INTERPREP ★ APRIL 3, 2019

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DATEBOOK: APRIL 3, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Doris Day is 97

• Anthropologist Jane Goodall is 85

• Marsha Mason is 77

• Wayne Newton is 77

• Tony Orlando is 75

• Alec Baldwin is 61

• David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) is 60

• Eddie Murphy is 58

• Jennie Garth is 47

• Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) is 46

• Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife) is 41

• Cobie Smulders (Marvel movies, How I Met Your Mother) is 37

• Amanda Bynes is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1882: Outlaw Jesse James was killed by Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward.

• 1953: TV Guide debuted.

• 1969: The TV show Star Trek was canceled. The best of its three TV seasons was 1966 when the show reached as high as #62 in the ratings.

• 1973: The first portable cell phone call was placed in New York City.

• 1996: Suspected “Unabomber” Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his Montana cabin.

• 1999: An 80-year-old Japanese man was saved from choking to death in Okaka by a fast-thinking 911 dispatcher. When the usual life-saving steps didn’t dislodge a piece food, the dispatcher told the man’s granddaughter how to insert a vacuum cleaner tube into the unconscious victim’s mouth. She flipped it on and out came the food.

• 2003: An Oklahoma couple finally got married after 77 years of living together. Zyness O’Haver, 95, and Sallie Warren, 94, decided to make it official in a ceremony at the Oklahoma County courthouse.

• 2006: A guy in New Zealand knew he was wanted by the police and decided it might be fun to call to taunt them. He said he could vanish for years and they’d never be able to find him. He then told the police, “I’m hanging up now because I know you can trace my call after five minutes.” Turns out police only needed about a minute to trace his call.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day

• National Walking Day

• Chocolate Mousse Day

UPCOMING

• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 8: Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Game
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

6: Seconds the average person cleans their hands when washing with soap. Scientists say we should be washing the soap around our hands and fingers for 20 to 30 seconds.


NEWS ATTACK!

The Department of Agriculture announced that it will no longer experiment on cats. [And I was really hoping that it would be in my lifetime that I’ll see a life-changing breakthrough in the research of hairballs.]

A White House official twice referred to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico as another country. [At times like this, Puerto Rico probably wishes that it were.]

New research shows that, on average, Canada is heating up at twice the rate of the rest of the world. [Birds no longer fly south for the winter. They just hang out at a coffee shop in Toronto.]

Once again, TripAdvisor has named Singapore Airlines as the world’s best. [You can’t go wrong with an in-flight all-you-can-eat shrimp and hot wings buffet.]

In a new interview, Sarah Palin said that she was embarrassed not to be invited to John McCain’s funeral. [You would think that she’d be embarrassed to be Sarah Palin.]

The wife of convicted drug kingpin Juan El Chapo Guzman has launched a clothing line named after her husband. [They’re comfortable clothes for the person who likes to travel… fast and under an assumed name.]

Alabama police officers rescued a family of ducklings trapped in a sewer drain. [The only thing worse than being an ugly duckling is being an ugly and smelly duckling.]

Six Flags over Georgia is planning to break the world record for the largest game of Twister in an amusement park. [I hope that they’re also ready for the world’s largest sexual harassment lawsuit caused by a game of Twister in an amusement park.]

A senior citizens home in India entered the record books with the world’s largest message spelled out by over 7,000 notebooks.  [The note read: “What’s wrong with you? Call your mother once in a while.”]

A puppy in Arizona is recovering from injuries after it was snatched from its backyard by a giant owl and carried off. The owl dropped it at a golf country club. [Upset golf club officials immediately contacted authorities because the puppy wasn’t a member.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

THE BOSS THINKS THEY WORK LONGER THAN THEY ACTUALLY DO _ A study (Oxford University and University of Maryland) finds we have a tendency to overestimate how much we work — and the higher your status in a profession, the higher number of hours you estimate.

… Researchers think the lower you are in the pecking order the lower the value you put on your own contribution. If you are CEO, you rate your own work so highly that the quantity of it becomes distorted in your own mind.

