This is day 246 of 2016. There are 120 days remaining.
• Sportscaster Terry Bradshaw is 68
• Mark Harmon is 65
• Tennis legend Jimmy Connors is 64
• Keanu Reeves is 52
• Salma Hayek is 50
• Reality TV person Camille Grammer is 48
• Cynthia Watros (Lost) is 48
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1666: The Great Fire of London broke out. When it was finally extinguished three days later, nearly 400 acres in the city had been destroyed, including around 13,000 houses and the old St. Paul’s Cathedral.
• 1901: In a speech at the Minnesota State Fair Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”
• 1944: Navy pilot George H.W. Bush was shot down by Japanese forces as he completed a bombing run over the Bonin Islands. The future president was rescued by a U.S. submarine.
• 1948: Teacher Christa McAuliffe was born. She was selected from among more than 11,000 applicants to participate in the NASA Teacher in Space Project. She was one of seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
• 1963: Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace prevented the integration of Tuskegee High School by encircling the building with state troopers.
• 1963: The CBS Evening News was lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
• 1983: Tom Brokaw took over as sole anchor of NBC’s Nightly News.
• 1992: The United States and Russia agreed to build a space station.
• 2005: Thieves in Austria nearly derailed a passenger train after pushing a 35 pound stolen safe on to the tracks in the hope a speeding locomotive would smash it open. The force of the collision did indeed opened the safe, but nearly all the money was thrown out and the perpetrators had to flee.
• 2012: A decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters is lifted from State television in Egypt.
• Bring Your Manners To Work Day
• Hug Your Boss Day
• National College Colors Day
• National Lazy Mom’s Day
• 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
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
• Al Jardine of The Beach Boys is 74. Charlie Sheen is 51. Ashley Jones (True Blood) is 40. Actor Nick Wechsler (Revenge, Roswell) is 38. Garrett Hedlund (Tron) is 32.
• Bacon Day. Buffalo Chicken Wings Day. National Tailgating Day. World Beard Day.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
• Khandi Alexander (ER, NewsRadio) is 59. Damon Wayans is 56. Beyonce is 35. Tom Gossin of Gloriana is 35. Whitney Cummings is 34. Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) is 32.
• Newspaper Carrier Day. National Wildlife Day. Pet Rock Day.
6.5 million: Jokes the late actor/comedian Milton Berle had on his computer.
An explosion at SpaceX destroyed the first satellite from Facebook that was due to be placed in orbit. [Uh-oh. This is exactly the sort of thing that spelled the end for MySpace.]
JetBlue mixed up two five-year-old boys each traveling alone, and flew them to the wrong cities, handing them over to the wrong parents. [“Yes, ma’am we can understand why you’d be upset. But may we suggest that you simply take the kid home for a few days and see how things work out?”]
According to a new survey, most Americans no longer consider regular marijuana smoking dangerous. [Well, with Donald Trump only one step away from the presidency a lot of things have lost their edge.]
Australian authorities successfully captured a crocodile that was blamed for eating several dairy cows. [I don’t get it. Why eat the cow when you can get the milk for free? Wait, is that right?]
The latest statistics for the world elephant population are not good. They’re dying at a tremendous rate. [Experts blame fad dieting.]
Everything was fine at a nudist beach in France until a local gang of teen boys showed up to stare at naked women. They were told to obey the rules by taking off their clothes or else leave. And that’s when the fight started. [Since when did anyone have to convince teenage boys to drop their pants?]
Remember that story the other day about how excited scientists were about a special electronic signal they had received that they thought could be from extraterrestrials? Well, they found out it was simply stray signal from earth. [After it was descrambled it turned out to be an old episode of Mork and Mindy.]
Have you seen that new YouTube video of a daredevil in Romania riding a unicycle around the perimeter of a chimney that’s 840-feet off the ground? [I don’t know what’s scarier, trying to stay on a unicycle, being 840-feet off the ground, or being incredibly stupid.]
McDonald’s said it has made its McNuggets healthier but medical experts say that they’re still full of salt and preservatives. [Well, no one goes to McDonald’s because they’re trying to get in shape for the big class reunion.]
NEW CONTROVERSY: KAEPERNICK’S PIG/POLICE SOCKS _ In case you haven’t had enough of Colin Kaepernick, be advised that fresh outrage is now available online. According to USA Today and CBS Sports, Kaepernick was photographed during 49ers training camp wearing socks depicting a pig wearing a police hat.
… The socks were worn on August 10. That day someone tweeted the photo of Kaepernick but no one mentioned his socks. But that was before he decided to remain seated for the national anthem.
DWYANE WADE ‘CONFLICTED’ OVER TRUMP TWEET _ ( AUDIO) NBA star Dwyane Wade is speaking out for the first time about a controversial tweet GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump wrote following the shooting death of his cousin in Chicago. On August 27, Trump tweeted, “Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”
… In an exclusive interview with George Stephanopoulos Thursday, Wade said the tweet left him “conflicted,” adding that he didn’t want his family to be used for political gain. Trump later tweeted his condolences to the family.
… The full interview with Wade airs on Good Morning America today (Friday).
MELANIA TRUMP SUES DAILY MAIL FOR LIBEL _ Melania Trump has filed a $150 million lawsuit against The Daily Mail and Tarpley, a U.S.-based blog, claiming that the two outlets made false and defamatory statements about her involvement in an escort service. A lawyer for Trump said: “These defendants made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100% false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation. … Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs. Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband. Defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs. Trump that her damages are estimated at $150 million dollars.”
… The Daily Mail has retracted the story. In a retraction published Thursday, the Mail stated, “To the extent that anything in the Daily Mail’s article was interpreted as stating or suggesting that Mrs. Trump worked as an ‘escort’ or in the ‘sex business,’ that she had a ‘composite or presentation card for the sex business,’ or that either of the modeling agencies referenced in the article were engaged in these businesses, it is hereby retracted, and the Daily Mail newspaper regrets any such misinterpretation.”
FREE PIZZA MORE MOTIVATIONAL THAN CASH _ According to a recent study, offering employees free pizza could be more effective than the promise of a cash bonus. In an new book, Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, psychologist Dan Ariely details an experiment he conducted among workers at a factory in Israel. Staff at the plant were sent messages at the beginning of the week telling them they’d receive a particular reward if they got a certain amount of work done.
… One group of workers were told they’d receive a bonus of around $30 if they completed the work. A second group were promised a voucher for a free pizza. A third group would receive a text message from their boss at the end of the week congratulating them. As a control, a fourth group weren’t offered any particular incentive.
… As the week-long experiment got underway, the free pizza proved to be a more powerful motivator than the money — the pizza group showed a 6.7% increase in productivity, against the money group’s 4.9% increase. However, by the end of the week the pizza group had slipped into second place behind the group promised a congratulatory text message, who showed the highest increase in productivity overall. Perhaps more surprisingly, the group offered cash ended up in fourth place, behind the control group.
… The results indicate that making staff feel appreciated at work is key if you want them to put in a good performance.
… As psychology professor Adam Grant told The Wall Street Journal last year: “Extrinsic motivators can stop having much meaning — your raise in pay feels like your just due, your bonus gets spent, your new title doesn’t sound so important once you have it. But the sense that other people appreciate what you do sticks with you.”
ON HIS BIRTHDAY, GIRL ASKS STEPDAD TO LEGALLY ADOPT HER _ For her stepdad’s birthday, Gabriella Guardado placed adoption papers and a pen inside a gift bag. In video capturing the tear-jerking moment, David Lynde is seen opening the bag and pulling out the papers while surrounded by his family in their Florida home. After taking some time to realize what the papers said, the 53-year-old becomes very emotional. The 22-year-old tells David: “You’ve been my dad and I know legal papers don’t change anything.” Then David goes in for a hug.
… Gabriella will officially take David’s last name today (Friday) when the paperwork is finalized at the courthouse.
… David came into Gabriella’s life when her mother, Lori Ann, married him in 2004 when she was 10.
