INTERPREP ★ SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 20, 2017

This is day 263 of 2017. There are 102 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Sophia Loren is 83

• Author George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones) is 69

• Gary Cole is 61

• Kristen Johnston (3rd Rock From the Sun) is 50

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1891: The first gasoline-powered car debuted in Springfield, Massachusetts.

• 1903: The first western movie, Kit Carson, opened throughout the U.S. It was only 21 minutes long.

• 1946: The first Cannes Film Festival was held.

• 1969: John Lennon left The Beatles.

• 1973: Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in a battle-of-sexes tennis match at the Houston Astrodome in Houston, Texas.

• 1984: The Cosby Show and Who’s The Boss? premiered on NBC and ABC respectively.

• 1992: Brett Favre, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, began his most consecutive starts streak for a quarterback in the NFL.

• 1998: Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles took a day off after playing a record 2,632 consecutive games.

• 2004: CBS News apologized for a “mistake in judgment” in its story questioning President Bush’s National Guard service, saying it could not vouch for the authenticity of documents featured in the report.

• 2010: Leonard Skinner, a gym teacher who was the namesake for Lynyrd Skynyrd, died in Jacksonville, Florida.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• String Cheese Day

• Pepperoni Pizza 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

4.2 billion: Hours Americans sit in traffic delays each year.


NEWS ATTACK!

Both Southern California and Mexico were hit with earthquakes. [That explains why that border wall is going to come with only a 30-day guarantee.]

According to the latest doomsday prophecy, the world ends this Saturday. [So, you’d better hurry if you want to take advantage of that big sale at (local mattress place).]

According to the latest doomsday prophecy, the world ends this Saturday. [“Your four-day forecast: Sunny. Sunny. Sunny. Partly cloudy with a 100% chance of Apocalypse.]

A new study finds that today’s teens mature slower than past generations because they’re pampered by their parents. [For example, colleges complain about late night parking problems when parents show up to tuck in their kids.]

Live Science reports that Colorado leads the U.S. as the state with the cities that exercise the most. [That’s because the people there are always running after their cars that have rolled down a hill.]

Sean Spicer says that he’s absolutely sorry that he lied about the presidential inauguration’s crowd size. [He also apologized for leaving his job at the White House and knocking Melissa McCarthy out of a steady side gig.]

Hackers often create celebrity websites in order to infect new computers. This year’s most dangerous celebrity to visit on the Internet has been determined to be Avril Lavigne. [Of course, Chris Brown remains the most dangerous celebrity to visit in person.]

As predicted, Toys R Us has filed for bankruptcy. [The company also fired its accounting firm PotatoHead & PotatoHead.]

The GOP is making one last push to remove the Affordable Care Act. [But there isn’t much time to be delicate, so there’re going to try to just rip the Band-Aid off.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MAN FINDS WIFE’S ENGAGEMENT RING IN FLOODED HOME _ A Florida man found an important keepsake when he returned to his flooded home for the first time. Michael Brown’s home in Port Arthur was flooded by Hurricane Ira. He searched his home on Saturday in hope of retrieving some of his family’s belongings. When he returned, households items were still floating through the home in waist-high water. He stumbled upon his wife’s engagement ring floating in a jewelry box. Brown said, “My family’s fine, nobody’s hurt. That’s the main thing because I think all this material stuff can be replaced.”

FOOD BLOGGER’S RESPONSE TO ONLINE TROLL GOES VIRAL _  ( AUDIO)  A video posted by an online food personality has recently gone viral thanks to her statement against an internet troll who criticized her gray hair. Rachel Farnsworth is a cookbook author, food blogger, and YouTube creator also known as “The Stay at Home Chef.” On her site and Facebook she posts drool-worthy recipes. In the video, Farnsworth reads the comment aloud: “You look like you’re 70 with your grey hairs. You really should consider dyeing them for TV so you don’t look like such an old hag. Just a suggestion.”

… The 31-year-old zooms in on a few strands of silver hair toward her scalp then explains why she won’t dye it — and it’s pretty much a tear-jerker.

