INTERPREP ★ JUNE 15, 2017

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DATEBOOK: JUNE 15, 2017

This is day 166 of 2017. There are 199 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jim Belushi is 63

• Julie Hagerty (Airplane) is 62

• Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs is 59

• Helen Hunt (The Sessions, Twister) is 54

• Courteney Cox (Friends) is 53

• Ice Cube (Law & Order: SVU) is 48

• Leah Remini is 47

• Neil Patrick Harris is 44

• Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) is 42

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1775: The Second Continental Congress voted unanimously to appoint George Washington head of the Continental Army.

• 1785: The first fatal accident in aviation history occurred when two French aeronauts, attempting to cross the English Channel from France to England in a balloon, died when their balloon caught fire and crashed to the ground.

• 1846: The United States and Britain signed a treaty settling a boundary dispute between Canada and the United States in the Pacific Northwest.

• 1864: Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.

• 1923: Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig made his major league debut with the New York Yankees.

• 1992: Vice President Dan Quayle erroneously instructed a Trenton, New Jersey, elementary school student to spell potato as “potatoe” during a spelling bee.

• 1995: During his murder trial O.J. Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn by the killer of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

• 2002: Near earth asteroid 2002 MN missed the Earth by 75,000 miles (120,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon

• 2007: Bob Barker ended his 35-year run as host of the CBS game show The Price Is Right.

• 2007: American artist and inventor Kasey McMahon announced latest creation: meat shorts. McMahon’s previous inventions include the Compubeaver — a computer housed in a dead beaver.

• 2012: Nik Wallenda became the first person to successfully tightrope walk directly over Niagara Falls.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Nursing Assistants Day

• US Open golf tournament begins

• Global Wind Day

• World Meat Free Day

• National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers

• Recess At Work Day

UPCOMING

• June 18: Father’s Day

• June 20: First day of summer

• July 4: Independence Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

5: Ongoing investigations into Russia’s attempts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election.


NEWS ATTACK!

Remember that 71-year-old Kansas City man who robbed a bank so that he would be sent to prison and be away from his wife? Well, the judge just sentenced him to six months of house confinement. [His lawyer is appealing the decision on the grounds that it constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.]

The actor who once portrayed the Most Interesting Man in the World in a series of beer commercials is back, but this time promoting Tequila. [That’s because we live in scarier times that call for something much stronger.]

A record-setting 196 members of Congress are suing President Trump. [But I guess the lawsuits will help the president fulfill one of his campaign pledges. Well, sort of. All the jobs he’s creating are for his lawyers.]

A Massachusetts woman, who didn’t know she was pregnant, gave birth on a city sidewalk. [That sounds dangerous. You know what they say — give birth on a crack, break your mother’s back.]

KFC is advertising that next week it will send a sandwich into space. However, critics are saying that the weather balloon carrying the sandwich won’t technically go high enough to enter what is really considered space. [That’s okay. The sandwich isn’t technically what is really considered food.]

A lawmaker in Egypt wants to make it illegal for Egyptian babies to be given western names. [What does he mean by western names? Is there a trend of Egyptian parents naming their babies Hoss and Little Joe?]

That Oliver Stone interview series with Vladimir Putin is being criticized as too much of a love letter to the Russian leader. [Especially the part where the two of them recreate their favorite scenes from La La Land.]

Texan authorities discovered 600 pounds of homemade lollipops laced with meth. [Why meth? Because sugar is just no good for you.]

A member of the board of directors at Uber resigned after he interrupted the female speaker during a meeting on sexual harassment in order to make a sexist joke. [He said they loved the joke at the Fox News board meeting.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

VIDEO SHOWS UNITED EMPLOYEE’S ATTACK ON AN OLD MAN IN THE AIRPORT _ A video surfaced Wednesday of a United Airlines employee shoving a 71-year-old man to the ground and then walking away. The YouTube video shows the man, passenger Ronald Tigner, lying motionless as people walk by for almost a minute until a woman — who is not an employee — comes to his aid. The incident took place more than two years ago at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. • VIDEO

… A lawsuit states that Tigner went back to the United ticketing area and tried to get a new ticket. Two United employees allegedly refused to help Tigner, laughing and cursing at him. Tigner’s attorney said that when Tigner asked one of the employees for a new ticket, he replied with a smile, saying, “Can’t you see I’m busy?” Tigner then told the employees to “wipe that smile off your face,” to which the employee responded with an obscenity. Then, according to the lawsuit, the employee “suddenly, unexpectedly and violently injured” Tigner. In the video, United employees are seen standing over Tigner — but none appear to offer assistance.

