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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 7-14: Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
• July 7-9: Wane Chicken Show in Wayne, Nebraska, featuring the National Cluck-Off
• July 8: Mooning of the Amtrak
• July 12: Major League Baseball All-Star Game
• September 5: Labor Day
500 billion: Plastic water bottles use each year around the world.
Firefighters in New Jersey were called to rescue an experienced skydiver stuck 70 feet off the ground in a tree. He’s okay. [He just got snagged on a cliché.]
24/7 Wall St. released a list of the most spoken languages in America after English and Spanish. Surprisingly, the clear-cut winner is German. [That does finally explain why the schools in 11 different states shut down for Oktoberfest.]
WalletHub listed the best and worst states in which to start a business. The worst is New Jersey while the best is North Dakota. [In fact, the number one business in North Dakota is relocating people from New Jersey.]
The British parliament has relaxed its dress code, making neckties now only optional. [The theory is that if a fight breaks out, there will be fewer things that the politicians can use to choke their opponents.]
The British parliament has relaxed its dress code, making neckties now only optional. [It’s hoped that the change will help parliament to make better decisions now that the members will have more oxygen flowing to their brains.]
Scientists say that they now have a complete picture of a huge prehistoric crocodile that once roamed Madagascar. It was 23 feet long and weighed over 2,000 pounds. It chased down dinosaurs and devoured them with jaws capable of crushing bones. [Scientists speculate that it eventually died off because of its inability to make friends.]
A Michigan man trying to use fireworks to get rid of bees in his garage burned down the building. [That’s just one more piece of evidence why his wife doesn’t trust him to babysit the kids.]
A Michigan man trying to use fireworks to get rid of bees in his garage burned down the building. [That was stupid. Fireworks are way too dangerous. For bees you should always keep a blowtorch handy.]
Donald Trump’s advisors are worried that the president may accidentally spill top secret information when he meets with Vladimir Putin this week if the experienced KGB officer uses any sophisticated psychological tricks. [For example, handing Mr. Trump a microphone.]
SCARY MOMENT FOR PARENTS WHEN WOULD-BE KIDNAPPER ASKS FOR HELP _ A man who tried to kidnap a 6-year-old boy in San Diego on the Fourth of July was caught in the act when his truck wouldn’t start — and he asked the victim’s family for help with a jump. The San Diego PD said the bizarre incident happened at around 11:45 PM as the victim’s family was leaving a party. The boy had walked out to his family’s car ahead of his parents and was waiting at the door. Police said the suspect had pulled up to the area in his truck. He saw the boy, got out of his truck and picked up the boy from behind. He put him in the front seat of his truck and allegedly told him to lie down and be quiet. When the would-be kidnapper tried to drive away, his truck wouldn’t start. The man asked the boy’s family for help jump-starting his truck and, not realizing the child was inside, they began to help him. Soon, the boy’s parents came outside and began to look for him. As the family searched for the boy, police said the suspect continued to try to jump-start his truck. One of the boy’s family members walked up to the suspect’s truck and asked him to help the family search for the child. At that point, police said the family member saw the boy in the front seat of the suspect’s truck. The family pulled the boy out of the truck and held the suspect at the scene until police officers arrived.
MOM FEARED UNITED CREW SO MUCH SHE DIDN’T COMPLAIN _ A woman named Shirley Yamauchi paid $1,000 for her 27-month-old son’s United flight from Houston to Boston, in part because the kid is half her size and in part because it’s illegal to fly with kids on your lap once they turn two. But United gave her son’s seat away to a standby passenger — allegedly because the gate agent incorrectly scanned the kid’s boarding pass and he was thus registered as a no-show — and when the guy showed up to sit in the kid’s seat, the flight attendant shrugged and told them that the flight was full. The woman spent three hours with her 25-pound toddler on her lap, afraid to complain because of all the recent incidents in which United crew and security beat, brutalized, and even hospitalized passengers who got in the way of overbooked flights. United has apologized.
REPLACE FACEBOOK ADS WITH VINTAGE ONES FROM THE 1980s _ If you’re tired of the ads on Facebook and enjoy time travel, check out the Chrome browser add-on called Social Ads Vintage Edition. The extension replaces Facebook’s ads with photos of everything you loved that’s now retro. Think Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Casio synthesizers, and Coleco arcade cabinets — all taking the place of those traditional, boring ads. • LINK
HOLOTATS ARE THE TEMPORARY TATTOOS THAT COME TO LIFE _ HoloTats look pretty cool. HoloTats are like the temporary tattoos you covered yourself with as a child, except updated for tech-savvy kiddos. The temporary tattoos get applied just like any other. Pick your desired placement and stick it there. To make a HoloTat come to life you scan the tattoo with any smartphone with the HoloTats app installed. • VIDEO
BABY WILDEBEEST CONFUSES CAR FOR MOTHER _ A couple driving through a park that borders Botswana and South Africa had their car mistaken by a wildebeest calf for its mother. The couple were driving along when the baby wildebeest began chasing their blue car. It was a natural instinct to follow the biggest moving object closest to him. So the wildebeest chased the blue car and nearly ended up in a collision with a car traveling the opposite direction. Then the wildebeest switched to chasing the car that almost struck it. Then it went back to chasing the blue car for a bit. The couple in the car located a wildebeest herd and the calf stopped and within five seconds the mother came running towards him and they were reunited. • VIDEO
MAN CRUSHES 29 DRINK CANS WHILE HOLDING A RAW EGG _ Sure, he can eat 72 hot dogs in ten minutes, but can Joey Chesnut do this? A man in Pakistan set a unique record by smashing more than two dozen soft drink cans while holding a raw egg. Muhammad Rashid of Karachi, Pakistan, was holding an egg while crushing the drink-filled cans. He did 29 in 30 seconds. Rashid was required to keep the egg intact and cracked it over a glass after the feat to prove the egg was real and had not been damaged in the process. • VIDEO
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your strange talent?
YOU CAN NOW SNORT CHOCOLATE — BUT SHOULD YOU? _ First came Four Loko, the alcoholic energy drink dubbed “blackout in a can.” Now meet Coco Loko, a “snortable” chocolate powder being marketed as a drug-free way to get a buzz. The product, created by a company called Legal Lean, includes cacao powder, as well as gingko biloba, taurine and guarana, which are commonly found in energy drinks. Nick Anderson, the founder of Legal Lean, says he heard about a “chocolate-snorting trend” in Europe a few months ago. He ordered a sample and gave it a try. Each tin of Coco Loko comes with 10 servings and costs $25.
… Anderson says the effects of the cacao-based powder last about 30 minutes to an hour and are “almost like an energy-drink feeling, like you’re euphoric but also motivated to get things done.” Doctors say they’re not quite sure what to make of the brown powder, which hit U.S. shelves last month and is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
WOMAN THREATENS TO JUMP OFF BUILDING AFTER RUNNING OUT OF DATA _ A woman in China was extremely distraught. So distraught she threatened to jump off a building. She was distraught because she had exceeded her monthly smartphone data limit. She didn’t jump. She went over her data limit because she had been watching soap operas on her phone, which ate up data.
100-YEAR-OLD CONTINUES TO VOLUNTEER _ Harold Hager was born on May 17, 1917. During his life, Harold served in the Navy during World War II. Afterward, he spent the next 37 years working at Corning Glass Works. After his wife passed away in 2010 he couldn’t just sit around. So he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in western New York state. There, he does everything from sorting screws to testing light fixtures. And for the second year in a row, Harold volunteered more hours than anyone in the organization.
WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ONE YEAR AGO: OBESE WOMAN SLIPS OFF STAIRS, FALLS ON HUSBAND, KILLING BOTH _ In what is being described as a freak accident, an obese woman in India slipped and fell on her husband resulting in the deaths of them both. The 68-year-old, 280-pound woman was trying to walk up a flight of stairs when she slipped and fell on her husband who was standing below.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TELLS WIFE HE’S GOING TO GET CIGS, FLIES TO RUSSIA FOR SOCCER _ A Mexican soccer fan wanted to see a big tournament so badly he crafted the lie of the century. The guy told his wife he was going to the store for cigarettes. Instead he took a flight to Russia to watch his team play.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STOP TAKING SELFIES WITH DEAD BEARS _ Police in Minnesota had got the word out Tuesday: Don’t stop and take selfies with dead bears on the side of the road. The safety reminder was necessary after a dead black bear was lying on the side of a state highway and the authorities received multiple calls of cars stopping along the side of the road to take pictures with the carcass.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 70-YEAR-OLD NEEDS TO SWITCH TO OATMEAL _ A 70-year-old man in China had to undergo a major chest operation after swallowing his false teeth. And it was the second time he’s done it. The first time he swallowed his false teeth they passed through his digestive system without causing any harm and were removed from his body with minor surgery. This time he waited nine days for the dentures to pass through his body, but they had got stuck in his esophagus, making it impossible for him to eat and causing severe chest pain.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIREMEN RESCUE RING LADY AGAIN _ A woman in her 70s was wearing a total of nine rings on her fingers and couldn’t remove any of them. The rings had become so tight that they were digging into her flesh. She went to a hospital where medics were able to remove two of the rings, but the other seven remained stuck. Firefighters were called and they spent two hours cutting the rings off her fingers. It was the fifth time in three years the woman’s had to have rings cut off her swollen fingers.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CHANGED UNDERWEAR AND MARIJUANA ENDED UP IN HIS GROIN _ A Florida (Port St. Lucie) police officer spotted a “suspicious vehicle/parking violation” the other night. An officer smelled burned marijuana coming from the vehicle. The passenger, 32-year-old Tyce Fields, had a violation of probation warrant and was taken into custody. An officer reported extracting a bag of marijuana from Fields’ “groin area.” According to a police report, Tyce stated that he didn’t know the cannabis was on him because he recently changed underpants.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: INCINERATED CAR IS WHY BOYS AND FIREWORKS DON’T MIX _ A 14-year-old Washington boy took his mother’s SUV on a secret mission to buy fireworks. The actual driving part went just fine — it was the fireworks part that ended up totaling the car. The boy took his mom’s car without her knowing, picked up friends, bought fireworks, came home and parked the car in the driveway. One of the windows was open and during a Roman candle fight, a firework went into the window and lit the car on fire.” • IMAGE
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FREEZER GEEZER: HUSBAND KEEPS DEAD WIFE’S SS CHECKS _ A guy in Florida stored his wife’s body in a freezer after she had died so that he could continue to collect her Social Security benefits. She died in 2002. When he died in 2010 his heirs not only had to deal with a dead body — technically two — but eight years worth of debt for the Social Security checks he collected after her death, which was a debt that was tied to his estate. The heirs of the estate agreed to relinquish the proceeds from the sale of the Sun City, Florida, condo to the government.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN USES CANE TO FREE CAT FROM CHIP BAG _ An Alaska resident filmed his encounter with a cat that needed a little help escaping from a bag of chips stuck on its head. The video shows the man approach the cat in a grassy lot. Keeping a safe distance from the cat, the man uses the handle of his cane to hook the bag and quickly pull it off the feline’s head. The cat appears stunned for a brief moment before it takes off running across the street. • VIDEO
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR STEALING POWER _ A man in Georgia called police to say that another man, who was house-sitting next door, was stealing electricity. When police arrived they saw an orange extension cord running from the man’s house to the house next door. The officer went to the house next door and knocked. The house-sitter freely admitted to taking power from the man’s house, but said, “All the man had to do was ask me to unplug the cord, and I would have done it. I was only listening to the radio.”
BOY BAND (8p ET, ABC) — New
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT (8p ET, NBC) — Celebs competing tonight include Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Nico Santos, Cheri Oteri, Natalie Morales and Ne-Yo.
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
BEAT SHAZAM (8p ET, FOX) — Repeat
HOWIE MANDEL ALL-STAR COMEDY GALA (8p ET, CW) — 2-hour repeat
LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat
BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS (9p ET, ABC) — Celebs competing in this new episode are Joanna Krupa, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, Gilles Marini, Jack Osbourne, Keegan Allen, Traci Bingham, Rosa Blasi, Brant Daugherty and Galen Gering.
BIG BROTHER (9p ET, CBS) — New
THE WALL (9p ET, NBC) — New
LOVE CONNECTION (9p ET, FOX) — Repeat
NASHVILLE (9p ET, CMT) — New. Scarlett confronts the journalist Mackenzie Rhodes.
ZOO (10p ET, CBS) — New. Logan and Jackson find a link between hybrid attacks.
THE NIGHT SHIFT (10p ET, NBC) — New. Drew and Paul must find a way to save a patient’s severed hand.
THE GONG SHOW (10p ET, ABC) — Celebrity judges in this new episode are Dana Carvey, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Anthony Anderson.
TOP TV SHOWS _ Delayed due to holiday.
FROZEN 2 BEGINS RECORDING SOON _ Frozen is regarded as one of the finest Disney films ever created. The fact that it went on to gross almost $1.3 billion at the box office, which made it the highest-grossing animated film of all time, confirmed just how much it connected with audiences. It also meant that a sequel was inevitable. Disney has since confirmed that Frozen 2 will arrive in theaters in 2019, and according to Jonathan Groff, who voiced Kristoff in the original film, producers are just weeks away from going into the recording studio to lay down the animated movie’s audio.
ALISON SWEENEY WINS RESTRAINING ORDER _ Former Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney got a restraining order from a guy she claims has been harassing her on social media for years through at least 15 different accounts. A judge has ordered Jon Christopher LuVisi to stay 1,000 feet away from Sweeney, her home, car, work and kids’ school. Sweeney claims LuVisi’s messages got more ominous over the past 9 months — trying to extort thousands of dollars from her. He threatened he had private pictures of her and said he would send them to her husband unless she paid him money. LuVisi believes he’s entangled in an affair with Sweeney. Whenever Sweeney attempted to block him, she says he’d just create a new account and continue his trolling.
DISABILITY ORGANIZATION SLAMS BLIND FOR CASTING ALEC BALDWIN _ The upcoming film Blind, starring Alec Baldwin as a novelist who loses his sight in a car crash, has drawn criticism for casting an able-bodied actor as the blind lead. The Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading organization advocating for disability rights, spoke out against the film, accusing it of “crip-face” — a comparison to blackface — in having Baldwin portray the main role. The private philanthropic group is known for advocating on behalf of casting disabled actors. • TRAILER
… Last summer, the foundation released findings that reveal although those with disabilities represent almost 20% of the country’s population, 95% of disabled characters on television are played by able-bodied performers.
ED SHEERAN NOT REALLY QUITTING TWITTER _ Wait, hold up — Ed Sheeran didn’t really quit Twitter. On Instagram the British singer set the record straight on the buzzing rumors that he gave up Twitter for good. He wrote: “…loads of Hoo-har about me quitting stuff. I haven’t quit anything, I’m just not reading anything, except Harry Potter. Hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th yo.” Sheeran was turned off Twitter by the amount of hate he received from Lady Gaga’s fans, who thought he criticized her.
JAMES GUNN WORKING ON GUARDIANS 3 PLAYLIST _ Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was a big hit and, naturally, a third movie is coming. And because Guardians 1 and 2 were packed with favorite oldies, director James Gunn knows he has to come through for fans in the third movie. In fact, he’s already busy making the movie’s playlist. He confirmed it on social media when he wrote: “I have it down to 181 songs. That list could get longer.”
BUSY PHILIPPS JUMPS INTO POOL WITH HER CLOTHES ON TO SAVE DAUGHTER _ Busy Philipps had a scary experience while in a friend’s house on the 4th of July holiday weekend. Her 4-year-old daughter Cricket played in an infinity pool but got a little close to the edge. Thanks to her mother’s quick thinking, the little girl was uninjured. In a post on Instagram, the 38-year-old actress shared a picture of her in the pool with her clothes on and she explained what happened in the caption: “Just had to jump into my friends pool with my clothes on cause Cricket was on a pool float that was about to go over the edge of the infinity pool and there was no one to help her in the pool and that’s just what you do, I guess. She’s fine. So am I. But I’m pretty soaking wet. So there’s that. HAPPY 4TH.”
GWYNETH PALTROW AND CHRIS MARTIN SOLD PENTHOUSE _ After more than a year at steadily declining price tags, former couple Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin sold their New York City penthouse for $10.7 million. The couple purchased the 3,892-square-foot unit in 2007 for $5.1 million.
BUBBLES THE CHIMP IS STAR ARTIST IN ‘APES THAT PAINT’ EXHIBIT _ Bubbles the Chimp, former pet of Michael Jackson, is the star of a new art exhibition opening in Miami on July 21. Bubble is a resident at the Center for Great Apes, a permanent sanctuary for rescued and retired chimps and orangutans that come from the entertainment industry. An art gallery in Miami three hours away will sell paintings made by Bubbles and other chimps with all the money going to the sanctuary.
CBS ON HAWAII 5-0 EXITS: NETWORK MADE ‘LARGE & SIGNIFICANT’ SALARY OFFERS _ CBS said it offered “large and significant salary increases” to keep Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park in the cast of Hawaii 5-0. After Kim asserted via Facebook that the lack of pay parity with stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan led to his departure from the series, CBS fired back: “Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of Hawaii Five-0 for seven seasons. We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases. While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect for their talents on screen, as well as their roles as ambassadors for the show off screen, and with hopes to work with them again in the near future.”
CHUMLEE DEAD? _ Chumlee is not dead, despite a viral death hoax claiming that the Pawn Stars fan-favorite was the victim of an unusual and nearly impossible marijuana overdose. The story circulating on social media claimed that the History Channel reality star had been found dead after apparently overdosing on marijuana.
Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.
• DROP: You guys do a wonderful job and you’re outstanding at what you do.
• CALL: The 4th of July is over but someone’s still scaring your dog with fireworks. This guy says there’s an invention to help dogs.
• 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.
DO A LOT OF VACATIONING IN A CAMPER OR MOTOR HOME?
Getting away from their high-stress jobs, a couple spends relaxing weekends in their motor home. When they found their peace and quiet disturbed by well-meaning, but unwelcome, visits from other campers, they devised a plan to assure themselves some privacy. Now, when they set up camp, they placed this sign on the door of their Recreational Vehicle: “Insurance agent. Ask about our term-life package.”
THIS IS HOW YOU WILL PROBABLY MEET THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Where did you meet your spouse?
Have you ever wondered where is the most likely place you’ll meet “the one”? You’re not alone. Statisticians, scientists, sociologists, and relationship experts all tend to be curious about where to find marriage material men and where people are meeting their future spouses. Here’s what studies say are the most likely ways to meet the person you’re going to end up marrying, when you’ll most likely meet them, and what it takes for them to be “ready” to walk down the aisle.
• According to a study in Marie Claire, the average woman will meet her future spouse at 25. Men will meet their soulmate a bit later, at around age 28.
• According to a survey that was performed by Mic magazine, the majority of people meet their significant others through mutual friends. Around 38 percent of all relationships start off between friends of friends. Another 22 percent said that they met their significant others through a social setting, like in a bar or restaurant. Online dating came in third.
• Of the relationships that blossomed, around half of them started off as platonic friends first.
• When will he pop the question? Most men will not even think about committing until they have a steady job and career. High school grads will start thinking of marriage earlier than college grads. Men with advanced degree holders hold out the longest. After age 38, the chances of a man committing diminish drastically.
TRIVIA: Fifty percent of the magazines printed have this in common. (They’re never sold)
TRIVIA: What do the washing machine, the zipper, the foghorn, the snowmobile, and the pain roller have in common? (They were invented by Canadians)
What is it that turns everything around but does not move? (A mirror)
I’ll names some actors, you tell me the TV show or movie in which they play or played a president.
• Martin Sheen (West Wing)
• Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
• Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
• Michael Douglas (The American President)
• Dennis Haysbert (24)
• Kevin Kline (Dave)
BONUS VIDEO OF THE DAY
source: consumer reports
• 1963: BOBBY BARE entered the charts with his first Top Ten single, Detroit City.
• 1978: TAMMY WYNETTE married George Richey.
• 1991: ALAN JACKSON began the first of three weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Singles Chart with Don’t Rock The Jukebox.
• 1998: Singing cowboy star ROY ROGERS died at his home in Apple Valley, California, at age 86.
• 2006: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON and WAYLON JENNINGS were inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk. Kris left his handprints in the cement outside the Sunset Boulevard Guitar Center in Los Angeles. The two were immortalized next to exhibits of JOHNNY CASH, Elvis Presley and others.
• 2008: KIX BROOKS ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
• 2009: LADY ANTEBELLUM’s Charles Kelley married Nashville music publicist Cassie McConnell in the Bahamas.
• 2013: TOBY KEITH raised $2 million for tornado relief with a concert at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. He was joined by GARTH BROOKS, RONNIE DUNN, WILLIE NELSON, TRISHA YEARWOOD, MEL TILLIS, KELLIE COFFEY, JOHN ANDERSON and Sammy Hagar.
Grand Ole Opry member JEANNIE SEELY is 77. She scored 14 hits on the Billboard Country Singles chart from 1966-1974 including Don’t Touch Me and Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You.
NANCI GRIFFITH is 64.
Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.
• MIDLAND member Jess Carson on the Texas on the Oregon band.
• THOMAS RHETT on prepping Willa for a sister.
• TIM MCGRAW on putting family first.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
CHRIS STAPLETON’s sophomore album, From A Room: Volume 1, returns to the top of the Country Albums chart this week.
LUKE BRYAN has been in the studio and is about halfway through creating his next album. Luke says he’s enjoying trying to outdo what he did on his last album, Kill The Lights, which gave him a record six number ones.
REBA MCENTIRE, LEE ANN WOMACK and BRANDY CLARK will play a benefit concert July 12 at Nashville’s City Winery for the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
RODNEY ATKINS and ROSE FALCON are expecting their first child together in December. The couple were married in 2013.
MORGAN WALLEN (The Way I Talk) will make his Grand Ole Opry debut tomorrow night (Friday). Morgan has been on tour with FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE this summer.
SHANIA TWAIN on Wednesday shared the complete track listing for her upcoming new album, Now, which comes out September 29.
This is day 188 of 2017. There are 177 days remaining.
• Doc Severinsen is 90
• Ringo Starr is 77
• Joe Spano is 71
• Shelley Duvall is 68
• Billy Campbell (Once and Again) is 58
• Comedian Jim Gaffigan is 51
• Jorja Fox (CSI) is 49
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1863: The United States began its first military draft; exemptions cost $100.
• 1865: Four conspirators in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln were hanged.
• 1928: Sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It was described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”.
• 1930: Construction of the Boulder Dam — now known as the Hoover Dam — began.
• 1954: Elvis Presley made his radio debut when Memphis, Tennessee, station WHBQ played That’s All Right.
• 1985: Boris Becker won the Wimbledon tennis title by defeating Kevin Curren. Becker became the youngest, the first German and the first unseeded player to win the title in the 108-year history of Wimbledon. Becker was only 17.
• 1999: The first lawsuit brought by a group of individual smokers made it to the trial stage. A jury in Miami held cigarette makers liable for marketing a dangerous product that causes deadly diseases. The jury held the tobacco industry liable for damages worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
• 2005: Terrorist bombings in three Underground stations and a double-decker bus killed 52 victims and four suicide bombers in the worst attack on London since World War II.
• 2007: Live Earth, a global series of concerts designed to raise environmental awareness, was held.
• 2016: Former U.S. Army soldier Micah Xavier Johnson shot fourteen policemen during an anti-police protest in downtown Dallas, killing five of them. He was killed by a robot-delivered bomb.
• Chocolate Day
• Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day
• Global Forgiveness Day
• Strawberry Sundae Day
• Macaroni Day
• July 7-14: Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
• July 7-9: Wane Chicken Show in Wayne, Nebraska, featuring the National Cluck-Off
• July 8: Mooning of the Amtrak
• July 12: Major League Baseball All-Star Game
• September 5: Labor Day
SATURDAY, JULY 8
• Jeffrey Tambor is 73. Raffi is 69. Anjelica Huston is 66. Kevin Bacon is 59. Toby Keith is 56. Billy Crudup is 49. Michael Weatherly is 49. Beck is 47. Milo Ventimiglia is 40. Sophia Bush is 35. Jaden Smith is 19.
• Bald Is In Day. Chocolate with Almonds Day. Video Games Day.
SUNDAY, JULY 9
• Chris Cooper is 66. John Tesh is 65. Country singer David Ball is 64. Jimmy Smits is 62. Tom Hanks is 61. Kelly McGillis is 60. Courtney Love is 53. Scott Grimes is 46. Fred Savage is 41.
• Sugar Cookie Day.