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This is day 186 of 2017. There are 179 days remaining.
• Katherine Helmond (Who’s the Boss, Soap) is 88
• Huey Lewis is 67
• Edie Falco (The Sopranos) is 54
• Kathryn Erbe (Law and Order: Criminal Intent) is 52
• Paul DelVecchio (Paully D on Jersey Shore) is 37
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1865: The Salvation Army was founded in the East End of London, England.
• 1937: Spam, the luncheon meat, was introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation.
• 1946: The bikini was introduced in Paris, France.
• 1954: Elvis Presley had his first commercial recording session. He sang That’s All Right (Mama) and Blue Moon of Kentucky.
• 1954: The BBC broadcast its first television news bulletin.
• 1975: Arthur Ashe became the first black man to win the Wimbledon singles title.
• 1980: Tom Shufflebotham charmed 511 worms out of the ground in 30 minutes at the World Worm Charming Championships in Willaston, England. Worm charmers ply their talent by shaking the ground with various garden tools. Water may not be used.
• 1989: The sitcom Seinfeld aired its first episode.
• 1993: Dave Lampson of Centreville, Virginia, received a tax statement from IRS claiming he owed $68 billion. He was told to pay $500 a month for 11 million years. An IRS official said it was a computer error.
• 2003: At the Wimbledon Women’s Finals, Serena Williams beat her sister Venus Williams.
• 2011: A large dust storm struck Phoenix, Arizona, leaving thousands without power and grounding flights at the Phoenix Airport.
• Bikini Day
• Work Without Your Hands Day
• Work-a-holics Day
• July 8: Mooning of the Amtrak
• July 12: Major League Baseball All-Star Game
• September 5: Labor Day
25: Percentage of adults who say they tell dirty jokes at work, even though it could lead to a reprimand or termination.
Columbia has agreed to legalize three-way couples. [Because the only thing that can make life any sweeter is to have two sets of in-laws.]
Dolphins from the U.S. Navy will be deployed to Mexico in September to find and save a rare form of porpoise. [So, if the rescue unit is from the Navy, but made up entirely of dolphins, is it correct or incorrect to still refer to it as a SEAL Team?]
This Friday Tesla will roll out its Model 3 all-electric vehicle. [I’m for making America great again and want a strictly coal-fired automobile.]
We flush so much birth control medicine into the water system that scientists are warning that it’s causing fish to transgender. [I wonder what this means for my dog that keeps drinking out of the toilet.]
In Florida a hot-air balloon filled with passengers landed in an alligator-infested pond. [Which is also the plot of the next Samuel L. Jackson movie.]
New research shows that humans didn’t develop arthritis until they started moving from Africa to other areas. [Experts believe that it developed as a result of traveling around the world lugging heavy suitcases.]
North Korea launched its most impressive missile yet. [They got it at one of those roadside fireworks stand.]
Fox fired the head of its sports division. As you may have guessed, the reason is sexual harassment. [Does anyone over there actually get any work done?]
Yesterday (Tuesday) was July 4th. [It was the perfect opportunity to take time out of your busy schedule to remember the brave men and women who continue to make the sacrifice to serve this nation in competitive eating contests.]
The White House says that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will hold their first meeting with no specific agenda. [Just two guys hanging out, enjoying a little locker room talk.]
JOEY CHESTNUT SETS NEW WORLD RECORD FOR HOT DOG EATING _ 🎧 AUDIO 🎧 Competitive eater Joey Chestnut downed 72 hot dogs and buns on Tuesday at the annual Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest. Despite eating his way to a world record, he fell short of his goal of 80.
… Chestnut consumed more than 20,000 calories and nearly 1,300 grams of fat in ten minutes. Second-place finisher Carmen Cincotti ate 62 hot dogs and buns.
