This is day 348 of 2016. There are 18 days remaining.
• Dick Van Dyke is 91
• Christopher Plummer is 87
• John Davidson is 75
• Ted Nugent is 68
• Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me) is 66
• Steve Buscemi is 59
• NeNe Leakes is 50
• Jamie Foxx is 49
• Taylor Swift is 27
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1972: Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt began the sixth and final extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or “Moonwalk” of Apollo 17. This was the last manned mission to the moon of the 20th century.
• 1978: The first Susan B. Anthony dollar entered circulation.
• 1983: The Denver Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons played in the highest scoring NBA game in history, with the Pistons winning 186-184 in triple overtime. In addition to most points in a game, this game also set the record for most field goals made (136), and most assists (93).
• 1995: After stacking the stereo, VCR, and other stuff by the front door, a 25-year-old Sacramento burglar decided to take a bubble bath. And went to sleep in the tub. Police woke him after the owner came home and called them.
• 2000: Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida. Democrat Al Gore conceded and called for national unity.
• 2003: Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured near his home town of Tikrit.
• 2003: In the most-attended basketball game in history, 78,129 watch Michigan State University lose 79-74 to the University of Kentucky at Ford Field.
• 2004: Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers found 610 pounds of marijuana hidden in caskets in a truck they pulled over. The driver, Timothy G. Hynd, and his passenger, Robert Dean Harper, told a trooper they were working for a Tucson, Arizona, casket company and their destination was Atlanta. Both men say they were unaware the pot was in the caskets.
• 2007: A farmer in Devon, England, unveiled a multi-bird roast. The 48 birds of 12 different species weighed 55-pounds, cost $1,300, and had enough meat to serve 125 people. It contains about 50,000 calories and took more than eight hours to cook. The roast contained turkey, goose, chicken, pheasant, partridge, pigeon squab, Aylesbury duck, Barbary duck, poussin, guinea fowl, mallard-and quail with herb and fruit stuffings.
• 2007: The Mitchell Report was publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that had presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones.
• 2014: Thousands of protesters marched in Washington, D.C. to protest recent killings of unarmed black men by police.
• Ice Cream Day
• Popcorn String Day
• Violin Day
• December 25: Christmas
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: Women’s March on Washington
11 million: Number of copies of Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer sold.
Qantas says that in 2018 it will begin offering the first direct flight from Australia to the UK. The non-stop flight from Perth to London will take over 17 hours. [Plenty of time for each and every person on the plane to have his own 15 minutes of fame being disruptive.]
Vandals broke into a winery in Italy and spilled the equivalent of 400,000 bottles of wine. [Authorities are on the lookout for a gang of vandals that smells like a fraternity.]
A Swiss rail company has begun regular service through the world’s longest tunnel — 35.4 miles. [The train’s nickname is the Claustrophobic Comet.]
A man in Nebraska arranged for the sheriff’s department to make a fake arrest and take him to the station so he could make a surprise proposal to his girlfriend who works there as a corrections officer. [That’s so sweet. I’ve always said that there’s nothing more romantic than a detention cell.]
A man in Nebraska arranged for the sheriff’s department to make a fake arrest and take him to the station so he could make a surprise proposal to his girlfriend who works there as a corrections officer. [When things began heating up between them the other prisoners yelled, “For crying out loud, get a cell!”]
A man in Nebraska arranged for the sheriff’s department to make a fake arrest and take him to the station so he could make a surprise proposal to his girlfriend who works there as a corrections officer. [Unfortunately, someone went off-script with the Taser.]
Non-OPEC and OPEC nations have reached a historic deal to cut oil production worldwide in order to drive prices back up. [Apparently, it’s really ticking them off that I no longer have to take out a second mortgage on my house in order to afford to commute to work.]
The stars of HGTV’s Flip or Flop have decided to separate. [They no longer want their marriage so they’re going to make some repairs and see if they can sell it.]
The preview audience went wild for the new Star Wars movie. [That’s a good sign unless, of course, it’s a Jedi mind trick.]
A Secret Santa in Pennsylvania paid off $45,000 worth of strangers’ layaway items at Walmart. [I once worked at a company where the atmosphere was so competitive that we didn’t have Secret Santas. We had Secret Scrooges.]
TRUMP PICKS UP VOTES IN WISCONSIN RECOUNT _ The recount requested by Green Party Candidate Jill Stein is complete in the state of Wisconsin, and it shows that Donald Trump actually gained 844 votes, slightly widening his margin of victory in the state.
WOMAN LEFT WITH BILL AFTER DATE EATS EXPENSIVE MEAL, THEN FLEES _ Diane Guilmette joined dating website Plenty of Fish and not long after received a “very flattering” message from a man named Paul Gonzales. She agreed to meet up with Gonzales and the pair arranged to go to a fancy Los Angeles restaurant. Diane says Paul ordered “a lot of food” and several glasses of wine as they sat chatting on their first date. It was all going well, or so Diane thought, until Paul went outside to make a phone call. He never came back. Around 15 minutes later, she realized that he was not coming back. The shocked and disappointed Diane was left to pay their $163 bill.
… When she took to social media to share her story, along with pictures of her date, Diane said several other women came forward to say that he had done the same thing to him. Each time he had chosen a high-end restaurant and sneaked out, leaving them with the bill.
PRESSING YOUR PHONE CAMERA AGAINST YOUR FINGER WILL NOT MEASURE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE _ The tiny sensors in our smartphones can do amazing things, but what they cannot do is substitute for a blood pressure cuff. One app maker ran afoul of federal regulators by claiming that your smartphone camera could be used to accurately check your vitals. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the Instant Blood Pressure app did three things to cross the legal line. First, it’s maker, Aura, marketed the app by bragging about how accurate it is compared to a blood pressure cuff, which the FTC points out is not actually the case. Second, the company’s own CEO left a review in Apple’s App Store without disclosing his relationship to the company. Finally, the company’s website was full of enthusiastic testimonials, which the FTC determined were from employees and their family members.
… The company charged $3.99-$4.99 to download the Instant Blood Pressure Monitor, taking in a total of around $600,000.
BEST BUY STAFF BUYS KID WII U _ Employees at a Best Buy in Valley Stream, New York, put their holiday cheer to good use. They noticed a boy who came into the store every day to play the display Wii U. So, the staff chipped in to buy him a Wii U of his very own. The console is worth $299.99 at Best Buy. • VIDEO
OFFICIAL FIRED OVER RACIST MICHELLE OBAMA REMARK REINSTATED _ A West Virginia government employee who was removed from her position for a Facebook post referring to first lady Michelle Obama as an “ape in heels” will get her job back. Pamela Taylor, director of the Clay County Development Corp., was fired in early November after she said, “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.” The Clay County Development Corp. announced Taylor would be reinstated on December 23.
… The post also cost the local mayor her job. Former Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling resigned after commenting that Taylor’s post “just made my day.”
The post was a source of public outrage. The two have since made public apologies.
GOOD LUCK PRONOUNCING AUSTRIA’S WORD OF THE YEAR _ Austria’s word of the year is bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung, or “postponement of the repeat of the runoff of the presidential election.” The tongue-twister was born after the record time it took to elect Austria’s president. A first round in April was followed by a May runoff between the two most popular candidates. This was annulled, and a new date set for October was then postponed because of faulty absentee ballots to December 4, when the vote was won by Alexander Van der Bellen.
SYDNEY NEW YEAR FIREWORKS TO BE LIVE STREAMED ON FACEBOOK _ Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, which traditionally kick off the world’s major celebrations, will be streamed live on Facebook for the first time. The visual extravaganza in Australia’s biggest city is viewed live by more than a million people at Sydney Harbor and a another 1 billion via a television audience. Organizers hope the live stream will be viewed by more than 10 million Facebook users.
ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE IS THE TOP FUNERAL SONG _ Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life, from Monty Python’s Life Of Brian, is now the most popular song played at funerals in the U.K. The song knocked Frank Sinatra’s My Way from the top spot for the first time in a decade.
SERVICE DOG DIALS 911 DURING FIRE; SAVES BLIND OWNER _ A heroic service dog saved the day by dialing 911 and pulling her blind owner to safety after the home they shared in Philadelphia caught fire. Yolanda, a golden retriever, called 911 on a specialized phone and alerted authorities about the blaze and firefighters responded. They were able to rescue Yolanda’s owner — a woman in her sixties — and she was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. After her owner was safe, Yolanda was rewarded with food, toys, treats and supplies.
SON POSTS TWITTER PHOTO OF PARENTS WHO OVERCAME ADDICTION, GRADUATED COLLEGE TOGETHER _ A California man beaming with pride took to social media to share a photo of his parents who went back to school and graduated college together. Charles Cole III posted a photo of his smiling parents (Renate and Charles Cole) to Twitter with the caption: “My parents went back to college together and they graduated today. Together #salute.” Charles said his parents had previously battled crack addiction. They were inspired by their son graduating college to get sober and go back to school. • IMAGE
ZOO SETS UP BABY REGISTRY FOR PREGNANT ORANGUTAN _ A Texas zoo has set up a gift registry for an orangutan couple who are expecting a baby. The Cameron Park Zoo in Waco is requesting several items on the Target registry, including the movie Zootopia, stuffed animals, a musical crib mobile, SpongeBob SquarePants bubble bath, books and a Dolly Parton CD. The orangutan, named Mei, is due in late January. The zoo is planning to host a baby orangutan shower on December 18 near the orangutan exhibit. Human guests will be able to enjoy cake.
PHOTO OF CHICK-FIL-A EMPLOYEE WORKING IN SLING, NECK BRACE GOES VIRAL _ A photo of an Indiana teen working at a Chick-fil-A in a neck brace and sling has gone viral. An Indianapolis resident shared the photo on Chick-fil-A’s Facebook page over the weekend after visiting the location in Avon. The post said they decided to go inside to order their food since the drive-thru line was long. However, they were not expecting to see a man behind the counter working in a sling and neck brace. They said it was commendable to see this man working in that condition. According to the Facebook post, the worker was in a car accident, but he needed to keep working for the money. He told the customer he wanted to use the money to give back to the homeless for Christmas. The poster, Cameron Nelson, said he planned to get a few friends to donate to him for the cause. • IMAGE
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STUDENT BLOWS $1.5 MILLION FROM BANK GLITCH _ When a banking glitch accidentally granted an Australian law student massive overdraft privileges, he did what he thought anyone in his shoes would do: spend, spend, spend. Luke Moore breezed through $1.5 million on sports cars, boats, luxury vacations and strippers. But the law finally caught up to him and he was sentenced to four years in prison. Moore stumbled into his good fortune when he opened a new account in 2010. A computer glitch allowed him to overdraw his funds and spend up to $1.5 million. He used the money to pay off a mortgage and insurance bills. But he eventually turned his gaze to the playboy lifestyle.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SUES OVER CONDOM-LIKE SNACKS _ A woman in China is suing sellers of a snack in condom-like packaging over accusations the novelty item ruined her marriage. The woman said she ordered the provocatively-packaged box snacks and threw some in her purse. But things got prickly when her husband stumbled upon her stash of what he thought were real condoms. Despite the wife’s attempts to explain the novelty snack, she claims a three-day fight ensued, ending with her husband filing for divorce. Now she’s suing the company that sold her the snacks.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UK’s OLDEST SOCCER PLAYER IS LOOKING FOR A TEAM _ An soccer player in the UK is looking for a new club to sign him up. Dickie Borthwick started playing soccer in 1947 when he was 12. He’s now 81. He had been a member of a veterans team before it folded and is now trying to land with a new team. Borthwick said he has scored 400 goals during his 69 years playing football.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN SPEEDER _ An Indiana teenager blew the doors off a 55 mph speed limit so that he could get home quickly. The 16-year-old said he didn’t want his parents to be mad at him for being late, which is why he was driving 142 mph in a 55 zone.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: REVERSE BURGLARS LEAVE MONEY _ Romanian police are looking for two burglars who broke into an woman’s apartment — and left her some money. The 86-year-old told police two young men, wearing masks, trashed her apartment. She said they rummaged for money or valuables but found only her wallet with the equivalent of a few bucks inside. The burglars then gave the woman all of their loose change — and left without taking anything.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Evidence from the murder of a Navy captain leads to Ducky’s deceased mother.
THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — This is a recaps of the final performances from last night.
THE MIDDLE (8p ET, ABC) — New. As Christmas approaches, Sue keeps a big holiday secret from the family.
BROOKLYN NINE NINE (8p ET, FOX) — New. Jake and Charles face off off against a Latvian crime ring while tracking down a favorite toy for Christmas. Mary Lynn Rajskub guest stars.
THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Katie reluctantly agrees to help out with the school Christmas pageant.
NEW GIRL (8:30p ET, FOX) — Megan Fox returns in this new episode.
SEASON FINALE: THE VOICE (9p ET, NBC) — After performances from Bruno Mars, Sting, The Weeknd, and more, the winner will be announced.
BULL (9p ET, CBS) — New. Bull faces his past when he returns to his childhood home to defend a young man accused of arson.
FRESH OFF THE BOAT (9p ET, ABC) — New. The family accidentally leaves Evan at home while they go to a movie..
SCREAM QUEENS (9p ET, FOX) — New. The Chanels are overwhelmed when their TV idol, Dr. Scarlett Lovin (guest star Brooke Shields), visits the institute.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
ROCK THE TROOPS (9p ET, CMT, Comedy Central, Spike, VH1) — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosts this music and entertainment extravaganza to celebrate the brave men and women of America’s armed forces, filmed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Key, Rob Riggle, Scott Eastwood, and Terry Crews will make appearances, and George Clooney will be featured in a taped segment. There will also be performances by Nick Jonas, Flo Rida, Tenacious D, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Aaron Lewis and stand-up performances from Jeff Ross and J.B. Smoove.
THE REAL O’NEALS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Determined to win the Christmas choir competition, Eileen gives the solo to the newest member.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. A Marine corporal, who is also an amateur race car driver, is killed on the track.
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (10p ET, ABC) — This repeat features the cast of Rogue One: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn and Mads Mikkelsen, and director Gareth Edwards.
GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS 2017 _ Golden Globe nominations were announced Monday and La La Land leads with seven. The People v. O.J. Simpson leads TV with five. The main categories:
Best motion picture, drama
- Manchester by the Sea
- Hidden Figures
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Hell or High Water
Best motion picture, comedy/musical
- La La Land
- 20th Century Women
- Florence Foster Jenkins
- Sing Street
Best TV series, drama
- Game of Thrones (HBO)
- Stranger Things (Netflix)
- The Crown (Netflix)
- Westworld (HBO)
- This Is Us (NBC)
Best TV series, comedy
- Transparent (Amazon)
- Atlanta (FX)
- Veep (HBO)
- Black-ish (ABC)
- Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)
KING JAMES IS SET TO TELL THE STORY OF THE GREATEST _ Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James will be the executive producer of an HBO documentary on Muhammad Ali, who died earlier this year. The as-yet-untitled film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who also directed the boxing drama Southpaw and Training Day. James has been a longtime admirer of Ali, the boxing great and social activist. James recently pledged a $2.5 donation to a new exhibit on Ali at the Smithsonian Institution.
TRAILER: ESPN’S NEW DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE XFL _ ESPN’s acclaimed 30 For 30 series of documentaries will return in February and the trailer for the newest film — This Was The XFL — was uploaded Monday. With This Was The XFL, we will all get to relive the rise and fall of Vince McMahon’s insane football league just as his television “rival” Donald Trump begins his first term as the President of the United States. • VIDEO
SHIRLEY MACLAINE IN THE LAST WORD TRAILER _ Shirley MacLaine plays another cantankerous old lady in the first trailer for the dramedy The Last Word. The film, co-starring Amanda Seyfried as a young newspaper reporter assigned to the obituary desk, hits theaters in March. MacLaine stars as Harriet Lauler, a once successful businesswoman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, she’s suddenly inspired to work on her obituary. • LINK
PATRICK WILSON CAST AS AQUAMAN VILLAIN _ Patrick Wilson has been tapped to play Orm, the evil half-brother of Aquaman, in the adaptation of the popular DC comic staring Jason Momoa. Amber Heard also stars as Mera, Aquaman’s love interest. The movie comes out in October, 2018.
AMBER HEARD PENS MOVING ESSAY ON DOMESTIC ABUSE _ Amber Heard wants those suffering from domestic violence to know that they are not alone. The actress, who is currently in the last steps of finalizing her divorce to Johnny Depp, penned a lengthy, heartfelt essay in Porter magazine for their December issue. In it, she expresses her resentment towards being labeled a victim, why women around the globe should feel empowered to speak out and why no one should suffer in silence any longer.
… She writes: “You are not alone. You may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone. You need to know that. I want to remind you of your strength, a strength that has been multiplied by the number of women who stand silently behind you — a truth that allowed me to break down the doors I once found myself behind.”
… “Let’s start with the truth—the cold, hard truth. When a woman comes forward to speak out about injustice or her suffering, instead of aid, respect and support, she will be met with hostility, skepticism and shame. Her motives will be questioned and her truth ignored.”
… The actress added that “it takes real strength to come forward” and that “it isn’t easy to raise your voice, to stand up for yourself and your truth, and to do it ‘alone.'”
LAMAR ODOM CHECKS INTO REHAB _ Lamar Odom has checked into rehab. Just days after his divorce from Khloe Kardashian became final, the troubled former NBA star entered a facility in San Diego. A source tells E! News: “It was his own decision. He wanted to work on his mental and physical health for the next chapter of his life. He has not fallen off the wagon, but he understands the importance of maintaining his sobriety.”
BRUNO MARS BRINGS 24K MAGIC TO CARPOOL KARAOKE WITH JAMES CORDEN _ Bruno Mars is belting out his hit single 24K Magic on Carpool Karaoke tonight (Tuesday) with James Corden, along with other recognizable tunes. • VIDEO
AMERICAN IDOL CONTESTANT SUES SHOW: YOU BLEW OUT MY EAR _ An American Idol contestant got an earful from the show — and now he’s suing because the show screwed up his hearing so much it all but ruined his music career. Michael Simeon claims he was fitted for an earpiece during his 2014 appearance on the show and it caused him immediate, excruciating pain. When he pleaded for the audiologist to remove it, Simeon claims she yanked it out of his ear with such ferocity, it took out a portion of his eardrum. To add insult to literal injury, Simeon says he was writhing in pain and all producers did was send him to a room where he sat for 5 agonizing hours. Simeon says he was treated for tympanoplasty and hasn’t performed at nearly the same level ever since. He finished in the top 24 that year of season 14.
MAN SUES TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NOT MAKING MUSIC WITH HER _ Taylor Swift is being sued by a Utah man because she won’t produce music he wrote. He filed a lawsuit October 11 after he was unable to get her agents to forward her the music he had written. The man is seeking $7,000 in damages, saying he has spent considerable time and money to produce music in an effort to attract Swift’s attention.
NEW ON DVD _ Released December 13.
• Suicide Squad
• Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
• Bridget Jones’s Baby
• Florence Foster Jenkins
• Southside with You
• American Gothic – Season 1
• Duck Dynasty – Season 10
• Fear the Walking Dead – Season 2
MOST RECENT ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE
• PRATT & LAWRENCE: Here’s Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence playing (BBC Radio One’s) Playground Insults, where the objective is to make the other person laugh. Whoever delivers the “killer insult” or absolutely dies from laughter wins.
• DROP: There’s no master plan behind any of this.
• DROP: You’re the most amazing guy. You’re brilliant, you’re handsome, you’re rich.
MIKE, DUDE, THANKS FOR THE SHARE!
ROAD RAGE RETALIATION
Here’s just the kind of survey we don’t want to hear in time for the Christmas driving season. When confronted with road rage, a full 50 percent of drivers respond with a little aggressive driving of their own. How?
• 34 percent honk their horn
• 27 percent yell
• 19 percent give the finger
• 17 percent flash their headlights
• 7 percent mimic the aggressive action
• 2 percent actually admit to trying to run the aggressor off the road
… Men are more likely than women to respond aggressively, especially those in the 18-24 age bracket.
… Those with children are more likely to retaliate road rage than those without.
YOUR ULTIMATE HOLIDAY TIPPING GUIDE
U.S. News & World Report offers this list of who to tip — and who to skip — this holiday season.
• Doormen of residential buildings — Show your doorman how much you appreciate the service he provides by tipping at least $20 and up to $100 if he really has your back.
• House cleaner — If you regularly use the services of a house cleaner, tip the equivalent of one visit. So, if a cleaning session typically costs $100, aim to include an extra $100 around the holidays.
• Trash collector — Check local restrictions before handing over a holiday tip. If there are none, aim for $10 to $25 per person. You can gift it in person or drop it off at their headquarters.
• Babysitter or nanny — For your babysitter, tack on an extra check for the equivalent of one night’s visit. Tip the nanny between one week’s and one month’s pay. Don’t forget to include a gift from your child.
• Hair dresser — Show your appreciation by tipping your regular hair guru the cost of a single visit. Make it extra special by attaching it to a card or quick note.
• Home health aide — Before tipping the staffer who takes such good care of your loved one, check the employer’s corporate gift-giving policy. If there are no restrictions, consider giving a gift or gift certificate. For a private nurse, anywhere from $50 to a week’s pay is typical.
• Package deliverer — Workers for UPS, FedEx and the United States Postal Service typically have limitations on how much they can accept. Stay within that dollar amount or opt for something relatively cheap and heartfelt, such as a homemade gift.
• Garage attendant — If you deal regularly with a garage attendant — and he or she makes your life much easier — consider tipping $10 to $50.
• Your child’s teacher — Avoid cash when giving your child’s teacher a year-end gift. Opt instead for a class gift — your teacher may have a classroom wishlist that she shared at the beginning of the year — or pool your funds with other parents for a larger gift certificate. Don’t forget to include something for the teacher’s aide.
THE NO-TIP LIST: No matter how much you appreciate what they do, you’re not expected to tip your doctor, lawyer, dry cleaner, dentist, boss or co-workers.
A FEW THINGS YOU (MAYBE) DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
MULTIPLE MARYS — Donna Reed was 24 when she filmed It’s A Wonderful Life, and she would go on to win a 1954 Oscar and star for eight years in The Donna Reed Show. But did you know Reed was the sixth actress offered the role of Mary? According to Marc Eliot’s recent Jimmy Stewart, Capra’s leading lady choices began with Jean Arthur, then Ginger Rogers, then Olivia de Havilland, then Ann Dvorak and finally Martha Scott before Reed was offered the part.
AMERICA’S MOST WANTED — It’s a Wonderful Life actually wound up on a FBI report as a “subversive” film. It seems the FBI’s list of domestic surveillance of Hollywood included It’s a Wonderful Life on a watchlist. Apparently, The FBI was looking at every film for Communist-influenced elements — namely, smearing American values, glorifying anti-American values and belittling current political institutions.
THE HIT THAT WAS A FLOP — It’s a Wonderful Life earned five Oscar nominations, including nods for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture — but it was a box office bomb. On a budget of $3.7 million, Life made just $3.3 million at the box office. And it won just one of those Oscar nominations — for it’s pioneering breakthroughs in artificial snow.
TRIVIA: Walmart sells about 100,000 tons of what each year? (Potting soil)
TRIVIA: 52% of Americans say they’d rather spend a week where that be President? (In jail)
Li’l help please.
This is day 349 of 2016. There are 17 days remaining.
• Dee Wallace Stone (Cujo, Elliot’s mom in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) is 68
• Cliff Williams of AC/DC is 66
• Vanessa Hudgens is 28
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1903: The Wright Brothers made their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. It crashed. Three days days later, after repairs, they get it to fly.
• 1959: The Motown record label was founded in Detroit by Berry Gordy.
• 1977: The film “Saturday Night Fever” was released.
• 1989: New York City police announced they had lost the trail of Sylvia Matos, who had registered her car at 19 addresses with 36 different license plates. She had 2,800 unpaid parking tickets totaling $171,000 in fines.
• 1991: Michael Jackson’s Dangerous debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard pop album music chart.
• 1999: Charles M. Schulz, creator of the comic strip Peanuts, announced his retirement.
• 2003: U.S. President George W. Bush announced the capture of Saddam Hussein.
• 2008: President George W. Bush made his fourth and final (planned) trip to Iraq as president and almost got struck by two shoes thrown at him by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi during a farewell conference in Baghdad.
• 2012: The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred in Newtown, Connecticut. Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
• Monkey Day
• Yoga Day
• Roast Chestnuts Day
• Biscuits and Gravy Day
• December 25: Christmas
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: Women’s March on Washington