INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 25, 2016

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 25, 2016

This is day 299 of 2016. There are 67 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Marion Ross (Happy Days) is 88

• Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons) is 59

• Samantha Bee is 47

• Craig Robinson (Darryl Philbin on The Office) is 45

• Katy Perry is 32

• Ciara is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1938: The Archbishop of Dubuque, Francis J. L. Beckman, denounced Swing music as “a degenerated musical system… turned loose to gnaw away at the moral fiber of young people”, warning that it leads down a “primrose path to hell”.

• 1970: The wreck of Confederate submarine Hunley was found off Charleston, South Carolina, by underwater archaeologist Dr. E. Lee Spence. Hunley was the first submarine to sink a ship in warfare.

• 1982: The TV show Newhart debuted. It starred Bob Newhart as Dick Loudon. Also on the show: three lovable brothers named Larry, Darryl and Darryl.

•  2001: Windows XP was released.

•  1998: A Danish man said goodbye to his 86-year-old father by taking his corpse for a motorcycle ride and stopping at a bar for a beer and a cigar. Flemming Pedersen asked to be left alone with his dad, dressed the corpse in leather, a helmet, boots, and dark glasses, strapped it to his Harley-Davidson, and rode around Copenhagen for three hours to his father’s favorite places. He said he felt good about the ride.

•  1999: Golfer Payne Stewart and five others were killed when their Learjet flew uncontrolled for four hours before crashing in South Dakota. Stewart was 42.

•  2002: The Utah State Court of Appeals dismissed Robert Paul Rice’s claims that the Utah State Prison was violating his right to practice his religion by failing to provide him with a “vampire” diet. The so-called vampire diet apparently would have involved a conjugal visit from a “vampress.”

•  2007: According to a British paper, human branding had become the latest twisted fashion trend for young professionals who regard straightforward tattoos and piercings as passe. They were happily paying up to $140 to have red-hot metal brands or cauterizing pens, which burn at more than 1,800 degrees, permanently scar their skin with a design.

• 2010: Sony took its original cassette Walkman off the market.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Artists Day

• Sourest Day

• World Pasta Day

• Punk for a Day Day

• Greasy Foods Day

UPCOMING

• October 25: World Series Game 1

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line goes live.

• November 2: CMA Awards

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

• November 8: Presidential Election

• November 24: Thanksgiving

• December 25: Christmas

• January 20: Presidential Inauguration

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

42: Days of shelf life for donated human blood.


NEWS ATTACK!

The World Series starts tonight (Tuesday) with Cleveland playing the Chicago Cubs. [Most of America is torn because they like both teams and want them both to win. As opposed to the presidential election where no one likes either team and wants neither one to win.]

An RV carrying marijuana candy burst into flame on a New Jersey-Delaware bridge. [No one was injured, but several people reported feeling mellow.]

A new study finds that the milk of a Tasmanian Devil contains anti-microbial agents that could help humans fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. [Side effects include drooling, slurred speech and the inability to stop spinning and chasing rabbits.]

A man’s letter to a Rhode Island newspaper complaining about women wearing yoga pants outside the exercise studio resulted in women holding a protest march where he lived. [Men don’t understand that they can’t get away with talk like that unless they’re running for president.]

Tyler Perry’s latest Madea movie beat Tom Cruise’s new movie at the weekend box office. [Of course, Donald Trump claims the box office is rigged.]

For the first time, a group of scholars have agreed to list several of Shakespeare’s works as having been co-written by another author. [It turns out that Shakespeare bought most of his term papers online.]

For the first time, a group of scholars have agreed to list several of Shakespeare’s works as having been co-written by another author. [Yet when I tried to complete my high school test on Shakespeare by looking on someone else’s paper I got into trouble.]

In Iceland the Pirate Party may have enough votes to actually win the election and rule the country. [Pirates winning? Now that’s when you should start worrying about a rigged election.]

Justin Bieber walked off the stage in disgust in England when his fans wouldn’t stop screaming. [So, apparently, he’s as totally confused by his success as the rest of us.]

A pediatric group has released a new recommendation that babies sleep in the same room as their parents for the first year. [They say that it makes babies thrive and it makes parents rethink their plans for having another baby.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MAN BREAKS TRANS-CONTINENTAL RUNNING RECORD _ The new record for running across the United States is 42 days, 6 hours 30 minutes. Runner Pete Kostelnick set the record Monday after completing a 3,067 mile run from San Francisco to New York City. The previous across-America record — 46 days 8 hours, 36 minutes — was set in 1980. To complete the run, Kostelnick ran an average of more than 72 miles each day.

