INTERPREP ★ OCTOBER 9, 2017

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DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 9, 2017

This is day 282 of 2017. There are 83 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Jackson Browne is 69

• Robert Wuhl (Arli$$) is 66

• Sharon Osbourne is 65

• Tony Shalhoub is 64

• Scott Bakula is 63

• Sean Lennon is 42

• Zachery Ty Bryan (Home Improvement) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1888: The Washington Monument officially opened to the general public.

• 1917: Clarence Saunders patented the self-service grocery store. He called his store Piggly Wiggly.

• 1919: Black Sox scandal: The Cincinnati Reds “won” the World Series.

• 1930: Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the U.S., completing a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, New York, to Glendale, California.

• 1946: The first electric blanket was sold in Petersburg, Virginia, for $39.50.

• 1967: Doc Severinson replaced Skitch Henderson as director of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra. The trumpeter was already a member of the band.

• 1973: Elvis and Priscilla Presley were divorced in Santa Monica, California. Priscilla got $1.5-million in cash, $4,200 per month in alimony, plus 5% interest in two publishing companies. The couple left the courthouse arm in arm and kissed before Elvis drove away without her.

• 1983: 86-year-old Helen Moss of Bicester, England, joined the Brownies. She’s the oldest person ever to join the girls’ organization.

• 1986: Joan Rivers debuted her new “The Late Show” on the Fox network.

• 1989: An official news agency in the Soviet Union reported the landing of a UFO in Voronezh.

• 1996: A 5-day exhibit of the world’s largest pair of jeans closed in Beijing. The Lee jeans, made in Kansas, were the height of a 10-story building.

• 2000: Doctors preparing to remove the tonsils of a seven-year old Turkish girl who had suffered throat pain most of her life discovered an inch-and-a-half nail in her esophagus. Doctors believed the girl had swallowed the nail when she was two. They successfully removed both her tonsils and her nail.

• 2004: Democratic elections were held for the first time in Afghanistan.

• 2009: President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

• 2010: Chile’s 33 trapped miners cheered and embraced each other as a drill punched into their underground chamber where they had been stuck for 66 days.

• 2016: The second US Presidential debate took place between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at Washington University, St. Louis.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• International Beer and Pizza Day

• National Chess Day

• Kick Butt Day. Not about cigarettes. It’s about motivation.

• Native American Day

• Fire Prevention Day

• Moldy Cheese Day

UPCOMING

• October 9: Columbus Day

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

12,000: Species of ants.


NEWS ATTACK!

Did you hear that starting in December the Russians had access to all the information on the phone of Chief of Staff John Kelly? [Every time he’d order pizza the Russians would hack in and harass him by changing his toppings.]

Costco is offering a one-year emergency food supply kit for $1,000. [It sounds like a good deal until you realize that you’ll probably go through your entire supply just waiting in the checkout line.]

Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein is being accused by Ashley Judd of sexual harassment. In response, Weinstein says that he will reach out to Judd. [He just doesn’t get it. His “reaching out” for Judd is exactly what the problem is.]

The new Blade Runner movie is out with Harrison Ford. And soon Arnold Schwarzenegger will appear in a new Terminator movie. [That’s sad. These days even millionaires can’t afford to retire.]

Some people in Youngstown, Ohio are upset that a brewery now operates in a former church. [“I baptize thee in the name of the hops, the barley and the holy oats.”]

Some people in Youngstown, Ohio are upset that a brewery now operates in a former church. [But attendance has never been better.]

The Toronto city council voted against naming a sports stadium after former frat boy Mayor Rob Ford. [However, they are thinking about dedicating a holding cell in his honor.]

A high school in Baltimore had to be evacuated due to the fumes from a pumpkin spice air freshener. [The kids panicked because that was the first time that they had ever smelled the odor of a vegetable coming from the cafeteria.]

North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un announced that he had promoted his sister. [She’s now the country’s Executive Assistant in Charge of Frightening Global Civilization.]