BRIDE BANNED GUESTS FROM BREASTFEEDING AT HER WEDDING _ When you get invited to a wedding, you typically receive some additional information with the invitation — details about hotel blocks, where the couple is registered and so on. What one new mom found tucked in the envelope for an upcoming celebration left her disgusted. The anonymous nursing mom of a 2-year-old and 3-month-old took to the Breastfeeding Mama Talk page on Facebook to share a note from the bride asking moms not to nurse in public during the wedding. The note read: “We have designated an appropriate place for you to feed your baby so you do not have to do so … in front of our family and friends.” The “designated nursing area” was the bathroom.

… The mom, whose husband was actually best man in the wedding, explained that she had previously offered to leave her kids with a friend who was willing to wet-nurse her youngest, because they haven’t yet found a bottle she’ll take. But the mom’s mother-in-law wasn’t okay with the idea of her grandchild wet-nursing, so the mom was torn on what to do with the rude invitation. Ultimately, she ended up leaving both kids with her friend and attending the wedding without them, but people still slammed the bride-to-be.

HILLARY CLINTON SECRETLY BOUGHT PIZZA FROM COMET PING PONG _ Hillary Clinton quietly supported the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria by buying dozens of pizzas after a gunman opened fire at the Washington, D.C. establishment, apparently inspired by the false “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory. Clinton bought pizzas from Comet Ping Pong and sent them to a local after-school literacy program. The purchase came days after 28-year-old Edgar Welch opened fire in the pizzeria on December 4, 2016, after the spread of false claims online that Clinton was part of a child sex ring that was run from the basement of the restaurant. Welch fired an AR-15 into the restaurant but did not injure anyone.

MARATHON RUNNER TAKES A FALL, ROLLS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE _ A runner in a Washington state marathon is being praised for her determination after barrel rolling across the finish line moments after taking a bad fall. Devon Bieling took a bad fall about 12 yards short of the finish line and found she was unable to return to her feet. She tried to crawl but ended up rolling when the sharp terrain hurt her knees. She finished the whole 26.2 miles unassisted, even though she had to roll across the finish line. • VIDEO

GLITCH SENT AMAZON BABY REGISTRY NOTICE TO NON-PARENTS-TO-BE _ Getting an unsuspected gift is usually a nice surprise. But some Amazon customers received a notification that someone had purchased a gift from their baby registry. The only problem? These customers don’t have a baby registry. The apparent Amazon email glitch occurred around (4:30 PM ET) Tuesday when individuals began sharing on Twitter their frustration with receiving an erroneous email from the e-commerce giant. The email declares “A gift is on the way” next to a baby crawling off the page. Recipients can then click on a box that says, “See Your Thank You List.” Clicking on that option originally resulted in an error page.

SHE SPENT $830K TO LOOK LIKE WONDER WOMAN _ A British woman spent big bucks to look like Wonder Woman, or her version of the famous comic book character. 27-year-old Pixee Fox says she has spent about $830,000 and had 200 procedures to replicate Wonder Woman’s look. Sporting balloon-sized breasts and a size 16 waist — she had six ribs removed to achieve that — Pixee claims she didn’t do it for vanity but “for science” because she’s “a pioneer in the cosmetic beauty industry.” • IMAGE

THERE’S PUMPKIN SPICE PIZZA NOW _ The pumpkin spice onslaught has officially gone too far. The latest is pumpkin spice pizza. The creation comes to us from the minds of New Jersey pizza chain Villa Italian Kitchen. The dish starts with dough smothered in pumpkin pie filling, which is then covered in a layer of mozzarella cheese. The seasonal flavor onslaught doesn’t stop there, though. Another layer of pumpkin pie filling gets piled on once it’s out of the oven. A spokesman for Villa Italian Kitchen claims they “landed on the perfect Pumpkin Spice Pizza balance. It’s a magical place where all the deliciousness of pizza meets the flavors of pumpkin spice.”