… Following the incident, the employee was charged with the felony crime of injury to an elderly individual and had to write a letter of apology to Tigner. The employee no longer works for United.

DENNIS RODMAN’S NORTH KOREA TRIP WAS SPONSORED BY A CANADIAN COMPANY _ A Canada-based digital currency company called PotCoin paid for former NBA star Dennis Rodman and his entourage to go to North Korea to visit dictator Kim Jong-un. A spokesman for PotCoin — which created digital currency for cannabis dispensaries and customers — says that Rodman’s people reached out to PotCoin to see if it would be interested in sponsoring his fifth trip to North Korea.

… A PotCoin spokesman said: “Rodman told us he wants to promote peace and love across the world and that’s our mission, too.” PotCoin community members chipped in to pay for Rodman’s trip.

MICROSOFT ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SETS MS. PAC-MAN RECORD _ As artificial intelligence continues to develop we’re going to see machines do more and more things humans can do — like fly jetliners and beat Ms. Pac-Man. Yeah, Microsoft’s AI computer recently beat the game and scored a million points.

SINGING STOP-GO WOMAN SOOTHES COMMUTERS AND PEDESTRIANS _🎧 AUDIO 🎧 Among the ever-present construction and traffic noise, a sweeter sound has emerged on a street in Wellington, New Zealand, thanks to a newly-employed road worker. The 21-year-old woman holds a stop-go sign in a construction zone and to pass the time she sings. Like really well, too. She says she mostly sticks to old R&B and ’80s/’90s tunes — and occasionally some Dolly Parton.

FLOYD MAYWEATHER AND CONOR MCGREGOR ANNOUNCE FIGHT _ After months of talk, retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and MMA fighter Conor McGregor have agreed to fight in Las Vegas on August 26. The rules under which the fight will be fought remain unclear.

OUR SUN USED TO HAVE A TWIN _ Scientists may have confirmed a long-held theory about our sun: it once had a companion star that has been named “Nemesis.” It gets very complicated after that but here’s something even more interesting: our sun’s sibling most likely escaped and mixed with all the other stars in our region of the Milky Way galaxy. Whoa, somewhere out there our sun has a twin.

OHIO DRUNK DRIVERS ORDERED TO INSTALL UBER OR LYFT _ An Ohio judge has been ordering those convicted of Operating a Vehicle Impaired (OVI) to download ride-sharing apps like Uber or Lyft as part of his sentencing. They must also enter their credit cards into the app as a condition of probation. The judge said, “It’s just common sense. It doesn’t cost anybody anything to install it and activate it, and it’s far cheaper than paying the thousands of dollars you’d have to pay for another OVI.”

TSA IS TESTING THE USE OF FINGERPRINTS TO REPLACE BOARDING PASSES _ The TSA is testing technology to replace boarding passes and IDs with quick fingerprint scans. Fingerprint check-ins are being tested at the Atlanta and Denver airports.

SCIENTISTS DEVELOP DRUG FOR SUNLESS TAN _ After 10 years of research, scientists have come up with a drug that could help people tan without exposure to the sun. The drug stimulates cells that produce the pigment that absorbs ultraviolet light. They stressed that further tests are needed to safeguard against potential side effects in humans.

WOMAN DISGUISES DOG AS BABY, SNEAKS IT INTO HOSPITAL _ A California woman’s grandma was hospitalized for three days and wanted to see her dog. So her granddaughter wrap Patsy the dog in a blanket, put her over her shoulder, and managed to sneak her into the hospital looking like a baby. Grandma was, of course, was thrilled with the surprise. • IMAGE

WE’RE GROWING CLOSER TO OUR DADS _ When it comes to family communication, mom is still the undisputed champ. Among adults who have both parents living, 61% say they have the most contact with their mother, while just 18% say they have the most contact with their father.

… But dad is closing the gap a bit in at least some measures of family ties. Asked whether their relationship with each of their parents is “close” or “distant,” 87% in the (Pew) survey say they are close to their mother while 74% say they are close to their father. Thirty years ago the mom-dad gap was wider (via Gallup poll): 90% reported being close to mom while just 69% reported being close to dad.

HOW TO GET DRUNK FASTER _ If you’d like to get drunk faster — lose weight. People who undergo gastric bypass surgery get drunk quicker and take longer to get sober. The study (conducted by researchers at Stanford University) found that the procedure, which is increasingly common in the fight against obesity, heightened the effects of alcohol.

WOULD-BE BRIDE CAN KEEP THE DIAMOND RING AFTER BREAKUP _ A Canadian (Halifax) woman who broke up with her fiance after a fight over wedding expenses can keep the engagement ring. The former groom-to-be sued his would-be bride in small claims court for the 3.25 carat diamond ring, worth as much as $19,000. The couple planned to marry in 2016 but he postponed the wedding amid arguments over its cost. An arbitrator said the bride-to-bee didn’t break the engagement — and that was the key issue in deciding who keeps the ring.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: He broke it of but she got to keep the ring. Is this fair?

WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO: TAKING A PHOTO AND ENJOYING THE MOMENT AREN’T SEPARATE THINGS _ Just put your camera away and enjoy the moment — right? Nope. New (published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology) research finds that taking a picture or enjoying the moment aren’t always mutually exclusive things. In fact, the act of photographing something can actually enhance enjoyment of an experience, by focusing attention on and heightening engagement with the thing being photographed.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ALLEGEDLY STEALS FERRARI, WHICH PROMPTLY RUNS OUT OF GAS _ A Georgia man allegedly stole a Ferrari 488 GTB in northern California. A short time later he ran out of gas.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OLD WOMAN GOES POSTAL OVER FAN MAIL TO YOUNG RADIO HOST _ A reminder to my fellow radio hosts: always reply to listener emails and letters. A 70-year-old woman in China lost it because she’d sent fan mail to a radio talk show host for two years and hadn’t gotten a reply. But the woman didn’t blame the radio host — she went to her local post office and accused letter carriers of not delivering her mail to him. In her rage, the woman attempted to kick down a door several times.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DAD LIVESTREAMED 6-YEAR-OLD SON DRINKING BEER _ A father in rural China is in trouble for livestreaming his young son doing things like walking tightropes and drinking beer. And it wasn’t just the “little sip” that dads sometimes give their kids when mom’s not looking. The video shows the 6-year-old slamming two beers at a restaurant as his family urges him on.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE SEIZE 600 POUNDS OF METH LOLLIPOPS _ Police in Houston investigating a reported burglary found and seized methamphetamine-laced lollipops. Six hundred pounds of the homemade candy-drug mixture melted into various shapes — including Batman and Star Wars figures — were discovered in a home. Police said the drugs had a street value of almost $1 million. • IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HUSBAND WHO ROBBED BANK TO ESCAPE WIFE SENTENCED TO HOME CONFINEMENT _ Last year a 71-year-old man robbed a Kansas City, Kansas bank. He wanted to get caught and told police his goal was to land in prison to escape his wife. Well, he didn’t get his wish. This week he told a judge that heart surgery had left him depressed and unlike himself when he committed the crime. So instead of sending the man to prison, the judge sentenced him to home confinement.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WANTS GOD TO RECOGNIZE HIM _ A Romanian man whose name was changed by his adopted parents tried change it back so, he says, God would recognize him on Judgement Day. The 78-year-old was waiting for local authorities to make up their mind about his name change.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A NO PANTS EXCUSE THAT MAKES SENSE _ In Florida police saw a man driving north in a southbound lane, forcing other cars to swerve to avoid hitting him. After pulling him over, police noticed that the man’s pants were pulled all the way down. The man told them he did that because he’d been drinking and didn’t want to urinate in his pants.