COMMUNITY REPLACES STOLEN TRICYCLE FOR 91-YEAR-OLD _ A 91-year-old California (Tarzana) woman has a tri-bike — basically a tricycle for grown-ups. Recently Louise Bianco’s bike was stolen after she rode it to fitness class. Louise had put 25,000 miles on the bike so she was pretty upset. But then a local bike shop and an LAPD officer came to the rescue and purchased a new bike for her.

12-YEAR-OLD MICHIGAN KID GOES VIRAL FIXING POTHOLES _ A 12-year-old boy in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, has gone viral after video captured him addressing his city’s rampant pothole problem all by himself. Monte Scott has filled 15 potholes after his mother’s and grandma’s cars were damaged driving on the roads and had to be repaired. To fill the potholes, Monte is using dirt from his back yard. • VIDEO

MAN GETS ENTIRE PLANE TO HIMSELF FOR HIS TRIP TO ITALY _ A Lithuanian man flying to Italy got a pleasant surprise when he boarded the plane: He was the only passenger on the Boeing 737-800. Skirmantas Strimaitis was on the plane with two pilots and five crew members. The plane normally holds 188 passengers.

… A travel agency had chartered the plane to fly a group home from Italy, and to avoid flying empty, one-way tickets from Lithuania to Italy were sold. Only one person bought one — Strimaitis.

MAN SLOWLY POISONED COWORKER’S FOOD AND DRINKS _ Back in October 2017, an employee at a Berkeley, California, engineering company began to notice a strange taste and smell from food or water left in her office. The woman also sometimes became ill and required medical care after eating or drinking. Two of her relatives also fell ill after drinking from her water bottle. Then surveillance videos caught coworker David Xu slipping something into the woman’s water bottle in February 2018. Tests showed toxic levels of cadmium in the water. Last week police arrested Xu on suspicion of premeditated attempted murder resulting in great bodily injury. Court papers say Xu tried to kill his co-worker by poisoning her with cadmium in her food, drinks and medication over the past 18 months. Cadmium is highly toxic and used in rechargeable batteries, solar panels and nuclear power plants. Police have not released a motive in the case..

ORDER FOOD, PAY OTHERS TO EAT IT _ If you know you shouldn’t eat high calorie foods but want the experience of ordering it — and virtual experience of eating it — maybe some services in China will come to our country. One of them is called Eat For You. You order all the bad food you want, then use the app to video chat with the hired eater as they chow on your food. The buyer pays for the restaurant order and a service fee for their designated “eater.”

TEENAGE SON SURPRISES STRUGGLING, SINGLE MOTHER WITH CAR _ While most 13-year-old boys would be begging their parents for an Xbox, a Nevada teen traded his in to earn money to surprise his mom with a new car. William Preston knew that his single mother, Krystal, was struggling to support him, his two siblings and their three dogs — and that having no easy means of transportation was making things more difficult. So, after seeing a video on YouTube in which a child gifts his mother a car, William, who’s 13, was inspired to do the same.

… William then came across a woman’s Facebook post advertising her 1999 white Chevrolet Metro for sale at a low price and reached out to her to see if he could do housework to pay for the car or trade something in. She said yes so he traded his Xbox and worked off the rest of the car.

… A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations to the Preston family. • LINK

STRAY CAT TRAVELS THE WORLD ON THIS MAN’S SHOULDERS _ A Scottish traveler who adopted a stray kitten on his travels has customized his bike so the pair can cycle across the world together. Dean Nicholson began his journey in his hometown of Dunbar, Scotland, last September and picked up his four-legged friend in Bosnia. Nicholson was tired of his nine-to-five job as a welder and decided to get on his bike. He cycled through to Belgium, Greece, Switzerland and Italy before getting on a ferry to Croatia and traveling on to Bosnia where he found his feline friend, who he’s named Nala. She even has her own passport.

CHINESE COURIERS CHASE THIEF, RETURN WOMAN’S PHONE _ In China, a man forced a woman to give up her phone and then ran away. Within seconds three package couriers on electric bikes gave chase, caught up to the man and held him until police arrived.

