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This is day 235 of 2017. There are 130 days remaining.
• Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeanie) is 86
• Richard Sanders (Les Nessman on WKRP in Cincinnati) is 77
• David Robb (Downton Abbey) is 70
• Shelley Long is 68
• Rick Springfield is 68
• Jay Mohr is 47
• Scott Caan (Hawaii Five-0) is 41
• Joanna Froggatt (Downton Abbey) is 37
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1784: Eastern Tennessee declared itself an independent state under the name of Franklin. The step was rejected by the United States Congress one year later.
• 1904: The automobile tire chain was patented.
• 1958: Knighty Knight Bugs was released; it became the first Bugs Bunny cartoon to win an Academy Award.
• 1968: Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles.
• 1991: In Lansing, Michigan, 250 gerbils chewed their way out of shipping boxes and scampered though the airport.
• 1999: Berlin once again became the capital of Germany.
• 2000: Richard Hatch was the winning castaway on the TV show “Survivor.” Hatch won $1 million for his stay on the island of Pulau Tida in the South China Sea.
• 2003: A 47-year-old German man lost his driver’s license after failing to perform any of the required actions on an alcohol test. The test was noteworthy because the man’s dog executed all the commands perfectly, including a 360-degree turn as his master staggered and fell.
• 2007: A step-by-step guide to building a body like President Vladimir Putin’s was made available to readers of a Russian newspaper.
• 2010: Heavy winds knocked down the Anne Frank tree in Amsterdam.
• 2012: Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, announced he would not contest the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency charges of doping, a result of which would include being stripped of all of his Tour de France victories.
• The astrological zodiac sign Virgo begins today, through September 22.
• International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition • LINK
• Cuban Sandwich Day
• Spongecake Day
• August 22-23: North American Manure Expo
• August 26: College football begins
• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards
• September 4: Labor Day
• September 7: NFL season begins
1,100: Shopping malls in the U.S. That number is expected to drop below 1,000 by 2020.
Police in Massachusetts arrested a father and daughter, both members of the famed Kennedy family, for refusing to turn down the loud music coming from their home. [Arrested for disturbing the peace — they just don’t make Kennedy scandals like they used to.]
In India a factory that makes laundry detergent is polluting a nearby river, and the local dogs that play in the water are coming out with their fur dyed blue. [But with nice, soft, fluffy fleas and ticks.]
Trump supporters aren’t happy he reversed his campaign promise on Afghanistan. [Some say his change is the result of listening to his generals. Others say it’s the result of staring into the sun.]
A huge bar fight broke out in Canada resulting in a bride and groom being arrested on their wedding night. [But what do you expect when a Mayweather marries a MacGregor?]
A man in Vermont set a new world record for the running the fastest 100K while barefoot. [He said that he wouldn’t have been able to do it without the undying support of his wife Wilma and his daughter Pebbles.]
According to the latest statistics, one of the best states for gender equality is Nevada. [Because casinos don’t care whose money they take.]
A Catholic priest has taken a leave of absence after revealing his past as a member of the KKK. [The KKK and the priesthood? This guy really has a thing for loose flowing garments.]
George and Amal Clooney are donating $1 million to fight hate groups. [That includes the neo-Nazis, the KKK and groups of women still angry about George no longer being on the market.]
A South Carolina couple that welcomed their baby girl Monday named her Eclipse. [It’s a cute name, but of course there will always be haters throwing shade.]
The Powerball jackpot is at $700 million. [That’s going to buy some fortunate person a lot of lottery tickets.]
POWERBALL HITS $700 MILLION _ Tonight’s (Wednesday) Powerball jackpot has reached $700 million. • LINK
MILLENNIALS ARE HAPPIER AT WORK THAN GEN X-ERS _ Millennials, famous for their job-hopping and love of avocado toast, are the happiest generation of workers, according to a new survey (from Robert Half). The research found that just 8% of 18- to 34-year-olds consider themselves to be unhappy at work, less than half the number from the 35 to 49 bracket and those over 55. Sixteen percent of those in the 35-to-49 bracket considered themselves to be unhappy, while 17% in the over-55 category did. Broadly speaking, the survey found that workers tend to get more jaded as their careers progress, which could have a negative impact on the companies they work for.
… Factors contributing to declining happiness in the workplace include the pressure of taking on more senior roles within a company, a lack of creative freedom, and struggling to strike a healthy work-life balance, the study showed.
FREIGHT TRAIN DELAYS AREN’T ENDANGERING SUPPLIES OF PRINGLES _ There’s no need to worry yet, but it’s possible that service problems with a railroad might endanger Pringles and McDonald’s French fries. The problem is that when trains don’t run when they’re supposed to, or when trips take too long, coal piles up in mining areas, chickens run out of food, and potato chip factories run out of cooking oil. That’s what’s happening to some customers of freight railroad CSX. The Wall Street Journal, reporting about the logistics delays, uses Kellogg and McDonald’s as potato-related examples of what the freight congestion is doing. Kellogg, now the owner of the Pringles brand, has to wait too long for cooking oil shipments to arrive, meaning that it would have to stop Pringles production. The company temporarily solved the issue by shipping some oil in by truck.
… McDonald’s, meanwhile, normally ships frozen fries into Nashville by train, and those shipments have also been delayed. Like Kellogg, it’s been sending fries in by truck so Nashville doesn’t run out.
… What is causing these logistical problems? There’s a new president and CEO at CSX. He was able to turn around two other freight railroad companies and he’s out to do the same at CSX, closing down freight yards, running trains on a tighter schedule, and not running excess equipment.
WE CAN RECOGNIZE RELATIVES’ SMELLS _ A study (Wayne State University) found that close relatives can recognize each others’ smell, but they don’t like it. Volunteers slept in new T-shirts for three nights and washed with odorless soap, and were then asked to pick out which T-shirts belonged to relatives. All the children recognized their father’s smell but had a strong aversion to it, while mothers especially disliked their children’s smell.
PEOPLE ARE PAYING $80K FOR ‘FAMILY ARCHITECTS’ TO FIX THEIR KIDS _ A new report in New York Magazine investigates a company that sends “family architects” into homes to help parents with their misbehaving children. The company, Cognitive Builders, sets up Nest Cams throughout the house to monitor interactions 24/7. It’s helicopter parenting at a whole new level.
… The “family architects” observe family dynamics around-the-clock which allow them to watch and listen to every interaction that occurs in the home between parents and children. When someone needs to be corrected, or something goes wrong, they can intervene with texts to parents or speak directly through the cameras. The footage is gathered to compile reports each day about what they’ve seen and what rules should be implemented moving forward.
… One family said they paid about $125 an hour over four months, adding up to a total of $80,000. One mother of four children said she spent about $70,000 over a five-week period.
… This may sound over the top — OK, it does sound over the top — but research on affluence suggests children coming up in wealthy households have “comparable levels of delinquency” to lower-income households, but more instances of cheating and stealing from their parents and peers. So your net worth alone won’t guarantee obedient and well-mannered children. Hiring these “family architects” for a few weeks may prevent your kids from turning out to be spoiled brats and stop you from spoiling them or turning into their blood servant.
DUTCH BUILD WORLD’S BIGGEST BIKE PARKING LOT _ The city of Utrecht, the Netherlands opened on Monday what it said would be the world’s largest parking garage for bikes with room for 12,500 once completed next year. The move by authorities in the city of 344,000 people aims to prevent a sprawling clutter of bicycles outside its main train station.
TACO BELL LAUNCHING TACO THAT USES A FRIED EGG AS ITS SHELL _ Taco Bell is rolling out a breakfast taco in the U.S. that uses a fried egg as the shell. The Naked Egg Taco will launch nationwide on August 31. The new taco sticks potatoes, bacon or sausage, and cheese inside a fried egg shell, and will cost $1.99. For customers who find a fried egg shell to be too unorthodox, Taco Bell is also offering a “dressed” version, wrapped in a flatbread.
EVEN A LITTLE EXERCISE MAKES A DIFFERENCE _ A new study shows that even low levels of weekly exercise — below currently recommended levels — has major health benefits. For optimum health, adults are currently recommended to engage in 30 minutes of moderately strenuous exercise at least five days of the week. But in the study, 30 minutes of brisk walking three days per week was enough to drive down blood pressure and improve overall fitness in a group of healthy sedentary adults.
MEASURE YOUR PARTNER’S EARS _ If you are worried about jealousy ruining your love life, here’s the latest scientific advice: try measuring your partner’s ears — or feet. Researchers have found that asymmetrical people are more likely to be jealous in love than those who are symmetrical. Scientists have long shown that people whose faces and bodies are the same on both sides are considered more attractive and have an easier time attracting mates.
BLACK BEAR PUNCHED IN THE NOSE AFTER BREAKING INTO HOME _ A mom in British Columbia, Canada, was home with her two sons around 5:30 Sunday evening when they saw a large bear enter the residence through a sliding glass door. The adult male bear, estimated to weigh between 220 and 250 pounds, walked through most of the rooms in the house and drooled all over the dining room table. Mom hid in a bedroom with her two sons as a family friend banged on pots to get the bear partially out of the house, but it wasn’t until the friend punched the bear in the nose and slammed the door on it that it actually retreated outside. Once the door was shut the bear began pawing at it. Officers came and managed to shoo the bear away but it returned and tried to open the garage door of the home and then chased a man down the street. After talking with conservation officers, Mounties put the bear down.
REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: NORTH KOREA HAS THEIR VERSION OF NETFLIX _ Although North Korea is often regarded as one of the least connected countries in the world, those who do have access to the state-run version of the internet will have a few more things to watch — and a few more things to distract their kids with. The country has just announced a new streaming service via a set-top box called “Manbang” (which translates to “everywhere”). The service is being compared to Netflix, with a strong emphasis on “documentary films about leadership”. Along with those no-doubt thrilling docufilms, any North Koreans who manage to connect to the internet can also get live streaming access to five TV networks, including North Korea’s state broadcast.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TRUMP ECSTASY PILLS SEIZED IN GERMANY _ About 5,000 carrot-colored ecstasy tablets in the shape of Donald Trump’s head have been seized by German police. Police say the pills and a large amount of cash were found during a search of the vehicle and that the drugs have a sales value of nearly $47,000. One side of the tablets shows Trump’s face and exuberant hairstyle while Trump is written on the reverse.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BRIDE AND GROOM ARRESTED AFTER BRAWL _ A Canadian bride and groom started married life in handcuffs. The couple — she in a gown, he in a tuxedo — were arrested Saturday night after a post-wedding brawl broke out at a bar (in downtown Edmonton). A bystander says it was like a scene from the Wild Wild West. He said, “They’re getting drinks … a big fight happens … then security’s got this one guy in a headlock and they tumble down the stairs. … The bride is just like following behind, just swinging.” Security got the brawl settled outside while about 100 people in the bar looked on. With the bride pinned against the wall by bouncers, the groom was led away in another direction. Another witness took a photo of the bride standing in her white wedding gown with her hands cuffed behind her. • IMAGE
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HIDES 5.7M PILLS IN SHEEP INTESTINES _ In Dubai a man has found himself in a legal mess after allegedly trying to smuggling 5.7 million amphetamine pills into the country hidden inside sheep intestines. Authorities say the man hid the pills in intestines packed into drums heading into Dubai’s massive shipping port.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ARGUMENT OVER FOOD LED TO MAN SHOOTING SON _ A New Hampshire 71-year-old is facing multiple charges because he shot his 45-year-old son, who landed in the hospital. The father told police that the two were in the kitchen and arguing about food.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FIGHT OVER ‘SHARED GIRLFRIEND’ ENDS IN STABBING _ San Antonio police say a fight over a woman led to a man attacking another with a knife. The argument occurred over what the men said is a “shared girlfriend.”
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK WOMAN TAKES OUT HEADSTONES _ A German woman on her way to pay respects to a dead relative plowed across the cemetery drunk in her car, smashing up headstones and tombs before she ground to a halt in someone’s grave.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOY CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH A SAUSAGE _ A British boy appeared in court charged with assault for throwing a sausage at a senior citizen.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ROBS BANK WITH POTATO PEELER _ In Germany a man walked into a bank and demanded cash. The teller refused, perhaps because of the weapons he used to threaten him with: a water pistol and a potato peeler. After a brief standoff, the would-be robber left empty handed. He was arrested five minutes later as he wandered down a nearby street still wearing his ski mask.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — New. On the results show, 7 acts move on to the semifinals.
THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MASTER CHEF (8p ET, FOX) — New. In this 2-hour edition, the Top 11 must cook a bag of live crawfish carefully in order to extract the most meat possible. Then, the Top 10 face a chicken-and-potato team challenge.
ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
SALVATION (9p ET, CBS) — New. Grace’s life is threatened by a deadly assassin.
MARLON (9p ET, NBC) — New. Marlon struggles with his daughter bringing home a boy for the first time. Another new episode follows.
MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat
SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
THE FARTHEST: VOYAGER IN SPACE (9p ET, PBS) — This new documentary charts the many successes of NASA’s Voyager program to survey the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — Repeat
CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat
MODERN FAMILY (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat
THE GOLDBERGS (10:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat
MARK WAHLBERG TOPS FORBES LIST OF HIGHEST-PAID ACTORS _ Mark Wahlberg claimed the top spot on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid actors in 2017. According to the list, Wahlberg earned $68 million between summer of 2016 and summer of this year thanks to paychecks for films that include Transformers: The Last Knight and the upcoming Daddy’s Home 2. Wahlberg received a massive pay day for the most recent Transformers film. His earnings in 2017 edged out Dwayne Johnson, who earned $65 million, as well as Johnson’s Fast and the Furious co-star Vin Diesel, who earned $54.5 million in 2017. Comedian Adam Sandler followed the trio of action stars, earning $50.5 million, largely due to his lucrative film deal with Netflix.
… Actors featured in Marvel’s cinematic universe dominated the list, including Avengers stars Robert Downy Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. The rest of the list included industry veterans Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Matt Damon.
DON MOST FROM HAPPY DAYS TO GUEST STAR ON BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL _ Actor and singer Don Most has confirmed he will guest star on The Bold and the Beautiful later this week. He wrote on social media: “I am having so much fun doing so many things. Mark your calendars for Aug. 25 and 28. Shout out to the magnetic Patrika Darbo. This lady shines as bright as her emmy.” The 64-year-old Happy Days icon also linked to a TV Insider story that says Most will play Pete, a handyman who interacts with Darbo’s Shirley Spectra on the CBS soap.
CLOONEYS GIVE $1M TO FIGHT DOMESTIC EXTREMISTS _ George and Amal Clooney’s Clooney Foundation for Justice has given a $1 million grant to the Southern Poverty Law Center to combat hate groups in the US. The Clooneys said in a statement: “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.” The SPLC is a nonprofit that tracks domestic hate groups and extremists.
WONDER WOMAN SOARS PAST SPIDER-MAN _ Wonder Woman’s North American box office haul has moved just beyond $404 million. The superhero movie has now made more in North America than 2002’s Spider-Man ($403.7 million), meaning it is the seventh-biggest comic book movie ever and the biggest non-sequel comic book/superhero movie of all time. Even adjusted for inflation, it’s only behind Spider-Man, Superman: The Movie and Batman.
JERRY SEINFELD’S FIRST NETFLIX COMEDY SPECIAL DEBUTS NEXT MONTH _ Jerry Seinfeld’s first special is coming to Netflix on September 19. Jerry Before Seinfeld will combine his stand-up comedy performance along with a personal retrospective of his life and career. The special is the start of a lot of Seinfeld content that is coming to Netflix. The streaming service announced in January that his Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee series is getting 24 new episodes that are exclusive to Netflix, and the previous episodes of his show that originally shown on the Crackle service are coming, too. The series is expected to appear on Netflix later this year.
MORGAN FREEMAN TO RECEIVE SAG LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD _ Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has been chosen as the recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award. Freeman — who’s 80 — will be presented with the honor at the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS January 21.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT UNLEASHES TERROR POST-ELECTION NIGHT _ The next installment of the American Horror Story anthology series will focus on a family who gets terrorized in the aftermath of the election night. There are two groups of people. One that despairs over Clinton’s loss and the other who cheers on Trump’s victory. Sarah Paulson’s character is among those who are distressed over Trump’s imminent presidency. Meanwhile, Evan Peters’ character is the opposite. He is wildly happy when the real estate mogul is announced as the winner of the U.S. election. • VIDEO
THE JOKER ORIGIN MOVIE IN THE WORKS _ An origin movie about DC Comics villain The Joker is in the works. The story will take place in early-’80s Gotham City and will launch the character with a different, possibly younger actor than Jared Leto, who reintroduced the villain in last year’s Suicide Squad.
BILL PULLMAN JOINS DICK CHENEY MOVIE _ Bill Pullman will step down as leader of the free world from Independence Day to play Vice President Rockefeller in a film about Dick Cheney. Christian Bale is set to play Cheney. Rockefeller served under President Gerald Ford from 1974 to 1977, and previously as the 49th Governor of New York.
GWYNETH PALTROW SPOTTED IN LATEST AVENGERS 4 SET PHOTOS _ Production continues on the upcoming Avengers 4 and set photos reveal that Gwyneth Paltrow will return in the role of Pepper Potts. Avengers 4 will arrive one year after Avengers: Infinity War and will cap off Marvel Studios’ “Phase Three”. Infinity War comes out next May with the fourth Avengers movie coming May 2019.
TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of August 14-20.
- America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 13.44 million
- America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 10.89 million
- Game of Thrones, HBO, 10.24 million
- 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.80 million
- Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 6.48 million
- Big Brother (Sunday), CBS, 6.33 million
- Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.28 million
- American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 5.90 million
- The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 5.88 million
- CMA Fest, ABC, 5.740 million
- NCIS, CBS, 5.737 million
- NCIS: New Orleans, CBS, 5.33 million
- Marlon, NBC, 5.20 million
- Bachelor in Paradise, ABC, 5.102 million
- Hollywood Game Night, NBC, 5.098 million
- Big Brother (Friday), CBS, 5.06 million
- Celebrity Family Feud, ABC, 4.96 million
- Bull, CBS, 4.89 million
- The Wall, NBC, 4.87 million
- Saturday Night Live Weekend Update in Primetime, NBC, 4.86 million
Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.
• DROP: My IQ is one of the highest… and you all know it.
• DROP: This is indeed a special event broadcast.
• DROPS: Back to school clips package: 2017 update
More prep in the Facebook Group.
Today (Wednesday) begins the astrological sign Virgo.
• Strengths: Loyal, analytical, kind, hardworking, practical
• Weaknesses: Shyness, worry, overly critical of self and others, all work and no play
• Virgo likes: Animals, healthy food, books, nature, cleanliness
• Virgo dislikes: Rudeness, asking for help, taking center stage
• Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac. Their methodical approach to life ensures that nothing is left to chance, and although they are often tender, their heart might be closed for the outer world. This is a sign often misunderstood, not because they lack the ability to express, but because they won’t accept their feelings as valid, true, or even relevant when opposed to reason. The symbolism behind the name speaks well of their nature, born with a feeling they are experiencing everything for the first time.
BELOIT COLLEGE MINDSET LIST
Beloit College in Wisconsin has released its annual Mindset List for this year’s entering class of first-year students, the class of 2021. Students heading into their first year of college this year are mostly 18 and were born in 1999.
• They are the first generation for whom a “phone” has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph, and research library.
• eHarmony has always offered an algorithm for happiness.
• Peanuts comic strips have always been repeats.
• They have largely grown up in a floppy-less world.
• There have always been emojis to cheer us up.
• It is doubtful that they have ever used or heard the high-pitched whine of a dial-up modem.
• Zappos has always meant shoes on the Internet.
• Amazon has always been around.
• They have always been searching for Pokemon.
• The seat of Germany’s government has always been back in Berlin.
• By the time they entered school, laptops were outselling desktops.
• Whatever the subject, there’s always been a blog for it.
• Justin Timberlake has always been a solo act.
• The Mars Polar Lander has always been lost.
• Bill Clinton has always been Hillary Clinton’s aging husband.
YOUR MOTHER IS NOW PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES…
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What changes could we expect if your mother became President of the United States?
Fun question on reddit. A few of the responses.
• The White House chefs will be asked to create early bird dinner specials.
• All White House televisions will be permanently set to HGTV.
• Every American will get a birthday card with a $5 bill.
• At the end of each day running the country, the Secret Service needs to walk around the White House checking to make sure every door and window is locked. Afterwards the President will walk around the White House to make sure every door and window is locked.
• I am now known as “secretary of fixing the internet”.
• Always be prepared for the president to barge into your room without knocking.
• Everyone is being overfed and then given Tupperwares full of leftovers.
• Every citizen in the US must now go to bed at a reasonable hour.
• Every host of every morning show and judge program on TV will immediately be given the presidential medal of honor for their wonderful contributions.
• The military is now disbanded. Any disagreement between countries will be resolved by sitting all members down at the kitchen table and making them say three nice things about each other.
• The dog now gets the Lincoln Bedroom all to himself.
• Take off your shoes before you enter the White House!
• Those who leave splatter in the microwave will be executed.
• She doesn’t use Twitter, so there’s that…
DO YOU HATE THE SAME FOOD YOUR STATE HATES?
Hater is a dating app which can potentially help you find “the one” based on the things you hate. Hater used the data from hundreds of thousands of users in the US and extracted the most-hated foods from every state to make a hate-filled map. (Click for larger image.)
TRIVIA: Today in 1904 Hard D. Weed of New York patented what safety device for cars? (The snow tire chain)
Two ways to play this. 1) You send your co-host out of the room and feed the following line to a listener. They fill in the blank. Bring your co-host back into the room; if they can match the word inserted by the listener, the listener wins. 2) Someone in the studio reads the phrase but you bleep out the word used to fill in the blank. The first listener who can guess what was bleeped out wins.
Tony certainly is a creative employee. When his boss at the grocery store asked him to find something to plug the leaky employee rest room water heater, he went out into the store and brought back a (blank).
Damn you, science!
• 1947: EDDY ARNOLD’s number one hit I’ll Hold You In My Heart (Till I Can Hold You In My Arms) charted for the first time.
• 1969: JOHNNY CASH’s A Boy Named Sue peaked at #2 on the pop chart and topped the country chart.
• 1993: GARTH BROOKS’ album In Pieces was released. Hits included Ain’t Goin’ Down (Till The Sun Comes Up), One Night A Day and Callin’ Baton Rouge.
• 1997: KENNY CHESNEY topped the Billboard Country Singles Chart with She’s Got It All.
• 2003: The ALAN JACKSON-JIMMY BUFFETT duet It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere was spending its fourth straight week at the top of the Billboard Country chart.
• 2004: JIMMY BUFFETT’s License To Chill album, with guest appearances by KENNY CHESNEY, MARTINA MCBRIDE, ALAN JACKSON and CLINT BLACK, was certified platinum.
• 2010: BLAKE SHELTON sat in as guest co-host of NBC’s Today show.
• 2011: DIERKS BENTLEY topped the country charts for the eighth time with Am I The Only One.
• 2012: TAYLOR SWIFT’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together set a record for the best first-week sales of a digital single by a female performer (623,000 downloads). The previous record was held by Lady GaGa, whose hit Born This Way sold 448,000 copies digitally.