… Five people were taken into custody after trying to disrupt the annual hot dog eating contest. About midway through the men’s competition, some people in the crowd of spectators appeared to be trying to unfold a black banner. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had members giving away free vegan hot dogs outside the event, but a spokeswoman says the people arrested inside weren’t with PETA.
GUY NICKNAMED “PELLET GUN” WINS CHERRY PIT SPITTING CHAMPIONSHIP _ Rick “Pellet Gun” Krause took the top prize in Saturday’s 44th annual Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in Eau Claire, Michigan. The 63-year-old Krause captured his 17th victory. His winning spit was 57 feet, 11 inches.
HOCKEY TEAMS PLAY FOR RECORD 11 DAYS FOR CHARITY _ The record for the world’s longest continuous hockey game was shattered in Buffalo and helped raise more than $1 million for cancer research. Mike Lesakowski, the event’s founder, said the idea for the marathon came after his wife died of cancer at the age of 35. The game lasted 11 days, beginning on June 22 at 9 PM and lasting until 8 AM Monday. The final score was was 1,492-1,477. The event raised $1.2 million for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
… The game will still have to be verified by the Guinness Book of World Records before getting official recognition as the longest non-stop hockey game, but organizers believe they handily beat the old record of of 250 hours, 3 minutes and 20 seconds, which was set in 2015 by players in Alberta, Canada.
REDDITOR BEHIND TRUMP VS CNN WRESTLING MEME APOLOGIZES _ The reddit user who took credit for creating the infamous meme featuring Donald Trump beating up CNN in a wrestling match is sorry for the reactions the video sparked. He wrote, in part: “I would also like to apologize for the posts made that were racist, bigoted, and anti-semetic [sic]. I am in no way this kind of person, I love and accept people of all walks of life and have done so for my entire life. The user has also announced he’s leaving Reddit.
WOMAN USED CRAIGSLIST TO FIND ACTOR TO KILL HUSBAND _ An Oklahoma woman is accused of trying to hire someone on Craigslist to travel to Israel and kill her ex-husband. Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Danielle Layman posted on Craigslist a seemingly innocent “10 day gig overseas.” According to an affidavit, the ad read: “For production overseas, looking for talent, 30-45 years old. Doesn’t have to be a professional actor. Required: Creative, outgoing and friendly, positive personality, boldness and bravery (some stunts may seem risky, although they are completely safe).” It added that experience in acting, magic shows, and casino dealing was preferred.
… A person who responded to the ad contacted the FBI after meeting with Layman at a coffee shop. The FBI said Layman used a PowerPoint presentation called “Operation Insecticide”. The “Mission Details” of the plot instructed the person to travel to Israel, hire the ex-husband as a taxi driver every morning, and offer him coffee that was laced with ricin. The plot said: “When your mark is hospitalized (or) eliminated — move to a different hotel or motel until your flight back home.”
CANADA SEEN AS THE MOST POSITIVE INFLUENCE GLOBALLY _ According to a new survey (Ipsos MORI) the U.S. is being increasingly overlooked as having a positive influence on world affairs. The research polled 18,000 respondents across 25 nations, finding that only 40 percent of people think the U.S. has a strongly or somewhat positive influence on the world stage. That’s less than China whose global role is viewed favorably by 49 percent of people and ahead of Russia’s 35 percent. • CHART
… Canada was seen as setting the best example with 81 percent of respondents saying it had a positive influence on world affairs.
… The U.S. image has dropped 24 percentage points since last year’s ranking.
NEWBORN BELIEVED TO BE FIRST WITHOUT GENDER DESIGNATION _ A Canadian baby is believed to be the first infant born without an official gender designation. The infant, born in November and named Searyl Atli, was issued with a “U” on its health card in the spot designated for the “sex” of the baby, which, according to the BBC, could stand for “undetermined” or “unassigned.” Kori Doty, a non-binary transgender person and the infant’s mother, is pushing to leave the child’s birth certificate gender-less.