IT WORKERS BLAME EMPLOYEES FOR SECURITY VULNERABILITIES _ Two new studies confirm every computer dunce’s worst fears: IT professionals blame the employees for their computer problems. In one of the survey (BetterCloud) 62 percent of over 500 surveyed IT workers say that “the biggest security threat comes from well-meaning but negligent end users.” That means that our weak passwords and naive unknown email clicking keeps your IT guy up at night. The second survey paints a similar picture. This one (Ponemon Institute) picked the brains of over 5,800 IT workers. One of its top takeaways was that 54 percent of IT professionals globally “rank employee mistakes as the top threat to sensitive data.”

BRUSH YOUR TEETH _ Failing to brush your teeth properly can increase the risk of a heart attack by half. A study found that if two specific bacteria are found in the mouth there is a greater chance of a heart attack. One bacterium increased the chance of a heart attack by 50 percent and the other by 35 percent.

LAWN MOWER RACING SEASON BEGINS SOON _ Golf’s season has started; baseball’s underway; NASCAR’s in full swing; and soon Lawn Mower Racing gets underway. The newest season of the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association starts May 31 in Alpharetta, Georgia.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: CHINESE CITY TESTS NEW DOGGY RESTROOM _ Pet owners in one Chinese city (Taiyuan) may soon be dealing with a little less doo-doo from their dogs. The city is testing an outdoor ‘puppy restroom’ to encourage dog owners to keep the streets clean. Made from metal bars, the sidewalk-installed restroom has a litter box-style tray underneath for pups to leave their business.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES COULDN’T FIT SOFA IN GETAWAY VEHICLE _ A homeowner in Florida is upset after someone broke into his house. Surveillance video showed three strangers entering his home in Orlando. At one point the video shows an unknown person using a dolly to take out a 75-inch TV from his bedroom. About an hour later the video shows an SUV pulling into the driveway and the three men trying to put a couch into it. It wouldn’t fit so the same people are seen in the video bringing the furniture back inside.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN GLUED HER EYE SHUT _ A British woman is facing permanent damage to her sight after she mistook a bottle of toxic nail glue for eyedrops. Her eye was glued shut for eight hours and was only pried open again when doctors cut off her lashes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WIFE DIVORCES CLEAN-FREAK HUBBY _ A German woman has divorced her husband because she was fed up with him cleaning all the time. The wife got through 15 years of marriage putting up with the man’s penchant for doing household chores, tidying up and rearranging the furniture. But she ran out of patience when he knocked down and rebuilt a wall at their home when it got dirty.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 3 MEN CHARGED WITH DRIVING DRUNK IN SAME CAR _ Police in Australia stopped a car at a DUI checkpoint, gave the driver a breathalyzer, and promptly hauled him off to jail on drunk-driving charges. After the arrest one of the two passengers slid into the driver’s seat and drove off, only to get pulled over within minutes and hauled off to join his buddy in jail on DUI charges of his own. After that arrest the remaining passenger got behind the wheel, drove off, and, yup, got stopped and charged with DUI, too.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK STEALS SCHOOL BUS _ Police in India say a drunk man stole a parked school bus and then asked a woman if she wanted to go for a ride.


ON TELEVISION

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. Dr. Halstead comes to the aid of an FBI agent who is brought into the ER.

SURVIVOR (8p ET, CBS) — New. A castaway struggles to find balance at an immunity challenge after exhaustion takes its toll.

EMPIRE (8p ET, FOX) — New.

MILLION DOLLAR MILE (9p ET, CBS) — New.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Boden reconnects with an old high school friend during a call to a house fire.

SERIES PREMIERE: IN SEARCH OF MONSTERS (9p ET, Travel Channel) — Experts reveal all-new evidence and theories related to Bigfoot.

SEAL TEAM (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team prepares for what they expect to be a “cushy” deployment with the luxury of staying in a hotel in the Philippines.

WHISKEY CAVALIER (10p ET, ABC) — New.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. With the threat of a gang war looming, Voight (Jason Beghe) and Ray Price (guest star Wendell Pierce) must organize a peace summit.

SEASON PREMIERE: MARTHA & SNOOP’S POTLUCK PARTY (10p ET, VH1) — The third season begins with Matthew McConaughey on Team Martha and Method Man with Team Snoop. Isla Fisher is guest judge.

SERIES FINALE: YOU’RE THE WORST (10p ET, FXX) — Jimmy and Gretchen (Chris Geere, Aya Cash) are about to get married on the series finale.

SEASON PREMIERE: BROCKMIRE (10p ET, IFC) — As Brockmire (Hank Azaria) deals his newfound sobriety in the season 3 premiere, he is introduced as the new announcer for the Oakland Athletics with his co-announcer and former softball star Gabby Taylor (Tawny Newsome).


ENTERTAINMENT

AVENGERS: ENDGAME TICKET SALES BREAK FIRST DAY RECORD _ Avengers: Endgame has set a new record for first day movie ticket sales in the U.S., breaking the record in the first six hours Tuesday. The previous record-holder was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Endgame did in six hours what The Force Awakens did in 24.

… The top five movies by first day pre-sales are now: Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Avengers: Infinity War.

… Avengers: Endgame will open on April 26.

SELECT THEATERS HOSTING A 60-HOUR MCU MARATHON _ Twelve theaters across the US and Canada are planning the mother of all movie marathons ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame. Starting Tuesday, April 23, they’ll be running all 22 movies from the MCU. The films, which total around a 60-hour runtime, will lead right up to the big finale — the release of Endgame. Those who participate in the event will be privy to collectibles, exclusive content, and a special concession offer, topped off with a viewing of the follow-up to last year’s Avengers: Infinity War a full hour before tickets for conventional showings go on sale.

… Given the two-and-a-half day runtime, the films should start around Tuesday morning at 8 AM, and run right up until Endgame by the following Thursday afternoon.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME TICKETS ARE ALREADY GOING FOR HUNDREDS ON EBAY _ If you were lucky enough to get your hands on Avengers: Endgame tickets, then you might want to keep them safe. On Tuesday, tickets for the highly anticipated Marvel film were finally made available, and fans wasted no time in securing their tickets, braving enormous wait times and crashing websites along the way. After only an hour, the movie’s ticket sales were already outpacing last year’s Avengers: Infinity War sales.

… And mere hours after tickets for Endgame went on sale, resellers started putting their tickets on eBay, demanding between $100 and as much as $500 to buy a single ticket.

BAD MOMS’ MOMS WITH SUSAN SARANDON, CHERYL HINES, CHRISTINE BARANSKI _ The Bad Moms cinematic universe continues to grow. Bad Moms’ Moms will focus on the grandmother characters who were first introduced in 2017’s A Bad Moms Christmas, played by Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon, and Cheryl Hines. The three women will return for their roles. The series of films started with the 2016 hit Bad Moms, an unexpected summer box office success that grossed more than $180 million.

DREW BARRYMORE’S DAUGHTERS LOVE EVER AFTER AND 50 FIRST DATES _ Even Drew Barrymore‘s daughters have their go-to Drew Barrymore movies. During an appearance on Good Morning America Drew revealed that her movies have special meaning to Olive, who’s 6, and Frankie, who’s 4. Drew said they “love Ever After and 50 First Dates.” However, Barrymore’s childhood role in 1982’s E.T. hasn’t quite caught on in her household.

THE AAF WILL SUSPEND ALL FOOTBALL OPERATIONS _ Before capping off its inaugural season, the Alliance of American Football could end. Operations were suspended at least for the day Tuesday, and they would remain so “probably indefinitely,” with control owner Tom Dundon making the call. CBSSports.com reported Tuesday that practices were canceled.

… Dundon invested $70 million of his pledged $250 million up front — and he stands to lose at least that $70 million if the league folds. A source told CBSSports.com the AAF, its partners and the NFL are all perplexed by Dundon’s movements this week.

STOLEN CAR CRASHES INTO TAYLOR SWIFT’S HOME _ Taylor Swift got another unwanted visitor at her Rhode Island home when a police pursuit ended with a stolen car smashing into her front gate. The high-speed chase started around 1 AM Tuesday after an officer tried to conduct a traffic stop and the vehicle took off. Officers pursued the car, and the driver eventually lost control and plowed into the main entrance gate at Taylor’s estate. The singer was not home at the time of the crash, and neither was anyone else. The teenage driver has been charged.

TAYLOR SWIFT FAN ACCOUNT SHOCKS TWITTER _ A popular Taylor Swift fan account is active again after being quiet for awhile. The person behind the account @LegitTayUpdates tweeted Tuesday: “As most of you know, I haven’t been very active in the past couple of months because I was in prison. I’m back now though. More Taylor Swift updates coming soon.

ONE DAY AT A TIME MIGHT FIND A NEW HOME AT CBS ALL ACCESS _ If you’re still sobbing over the cruel fate of One Day at a Time, there may be some small hope for the show yet. Though Netflix decided to cancel the show after three seasons, CBS All Access apparently wants to give the show a second life. A source familiar with the matter tells TV Guide that an offer was made, though there’s no news on whether that will actually result in a move to the streaming service for One Day at a Time.

FIRST TEASER FOR JOKER ARRIVES TODAY _ The Joaquin Phoenix-starring Joker movie will release a teaser trailer today (Wednesday). Joker laughs his way into theaters October 4.

NETFLIX RENEWS ‘THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY’ FOR SEASON 2 _ The Umbrella Academy has been renewed for Season 2. The entire cast is returning. Season 2 will feature 10 episodes and starts filming this summer in Toronto.

MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY ARE ON INSTAGRAM _ Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined Instagram. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex anointed their online presence with a diverse slideshow of photos highlighting the causes they support. The couple, who go by the handle @sussexroyal, gained over 8,000 followers within six minutes of joining the social media platform, and now have close to 2 million followers. The Twitter account for Kensington Palace, the official account of Kate Middleton and Prince William, welcomed the newest royals to Instagram on Tuesday.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN HAS A LIFESTYLE WEBSITE CALLED POOSH _ Kourtney Kardashian just launched a beauty and lifestyle website called Poosh on Tuesday morning. Named after a nickname for her 6-year-old daughter Penelope, the site is intended “to educate, motivate, create and curate a modern lifestyle, achievable by all.”

… Poosh launched with a handful of articles featuring tips on “how to look good naked,” Kardashian’s “signature salad” recipe, and advice from Kris Jenner on “how to be a boss.”

… The website also includes a shopping section where fans can purchase tons of Kardashian-approved items, like the mascara she uses every day ($32), Alexander Wang shorts ($175) and her favorite furniture and home decor items, like a console from CB2 ($1,399).


AUDIO

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• DROP: This show is like watching two drunk chickens fighting over a piece of garbage.

• POTHOLE KID: A 12-year-old in Michigan is filling potholes.

• FACEBOOK & PHONER: WHAT’S YOUR BAND NAME? Do you know how to come up with a band name — you know, in case you just started a band and need a name? You take the color of your pants and add it to what you had for breakfast. What’s yours?

… Here’s a social media image you might want to use!


BITS & BREAKS

PEANUT BUTTER PERSONALITY TRAITS

In a survey of people who eat peanut butter, 49 percent prefer it smooth, while 29 percent want theirs crunchy. The rest have no preference.

CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTER EATERS

  • More extroverted
  • Take more risks in their personal and work life
  • More likely to lean in to confrontation
  • More likely to arrive to work late
  • More likely to prefer going out on a Saturday night
  • More satisfied in love life
  • Believe more in love at first sight
  • More goal oriented
  • Prefer Game of Thrones
  • More likely to have been skydiving
  • Run more marathons
  • Compete in more chess tournaments
  • More likely to file taxes late
  • More confident

SMOOTH PEANUT BUTTER EATERS

  • More introverted
  • Take less risks in their personal and work life
  • More likely to avoid confrontation
  • More likely to arrive to work early
  • More likely to prefer staying in on a Saturday night
  • More likely to be dissatisfied in relationship
  • More likely to be rational with love
  • Stressed out more easily
  • Prefer Big Bang Theory
  • Get more speeding tickets
  • More likely to book a spontaneous trip and leave the same day
  • More likely to bail on plans
  • More hesitant

A DOG SHOULD BE PRESIDENT

16 or so potential Democratic presidential contenders, plus the guy in the White House. It’s all too much. A dog should be president.

• Dogs work well together.

• They work for the good of the pack.

• They protect their young and their elders.

• They do not lie, cheat or steal.

• They won’t spend money redecorating the White House.

• They do not watch TV or tweet.

• They can be neutered.

LEARN TO ARGUE PRODUCTIVELY

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What bugs you about the way your significant argues?

All couples fight. The key is to do it productively. That’s not easy, but it can be done, and it’s vital to a lasting union. So, courtesy of the website DiscoveryHealth, here’s how to disagree and make your marriage better at the same time:

• Send “I” messages. Marriage expert John Gottman swears by this advice, because “I” messages don’t put your partner on the defensive. So, if you want a little more help around the house, saying, “I think we need to talk about chores” sends an entirely different message than, “You’re such a slacker.”

• Be empathetic. The important thing here is to make sure your partner knows you’re listening. So, say something like, “I understand that you feel like you do most of the work. What can I do to help?” Once your spouse knows you see the problem through their eyes, how you split up the chores will be less important.

• Talk through a compromise. This means more than coming up with a solution you both can accept. You also need to discuss what could prevent the compromise from working. For instance, suppose you agree to cook dinner three nights a week, but have to work late on one of your nights. If you talk about it beforehand and have a plan, your spouse won’t be tapping their foot and looking at the clock when you come through the door.

• Say “Thanks.” According to a study done by The Pew Research Center, feeling appreciated means more to people than feeling like they’re being treated fairly.

BUNNY MONEY!

From The Encyclopedia of Radio Promotions.

Easter’s coming. Send your stunt guy, a co-host or your GM out with a basket full of plastic 50-100 Easter eggs.

… Inside one or two of the eggs is Bunny Money — $100 cash.

… Inside the rest are small chocolate Easter eggs, $2 scratch-off lottery tickets, and/or coupons for free McDonald’s Egg McMuffins.

… Listeners come by an pick out an egg. Be sure they’re picking out their eggs live on-air. Have fun. if you get enough prizes do it an hour each day for the week of Easter.

… Alternative: Someone’s dressed as a bunny being driven around town handing out the eggs. Imagine the bunny’s head popping out of the van or a limo at every stop handing out a few eggs and seeing the reactions of the people who open them.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: According to a study women have four times as many problems with these than men? (Feet)

TRIVIA: Every second this happens 4,051 times online. (A photo is posted on Facebook)

TRIVIA: In the 1600s, these were often filled with brandy. (Thermometers)

TRIVIA: The typical one of these is 101 degrees (F). (Shower)


DATEBOOK: APRIL 4, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Craig T. Nelson (Coach) is 75

• Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope) is 69

• Constance Shulman (Orange Is the New Black) is 61

• Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, Lord of the Rings) is 59

• Talk show host Graham Norton is 56

• David Cross (Arrested Development, Mr. Show) is 55

• Robert Downey Junior is 54

• Nancy McKeon is 53

• Magician David Blaine is 46

• Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black, American Pie) is 40

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1818: The United States Congress adopted the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20).

• 1967: Johnny Carson quit as host of The Tonight Show. He returned three weeks later with a $30,000-a-week raise.

• 1968: Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, by James Earl Ray.

• 1975: Microsoft was founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

• 1996: Larry LaPrise died at age 83 in Wendell, Idaho. In the late 1940s he wrote The Hokey Pokey. The first group to do The Hokey Pokey were patrons of an Idaho ski lodge.

• 2013: In Sri Lanka, a researcher discovered a new species of tarantula (Poecilotheria rajaei) slightly smaller than a dinner plate, with a leg span of eight inches.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Fun at Work Day

• Burrito Day

• Carrot Day

• Hug a Newsman Day

• School Librarian Day

• Tell a Lie Day

UPCOMING

• April 6: March Madness: Men’s Final Four
• April 8: Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Game
• April 11: The Masters
• April 12: Coachella
• April 14: Game of Thrones final season premiere
• April 14: Palm Sunday
• April 15: Tax deadline day
• April 21: Easter
• April 22: Earth Day
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 27: Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling
• July 5-6: World Wife Carrying Championship
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins