INTERPREP ★ SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 12, 2017

This is day 255 of 2017. There are 110 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Linda Gray (Dallas) is 77

• Joe Pantoliano (The Sopranos, The Matrix) is 66

• Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood is 65

• Peter Scolari (Newhart, Bosom Buddies) is 62

• Amy Yasbeck (Wings, Life on a Stick) is 55

• Darren E. Burrows (Northern Exposure) is 51

• Louis C.K. is 50

• Will Chase (Nashville) is 47

• Jennifer Hudson is 36

• Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones) is 31

• Emmy Rossum (Shameless) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1609: English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into the river that now bears his name.

• 1953: Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island.

• 1954: Lassie made its TV debut on CBS.

• 2001: President George W. Bush labeled the previous day’s terrorist attacks “acts of war” and asked Congress for $20 billion to rebuild and recover.

• 2003: Country music legend Johnny Cash died at age 71.

• 2005: Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael Brown resigned, three days after losing his onsite command of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

• 2012: Apple unveiled the iPhone 5.

• 2013: The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, completed his last shift as a search and rescue helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force.

• 2013: NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe made history by advancing past the solar system — becoming the first man-made object to reach interstellar space.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Police Woman’s Day

• Video Games Day

• Chocolate Milk Shake Day

UPCOMING

• September 22: First day of fall

• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

59 million: Number of people in the U.S. and Canada who play fantasy sports


NEWS ATTACK!

Someone leaked the big changes to the upcoming iPhone 8. [For example, Apple has dropped the internal combustion engine. The iPhone 8 is completely electric.]

The new Miss America is the first pageant winner from North Dakota. [But experts predict that there will probably continue to be winners from traditionally colder climates thanks to global warming.]

Pope Francis got a black eye thanks to an accident in his Popemobile. [Holy insurance rate hikes!]

An Indiana cornfield has been turned into a portrait of Princess Leia. [Maze maize the Force be with you.]

Japan is aging so rapidly that it’s predicted that by 2020 it will bury 1.43 million citizens annually. [That explains the new line of Honda hearses.]

The National Guard had two of its members get married while on hurricane duty in Florida. [Usually bridesmaids complain about their outfits. This time they were complaining that they were wearing the same outfits as the groomsmen.]

A surfer in Australia survived an attack by an 11-foot great white shark. [Living in Australia is dangerous enough. Why would you want to stand on a thin sheet of fiberglass and float around where sharks like to eat?]

According to the latest WalletHub survey, the happiest state is Minnesota while the unhappiest state is West Virginia. [It’s so bad the West Virginia McDonald’s doesn’t even serve Happy Meals.]

They caught someone throwing stuff over the White House fence. [Sometimes those UPS guys can be so lazy.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

POPE SAYS HUMANITY WILL ‘GO DOWN’ BECAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE _ Pope Francis said the recent number of hurricanes should prompt people to understand that humanity will “go down” if it does not address climate change and history will judge those who deny the science on its causes. Francis spoke as hurricane Irma pounded Florida as it carved through the state with high winds, storm surges and torrential rains that left millions without power, ripped roofs off homes and flooded city streets.

DISNEY WORLD RE-OPENS TODAY _ Hurricane Irma has now made her way through virtually all of Florida and passed by the theme parks of Walt Disney World as they remained closed on Monday — but when will they reopen? Guests have been waiting to hear the news that everything was alright at one of their favorite vacation destinations as pictures of damage popped up on social media. As the day went on, though, the safety assessment was made and Disney has now revealed when its parks are set to open back up.

… Around 3:30PM Monday the official website of Walt Disney World updated their park operating hours and revealed parks would be opening back up today (Tuesday). Not all of the parks are going to open back up today — that’s because some cast members evacuated and Disney is a little short-staffed.

