?]

It’s been revealed that Mexican President Nieto plagiarized his thesis in law school. [That’s when he knew he was destined for politics.]

The six-member crew that had been stuck in a dome in an isolated part of Hawaii for a year in order to simulate space travel to Mars finally emerged the other day. [When they discovered who the choices are for president they ran back inside and locked the door.]

Australian police arrested three Canadians on a cruise ship for smuggling cocaine in their cabin. [Here’s some travel advice: Only tip the maid in cash.]

A major TV broadcaster in Britain shut down for an hour the other day in order to encourage people to get some exercise. [They did. They jumped off the couch and ordered delivery pizza.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THE COUNTRY’S TOP PARTY SCHOOL IS WISCONSIN _ The University of Wisconsin-Madison is America’s top party school, according to a new report in the Princeton Review. The Badgers beat out last year’s biggest drinkers, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. West Virginia University is the second best school to get sauced at, followed by University of Illinois.

… Lehigh University in Pennsylvania ranked fourth at beer guzzling and Bucknell University in Pennsylvania placed fifth.

… The ranking is based on an online survey of 143,000 students at colleges nationally. Students were asked students about alcohol and drug use on campus, the popularity of Greek life and the number of hours they study each day outside class.

… For students who don’t care to drink, Brigham Young University is No. 1 in the Stone-Cold Sober Schools category.

… Best Financial Aid: Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York

… Best Campus Food: University of Massachusetts-Amherst

… Best Dorms: Washington University in St. Louis

… Best Athletic Facilities: Penn State University

… Picturesque Campus: Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee

… Where students study most: West Point

ANTHONY WEINER ON INDEFINITE LEAVE _ Multiple news organizations have moved to sever or suspend their ties with Anthony Weiner on Monday after new reports that the former congressman was involved in another sexting scandal. A spokesperson for NY1, the 24-hour New York news channel, said in a statement that “Anthony Weiner is on indefinite leave from the station.” Weiner was a contributor for the network and had been a frequent guest on “Inside City Hall,” a nightly politics program. The New York Daily News, for which Weiner was an occasional columnist, separately said it would no longer run his columns.

… Both announcements came after Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife and a top Hillary Clinton aide, announced that she and her husband were separating. On Monday, The New York Post reported that while Abedin traveled the country with Clinton, Weiner had been exchanging lewd photos with “a busty brunette out West” for a about a year.

WOMAN’S MASSIVE ALLIGATOR BEATS HUNTING RECORD BY 1/8-INCH _ Mississippi wildlife officials confirmed a woman’s massive alligator catch is a new state record by a margin of only 1/8 of an inch. Tiffany Wienke said she was alligator hunting with six others Saturday night when the massive alligator pulled their attention away from a smaller specimen. She said it took her and her crew more than two hours to secure the beast.

… The 686-pound alligator was officially measured at 12 feet, 7-7/8 inches. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said in a Facebook post the alligator beat the previous record for an alligator caught on public land by 1/8 inch.

$600 DESIGNER SNEAKERS FEATURE DIRT, TEARS AND DUCT TAPE _ In case you don’t have the patience to wear in sneakers for yourself, you can now blow your latest paycheck on a pair of pre-dirtied, pre-ripped and pre-duct taped kicks. Fancy brand Golden Goose is selling the Distressed Superstar Sneakers at Barneys for approximately $600 a pair.

CHEWBACCA DRAWER SOUNDS LIKE OUR FAVORITE WOOKIEE _ Months ago the world was treated to Cokebacca — a Coke can being pushed across the desk which made the sound Chewbacca makes. Now we have Chewbacca Drawer.

MAN MADE BOMB THREATS TO GET FANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA _ A man in China who made numerous threats to blow up a shopping mall on social media to “get more followers” was sentenced to one year in prison. The guy posted five videos in November of last year in which he talks about a plot to blow up a shopping mall. He told the court he pulled the hoax to get more followers.

SAFETY TIP FROM INDIA’S TOURISM MINISTER: DON’T WEAR SKIRTS _ India’s tourism minister is backpedaling after suggesting that women who visit India shouldn’t wear skirts for their own safety. Mahesh Sharma made the comments over the weekend while promoting a welcome kit that will be handed out to tourists when they arrive in India. In the kit is a card listing the do’s and don’ts. Basic things like, “Don’t go out at night alone.” “Don’t wear skirts.”