REX ALLEN JR. (I’m Gettin Good At Missing You, Lonely Street, Two Less Lonely People) is 70.
Former TRICK PONY member Ira Dean is 48.
Find these audio files on the Country Audio page.
• CHRIS YOUNG and the funniest pickup line he has ever heard.
• MARTINA MCBRIDE on her Joy of Christmas tour.
• OLD DOMINION’s Trevor Rosen and Matthew Ramsey talk songwriting.
COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
The 11th Annual ACM Honors event is tonight (Wednesday) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Honoring off camera winners from this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, the night will include performances by GEORGE STRAIT, KELSEA BALLERINI, ALAN JACKSON, VINCE GILL, HILLARY SCOTT, BRAD PAISLEY and CHRIS STAPLETON. The show will be recorded for a television broadcast at a later time.
Could a full blown stadium tour be in FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s future? If you believe the numbers from their three ballpark shows, that tour could come sooner rather than later. FGL had more than 115,000 fans (combined) taking in their shows in Chicago, Minneapolis and Boston.
LINDSAY ELL’s debut album, The Project, enters the Top Country Albums chart at the top position.
MICKEY GILLEY is on the mend after a stem cell transplant. The singer, who has battled numerous health issues the last few years, says if all goes well he could be playing golf in six weeks or so.
CARLY PEARCE will release her debut album, Every Little Thing, October 13. The title track is already climbing the charts. Carly will be touring with BRETT YOUNG this fall in support of the project.
LUKE BRYAN’s new single, Light It Up is out today (Wednesday) and will presumably come from a new album. This is his first new single since November of last year when Fast, which became his sixth number one from the Kill The Lights album, was released.
This is day 236 of 2017. There are 129 days remaining.
• WWE CEO Vince McMahon is 72
• Ann Archer is 70
• Mike Huckabee is 62. He’s the former governor of Arkansas. His daughter is Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House Press Secretary.
• Steve Guttenberg is 59
• Baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. is 57
• Craig Kilborn is 55
• Marlee Matlin is 52
• David Gregory (Meet the Press) is 47
• Dave Chappelle is 44
• Carmine Giovinazzo (CSI: New York) is 44
• Alex O’Loughlin (Hawaii Five-0) is 41
• Rupert Grint (Harry Potter movies) is 29
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 79: Mount Vesuvius erupted. The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae were buried in volcanic ash.
• 1814: British troops invaded Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings.
• 1853: Potato chips were first prepared.
• 1875: Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim English Channel
• 1891: Thomas Edison patented the motion picture camera.
• 1909: Workers started pouring concrete for the Panama Canal.
• 1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the United States non-stop, from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey.
• 1979: The Facts of Life premiered on NBC, a spin-off from Diff’rent Strokes.
• 1981: Mark David Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for murdering John Lennon.
• 1992: Thieves armed with a frozen rabbit smashed through the glass doors of a pub in Devon, England. They left the rabbit thawing on the bar.
• 2007: In Smyrna, Tennessee, Matthew Robinson had been a very busy thief, stealing DVD players, iPods, a couple of air compressors, a power washer, power tools, a scooter, leaf blower, fishing equipment, a Nintendo game and a Bible from seven residences. And he had all this loot in his pickup truck when he pulled into a fast food restaurant parking lot and fell asleep. The manager thought something might be amiss and called police.
• 2008: Three men are arrested in Denver for in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate United States presidential candidate Barack Obama.
• 2011: Apple CEO Steve Jobs resigned over poor health issues.
• Knife Day
• Pluto Demoted Day. August 24, 2006 424 astronomers voted to demote Pluto from planet status. They determined that Pluto is instead a dwarf planet.
• Waffle Iron Day
• Peach Pie Day
• August 22-23: North American Manure Expo
• August 26: College football begins
• August 27: MTV Video Music Awards
• September 4: Labor Day
• September 7: NFL season begins