OBVIOUS: WALKABLE AREAS PROMOTE WALKING _ A study says Americans would walk more if they lived in a walkable neighborhood. In the study, nearly one in four people in the Atlanta area are exercise enthusiasts stuck in neighborhoods without sidewalks or other walking amenities. The researchers say people who live in walkable neighborhoods weigh less than people who don’t. Researchers said the findings point to the need for more exercise-friendly places to live.

McDONALD’S DENIES USING TRICK WITH FRIES TO DECEIVE CUSTOMERS _ A couple of people claiming to be past employees of McDonald’s posted accusations online that they were taught to deceive the customers when it came to the number of fries they received. One of the accusers said that out of the many customers he served, only one person called him on it. The so-called past employees posted their claims on Reddit and as with anything else online, word gets around. McDonald’s offered their thoughts on these claims and and the fast food chain isn’t buying it. They believe the claims are “fictional.”

… Reddit user ExperiMENTALbunny posted a blurb about what he was directed to do while working in the past for McDonald’s. He said he was told by his manager to “pinch” the container “just right” when filling it with French fries. He claims this practice made the container look like it had more fries than it actually did. He also said that he never heard a complaint from customers until one man poured his fries out of his bag on the counter and filled the container back up. When he did that the fries only filled half the container. What this past employee did next was to give the customer more fries. This Reddit user finished his story off by saying it has been seven years since this occurred and “I can still see his face.” Apparently, this story prompted another Reddit user to make a similar claim saying that he hated that practice when working at McDonald’s.

REGULAR WEIGH-INS MAY HELP PREVENT COLLEGE WEIGHT GAIN _ No one likes looking at their weight on a scale every day, but that may be just the trick that college students need to ward off the dreaded “Freshman 15”. Researchers (Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania) found that female freshman students lost more weight when they weighed themselves at least once a day, while those who didn’t failed to shed any pounds at all.

… An estimated 70 percent of freshman college students gain weight at school. The average is four to eight pounds.

MEALWORM LARVAE BURGER _ If you’re the kind who likes to taste cutting edge burgers, the kind who’s first in line when a new burger joint place opens in town, or the kind who’s there when the doors open so you can taste the latest version of the Whopper then book your flight now to Switzerland.

… Now being served is the mealworm larvae burger. Inside aren’t just the lovely larvae, but rice, chopped vegetables such as carrots, and spices such as paprika. In their natural habitat mealworm larvae can seem a little on the creepy side. But they’re still protein. And, so some experts believe, they’re a touch healthier than cows.

… What do you call a mealworm burger? Insectiburger? A Bug-ger? Bug Burger?

WORLD CHAMPION SQUIRREL COOK OFF _ An Arkansas resident who thinks the northwest part of the state “is getting to outgrow its britches” has decided to bring things down a notch with the World Champion Squirrel Cook Off this Saturday (September 16). Organizer Joe Wilson of Bentonville, Arkansas, hopes that if the wind is right, all the cookin’ and bakin’ and grillin’ might be within smellin’ distance of a nearby museum of American art. • LINK

… Wilson says he’s just having fun but says the chefs, judges and prize money are all serious. The even draws over 6,000 people each year. Some of the rules:

• Squirrels have to be cooked on site.
• All squirrel meat has to be ground after the start of the competition. “If the meat is not recognizable as squirrel, that team will not be judged or allowed to compete.”
• Eighty percent of the meat in the dish has to be squirrel.

BAD MOM: KIDS FOUND IN PARK BATHROOM AS MOM GETS TATTOO _ A 28-year-old Portland, Oregon, woman was arrested after she allegedly left her 2 young children in the bathroom of a public park while she went to get a tattoo. A family using the bathroom found the children, ages 3 and 8, and called deputies immediately.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: FOR THE LAST TIME: THE FIVE-SECOND RULE IS WRONG _ If you’ve ever had your doubts about the “five-second rule,” a new study (Rutgers) won’t come as much of a surprise. It shows that food dropped on the floor can get pretty germy even if you scoop it up within the proverbial five seconds.