… A string of sexual assaults against foreign women has sullied India’s reputation. The country has amended its laws to broaden the definition of rape. And it lists out strict punishments not only for rape but also for sexual assault, voyeurism and stalking.

… Critics slammed the minister, saying his comments put the burden on women, rather than on a government that ought to do a better job of improving security.

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER CELLS THAT CAUSE HARD NIPPLES _ An investigation into the biological machinery that handles involuntary responses in the body has led scientists to a distinct type of nerve that makes nipples go hard. Swedish researchers made the discovery while mapping out the various nerve cells that ferry messages around the body in times of emotional distress.

… Another type of nerve that emerged from the study hooks up with hair follicles. When activated, the nerves contract tiny muscles around the hairs, making them stand up and produce goosebumps.

CANDLE MAKES AMERICA (SMELL) GREAT AGAIN _ A company is selling a handmade, limited time only Trump-scented candle. JD & Kate Industries released their Trump-scented candle on Etsy with a recent upgrade: a lid with hair. JD & Kate describes the candle as a “phenomenal deal. Just phenomenal” and that the “Trump-Scented Candle may look small in the photo, but we guarantee you there’s no problem. We guarantee.”

… The candles are currently selling for $18.50 and for every candle sold, $3 will be donated to a not-for-profit working to help Syrian refugees. • LINK

MOTORIST TRIED TO STOP DRIVER SUSPECTED OF STARTING WILDFIRE _ A vehicle driven on its tire rim by a DUI suspect is believed to have sparked a California (Calaveras County) wildfire that has burned 450 acres. The fire broke out about 1 PM Sunday. It spread in dry grass and oak woodland. As of Monday, the fire was 30 percent contained. Officials also announced they believe a vehicle driven on a nearby road sparked several fires that developed into the big blaze. The driver of the sparking car was arrested by the California Highway Patrol near her vehicle. She was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. When the right rear tire on her vehicle went flat she began riding on the rim. The rim sent a shower of sparks that ignited grass along the shoulder of the roadway.

… Another motorist driving behind the sparking car and tried to get her to pull over, but she would not stop. The witness to the bizarre driving eventually passed her and used his vehicle to block her path.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOT PEPPER COOKING LEADS TO HAZMAT EVACUATION _ Emergency crews were called to a high-rise apartment building in Rochester, New York, Monday after someone microwaved a hot pepper. Firefighters said people had a hard time breathing as a result of the chemical capsaicin being released during the microwave cooking process. They likened it to a homemade pepper spray.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POKEMON DOH! _ A driver playing Pokemon Go crashed into a parked New Jersey police SUV. No one was in the cruiser at the time, and the 42-year-old SUV driver wasn’t injured. The man was cited for careless driving and other motor vehicle violations.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTS FAN VOMITS ON LIVE TV _ Baseball team the Charleston Riverdogs held a ribbon dancing contest between innings during a game on Thursday. It went well and one of the dancers was beaming as she strolled off the field, but then out of nowhere she vomited everywhere. And just in case the fans watching at home missed it, the Riverdogs uploaded the gross-out footage to social media.

… What made her ill remains unclear, but viewers have noted that the team runs a “Thirsty Thursdays” promotion. Others have suggested that it was simply ball-park food combined with the sudden physicality of dancing. • VIDEO

… The fan, named Bonnie, joked on Twitter that she gave “all she’s got” for her team.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN STABS HUBBY BECAUSE HE DRANK HER BEER _ A Pennsylvania woman was arrested for stabbing her husband with scissors and biting him because he drank her beer. He’s going to be fine, but he also had to be saved by the police in 2013 when she attacked him for forgetting to buy barbecue sauce. [He’s that guy in the scary movies that won’t move out of the house even though it’s obvious that there’s a powerful evil presence controlling things.]

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN DIDN’T WANT A STINKY BOAT _ Firefighters in Florida were called to a marina when a 38-foot yacht caught fire. The boat’s owner said he was “using the bathroom, and didn’t want it to smell bad,” so he lit a candle — but it tipped over and set the fire. The boat was destroyed, the yacht tied up in the next slip was severely damaged, and two others had smoke damage.