TEENS INCREASINGLY PUT OFF TRADITIONAL MARKERS OF ADULTHOOD _ A new study (in the journal Child Development) finds that the percentage of adolescents in the United States who have a driver’s license, who have tried alcohol, who date and who work for pay has plummeted since 1976 — with the biggest decreases in the past decade. The declines appeared across racial, geographic and socioeconomic lines and in rural, urban and suburban areas.

… The study found that between 1976 and 1979, 86 percent of high school seniors had gone on a date; between 2010 and 2015, only 63 percent had. During the same period, the portion that had ever earned money from working plunged from 76 percent to 55 percent. And the portion that had tried alcohol plummeted from 93 percent between 1976 and 1979 to 67 percent between 2010 and 2016. Teens have also reported a steady decline in sexual activity in recent decades. The portion of high school students who’d had sex fell from 54 percent in 1991 to 41 percent in 2015.

… Researcher says it’s not that teens are more responsible, or more lazy, or more boring — it’s simply that youths may be less interested in activities such as dating, driving or getting jobs because in today’s society, they no longer need to be. According to an evolutionary-psychology theory that a person’s “life strategy” slows down or speeds up depending on the person’s surroundings, exposure to a “harsh and unpredictable” environment leads to faster development, while a more resource-rich and secure environment has the opposite effect.

WE SPEND NEARLY $50 A WEEK ON WHO KNOWS WHAT _ According to a new survey by Visa, Americans are spending roughly $48 a week on, well, who knows what. We’re spending about $200 a month on miscellaneous stuff that we just don’t keep track of. That’s $2,400 a year.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HUGGING AT WORK: OK OR NOT OK? _ Is it OK to hug at work? You know, hug co-workers or managers or employees? USNews.com breaks it down for us and says, basically, work hugging is a lot like regular life hugging. If the person you want to hug ain’t up for it, don’t do it.

… Definitely do not hug people who you manage or otherwise have power over. By all means, greet them warmly, look happy to see them and take genuine interest when you ask how they’re doing — but don’t hug them.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SKIPS OUT ON RESTAURANT BILL BECAUSE SHE WEARS ADIDAS _ A woman in China refused to pay her restaurant bill and assaulted a waiter. She explained her reason for skipping out on the check by shouting, “I wear Adidas!”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: A FATHER PUT ON A CLOWN MASK TO PUNISH HIS 6-YEAR-OLD _ Late Saturday night a guy near Youngstown, Ohio, put on a clown mask and began chasing his young daughter outside their apartment. It was supposed to be a prank — a way to get the child to behave without resorting to spanking. Instead, the frightened child ran to a female stranger’s car nearby, jumped inside and said she was being chased by a clown. That woman later told police that the man wearing the clown mask pulled the child out of her car. Unsure of what was happening, the woman called 911. In the time it took officers to arrive, the child ran into a stranger’s apartment, declared she was scared and asked whether she could stay there because a clown was chasing her. To scare off clown-dad the stranger shot his gun into the air. When officers responded clown-dad and the stranger were yelling at each other while the girl remained too afraid to come out. Clown-dad was charged with child endangerment and inducing panic.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SHOUTED ‘IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM, EAT THEM’ _ A woman in Ireland, apparently high on something, was found standing in the middle of a road, shouting at passersby and paramedics trying to help her. When a female officer showed up to take control of the situation the woman bit her then yelled, “If you can’t beat them, eat them!” She was taken to jail.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JOGGER WON’T STOP DEFECATING IN NEIGHBORHOOD _ A jogger in Colorado Springs has terrorized a family by taking weekly poops outside their home. The woman has been named “The Mad Pooper” by Cathy Budde, who says her children were the first people to catch the jogger in the act, squatting with her shorts down. Budd says she asked the woman, “Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids? She’s like, ’Yeah, sorry!′” A sign begging her to stop hasn’t helped either. Police say The Mad Pooper has defecated in several parts of the neighborhood — always on the ground.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN HITS WIFE WITH ONION _ A guy in Italy was arrested after he hit his wife in the back of the head with an unusual object. The man, who had been drinking, threw an onion at her during an argument.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAILING DRUGS? HAVE THE RIGHT ADDRESS _ Here’s a tip: When shipping 30 pounds of pot across the country, double-check the address. Police say a Wisconsin man set up a friend’s address as the delivery point, only to see his plan go awry when the sender mixed up two digits. The package, mailed from California, arrived in Wisconsin at an address that does not exist. UPS workers — per company policy — opened the package to look for an identifier or invoice with a correct address and instead found nine bricks of marijuana. Police set up surveillance along the street and spotted a woman twice walking into the driveway and peering down the street. And when a UPS truck drove through the area, a car that had been parked in front of the home began following it. That led the arrest of the guy who was supposed to receive the drugs.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE PULL OVER BATMAN, ER, BATGIRL _ In Texas a guy went out for a little spin. Unfortunately, he forgot to turn on his headlights, which caused the police to pull him over. Even more unfortunately, he had made a poor fashion choice which caused police to be a little suspicious. He was wearing a Batgirl costume. He was also found to be in possession of marijuana.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON FINALE: BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — The winner is revealed in the 2-hour finale.