… The journey was closely monitored by many runners. In an era of frequent cheats, Kostelnick and his team documented the run rigorously for Guinness World Records’ consideration. Kostelnick wore two identical GPS watches (in case one broke) to capture data of his run. In the afternoon, he replaced those with two more GPS watches with fresh batteries.

BABY ‘BORN TWICE’ DOING WELL AFTER MIRACLE SURGERY _ A baby has been ‘born twice’ after doctors had to take her out of the womb to remove a tumor that was threatening her life. Lynlee Boemer’s only chance of survival was a risky fetal surgery which involved cutting her out of her mother prematurely, and then putting her back in so that she could be carried full term. Lynlee’s mother was told at 16 weeks that her baby was suffering from a rare birth defect — a tumor that grows from a baby’s tailbone. At 23 weeks, the tumor was shutting her heart down and causing her to go into cardiac failure, so it was a choice of allowing the tumor to take over her body or giving her a chance at life.

POLITICAL AD ASKS VOTERS TO REELECT HUSBAND _ ( AUDIO) Gerald Daugherty is running for reelection as the Travis County Commissioner in Texas. In a campaign ad Gerald’s wife Charlyn tells viewers, “Please reelect Gerald. Please.” The ad shows her husband boring her and their houseguests with facts and figures related to prisons, light rail, and more.Charlyn says, “All he wants to do is fix things,” which is why, she suggests, Texans need to re-elect her husband. • VIDEO

PRANK VINE VIDEO REVEALS THE DANGERS OF KICKING TOO MUCH _ If you watch this Vine video you’re led to believe police cornered a man for air-kicking too much. The short vid shows someone named Zach kicking and being warned by his friends to stop. Then we see real cops with guns drawn.

… It’s viral video gold: Most likely some guys were in possession of raw footage that showed another dude surrendering to police with their guns drawn. Then they put “Zach” in similar clothes and shot video of him randomly kicking the air in and around the same location. Then it looks as if Zach was arrested for kicking too much. • VIDEO

A WOMAN LIVE-TWEETS AN ALLEGED GROPING INCIDENT _ When a woman took a man’s photograph, she was hoping she wouldn’t have to resort to posting it online. But the photo, and her tweets in the lead-up to her decision to post it, have now gone viral after she used the Twitter to crowdsource advice for dealing with being groped as she boarded a flight in Texas. After informing the flight attendants and learning that other women had already complained about similar treatment from the same man, Lenarsky — a Los Angeles based writer and performer — checked back with them to find out their plan, since it was too late to kick the passenger off the flight. She was told the captain had been informed and that local police would meet them at landing. At the other end, Lenarsky gave a statement to the police, along with the other women — one of whom the perpetrator had allegedly tried to kiss. She was then told that she could only press charges from Austin, and she’d have to pay for her own flight back there to do so. Because the other woman’s assault took place in the sky, any charges would involve the FBI. The woman declined to pursue it. As for the  FBI’s response? She says they promised to give the perpetrator a “talking to”. With that, Lenarsky decided she would post the man’s photo, since all other avenues failed to provide any sense of consequences.

… The incident comes amid global discussions about sexual harassment and assault, in the wake of (ongoing) revelations and allegations about the conduct of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

CHIPOTLE TO CUSTOMERS: GUACAMOLE SUPPLY IS NOT THREATENED _ Despite an ongoing avocado shortage that has already affected some in the food industry, Chipotle is reassuring customers that the chain will not run out of guacamole and that prices for the stuff won’t go up. With a growers strike in Mexico and a drought in California affecting crops it’s a perfect storm of bad news for avocado lovers. Some restaurants around the country have reported supply issues.

TUBE SOCK SWEATER KITTEN ‘PIPES’ HAS INSTAGRAM _ Several weeks ago, a tiny kitten made a big splash following the landfall of Hurricane Matthew. The baby cat, now named Pipes, was found caught in the deluge of rain from the storm and was brought to a pet hospital at a North Carolina PetSmart. During her stay, Pipes was outfitted with a little sweater made out of a tube sock, an adorable look that helped her find Internet fame fast. Pipes, who was just getting adopted by her new family when we first heard about her, is now better than ever.

… Pipes’ new home includes two young girls and a pet dog to befriend. And Pipes has turned her Twitter fame into Instagram and Twitter accounts.

11-YEAR-OLD CHASES WORLD GRANDMASTER _ An 11-year-old Indian boy with a very long name is changing chess history. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa learned chess at five. He’s won a number of chess titles and is currently the No. 1 seed in the World Under-12 Championships. If Praggnanandhaa can reach Grand Master status over the next 17 months he’ll set a record for youngest GM.

WHEN YOUR DOG’S DAY IS OVER IT DREAMS OF YOU _ A sleep expert at Harvard Medical School thinks she knows what your dog is dreaming about — and it’s probably you. Dr. Deirdre Barrett has spent years studying sleep behavior in humans. Based on her work with people, she said it is likely dogs dream about their everyday experiences, just like humans. Which means when your dog’s day is over it could be dreaming about you.

… She cautioned there is no way to know for sure what dogs see when they dream, or even if they dream at all, but said most mammals have a similar sleep cycle to humans.

STUDY FINDS HEADING SOCCER BALL HAS IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON THE BRAIN _ New research into heading a soccer ball has identified “significant” changes in brain function from routine practice. The study (University of Stirling) is the first to detect direct changes after players are exposed to everyday head impacts, as opposed to clinical brain injuries like concussion. The findings come after concerns that players’ brains are damaged by repeated head impacts.

WHY WE PROCRASTINATE — AND HOW TO FIX IT _ Learning a new thing or doing something you would rather not do can be stressing. This can cause anxiety at first. This activates the area associated with pain in the brain. Your brain looks for a way to stop that negative feeling by switching your attention to something else more pleasant. That’s procrastination.

… The solution: Just start. Researchers discovered that not long after people start actually working out what they didn’t like, that neuro-discomfort disappeared.

NAKED GUYS, NOT CLOWNS, ARE PROBLEM ON LONG ISLAND _ Police in Long Island, New York, are searching for another man who was seen running naked inside a park just days after they charged a man suspected of doing the same thing. Police say a woman reported seeing a man running naked from the waist down Sunday afternoon. The woman said the man was wearing only a dark green sweatshirt with a hood covering his face. On Friday police arrested a 57-year-old man after people reported a naked man was approaching women in the park.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE HELP WOMEN STOPPED ON HIGHWAY WITH SNAKE PROBLEM _ Police responded to the side of a highway in Manchester, England, to help two women dealing with an escaped snake in their car. The pet baby python had escaped from its cage. It was later found coiled around the seat adjustment lever under the driver’s seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUMAN TREE SPOTTED BLOCKING TRAFFIC _ A human tree was spotted blocking traffic at a Portland, Maine, intersection Monday afternoon. The man dressed convincingly as a tree was moved out of a crosswalk by police. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEF REPEATEDLY TOOK COUPLE’S CAR TO ATTRACT WOMEN _ A thief in China repeatedly stole a couple’s Range Rover — and returned it every morning clean and with a full tank of gas. When police caught the 19-year-old he told them he had never intended to actually steal the car, and that he had been using it to impress friends and women while posing as a wealthy bachelor around the city.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PEE PROBLEM ERODING WORLD’S TALLEST CHURCH
_ The German city of Ulm is trying to stop men from relieving themselves on its famous church because persistent peeing is damaging the historic structure. Officials say the church’s stone base is being eroded by the salts and acids in the pee. Earlier this year the city doubled fines for those caught but it has made little difference.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHILE’S PREZ FORGETS TO SIGN NAME AT VOTING BOOTH, LEAVES ID _ The president of Chile had a bit of trouble voting in the nation’s local elections on Sunday. She had to return to the polls twice after leaving her ID behind and forgetting to sign her name.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SMASH WINDOWS OF HOT CAR TO RESCUE CHILD, FIND WIG INSTEAD _ Police in Suffolk, Virginia, broke into a woman’s car on a hot day intending to save a trapped child. Instead they found a blanket and a wig. When the owner of the car arrived at her vehicle police were already gone.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OLDSTER FIGHTS OFF MUGGERS _ A 70-year-old man, trained in martial arts during his days in the military, took care a gang of muggers in a late-night attack in Germany. The man was challenged by three men, demanding money, while a fourth crept up behind him. Recalling his training, the senior citizen grabbed the first assailant and threw him over his shoulder. When a second man tried to kick him, the old guy grabbed his foot and tipped him to the ground. At this point the three men fled, carrying their injured accomplice with them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NO WALKING THROUGH DRIVE-THRU _ A man tried to walk through the drive-through window at a fast food restaurant in Utah. When the restaurant staff told him they didn’t serve pedestrians at the window, the man beat on the glass and then stepped away to make a phone call. He called police and made a bomb threat on the restaurant. Cops came and arrested him.


ON TELEVISION

2016 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 (7:30p ET, FOX) — The Cleveland Indians host the Chicago Cubs, whose last World Series appearance was in 1945. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908. The Indians are back in the World Series for the first time since 1997 and looking for their first title since 1948. Because the American League won the All-Star Game, the Indians have home-field advantage. First  pitch is at 8:08p ET. Pop star Rachel Platten (Fight Song) will sing the national anthem.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. A kidnapped officer escapes her captor, and the team discovers a strange connection to her missing husband. Former NFL star Tony Gonzalez returns as Agent Francis.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — The Knockout Rounds continue in this new edition.

THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Frankie learns that the kids would choose to live with Mike if the two of them divorced in this Halloween-themed episode.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — New. Mirror Master joins his old partner, Top, and looks to even the score with Snart.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Katie, jealous of neighbor Viv (Leslie Bibb), reluctantly competes in the Halloween Zombie Run.

THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — New. Jack and Rebecca argue about the idea of starting a family.

BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull defends the working class fiance of a murdered socialite.

FRESH OFF THE BOAT (9p ET, ABC) — New. In the spirit of Halloween, Louis makes every effort to scare Jessica.

NO TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — New. Evie decides to test her personal boundaries when she meets Xavier’s free-spirited friend.

THE REAL O’NEALS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Jimmy and Shannon plan the ultimate Halloween prank. ESPN sportscaster Neil Everett guest stars.

CHICAGO FIRE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Casey gets help from Susan Weller for an urgent personal matter.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The NCIS and the FBI investigate a private plane crash that killed three sailors.

MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (10p ET ABC) — New. S.H.I.E.L.D. breaks into a high-security prison to decipher the secrets.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released October 25.

• Captain Fantastic
• Lights Out
• Nerve
Miami Vice: The Complete Series

HUGH LAURIE GETTING A STAR _ Actor Hugh Laurie is getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today (Tuesday, 11 a.m. PT).

STAR WARS EPISODE 8 WILL REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT REY’S PARENTAGE _ For as long as fans have known of Rey’s existence, we’ve been wondering about her parentage, and The Force Awakens did nothing to clear things up. Of course, there’s reference to a family that’s left her behind. While Daisy Ridley isn’t ready to say who Rey’s family is, she can say when we’ll get to find out. According to the actress, the truth about Rey’s parentage will be revealed in Star Wars Episode 8, scheduled for release on December 15, 2017.

MARGOT ROBBIE TO STAR IN SONY’S LIVE-ACTION PETER RABBIT _ Margot Robbie is in final talks to join Sony’s live-action Peter Rabbit. James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki are already set to star in the film. It will be a family-oriented comedy and a modern version of the classic Beatrix Potter story, centered around the rivalry between the mischievous Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor.

OUR MARRIAGE IS FINE: CHRIS HEMSWORTH _ Following inaccurate reports of trouble in paradise, Chris Hemsworth took to social media to send a crystal clear message to the media about his six-year marriage to Elsa Pataky. Chris wrote on Instagram: “Looking for a new wife according to @womansdayaus and other misleading outlets! Honey you still love me right?!”

BRADLEY COOPER SURPRISES COUPLE AT WEDDING _ He may not have technically crashed this wedding, but Bradley Cooper definitely caused some picture-perfect moments. Over the weekend Cooper made a surprise appearance at a family friend’s wedding in Washington D.C. at his very own alma mater, Georgetown University. Cooper was visiting Georgetown and made sure to congratulate the newlyweds as they walked around campus.

KIM KARDASHIAN DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST GOSSIP SITE _ Kim Kardashian has dropped her lawsuit against MediaTakeOut.com after the site apologized for alleging that she faked her Paris robbery. On October 11, Kardashian filed the federal lawsuit against the MediaTakeOut and its owner. The documents filed allege that Kardashian “returned to the United States only to be again victimized, but this time by an online gossip tabloid that published a series of articles in early October 2016 referring to her [as] a liar and thief.”

… The news outlet issued the following apology: “After speaking to sources, including some connected to the Kardashians, and getting further details on the sequence of events — we are now confident and without a doubt believe that Kim Kardashian was robbed as was reported to the Paris police … Anyone who is still questioning it, is wrong.”

INDIANA JONES 5: GEORGE LUCAS ISN’T INVOLVED WITH STORY _ Screenwriter David Koepp, who’s writing the fifth film in the Indiana Jones series and also penned Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, says he’s not working with George Lucas. It’s a notable departure for the franchise because Lucas has helped create the story for the four previous Indiana Jones films. Back in March, Disney and Lucasfilm also didn’t list Lucas as a contributor when officially announcing Indy 5. Indiana Jones 5 is set to arrive July 19, 2019.

RYAN LOCHTE CELEBRATES DOG’S 8TH BIRTHDAY THREE YEARS IN A ROW _ After a well-publicized issue with the facts during this summer’s Rio Olympics, Ryan Lochte is in the news again for mixing up the truth. This time, the swimmer and Dancing with the Stars contestant is having trouble pinning down his dog’s age. A hawk-eyed Lochte Twitter follower noticed that the Olympian has celebrated his dog’s 8th birthday on October 23rd for three years in a row.

… The first of the three celebratory tweets was posted on October 23, 2014 with the message, “8 years ago today Carter was born. I love you little buddy. Happy Birthday!” This was followed 365 days later with another photo of the dog that said, “8 years ago to this day my handsome son was born, Carter Lochte 10-23-2007. Happy birthday buddy, we got another 8!” This year Lochte tweeted: “8 years ago this handsome son of mine was born.”

… But then Lochte took the tweet down and replaced it with an amended birthday message: “9 years ago this handsome son of mine was born. Happy birthday buddy, many more to come! Love you! #mansbestfriend”. Wouldn’t the dog be 10?


AUDIO

ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE…

• CAMPAIGN AD: Texas county commissioner re-election ad.→ October 25 News & Nuggets.

• PHONER: Read Phil’s post in our Facebook Group and grab the related audio.

• GUN & TRUMPET: Guy covers songs with a trumpet and a gun. → October 20 News & Nuggets.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT’S YOUR CANCELLATION NIGHTMARE STORY?

Everyone has that cancellation nightmare story. You tried to cancel cable TV or your telephone landline — and it took forever.

FB icon What’s your cancellation nightmare story?

A guy on reddit said he signed up for Comcast but changed his mind on the home security feature. When a tech came to set everything up he asked the tech to take care of cancelling the home security feature. Now one would think a tech would have the direct line to the top of the customer service food chain. Nope! The tech had to call back 30 times over four hours. The customer said he just chilled on his couch watching cartoons while the installer tech guy worked to get the security feature removed from his package.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 39% of men say they regret no learning what? (To play an instrument)

TRIVIA: Each year about 24,000 Americans are injured by one of these. (A cigarette)

NAME NINE

Name nine… interior features in a car.

A couple of ways you can play this. One is with three listeners. The first gives an answer, the second gives another answer, the third another answer. If someone gets stuck they’re out. The listener left standing wins.

Or the first caller tries to name as many as they can. When they get stuck the second tries to add to the list. If they get stuck the third caller tries to finish up the list. If the team of listeners gets nine they all win.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Japanese roofers store nails in their mouths for maximum efficiency.

https://youtu.be/oZTqnMZrr5Y


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Twins.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 25, 2016

• 1912: Sara Ophelia Colley was born in Centerville, Tennessee. She was better known to the world as MINNIE PEARL.

• 1984: ALABAMA’s albums Mountain Music and Feels So Right were certified triple platinum while The Closer You Get and Roll On each achieved double platinum status.

• 1992: ROGER MILLER died in Los Angeles at the age of 56 of lung cancer.

• 1997: The DIXIE CHICKS made their chart debut with I Can Love You Better.

• 2000: VINCE GILL and DOLLY PARTON hosted a television taping honoring the Grand Ole Opry’s 75th birthday.

• 2010: TAYLOR SWIFT’s Speak Now album was released.

• 2015: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, THE BROWNS and guitarist Grady Martin were inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

SAWYER BROWN frontman Mark Miller is 58.

CHELY WRIGHT is 46.


COUNTRY AUDIO

ON THE COUNTRY AUDIO PAGE…

• DRAKE WHITE knows starting a family and having a career is possible and Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town have set examples.

• TUCKER BEATHARD on his fan club name.

• BRAD PAISLEY on his song today.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

The 50th Annual Country Music Association has added some legendary star power to its performance lineup with ALABAMA, BROOKS & DUNN, VINCE GILL, ALAN JACKSON, GEORGE STRAIT, REBA MCENTIRE and CHARLEY PRIDE. The seven artists have earned a combined 375 CMA nominations, winning 94 times.

JASON ALDEAN headlines the 8th Opry Goes Pink event tonight (Tuesday) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. He’ll flip the switch that turns the Opry’s barn backdrop pink. Jason’s also incorporated his 11th Annual Concert for the Cure into the event and will present a check to the Nashville chapter of Susan G. Komen for money raised during his tour this year.

JASON ALDEAN was recently surprised by the Animal Planet series Tanked with a new aquarium in his home. His wife, Brittany Kerr, worked with the show to help present Jason with the new tank.

The 25th Anniversary version of GARTH BROOKS’ hit Friends In Low Places — with special guests GEORGE STRAIT, FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, KEITH URBAN and JASON ALDEAN — will appear on his new album, Gunslinger.

VINCE GILL, PAUL OVERSTREET and songwriter RANDY GOODRUM will compete for induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other nominees outside country include Madonna, George Michael and Gloria Estefan.

MARK CHESNUTT has made a music video for There Won’t Be Another Now, a tribute to MERLE HAGGARD, with a song Hag recorded on his 1978 album, I’m Always On A Mountain When I Fall. The video is available exclusively on RollingStoneCountry.com. Mark’s version of the song is included on his latest album, Tradition Lives, as a bonus track.

DIERKS BENTLEY says from the time he was 17, he only listened to country music for about 15 plus years. Once he knew he wanted a career as a country artist and songwriter he actually got rid of any albums he had from other styles outside country and bluegrass. Now he’s more open to other genres, but his roots are firmly planted in the music of his heroes.

REBA MCENTIRE, KELSEA BALLERINI, RONNIE DUNN, RAELYNN and Nashville’s Charles Esten will join KELLY CLARKSON December 16 at Nashville’s Bridgestone for Miracle on Broadway. The Christmas concert will benefit multiple Nashville area organizations.


DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 26, 2016

This is day 300 of 2016. There are 66 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jaclyn Smith is 71

• Pat Sajak is 70

• Hillary Clinton is 69

• Rita Wilson is 60. Rita is a singer and actress married to Tom Hanks.

• Dylan McDermott is 55

• Cary Elwes is 54

• Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) is 43

• Jon Heder is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1881: The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral took place at Tombstone, Arizona.

• 1951: Boxer Joe Louis came out of retirement to fight Rocky Marciano. However, Marciano would win the fight in eight rounds.

• 1965: The Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBEs).

• 1984: In Loma Linda, California, a baboon’s heart was transplanted into “Baby Fae,” a newborn with a severe heart defect. Baby Fae lived 21 days with her experimental animal heart.

• 1984: John D. McCollum shot and killed himself after spending a day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records; a lawsuit was later filed by his parents over the song “Suicide Solution” but the case was eventually thrown out.

• 1990: Wayne Gretzky became the first National Hockey League player to reach 2,000 points.

• 1996: Prosecutors cleared Atlanta guard Richard Jewell as a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

• 1997: St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, issued an SOS after five babies were born and they ran out of green and gold Green Bay Packer caps and booties. Volunteer knitters rushed in to keep newborns warm in Packer colors, including even Packer blankets and quilts.

• 2006: In Maryland, Don Fitzhugh was fishing with his wife and three others on the Chesapeake when they came upon a buck swimming near an island. They new the deer had no business being out there, and they say it looked disoriented. Only the deer’s head was above water and his nose was shaking from the cold. So someone grabbed a fishing net to hold one antler and another guy grabbed another. The two held on while the boat’s captain drove slowly toward shore. Half an hour later, they released the deer near shore.

• 2010: Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest water control and utilization project, announced its water levels had reached full capacity.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Howl at The Moon Night

• Pumpkin Day

UPCOMING

• October 31: Halloween

• November 1: The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line goes live.

• November 2: CMA Awards

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

• November 8: Presidential Election

• November 24: Thanksgiving

• December 25: Christmas

• January 20: Presidential Inauguration

More holidays