… Researchers dropped four foods (watermelon, gummy candy, bread and buttered bread) onto four different surfaces (steel, ceramic tile, wood and carpet) that had been contaminated with a harmless relative of disease-causing Salmonella bacteria. The food was allowed to remain in contact with the surfaces for one, five, 30 or 300 seconds before being removed and tested to see if it had become contaminated with the germs.

… Steel and tile surfaces tended to transfer more bacteria, while transfer rates from wood were more variable. Watermelon showed the greatest contamination, gummy candy the least.

… Back in 2012 San Diego State University researchers determining bacteria can attach itself to food in less than five seconds.

… And in 2010 scientists at Clemson also found that bacteria was transferred from tabletops and floors to food within five seconds.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN THROWS WINE AT FLIGHT ATTENDANT _ A Korean Air flight attendant said she was doused with wine when she tried to intervene in an argument between two passengers. Police detained a woman after she was accused of throwing a tantrum and throwing the wine. The argument began when the passenger behind her began kicking or hitting her seat.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TICK BROUGHT TO PRESSER TO WARN ABOUT TICK-BORNE DISEASES ESCAPES _ Officials in Japan brought a live tick for a photo opp at a press conference about the dangers of a tick-born disease (thrombocytopenia syndrome) that’s recently infected some citizens there. Problem is, the tick escaped when someone tried picking it up with tweezers. They couldn’t find the tick so the room was sprayed with insecticide.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: TIRED OF GIVING WIFE MONEY, MAN FILES FALSE ROBBERY REPORT _ A man in China falsely reported to police he was robbed on payday so he could avoid handing over his paycheck to his wife.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: RESTAURANT HELPS EMPLOYEE SEEKING LOVE _ A restaurant in China is offering a wedding reception banquet on the house to whoever marries its employee. The 42-year-old eligible bachelorette has worked as a floor manager at the restaurant for a year. She said she hadn’t had much luck in love since her divorce, which is why the restaurant’s owner decided it was time to cook something up to help her find love.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER CHANGED CLOTHES, HIT SAME STORE TWICE IN 20 MINUTES _ Police in New Jersey are looking for a man who shoplifted from a GameStop store twice in 20 minutes. The man entered the store and stole items. He returned 20 minutes later wearing different clothes and swiped more merchandise.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER USES ON CHECK FOR HOLD-UP NOTE _ In California a bank robber wrote a note demanding money from a bank teller. That’s standard practice for bank robbers. What’s not standard practice is the paper on which the robber allegedly wrote his note. He apparently scratched his name off one of his own checks, then used that check to write his bank robbery note. Even though his name was blackened out, FBI agents could still make out his name.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ATTACKER DIDN’T KNOW HIS VICTIM WAS A JUDO EXPERT _ An assailant spotted a blind man at a train station in Germany and thought he would be easy prey. What the attacker did not know was that his victim was a world-class blind judo wrestler. The attacker threatened the blind man, then punched him in the face, at which point the martial artist flipped him and held him down until police arrived.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WEIRD TOE-LICKING ROBBER _ Police in Italy said a man who robbed a woman of her keys and phone then took off her shoes and licked her toes. The woman was not hurt.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PARKING LOT IS NOT A SAFE ZONE FOR SHOPLIFTERS _ A security guard at a department store in New York state followed a woman out of the store who had allegedly shoplifted a pair of pants and asked her to stop. The woman screamed, “It’s too late, I already left the store!” The woman apparently thought shoplifters had to be caught inside the store and was home free if she got through the doors. Not so. Police were called and she was taken to jail.


ON TELEVISION

HAND IN HAND: A BENEFIT FOR HURRICANE RELIEF (8p ET, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and many more) — More than 40 celebs will be participating in this hour long commercial-free telethon to raise money for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Country superstar George Strait will appear in concert from the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas. The telecast will be held in the Universal Studios lot, Times Square and Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. In addition to the TV coverage, the telethon will be live-streaming internationally via Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, AOL, Huffington Post and Yahoo.

