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• Chubby Checker is 77

• Magician Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy is 74

• Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac is 69

• Blues singer Keb’ Mo’ is 67

• Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is 56

• Gwen Stefani is 49

• Neve Campbell is 45

• Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) is 45

• Seann William Scott is 42

• Tessa Thompson (Westworld) is 35

• Meagan Holder (Pitch) is 34

• Ashlee Simpson is 34

• Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things) is 14


• 1789: George Washington proclaimed the first Thanksgiving Day.

• 1863: Thanksgiving Day was declared as the fourth Thursday in November by President Abraham Lincoln.

• 1960: The Andy Griffith Show premiered on CBS. It lasted eight seasons and continues today in reruns.

• 1995: O.J. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman. An estimated 107 million people watched TV news coverage of the verdict. Simpson was later found liable in a civil trial.

• 2003: Roy Horn of “Siegfried & Roy” was in critical condition following a tiger attack during a performance. The tiger, a 7-year-old male named Montecore, was debuting in his first show.

• 2014: When a man’s defense lawyer stopped in at a Washington state jail to visit his client it was discovered the inmate was missing. His escape had gone undetected for two days.


• Techies Day

• Coffee With A Cop Day

• Kale Day

• Pumpkin Seed Day

• Pet Obesity Awareness Day

• Walk To School Day

• Soft Taco Day

• Boyfriends Day


• October 3: NHL season begins
• October 4: MLB playoffs begin
• October 5: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
• October 16: NBA season begins
• October 17: Canada legalizes weed
• October 23: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 4: New York City marathon
• November 6: Election day
• November 6: College basketball season begins
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 12: Veterans Day
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


10 million: People who saw Russian-purchased Facebook ads during the 2016 presidential election. Facebook admitted the ads were focused on “divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum,” including issues about race, LGBT matter, immigration and gun rights.


After more than 50 years, New York City is finally correcting a typographical error that misnamed the Verrazzano Bridge. [Did you know the city’s most famous skyscraper also has a typo? It was supposed to be the Umpire State Building.]

Surveillance footage in Maryland caught a burglar with a brick trying to break a restaurant’s bulletproof glass. He threw the brick only to have it bounce back and knock him unconscious. [That’s why professional burglars always use helmets.]

A new study finds that women who drink more than the recommended amount of water per day have fewer bladder infections. [However, they do have to pause Netflix a lot.]

Friends of Lindsay Lohan are concerned that her erratic behavior is a sign that she needs help. [Her irrational speech has Kanye truly worried.]

Women are criticizing Pete Davidson for making a joke about secretly swapping Ariana Grande’s birth control pills for Tic Tacs. [Meanwhile, comedians are criticizing Davidson for using a tired reference to a candy from the ’70s.]

A group of scientists have successfully connected three human brains, allowing them to share thoughts. [Unfortunately, the three volunteers were Moe, Larry, and Curly.]

A new study concludes that a dog’s intelligence is nothing special. [It is compared to the people I hang out with.]

According to Mental Floss, the most popular name Americans give their pet German Shepherds is Baron. [He’s the only one at the dog park wearing a monocle.]


TRAVELING TO MARS COULD CAUSE CANCER _ NASA and other organizations around the world are working hard to solve problems posed by a trip to Mars, but a new study (published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) suggests we’ll need to look within ourselves before we decide to head to the Red Planet. In the paper, researchers (Georgetown University Medical Center) explain how radiation from space affects gastrointestinal tissue and issue a stark warning to anyone planning on sending humans on long-haul space missions.

… The study focuses on the effects of heavy ions interacting with living tissue, highlighting the effects the particles have on the stomach and colon, which are particularly vulnerable to disruption. Simpler version: traveling to Mars could cause cancer.

HOLIDAY SHOPPING: AMERICANS WILL BOOST SPENDING 5% _ More consumers will be feeling jolly this holiday season, pushing up holiday spending by 5 percent to $1,250 each. The study found the biggest spenders this year will include men, high-earning millennials and Amazon Prime members. On the flip side, several types of consumers said they’re likely to cut back this year, including people living in small towns and rural areas.

… Consumers will spend about $693 each on gifts, $361 on travel and $196 on entertainment.

MAN FINDS DEAD COCKROACH IN BURGER KING WHOPPER AUDIO  A Panama City, Florida, man says he found a dead cockroach in his Burger King Whopper. Brian Garmon was a few bits into his Whopper when he noticed the roach. He was told Burger King corporate would be in touch but since he hasn’t heard anything, he contacted his local TV station.

THIS IS WHAT IT TAKES TO THROW A GOOD PARTY _ If you’re welcoming guests into your home, a new study examining the modern-day rules of hosting pinpointed the decision-making window and found that just under 20 minutes is when guests have already made up their minds. The research highlighted the importance of great snacks, food and drinks in forming this impression — guests expect to be offered a drink in under eight minutes and a snack in under 10.

… And if food isn’t available then hosts are taking a big risk – 68 percent say an event is less successful when there isn’t food to eat.

… Guests are impressed with good music, good conversations, the type of food/snacks served, and inviting the right combination of people. When it comes to food, the most commonly craved items were chips (75 percent), small sandwiches (61 percent), and cheese and crackers (61 percent). The survey also said the demand for premium snacks is growing. It is? Then why are the most craved party snacks still chips?

MAN TURNS AUTUMN LEAVES INTO HUGE MONA LEAFA _ Residents in West London were left blown away after a giant outdoor artwork dubbed the Mona Leafa was created using just a leaf blower and thousands of fallen autumn leaves. The 50-foot-long natural replica of the famous Mona Lisa painting was created by Nathan Wyburn using clusters of brown, red and purple leaves. • VIDEO

YOUR DOG IS PROBABLY DUMBER THAN YOU THINK _ Your dog may be a good boy — but he’s not as smart as you think. New research says while dogs have a unique set of cognitive abilities, they’re not inherently smarter than other animals. One of the researchers (at Christ Church University in the UK) says, “They’re smart, but they’re not stand-out smart.”

… Across many cognitive categories — from the ability to draw information from sensory stimuli to problem-solving to social intelligence — researchers found that other animals could match or exceed dogs’ abilities. Those animals included wild dogs, wolves, cats, dolphins, horses and chimps.

… The popular opinion that dogs are exceptionally smart probably persists for a few reasons. Dogs are easy to study, for one thing, so there’s simply more information about their cognitive abilities than those of other species. And because humans have an especially close relationship with dogs, there probably is an element of confirmation bias in the scientific literature. Basically, we like our dogs to be very clever, and we like them to be appreciated.

YOUR PHONE WILL GET AN ALERT TODAY _ Don’t be alarmed when your phone buzzes incessantly with an emergency alert from the president today (Wednesday) — it’s only a test. But unlike the emergency alerts and AMBER alerts that you can toggle off on your smartphone, you won’t be able to switch off the notification for this “presidential alert,” which is designed to be used “in the event of a national emergency,” according to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

… The special Presidential Alert will be pretty similar to any emergency alert you’ve gotten before. Your phone will vibrate and emit a loud abrasive tone that’s likely to freak you out if you’re not anticipating it. A message will also appear on your screen that says, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

LOCH NESS MONSTER SEEN ON GOOGLE EARTH _ Lisa Stout of Bellvue, Ohio was exploring Loch Ness via Google Earth when she found a fantastic shot of Nessie. The Scottish mystery beast has previously been spotted on Google Earth but Stout allegedly found a much more compelling image.

… She said: “I had been searching for Nessie on and off for the past few weeks, spending an hour or so a week on Google Earth as well as other places I like to visit in the app. I had seen some of the latest Nessie sightings and thought that I can definitely find a better image of her than that which I used for motivation to challenge myself to find her. On the 13th at 9.45am, I had got my daughter off to school and began to search for Nessie when I noticed a cluster of pictures taken by an Underwater Earth Contributor all in one area near the Loch Ness Highland Resort in Fort Augustus. I noticed what I believe may be the creature known as Nessie – or at the very least what makes up for most of the accounts of Nessie sightings that residents/tourists are seeing and reporting.” • IMAGE

WRONG-TICKET LOTTERY MISTAKE WINS INDIANA MAN $703,588 _ An Indiana couple are more than $700,000 richer thanks to a mistake that left them with the wrong type of lottery tickets. Herby Shehorn said he has intended to buy $10 worth of Mega Millions tickets (from the Kwick Stop store in Evansville), but he realized after he arrived home that he had mistakenly bought $10 worth of tickets for the CA$H 5 drawing. The mistake, which Shehorn said might have been due to his own misspeaking or the clerk’s error, caused the player and his wife, Cori, to win $703,588 before taxes. The couple said they plan to use their money to renovate their home.

LIMITED EDITION TACO BELL DIABLO TORTILLA CHIPS _ Hitting shelves right now are the new Limited Edition Taco Bell Diablo Tortilla Chips. Well, right now, they’re exclusive to 7-Eleven’s shelves through October 31. But after that they’ll be available at other grocery and convenience stores through November. The new flavor joins the other Taco Bell Tortilla Chip varieties — Fire, Mild, and Classic — that were released earlier this year. According to Taco Bell, the crunchy, spicy snack features the distinct flavor of the beloved Diablo sauce packet, a kick of hot peppers and a hint of lime. The chips are black in color, which is created by using natural vegetable juice.

TRIX IS BRINGING BACK ITS FRUIT CEREAL SHAPES FROM THE ’90s _ After receiving thousands of customer requests, Trix is changing up their cereal once again. In 1991, the company debuted the fruity shapes that most millennials probably remember — a change from their original ball shape that was first created in 1954. After 15 years, Trix switched back to the colorful balls we as we know them today. But after feedback from customers, the company is going back to the fruit-shaped designs.

MORE COUPLES GOING HALVSIES ON THE RING _ According to a survey, more and more couples are going halvsies on the engagement ring. Is this a good idea? Some think it makes financial sense, while other see it as a sign that chivalry is dead.

WHY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES _ Everybody knows that’s the way the cookie crumbles, but did you ever wonder why? Researchers at Loughborough University in England say the problem may be due to humidity. They found that if the humidity of the oven is set incorrectly, some parts of the cookie are trying to dry out while some parts are trying to suck moisture in and the end result is like an earthquake running through it.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: HOW TO AVOID THE AFTERNOON SLUMP _ An afternoon slump in productivity and attention is common and over 200 studies have proven it. Or have they? Recent research challenges this notion and a new study has found that the so-called ‘afternoon slump’ is not what we think it is. Researchers (University of Toronto) monitored more than 16,000 psychology students over four months. They found that the students worked well at any time of the day or night, provided they took breaks and switched up what they were doing.