… Kori said, “I’m raising Searyl in such a way that until they have the sense of self and command of vocabulary to tell me who they are, I’m recognizing them as a baby and trying to give them all the love and support to be the most whole person that they can be outside of the restrictions that come with the boy box and the girl box.” Kori told the BBC that people who are assigned a specific gender at birth often have a hard time later in life when they want to legally change their gender.
COPS GET CALLED FOR GIANT SLIP N’ SLIDE, DECIDE TO JOIN IN FUN _ In Asheville, North Carolina, two officers responded to a report of a giant slip n’ slide after receiving complaints from a few neighbors. It was big and it was set up in one lane of the neighborhood street. Those who complained said it was blocking the street. But after assessing the safety of the situation and addressing the neighbor’s concerns, they found there was no wrongdoing and decided to join in on the fun. • VIDEO
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Has anyone ever called the cops on you over something pretty dumb?
SEND SOMEONE STINKY CHEESE _ Would you like to take revenge on someone without harming them and without you landing in jail? Then send stinky cheese. For about ten bucks you can anonymously send someone a hunk of stinky cheese. The recipient will have no idea who smelled up their home or office. The website is CheesyRevenge.com. • LINK
WOMAN RISKS HER LIFE TO HAVE WORLD’S BIGGEST HIPS _ A Pennsylvania woman is determined to have the world’s biggest hips — even if it ends up killing her. 43-year-old Bobbi-Jo Westley already has hips that measure 95 inches and has her sights set on the current record of 99 inches, held by a guy in Los Angeles. Bobbi-Jo says, “My hips are what makes me unique.” She says there are men out there who like her shape and send her messages and presents. • VIDEO
MAN FINDS OUT SMALL HOUSE IS ACTUALLY 300-YEAR-OLD LOG CABIN _ A man who bought a tiny dilapidated house next to his childhood home learned during renovations that the eyesore was actually a 300-year-old log cabin, making it among the oldest surviving houses in Pennsylvania. After removing five layers of exterior, the man uncovered a log home that was basically untouched since 1704. Since then, he’s completely restored it, taking it apart and rebuilding it from scratch, even hand-hewing the logs with a 200-year-old broadax. He worked with a builder who helped track down logs from another 18th-century cabin to replace those that had rotted.
WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO: WOMEN GO FOR MEN WHO HAVE FEMALE FRIENDS _ Women are more attracted to men who surround themselves with other attractive women. A study (Texas Christian University) shows the presence of these other women gives men a “halo effect” which confirms he is suitably dating material, and they need look no further. The effect is known as “mate choice copying” in the animal kingdom.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GUY TRIES TO GET RID OF BEES WITH FIREWORKS _ A guy in Michigan tried to use fireworks to get rid of the bees taking up residence in his garage. He ended up burning down the entire structure instead.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RAT CAFE OPENS IN SAN FRANCISCO _ The Rat Cafe opened Saturday in San Francisco, offers visitors a chance to munch on a breakfast of pastries, coffee and tea, and enjoy a bit of play time with a handful of rats. Rate Cafe is hosted inside The San Francisco Dungeon, an immersive tourist attraction that takes visitors on a journey through the city’s dark past from Alcatraz to the violence and greed of the Gold Rush. A spokesman for the Dungeon explained: “We tell the story of the (bubonic) plague here in San Francisco and we really thought we wanted to do something special for the summer. Let’s bring the rats to life, let guests get up close and personal with rats — of course plague-free rats.” Attendees get to get to interact with six to eight rats while having breakfast.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A COCOA BUTTER ESCAPE _ A woman in New Mexico tried to escape from jail guards using baby powder, cocoa butter and lots of socks. Deputies say the woman was able to wriggle out of leg irons because she was wearing six pairs of socks. She used cocoa butter as a lubricant to slide the leg irons and handcuffs from around her ankles and wrists. Then, freed from restraints in a jail transport van outside court, she threw baby powder at an officer, pushed him out of the way and tried to run past him. She made it about two feet when he grabbed her.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRUCK GETS STOLEN THREE TIMES _ Police in Cape Town, South Africa, are conducting an investigation into the conduct of officers who recovered a stolen pickup truck. An officer had pulled the truck over and the driver ran. The truck was impounded — and then stolen from the police impound lot. But the thieves were so nervous they crashed the truck and security guards were able to get it back. Hours later it was stolen again from the impound lot. One of the thieves waved at a security guard as they drove away.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER STUFFED VODKA INTO HIS PANTS _ A Pennsylvania shoplifter stuffed a $60 bottle of vodka into his pants and walked out of the store.