ON TELEVISION

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — The semifinalists perform for the judges in this new episode.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (8p ET, ABC) — In this new edition, a bachelorette decides to leave early, while two new faces arrive with a double-date card.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8p ET, FOX) — This repeat is followed by repeats of New Girl and Lucifer.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

ZOO (9p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Jamie and Mitch suffer an animal attack at the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE: AFTER PARADISE (9p ET, ABC) — New

MAD TV (9p ET, CW) — New

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER (9p ET, NBC) — In this new episode, Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman visit a geisha house and a samurai warrior school. Then while in Hong Kong, they stay at one of the top hotels in the world and visit a Chinese medicine shop.

SEASON FINALE: DEAD OF SUMMER (9p ET, Freeform) — As the end of summer draws near, the centuries-old fight between good and evil at Lake Stillwater ends once and for all in the season one finale.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

THE MIDDLE (10p ET, ABC) — This repeat is followed by a repeat of Fresh off the Boat.


ENTERTAINMENT

GENE WILDER DIES _( AUDIO) Gene Wilder died Sunday from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83.

WHY GENE WILDER DOESN’T HAVE A STAR ON THE WALK OF FAME _ Amid the outpouring of grief over the death of Gene Wilder on Monday, one location stayed oddly quiet: the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, where there is no star bearing the name of the late actor. But that’s not because he doesn’t deserve one. Ana Martinez, VP of media relations for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the landmark, says she wishes he had one, “But no one ever submitted the paperwork.”

… Martinez added, “Somebody mentioned a possible nomination years ago. But he didn’t seem to be interested.”

… Stars can be awarded posthumously, though only after a five-year waiting period. Anyone can nominate a star, be it a fan club or a coworker, as long as they have $30,000 on hand, which goes to pay for the maintenance of the plaque and production cost for the ceremony.

… There are other big names who have so far shied away from getting their stars, including Julia Roberts, Clint Eastwood and Bruce Springsteen.

TAYLOR SWIFT PICKED FOR JURY DUTY, TAKES SELFIES WITH JURORS _ Taylor Swift didn’t attend MTV’s Video Music Awards Sunday night in New York — it turns out she was in Tennessee preparing to take part in her civil duties like a normal citizen by attending jury duty. According to several tweets from fellow jury members, Swift was called to be a juror on a case in Nashville Monday. The singer also posed for selfies with jurors and gave out autographs to those who asked. Swift was ultimately dismissed as a prospective juror because she said she could not be impartial in a rape case. She referred to a pending civil lawsuit in which a Colorado radio deejay allegedly fondled her backside. • IMAGE

VILLAIN IN BEN AFFLECK’S SOLO BATMAN MOVIE WILL BE DEATHSTROKE _ Deathstroke will be Batman’s main foe in the upcoming standalone movie directed by Ben Affleck. The news comes after Affleck posted a cryptic video on Twitter Monday morning of the DC villain walking toward the camera. • VIDEO

… Deathstroke, also known as Slade Wilson, is a DC fan favorite. An ex-soldier–turned–assassin who debuted in a 1980 issue of New Teen Titans, Deathstroke has since appeared in several Batman-related projects, along with the CW series Arrow.

JAWS FANS: NETFLIX HAS YOU COVERED _ Every month new movies and TV shows come and go on Netflix. For Jaws fans, September means lots of Jaws: the original from 1975, plus Jaws 2 from 1978, Jaws 3 from 1983 and Jaws: The Revenge from 1987.

JOHN LENNON’S KILLER DENIED PAROLE FOR 9TH TIME _ John Lennon’s killer will remain behind bars after being denied parole for the ninth time. The New York state Board of Parole on Monday announced that it has again denied parole to Mark David Chapman, who on December 8, 1980 shot and killed the former Beatle outside his luxury Manhattan apartment. The 61-year-old Chapman pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is serving a sentence of 20-years to life in western New York.

… Chapman was last denied parole in 2014, and will be eligible to seek parole again in 2018.

SIMONE BILES PARTS WITH TRAINER _ Simone Biles has parted ways with her gymnastics coach of 11 years, Aimee Boorman.  After picking up an impressive four gold medals and one bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the 4-foot-8 dynamo will no longer train under Boorman — her mentor and trainer since she was 8.

… Boorman says, “We are both close and we always will be.”

GUY PEARCE AND CARICE VAN HOUTEN WELCOME A BABY BOY _ Guy Pearce and Carice van Houten are now parents. Pearce tweeted Monday: “A cute little package arrived and told us his name’s Monte Pearce. We think we’re gonna keep him. Placenta smoothie anyone?”

… Van Houten is a Dutch actress who plays Melisandre on Game of Thrones.

BEN HIGGINS AND LAUREN BUSHNELL FIX A TOILET _ Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell are doing home improvements. In a newly released trailer for the Bachelor couple’s upcoming reality series Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?, Higgins and Bushnell arrive at their new home as an engaged couple. The 15-second video also shows the duo going grocery shopping, Bushnell fixing a toilet and Higgins dropping a bombshell on his fiancée while sitting together on the couch. Higgins says, “There’s one big thing that you don’t know about me yet.” Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After? will premiere October 11 on Freeform.

GRIMM TO END WITH SEASON SIX, PRETTY LITTLE WITH SEVEN _ Fans of the show Grimm will be sad to hear that the NBC fairy tale drama will see the end of the road with season six. The final season will see a shortened order of 13 episodes and will premiere on January 6.

… Rumors have been swirling about the popular Freeform show Pretty Little Liars coming to an end. The prime time teen drama will come to an end with season seven. The final 10 episodes will start airing in April.

NEW ON DVD _ Released August 30.

• The Jungle Book
• The Commitments: 25th Anniversary Edition
• Me Before You
• Arrow – Season 4
• Chicago Fire – Season 4
• Chicago Med – Season 1
• Criminal Minds – Season 11
• Grey’s Anatomy – Season 12
• NCIS: Los Angeles – Season 7
• Shameless – Season 6


AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• GENE WILDER: Gene Wilder talks about his mom’s heart condition and what her doctor said to him.

• 2-YEAR-OLD SINGER: Listen as 2-year-old Violet Ogea belts out a passionate performance of the ABCs. It’s been viewed more than 3 million times on Facebook since her mom Christina posted it. • VIDEO

• MILLENNIAL WHOOP: The same exact whooping, melodic sequence has been showing up in a surprisingly high number of recent pop songs. The phenomenon was first noticed by musician and product manager Patrick Metzger. He detailed the trend, calling it The Millennial Whoop, in a post on his blog, The Patterning. Here’s how Metzger describes it: It’s a sequence of notes that alternates between the fifth and third notes of a major scale, typically starting on the fifth. The rhythm is usually straight 8th-notes, but it may start on the downbeat or on the upbeat in different songs. A singer usually belts these notes with an “Oh” phoneme, often in a “Wa-oh-wa-oh” pattern. And it is in so many pop songs it’s criminal.


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BITS & BREAKS

HOLES IN THE HEADLINES

Real newspaper headlines… have your news person or co-host try to guess the missing words.

• BLANK Found on Governor’s Daughter (Crack)

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down BLANK (Jaywalkers)

Juvenile Court to Try BLANK Defendant (Shooting)

Cold Wave Linked to BLANK (Temperatures)

Red Tape Holds Up New BLANK (Bridges)

New Study of Obesity Looks for BLANK Test Group (Larger)

Kids Make Nutritious BLANK (Snacks)

Hospitals are Sued by 7 BLANK Doctors (Foot)

BECAUSE I AM A MAN

Tony Anderson shot us this one. He said his crew livened it up by starting with a story about getting lost and not stopping for directions. A co-worker asked, “Why did you do that?” And he replied, “Why, you ask? Because I am a man.” And that’s when the slow, patriotic music kicked in and the bit started up. From the book Men vs. Women and Women vs. Men.

• Because I’m a man, when I lock my keys in the car, I will fiddle with a coat hanger long after hypothermia has set in. Calling a locksmith or two truck is not an option. I will win.

• Because I’m a man, when the car isn’t running very well, I will pop the hood and stare at the engine as if I know what I’m looking at. If another man shows up, one of us will say to the other, “I used to be able to fix these things, but now with all these computers and everything, I wouldn’t know where to start.” We will then drink a couple of beers and break wind.

