This is day 355 of 2016. There are 11 days remaining.
• John Hillerman (Magnum P.I.) is 84
• Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss is 71
• Michael Badalucco (The Practice) is 62
• Jonah Hill is 33
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1606: The Virginia Company loaded three ships with settlers and set sail to establish Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas
• 1860: South Carolina became the first state to secede from the United States.
• 1879: Thomas Edison privately demonstrated his incandescent light at Menlo Park, New Jersey.
• 1946: The Frank Capra film “It’s A Wonderful Life” had a preview showing for charity at New York City’s Globe Theatre, a day before its official premiere.
• 1989: The United States sends troops into Panama to overthrow government of Manuel Noriega.
• 1996: American astronomer and Astrophysicist Carl Edward Sagan dies at age 62.
• 1998: A 15-pound concrete garden frog was returned to its home in Swansea, Massachusetts, after a seven-month vacation. The owners had received a letter, saying the frog just needed to get away from the grind of garden life, but would be home for the holidays. They also received photos and postcards from the frog in New York, Venezuela, Venice, and Indonesia.
• 2002: Ted Williams’ eldest daughter, Bobby-Jo, dropped her objections to her siblings’ decision to have the Hall of Famer’s body frozen at a cryonics lab in Arizona.
• 2007: Queen Elizabeth II became the oldest ever monarch of the United Kingdom, surpassing Queen Victoria, who lived for 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.
• Games Day
• Sangria Day
• Go Caroling Day
• Hard Candy Day
• December 21: Winter begins (5:44 AM ET). Old saying: Visits should be short, like a winter’s day.
• December 23: Festivus
• December 25: Christmas
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: Women’s March on Washington
300 million trillion: Ants on Earth.
A study out of Finland suggests that men who regularly visit the sauna are less likely to develop dementia. [But three times as likely to develop mildew.]
When a Kentucky man investigated the rattle that he was hearing in the car he had recently bought at auction, he found $130,000 worth of hidden heroin. [Now he’s holding his own auction.]
A Pagan minister in Maine was allowed to wear goat horns for his driver’s license photo. [Everybody’s driver’s license photo makes it look like they’re wearing horns.]
Disney stock is flying high on the success of the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One. [Disney is already hard at work on the sequel series mash-up, Rogue Pirates of the Caribbean.]
Have you seen the trailer for the new Bladerunner movie? [Harrison Ford faces his toughest challenge yet. He has to track down and destroy a runaway self-driving Google car.]
An investigation finds that although West Virginia only has 1.8 million people, it received 780 million high-powered opioid pain pills last year. [It kinda makes that whole Colorado-marijuana stuff seem pretty tame, doesn’t it?]
The coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars was fired after an away game. [The team owner would only allow him on the team charter plane going home if he paid his own way by serving drinks.]
A Maryland church has been given a citation and a choice of either paying a $12,000 fine or preventing homeless people from sleeping on its property. [Seasons greetings!]
An Australian woman was shocked to find a poisonous snake in her Christmas tree. [In Australia even Christmas tries to kill you.]
Chinese cities are being hit this week by incredibly thick smog. [It’s so bad that looters accidentally robbed their own house.]
ELECTORAL COLLEGE OFFICIALLY CHOOSES TRUMP AS NEXT PRESIDENT _ Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United states after the Electoral College voted on Monday, removing the last remaining hurdle between him and the Oval Office. Texas cast the decisive votes that put Trump over the 270-vote threshold.
WE NOW KNOW HOW MANY ILLEGAL VOTES WERE CAST IN 2016 _ Voter fraud accusations were running rampant during the election — amplified by the baseless claim that three million illegal aliens voted. We now know that number is less than 100.
… Who’s claiming that less than 100 illegal votes were cast? None other than election officials from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The New York Times surveyed election officials across all states, and here’s what they found: 26 states plus D.C. reported no voter fraud. Another eight states admitted to eight cases of voter fraud between them — one each. Tennessee admitted to investigating about 40 credible cases of suspected voter fraud, out of 4.3 million votes cast. Georgia admitted to investigating 25 credible cases of suspected voter fraud out of 4.1 million votes cast.