… We love stories of people who get into trouble for stuffing things down their pants:
• A shoplifter who stuffed a frozen chicken drumstick down his underpants was caught because he couldn’t stop hopping around at a supermarket in Italy.
• A man in Florida got tossed out of his mom’s retirement home when he tried to smuggle a grilled cheese sandwich out of the facility’s cafeteria without paying.
• Also in Florida a man stuffed a couple of steaks down his pants. But because he weighed 300 pounds it didn’t take long for police to catch up with the sweaty, out-of-breath man.
• In Bristol, England a shoplifter was leaving a supermarket when he walked past the lobster tank. He reached in, grabbed a couple of live ones, and stuffed them down his pants. Then he started running out past the cashiers, but stopped quickly when the lobsters apparently decided they didn’t like their new environment. The lobsters had used their pincers to grab the man right where it hurts the most.
• A Canadian man tried to smuggle 38 turtles in his pants as he returned from a trip to the U.S. A judge banned him from owning turtles for ten years.
• A Florida woman stuff six purses into her pants at a TJ Maxx store. A store security guard was confronting the woman when a car pulled up. The shoplifter tried to get into the vehicle but fell out and was run over by the car. She then got up and jumped onto the hood of the car. As the car was driving away the woman fell off and was run over again. On her third attempt she finally made it into the vehicle.
50 YEARS OF HITCHCOCK (5p ET, TCM) — Turner Classic Movies’ monthlong salute to the “Master of Suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock, kicks off with his silent 1927 boxing melodrama The Ring.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New
LITTLE BIG SHOTS: FOREVER YOUNG (8p ET, NBC) — Featured golden agers in this new episode include the world’s oldest gymnast, the world’s oldest living showgirl, a gospel singing quartet, a spoons player from Australia, and the world’s oldest daredevil acrobatic hand balancer. Superstar Olympic gymnast Simone Biles makes an appearance.
THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MASTER CHEF (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat
ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
CRIMINAL MINDS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (9p ET, NBC) — New.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat
THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW (9:30p ET, NBC) — Repeat
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
TO TELL THE TRUTH (10p ET, ABC) — Celeb panelists in this new episode are Jalen Rose, Sherri Shepherd, Chris Kattan and Kelly Osbourne.
THIS IS US (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat
SERIES PREMIERE: SNOWFALL (10p ET, FX) — This new fact-based drama tells the story of the crack-cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles starting in the early 1980s.
TOP TV SHOWS _ Delayed because of holiday.
SONY TEASES CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND RE-RELEASE _ Sony released a brand new teaser for Close Encounters of the Third Kind over the 4th of July weekend. A new website referencing the 1977 original has also popped up to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sci-fi film. A video entitled This Means Something was uploaded to the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube page on Monday, which just so happened to be World UFO Day. The video features an air traffic control radar animation locating an unidentified flying object targeting one of its planes. • VIDEO
… While many fans expected the clip to be an unofficial announcement of a Close Encounters reboot or sequel, the studio actually intends to re-release the film to theaters this September.