ON TELEVISION

2017 U.S. OPEN  CHAMPIONSHIP (6p ET, FOX) — FOX Sports presents live coverage of the US Open Championship from Erin Hills, WI. Joe Buck calls the action.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — Repeat

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

SUPERIOR DONUTS (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

THE WALL (9p ET, NBC) — Repeat

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

LOVE CONNECTION (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

NASHVILLE (9p ET, CMT) — New. Damien George returns to Nashville with a grand plan for Scarlett.

LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat

THE $100,000 PYRAMID (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat

AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS: A TRIBUTE TO DIANE KEATON (10p ET, TNT) — Diane Keaton receives the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award, in a ceremony celebrating her career that was filmed last week in Los Angeles. Among those paying tribute to Keaton are Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Reese Witherspoon, Morgan Freeman, and many more.


ENTERTAINMENT

SOUP NAZI-INSPIRED COMPANY FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY _ 🎧 AUDIO 🎧 A company that sells soup from the recipes of the chef who was the real-life model of the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld has filed for bankruptcy less than a month after its chief financial officer was arrested on charges he cheated the government out of employment-related taxes. Soupman Inc., based in Staten Island, sells soups made from the recipes of Al Yeganeh. Yeganeh and his soup stand were the inspirations behind the Seinfeld television show character, who shouted the catchphrase “No soup for you!”

CORINNE OLYMPIOS SPEAKS OUT _ Bachelor in Paradise cast member Corinne Olympios is speaking out after production on the ABC reality show was halted amid allegations of misconduct. In a statement Olympios said: “I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.” Olympios did not specify how she was victimized.

… Warner Bros., the production company behind Bachelor in Paradise, has not released details of exactly what took place.

NETFLIX HAS MORE AMERICAN SUBSCRIBERS THAN CABLE TV _ If it wasn’t already clear that Netflix has become a mainstay of the American media landscape, it is now. As of the first quarter of this year there are more Netflix subscribers in the U.S. (50.85 million) than there are customers for major cable TV networks (48.61 million). This doesn’t include the 33.19 million satellite viewers, but it’s still a big milestone for a streaming service that had half as may users five years ago.

L.A. TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ADAM WEST BY LIGHTING THE BAT SIGNAL _ Los Angeles will pay tribute to the late Adam West by lighting the Bat signal tonight (Thursday). West passed away earlier this month at the age of 88. He played the role on the 1960s Batman TV series.

LAST MAN STANDING COULD BE COMING BACK _ Though Last Man Standing was canceled by ABC back in May, that may not be the end of the show. CMT may be willing to take over the show. It’s all in the preliminary stages at this point.

FOX NEWS DROPS ‘FAIR AND BALANCED’ SLOGAN _ The Fox News Channel has dropped its “Fair and Balanced” slogan. Currently FNC is using “Most Watched. Most Trusted,” but a new slogan will be announced soon.

FORGOTIFY ONLY PLAYS SPOTIFY SONGS NO ONE HAS PLAYED BEFORE _ Indie music? Pffft. Indie music is way too mainstream, man. All the cool kids are into music that no one has ever heard. Enter Forgotify. Forgotify goes through Spotify in search of songs with zero plays, playing only the songs that no one else has ever listened to. • LINK

… There can’t be many of those, right? Wrong. According to data that Spotify released in October of last year, 80% of the 20 million-or-so songs on Spotify have been listened to at least once. That means 20% of the songs have not. That’s 4 million songs with zero plays.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER 5M PEOPLE WATCHED DEADPOOL ON HIS FACEBOOK _ A man in California is in hot water with federal officials after he uploaded a copy of the movie Deadpool to Facebook, allowing more than five million people to watch it for free. The man uploaded the movie just eight days after it hit theaters, so he illegally made a copy of the illegally downloaded movie available for everyone.

… It took over a year, but federal authorities this week arrested the 21-year-old man, charging him with copyright infringement. The felony offense carries a sentence of up to three years in federal prison.

MALCOLM-JAMAL WARNER IS A FIRST-TIME DAD _ Malcolm-Jamal Warner has become a first-time dad at 46. The Cosby Show actor and his wife welcomed a child last week. The mother of the child is reportedly an attorney from Bridgeport, Connecticut.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

• YOU CAN’T SHOOT PEOPLE: You cannot shoot people if you don’t share their opinions  →  Jon Steward from 2015

• STOP-GO WOMAN: Singing stop-go woman soothes commuters and pedestrians.  →  June 15 News & Nuggets

• SOUP NAZI: His famous line.  →  June 15 Entertainment

• DROP: Your show is fantastic. There’s a lot of stories I resonate with.

• TITLE DROPS: You’ll hear three movie clips and in each they say the title of the film. You’re goal is to give me the name of any actor from each movie. → June 14 Fun & Games

• TV DADS: Leading up to Father’s Day, a file with lots of classic TV dads. Contests, theme weekend, etc.


INTERPREP PROSHARE


BITS & BREAKS

FATHER’S DAY PHONER

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What advice did your father give you that you wish you would’ve have listened to?

DUMB QUESTIONS CUSTOMERS HAVE ASKED RETAIL WORKERS

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you work in retail what’s the dumbest thing a customer’s ever asked?

• A customer asked if I could hold “this” while she shopped. Her “this” was her infant.

• A customer once asked if a quesadilla comes with cheese.

• A customer asked me if she could take home the clothes and try them on and bring them back to pay.

• Someone asked me what our french fries are made of.

• A customer asked if our onion rings had onion in them.

• A customer came in and asked, “Where’s your tile?” We’re a very large tile store.

• A customer asked if she could get a large smoothie in a small cup.

• A customer asked if we had vegetarian coffee.

• A customer asked why her iced coffee was cold.

• A customer asked if I could take the tomato out of the tomato basil bread. When I told her it was infused she asked me to defuse it.

• I work at a grocery store. A customer asked me to chop his onion and yelled at me when I said I wouldn’t.

• A customer asked how big our gallon jugs were.

THINGS NO DAD WANTS TO HEAR ON FATHER’S DAY

• “We just signed you up for yoga!”

• “Look! Tickets for the entire family to see Justin Bieber!”

• “Hey, dad, you did it! You broke the world record for cholesterol!”

• “Now isn’t this picnic better than staying home and watching the final round of the U.S. Open?”

• “It says ‘assembly required’.”

• “My water just broke!”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: One mile of this takes up 17 acres of land. (A four-lane highway)

TRIVIA: 99% of all humans that have ever existed have had this ‘job’. (Hunting and gathering. Only recently — in humanity’s very long timeline — have most of us not been hunter and gatherers.)

HISTORY MYSTERY

The following events happened in what year?

• The first commercial Concorde flight took off.

• Patty Hearst was found guilty of armed robbery of a San Francisco bank.

• Apple Computer Company was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

• The Summer Olympics began in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

• NASA released the famous Face on Mars photo, taken by Viking 1.

• The Irish rock band U2 was formed.

• The first laser printer was introduced by IBM.

What year was it? (1976)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Learning to yo-yo.

BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY

Guy practiced piano for over 500 hours, starting as a complete beginner.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Catching a ride.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVOEXKfBCU5/


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: JUNE 15, 2017

• 1969: Hee-Haw with ROY CLARK and BUCK OWENS made its premiere on CBS.

• 1982: WILLIE NELSON’s album Always On My Mind was certified platinum.

• 1991: MINNIE PEARL gave her final performance in Joliet, Illinois. Two days later she suffered a career-ending stroke.

• 1998: BILLY RAY CYRUS took home five trophies at the TNN Music City News Country Awards.

• 2007: TAYLOR SWIFT became the first country female artist to write or co-write every song on a platinum selling debut album.

• 2010: TIM MCGRAW topped People magazine’s list of the 25 Hottest Guys in Country Music.

• 2014: Three men in their 20s were arrested outside TAYLOR SWIFT’s home in Rhode Island for throwing beer bottles at police after they were stopped from trespassing on the singer’s property.

WAYLON JENNINGS would have been 80 today.

TERRI GIBBS is 63. She won the first Horizon Award from the Country Music Association and is best known for the tune Somebody’s Knockin’.

LONESTAR guitarist Michael Britt is 51.


COUNTRY AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.