• Because I’m a man, when I catch a cold, I need someone to bring me soup and take care of me while I lie in bed and moan. You’re a woman. You never get as sick as I do, so for you, this is no problem.

• Because I’m a man, I can be relied upon to purchase basic groceries at the store, like milk or bread. I cannot be expected to find exotic items like “hummus” or “tofu.” For all I know, these are the same thing.

• Because I’m a man, when one of our appliances stops working, I will insist on taking it apart, despite evidence that this will just cost me twice as much once the repair person gets here and has to put it back together.

• Because I’m a man, I must hold the television remote control in my hand while I watch TV. If the thing has been misplaced, I may miss a whole show looking for it.

• Because I’m a man, there is no need to ask me what I’m thinking about. The true answer is always either sex, cars, sex, sports or sex. I have to make up something else when you ask, so don’t ask.

• Because I’m a man, I do not want to visit your mother, or have your mother come visit us, or talk to her when she calls, or think about her any more than I have to. Whatever you got her for Mother’s Day is okay; I don’t need to see it. And don’t forget to pick up something for my mother, too.

• Because I’m a man, you don’t have to ask me if I liked the movie. Chances are, if you’re crying at the end of it, I didn’t. And if you are feeling amorous afterwards then I will certainly at least remember the name and recommend it to others.

• Because I’m a man, I think what you’re wearing is fine. I thought what you were wearing five minutes ago was fine, too. Either pair of shoes is fine. With the belt or without it, looks fine. Your hair is fine. You look fine. Can we just go now?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average kid has 6½ of these a year. (Colds)

TRIVIA: In Canada, the average height for one of these is 5′ 4″. (Woman)

HISTORY MYSTERY

The following events happened in September of what year:

• President Ronald Reagan proclaimed war against drugs.

• Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS opened on Broadway.

• Disney opened Epcot Center in Florida.

* What year was it? (1982)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Models from the new IKEA catalog speak.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

For D.C. house hunters.


DATEBOOK: AUGUST 31, 2016

This is day 244 of 2016. There are 122 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Van Morrison is 71

• Richard Gere is 67

• Drummer Gina Schock of The Go-Go’s is 59

• Deborah (Debbie) Gibson is 46

• Zack Ward (bully Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story) is 46

• Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) is 44

• Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) is 41

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1869: Scientist Mary Ward died in Ireland. She had the misfortune to fall under the wheels of an experimental steam car built by her cousins, making her the earliest motor vehicle accident victim.

• 1888: Mary Ann Nichols was murdered. She is the first of Jack the Ripper’s known victims.

• 1897: Thomas Edison patented the Kinetoscope, the first movie projector.

• 1948: Actor Robert Mitchum was arrested in a Hollywood drug raid. He would later be found guilty of criminal conspiracy to possess marijuana and was sentenced to 60 days in prison.

• 1963: Walter Cronkite began his stint as anchor of the “CBS Evening News.”

• 1976: Beatle George Harrison was found guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” when he wrote “My Sweet Lord.”

• 1976: Carallyn Bowes became the first woman to run across Canada when she arrived in Burnaby, B.C., after a 3,841-mile jog from Halifax. In 133 days she lost 15 pounds and wore out 13 pairs of shoes.

• 1997: Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris.

• 2001: A would-be bank robber went to the only empty cashier’s window to demand cash at a bank in Feldmoching, Germany. When the staff ignored him because he was standing at a closed window, the armed bandit fled empty-handed complaining about the appalling service at the bank.

• 2005: Martial law was declared in New Orleans amid reports of looters running wild, food and drinking water dwindling and bodies floating in the Katrina floodwaters.

• 2009: Walt Disney Co. announced it was acquiring comic book giant Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.

• 2010: President Barack Obama ended the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Trail Mix Day

• Eat Outside Day

• Overdose Awareness Day

• Love Litigating Lawyers Day

• Tug-of-War Day

UPCOMING

• September 5: Labor Day

• September 8: NFL season begins

• October 12: Columbus Day

• October 31: Halloween

• November 6: Daylight Saving Time Ends (fall back one hour)

• November 8: Presidential Election

More holidays