GERMAN VILLAGE RELIEVED AS UNRULY STORK HEADS SOUTH _ A German village is enjoying its peace after an unruly guest took off. Ronny the stork spent the summer pecking at windows and cars as he attacked his own reflection. Ronny’s persistent pecking (in Glambeck) brought him minor celebrity status after he landed in early May. The locals weren’t amused. They ended up closing their doors and windows, and leaving cars in the garage to protect them from scratches.
CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE HAS DECLARED DENIM THE STATE’S OFFICIAL FABRIC _ California will likely soon call denim its official fabric. Gov. Jerry Brown just needs to weigh in. The history of blue jeans began when a Bavarian immigrant named Levi Strauss brought denim to America in 1853. He was based in San Francisco at the time, when the Gold Rush was at its peak. Men were going west in search of fortune and would spend months camping out in often inhospitable climates; pants made out of traditional fabric would be destroyed within a matter of weeks.
… Blue jeans, though, were perfect for cowboys and miners alike.
NOW WE CAN’T ROLL OUR WINDOWS DOWN _ When cruising the open road, roll down your windows and feel the breeze. But researchers (University of Surrey) say when driving in cities or crawling in heavy highway traffic, keep them shut — and turn off your AC or heater, too. Do this, and you’ll slash the amount of toxic particles pouring into your car by a whopping 76 percent.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE HUNT FOR ARMED, NAKED CANDY BANDIT _ Cops are hunting for a nude man who held up a South Carolina convenience store at gunpoint and escaped with only Reese’s peanut butter cups. An employee said the guy was totally nude except for a bandana over his face and a pair of black shoes.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CAT RESCUES INJURED HIKER _ A hiker claims he was guided back to the right path after he sprained his ankle and got a lost in the Alps. The Hungarian man said he became disorientated while walking in the mountains near Gimmelwald, Switzerland. Fortunately, he encountered a friendly local cat who guided him back to safety.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CHARGED WITH SHOOTING CORNCOBS AT NEIGHBOR’S HOME _ A 50-year-old Rhode Island (Westerly) man is charged with shooting corncobs at his neighbor’s home. Jeffrey Osella was arrested Tuesday night. Police say he answered his door shirtless and had corn kernels stuck to his chest. Police say Osella used a potato gun to shoot corncobs at his neighbor’s house, which is up for sale. The gun is made of PVC pipe and uses a light accelerant such as hair spray that can be ignited. Police say Osella and his neighbor have long-running disputes.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BAD APPLE CULPRIT HITS PACIFIC NORTHWEST HOMES _ Authorities in southwest Washington say someone has periodically been tossing apples on roofs. Sometimes the culprit leaves a note. In one recent note the culprit claimed he targeted five homes — three apples per house. Deputies have released a surveillance image of the culprit in hopes the public can identify him.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: In the U.K. a blind man was convicted of dangerous driving after police spotted his car on the wrong side of the road. The man was being guided by someone in the passenger seat that had lost their license.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNAPCHAT GUN INJURY _ In Florida, Regina Powell was playing with her uncle’s gun in the garage while recording a video of herself using Snapchat. Powell had her finger on the trigger and it went off, shooting the smartphone. The phone shattered, causing lacerations on her right thumb and index finger. Her aunt heard the gunshot and took Powell to the hospital. The aunt told deputies that she threw the gun out of the car as they drove. The gun has not been found.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN HATED NEIGHBOR’S FENCE _ A guy in Leesburg, Florida, called the sheriff about his neighbor. He said she drove into the fence between their houses, knocking part of it down. The two-foot fence, made of stacked cinder blocks, was easy to reassemble, which the guy did. Deputies warned the woman that she should try to resolve her dispute with her neighbor, and also warned her she could be arrested if she did it again. Just 15 minutes later the guy called deputies back. The neighbor drove through the fence again. When deputies arrived, her pickup truck was parked on top of its pieces. She was arrested for criminal mischief.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — A 2-hour repeat
SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — A 2-hour repeat
MASTERS OF ILLUSION (8p ET, CW) — Two repeats
HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (9p ET, ABC) — New
PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
MIRACLE LANDING IN THE HUDSON (9p ET, National Geographic) — The amazing actions of Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger to land a plane in the Hudson river in 2009 are retold in this new special.
BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New
DATELINE (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat
SEASON PREMIERE: NARCOS (Anytime, Netflix) — Last seen on the run, Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) returns for the second season of this docudrama. Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal also star.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL (Noon ET, ABC) — College football is back! On ABC, it’s No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 15 Houston. On ESPN, it’s Hawaii at No. 7 Michigan.At 3:30p on ABC, watch No. 5 LSU vs. Wisconsin (Green Bay).
— on CBS at 3:30p ET, it’s No. 16 UCLA at Texas A&M. At 5:30p on ESPN is No. 18 Georgia vs. No. 22 North Carolina.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL (8p ET, ABC) — As football continues in primetime, No. 20 USC takes on No. 1 Alabama. At 9p ET on ESPN, see No. 2 Clemson at Auburn.
A FOOTBALL LIFE (8p ET, CBS) — Former quarterback Brett Favre is profiled in this special edition of the NFL Network series.
CMT CONCERT OF THE SUMMER: JASON ALDEAN & FRIENDS LIVE AT LAKE SHAKE (8p ET, CMT) — This new special features Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses, as well as surprise guests as they take the stage at Live Nation’s Country LakeShake in Chicago. The special also includes behind the scenes footage.
AQUARIUS (9p ET, NBC) — The David Duchovny crime drama continues to burn off the remaining Season 2 episodes with 2 new episodes tonight.
FORSAKEN (9p ET, Showtime) — Donald Sutherland and Kiefer Sutherland costar in this Wyoming-set 2015 western. Brian Cox and Demi Moore also star
(Could be postponed due to weather. Check status of Hurricane Hermine) NASCAR (6:15p ET, NBC) — Jeff Gordon, a seven-time winner at Darlington, again returns as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s replacement at the Bojangles’ Southern 500.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL (8p ET, ABC) — Notre Dame takes on Texas in week one.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — The new head of household nominates two people for possible eviction in this new edition. The winner of the road kill competition chooses a third nominee.
BRAIN DEAD (10p ET, CBS) — New
IN THEATERS TODAY _ Looking for some final summer fun, some movies are returning to theaters for Labor Day weekend, including Finding Dory and Independence Day: Resurgence. And while Morgan and The Light Between the Oceans are new this weekend, the horror movie Don’t Breathe is expected to stay at No. 1.
• Finding Dory (PG) – Returns to theaters for a limited time
• Independence Day: Resurgence (PG-13) Returns to theaters for a limited time
• Morgan (R) – Kate Mara, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rose Leslie, Toby Jones, Paul Giamatti
• The Light Between Oceans (PG-13) – Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz
• Hands of Stone (R) – Expands to more theaters.
… Opening next weekend: Sully, The Disappointments Room, When the Bough Breaks, The Wild Life
GENE WILDER IN THEATERS _ Legendary actor Gene Wilder passed away this week, so AMC Theatres is looking to pay respects by showing two of his most well-known films this Labor Day weekend. If you’ve never seen the 1974 Mel Brooks’ written/directed classic Blazing Saddles and/or somehow missed the 1971 Oscar-nominated film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, you can remedy those oversights this weekend.
JUSTIN BIEBER’S CREDIT CARD WAS DECLINED AT SUBWAY _ Justin Bieber was reportedly attempting to pay the fine sandwich artists at a Subway in Los Angeles for his food when his credit card was declined. Fortunately, a Belieber stepped in to pay for the meal, so Bieber and Sofia Richie, who waiting for him in the car, did not have to starve. Bieber was apparently trying to purchase a foot-long, cookies and four bottles of milk.
NETFLIX SAVES KIDS FROM OVER 150 HOURS OF COMMERCIALS A YEAR _ Jam more commercials into each TV broadcast means more money for the networks. According to Nielsen, the average time per hour long episode of TV that is filled with commercials is increasing with each passing year, and in fact, some shows are being sped up ever-so-slightly just to shove an extra ad or two in there.
… As parents turn to streaming services to keep their kids entertained, the average child is now spared from over 150 hours of commercials a year.
… The math is pretty straightforward — the average kid spends 1.8 hours a day using a streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu, all of which don’t have commercials on children’s programming. Over the course of the year, that’s about 650 hours of streaming consumption. With the average hour of television usually housing over 14 minutes of commercials, it’s quick to see how many ads our children are spared from on a yearly basis.
SYLVESTER STALLONE’S NOT DEAD _ Sylvester Stallone is not dead, but a viral report claims that the actor was found dead in his home. The hoax started circulating in late August but gained steam Thursday, with a link to the story about his alleged death spreading on Facebook. The story claims that Stallone was found dead near a number of prescription drugs, and points to a site made to look like CNN.
… Back in 2015 a separate death hoax spread claiming that he had died in a serious car crash.
SELENA GOMEZ GOES OFF THE GRID AFTER DEPRESSION ANNOUNCEMENT _ Selena Gomez has reportedly gone off the grid after revealing that her struggles with Lupus have led to bouts of anxiety, depression and panic attacks. On Tuesday Gomez announced she would be taking some time off to address the symptoms of her illness and now she’s reportedly distanced herself from the public eye — and possibly everyone else.
BEACHES REMAKE CASTS YOUNG VERSIONS OF IDINA MENZEL AND NIA LONG _ Lifetime’s upcoming Beaches remake has found a pair of pint-sized doppelgangers for its female leads. Theater actresses Gabriella Pizzolo (age 13) and Grace Capeless (age 12) will play the younger versions of CC (Idina Menzel) and Hillary (Nia Long). Beaches — based on the 1988 tearjerker starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey — traces CC and Hillary’s lifelong friendship across several decades.
… Pizzolo and Capeless are real-life best friends, and already co-starred on Broadway in Matilda the Musical together.
SIMONE BILES PITCHES FINAL FIVE GYMNASTS AS SNL HOSTS _ They’ve competed in front of global audiences, presented at the MTV Video Music Awards, and now the Final Five are ready to host Saturday Night Live. Rio Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles made the case for her and her fellow U.S.A. gymnast teammates to host the longtime NBC sketch show.
… In response to SNL asking its Twitter followers who should host the upcoming season 42, Biles chimed in on behalf of the Final Five: “#FinalFive PLEASE! We have been dying to do it.”
LINDSAY LOHAN’S GTA LAWSUIT GETS DISMISSED BY SUPREME COURT _ Lindsay Lohan’s lawsuit against the makers of the videogame Grand Theft Auto V was dismissed in the New York Supreme Court on Thursday, after the court found that her civil rights were not violated by a character in the game. Lohan filed her suit in 2014, claiming that a character in the game, Lacey Jonas, misappropriated her likeness. But the court found otherwise on Thursday.
ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…
• PHONER: Work perks. What perks does your work provide?
• DWYANE WADE: The NBA star spoke withGeorge Stephanopoulos for a GMA interview that airs Friday, September 2.
• KELLY RIPA LOVES HAPPY MEALS: Actor John Krasinski confesses that he’ll order extra fries and nuggets at the drive-thru. He normally avoids fast food but uses his kids as cover. Kelly Ripa once confessed to loving Happy Meals. Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What stuff made for kids do you like? Gummy candy? Happy Meals? A kids’ cereal? Disney movies?
More prep in the Facebook Group.
SIMPLE FACEBOOK POST
“The best concert I saw this summer was _________.”
INTERNET DATING: LADIES, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG
The website Em & Lo says women are doing it wrong on online dating sites. Instead of crafting the perfect profile that will get the most responses, women should be telling men who and what they want — and let them worry if they’re good enough for you.
• Write what you want, how you want. Don’t offer an unreadable (and thus unread) laundry list of what you like and dislike — that can feel like nagging. Wherever you’re asked for a list of anything, pick one thing and expand upon it. “What are you good at?” Pick what you feel proudest of and let your pride shine through. Feel free to ignore any categories you don’t care about or find silly, and focus only on what you do care about.
• Be witty and original, even a little bit snarky. You want to be a challenge; you want to be chased. But careful: you don’t want to demand or demean.
• Be specific about what you want. And make it clear that you’re only interested in someone who can give you what you want.
• Put little tests in your profile to see who can pass. Give your readership a chance to show you if they’re paying attention. After all, you’re going to reply to the well-considered email, not the Heys. Mention Buckaroo Banzai and find out who’s seen it.
• Be tough. Use simple, direct language. Leave out the fluffy bunnies. The online dating profile is not a writing exercise, it’s a tool with a very specific purpose: finding the right guy. Leave out anything that does not meet that purpose. You are trying to present yourself as someone confident who’s worth pursuing but not so angry or arrogant as to be uncatchable.
For many football fans, a game is not a game unless a tailgate precedes it. Here are some simple tailgating tips to remember for any tailgate:
• There is nothing worse than running out of food at a tailgate, except for running out of beer. It is worth the extra money to have too much food; you can bring extra food home, but you can’t eat what’s not there. This is true at least ten times over for beer.
• Make a list of what you need to bring; this will ensure nothing is left at home. Put your game tickets on the list too.
• Bring your food in zip-lock bags whenever possible. This way you can just throw the bags out, instead of trying to clean a bunch of Tupperware containers. When you need a pan, invest in a tinfoil pan that can be thrown away afterwards instead of cleaned.
• Buy good rolls for your food; nothing can ruin great burgers, chicken, or brats like a bad roll. Spend a few extra cents on good rolls.
• Bring chairs. Rookie tailgaters never have them.
• Choose a parking lot that has a view of the stadium if on-site parking is not available. A tailgate that is not within site of the stadium just doesn’t feel right.
• Choose a parking lot (and space) that allows you to interact with other tailgaters. If you’re going to tailgate alone, just drink beer in your driveway at home instead.
• Bring water; you will need it to put out the fire, and it comes in handy for general cleanup too. Not bringing water is another rookie mistake.
• Have a theme for your tailgate. If it’s Thanksgiving, bring a turkey. If its Christmas, bring a tree. Or choose a theme based on the opponent.
• Wear team colors and fly team flags. Show a little team spirit!
TRIVIA: The world’s first one of these opened in 1475. (Coffee shop)
THIS IS EASY
Which U.S. president was once a baseball announcer?
- Ronald Reagan*
- Abraham Lincoln
- Barack Obama
Welcome back college students.
This is day 249 of 2016. There are 117 days remaining.
• Bob Newhart is 87
• William Devane (Knots Landing, Payback) is 77
• Raquel Welch is 76
• Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite (Cathy) is 66
• Michael Keaton is 65
• Rose McGowan (Grindhouse, Charmed, Scream) is 43
• Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones) is 40
• Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) is 30
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1666: The Great Fire of London burned out after three days. 10,000 buildings, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, were destroyed, but only 16 people are known to have died.
• 1774: The first Continental Congress assembles in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
• 1984: The Space Shuttle Discovery landed after its maiden voyage.
• 1991: Actor John Travolta and actress Kelly Preston were married in Paris.
• 1992: Rocker John Mellencamp and model Elaine Irwin were married in a cabin near Seymour, Indiana, where John grew up.
• 1997: Mother Teresa died of a heart attack in Calcutta, where she established her Missionaries of Charity order. She opened her first Calcutta slum school in 1949. She was 87.
• 1999: La-Z-Boy introduced its new Oasis recliner in Detroit. Designed for TV football fans, the tilt-back chair was equipped with a telephone, heat, a massager, and a cooler large enough to chill a six-pack.
• 2002: A man in Croatia sued his neighbor’s dog after claiming it ate part of his Mercedes. The man told police that a 12-year-old dog ate parts of the hood and a bumper of the Mercedes. The dog’s owner said there was no way it was his pet because it was tied up during the day and “it had no appetite for a Mercedes or any other car.”
• 2006: An Israeli man was stuck in the middle of a minefield near the Syrian border after his paraglider crashed. According to rescue services, the unidentified man took off from a mountain peak and drifted east toward the Syrian and Jordanian borders before crashing in the minefield, injuring his legs and breaking several bones.
• National Waffle Week
• Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
• Suicide Prevention Week
• Labor Day
• Be Late For Something Day
• Cheese Pizza 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