… Some of the celebs participating (in alphabetical order): Anthony Anderson, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Connie Britton, George Clooney, Andy Cohen, Stephen Colbert, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Terry Crews, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert De Niro, Drake, Hilary Duff, Jamie Foxx, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Faith Hill, Kate Hudson, Dwayne Johnson, Joe Jonas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Nicole Kidman, Matt Lauer, Jay Leno, Eva Longoria, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Tim McGraw, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, Dennis Quaid, Questlove, Jeremy Renner, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Blake Shelton, David Spade, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan, George Strait, Barbra Streisand, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Chandra Wilson, Oprah Winfrey, Rita Wilson and Reese Witherspoon.

THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (9p ET, NBC) — New. The semi-finals continue.

NCIS (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

BLACKISH (9p ET, ABC) — Two repeats

THE ORVILLE (9P ET, FOX) — Repeat

DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

BULL (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN (10p ET, ABC) — New.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT (10p ET, FX) — New

THE MINDY PROJECT (Hulu) — The 6th and final season begins.


ENTERTAINMENT

NEW ON DVD _ Released September 12.

• The Mummy
• It Comes At Night
• Captain Underpants
• The Big Bang Theory: Season 10
• Orphan Black: Season 5
• Chicago Justice: Season 1
• Chicago PD: Season 4
• Coach: The Complete Series
• Veep: Season 6

PATTY JENKINS WILL DIRECT WONDER WOMAN 2 _  ( AUDIO)  Back in June I told you Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins was working on the Wonder Woman 2 script. And while her return to direct the sequel was almost a certainty, it didn’t become official till just now. After negotiations that have been going on since the summer Patty Jenkins is officially signed to direct. Jenkins signed a high seven-figure deal to both write a direct the movie.

SPIDER-MAN PASSES WONDER WOMAN FOR SUMMER CROWN _ Over the weekend Spider-Man: Homecoming became the summer box office champ after it earned $70.8 million in its first three days in China. This brings its worldwide total to $823 million, or just above the $816 million global haul for Wonder Woman.

HURRICANE IRMA SHUTS DOWN THE WALKING DEAD PRODUCTION _ The Walking Dead halted filming thanks to Irma. The hit AMC show is filmed around Atlanta, which is seeing the remnants of Hurricane Irma through tonight (Tuesday).

HARRISON FORD DIRECTED TRAFFIC DURING NEW YORK TUNNEL BACKUP _ If the acting thing doesn’t work out for Harrison Ford, he might have a bright future as a traffic cop. The film legend star showed off his traffic-directing abilities in New York after a tunnel backup caused his car to be blocked in. And footage of the show-stopping performance has made its way onto the internet. According to TMZ, which published the video, Ford got out of his car on Sunday after a backup in the Midtown tunnel in Manhattan caused it to be caught between two other vehicles. In the video, Ford can be heard yelling “Get out!” and “Go!” at one driver, eventually clearing a path for himself and hopping into his car. The video also captures the reactions of onlookers, who are clearly surprised and delighted by Ford’s impromptu burst of traffic maintenance. • VIDEO

DANIEL DAE KIM TO JOIN HELLBOY REBOOT _ Daniel Dae Kim is in talks to join the Hellboy reboot starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour, who will play the main character.

SOUTH PARK TO TACKLE WHITE NATIONALISTS AND CHARLOTTESVILLE _ South Park released a description and video teaser Monday for the season premiere, which revealed that the episode will touch on the recent flareup of white nationalism in America. There’s a particular nod to this summer’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. What’s not clear is whether the episode will take aim at Donald Trump, whose response to the events in Charlottesville were condemned by many.

GEORGE CLOONEY GETS UP WITH AMAL EVERY THREE HOURS _ Raising twins isn’t easy, but George Clooney and his wife Amal are in it together. The actor-director says he keeps Amal company during those early hour feedings. Clooney says, “I do every three hours [and] if I don’t get up, I feel guilty, you know? My wife is up nursing every three hours so it’s a lot of work, but it’s fun!”

