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This is day 302 of 2016. There are 64 days remaining.


• Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue) is 72

• Caitlyn Jenner is 67

• Annie Potts (Ghostbusters) is 64

• Bill Gates is 61

• Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place) is 54

• Lauren Holly (NCIS) is 53

• Andy Richter is 50

• Julia Roberts is 49

• Joaquin Phoenix is 42

• Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is 34

• Frank Ocean is 29

• Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy on Modern Family) is 18


• 1636: Harvard College was founded.

• 1929: Black Monday, a day in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which also saw major stock market upheaval.

• 1936: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt rededicates the Statue of Liberty on its 50th anniversary.

• 1942: The Alaska Highway (Alcan Highway) was completed through Canada to Fairbanks, Alaska.

• 1961: A customer asked London record store owner Brian Epstein for “My Bonnie” by the Silver Beatles. Epstein didn’t have it, but he went to the Cavern Club to check out the group and signed them a few days later.

• 1965: The Gateway Arch was completed in St. Louis. It would open to the public the following summer.

• 1980: Republican nominee Ronald Reagan asked voters during a debate with President Jimmy Carter in Cleveland, “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

• 1986: The centennial of the Statue of Liberty’s dedication was celebrated in New York Harbor.

• 2002: A Turkish man with four wives and 50 children announced he didn’t want any more kids. Sirin Yavuz fathered 14 children with his first wife, 12 with the second, 14 with the third and ten with his fourth. The Istanbul tobacco farmer said he’d had enough.

• 2006: Fried-chicken giant KFC announced plans to reduce the artery-clogging trans fat in its fast-food. The chain was swapping solid shortening for liquefied cooking oil in its kitchens.

• 2013: Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was released from prison, two years after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter.


• Champagne Day

• Bread Sticks Day

• Chocolate Day

• Plush Animal Lover’s Day


• October 31: Halloween

• November is American Diabetes Awareness Month, Aviation Month, National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Novel Writing Month, Vegan Month, National Fun with Fondue Month, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, National Pepper Month, National Stuffing Month, National Raisin Bread Month.

• 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

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• Richard Dreyfuss is 69. Kate Jackson is 68. Dan Castellaneta is 59. Winona Ryder is 45. Gabrielle Union is 44.

• Internet Day. Cat Day. Forgiveness Day. Hug A Sheep Day.


• Henry Winkler is 71. Harry Hamlin is 65. Country singer T. Graham Brown is 62. Gavin Rossdale is 51. Nia Long is 46. Country singer Kassidy Osborn (SHeDAISY) is 40. Matthew Morrison (Glee) is 38.

• Create A Great Funeral Day. Candy Corn Day. Visit A Cemetery Day.


50,000: Bottles of vodka in Moscow’s vodka museum.


As the Iraqi Army closes in on the city of Mosul, ISIS fighters have been seen trimming their beards and changing their clothes, preparing for escape. [They’re also adopting aliases such as Chad, Todd and Justin.]

China plans to launch a massive new warship next year. [Just as soon as they can steal the plans from the U.S.]

In Florida an animal trainer was knocked down, scratched and dragged by a tiger during a performance for a group of kids on a school field trip. [During my school field trips all I got to see was how they got frozen peas into a bag.]

A new survey finds that the people in Boulder, Colorado and Ann Arbor, Michigan are the least likely to have a heart attack. [They are also the people least likely to have teenagers.]

Twenty-five British Airways crew members aboard a flight had to be treated for an undetermined illness. [You would think that they would know better than to eat the airline chili.]

Experts say that the massive computer hack the other week was the work of amateurs. [I hope that they understand that that’s not going to make us feel any safer.]

A North Carolina woman bought a lottery ticket in an attempt to show her husband what a waste of money it is, but hit a $1 million jackpot. [He’s now taking her to Vegas so she can show him how stupid roulette is.]

A caterer for an event at London’s British Museum accidentally severed the thumb from a statue. [“Hey, what’s this subtle but evocative thing in my soup?”]

It turns out the Michael Phelps has been secretly married since June, way before the Olympics. [You see, Ryan Lochte, that’s the proper way to get away with something.]

A Delta pilot about to take off from South Dakota was arrested for drunkenness. [Why do pilots drink so much? It’s not like they’re the ones who have to deal with the passengers.]