SCARLETT JOHANSSON AND COLIN JOST ARE BACK ON _ After what appeared to be a brief hiatus, Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost have rekindled their romance. The actress and the Saturday Night Live star were spotted on Friday getting cozy on a love seat while out to dinner at a restaurant in East Hampton, New York. Jost had celebrated his 35th birthday the day before. The outing came weeks after Johansson was photographed holding hands with her high-profile entertainment lawyer, Kevin Yorn, in June in New York City.
ED SHEERAN QUITS TWITTER _ Bad news for Ed Sheeran’s 19.2 million Twitter followers. In an interview published Monday, the singer-songwriter said he’s no longer active on the social media platform. He told Britain’s The Sun: “I’ve actually come off Twitter completely. I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things. One comment ruins your day.” As of Tuesday, Sheeran’s Twitter account is still active. But, like Adele before him, he likely handed over access to someone in his management team so he or she can tweet on his behalf.
… Lady Gaga’s fans have been trolling Sheeran since earlier this year after some of her fans assumed he threw shade in her direction. In an interview he said, “I do not want to be the kind of artist who has had two successful albums and then feels invincible. I have to know when to listen to people, or I’ll end up like those artists you’ve interviewed in recent years. You’ve seen them become the biggest artists in the world, and then suddenly they will say, ‘I know everything!’ And just after, they are no longer at the top.”
… On Tuesday, Lady Gaga shared her support on Instagram for Ed Sheeran: “What an incredible talented artist I LOVE ED. @edsheeran deserves all our love and respect like all humans do … No reason to tear down an artist simply because they are on top. Work harder to be kinder everybody. That should be your first duty to humanity.”
HAWAII FIVE-O’S ASIAN STARS QUIT SERIES OVER SALARY DISPUTE _ Hawaii Five-O has lost its Asian stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who have quit following a dispute over pay. The show is due to return for its eighth series in the fall, but the pair, who had been seeking pay equality with their white co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, were unable to reach a deal with CBS. According to Variety Kim and Park had been offered a salary 10-15 per cent lower than their co-stars — who also have back-end deals with the show.
… CBS said in a statement: “We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace’s enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes.” The absence of their characters will be explained away in the first episode of the next series when it returns.
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD IS IN FOR BACK TO THE FUTURE 4 _ Christopher Lloyd says he would love to return as Doctor Emmett Brown for Back To The Future 4, while adding that he believes Michael J. Fox would be willing to Marty McFly once again, too. The 78-year-old Lloyd says he’d only do a fourth movie if everyone else associated with the franchise returned.
Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.
• OSTRICH LAUGHTER: Kid laughs hysterically at ostrich eating food from a cup. → July 5 2017 Video of the Day
• JOEY CHESNUT: Competitive eater Joey Chesnut models his eating training like a runner prepares for a marathon.
• BALLOON MUSIC: 99 Red Balloons performed using red balloons by YouTuber Andrew Huang. → Here’s the video.
• DIRTY DIAPERS: A Nova Scotia couple is tired of dirty diapers in the road. → June 28 News & Nuggets
By eating 72 in ten minutes, Joey Chesnut set a new hot dog eating world record Tuesday. Here are some other strange world records.
• The largest number of surfers catching a wave on a single surfboard: 66 in California
• The world’s longest pizza: 1.32 miles in California
• World’s longest fingernails: 19 feet, 9 inches
• World’s largest collection of sneakers: More than 2,500 pairs
• The biggest popcorn ball: 3,423 pounds
• Most people doing jumping jacks in 24 hours: 300,265 at 1,050 locations (led by Michelle Obama)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SPAM!
SPAM turns 80 today (July 5).
• Introduced on July 5, 1937, the name “Spam” was chosen in the 1930s when the product, whose original name was far less memorable (Hormel Spiced Ham), began to lose market share. The name was chosen from multiple entries in a naming contest. A Hormel official once stated that the original meaning of the name Spam was “Shoulder of Pork and hAM”. According to writer Marguerite Patten in Spam – The Cookbook, the name was suggested by Kenneth Daigneau, an actor and the brother of a Hormel vice president. At one time, the official explanation may have been that the name was a syllabic abbreviation of “SPiced hAM”, but on their official website, Hormel denies this and states that “SPAM is just that. SPAM.”