… A slump comes when you’ve been doing a task for about 50 continuous minutes — no matter the time of day. Researchers aren’t suggesting that we don’t get brain drain, but that it is not for the reason once believed.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRONE GUYS FILMED THEMSELVES FLYING DRUGS INTO PRISON _ A couple of guys in Scotland accidentally filmed themselves delivering illegal drugs. The men had no idea the drone’s camera was recording footage of them as they prepared to fly nearly $4,000 worth of drugs into the prison yard. Video clearly showed the faces of the duo as they hid drugs inside candy. They also accidentally too video of the door number of the house they were operating from and a car parked outside which belonged to them.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN PHOTOGRAPHS SUSPECTED THIEF SITTING IN HER CAR _ A woman in England (Bournemouth) spotted two men parked in her silver Ford Fiesta just two streets from where it was stolen following a burglary the night before. The woman confronted the men and managed to get a photo of one before they ran off. Police have shared the photo and are hoping someone recognizes the man will come forward.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAKE DOCTOR ARRESTED AFTER PERFORMING 8 SURGERIES _ A fake doctor in Kenya has been arrested. Before he was busted he performed eight successful operations.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: IN-FLIGHT PULL-UPS FORCE FLIGHT TO DIVERT _ A cross-country American Airlines flight was diverted Monday evening because of a passenger who reportedly became belligerent after doing pull-ups from the overhead storage bins. The flight departed from Phoenix and was headed to Boston when it diverted to Kansas City. Fellow passengers said the man appeared to be intoxicated when he started doing pull-ups from an overhead bin before becoming belligerent.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN STEALS HIS STOLEN TRUCK _ When a guy named Joe in California had his truck stolen, he didn’t get mad. He just stole it back. Joe was upset when the truck vanished from outside his office — he didn’t have insurance to replace it. As he was on his way to Oregon to buy a new car he spotted the ripped off truck headed the other way. He swung around and followed. He trailed the truck until the driver parked at a home and went inside. Joe slipped into the truck and drove it away.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SHOWS FRIEND’S DRIVER’S LICENSE, GETS ARRESTED _ During a domestic call, a New Hampshire man gave a police officer a driver’s license when asked for ID. But the man showed police his friend’s driver’s license to avoid arrest — and was arrested anyway when police learned the friend was wanted on a warrant.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FALSE TEETH SAVE MAN FROM DEATH _ A couple in Croatia got caught up in a fight between two men over a debt, one of whom pulled a gun and shot at them at point blank range. The bullet grazed the cheekbone of the wife and slammed into the husband’s mouth. But instead of killing him, the shot got caught in his dentures and fell harmlessly to the ground.


SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New.

CHICAGO FIRE (8p ET, NBC) — All three Chicago shows have a major crossover event tonight, as the members of Chicago Fire‘s Firehouse 51, the doctors and nurses of Chicago Med, and the detectives of Chicago PD try to save lives during a fire in a high-rise residential tower.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Adam takes drastic measures to hold on to his relationship.

EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — New. Cookie and Lucious learn how hard it is to launch an artist without Empire Entertainment’s resources.


AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Katie and Greg try to split up parenting duties.

SEASON PREMIERE: SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — In the season 2 premiere, Jason and the team must rescue American hostages after an oil platform is overtaken.

CHICAGO MED (9p ET, NBC) — The crossover with Chicago Fire and Chicago PD continues

MODERN FAMILY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Gloria suspects Manny’s Canadian girlfriend is made up.

STAR (9p ET, FOX) — New. Mateo pulls a shocking stunt to reveal Star’s pregnancy.

SUPERGIRL (9p ET, CW) — Repeat

SINGLE PARENTS (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Douglas is stuck hosting the kids’ Saturday sleepover.

SEASON PREMIERE: CRIMINAL MINDS (10p ET, CBS) — Criminal Minds hits 300 episodes as the 14th season begins.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — The crossover with Chicago Fire and Chicago Med finishes with this episode.

A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (10p ET, ABC) — New. he group tries to be there for Sophie as an upcoming father-daughter dance recital gets closer.


CAPTAIN AMERICA IS GETTING MARRIED TODAY _ Female hearts will break nationwide this afternoon (Wednesday). That’s when Captain America will get married, in Pekin, Illinois. Captain America — that’s his real name — is 26 and lives in East Peoria, Illinois. He will wed Amanda Gosnell of Pekin. The ceremony will be at the Tazewell County Courthouse, where he will not appear in a star-spangle outfit like the superhero — just a nice shirt and pants.

… Like the fictional Captain America, a.k.a Steve Rogers, the local Cap had another identity: Mark Anderson. But three years ago, he had an epiphany: he would run for office to help the United States. Whereas “Mark Anderson” might sound ho-hum to voters, “Captain America” would spark attention. So he filled out legal paperwork, went to court, paid $250 in fees and became Captain America.

… He can’t become president until he turns 35. But he has other ideas to work on until then. A nursing student, he says he has been studying several sexually transmitted diseases and believes he has created a cure for several of them thanks to “simple mathematics and an understanding of antibiotics.” Captain America says he would gladly relay his calculations and formulas to the U.S. government.

… As soon as Captain America marries, he’ll become a father. His bride-to-bee has four children, ages 4, 5, 5 and 9. However, Cap says they plan to have a total of 12.

JUSTIN BIEBER AND HAILEY BALDWIN GOT MARRIED WITHOUT PRENUP _ TMZ reports Hailey Baldwin married Justin Bieber without a prenup. A source says Justin and Hailey both reached out to lawyers for a prenup, but did so on the same day they got hitched — so there was no way to get a prenup drafted and signed that quickly. Bieber is said to be worth $250 million.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI NEGATIVE BUZZ AMPLIFIED BY RUSSIAN TROLLS _ Not only did Russians mess with the 2016 presidential election, they also tried to destroy Star Wars. According to a new academic paper (by researcher Morten Bay), 50.9% of those tweeting negatively about Star Wars: The Last Jedi were likely politically motivated or not even human. A number of these users appear to be Russian trolls.

LADY GAGA FANS TAKE CREDIT FOR TROLLING VENOM _ Speaking of trolls, Twitter users who identify themselves as Lady Gaga fans are taking to the social media site in droves to talk smack about Venom, a comic book movie starring Tom Hardy that is opening in theaters this weekend against A Star Is Born. Scores of Twitter users have sent the same message out: “I am the biggest marvel fan but I just watched #venom and I don’t know what to say. Easily the worst movie this year. I expected so much better and now I’m just disappointed.”

… Twitter user and Lady Gaga fan @gagasbaristaa, who shared only that his first name is Jeremy, said he first saw the ongoing stream of identical tweets on Tuesday morning. He said he decided to give Venom a negative shoutout because he found the campaign to be funny.

… According to Buzzfeed News, the behavior doesn’t come as a surprise. Gaga fans have previously been observed initiating troll campaigns against other artists and fan groups.

NEARLY HALF OF ALL ‘POWER GAMERS’ ARE PARENTS, THIRD ARE WOMEN _ A new study highlighting the changing demographics of gamers over the last decade confirms something many of us already knew — video games are now mainstream and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to describing the gaming community.

… Nearly half (42%) of all so-called “power gamers” are parents (according to entertainment company Fullscreen). Power gamers are defined as people who play 10+ hours a week on PC or consoles. About 40% are college graduates and 68% are employed. Women account for 33% of power gamers.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS TO PLAY ASTRONAUT CHRISTA MCAULIFFE _ Michelle Williams will star as the late astronaut Christa McAuliffe in the drama The Challenger, centered on the 1986 Space Shuttle disaster. The tragedy took place when the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members, including McAuliffe, a New Hampshire high school teacher who was selected to join NASA’s Teacher in Space Project.

… Williams has been nominated for Academy Awards for Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week With Marilyn, and Manchester by the Sea.


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• ROACH IN BURGER: A Florida man found a cockroach in his Whopper. →  October 3 News & Nuggets. And get a related call on the Pro Audio page.

• PHONER: Restaurant stories and bugs in food.  →  1 real caller, ties in with item above.

• DROP: You may want to tune away if you have a sensitive stomach.

• HUMAN NATURE: YouTuber King Zeek does a spot-on cover of Michael Jackson’s Human Nature. • VIDEO

• DROPS: Lots of Halloween clips.



Some fitness experts say it’s time to bring real P.E. back to schools, the kind that features rope-climbing, monkey bars, and obstacle courses. I’m opposed to this because I think it’ll wear out the kids and make it harder to focus. I suggest the following P.E. classes:

AUDIO  Talk about some of the things you did in P.E. Download three real callers to start the phones.

• Aerobic breathing

• Rhythmic blinking

• Stair watching

• Synchronized humming

• Dodge-spitball

• Cross-country map folding

• Tai-kwan-dough-making


Thanks to Starbucks, we start smelling pumpkin spice from late August well into November. The scent/flavor is so popular, companies seem to think we need it in everything. Here’s a list of some of some real — and really ridiculous — pumpkin spice products:

• Bath salts

• Cheese

• Dog treats

• Fettuccine

• Tortilla chips

Full list.

… Do a “pop quiz” on your audience or a co-host: What do these products have in common? Tease them through a break then come back with the full bit.


Wine gets all the attention. Everyone always talks about the health benefits by drinking a glass of wine, but what about beer? Beer is simple — four ingredients: Water, barley, hops, and yeast. So here are four health reasons to have a brew.

1. Wine gets all the credit for the antioxidant benefits. The sneaky truth is this — beer and wine have the same amount on antioxidants.

2. Beer has more protein and B-vitamin content than wine.

3. The average beer is in the 150-calorie range. The average glass of wine is 120 calories — but a “glass” of wine is ounces smaller than an average beer. The light beer option will take you even lower.

4. Beer contains silicon — which strengthens your bones.


TRIVIA: One in three women who do this never tell anyone. (Color their hair)

TRIVIA: James Madison had the least of all U.S. Presidents. Least what? (Weight. It is said he topped out at 98 pounds.)

TRIVIA:  Your husband’s come home from work wearing a gibus. What’s he got on? (A hat. Specifically, a collapsible silk opera hat named for its inventor, Antoine Gibus, a nineteenth-century Parisian hat maker.)


• What’s a game you might find in a casino.

• Who’s the lead singer of the Zac Brown Band?

• How many wheels does a bicycle have?

• Name a popular Christmas tree color.

• What does Ford manufacture?



• Author Anne Rice is 77

• Susan Sarandon is 72

• Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained, Inglourious Basterds) is 62

• Bill Fagerbakke (Coach, Spongebob Squarepants) is 61

• Rap producer Russell Simmons is 61

• Liev Schreiber (Spotlight) is 51

• Abraham Benrubi (Men in Trees, ER) is 49

• Alicia Silverstone is 42

• Rachel Leigh Cook (She’s All That) is 39

• Melissa Benoist (Supergirl) is 30

• Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades movies) is 29


• 1895: The first U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship run by the United States Golf Association was played on a nine-hole course in Newport, Rhode Island.

• 1927: Gutzon Borglum began sculpting Mt. Rushmore.

• 1950: Snoopy first appeared in the Peanuts comic strip.

• 1983: The first Hooters restaurant opened in Clearwater, Florida.

• 2003: A woman was arrested for dangerous driving in Dubrovnik, Croatia, after she drove two miles to a police station with her drunk husband on her car hood. She told police her husband tried to stop her by jumping onto the car’s hood. Police also arrested the husband.

• 2007: A British charity sold a complete set of Harry Potter books autographed by their author J.K. Rowling on eBay for nearly $40,0000.


• National Taco Day

• Improve Your Office Day

• Ten-Four Day

• Vodka Day

• Golf Day


• October 4: MLB playoffs begin
• October 5: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
• October 16: NBA season begins
• October 17: Canada legalizes weed
• October 23: World Series begins
• October 31: Halloween (Wednesday)
• November 4: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 4: New York City marathon
• November 6: Election day
• November 6: College basketball season begins
• November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
• November 12: Veterans Day
• November 22: Thanksgiving
• November 23: Black Friday
• November 24: Small Business Saturday
• November 26: Cyber Monday
• November 27: Giving Tuesday
• December 2: Hanukkah starts
• December 6: Time Person of the Year
• December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
• December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
• January 6: Golden Globes
• January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day