INTERPREP ★ FEBRUARY 8, 2018

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 8, 2018

This is day 39 of 2018. There are 326 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Composer-conductor John Williams is 86

• Ted Koppel is 78

• Nick Nolte (The Prince of Tides) is 77

• Comedian Robert Klein is 76

• Mary Steenburgen (Elf, Parenthood) is 65

• Author John Grisham is 63

• Vince Neil (Motley Crue) is 57

• Seth Green (Austin Powers) is 44

• Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live) is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1692: A doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony suggested that two girls in the family of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment, leading to the Salem witch trials.

• 1910: The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated by William D. Boyce.

• 1922: President Warren G. Harding introduced the first radio in the White House.

• 1998: In the first female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beat Sweden 6-0.

• 2007: Model-actress Anna Nicole Smith was found unresponsive at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time later. Her death was ruled an accidental drug overdose of a sedative.

• 2012: Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas sold for over $17 million at Christie’s in London.

• 2016: Mexico’s president announced the recapture of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Potato Lover’s Day

• Boy Scout Day

• Kite Flying Day (In the middle of winter?)

• Girls & Women in Sports Day

• Opera Day

UPCOMING

• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 13: Galeinetine’s Day – a day for “ladies celebrating ladies”
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 18: Daytona 500
• February 19: President’s Day
• March 4: Academy Awards
• March 8: Winter Paralympics begin
• March 8: International Women’s Day
• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 11: NCAA basketball “Selection Sunday”
• March 13: March Madness begins
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 30: Passover and Good Friday
• April 1: Easter
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

3.6 billion: Number of people who use the Internet.


NEWS ATTACK!

A former Alaska Airlines pilot has agreed to plead guilty to operating a commercial jet while under the influence. He’ll get a year in jail. [The food should be about the same.]

Donald Trump wants to stage a military parade in D.C. [Then he wants to officially make D.C stand for Donald and Company.]

Fortunately, no one was hurt on that high-speed Amtrak train in Maryland that suddenly uncoupled. [Investigators want to know if it accidentally uncoupled or consciously uncoupled.]

A flat-Earther in California tried to launch himself in a homemade rocket but it failed to ignite. [C’mon, dude. It ain’t rocket science. No wait, it is.]

Mr. Rogers is getting his own stamp. [You need to explain to millennials who Mr. Rogers is. Then you have to explain what stamps are.]

The creators of Game of Thrones have been chosen to create the next Star Wars trilogy. [In their version, Chewbacca will be able to fly and spit fire.]

Paris was hit with its largest snowfall in many years. [First responders were busy all day rescuing people who got stuck after French kissing a light pole.]

A billionaire doctor in LA is buying a publishing empire. [Well, that’s one way that he can make sure that he finally has some current reading material in his waiting room.]

A Southwest Airlines plane slid sideways trying to take off in Baltimore. [As a result, the airline has issued a strict new policy that requires the plane to be safely in the air before co-pilots can tell pilots any jokes.]

Harley-Davidson is recalling 175,000 bikes due to break failure. [I’ve got to remember to warn Grandma.]


OLYMPICS

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NORWEGIAN OLYMPIC TEAM ACCIDENTALLY ORDERED 15,000 EGGS _ A Google Translate error resulted in Norway’s Olympic Team receiving 15,000 eggs. Norway’s Olympic Team chefs were compiling a grocery list for its Olympic athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. Due to the language barrier, the chefs used Google Translate to help them order from a Korean grocery store. But when truckloads full of eggs showed up at Norway’s camp shortly after the transaction, the chefs quickly realized there was an error in their translation through Google. Rather than ordering 1,500 eggs, the chefs ordered 15,000 — that’s equivalent to 1,250 cartons of 12. Fortunately, the chefs were able to return the 13,500 extra eggs they received.

MIKE PENCE TO LEAD U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM AT OPENING CEREMONY _ It’s time for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and Mike Pence will represent the United States at the opening ceremonies. Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will serve as the American representative from the administration for the closing ceremonies.

WINTER OLYMPICS BY THE NUMBERS

• $13 Billion: Estimated cost of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, four times less than the record-setting 2014 Sochi Games.

• $19.6 Million: Was spent on cybersecurity and X-ray screening for the PyeongChang Games.

• $4,683: Average price of a week-long trip to PyeongChang for the Olympics.

• 242: Athletes on the U.S. team — a record for any country in the Winter Olympics.

• 2 mascots for the PyeongChang Games: Soohorang the white tiger and Bandabi the black bear.


NEWS & NUGGETS

IT’S BASICALLY A HOLIDAY IN PHILADELPHIA _ Today (Thursday) is party day in Philadelphia. The city and much of the state will be celebrating their Super Bowl Champions, the Eagles. The main event — a parade — will begin at 11 AM ET. The players, staff, and families will travel the route that concludes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

… This is, of course, Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl parade, though it is not the city’s first championship. The last time a Philly team won was in 2008, when the Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays to win the World Series.

… Weather forecasters say the sun will be flickering in the sky throughout the day, but that will mask the frigid February air, with temperatures hovering in the low 30s and a steady breeze making it feel like it is 10 degrees colder.

McDONALD’S IS GIVING AWAY AN 18K GOLD BLING MAC RING _  ( AUDIO)  Valentine’s Day: the day you’re going to see about 100 proposals on your social media feeds. Want to be the one to switch it up? Propose with a 18K gold ring created by McDonald’s with jeweler Nadine Gohsn, called the Bling Mac. This thing is valued at $12,500 and they are giving it away for free. Yes, it is a legit diamond-encrusted burger. To win, McDonald’s wants you to write vows to Big Macs on Twitter and to tag McDonald’s with #BlingMacContest. Gotta be creative. • VIDEO

WE’RE GETTING 157 NEW EMOJI _ The list of new emoji for 2018 has been finalized. According to Emojipedia, the 157 emoji expected to be included in update 11.0 include hot and cold faces, a kangaroo, curly hair, partying face, woozy face, and redheads. Redheaded emoji have been rumored to be in the works for at least a year now. • LIST

… Of the new people emoji, the most detailed are the new superheroes and supervillains.

… The most significant new group of emoji is hobbies, including knitting, lacrosse, frisbee, compass, and skateboard. We also get a chess piece, a puzzle piece, a detailed receipt, and a toolbox.

FOOTBALL RECRUIT PICKS FLORIDA; MOM WALKS OUT _ Pensacola wide receiver Jacob Copeland had narrowed down his school to three options for Wednesday’s National Signing Day: Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. He picked the Gators. His mom, wearing a Vols hat and Tide sweater, picked up her handbag and left. • VIDEO

… Copeland’s mom later returned and gave him a hug.

WOULD YOU EAT THIS DANGEROUSLY SPICY ICE CREAM? _ Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Aldwych Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor in Glasgow, Scotland, has rolled out a beautiful pink ice cream. But the flavor isn’t cherry or raspberry: It’s a secret mix of hot chilies. The ice cream — called Devil’s Breath — includes the Carolina Reaper pepper, with a Scoville level of 1,569,300 SHU. If that number means nothing to you, just know that the Carolina Reaper pepper is 500 times hotter than Tabasco, and more than a hundred times hotter than a jalapeño. Until recently, it was the hottest known pepper in the world.

… The ice cream is so spicy that the cafe requires customers to be over 18 and sign a waiver that frees the establishment from any responsibility for “personal injury, illness, and possible loss of life.”

COUPLE INUNDATED WITH MYSTERY PACKAGES WANTS IT TO STOP _ A Massachusetts couple says it was fun at first when they started receiving free mystery packages from Amazon that they hadn’t ordered. Now they think it’s annoying and want it to stop. Mike and Kelly Gallivan say the first package arrived in October. They have continued to arrive at a rate of one or two a week.

… The packages contain mostly cheap stuff such as plastic fans and phone chargers. The Gallivans say Amazon told them the merchandise was paid for with a gift card with no sender’s name. Two experts say the Gallivans are likely unwittingly being used in a ruse to manipulate Amazon buyer reviews. The anonymous sender is likely writing glowing reviews of their own product.

ASTEROID TO PASS BETWEEN EARTH AND MOON ON FRIDAY _ On Tuesday a small asteroid zoomed by our planet. Asteroid 2018 CC was estimated to be between 50 and 100 feet wide and was only detected by scientists on Sunday. Yikes.

… A second asteroid — also detected Sunday — will swing between Earth and the moon Friday afternoon (5:30 PM ET). It has an estimated size of between 50 and 130 feet. It will pass just 39,000 miles from Earth. For reference, the moon is 239,000 miles from Earth.

NEW HAMPSHIRE DEBATES SEAT BELT BILL _ Automobile safety fact: New Hampshire is the only U.S. state without a seat belt law. While current state law requires those under 18 to wear seat belts, New Hampshire is the only state that doesn’t make adults buckle up. Lawmakers have repeatedly rejected joining other states, but Rep. Mary Jane Mulligan is trying again this year with a new a bill. At a public hearing this week opponents argued that a mandatory seat belt law would infringe on their personal freedoms.

THE SLOW-COOKER FIRE ON ‘THIS IS US’ IS ACTUALLY UNLIKELY _ Thanks to a character’s death-by-Crockpot on NBC’s This Is Us, Consumer Reports is setting the record straight on appliance fires. The non-profit consumer protection organization examined the data on appliance fires from the Federal Emergency Management Agency covering the four-year period from 2012 through 2015 (the most recent data available). In that time there were 103 fires caused by slow cookers, resulting in two injuries and no fatalities.

… But the slow cooker stats pale in comparison to the main cause of kitchen fires: ranges. In the same timeframe, ranges were the cause of 63,784 fires, which resulted in 3,834 injuries and claimed 199 lives.

… And when it comes to countertop appliances, slow cookers were responsible for fewer fires than other culprits:

• Microwaves: 3,084
• Toasters and toaster ovens: 1,416
• Coffee makers: 256

… The slow cooker on This Is Us was an older model and the character who gave it to Jack said, “You gotta fiddle with the switch but it works.” It also was left plugged in when the family went to bed. To make matters worse, the battery in the smoke detector hadn’t been replaced recently. Consumer Reports says, “We recommend unplugging your small appliances after every use.”

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE RELAXING SOUNDS OF AN ARCTIC ICEBREAKER _ Everything is on the Internet. Need latex gloves delivered to your doorstep by noon tomorrow? Internet. Need a 14-hour marathon of The Golden Girls? Internet. Need to hire someone to visit your cheating boyfriend’s apartment and hit him in the face with a whipped cream pie? Internet. Need 10 hours of sounds of a Norwegian icebreaker idling in the frozen Arctic? Yep, Internet. • VIDEO


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER GIVES PLENTY OF CLUES TO HIS ID _ In California a guy held up a bank. He fled the scene and then abandoned his getaway car a few miles down the road. Which might have been a good idea except for a couple of things. First, he robbed the bank wearing his work clothes — a hard hat and vest, both of which were emblazoned with the name of the electric company he worked for. Second, he left those clothes, along with his photo ID from his employer, inside the car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NON-PREGNANT PREGNANT WOMAN GETS ESCORTED TO HOSPITAL _ When police in Maine pulled over a car for a simple taillight violation, the driver told the officer his wife was in labor and he was taking her to the hospital. The officer gave him the benefit of the doubt and let him go — but insisted on escorting the couple. The man drove to the hospital, but by then the officer’s license check came back: the car was stolen. The driver was arrested. The woman in the car with him was not pregnant.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MUSICAL GREETING CARD FRIGHTENS MAN _ In Jamaica a man was answering nature’s call at an outdoor latrine. Sitting there, he thought he heard some music. The man became frightened, jumped up, and went to tell his neighbors that there was something going on with the latrine. Police came and using flashlights and a stick they found one of those greeting cards with a musical chip playing a song over and over again. It turned out that card was part of a large stack of mail that was supposed to have been delivered to nearby residents, but had been thrown in the muck instead.


ON TELEVISION

2018 WINTER OLYMPICS (8p ET, NBC) — Prime-time network coverage begins from Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the figure skating begins with the men’s and pairs’ short program. Plus, the qualifying-round in freestyle skiing features the men’s and women’s moguls.

BIG BROTHER CELEBRITY EDITION (8p ET, CBS) — New.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New. April is in charge of the new Grey Sloan Surgical Innovation Contest.

SEASON FINALE: THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM (8p ET, FOX) — New.The Final Four face their last battle and the winner is named.

SUPERNATURAL (8p ET, CW) — New. Lucifer is negotiating an unlikely deal with a local faith healer named Sister Jo.

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — New. Mellie’s plans to name Jake the new chief of staff pushes Olivia to make sure that doesn’t happen.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (9p ET, CBS) — Repeat

ARROW (9p ET, CW) — New. Cayden James discovers a secret about the Green Arrow.

PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS (9p ET, Lifetime) — New. Betty Boop challenges the designers to create young, chic Hollywood looks. Designer Rebecca Minkoff is the guest judge.

TOP CHEF (9p ET, Bravo) — New. The Quickfire is set at the iconic Stanley Hotel, the site that inspired Stephen King’s book The Shining.

NASHVILLE (9p ET, CMT) — New.

YOUNG SHELDON (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. Damaging details about a key witness are exposed in the case to help Laurel.

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — Repeat

LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Paramount Network) — New. Figure skating’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir compete.


ENTERTAINMENT

DEADPOOL HAS A TRAILER _ The second Deadpool movie comes out in May and a new, full-length trailer full of the usual Deadpool attitude — and feisty language — hit the Internet Wednesday. • VIDEO

TO PULL OFF HELICOPTER STUNTS, TOM CRUISE LEARNED TO FLY _ Tom Cruise never shies away from a scary stunt. In the new Mission: Impossible – Fallout trailer fans saw Cruise in a number of impressive action shots, including flying a helicopter while it’s crashing. On Wednesday, Cruise shared a video breaking down the helicopter stunt for fans. The biggest thing we learn: Cruise learned to fly a helicopter and is the only guy behind the stick in the trailer where we see the craft make some pretty remarkable moves. • VIDEO

… In the last Mission: Impossible film — Rogue Nation — Cruise’s character is seen hanging off the side of a military transport plane as it takes off — a stunt her performed himself.

MARK BURNETT PRODUCING ‘OLYMPICS FOR ENTERTAINMENT’ _ CBS will air a new talent competition series called The World’s Best from executive producer Mark Burnett. CBS says performers from “every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet” will be judged by 50 of the “world’s most accomplished experts from every field of entertainment.”

… Burnett says, “The time has come to take talent competition shows to the next level and bring in judges from around the world to decide on the ultimate winner. It’s like the Olympics for entertainment, but you don’t have to wait every two years.”

DISNEY WORKING ON LIVE-ACTION ‘KIM POSSIBLE’ MOVIE _ Disney Channel has begun casting for a live-action, Kim Possible movie. An animated Kim Possible series debuted in 2002, ran for 87 episodes and spawned two movies — 2003’s Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time and 2005’s Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama. Kim Possible is about a high-school student who saves the world from evil villains when she isn’t in class or at cheerleader practice.

LOGAN PAUL ARRESTED THE INTRUDER HE FOUND IN HIS HOUSE _ Los Angeles police on Wednesday confirmed that YouTuber Logan Paul executed a citizen’s arrest after someone broke into his multimillion-dollar estate. Twenty-year-old Tahj Deondre Speight was arrested Tuesday after Paul found and detained the intruder in the living room of his estate around 10 PM. Speight, who reportedly entered through an unlocked front door, was charging his cell phone when he was discovered. He was charged with trespassing. Paul, who only just recently returned to YouTube after a three-week hiatus, often features his seven-bedroom house, which includes a pool and koi pond, in his popular vlogs.

LOGAN PAUL TASERING DEAD RATS LEADS TO MORE SOCIAL MEDIA BACKLASH _ Logan Paul seems to once more be sparking a backlash on social media, this time over a video posted on February 5 to YouTube. In the new video from the vlogger, not only does he pull a fish out of his pond which seems to be struggling to breathe and poking it, but he also tasers two dead rats that are on his balcony.

… It did not take long for viewers who saw the new video to take to social media to call out Paul for his behavior, pointing out that it does not seem as if he has learned anything after the backlash he faced for posting the video featuring the Japanese man who had apparently committed suicide.

JOHN CENA PLAYS MANY FAMILY MEMBERS IN AD FOR KIDS CHOICE AWARDS _ Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live in John Cena’s household? Well, now you can find out. Cena stars in a new Nickelodeon commercial titled Keeping Up With the Cenas. In the video, the WWE legend announces over a family breakfast that he is hosting the Kids’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row. Everyone, from the grandparents to the baby, look eerily similar to Cena. The Kids’ Choice Awards are March 24. • VIDEO

SPICE GIRLS REUNION TOUR SET FOR UK AND U.S. _ The Spice Girls are getting back together for a reunion tour that will take them to the U.S. TMZ reports Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie C met last week with their former manager, Simon Fuller. Sources connected to the women say the meeting was for “rough planning” and the goal is a world tour that will kick off in late summer.

… Our sources say the plan now is for the group to hit the stage in England first and then head over to the U.S. There is NO plan for a Vegas residency and no plan to record new music.

MAGNUM P.I. REBOOT FOR CBS _ A reboot of Magnum P.I. could be coming to CBS. A pilot episode is being written. The original series, which ran from 1980 to 1988, starred Tom Selleck and centered on the laid-back former Navy SEAL as he runs a PI firm out of the guest house of a gorgeous Hawaiian beachfront estate owned by the reclusive author Robin Masters.

OPRAH WINFREY OFFICIALLY SHOOTS DOWN PRESIDENTIAL RUMORS _ One month after her impassioned Golden Globes speech that had fans speculating whether she would run for president, Oprah Winfrey has made it clear that being the commander in chief is not in her future. During a special live-taping of her podcast SuperSoul Sunday, Winfrey was chatting with Lin-Manuel Miranda when she confirmed for the first time that she has no plans of running for office. After Miranda stated that he is not going into politics, Winfrey replied: “I’m not either.”

GISELE BÜNDCHEN CLARIFIES SUPER BOWL REMARKS: ”NO ONE LET ANYONE WIN” _ Gisele Bündchen isn’t about to let anyone misconstrue her words. On the heels of her comments after her husband Tom Brady’s Super Bowl 52 loss, the supermodel is clarifying the remarks she made to console her distraught children on Sunday. Outlets ran with the story that model claimed that she told her children the New England Patriots “let” the Philadelphia Eagles win. And now Gisele wants to make it crystal clear that she thinks no such thing. On Wednesday, Gisele tweeted, “Just to be clear. No one ‘let’ anyone win. People win because of their own merit. Tired of people twisting my words to create drama that doesn’t exist.”


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

BLING MAC: McDonald’s is giving away a Bling Mac for Valentine’s Day.

DROPS: Winter Olympics clips package.

STOLEN HOUSE: A Houston couple’s small vacation home was stolen.

VALENTINE’S DAY: A huge Valentine’s Day drops package.


INTERPREP PROSHARE

More prep in the Facebook Group.


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT THE COLORS OF ROSES MEAN

Getting her roses for Valentine’s Day? Here’s what the colors mean.

• Red – Love, Respect

• Pink – Perfect Happiness, Grace and Joy, Please Believe Me

• Dark Pink – Thankfulness

• Yellow – Joy, Friendship

• White – Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You’re Heavenly

• Peach – Modesty

• Orange – Fascination

• Lavender – Enchantment

• Red and White together – Unity

• Rosebud, Red – Pure and Lovely

• Rosebud, White – Girlhood

• Single Rose in Full Bloom – I Love You

• Bouquet in Full Bloom – Gratitude

• 12 Roses – Gratitude

• 25 Roses – Congratulations

• 50 Roses – Unconditional Love

TIPS FOR DEALING WITH A REALLY LOUSY DAY

We all have really lousy days from time to time. From Happiness-Project.com, some tips for dealing with a really lousy day.

• Resist the urge to “treat” yourself. Often, the things we choose as “treats” aren’t good for us. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt, loss of control, and other negative consequences just deepen the lousiness of the day.

• Do something nice for someone else. “Do good, feel good” — this really works.

• Seek inner peace through outer order. Soothe yourself by tackling a messy closet, an untidy desk, or crowded countertops. The sense of tangible progress, control, and orderliness will lighten your mood.

• Tell yourself, “Well, at least I…” Get some things accomplished. Yes, you had a horrible day, but at least you went to the gym, or played with your kids, or walked the dog, or read a magazine.

• Exercise is an extremely effective mood booster — but be careful of exercise that allows you to ruminate. For example, if you go for a walk when you’re upset about something, you can end up feeling worse because the walk provides you with uninterrupted time in which to dwell obsessively on your troubles.

• Stay in contact. When you’re having a lousy day, it’s tempting to retreat into isolation. Studies show, though, that contact with other people boosts mood. So try to see or talk to people, especially people you’re close to.

• It’s a cliché, but things really will look brighter in the morning. Go to bed early and start the next day anew. Also, sleep deprivation puts a drag on mood in the best of circumstances, so a little extra sleep will do you good.

• Remind yourself of your other identities. If you feel like a loser at work, send out a blast email to engage with college friends. If you think members of the PTA are mad at you, don’t miss the spinning class where everyone knows and likes you.

• Keep perspective. Ask yourself: “Will this matter in a month? In a year?”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Eighty-four percent of women say they’d never date a guy who does what? (Picks his nose)

TRIVIA: Experts in the restaurant industry say there are 300 types of what in the U.S.? (Fast food restaurants)

M & M & M & M & M

Five questions, each answer begins with the letter M.

• Wisconsin’s largest city.

• A state.

• A planet.

• An animal.

• President Fillmore’s first name.


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Keyboard melts away in acetone.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

Meanwhile, at the drive-thru…


source: bitsandpieces.us

DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 9, 2018

This is day 40 of 2018. There are 325 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Carole King is 76

• Joe Pesci is 75

• Mia Farrow is 73

• Judith Light is 69

• Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is 42

• Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers films) is 37

• Michael B. Jordan (Creed, Fruitvale Station) is 31

• Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) is 31

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1870: The U.S. Weather Bureau was established.

• 1895: William G. Morgan invented volleyball.

• 1942: Daylight Saving Time went into effect for the first time in the United States.

• 1964: The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing for an estimated 73 million viewers.

• 1989: Witnesses at a New Jersey hearing on the deregulation of professional wrestling testified that the sport was a fake.

• 2008: A Jacksonville, Florida, mother forced her child to hold a sign outside his school that said he was sorry for his bad behavior. The second-grader held a sign that stated, “I was rude to my teacher. I can’t come to school. I’m sorry.” The boy’s mother, who stood nearby to ensure her child’s safety, said this was the only way she knew that she could get her son’s attention.

• 2014: Scientists from Australian National University observe the oldest star in the universe for the first time. The star, located 6,000 light years from Earth, served as a fingerprint of the first stars in the universe. It is believed to be 13.7 billion years old.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bagel Day

• Pizza Day

• Read in the Bathtub Day

UPCOMING

• February 8: New York Fashion Week begins
• February 9: Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
• February 13: Mardi Gras
• February 13: Galeinetine’s Day – a day for “ladies celebrating ladies”
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 16: Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog
• February 18: Daytona 500
• February 19: President’s Day
• March 4: Academy Awards
• March 8: Winter Paralympics begin
• March 8: International Women’s Day
• March 9: SXSW begins
• March 11: Daylight Saving Time begins
• March 11: NCAA basketball “Selection Sunday”
• March 13: March Madness begins
• March 29: MLB opening day
• March 30: Passover and Good Friday
• April 1: Easter
• April 13: Friday the 13th
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

• Robert Wagner is 88. Roberta Flack is 81. George Stephanopoulos is 57. Laura Dern is 51. Elizabeth Banks is 44. Emma Roberts is 27. Chloe Grace Moretz is 21.

• Have a Brownie Day. Umbrella Day.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11

• Burt Reynolds is 82. Tina Louise is 80. Carey Lowell is 57. Sheryl Crow is 56. Jennifer Aniston is 49. Brandy is 39. Country musician Jon Jones of Eli Young Band is 38. Kelly Rowland is 37. Natalie Dormer is 36. Taylor Lautner is 26.

• Autism Sunday. International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Man Day. Get Out Your Guitar Day. Satisfied Staying Single Day. World Marriage Day.