• The labeled ingredients in the Classic variety of Spam are: chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite. It has gained a peculiar infamy as a mystery meat, along with something of a place in pop culture, and has even entered into folklore and urban legend.
• The official SPAM Museum is in Austin, Minnesota (1-800-588-7726). The 16,500-square foot facility opened in September 2001.
• In the United States, the residents of the state of Hawaii and the territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) consume the most Spam per capita. On average, each person on Guam consumes 16 tins of Spam each year.
• In the U.S. alone, 3.8 cans of Spam “are consumed every second” (assuming SPAM is eaten 24 hours a day, 365 days a year).
• By 1959, a billion cans of SPAM had been sold. The two billion mark was hit in 1970, followed by three billion in 1980, four billion in 1986, and five billion in 1993. The sixth billionth can of SPAM was sold in 2002.
• SPAM is sold in over 99% of U.S. grocery stores.
EASY WAYS TO CALM YOUR NERVES
In 15 seconds to 5 minutes … from Women’s World:
If you’ve only got 15 seconds to get your nerves under control: Take three deep breaths. Take the first, and hold it for one second, then repeat. Simply doing that can lower your blood pressure between 10 and 20 points! It also brings oxygen to the brain which helps you feel more alert. Then stand up straight. Taking a moment to improve your posture relieves tension in the neck, shoulders, back and legs.
If you’ve got one minute to get calm: Tighten up. Contract all your muscles, hold for five seconds, then release. That sends a signal to your brain to stop releasing stress chemicals. You’ll quickly feel calmer. Then, start humming a tune. It stimulates your body’s relaxation response by regulating your breathing, slowing your heart rate, and triggering calming chemicals.
If you have 2 minutes before you have to face a stressful situation: Pinch yourself squeeze the webbing between your thumb and index finger for 30 seconds. It’s a calming acupuncture point. Then, think of one word and repeat it quietly to yourself. It’s a simple meditation technique. If you can’t think of a word, try “ham-sah” it mimics the sound of breathing.
If you have 5 minutes before a speech, date, or confrontation with the boss: Chew gum. It relaxes the muscles in the jaw and neck which is where most people hold their tension. Then, focus on what’s really important in your life. A UCLA study found that reflecting on the things you value most like your family or your faith before a high pressure event lowers your stress hormones and shuts down your body’s stress response, like shaking or sweaty hands.
GRILLED CHEESE LOVERS ARE MORE GENEROUS
Your grilled cheese sandwich preferences could reveal a lot about you. If you like the simplicity of American cheese, maybe you’re easygoing. Need to have a 15-year aged cheddar? Maybe you’re a little high maintenance — just a little.
• A survey of 4,600 people and found that 73% of grilled cheese lovers have sex at least once a month, compared with 63% of those who don’t love grilled cheese.
• 84% of grilled cheese fans love to travel, compared with 78% of those who aren’t fans.
• The most popular cheese according to the survey is American, favored by 41%, followed by cheddar (33%), mozzarella (10%), Swiss (8%), provolone (6%) and brie (2%).
• A picky 10% of participants say they would remove the crust from their sandwich; 47% say they like to add extras such as pesto and tomato, while 53% say they like their sandwiches with just cheese.
• When it comes to the bread, white bread had the most fans with 51%, then wheat (29%), sourdough (13%), rye (4%) and baguette (3%).
TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S., 35,000 of these are sold for “medical purposes.” (Leeches)
TRIVIA: When operating at full capacity, this body part is about the size of a softball. (Bladder)
LOONEY LAW OR TRUE LAW?
I’ll read off some laws and you tell me if each is a looney law that I made up, or a true law.
• It’s against the law to sing off key in North Carolina. (TRUE)
• Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields in India. (LOONEY)
• It is illegal to sell one’s eye in Texas. (TRUE)
• Stacking rocks higher than four feet in Toronto, Canada, is against the law. (LOONEY)
• Kisses in Iowa may last for no more than five minutes. (TRUE)
source: bitsandpieces.us, angryduck.com
• 1969: MERLE HAGGARD’s Workin’ Man Blues began its chart climb to number one.
• 1980: JOHN CONLEE made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
• 1991: ALAN JACKSON’s Don’t Rock The Jukebox topped the country charts.
• 2006: CLAY WALKER announced he and wife, Lori, were divorcing. Clay became involved with model Jessica Craig, who moved to Houston from New York to be with the singer.
• 2013: LUKE BRYAN made a surprise appearance during an ALABAMA show in Orange Beach, Alabama.
• 2014: LUKE BRYAN’s Play It Again hit No. 1.
Dave Haywood of LADY ANTEBELLUM is 35.
Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.
• THOMAS RHETT on prepping Willa for a sister.
• TIM MCGRAW on putting family first.
• THOMAS RHETT and the growth of his fan base.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
BRANTLEY GILBERT will perform prior to the Brickyard 400, July 23 in Indianapolis. The race is sponsored by Brantley’s record label and is being called the Brantley Gilbert Brickyard 400.
LUKE BRYAN and his family have a new addition — a Labrador retriever named Choc for his chocolate color. Luke and crew will have some time to bond with the new furry friend as he isn’t headed back on the road until July 13.
LUKE BRYAN debuted a new beard in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Florida shop he co-owns; Shore Thing Cigars. He wanted to thank everyone for making the store a big success.
KELSEA BALLERINI is a big fan of lash extensions because she can wake up and look like she already has makeup on. She goes every three weeks to get them re-done.
LADY ANTEBELLUM’s latest album may be titled Heart Break, but it’s theme is actually the opposite. Many of the songs are a nod to their spouses and children. The title comes from the group’s time apart to pursue solo projects.
BRETT YOUNG says his bucket list would include sharing the stage with and recording with TIM MCGRAW. Brett says Tim’s is the career type he strives to have and credits Tim’s song Don’t Take The Girl for turning him on to country music.
CHRIS YOUNG is more than half finished with his seventh studio album. The album’s lead single, Losing Sleep, is currently out and Chris says the album will have some different sounding grooves. He says there aren’t any collaborations as of yet but that could change before it’s all said and done.
This is day 187 of 2017. There are 178 days remaining.
• Della Reese is 86
• Dalai Lama is 82
• Ned Beatty is 80
• Burt Ward (Batman) is 72
• President George W. Bush is 71
• Sylvester Stallone is 71
• Geoffrey Rush is 66
• Pip Torrens (The Crown) is 57
• 50 Cent is 42
• Kevin Hart is 38
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1785: The dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States.
• 1854: The first official meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan.
• 1933: Baseball’s first All-Star game was held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. The American League beat the National League 4-2.
• 1942: Anne Frank and her family went into hiding in the “Secret Annexe” above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse.
• 1953: Name That Tune on NBC.
• 1955: America’s first seat belt law was signed, in Illinois.
• 1957: Teenagers John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at a church in Liverpool, England, following a performance by Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen.
• 1997: The rover Sojourner rolled down a ramp from the Mars Pathfinder lander onto the Martian landscape to begin inspecting soil and rocks.
• 2010: Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in a residential substance-abuse program for violating her probation stemming from two separate 2007 cases of driving under the influence of cocaine and alcohol. (She served 14 days behind bars.)
• 2014: The state of Washington legalized recreational marijuana, becoming the second U.S. state to do so after Colorado.
• Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
• Fried Chicken Day
• International Kissing Day
• July 8: Mooning of the Amtrak
• July 12: Major League Baseball All-Star Game
• September 5: Labor Day