Have you seen the new Bladerunner movie about runaway robots? [Alexa ordered my ticket, and Siri sent a self-driving car to take me to the theater.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

MCDONALD’S BOTCHED ITS SZECHUAN SAUCE STUNT _ Over the weekend McDonald’s re-released a limited supply of its Szechuan McNugget sauce. The sauce was launched in 1998 to coincide with the movie Mulan. Recently it made an appearance in the somewhat adult sci-fi cartoon series Rick and Morty. And that’s when a promotion was born.

… But apparently McDoanld’s has never heard of the internet, because once word got out that that szechuan sauce was making a comeback it went viral. Except the fast food chain wasn’t prepared. At one location a thousand people turned up, and 930 of them were turned away. One couple from Canada made a four-hour trek to a McDonald’s only to discover their chosen location didn’t get its shipment.

… One Twitter user summed it up best: “@mcdonalds was gifted a phenomenon of pop culture and squandered it by letting thousands of people walk away empty handed.”

SOME GUY NOTICED SOMETHING ABOUT MONSTER MASH _  ( AUDIO)  On Saturday, Twitter user @Lawrence_Miles realized something really, really shocking about the song Monster Mash. He tweeted: “Guys. I’m here to red-pill you all. You’ve never heard the actual Monster Mash. You’ve just heard a record *about* the Monster Mash.” He also tweeted: “[The artist] Bobby Pickett is a non-monster recalling an occasion when he heard monsters mashing. At best, his recording is only a rough approximation.”

DEVELOPERS CANCEL RACIST DIRTY CHINESE RESTAURANT GAME _ A Canadian game developer has apologetically pulled the plug on a mobile game still in development amid outcry among Asian communities worldwide over its racist portrayals of Chinese. Developer Big-O-Tree (which can also be read as “bigotry”) said it would be halting plans for Dirty Chinese Restaurant, adding its release was “not in anyone’s best interest.” The company’s press release said: “This game was not created with an intentional interest of inflicting harm or malice against Chinese culture.”

LEOPARD CAUGHT AFTER 36 HOURS ON PROWL IN FACTORY _ A leopard on the loose inside India’s largest car factory was caught and tranquilized after a frantic search by 200 police and wildlife officials. The big cat was spotted on security video by guards at the factory. After workers were evacuated from the plant, which makes nearly a million vehicles a year, police kicked off a 36-hour search to catch the animal, even using live goats and raw meat to lure it out of hiding. No one was injured.

PSYCHIC PLEADS GUILTY TO $3.5 MILLION TAX EVASION _ A self-proclaimed psychic who was paid $3.5 million by an elderly Massachusetts woman in exchange for claiming to cleanse her of demons pleaded guilty to trying to avoid paying taxes. For over seven years Sally Ann Johnson provided what she described as healing services for the woman who was more than 70 years old when she first met the spiritual healer. Johnson, who ran businesses including Psychic Match Inc and Flatiron Psychic, admitted in Boston federal court that she tried to impede the administration of tax laws. Johnson faces up to three years in prison. According to court papers, Johnson at various times lived with the unnamed woman on Martha’s Vineyard, a favorite vacation spot for the rich and famous.

NETHERLANDS PAVED A BIKE PATH WITH RECYCLED TOILET PAPER _ We’ve seen some unusual pavement experiments in our time, with roads being infused with everything from cigarette butts to plastic bags. But when it comes to reinventing asphalt, the Netherlands is leaving nothing to waste. The country has undertaken a two-year pilot project to transform used toilet paper into a blacktop-strengthening agent. And it’s already paved a 1-kilometer stretch of bike path, a section of highway, and a parking lot with the TP-mixed asphalt.

… Asphalt is a mixture of stones, sand, and bitumen, which holds everything together. But it’s made stronger when the mixture is combined with a dose of cellulose (plant fibers), which helps the asphalt stick to stones before it fully hardens. Cellulose has the added benefit of wicking water off of roadways when it rains, making them less slippery. Recycled toilet paper is an abundant source of cellulose. The Dutch flush away roughly 180,000 tons of toilet paper each year. Wastewater treatment plants filter out the toilet paper and typically dry it, and burn it. But the geniuses behind the pilot program decided to use a fancy filter system to clean, sterilize, bleach, and dry the toilet paper before using this high-quality fiber to supply the cellulose in asphalt.

MAN HELPS KIDNAPPED GIRL AND GIVES HER HIS $7,000 REWARD _ Earl Melchert did not plan to be home on the afternoon of September 5. He was supposed to be at work managing a fertilizer plant in a town in western Minnesota. He returned briefly because he had forgotten a diesel can that he had wanted to fill on his way home, so he could mow the grass that evening. As he prepared to head back to work he looked out his window and saw something moving in his field about a half-mile away.

… At first he thought it was a deer. What he saw, it turned out, was 15-year-old Jasmine Block, who had disappeared on August 8 from her home about 30 miles from Melchert’s home. He could make out her face and knew it was Jasmine. She had escaped from a nearby abandoned house, where three men who abducted her had kept her for the previous few days. Melchert sheltered Jasmine until police arrived. On Friday, police presented Melchert with a $7,000 reward that had been offered for information leading to Jasmine’s return. Melchert then gave the check to Jasmine and her family.

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS CHECK INTO FORMER HOTEL FOR CLASSES _ While their school is being renovated, some Vermont (Hyde Park) elementary students will get their education in a former hotel. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade at Hyde Park Elementary are being taught in the Plaza Hotel, a former strip mall hotel. Some classes are crammed into hotel rooms with no space for desks. There’s also no playground. But some of the kids say they like having air conditioning and a mini fridge in their classroom.

MONTANA MAYORAL CANDIDATE NEEDS ONLY 1 VOTE _ There’s one person running for mayor of Manhattan, Montana, and he only needs to vote for himself to win. Glen Clements was the only person to apply to be a write-in candidate for the position on the November ballot. Under Montana law, any other write-in votes won’t be counted because he’s the only registered write-in candidate. If he had applied to be a formal candidate, all write-in votes would be counted. The Navy veteran and geological engineer has lived in the town of about 1,500 people for six years. Clements said his neighbors — the city’s secretary and a police officer — told him no one was running and encouraged him to.

CARRY YOUR WIFE OVER A RACE COURSE _ A Virginia couple reaped the rewards of cash and beer in the North American Wife Carrying Championship in Maine. Jake and Kirsten Barney (from Lexington, Virginia) finished first Saturday — Jake was carrying his wife on his back when he trudged through water and jumped over logs. The couple placed second last year. The Barneys won five times Kirsten’s weight in cash, or $630, and 12 cases of beer. They’ll travel to Finland for the World Wife Carrying Championship.

… The event is based on the Finland legend of “Ronkainen the Robber,” whose gang pillaged villages and took the women.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OPOSSUM IN A BOX TEMPORARILY SHUTS DOWN LOS ANGELES ZOO _ The Los Angeles Zoo was temporarily closed Saturday when a bomb squad was called out to investigate a suspicious box and its unlikely content — a live opossum. The box — which was 18 inches by 18 inches by 12 inches — was surrounded by duct tape with air holes. Police reminded anyone who finds an animal in need of a home or rehabilitation to call animal Services or their local shelter, and not leave them at the zoo.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN WITH SMELL ABOUT HER ADMIT TO POT SALES _ In Florida a woman who was upset over a traffic ticket went down to the police station to complain. And it was while she was giving the officer on duty a piece of her mind that he noticed a familiar aroma. When the officer asked her about it she told him, yes, she had some marijuana on her and she had been selling it at the mall.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAT SAVED MAN’S LIFE _ Canadian authorities say a biker’s fat gut saved his life. According to police a hefty biker was going whole hog on a stolen Harley. Police called off the chase when speeds hit nearly 90 miles an hour. Moments later, the big guy wiped out, went flying through the air and bounced on the pavement a couple of times. The suspect suffered only a mild concussion and some road rash. Doctors say the man’s considerable body fat protected him from more serious injuries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GARAGE SALE FAIL _ A Vermont man robbed his neighbor’s home and then decided to sell everything at a garage sale. A three-day garage sale that, obviously, was noticed by the guy whose house was robbed.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: UNDERWEAR WOMAN CHASES CAR THIEF _ A woman in Poland went to let her dog out when she saw a man trying to break into her car. Wearing just a coat and underwear, she chased the thief with her phone in her hand. She called the cops while running and they arrived in minutes and got her car back.


ON TELEVISION

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The blind auditions continue in the 2-hour episode.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — New. Sheldon stresses about picking a wedding date, while Raj and Stuart compete for Bernadette’s new coworker (guest star Swati Kapila).

DANCING WITH THE STARS (8p ET, ABC) — New. The celebs dance to celebrate a special time or experience in their lives.

LUCIFER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Lucifer removes his wings.

SEASON PREMIERE: SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CW) — In the season 3 premiere, Kara focuses her energy on being Supergirl and concentrating on a mysterious new threat.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (8:15p ET, ESPN) — The 1-3 Bears host the 2-2 Minnesota Vikings. The Bears have benched starting QB Mike Glennon in favor of rookie Mitchell Trubisky.

9JKL (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Josh is on a mission to have his first successful one night stand.

KEVIN CAN WAIT (9p ET, CBS) — New. Kevin goes undercover to find out if Sara has a secret boyfriend.

SERIES PREMIERE: VALOR (9p ET, CW) — This new military drama follows U.S. Army helicopter pilots and stars Christina Ochoa as one of her unit’s first female pilots and Matt Barr as the superior officer with whom she shares some dangerous secrets.

ME, MYSELF, & I (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Mid-life Alex struggles to find money to take his daughter on a glamping trip with her friends. Ed Begley, Jr. guest stars.

THE GIFTED (9p ET, FOX) — New. Blink goes into shock after exerting her powers.

SCORPION (10p ET, CBS) — New. Poachers almost kill a pregnant endangered deer, so the team recreates the animal’s womb to try to save it and the baby.

THE GOOD DOCTOR (10p ET, ABC) — New. A patient isn’t being completely honest, which may cost him his chance at a life-saving surgery.

THE BRAVE (10p ET, NBC) — New. Intel points to an international arms deal, so Patricia (Anne Heche) makes a controversial decision that could lead to a big breakthrough.


ENTERTAINMENT

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI TRAILER IS DEBUTING TONIGHT _ For months fans have been watching and rewatching the teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Finally, the official trailer is coming tonight during Monday Night Football on ESPN (Vikings vs. Bears).

… This wouldn’t be the first time a Star Wars trailer has debuted during a Monday Night Football game. On October 19, 2015, the trailer for The Force Awakens premiered during the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles Monday night game.

… Coinciding with the trailer’s release is ticket pre-sales for the highly anticipated movie, which opens on December 15.

90,000 FOOTBALL FANS BELT OUT TOM PETTY HIT _  ( AUDIO)  Less than a week after Tom Petty passed away University of Florida football fans paid tribute to the late singer. What made the tribute so special is that Tom was born in Gainsville, Florida. During a home game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, more than 90,000 college football fans sang I Won’t Back Down after it started playing over the speakers. • VIDEO 1VIDEO 2

NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE TRAILER BRINGS A BIT MORE FUN _ The latest trailer for the upcoming DC Comics superhero movie Justice League hit web and social media sites Sunday morning. The new trailer reveals what appears to be an apocalyptic invasion of Earth by an army of flying, winged humanoids. The new trailer also includes the return of Superman — portrayed for the third time by British actor Henry Cavill — after the iconic DC Comics character was seemingly killed off in last year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. • VIDEO

BLADE RUNNER SEQUEL DISAPPOINTS AT THE BOX OFFICE _ While Blade Runner 2049 opened at No. 1 at the weekend box office with an estimated $31.5 million, the total was almost $20 million less than expected. Research shows Blade Runner 2049 failed to pull in moviegoers beyond fans of the 1982 original. The Kate Winslet-Idris Elba adventure romance The Mountain Between Us debuted in second with $10.1 million.

J.J. ABRAMS DIVES INTO THE WORLD OF STEPHEN KING FOR HULU _ Hulu has unveiled the first Castle Rock trailer from the series executive produced by J.J. Abrams and set in the fictional location that has been the setting of many Stephen King stories. The trailer doesn’t really tell us what the series will be about just yet, but it does tease plenty of Stephen King characters and Easter eggs that will be present.