SEASON FINALE: AMERICA’S GOT TALENT (8p ET, NBC) — The $1 million winning act is revealed in the season finale.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: MASTERCHEF (8p ET, FOX) — In the 2-hour finale, the final three prepare a special three-course meal for the judges with ingredients they choose for themselves.

ARROW (8p ET, CW) — Repeat

BREAKING2 (8p ET, National Geographic) — This special follows three elite runners that tried to complete a marathon in under 2 hours, focusing on their training and lives leading up to the run in Monza, Italy.

SPEECHLESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SUPERNATURAL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — Repeat

SEASON FINALE: SALVATION (10p ET, CBS) — The team works to bring down the fake government.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE GOOD PLACE (10p ET, NBC) — Season 2 begins after the twist ending of last season. With all their memories erased, Eleanor tries to piece things together using a clue she left for herself. Ted Danson and Kristen Bell star..

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (10p ET, ABC) — Repeat


ENTERTAINMENT

BILLY BUSH’S WIFE HAS HAD ENOUGH _ Billy Bush and wife Sydney Davis are getting a divorce, and the infamous “Trump Tape” released last year may have played a significant role in the split. On Tuesday, the New York Post reported that the former Today show host was splitting with his wife after close to 20 yeas of marriage. Bush’s lawyer confirmed the split but did not elaborate on the details other than to say it was not caused by infidelity.

… Others close to the couple confirm that the “Trump Tape” had a significant impact on the couple. In the audio, recorded in 2005 and released in the late stretch of the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump could be heard bragging to Bush about pursuing a married woman and appearing to admit to sexually assaulting women.

WHY OLIVIA MUNN ACTUALLY LOST MONEY ACTING IN OCEAN’S EIGHT _ Olivia Munn has a cameo in the upcoming all-female heist thriller Ocean’s Eight, but the brief role apparently cost her rather than made her money. Munn told Entertainment Weekly that she had to pay up front for her expensive wardrobe for the scene she appeared in, which took place at the annual Met Gala in New York City — and she received no reimbursement. She explained: “It’s a whole scene at the Met Ball and they’re like, ‘Do your own glam.’ I got the dress, all that, and then [submitted] the bills for it because I’m part of [the] movie. But the bills come right back to you. It actually cost me money to be in Ocean’s Eight.”

THERE WILL BE PRO WRESTLING ON A CRUISE SHIP _ Theme cruises are popular. The website Theme Cruise Finder lists more than 500 upcoming cruises, in categories ranging from comedy (there’s a Chris Tucker cruise next week) to History & World Affairs (there are two New York Times cruises coming up) to sports (the Dallas Cowboys Fans Cruise sets sail in February). But there’s been a breakthrough announcement in the world of theme cruises: Chris Jericho is holding a music and pro wrestling cruise, and there will be actual wrestling matches held onboard the ship. The Rock ‘n Wrestling Rager at Sea sets sail in October of 2018.