STEPHEN KING’S SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILDREN TO BECOME FILM _ Stephen King‘s 1972 short story Suffer the Little Children will be made into a movie. Suffer the Little Children was first published by Cavalier magazine in 1972, and was then published as part of the collection Nightmares & Dreamscapes in 1993.

… The short story is about a teacher named Emily Sidley who notices the children in her class acting strangely. She realizes that they are not what they seem, and she has to protect the town from something evil.

NEW DETAILS ON IT SEQUEL REVEALED, CHILD ACTORS TO RETURN _ Though an IT sequel won’t be out till 2019, new details have been revealed. The upcoming sequel will have the child actors from the first film coming back, working as flashback scenes for the adult versions of their characters that inform the present day scenes.

… In King’s novel, Mike is the only member of the Losers’ Club to stay behind in Derry, Maine while the rest of his friends move away and live their lives. Mike becomes the librarian and unearths the terrifying history of It and Pennywise by interviewing some of Derry’s oldest residents who recount incidents from years earlier. But in the sequel, Mike will be mentally and physically weakened by the time his friends return to the town because of what he knows.

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM’S NEW TRAILER _ You can be happy, just somewhere else, because Larry David is back and nothing has changed in the first trailer for Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9. In the trailer the fictional Larry returns and is as awkward and anti-social as ever. Season 9 will feature guest stars like Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Jimmy Kimmel, Ed Begley, Jr., Carrie Brownstein, Lauren Graham, Nick Offerman, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins. It returns Sunday, October 1. • VIDEO

CBS PLANS TWO-YEAR STEPHEN COLBERT RETROSPECTIVE _ Fans of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show will get to walk down Memory Lane on September 18, when the CBS late-night program toasts its host’s two years on the air with a retrospective. Colbert started his run on September 8, 2015, taking over the seat from David Letterman.

JIM CARREY’S GAVE A CRAZY INTERVIEW _  ( AUDIO)  Jim Carrey attended Harper’s Bazaar’s Icons Party over the weekend and gave a pretty bizarre interview on the red carpet. He began the interview by circling the interviewer: Then, when asked if he had a date, he called the party “completely meaningless.” He told the interviewer she didn’t exist. To close the interview, he patted the interviewer on the back and said, “We don’t matter. That’s the good news.” • VIDEO

KID ROCK RESPONDS ON FACEBOOK TO CALLS TO CANCEL CONCERTS _ Kid Rock says criticism about his upcoming concerts in Detroit is politically motivated. The Detroit-area native posted an obscenity-laced response Monday on Facebook to a planned protest by the National Action Network’s Detroit chapter. The first of six concerts is scheduled for tonight (Tuesday). The civil rights group last week called for their cancellation because of Kid Rock’s past display of the Confederate flag during performances and his recent criticism of black former NFL player Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem last year. Kid Rock wrote, “None of this would be going on if I were not thinking of running for office.” He has been encouraged to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican.

THE BEST SPACE MOVIES _ I feel like we’ve reached a point in Hollywood history where ranking movies and TV shows is pointless. There are now so many good movies — old and new — than trying to compare them and rank them is like trying to compare two basketball players who played two decades apart. But TheRinger.com didn’t ask me and has ranked the 25 Best Space Movies.

10. Avatar (2009)
9. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
8. Apollo 13 (1995)
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
6. Aliens (1986)
5. The Right Stuff (1983)
4. Star Wars — Return of the Jedi (1983)
3. Alien (1979)
2. Star Wars — The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
1. Star Wars (1977)

FULL LIST


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

IRMA: Guy planned to be dumb during the hurricane.

IRMA: Random guy on the beach might be smarter than everyone else covering Irma.

JIM CARREY: Jim Carrey says bonkers things at fashion week streetside interview.

IRMA: Weather Channel interrupted by guy on beach who says the water is all good.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

8 FOODS YOU SHOULD EAT EVERY DAY

From the Healthy Living Blog

SPINACH — Muscle growth, heart healthy, bone builder, enhances eyesight

YOGURT — Cancer fighter, bone builder, boosts immunity

TOMATOES — Cancer fighter, heart healthy, boosts immunity

CARROTS — Cancer fighter, boosts immunity, enhances eyesight

BLUEBERRIES — Brain stimulant, cancer fighter, heart healthy, boosts immunity

BLACK BEANS — Muscle growth, brain stimulant, heart healthy

WALNUTS — Muscle growth, brain stimulant, cancer fighter, heart healthy, boosts immunity

OATS — Muscle growth, brain stimulant, heart healthy

CURATE A PERSONAL NON-PROFIT DATABASE

If you’re truly a local show you probably have regular guests in the studio to promote food festivals, celebrity cook-offs, charity dinners, live auctions, trivia nights, etc. Welcome them with open arms and be sure you get their contact info.

… Then every few months email your list to remind them that members of your show are available for emceeing their events.

… Also remind them that you’d like to be their first stop when announcing the details of their annual fundraiser. Think of it like a “major concert announcement” but on a local level. They’re on your show first, delivering all the details and sharing what’s new.

(YOUR) SHOW’S FOODS YOU SHOULD ALSO EAT EVERY DAY

Peanut butter. Even better if it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but peanut butter can go with bread, crackers, fruit, veggies…

Round table it and open the phones. What’s the food you eat almost every day?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Every second, some 16 million tons of this is falling to earth. (Rain)

WHO SAID IT?

“There’s something sexy about a gut. Not a 400-pound beer gut, but a little paunch. I love that.”

• Sandra Bullock*

• Jennifer Lawrence

• Sarah Palin

• Kathy Lee Gifford


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Too tired for french fries.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

Just trying to keep warm.

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

This is day 256 of 2017. There are 109 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jacqueline Bisset is 73

• Jean Smart (Designing Women) is 66

• Randy Jones (Village People’s cowboy) is 65

• Dave Mustaine (Megadeth) is 56

• Radio and TV personality Tavis Smiley is 53

• Michael Johnson (Olympic gold medalist in track) is 50

• Louise Lombard (CSI) is 47

• Ben Savage (Boy Meets World) is 37

• Niall Horan (One Direction) is 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1788: The United States Constitutional Convention set the date for the country’s first presidential election, and New York City became the temporary capital of the U.S.

• 1899: Henry Bliss was the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.

• 1948: Margaret Chase Smith was elected senator, and became the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

• 1969: Elvis Presley’s Suspicious Minds reached #1 in the U.S. It was his last #1 song.

• 1985: Nintendo released its smash-hit Super Mario Bros.

• 1993: Conan O’Brien became the host of NBC’s Late Night, the show previously hosted by David Letterman.

• 1996: Tupac Shakur died six days after being shot in Las Vegas.

• 1990: The first episode of Law and Order aired on NBC. The series premier featured Detective Greevey (George Dzundza) and Detective Logan (Chris Noth) and Assistant District Attorneys Robinette (Richard Brooks) and Stone (Michael Moriarity).

• 2001: Civilian aircraft traffic in the U.S., which had been grounded following the September 11, 2001 attacks, was allowed to resume.

• 2003: An Argentinean man was refused treatment for a toothache because his medical records said he’s been dead for more than 20 years. Fifty-two-year-old Rafael Lanizante said the nurse even showed him his death certificate. He said he was so shocked the toothache went away.

• 2006: The world’s most expensive MP3 player went on sale. The TrekStor i.Beat Organix Gold was encased in 18 karat gold with 63 tiny diamond around the LED screen. The price? $20,000. It offered 1GB of storage.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• This must be a relaxing event: The American Massage Therapy Association National Convention begins today (September 13) in Pasadena, California.

• International Chocolate Day

• Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

• National Celiac Awareness Day

• Peanut Day

• Fortune Cookie Day

• Positive Thinking Day

UPCOMING

• September 22: First day of fall

• October 3: Major League Baseball playoffs begin

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter