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This is day 198 of 2017. There are 167 days remaining.
• Donald Sutherland is 85
• Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group is 78
• Lucie Arnaz is 66
• David Hasselhoff is 65
• German Chancellor Angela Merkel is 63
• TV producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Apprentice) is 57
• Alex Winter (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) is 52
• Dancer Tony Dovolani (Dancing with the Stars) is 44
• Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey) is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1941: Joe DiMaggio’s baseball hitting streak ended at 56 games, by Cleveland Indian pitchers.
• 1955: Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.
• 1981: Two skywalks filled with people at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, collapsed into a crowded atrium lobby during a “tea dance,” killing 114.
• 1987: The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 2,500 mark for the first time at 2510.04.
• 1995: The Midwestern heat wave in the United States reached its peak. Chicago and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, among other cities, set all-time high temperature records. The heat claimed over 400 lives on this day alone.
• 1995: Two goats jumped into a 5-foot deep lake in Inner Mongolia and drowned. Then, 206 goats and 43 other animals followed the first two to their death. Herders were able to keep 281 sheep from following suit.
• 1997: Woolworth closed its last 400 stores. The five and dime chain last 117 years.
• 1998: Pola Brown of London discovered why her new Mercedes SLK 230, capable of 140 miles an hour, would go only 30 miles an hour. A squirrel had disabled the sports car by hiding five pounds of nuts in the air filter.
• 1999: A suspected drug trafficker was arrested in Astoria, Oregon, when the cocaine he had stashed down his pants was burning his crotch so badly he had to ask police to remove it. Police were questioning the suspect while he sat in his car.
• 2004: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mocked Democrats with the term “girlie men,” claiming they were delaying the state budget by catering to special interests.
• 2014: Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed near the border of Ukraine and Russia after being shot down. All 298 people on board were killed.
• Hug Your Kid Day
• World Emoji Day
• Peach Ice Cream Day
• August 3: NFL pre-season begins
• August 26: College football begins
• September 5: Labor Day
• September 7: NFL season begins
200: Calories burned by men during an hour of sex. Women burn about 138 in an hour.
North Korea may have more fuel for building nuclear bombs than previously thought. This is according to new highly revealing intimate satellite photos [released by Rob Kardashian].
Scientists published a new report that says that no catastrophic event on earth can kill a tough little microscopic creature called a tardigrade. It’s so tough that it can go 30 years without eating or drinking. [Kinda like a supermodel.]
Someone leaked internal documents showing that Phillip Morris is waging a secret political war against the World Health Organization’s campaign to fight tobacco use. [For example, in one country Phillip Morris has paid millions to get politicians to draft legislation that would allow them to include their product as toys in Happy Meals.]
Honolulu is close to passing a law against walking across the street while reading your mobile device. The fine would be $15-$99. [And there’s an extra $25 charge if you’re wearing a Hawaiian shirt.]
Wildlife experts in Alaska say that humpback whales have learned that they can get a great meal if they hang around a salmon hatchery the day hatchlings are released. [It’s like me hanging out in the mornings waiting for the doughnut shop to open.]
Pope Francis has hung a gag gift on his apartment door that says “No complaining”. [It’s beside the sign that says No shirt, No shoes, No communion.]
Several western states have been hit by a swarm of katydids so thick that they are making highway travel difficult. [They’ve also caused several statewide shortages of windshield wiper fluid.]
The new and final installment of the Planet of the Apes trilogy is getting great reviews. [It’s like Return of the Hairy Jedi.]
A union has filed a grievance against Western Michigan University for hiring goats to clear 15 acres of woodland. [But the university says the goats are all in the country legally.]
LA ROLLER RINK STILL HAS A WEEKLY ORGAN NIGHT _ An old roller rink in Los Angeles could have something no other in the country has: an actual organist. Before jukeboxes, DJs and iPod playlists, roller rinks had organists playing tunes for customers. Moonlight Rollerway still hosts a weekly night of skating with live organ accompaniment.
POPE FRANCIS TAKES ON MOANERS _ Pope Francis recently hung a sign near his private rooms tat reads: “Vietato lamentarsi,” which is Italian for “no complaining”. The sign was given to the Pope by a psychologist who writes motivational guides. Pop Francis is know for trying to buck up believers by telling them to cast off their melancholy and stop grumbling. The “no complaining” sign’s small print warns complainers they could develop “a victim complex, resulting in a lowering… of their capacity to solve problems.”