• DRAKE WHITE on his wife’s catering company.

• MIDLAND: Finding three like-minded people.

• JUSTIN MOORE: Justin, a father of four, talks about choosing to move back to Arkansas.


COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

Rolling Stone magazine has compiled a list of what it considers to be the 50 Greatest Concerts of the Last 50 Years. The only country concert or tour on this list: Johnny Cash at San Quentin Prison on February 24, 1969. While Rolling Stone things Taylor Swift’s 1989 Tour in 2015 is one of the greatest, the magazine fails to include any other country concerts — not even GARTH BROOKS’ World Tour, which has been overwhelmingly reviewed as a great show and has sold out every stop. • LINK

CHARLIE DANIELS will commemorate Independence Day this year by releasing his version of the JOHNNY CASH classic Ragged Old Flag in digital format. The song went to No. 31 in 1974 but still receives airplay around the Fourth of July.

On October 28 CHARLIE DANIELS will release Never Look At The Empty Seats, a book about his career as well as his trips overseas to support U.S. troops.

BLAKE SHELTON isn’t speculating when his Ole Red restaurant and bar might open in downtown Nashville, but he does say he hopes it’s open for the 2018 CMA Music Festival next June.

A group of SCOTTY MCCREERY fans donated $2,100 the CMA Foundation to help provide music education in public schools. The donation was made at Scotty’s Fan Club party in Nashville last week as part of the CMA Music Festival.

CRAIG MORGAN will launch his American Stories Tour September 29 in Hopewell, Virginia.

On June 19 RUSSELL DICKERSON will appear on ABC’s The Bachelor to perform two songs: Love Song and his latest, Yours. Both tunes will be on Russell’s forthcoming debut album. The singer has toured with THOMAS RHETT and will play shows with FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE this fall.


DATEBOOK: JUNE 16, 2017

This is day 167 of 2017. There are 198 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Joan Van Ark is 74

• Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne) is 62

• John Cho (Harold and Kumar) is 45

• Eddie Cibrian (Third Watch) is 44

• Daniel Bruhl (Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War) is 39

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1891: The George A. Hormel & Company was founded in Austin, Minnesota. In 1937 it introduced Spam, now the world’s biggest selling canned meat product.

• 1903: Ford Motor Co. was incorporated.

• 1903: A U.S. patent was issued for a soft drink formula called Pepsi-Cola. On the same day a U.S. patent was issued for Chicken Goggles, designed to protect chickens from being pecked in the eyes.

• 1929: Otto E. Funk arrived in San Francisco to become the first person to walk across the U.S. playing a violin. 4,165 miles in 183 days.

• 1967: The three-day Monterey International Pop Music Festival — which catapulted Jimi Hendrix, the Who and Janis Joplin to stardom — opened in northern California.

• 1978: Space Invaders was first demonstrated by Taito Corporation in Tokyo.

• 1987: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers for $5 million, making him the highest paid player in any sport.

• 1998: A 40-year-old Florida woman gave birth to a son in the first-ever live birth on the Internet before an audience estimated by a cable health network at two million people.

• 2011: New York Rep. Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress, bowing to the furor caused by his sexually charged online dalliances with a former porn actress and other women.

• 2013: Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders in Vatican Square; the riders were celebrating the company’s 110th anniversary with a parade.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Fudge Day

• Flip Flop Day

• Ugliest Dog Day

UPCOMING

• June 18: Father’s Day

• June 20: First day of summer

• July 4: Independence Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

• Barry Manilow is 74. Joe Piscopo is 66. Mark Linn-Baker is 63. Thomas Haden Church is 56. Greg Kinnear is 54. Jason Patric is 51. Will Forte is 47. Kendrick Lamar is 30.

• Eat Your Vegetables Day. World Juggling Day. Apple Strudel Day.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

• Paul McCartney is 75. Isabella Rossellini is 65. Carol Kane is 65. Blake Shelton is 41. Jacob Anderson is 27.

• Autistic Pride Day. Family Awareness Day. Father’s Day. Husband Caregiver Day. Sushi Day. Turkey Lovers Day. Splurge Day. Picnic Day. Go Fishing Day.