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN SONGWRITER’S FAMILY SUES _ The family of the guy who wrote Santa Claus Is Coming to Town says they’ve been getting nothing but lumps of coal, when they should’ve been cashing in big on the holiday classic. The tune was written by Haven Gillespie way back in the 1930s. Haven’s been dead since 1975, but his family says it entrusted Memory Lane Music Group to continue collecting royalties. In a new lawsuit, Gillespie’s fam says Memory Lane is supposed to send them checks for 85 percent of all royalties, while the company keeps 15 percent. The family says it met with Memory Lane’s boss in April, and he admitted he’d been very naughty for about the last 2 years. They claim he admitted stealing. According to legal documents the thievery cost Gillespie’s heirs more than $700,000 — and they’re suing to get back the cash.

FOX’s GHOSTED WILL PREMIERE ON TWITTER _ Fox’s new comedy series Ghosted will debut on Twitter days before its scheduled TV premiere. Ghosted is a half-hour comedy starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson as paranormal investigators. It will stream nightly on Twitter at 9 PM ET September 21-24, then make its scheduled broadcast debut October 1. Twitter will also be home to a new nightly pre-show for Fox drama Empire.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS TO STAR IN FUNERAL-HOME SITCOM AT CBS _ Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on to star in a CBS sitcom set at a funeral home. In Quality of Life, Curtis will play the matriarch of a family that’s run a funeral home for generations.

FREEMAN AND JONES BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY AT A RETIREMENT RESORT _ Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones are in a new trailer called Just Getting Started. Freeman stars as Duke Diver, the freewheeling manager of the luxury Palm Springs resort the Villa Capri. Diver may have a mysterious past, but he’s a pro at making sure that life for residents is one big, non-stop party. The status quo is challenged when ex-military charmer Leo — played by Tommy Lee Jones — checks in, triggering a competition between Duke and Leo for the top spot of Alpha male. • VIDEO

THE PURGE PREQUEL IS COMING NEXT YEAR _ The fourth chapter in the Purge film series will be a prequel. The movie will take place on Staten Island and explore the first experimental Purge, including how America got to such a dark place. The Purge: The Island comes out July 4, 2018.

TOP TV SHOWS _ Week of September 11-17.

  1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta, NBC, 20.24 million
  2. NFL Sunday Post-Game, Fox, 13.96 million
  3. America’s Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 11.59 million
  4. America’s Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 11.57 million
  5. NFL Football: New Orleans at Minnesota, ESPN, 11.4 million
  6. Emmy Awards, CBS, 11.38 million
  7. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 10.25 million
  8. NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at Denver, ESPN, 9.95 million
  9. NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati, NFLN, 8.1 million
  10. 60 Minutes, CBS, 6.8 million
  11. The Orville, Fox, 6.63 million
  12. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 6.43 million
  13. Big Brother (Wednesday), CBS, 6.39 million
  14. Football Night in America, Part 3, NBC, 6.18 million
  15. Big Brother (Thursday), CBS, 6.132 million
  16. American Ninja Warrior, NBC, 6.127 million
  17. The Big Bang Theory (Monday), CBS, 5.74 million
  18. NCIS, CBS, 5.23 million
  19. College Football: Clemson at Louisville, ABC, 5.06 million
  20. Mom, CBS, 4.98 million

HERE’S YOUR UPDATED DISNEY MOVIE RELEASE SCHEDULE _ It used to be when you said “Disney Movie Release Schedule” you were talking about just family comedies and animated movies. Now that Disney owns the Star Wars and Marvel universes, an updated Disney movie release schedule has something for everyone. Here’s a just-updated list:

2017:

  • November 3: Thor: Ragnarok
  • November 23: Coco
  • December 15: Star Wars Episode XIII: The Last Jedi

2018:

  • February 16: Black Panther
  • March 9: A Wrinkle in Time
  • April 6: Magic Camp
  • April 20: Dolphins
  • May 4: Avengers: Infinity War
  • May 25: Untitled Han Solo film
  • June 15: The Incredibles 2
  • July 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • August 3: Untitled Christopher Robin film
  • November 2: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • November 21: Ralph Breaks The Internet – Wreck-It Ralph 2
  • December 25: Mary Poppins Returns

2019:

  • March 8: Captain Marvel
  • March 29: Dumbo (live-action)
  • April 12: Untitled Toontown Studios film
  • May 3: Untitled Avengers film
  • May 24: Aladdin (live-action)
  • July 5: Spider-Man: Homecoming 2
  • June 21: Toy Story 4
  • July 19: The Lion King (live-action)
  • August 9: Artemis Fowl
  • November 8: Nicole
  • November 27: Frozen 2
  • December 20: Star Wars Episode IX
  • TBD: Mulan

2020

  • April 3: Untitled Disney live-action film
  • July 7: Untitled Marvel film
  • July 10: Indiana Jones 5
  • November 25: Gigantic

AUDIO

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BITS & BREAKS

MAKE THE GREATEST GRILLED CHEESE EVER _ A grilled cheese sandwich is one of the best sandwiches ever invented. It’s even better than the BLT? Yes, I said it. Are you a grilled cheese master? The book Great Grilled Cheese has some tips for those who need to take the sandwich up a notch:

• Don’t slice your cheese when you can grate it (the bigger the grater, the better). This ensures evenly melted, gooey cheese in every bite.

• Plan on about two ounces of cheese per sandwich. Use your palm to press the grated cheese onto the bread so it doesn’t fall out.

• Be bold with your bread. If you love focaccia or whole-wheat, go for it.

• Flatten sandwiches with a spatula or a heavy pan to ensure oozing cheese and crisp rather than doughy bread.

• Spread room-temperature butter on the bread (on the side you’re grilling, not the inside of the sandwich) before you grill. That way, you’ll get evenly buttered, evenly browned bread with a little crunch.

• Salted butter is best!

• Put a lid on it — Cover the skillet while cooking the first side of the sandwich for maximum cheese melting.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What’s your secret — or secret ingredient — to a great grilled cheese sandwich?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Each year, 120,000 pounds of peanut butter is used to make what? (Girl Scout cookies)

TRIVIA: Women are twice as likely as men to order one of these. (A vegetarian pizza.)


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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 21, 2017

This is day 264 of 2017. There are 101 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Stephen King is 70

• Bill Murray is 67

• Writer-producer Ethan Coen is 60

• Dave Coulier (Full House) is 58

• Nancy Travis (Last Man Standing) is 56

• Rob Morrow (Numb3rs, Northern Exposure) is 55
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• Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) is 52

• Alfonso Ribeiro (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, In the House) is 46

• Luke Wilson is 46

• Nicole Richie is 36

• Maggie Grace (Lost) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1897: The “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” letter was published in the New York Sun.

• 1937: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published.

• 1970: On the first edition of ABC’s Monday Night Football, the Cleveland Browns beat the New York Jets at Cleveland Municipal Stadium 31-21.

• 1981: Sandra Day O’Connor was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female supreme court justice.

• 1989: In Southhampton, England, boxer Tony Wilson was losing to Steve McCarthy when Wilson’s mother climbed into the ring and started stabbing McCarthy with her spike-heeled shoe. When McCarthy left the ring bleeding, Wilson was declared the winner, and angry McCarthy fans beat Wilson up at ringside.

• 1993: NYPD Blue debuted on ABC. Due to “raw” content, almost a fourth of the networks affiliates refused to carry the first episode.

• 2003: A Florida man, who bought a biscuit jar on eBay, found the seller was the New Jersey brother he’d never met. The buyer, adopted as an infant, knew his parents names and knew he had a brother. When he found the seller had his father’s name, the two talked, realized they were brothers, and began corresponding by email.

• 2011: Google’s new social network service, Google+, was released to the general public.

• 2016: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan pledged $3 billion to medical research to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the century.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Day of Peace

• National Teach Ag Day

• World’s Alzheimer’s Day

• Miniature Golf Day

• World Gratitude 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