FOR MOM, MAN DRESSES AS DECEASED SISTER FOR 20 YEARS _ A man in China has been dressing as a woman for the past 20 years in order to help his mentally ill mother cope with the death of his sister. The 50-something man has long hair and wears dresses and fake breasts. The man said he began his gender-bending role after his mother began showing signs of mental illness following the death of her daughter. He says, “The first time I dressed as a woman she was so happy, so I kept doing it. I’ve basically been living as a woman ever since. I don’t own any men’s clothing.”
MAN SKIPS JOB INTERVIEW TO RESCUE CAR CRASH VICTIM _ Last Thursday Aaron Tucker from Bridgeport, Connecticut woke up at 5 AM, grabbed a dress shirt he had been given at the halfway house he was living in, and hopped onto a city bus to meet the manager at a nearby barbecue restaurant. On the way there the bus driver quickly hit the breaks because a car up ahead had hit a tree and flip over. Tucker jumped off the bus and sprinted toward the totaled car, which was upside down and spewing smoke. He kneeled down next to the passenger-side window and saw the driver covered in blood. He unbuckled the man’s seatbelt and dragged him away from the vehicle as it started to catch on fire. Several others also ran over to help, including three employees from a local auto body shop who brought over a fire extinguisher. Tucker pulled off his shirt and used it to help stop the man’s head from bleeding.
… He skipped his interview in order to stay with the man until an ambulance arrived. Community members who read a local news story about Tucker’s heroic rescue decided to help the man turn his life around. They set up a GoFundMe page, raising more than $16,000 in only a day. A business owner reached out to offer Tucker a tailored suit for interviews. Fortunately he’s been getting a lot of job offers and plans to land one soon to support his son.
SNEAKY PLACES MOMS ARE BINGING ON THEIR FAVORITE TV SHOWS _ Mothers desperate for “me time” are going to extreme measures to catch up on their favorite shows, including binging while walking the dog or sitting on the loo, according to a new survey. Almost all moms questioned by Netflix reported having less “me time” post-kids, with around three-quarters resorting to binging on the sly. Here’s where moms are sneaking in some binging of their favorite shows:
- While doing laundry – 57%
- Making dinner – 48%
- Bathroom break – 40%
- Getting ready – 27%
- While working – 22%
- Running “errands” – 19%
- Sitting in a parking lot – 19%
- In the driveway – 17%
- Extra time “exercising” – 15%
- While the kids play – 14%
CHINA MALL INTRODUCES ‘HUSBAND STORAGE’ PODS FOR SHOPPING WIVES _ A mall in China has introduced “husband storage” facilities for wives to leave their spouse while they shop. The mall has erected a number of glass pods for wives to leave any disgruntled husbands that don’t want to be dragged around. Inside each individual pod is a chair, monitor, computer and gamepad, and men can sit and play retro 1990s games.
101-YEAR-OLD SPRINTER BREAKS 100-METER DASH RECORD _ On Saturday Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins became the oldest female athlete to ever compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoors Masters Championships. Not only that, but by running the 100 meters in 40.12 seconds, she shaved more than six seconds off the current certified world record for women aged 100 or older. And that wasn’t even a personal best. This month, at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama, Hawkins ran the dash in 39.62 seconds. If either of those times get certified in December, she will become the official world-record holder. • IMAGE
BEEKEEPER, WIFE HOSPITALIZED AFTER COLONY ATTACKS _ A New Jersey (Ramsey) beekeeper and his wife were hospitalized after the man’s colony became aggressive and swarmed part of the town where the hive was located. The town’s police chief said it’s unclear what angered the colony.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES STEAL 500 CASES OF URINAL CAKES _ Police in Germany are searching for thieves who now possess enough cleaning products to have sparkling clean urinals for life. A truck driver parked his vehicle in a lot and went to catch some sleep. When he checked his truck early the next morning he found that the back door to the cargo area was open. Someone stole six pallets of urinal cakes — 500 cases in all — worth thousands of dollars.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AMAZON DELIVERY DRIVER POOS ON CUSTOMER’S DRIVEWAY _ An Amazon delivery person in London was caught pooping on a customer’s driveway. A spokesman for Amazon confirmed that staff have since visited the home and scooped up the poo. The company is investigating.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOCTORS FIND 27 CONTACT LENSES STUCK IN WOMAN’S EYE _ A 67-year-old woman in the UK thought that her eye discomfort was due to dry eye and old age. The real cause turned out to be 27 contact lenses lodged in her eye. The woman had been wearing disposable contact lenses for years but hadn’t been showing up for her regular optometrist appointments. Eye specialists found 17 contacts in one eye an 10 in the other.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TEEN SAYS TATTOO ON FACE MAKES IT HARD TO FIND WORK _ A New Zealand 17-year-old has a tattoo. At first he was proud of it. It makes a statement. The tat says “DEVAST8”. It’s big, it’s bold, and the teen says it’s making it hard to find a job. It’s not the tattoo’s message potential employers are having a problem with — it’s the fact that it covers the entire lower half of his face. The teen says he had it inked a few months ago, while drunk on homebrew in a jail cell.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NO COWS COMPLAINED _ An ad at a Toronto airport read: “You’re precious cargo, not cattle.” The ad was boasting about passenger-terminal upgrades but objections were raised and the poster was taken down. Critics were upset that the slogan was “insulting” to actual cattle.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM TOWED KIDS IN RED WAGON WITH CAR _ A 27-year-old Oregon mother was arrested after concerned drivers called police. The woman was towing her two children, ages three and five, in a red wagon behind her car. The mother was baffled and didn’t understand “what the big deal” was. She claimed she just wanted to show her kids a “good time.” The mom allegedly placed her two young children in a plastic red wagon, which she tied with a strap to the back of her Ford Taurus. She repeatedly navigated a roundabout. Traffic began to get backed up and one vehicle nearly hit the children.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POT DRYING LEADS TO FIREFIGHTERS VISIT _ Firefighters in Connecticut (Killingly) were dispatched to a kitchen fire in an apartment. Once they got things under control, firefighters called in police: apparently, the resident was trying to dry a “large amount” of marijuana in the oven.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN’S CLEAVAGE DISTRACTS DRIVER _ A woman in Germany was showing too much cleavage for a bus driver’s taste. But instead of looking elsewhere, she says he stopped the bus on the side of the road and shouted at her for being a distraction. The woman quotes him saying, “Your cleavage is distracting me when I look in the mirror. I can’t concentrate on the road. If you don’t sit somewhere else, I’m going to have to throw you off the bus.” She moved to another seat. The bus driver’s boss defended his actions, saying that distractions jeopardize the safety of other passengers.
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode.
THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Rachel visits the hometowns of the remaining bachelors.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (8p ET, FOX) — New. The first round of callbacks begins, as dancers hope to make the top 10.
KEVIN CAN WAIT (8p ET, CBS) — Repeat
SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat
MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat
SUPERHUMAN (9p ET, FOX) — New
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — Kearran Giovanni (Major Crimes) is the guest in this new episode.
LIFE IN PIECES (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:30p ET, CW) — Repeat
SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE (10p ET, NBC) — New
BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat
SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
SERIES PREMIERE: LOADED (10p ET, AMC) — This new dramedy follows the four co-founders of a small London gaming startup and what happens when it’s bought out by a huge American corporation, making them multi millionaires. Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) stars.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES SHOOTS PAST SPIDER-MAN _ War for the Planet of the Apes took down Spider-Man: Homecoming at the North American box office, opening with an estimated $56.5 million in ticket sales. Spider-Man dropped to second with $45.2 million after its $117 million debut last weekend.
FIRST TRAILER FOR A WRINKLE IN TIME IS HERE _ The first trailer for the adaptation of the classic young adult novel A Wrinkle in Time has been released. Child actress Storm Reid plays Meg Murray. The Disney-made movie stars Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, Mindy Kaling and Oprah Winfrey. The simple plot description is: “After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.” • VIDEO
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI BEHIND THE SCENES FOOTAGE IS HERE _ We’re getting a new taste of Star Wars: The Last Jedi thanks to a new behind the scenes video. More than anything, it sets the mood for what looks like a particularly dramatic film. According to director Rian Johnson, fans might find some aspects of The Last Jedi “shocking.” • VIDEO
DISNEY PARKS NAME STAR WARS LANDS GALAXY’S EDGE _ Disney’s new Star Wars-themed lands at Disney World and Disneyland will be called “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Both are expected to open in 2019. Galaxy’s Edge focuses on two major rides allowing guests to lead their own adventures. The first is a battle between the Resistance and the First Order. The second allows riders to take control of the Millennium Falcon. Galaxy’s Edge is all about the guest experience and won’t focus on any specific film or character arc in the franchise. Instead, they’re building a brand new, unnamed planet.
… The new planet is set on the outer rim of the galaxy, hence the name Galaxy’s Edge.
HORROR LEGEND GEORGE ROMERO DEAD AT 77 _ George Romero, the director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead, has passed away at the age of 77. According to a statement released by his longtime producing partner (Peter Grunwald) Romero died in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer.”
MARTIN LANDAU DEAD AT 89 _ Legendary actor Martin Landau has died. Among his credits are Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, Tim Burton’s Ed Wood and Cleopatra. TMZ reports Landau Saturday afternoon at UCLA Medical Center after a short hospitalization where he suffered unexpected complications.
CAITLYN JENNER CONSIDERS RUNNING FOR SENATE IN CALIFORNIA _ Caitlyn Jenner is considering running for Senate in California. The reality TV star says of her plan to launch her political career, “Over the next six months or so, I gotta find out where I can do a better job. … Can I do a better job from the outside? Kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talking to anybody? Or are you better from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that.”
BBC NAMES JODIE WHITTAKER THE NEXT DOCTOR WHO LEAD _ Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor in Doctor Who and the first woman in the role after the BBC named her Sunday as the new time lord. Whittaker replaces Peter Capaldi who became the 12th doctor in 2013 and who told BBC radio in January that it was “time to move on.” Capaldi replaced Matt Smith, who went on to star in The Crown.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE RUSHED TO HELP WOMAN HIT BY GOLF BALL _ Justin Timberlake came to a woman’s aid at a recent celebrity golf tournament. The singer/actor was seen rushing to console the female fan after she was struck by an errant tee shot at the charity match near Lake Tahoe. “What’d you do Richard?” JT jokingly scolded his friend who hit the girl with his golf ball. Justin played alongside former NFL star Tony Romo and NBA player Stephen Curry.
SINGER AARON CARTER, GIRLFRIEND ARRESTED IN GEORGIA _ Singer Aaron Carter and his girlfriend have been arrested on DUI and drug charges in Georgia. The 29-year-old Carter and Madison Parker were arrested Saturday. Carter is accused of drunken driving and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and paraphernalia. Parker was arrested for obstruction, possession of less than 1 ounce of pot and paraphernalia.
TOM HOLLAND WANTS TOBEY MAGUIRE IN FUTURE SPIDER-MAN FILMS _ Tobey Maguire played Spider-Man in three different films from 2002 to 2007, and for some he will always be the one and only web slinger. However, newest Spidey Tom Holland has expressed how he’d love to have Maguire in future films. Tom says he’d like to see Tobey playing Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequels. A 42-year-old Maguire might seem young for the part, but Holland’s Spider-Man is only 15 in Homecoming.
THE BEST TV SHOW OF EVERY YEAR SINCE 2000 _ The website Metacritic has compiled an annual list of the year’s most well-received TV show seasons by looking at lots and lots of reviews by critics. These are the best TV shows every year:
- 2000: The Sopranos (Season 2)
- 2001: The Office: UK (Season 1)
- 2002: The Office: UK (Season 2)
- 2003: The Office: UK (Season 3)
- 2004: The Wire (Season 3)
- 2005: Deadwood (Season 2)
- 2006: The Wire (Season 4)
- 2007: Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 6)
- 2008: The Wire (Season 5)
- 2009: Mad Men (Season 3)
- 2010: Mad Men (Season 4)
- 2011: Breaking Bad (Season 4)
- 2012: Breaking Bad (Season 5)
- 2013: Enlightened (Season 2)
- 2014: Game of Thrones (Season 4)
- 2015: Fargo (Season 2)
- 2016: Rectify (Season 4)
- 2017: The Leftovers (Season 3)
Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.
• PHONER: Sneaking food into theaters. → 3 real callers.
• SKIP BAYLESS: Skip Bayless debating himself.
• BARRY MANILOW: ManilowTV.com is real. For $10 a month you get unlimited videos of Manilow performances.
• DROP: You’re not allowed to take off your pants in the middle of the office.
More prep in the Facebook Group.
TOP TEN MOVIES
- War for the Planet of the Apes, $56.5 million
- Spider-Man: Homecoming, $45.2 million
- Despicable Me 3, $18.9 million
- Baby Driver, $8.7 million
- The Big Sick, $7.6 million
- Wonder Woman, $6.8 million
- Wish Upon, $5.5 million
- Cars 3, $3.1 million
- Transformers: The Last Knight, $2.7 million
- The House, $1.7 million
… One year ago this week the number one movie was The Secret Life of Pets.
… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Ice Age: Continental Drift.
… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was Men In Black.
IN THEATERS FRIDAY
• Dunkirk (PG-13) – Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II. Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles
• Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13) – A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen
• Girls Trip (R) – When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kate Walsh
WEEKLY HOT LIST
Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.
- Summer Vacations
- Beyonce’s Twins
- Donald Trump, Jr.
- Game of Thrones
- OJ Simpson’s Parole Hearing
- War for the Planet of the Apes
- Aaron Carter
- Emmy Nominations
- Blac Chyna
- British Open
- Oprah Winfrey
WHAT IS THE DUMBEST MISCONCEPTION THAT YOU HAD AS A KID?
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What dumb misconception did you have as a kid.
• I grew up in northern California where it is very hilly. I thought that the dinosaurs just laid down when they died and the dirt just kinda covered them up.
• That only my family ate ice cream. Then I heard an announcement in the grocery store for a sale on ice cream and realized other people ate it too.
• That a tiny man lived in traffic lights and would switch the colors.
• I was convinced that the moon was following me whenever I rode in a car. Out of all the people on this earth, why is the moon following me? I felt pretty special.
• I thought turn signals were activated automatically. I never saw my parents press a button and this explanation made perfect sense to my childlike mind for some reason.
• I thought I could communicate with the people on TV by putting my mouth on the TV speaker and speaking.
• Those sesame seeds on a bun. I thought if you plant one that it would grow into a cheeseburger.
• I wanted to work at Burger King when I was little because I thought cashiers made all the money in the register.
• I used to think that, on world tours, artists had to learn how to sing their songs fluently in other languages.
• That you’re just given the job you want when you get older.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AIR CONDITIONING!
Today (July 17) marks the 115th birthday of air conditioning. It was developed by 26-year-old Dr. Willis Carrier, a printer in Brooklyn, New York. In the height of the summer they suffered both high temperatures and very high levels of humidity. This caused a problem in not allowing the ink to dry.
• Using his engineering knowledge, Dr. Carrier invented a machine to extract the moisture from the atmosphere, thus allowing the inks to dry.
• As a byproduct it was noticed that the air was being cooled as the humidity was being removed.
• Dr. Willis Carrier soon left the printing industry and started the Carrier Engineering Corporation.
• At first, it was used mainly for keeping machines and equipment cool, but the development of the centrifugal chiller by Carrier in the early 1920s led to comfort cooling for movie theaters and, before long, air conditioning came to department stores, office buildings and railroad cars.
TRIVIA: According to research, people who put bumper stickers on their card have this in common. (A slightly lower IQ.)
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.
• In Colorado, one my not mutilate a rock in a state park. (TRUE)
• Ballerinas in Russia are not allowed to date anyone until they are 30. (LOONEY)
• Butter substitutes are not allowed to be served in Wisconsin state prisons. (TRUE)
• In Spain, if someone asks for lemon for a drink servers are required to slice it at the table. (LOONEY)
• In Vermont, all residents should bathe every Saturday night. (TRUE)
This is day 199 of 2017. There are 166 days remaining.
• Director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, ”Showgirls) is 79
• James Brolin is 77
• Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) is 56
• Wendy Williams is 53
• Vin Diesel is 50
• Kristen Bell (Frozen, Veronica Mars) is 37
• Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) is 35
• Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl) is 32
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1953: 18-year-old Elvis Presley recorded “My Happiness” at the Memphis Recording Service in Tennessee as a gift for his mother.
• 1969: After a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy from Massachusetts drove his car off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond and his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, died.
• 1974: Though doctors at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, had ordered that 54-year-old patient Max Matetich was to undergo “no stress whatsoever,” they decided to tell him anyway when he won the $1-million Olympic Canada lottery. He handled the stress just fine.
• 1976: In Montreal, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci collected the first perfect “10” ever recorded at the Olympic Games. At the ’76 Games, she would get six more perfect scores, three gold medals, and a silver and a bronze.
• 1984: Beverly Lynn Burns became first female Boeing 747 airline captain in the world.
• 1989: The U.S. issued patent #4,849,742 to Blake Warrington of Dublin, California, for his toilet seat alarm system, a device that sounds an alarm whenever a toilet seat is not lowered after the toilet is flushed.
• 1999: While looking for drugs in the trunk of a car in Lawrence, Kansas, police found Joe Staudt’s brain. A high school teacher in Coffeyville, Staudt had kept the brain in a large jar in his science classroom. It had disappeared a year earlier.
• 2003: Basketball star Kobe Bryant was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a Colorado spa; Bryant denied the charge. During the trial, the judge dropped the case when the prosecution said the defendant could no longer participate because her name and medical history had been released by mistake.
• 2013: Detroit filed for bankruptcy to become the largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy at $18.5 billion.
• 2015: In an interview Donald Trump said Senator John McCain wasn’t a war hero. Trump said, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, okay, I hate to tell you.”
• Caviar Day
• Sour Candy Day
• August 3: NFL pre-season begins
• August 26: College football begins
• September 5: Labor Day
• September 7: NFL season begins