… There’s only a single line of dialogue: “You have no idea what’s happening here, do you?” We get a series of mysterious images, including a funeral procession, a lethal injection, a sinking vehicle with a sticker that says Shawshank Department of Corrections, a dog that looks exactly like Cujo, another dog digging up a body, a piano that’s fallen through the floor of a rundown house, and more. • VIDEO

HARVEY WEINSTEIN FORCED OUT OF HIS OWN COMPANY _ Harvey Weinstein has been fired from the independent film company he co-founded and catapulted to Oscar glory. He was taken down by a mushrooming sexual harassment scandal. The Weinstein Company’s board of directors voted to remove Weinstein from the studio, leaving control of the company in the hands of Weinstein’s brother, Bob, and the company’s chief operating officer.

… Weinstein was rocked by a devastating New York Times report documenting decades of legal settlements stemming from sexual harassment allegations leveled by former employees and associates, as well as accusations of improper sexual advances from actress Ashley Judd. The allegations extend back to Weinstein’s days running Miramax.

JOHN KRASINSKI IS JACK RYAN _ Amazon debuted first trailer for its upcoming series Jack Ryan over the weekend. It gives a longer sneak peek at John Krasinski as a CIA analyst-turned-spy who would rather be known as a man with a “boring” job. The show is a contemporary take on the character from Tom Clancy’s book as a CIA operative using the books as source material. The series is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2018. • VIDEO

… Jack Ryan was previously portrayed by Alec Baldwin in 1990’s The Hunt for Red October, Harrison Ford in 1992’s Patriot Games and 1994’s Clear and Present Danger, Ben Affleck in 2002’s The Sum of All Fears, and Chris Pine in 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the Pro Audio page.

TOM PETTY: University of Florida fans sing Tom Petty’s I Wont Back Down. →  October 9 Entertainment

MONSTER MASH: A twitter user noticed something about the song. →  October 9 News & Nuggets

DROP: Man yells, “Wake up, wake up, wake up… outta your sleep!”

PHONER: What’s your car’s name?  →  4 real callers


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BITS & BREAKS

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Blade Runner 2049, $31.5 million
  2. The Mountain Between, $10.1 million
  3. It, $9.6 million
  4. My Little Pony: The Movie, $8.8. million
  5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle, $8.1 million
  6. American Made, $8 million
  7. The LEGO Ninjago Movie, $6.7 million
  8. Victoria and Abdul, $4.1 million
  9. Flatliners, $3.8 million
  10. Battle of the Sexes, $2.4 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was The Girl on the Train.

… Five years ago this week the number one movie was Taken 2.

… Ten year ago this week the number one movie was The Game Plan.

… Twenty year ago this week the number one movie was Kiss the Girls.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

The Foreigner (R) – A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities. Jackie Chan

Happy Death Day (PG-13) – A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity. Jessica Rothe

Marshall (PG-13) – About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases. Chadwick Boseman, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, James Cromwell

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (R) –  The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Connie Britton

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. Hurricane Nate
  2. Jason Aldean on SNL
  3. NFL
  4. Columbus Day
  5. College Football
  6. Ralphie May
  7. Halloween
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Nelly
  10. Baseball Playoffs
  11. Tom Petty
  12. Harvey Weinstein
  13. Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  14. Pumpkin Spice
  15. Blade Runner
  16. Netflix
  17. Miley Cyrus
  18. North Korea
  19. John Legend
  20. Aaron Carter

WEIRD THINGS PEOPLE HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT AT RESTAURANTS

• When I worked at T.G.I. Friday’s there was a salad called the Dragon Mandarin Orange. One day a lady and her husband ordered it. When it arrived at their table, she picked at the salad with her fork before demanding to see our manager. She complained that she’s allergic to anything acidic and didn’t want orange in her salad. The manager pointed out that it’s called a Mandarin Orange Salad.

• A customer complained — after their meal was completely finished — that they shouldn’t have to pay for their meal because “it didn’t taste like the picture.”

• I worked at a pizza place that was a sit down restaurant, but also did orders for pick-up and delivery. One night our delivery orders were hopping but our dining room was slow. Most people in the restaurant understood why it would take just as much time for their food to come out on slow nights as on busy nights — we were cranking out lots of pizzas for pick-up and delivery. But one customer actually said, “Do you mean to tell me, that you people are cooking delivery orders before you cook the restaurant orders?” Even after I explained that we cook pizzas in the order in which they are received he felt dine-in customers’ pizzas should be made first.

• At a Mexican restaurant woman ordered a burger with cheese and went bonkers when she noticed we used shredded cheese instead of a cheese slice. We tried to explain that we’re a Mexican restaurant and the type of cheese we have on hand is shredded, but she thought it was “insane”.

• A guy ordered an item which was described on the menu as a chilled potato soup. When the soup arrived the customer took one spoonful and dramatically pushed the bowl away while proclaiming, “The soup is COLD.” His wife asked him if he read the description of the soup. He claimed he did but that he expected it to actually be hot.

• When I was managing a restaurant in an airport a couple of parents asked why we wouldn’t serve their son a margarita. We explained that he didn’t have ID and that everyone was required to show ID. The parents said their son was 21 and that should be good enough. The family was waiting for a connecting flight so the manager asked the parents, “If your son doesn’t have ID how did he get on the plane?” They ordered him a soda.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you are or were in the restaurant business, what’s the strangest complaint you got?


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: It is estimated that two percent of women will do this in the first five years of marriage. (Lose their wedding ring)

TRIVIA: What do the following states have in common: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. (They are  the only states to border a Great Lake.)

ONE OF US IS LYING!

• Because of a lack of money, some regions of China encourage tourists to use their chewing gum to patch parts of the Great Wall. (LIE)

• In 2006 four people died while eating Ritz crackers. (Three of the deaths were attributed to allergic reactions to peanuts; the fourth was a 16-year-old in Missouri who choked to death when his friends dared him to eat 15 crackers at once.)

• The next four Avatar movies will cost a combined $1 billion to make. (The next two movies in the series began filming in September.)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Daredevil back-flips motorcycle between two barges.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

I feel cheated by my jelly donut.


source: facebook

DATEBOOK: OCTOBER 10, 2017

This is day 283 of 2017. There are 82 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Peter Coyote is 76

• Charles Dance (Game of Thrones) is 71

• David Lee Roth (Van Halen) is 63

• Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live) is 58

• Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) is 58

• Brett Favre is 48

• Mario Lopez (The X Factor, Saved by the Bell) is 44

• Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 43

• Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1886: The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park, New York.

• 1892: Earle Dickson was born. He invented Band-Aids for his wife, who had frequent kitchen accidents, cutting or burning herself. He worked as a buyer for Johnson & Johnson, who soon began manufacturing Band-Aids.

• 1979: Wayne Gretzky played his first National Hockey League game and scored the first of his NHL-record 1,962 assists for the visiting Edmonton Oilers against the Chicago Blackhawks.

• 2002: The House voted 296-133 to give President George W. Bush broad authority to use military force against Iraq. The Senate followed suit the next day.

• 2004: Actor Christopher Reeve, who became a quadriplegic after a May 1995 horse riding accident, died at age 52.

• 2006: Google announced it was buying YouTube for $1.65 billion in a stock deal.

• 2007: Three teens suspected of burglarizing vehicles in Madison, Wisconsin, were arrested after they attempted to elude a police car. After officers spotted the car and gave chase the driver turned right, apparently in an attempt to avoid being caught. Unfortunately he turned into a police station parking lot.

• 2013: Astronaut Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the earth on Mercury 7, died of complications from a stroke at the age of 88.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Newspaper Carrier Day

• Face Your Fears Day

• World Homeless Day

• World Mental Health Day

• Angel Food Cake Day

• Sausage Pizza Day

UPCOMING

• October 31: Halloween (Tuesday)

• November 5: Daylight Saving Time ends

• November 23: Thanksgiving (Thursday)

• December 21: First day of winter