MOM RECORDS 2-MONTH-OLD APPEARING TO SAY ‘HELLO’ _ ( AUDIO) A Michigan mother shared video of her 2-month-old son appearing to say “hello”. Samantha Jones posted a video to Facebook that shows her son, Christian, looking up at the camera as his mother asks him to say “hello” to her friend Amber, the intended recipient of the video on Snapchat. Jones wrote on Facebook: ‘”My 2 month old said Hello to my friend on Snapchat.” She said she hadn’t actually expected Christian to repeat the greeting. • VIDEO

THE 2017 POOPING DOGS CALENDAR _ Nothing helps you greet the day like watching a dog poop and if you don’t have your own dog, now you have the advantage of looking at a dog pooping every time you check the date. Yep, you can now celebrate the new year with the 2017 Pooping Pooches calendar. • LINK

… Available on Etsy, the description reads: “White Elephant Party coming up? Yankee Swap? Secret Santa? Do you know someone who loves dogs… too much? This 12 month 2017 calendar of pooping dogs will be the most memorable gift you give this year. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving; each month reveals yet another beautiful pooch answering nature’s call. And who doesn’t like a good cause? $1 FROM EACH CALENDAR is donated to the Maui Humane Society to support animals in need!”

… “This year’s edition features a Great Dane, Boxer, Corgi, Poodle, Jack Russell Terrier, German Shepherd, Labrador, and more! Pooping Pooches dog calendar is the ultimate joke, prank or gag gift.”

ANTI-CAFÉ CHARGES CUSTOMERS BY THE MINUTE, NOT BY DRINK _ The days of feeling pressured to purchase a drink every hour you spend in a café are over at a Brooklyn, New York cafe. Glass Hour café charges a fixed rate of $6 for the first hour and 10 cents for each additional minute. After four hours ($24), any additional time is free. Customers enjoy unlimited coffee, tea, and board games in cozy workspace.

RESEARCHERS FOUND A BIT OF FOSSILIZED DINOSAUR BRAIN _ A rusty-brown rock found on a beach by a fossil hunter might contain a bit of preserved dinosaur brain. If so, it would be the first time scientists have ever found fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur. The fossil comes from a species that lived about 130 million years ago (closely related to Iguanodon, a large herbivore). A collector named Jamie Hiscocks found it in the UK in 2004.

TRUMP PLACE RESIDENTS SIGNING A PETITION TO CHANGE BUILDING NAME _ Amid growing embarrassment at their building’s name, residents at Trump Place on Manhattan’s Upper West Side have begun petitioning their building to change it. Some of the renters want the candidate’s gold-plated name removed. The petition says “Trump’s appalling treatment of women, his history of racism, his attacks on immigrants, his mockery of the disabled, his tax avoidance, his outright lying” are “antithetical to the values we and our families believe in.” Linda Gottlieb, the petition’s creator, said she found it “insulting” that her building’s staff, many of whom are immigrants and people of color, have to work in a building bearing Trump’s name. More than 400 people have signed the petition in its first week. The building has 419 units.

MOM CHAINS HER 8-YEAR-OLD GIRL TO LAMP POST FOR SKIPPING SCHOOL _ A woman in Malaysia was questioned and released by local police for chaining her 8-year-old daughter to a lamppost in a parking lot. Apparently, her reasoning for publicly shackling the young girl was as punishment for her missing school. The unnamed girl was seen by onlookers who noticed she had been chained to the post for over an hour. Some tried to free her but were unable as the thick chain was locked with two padlocks. • IMAGE

KATE MIDDLETON PREGNANT? _ Is Kate Middleton pregnant with her third child? Rumors suggest that Kate Middleton is expecting her third royal baby and that the Duchess is already four months along. And according to an anonymous source cited by Life & Style magazine, Pippa Middleton is not happy with Kate’s rumored pregnancy and is afraid that the baby would steal her thunder. You see, the source claims Pippa is worried that Kate’s pregnancy will overshadow her upcoming wedding because “Pippa desperately wants the focus to be on her rather than her sister’s baby bump.”

MAN CLAIMED TO BE A DECORATED VET SO HE’D GET A LIGHTER SENTENCE _ A Pennsylvania man who lied about being a decorated Marine in order to get a lighter sentence for theft and weapons crimes will instead be getting a tougher sentence, having a few months added for the crime of ‘Stolen Valor’ — that is, lying about one’s military service. 43-year-old Shane Sperow was initially sentenced to six to 23 months on an assault conviction. However, now that it’s become clear that he lied about his military service, he’s been hit with an additional 21 months to five years.

CAR REPORTED STOLEN IN 1988 PULLED FROM MASSACHUSETTS RIVER _ A car reported stolen in Massachusetts nearly 30 years ago has been found — at the bottom of a river. The 1986 Nissan was hauled from the Merrimack River (in Haverhill) on Wednesday. A state police trooper on site ran the vehicle’s identification number and confirmed that it had been reported stolen in 1988.

OUR TUBBY BELLIES COST US AT THE GAS PUMP _ A study says our spare tires are responsible for cars on U.S. roads burning an extra billion gallons of gas a year. Not the spare tires in our trunks — the spare tires around our waists. The study found that Americans are pumping at least 938 million more gallons of gas annually today than five decades ago because extra body weight is dragging down fuel economy.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STOPS AT DRIVE THRU DURING POLICE CHASE _ An Arizona man is in custody after leading police on a bizarre chase. After Phoenix police began following the suspect he stopped at an In-N-Out Burger drive-thru. The suspect appeared to order food but then drove away and got out of his pickup truck. He then ran into a backyard and tried to get into a house through the back door. When he couldn’t get inside the home, the suspect surrendered to police and was taken into custody.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SOMEONE STOLE SUBARU, RETURNED CAR WITH APOLOGY, GAS MONEY _ An Oregon (Portland) woman’s Subaru was stolen right outside her home Tuesday. But not really. The day after it vanished it was returned with a note that read: “So sorry I stole your car. I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru and she came back with your car.” The note came with $30 in cash for gas money.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TOW TRUCK DRIVER TAKES PRICEY SPORTS CAR FOR A SPIN _ The Texas owner of a $110,000 sports car was having trouble with the car and decided to have it towed to a dealership. But the car was taken to the tow truck company instead. Then the tow truck driver decided to give the car a spin. Fortunately for the owner of the Nissan GT-R, it’s equipped with a sophisticated system that records video, audio and speed. The car’s owner was able to watch the video of the joyride after the car was returned to him. Police are investigating.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BURNING WEEDS WITH TORCH STARTS HOUSE FIRE _ A man in Tuscon was using a blow torch to burn weeds. He started a fire that spread up a wall and into the attic of his home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LARGE BEAR REACHES BEAR-PROOFED BIRD FEEDER _ A Connecticut home owner built what he thought was a bear-proof bird feeder with iron pipe and concrete. The bear-proof feeder was constructed after it had been knocked over twice by a bear. But the large black bear accepted the challenge, got up on its hind legs and basically played tetherball with the feeder and then collected the bird seed from the ground. The homeowner caught it all in video. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POOPER SCOOPER ACCUSED OF IMPERSONATING SECRET SERVICE AGENT _ This one has all the elements of a bad sitcom. A Pennsylvania man who runs a business picking up dog droppings has apparently stepped into a major mess of his own making. According to federal prosecutors, he used forged documents to pretend to be a Secret Service agent to score a discount hotel room and then to try to get out of a traffic violation. The man allegedly used an overseas service to obtain a fake Secret Service ID with his name and photo, then used that ID at a hotel. A month later, prosecutors say he produced this same fake ID when confronted by a local police officer during a traffic stop. The cop was smarter than the hotel manager.

… According to the Associated Press, the suspect is the operator of a business called Doodle Scoopers, a company whose site declares “We pick up the pet waste and take it with us.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENT CRASHED INTO PATROL CAR WHILE SENDING TOPLESS SELFIE _ A Texas college student was arrested Wednesday night after authorities said she crashed her vehicle into the back of a parked police car (in Bryan, Texas). According to the police report, the woman told the officer she was sending a topless Snapchat selfie to her boyfriend just before the crash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DEER ARE BETTER OFF WITHOUT CHEETOS AND GRAPES _ A deer living in a wooded area in Arkansas (Siloam Springs) lost his fear of humans and locals were taking selfies with him, feeding him, and petting him regularly. “Doug Deer” even has a Facebook page with over 2,000 “friends.” Arkansas Game and Fish officials were concerned as mating season approached, as deer become aggressive. Doug was captured to be relocated. Locals were disappointed but a wildlife official reminded everyone that “the deer is better off in the wild not being fed Cheetos and grapes.”



WORLD SERIES GAME 3 (7:30p ET, FOX) — Wrigley Field will host its first World Series game in 71 years for game 3. The series between the Cubs and Indians is tied at a game a piece.

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. MacGyver must diffuse a bomb planted near the United Nations with only a wrench and rope.

IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN (8p ET, ABC) –This full-length version celebrates the 50th anniversary of this special, and includes the bonus cartoon, You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown, which features Linus in a run for class president.


THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New. A person from Stefan’s past may be Damon and Enzo’s next target.

2016 AMERICAN HUMANE HERO DOG AWARDS (8p ET, Hallmark Channel) — James Denton and Beth Stern host the sixth annual awards gala honoring working dogs.

HAWAII FIVE-O (9p ET, CBS) — New. On Halloween, the team investigates the murder of a medium who was apparently frightened to death.

SHARK TANK (9p ET, ABC) — This new edition features an unusual twist to a common vegetable, an idea to alleviate the hassle of luggage when traveling, and a device that offers sun protection.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (9p ET, CW) — New. Rebecca tries to impress Josh with her sporty skills.

SERIES PREMIERE: LIVE PD (9p ET, A&E) — This new weekly live documentary series takes viewers inside the country’s police departments and the communities they patrol in real time. Over eight weeks, dash cams, fixed rig and handheld cameras will capture the work of a mix of six urban and rural police forces. In-studio host, ABC’s Dan Abrams, alongside Dallas Police Department Detectives Rich Emberlin and Kevin Jackson will guide viewers through the live footage.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Frank deals with a whistleblower, who claims to have evidence of abuse throughout the NYPD.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New

TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW (11p ET, HBO) — Tracey Ullman does her best impressions of Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Angela Merkel, and more in this imported comedy series.

GOOD GIRLS REVOLT (Anytime, Amazon) — This new original series is based on the book of the same name about a group of women employed by Newsweek magazine in the 1960’s who ended up suing the magazine for discrimination in the workplace. Genevieve Angelson (Backstrom), Anna Camp, Chris Diamantopolous, Joy Bryant, Grace Gummer and Jim Belushi star.


Here’s the college football schedule, showing every network and game.

WORLD SERIES GAME 4 (7:30p ET, FOX) — Cubs and Indians at Wrigley Field.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (11:30p ET, NBC) — The show is off tonight, but will return with a new edition next week.

THE FALL (Anytime, Netflix) — Gillian Anderson returns for a third season of the BBC’s gripping cat-and-mouse crime series. Jamie Dornan (50 Shades of Grey), also stars.


Here’s the NFL schedule. Where you live will determine what game you see

WORLD SERIES GAME 5 (8p ET, FOX) — Cubs and Indians at Wrigley Field.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8p ET, CBS) — This new episode is followed by new episodes of Madame Secretary and Elementary (celebrating it’s 100th episode with guest star Owain Yeoman from The Mentalist).

ONCE UPON A TIME (8p ET, ABC) — This new episode is followed by new episodes of Secrets and Lies, and Quantico.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, NBC) — The Dallas Cowboys (5-1) host the Eagles (4-2).

THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New. A new, well-established community seems too good to be true.


IN THEATERS TODAY _ Tom Hanks’ latest movie, Inferno, is expected to make about $25 million this weekend. It’s the only movie opening in wide release. (PG-13)

… Opening next weekend: Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, Trolls.

FIRST TWO WORLD SERIES GAMES POST HIGHEST RATINGS IN SEVEN YEARS _ The Chicago Cubs won Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night to even things at 1-1. But the biggest winner of all was FOX. The network scored its highest baseball ratings in seven years over the first two games. While both games performed well, Game 1 did a bit better, with an audience of 19.4 million viewers.

BEATLE JOHN LENNON’S LETTER TO QUEEN VALUED AT $73,000 _ A letter written to Queen Elizabeth II by Beatle John Lennon when he returned his medal designating him a member of British knighthood has been valued at $73,000. The hand-written letter was found among a collection of records bought for just a few dollars at a garage sale 20 years ago. Written by Lennon to Queen Elizabeth II, the letter explained why he had returned his medal, awarded to each member of the band in the Queen’s honors.

CHARLIE SHEEN SAYS THERE WILL BE A MAJOR LEAGUE 3 _ Charlie Sheen claims that there almost certainly will be a Major League 3, with him reprising his role as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn from the original 1989 movie. Sheen says Major League 3 “has as much heart, as much comedy as the original.” He says Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen and Wesley Snipes, among others from the first film, are on board.

RAVEN SYMONÉ IS LEAVING THE VIEW TO DO A THAT’S SO RAVEN REBOOT _ After a stint on The View, former child star turned controversial commentator Raven Symoné announced that she’ll be leaving The View to create a reboot of the show That’s So Raven. In the spinoff, Raven’s character is a divorced mother of two preteens. Behind the cameras, she will also serve as an executive producer. Symoné will be leaving The View because she’ll have to relocate to Los Angeles for the spinoff.

FARGO ADDS JIM GAFFIGAN TO SEASON 3 CAST _ Fargo has added Jim Gaffigan as a series regular. Season three of Fargo has been rumored to take place in 2010, following the events of the drama’s first season. Gaffigan will take on the role of Donny Mashman, a police deputy. He joins a cast that also includes Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

MARIAH CAREY, JAMES PACKER REPORTEDLY END ENGAGEMENT _ Mariah Carey and James Packer have reportedly called off their engagement. According to Woman’s Day the 46-year-old American singer and 49-year-old Australian businessman split due to tensions over the singer’s forthcoming reality show, Mariah’s World, and extravagant spending. A source claims James “had huge reservations about Mariah’s new TV show and the fact that she was willing to expose their lives to the world.”

… Sources told TMZ that Packer hated Carey’s show “from the get-go” and that it “became a major source of conflict” in the couple’s relationship. The website said, however, that “the door is not completely shut” for the pair yet.

MARIAH CAREY: PACKER ‘MENTALLY UNSTABLE’ AND ‘VIOLENT’ _ Mariah Carey’s ex-fiance, James Packer, “is not in his right mind”. That’s according to sources TMZ has spoken with. The gossip site’s source says “she had to leave him” and he hasn’t been “present for her” in a couple of months. They call James “mentally unstable.” Even more serious, the sources say the last straw for the relationship was that he got “violent” a month ago on a yacht in Greece. Mariah claimed Packer was really terrible to her assistant on the boat, and that sent her packing.

_ A Will & Grace revival is in development. NBC is reportedly in early talks to revive the Emmy-winning sitcom for one new season. Although returning to the original home at the Peacock is possibility, the revamped project is also opening the doors for streaming service. The sitcom hopes to bring back the original stars like Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes in a ten-episode installment. The show’s creators are also in negotiations to return for the revival.

JJ ABRAMS’ GOD PARTICLE IS NEXT FILM IN CLOVERFIELD SERIES _ The mysterious upcoming J.J. Abrams-produced movie God Particle will be the latest movie connected to the producer’s cult hit Cloverfield.

… God Particle is about a team of astronauts who make a “shocking discovery” and end up fighting for survival in what is described as an altered reality. The film is set to open wide on February 24 (2017).



• 2-MONTH-OLD SAYS HELLO: A Michigan mother shared video of her 2-month-old son appearing to say “hello”. → October 28 News & Nuggets.

• HALLOWEEN: A huge package of Halloween drops.


• TRUMP SINGS: From 2000, check out Donald Trump’s pretty good rendition of Take Me Out to the Ballgame at Wrigley Field.


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Been there, done that? Maybe you haven’t, but sometimes it sure FEELS like you have. It’s called déjà vu. And even though most people have experienced it, why it happens is still a mystery. Experts have come up with a whole slew of explanations. Here are a few, courtesy of Psychology Today.

• Some researchers think déjà vu occurs when two of the brains cognitive functions are out of sync. For example, our brain might recognize a familiar situation, but fail to remember why it’s familiar. That leads to the “I’ve been here before” feeling. But since we can’t remember the event, we think the experience is new — and chock it up to déjà vu.

• The result of not paying attention. Our brains can take in information more quickly that we can consciously register it. Then, when what’s happening around us finally registers, it feels familiar. Not because we’ve seen it before, but because we’ve already processed it on another level.

Things that make a person more likely to experience deja vu are:

• If you have an active imagination and recall dreams easily.

• If you’re fatigued or stressed out.

• And if you have an above average education level.

… These things all indicate a highly stimulated brain.


• Candy corn was made in the 1880s. Though the person who actually created the candy is unknown, the first commercial production of it was by Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia. The company more closely associated with candy corn was the Goelitz Confectionery Company, which started commercial production of the candy in 1898. The Goelitz Confectionery Company is the oldest manufacturer of candy corn today. It’s also the company that gave us Jelly Belly jelly beans.

• Around the late 1800s candy wasn’t made year-round like it is now. Candy was manufactured from March through November.

• Manufacturers would cook all the ingredients in large kettles. Then workers called stringers would walk backward, pouring the hot candy mixture into kernel-shaped molds. Stringers would do this three times for each of the colors. The tricolor design was considered revolutionary for the time and was a huge success. Because candy corn was perishable it was only distributed short distances.

• During times like the depression the sale of candy corn kept many companies up and running. Today candy corn is not only a Halloween treat, though it does account for 75 percent of annual candy corn sales. The candy has also been made into reindeer corn for Christmas, Indian corn for Thanksgiving, cupid corn for Valentine’s Day and bunny corn for Easter.

• According to the National Confectioners Association, candy manufacturers sell more than 20 million pounds of candy corn each year, roughly 8.3 billion kernels.


TRIVIA: According to studies, lavender is the second most arousing smell to women. What’s first? (The smell of pumpkin pie)

TRIVIA: Around the world we’re spending $71 million a day on what food? (Potato chips)


Q: Who is this?

A: Amy Adams


Excited koala gets excited, runs face first into a tree.


TP trouble.



This is day 305 of 2016. There are 61 days remaining.


• Dan Rather is 85

• David Ogden Stiers (M.A.S.H.) is 74

• Deidre Hall (Days of Our Lives) is 69

• Jane Pauley (CBS News’ Sunday Morning) is 66

• Alabama football coach Nick Saban is 65

• Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) is 55

• Dermot Mulroney is 53

• Rob Schneider is 52

• Mike O’Malley (Sully, Glee) is 51

• Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) is 50

• Vanilla Ice is 49

• Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs) is 40

• Willow Smith is 16


• 1926: Magician Harry Houdini died of complications from a ruptured appendix.

• 1938: The day after his “War of the Worlds” broadcast had panicked radio listeners, Orson Welles expressed “deep regret” but also bewilderment that anyone had thought the simulated Martian invasion was real.

• 1963: At the Indiana State Fair Coliseum in Indianapolis an explosion killed 74 people during an ice skating show. It also injured 400. A faulty propane tank connection in a concession stand was blamed.

• 1970: Singer Michelle Phillips and actor Dennis Hopper were married. They divorced 8 days later.

• 1987: A professional singles tennis match in Coventry, England, ended after a record eight hours and twenty-one minutes.

• 1988: Pop star Debbie Gibson held a séance, attempting to contact Liberace and Sid Vicious.

• 1990: Singer Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish on his opening act, Faith No More, during a Seattle concert and put four pigs and a goat in their dressing room. The group retaliated by parading naked on stage during Idol’s encore.

• 1991: At their Halloween wedding, Jayne and Dale Peterson of Madison, Wisconsin, were married dressed as Frankenstein and the bride of Frankenstein. At the reception, the champagne was chilled in a coffin.

• 2002: A four-year-old Austrian boy was so disgusted by his grandmother’s plum dumplings he dialed 911 for help. The dispatcher pleaded with the boy to give grandmother’s dumplings another chance. He finally agreed and hung up.

• 2003: Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a tiger shark and lost her left arm.

• 2005: British officials announced they were investigating the loss of a satellite phone in Iraq — a phone that may have been stolen by insurgents who ran up an $890,000 bill.

• 2007: Shoppers had to “dive for cover” when a cloud of smoke settled over a neighborhood in London, England. Witnesses said the smoke smelled like “chemicals”. A terror alert was called and a hazmat team responded. It took three hours to trace the cloud to its source: a fire crew smashed through the door of the kitchen of a Thai restaurant, which was cooking up a six-month supply of chili paste.

• 2012: The New York Stock Exchange reopened after a two-day closure due to Hurricane Sandy.


• Halloween

• Books For Treats Day

• Caramel Apple Day

• Knock-Knock Jokes Day

• National Magic Day


• October 31: Halloween

• November is American Diabetes Awareness Month, Aviation Month, National Adoption Month, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Novel Writing Month, Vegan Month, National Fun with Fondue Month, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, National Pepper Month, National Stuffing Month, National Raisin Bread Month.

• 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

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