… That’s about 63 credible cases of suspected voter fraud out of 137.7 million votes cast nationwide.
GERMAN WANTS TO FINE FACEBOOK $500k FOR EVERY FAKE NEWS STORY _ Here in the United States, Facebook’s fake news problem has taken on a life of its own — some experts even say that hoax content on the site swung the outcome of the presidential election. While journalists, security experts and political historians are debating fake news, the U.S. government isn’t doing much about it. That’s not been the case in Germany, where a politician recently threatened to fine Facebook 500,000 Euros — about $525,000 — for every fake news story on the site. The chief of the German Social Democratic Party said it would introduce a bill next year holding Facebook accountable for phony news content with hefty fines.
DOCTORS SAY PARENTING AND POT SMOKING DON’T MIX _ With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, parents are facing the question of whether they should smoke pot around their children. A new study says don’t do it. The research shows children absorb chemicals from secondhand marijuana smoke. Dr. David Beuther (National Jewish Health in Denver) says secondhand marijuana smoke or vapor could put children at risk for problems like increased risk of viral infections, asthma and other respiratory illnesses. It could even increase the risk of developing chronic conditions like heart disease and stroke later in life.
ROADS HAVE SLICED THE WORLD INTO 600,000 PIECES _ An international team of researchers wanted to find out how roads have sliced up the globe. They used data from OpenStreetMap, a crowd-sourced mapping project, to chart how much land is covered by roads. They estimated that roughly 20 percent of land is occupied by roads, not including Greenland and Antarctica. Although that leaves 80 percent as open space, this land is far from whole. Chopped up by highways and streets, the road-free areas are cut up into some 600,000 individual parcels.
… The largest untouched areas can be found in the Amazon, Siberia, northern Canada and the Sahara desert. By contrast, the U.S., Europe and Japan are covered in roads.
WOMEN GET THEIR REVENGE ON MEN WHO BANNED THEM FROM GOLF CLUB _ In Edinburgh, Scotland, the dues-paying members of an all-male private golf club voted not to allow women to become members — though they can still play. But the women of Edinburgh also had the right to call them out on their sexism. And so, a bench in a local park (West Princes Street Gardens) now has a plaque that reads that the men of the Muirfield Golf Club are banned from sitting there by the “female population of Edinburgh.” • IMAGE
MERRIAM-WEBSTER: ‘SURREAL’ IS THE WORD OF THE YEAR FOR 2016 _ Merriam-Webster announced Monday that “surreal” is its top Word of the Year for 2016. The dictionary company said the decision was based on two simple criteria: The word has a “high volume of lookups” and a “significant year-over-year increase in lookups” on Merriam-Webster.com. The largest spike in searches for “surreal” occurred after the U.S. presidential election in November, when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.
COLD REMEDY: BOILED COKE WITH GINGER AND LEMON _ Got a cold? This is how they fix it in Hong Kong: boiled Coke with ginger and lemon. According to the internet you add Coke, ginger, and lemon to a medium saucepan. Bring it to a boil over high heat, then adjust heat to maintain an active simmer. Simmer until reduced by 15 to 20 percent, 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into cup and drink.
OVERDUE BY 122 YEARS, LIBRARY BOOK FINDS ITS WAY HOME _ After more than 120 years, Paul Smith has recovered something he never knew was missing in the first place. The headmaster at Hereford Cathedral School, near the boundary between Wales and England, had been looking at his mail earlier this month when he noticed a package wrapped in brown paper addressed to him. Smith guessed immediately that the package contained a thick book — but it wasn’t until he read the note that came with it that he realized just how long that very book had been around. The note, sent by Alice Gillett, opened with an apology: “I am sorry to inform you that one of your former pupils, Professor A.E. Boycott, appears to have stolen the enclosed [book] — I can’t imagine how the school has managed without it!”
… The professor in question had attended the school from 1886 to 1894. Alice Gillett is his 77-year-old granddaughter. She says she found the book while sorting through her collection after her husband’s death earlier this year.
… Lucky for the late professor’s family the school library does not charge late fees for overdue books. But based on the rate at another local library, Prof. Boycott would have owed close to $10,000 if he had tried to return the book today.
HOME DEPOT FIRES EMPLOYEES WHO TRIED TO STOP SHOPLIFTER _ A shoplifter was stealing from a Home Depot in Palm Coast, Florida. But four employees came to the rescue — or so they thought. One wouldn’t let the alleged thief leave the store unless he showed his receipt. Another tried to block him with a shopping cart. Still another went outside to get the guy’s license plate number. A fourth employee said he went outside to pick up some of the stolen items that the thief dropped. Home Depot wasn’t impressed. It fired them all.
… Ultimately, the police caught up with the alleged shoplifter at a nearby Chick-fil-A.
… Home Depot says the four employee violated policy regarding shoplifters. The policy is, simply, don’t do anything other than call the police. A Home Depot spokesman said, “Pursuing shoplifters is extremely dangerous, which is why we only allow trained security personnel to do so. Over the years, we’ve had serious injury and even fatalities in our stores.” According to Home Depot, a cashier was recently punched by a shoplifter and now has permanent brain damage. Another employee was shot in the head. And even if an employee just runs into the parking lot to get a license plate, that might encourage a car to speed away, which would endanger other people in the parking lot.
MAN BUILDS 90 HOMES FOR HOMELESS TO CELEBRATE DAUGHTER’S WEDDING _ A wealthy businessman in India chose to celebrate his daughter’s wedding by using the money for her wedding to build 90 homes for the homeless instead. Both the bride and groom were supportive of the man’s decision, and handed the keys to the homes to the new owners after the wedding.
BRAIN CHANGES SEEN IN PREGNANT WOMEN MAY HELP PREPARE FOR BABY _ Pregnancy affects not only a woman’s body: It changes parts of her brain too. When researchers compared brain scans of women before and after pregnancy, they spotted some differences in 11 locations. They also found hints that the alterations help women prepare for motherhood. For example, they might help a mother understand the needs of her infant. The women were also given memory tests, and they showed no signs of decline.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SNAKE CURLS UP ON CHRISTMAS TREE _ A woman in Australia (Melbourne) noticed an uninvited guest in her home on Sunday but kept her cool. While she made herself a cup of tea she stayed away from her Christmas tree to wait for a professional snake-catcher to arrive. Somehow a deadly tiger snake ended up in the woman’s tree. The snake-catcher thinks the critter came in through an open door.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WORKER USES TRASH BINS TO BLOCK CAR _ A fed-up sanitation worker in China showed exactly what consequences await anyone who parks their car in a neighborhood waste collection area. A video shows the worker arranging more than 40 full garbage cans around a black SUV parked outside an apartment complex. The worker said the SUV was parked in a fire emergency lane and the trash collection area.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TWINS STOLE 180 BARS OF SOAP _ New Jersey police say twin brothers stole 180 bars of soap from a supermarket. Police say Kenny and Lenny Stewart dumped 30 six-packs of Dove soap into a large bag and bolted for an exit with employees in pursuit. The twins were knocked down when they ran into a trash can. They got back onto their feet but fell again after running into a shopping cart. As they turned a corner, the twins came face to face with a police officer who was investigating an accident in the parking lot.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PANTSLESS SHOPLIFTER _ In Indiana a woman started shoplifting and just couldn’t stop. She grabbed several pieces of candy and stuffed them into her pants. She then picked up a potato peeler, an ice cream scoop, some measuring spoons, two cake decorating tubes and a box of Nestle Quik. The store manager saw what she was doing and tried to get her to stop but her pants did a pretty good job of that. As she tried to run, her overloaded drawers began to slip until they were finally down around her ankles. When police arrived they pulled up her pants and placed her under arrest.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MASHED POTATO WRESTLING _ Some women at a bar in Russia took playing with their food to a new level by wrestling in mashed potatoes. Participants grappled in a shallow, inflatable children’s pool filled with the mashed spuds.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A MELLOW CHRISTMAS CARD _ Oklahoma police arrested a woman after finding marijuana in a Christmas card she tried to give her jailed boyfriend.
MICHAEL BUBLE SINGS AND SWINGS (8p ET, NBC) — Canadian singer Michael Bublé performs his pop hits and some jazz standards in Manchester, England, in this new special.
NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT (8p ET, ABC) — This animated holiday special is followed by Shrek the Halls.
ICE AGE: A MAMMOTH CHRISTMAS (8p ET, FOX) — Sid, Crash, Eddie and Peaches head to the North Pole to explain themselves to Santa Claus in this animated special.
PREMIERE: TERRY CREWS SAVES CHRISTMAS (8p ET, CW) — In this 4-night series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews travels to several cities, along with designer Vanessa Deleon and chef Dean Sheremet, to help people who have hit snags in planning holiday celebrations.
NEW GIRL (8:30p ET, FOX) — Repeat
THE 39th ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS (9p ET, CBS) — Stephen Colbert hosts The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. Along with President Obama and First Lady Michelle, some of the biggest names in entertainment will honor pianist Martha Argerich, the Eagles, Al Pacino, gospel and blues singer Mavis Staples, and James Taylor. The Honors recipients are recognized for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts
TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90: THE BEST IS YET TO COME (9p ET, NBC) — Lady Gaga, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Elton John honor Tony Bennett for his birthday (which was in August). Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Billy Joel, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright and k.d. lang are among the other performers. Non-musical guests include Steve Buscemi, John Travolta, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis, and Homer Simpson.
THE YEAR: 2016 (9p ET, ABC) — This new special highlights of some of the most newsworthy moments of 2016. Interviews include the stars of Netflix hit Stranger Things, rapper DJ Khaled, Olympians Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles, the cast of Fuller House, and more.
SEASON FINALE: SCREAM QUEENS (9p ET, FOX) — The Green Meanie sets its final plan in motion as Hester makes a bold move to secure her future in the season 2 finale.
GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
DAVID BOWIE COULD HAVE BEEN GANDALF _ Gandalf the Grey could have been played by David Bowie. For years, the iconic rocker was rumored to have been almost cast in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Recently casting director Amy Hubbard confirmed that, yes, director Peter Jackson was interested in casting Bowie as Gandalf, the part that ultimately went to Ian McKellen. But according to Hubbard, Bowie was too busy to even audition, let alone star in a major film trilogy.
PUREFLIX LETS USERS DELETE WORDS LIKE ‘HELL’ AND ‘DAMN’ _ PureFlix.com, which produces Christian-friendly films and documentaries, launched its streaming service last year. The service hosts about 5,000 titles, including Christian movies, educational films, and old shows like The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and The Donna Reed Show. The service promises users “no language, sex, or violence surprises.” But some users are more conservative than others. So PureFlix now offers its most conservative viewers the chance to delete language that they find offensive.
TORI SPELLING AND DEAN MCDERMOTT REVEAL THE SEX OF BABY NO. 5 _ Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott already have two sons and two daughters together, so baby No. 5 will break the tie. Now the couple have revealed the future reality TV co-star will be a boy.
TOM ARNOLD CLAIMS TO HAVE INFAMOUS DONALD TRUMP OUTTAKES _ Actor-comedian Tom Arnold says he has the infamous unreleased outtakes of Donald Trump using inflammatory language on The Apprentice. In a Friday radio interview Arnold said, “I have the outtakes to The Apprentice where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever. I have that.”
… A friend of Arnold says the comedian didn’t release the outtakes because of the $5 million threat behind The Apprentice confidentiality agreement.
SHOOTER RENEWED FOR SECOND SEASON BY USA _ After making it just halfway into its freshman season, USA announced Monday that it will be bringing Shooter back for a second season. The series stars Ryan Phillippe as an ex-Marine and decorated war sniper on the run, trying to stay alive while working to clear his name and save the lives of his family.
TWITTER WILL LIVESTREAM THE GOLDEN GLOBES’ RED CARPET _ Twitter will livestream the red carpet ceremony of the Golden Globes awards. The pre-show will provide two full hours of people walking on a carpet that is red, complete with glamour and sass. The Globes are January 8.
FIRST FOOTAGE FROM BLADE RUNNER 2049 _ The first tease from the sequel to Blade Runner is now online. The beginning of the footage seems to show the gloomy and neon Los Angeles we saw in the original movie. And then, things change — everything’s washed out and yellow, there’s sand and a giant head, and Rick Deckard’s (Harrison Ford) got a gun. • VIDEO
… The official synopsis of Blade Runner 2049 says: “Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.”
AMY SCHUMER BUYS DAD’S FARM BACK _ Amy Schumer bought her dad’s farm back, which the family lost during difficult financial times. Alongside a video of herself as a young girl in a cornfield, which she posted to Instagram on Monday, Schumer wrote, “We lost the farm when we lost everything else. But today I got to buy it back.” • VIDEO
GROWING PAINS CAST MOURN ALAN THICKE AT MEMORIAL _ Alan Thicke is gone but he is far from forgotten. Growing Pains alumni including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold, Joanna Kerns and Jeremy Miller were among those who gathered for a service at Thicke’s family home in California on Sunday night to honor the late TV star. Other famous faces in attendance were Kris Jenner, Bob Saget, Bill Maher, Alex Trebek and Rob Lowe.
… Thicke died suddenly on December 13 from a heart attack at age 69.
MARGOT ROBBIE MARRIES TOM ACKERLY IN HUSH-HUSH CEREMONY _ Sorry guys but it looks like Margot Robbie is no longer a single lady. According to a report by the Daily Mail, Robbie married her long-term beau, Tom Ackerley, at a top-secret rendezvous over the weekend. While nothing has been confirmed by either party or their representatives, there have been some suspiciously candid photos popping up on Instagram. James Ackerley, Tom’s brother, posted this image from Harvest Newrybar on Sunday. Harvest is one of the go-to spots for weddings in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Autralia.
… And Margot’s brother Cameron stated that he was on vacation in Australia. He then posted this picture of himself with four women known to be close friends of Margot. The caption coyly reads, “The calm before the Summer storm.”
… Capping off all of the suspicious behavior, Margot herself arrived in Australia wearing a T-shirt that read, “Say ‘I Do’ Down Under.”
MATTY’S BACK TO SELL YOU LINCOLNS _ In September 2014, automaker Lincoln released a commercial that involved Matthew McConaughey, a Lincoln MKC, a bull, some restless fingers and some shout laughter. On Monday Lincoln released a new McConaughey commercial for its Continental ad campaign that is slightly less unhinged than “Bull,” but almost as hallucinogenic. First, Matt is standing outside of the car on a lake. He’s staring at the Lincoln and from the looks of things, there is nobody in the car. But then we see someone’s hand hit the button on the handle and open the door from the inside. Matthew then climbs into the driver’s seat of the Lincoln and then proceeds to… have a conversation with himself. And then they drive off. • VIDEO
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY IS WILLING TO DO SEASON 3 OF TRUE DETECTIVE _ Hey True Detective fans: Matthew McConaughey’s days of hunting serial killers may not be over quite yet. The actor says while there’s no plan for him to be a part of Season 3 of True Detective, “If that thing was written well and it came up again, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second. Oh, I’m open to it for sure.”
NEW ON DVD _ Released December 20.
• The Magnificent Seven
• The Disappointments Room
• Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
• Hairspray Live!
MOST RECENT ON THE PRO AUDIO PAGE
• GOATS: Song clips from the album All I Want For Christmas Is a Goat.
• MUSICAL TIE: Irish politician’s speech interrupted by his musical tie. → December 19 Wacky-But-True
• SECRET SANTA: YouTuber Lex Prin is a Secret Santa and shares the gifts he’s buying for his friend (original video). When he’s not creating videos, Lex is an elementary school principal in Lexington, Kentucky.
More prep in the Facebook Group.
WHAT’S THE WORST LAST-MINUTE GIFT YOU’VE RECEIVED?
With the biggest gift-giving holiday just days away, tell us about the worst last-minute gift you’ve received.
Some examples (via reddit):
• For my birthday one year my big present was a disposable emergency rain poncho.
• A hedgehog exercise wheel. I do not own a hedgehog.
• My grandmother gave me a pineapple, wrapped in newspaper.
• One of those 64-count boxes of Crayola Crayons. When I was 34 years old.
BAD THINGS THAT ARE GOOD FOR YOU
According to LiveScience.com.
BEER — Research has suggested that moderate beer intake can actually improve cardiovascular function.
ANGER — Studies show that bursts of anger here and there are good for the health, and can be an even more effective coping mechanism than becoming afraid, irritated or disgusted. Anger is best in moderation: stay angry for long periods of time and you’ll be plagued with a host of health issues, like blood pressure, sleep disorders and lung damage.
COFFEE — Studies claim coffee is a major source of antioxidants in our diet and can help lower your risk of diabetes. Something in the beans is also thought to ease the onset of cirrhosis of the liver and pancreatitis, good news for those who like to party hard all night before their morning caffeine boost.
SUNLIGHT — Sunlight, even if indirect, such as on a porch, is known to boost the mood. Extra sunlight can help office workers avoid afternoon drowsiness. There’s still no excuse to head outside and bake, however.
MAGGOTS — These squirmy larvae were approved in 2003 as the Food & Drug Administration’s only live medical device. Placed on serious wounds, maggots mimic their “wild” lifestyle and munch on bacteria and dead tissue, stimulating healing and helping to prevent infection.
RED WINE — A crucial ingredient in the diets of the world’s heart-healthiest populations — like those Bordeaux-guzzling French — red wine has long been known to have potent anti-cancer and artery-protecting benefits.
CHOCOLATE — Study after study lately has touted the magical benefits of the indulgent treat, which is packed with the antioxidant flavonols that prevent certain cancers and keep your arteries from clogging.
SEX — Sex is an easy way to reduce stress, lower cholesterol and improve circulation throughout the body. As if you needed another excuse.
TRIVIA: A survey shows 15% of people secretly chew what? (Their toenails)
WHO SAID IT?
“The only gossip I’m interested in is things from the Weekly World News — ‘Woman’s bra bursts, 11 injured’. That kind of thing.”
• Johnny Depp*
• Matthew McConaughey
• Prince Charles
• Jennifer Lawrence
BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
This is day 356 of 2016. There are 10 days remaining.
• Former talk-show host Phil Donahue is 81
• Jane Fonda is 79
• Samuel L. Jackson is 68
• Reality star Kay Robertson (Duck Dynasty) is 66
• Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) is 61
• Ray Romano is 59
• Andy Dick is 51
• Kiefer Sutherland (Designated Survivor) is 50
• Julie Delpy is 47
• Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) is 33
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1913: Arthur Wynne’s “word-cross,” the first crossword puzzle, was published in the New York World.
• 1937: The film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered at the Carthay Circle Theater in Los Angeles.
• 1968: Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
• 1970: Elvis Presley met with President Richard Nixon to discuss the war on drugs.
• 1993: TV Guide reported that early Gilligan’s Island press releases gave Gilligan’s first name as “Willy.” The name never was used on the TV show.
• 2003: A man who wanted to share his stock market winnings with the public tossed $9,350 in small bills from the observation deck of a tower in Nagoya, Japan, causing a scramble for the money in the streets below. The man told police he had too much money, didn’t need it, and wanted to give some back to the world.
• 2008: An Argentine soccer player killed a pigeon with a single shot — right off his foot. Gaston Aguirre hit the bird when he kicked the ball toward the goal and in the direction of a group of pigeons on the grass near the corner. A burst of feathers followed and the pigeons flew away — except one. Several players surrounded the wounded bird as it tried to fly away but it collapsed. A referee scooped up the dead pigeon and placed it off the field.
• 2012: Scientists studying the Sutter’s Mill meteorite, found near the Sutter’s Mill California Gold Rush site, determined it contained the oldest material in the Solar System.
• 2013: A series of spacewalks were made by two NASA astronauts in an effort to fix a faulty coolant pump on the International Space Station.
• Crossword Puzzle Day
• Fried Shrimp Day
• Hamburger Day
• Kiwi Fruit Day
• Short Girl Appreciation Day
• December 21: Winter begins (5:44 AM ET). Old saying: Visits should be short, like a winter’s day.
• December 23: Festivus
• December 25: Christmas
• January 20: Presidential Inauguration
• January 21: Women’s March on Washington