INTERPREP ★ JULY 15, 2019

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DATEBOOK: JULY 15, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Linda Ronstadt is 73

• Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington is 69

• Terry O’Quinn (Lost, West Wing, Alias) is 67

• Forest Whitaker is 58

• Brigitte Nielsen is 56

• TV personality Adam Savage is 52

• Scott Foley (Scandal, Felicity) is 47

• Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210) is 46

• Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Troy) is 43

• Laura Benanti (Law and Order: SVU) is 40

• Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire) is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1606: The painter Rembrandt was born in Leiden, Netherlands.

• 1979: President Jimmy Carter delivered a speech in which he lamented what he called a “crisis of confidence” in America. Though he didn’t use the word, it became known as the “malaise” speech.

• 1992: Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in New York City.

• 1996: MSNBC, a 24-hour all-news network, made its debut on cable TV and the Internet.

• 1997: In Miami, Florida, serial killer Andrew Phillip Cunanan gunned down Gianni Versace outside his home.

• 2002: “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleaded guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and for the possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.

• 2002: A Pakistani judge convicted four Islamic militants in the kidnap-slaying of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl.

• 2006: Twitter was launched.

• 2012: In Egypt, protesters threw tomatoes and shoes at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Be A Dork Day

• Gummi Worm Day

• Tapioca Pudding Day

• Get Out of the Doghouse Day

• Give Something Away Day

UPCOMING

• July 16: Emmy nominations announced
• July 18: Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego
• July 28: Shark Week begins
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 1: NFL pre-season begins
• August 1: Lollapalooza begins
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

7: Percentage of water consumption used in households (in the U.S.). The other 93 percent goes to industrial use or farms.


NEWS ATTACK!

A city in the UK set a new world record when 664 people played hopscotch at the same time. [I didn’t realize that you could still find 664 people who had even heard of hopscotch.]

A Wisconsin fire department received a mysterious Amazon package containing sexy lingerie. [Somewhere there’s a guy on his honeymoon wondering what his wife is doing with heavy boots and a fireproof suit.]

Starbucks says it will stop selling newspapers in its cafes starting in September. [It’s just phase one of their big modernization plan. Next, they plan to stop selling cassette tapes.]

With a special song on his latest album, Ed Sheeran finally confirms that he did indeed marry his longtime girlfriend. [I can’t wait until the remix so we can find out if they have any kids.]

24/7 Wall St. has named Rochester, Minnesota as America’s healthiest city. [In Rochester, potato chips are only available for purchase with a doctor’s prescription.]

A woman in Florida was arrested after she posted video of herself waiting with her daughter at a medical center. Her daughter licks a tongue depressor then places in back in the container. [And you don’t want to know what they did with the catheter.]

A reward of $38,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person or persons who killed a dolphin in Florida. [The dolphin was scheduled to testify against a powerful underworld crime lord.]

Europe is battling an infestation of caterpillars that have hair loaded with toxins. When they lose their hair, the hair floats through the air causing allergic reactions in people. [So, if you’re going to Europe, be on the lookout for bald caterpillars.]

People in Siberia are racing to a lake to take selfies since toxic waste turned the water an unusually brilliant blue. People are saying that it reminds them of the water in the Pacific. [Or the water in the toilet bowl.]

A Houston man caught a fish with a snake wrapped around it. [Surf and turf.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

$700,000 SPACESUIT PRESERVATION _ The spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong when he walked on the moon in 1969 is going back on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. this week (July 17) after a four-year, $700,000 preservation job. The airtight suit is made out of 21 layers of fabric, rubber, metal and fiberglass and designed to prevent punctures from micrometeorites. It was, however, only meant to last six months.

WE FEEL THE NEED TO TREAT OURSELVES THREE TIMES A WEEK _ The stresses, strains and achievements of modern life leave the typical adult feeling the need to treat themselves up to three times a week. Feeling sad, finishing a big project at work and getting stuck in traffic are among the main reasons for choosing a ‘pick-me-up’.

… We treat ourselves with ice cream, a coffee drink, a manicure or pedicure, an upgrade to our usual adult beverage, some chocolate, or with the purchase of a new book.

THIS IS THE AGE WHEN WE MASTER THE ART OF BARBECUING _ If you’re approaching the age of 40 and think life is nearly over, you’re way off — especially if you’re barbecue fan. According to a new study, we truly master the art of barbecuing at the age of 38. This point we are able to successfully grill a burger without turning it into charcoal, cook a brat without it being pink in the middle, and grill a veggie kebab to perfection.

AMAZON PRIME DAY _ Amazon’s Prime Day started at midnight (Monday morning) and runs through Tuesday. The massive sale for Prime members began 2015, when Amazon had a sale to celebrate its 20th birthday.

… Even if you’re not a Prime member you can still take advantage of the deals by signing up for a 30-day trial. After you’ve shopped, go to your account and cancel Prime so your card isn’t charged.

… Even if you’re a lapsed Prime member and you can’t get the free trial, signing up for a one-month membership may be worthwhile, depending on what Prime Day deals you want to take advantage of.

BOY SLIPS THROUGH SECURITY TO BOARD BRITISH AIRWAYS FLIGHT TO L.A. _ Police at London’s Heathrow Airport are investigating how a 12-year-old boy slipped through security and managed to board a British Airways flight to Los Angeles — without a ticket or boarding pass. The kid, who had no travel documents, mingled with passengers getting on the flight and was only spotted when cabin crew asked to see his boarding pass in order to direct him to his seat. The mystery youngster was not traveling with his parents and refused to cooperate with cabin crew when he was challenged. Fellow passengers said he refused to leave the aircraft and was eventually removed by police officers who boarded to assist aircrew.

THREE GORED IN FINAL DAY OF PAMPLONA BULL RUN _ Three people were gored during the final bull run in Spain’s San Fermin festival on Sunday, bringing the total for the year to eight. A bull broke free from the pack of six animals used in the run in the city of Pamplona and gored two Australians and a Spanish man.

… A hospital spokesman said one man was gored in the leg, flipping over the bull’s horn and slamming into the ground, while another was gored in the right arm and the third in the armpit.

… None of the injuries were considered life-threatening.

… The Red Cross reported additional injuries from people who were knocked down by bulls and runners sprinting out of the animals’ path.

… A total of 16 people have died in the Pamplona bull runs since 1910.

ULTRA-MARATHON COMPETITOR DISQUALIFIED AFTER RUNNING AN EXTRA MILE _ If a runner cheats by taking a shortcut during the race, they should be disqualified, right? But what if a runner takes a wrong turn and ADDS a mile to the race? When Tom Fairbrother crossed the finish line of his first ever ultra-marathon (100K/62 miles) eight minutes ahead of his closest rival all he felt was relief that he had survived the gruelling test of endurance.

… But that relief soon turned to anger when he was told that he was being disqualified because he didn’t complete the course. Fairbrother had taken a wrong turn and ran an extra mile. And still finished eight minutes ahead of the second place finisher.

… On his blog Fairbrother said he followed a sign that sent him down the wrong path. After awhile, when he saw no other course arrows, he pulled out his phone and was told by his Google maps app that he was no longer on the course. He knew he had to get back to the spot where he’d made the wrong turn. He even declined an offer to get a ride from someone in their car because he knew that would probably disqualify him.

… Even after finishing, the CEO of the race — who knew Fairbrother had gone off course and added a mile — congratulated him and told him his win was valid. He posed for photographs and gave an interview, but five minutes later organizers informed him that despite running the extra distance and gaining no advantage from going off course he was to be disqualified.

… The runner-up was awarded first place.

42 IS THE SEXIEST AGE _ 42 is the sexiest age. Not 19, 27, or 35, but 42. Esquire says 42 is the most alluring age for a woman. Anna Faris, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Liv Tyler and Kerry Washington are all 42 this year.

WHAT IT TAKES TO STAY TOGETHER _ Researchers (Australian National University) identified what it takes to keep a couple together, and it’s a lot more than just being in love. A couple’s age, previous relationships and even whether they smoke or not are factors that influence whether their marriage is going to last.

… The study, entitled “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” tracked nearly 2,500 couples — married or living together — to identify factors associated with those who remained together compared with those who divorced or separated.

… It found that a husband who is nine or more years older than his wife is twice as likely to get divorced, as are husbands who get married before they turn 25.

… Children also influence the longevity of a marriage or relationship, with one-fifth of couples who have kids before marriage — either from a previous relationship or in the same relationship — having separated compared to just nine percent of couples without children born before marriage.

… Women who want children much more than their partners are also more likely to get a divorce.

… A couple’s parents also have a role to play in their own relationship, with the study showing some 16 percent of men and women whose parents ever separated or divorced experienced marital separation themselves compared to 10 percent for those whose parents did not separate.

… Also, partners who are on their second or third marriage are 90 percent more likely to separate than spouses who are both in their first marriage.

… And couples where one partner, and not the other, smokes are also more likely to have a relationship that ends in failure.

EAT MORE STRAWBERRIES _ Research from Harvard Medical School found that strawberries may offer cardiovascular disease protection. The study found that those who reported eating the most strawberries experienced lower blood levels of C-reactive protein, a blood biomarker that signals the presence of inflammation in the body. Elevated levels of CRP have been shown to be a potentially good predictor of risk for both heart disease and stroke.

THIS HAS TO BE FALSE! _ A survey shows a third of people pick their nose while driving. Really, only a third?

4% OF US WOULDN’T LAST A DAY WITHOUT OUR SMARTPHONE _ A survey found 4% of us wouldn’t last a day without our smartphone. 91% of us say our phone is as important as our car. People under the age of 40 rank their phone higher than deodorant and a toothbrush.

REMAINS FOUND IN OREGON BELIEVED TO BE ACTOR CHARLES LEVIN _ Remains found in a remote area of Oregon are believed to be of missing actor Charles Levin, who played numerous roles on television comedies such as Seinfeld and Night Court. Levin, who was 70, was reported missing on July 8 by his son after he hadn’t heard from his father for several days.

CHICK-FIL-A MANAGER FIXES WWII VETERAN’S FLAT TIRE _ When a 96-year-old Chick-Fil-A customer showed up at his favorite Maryland restaurant with a flat tire, the manager sprang into action. The manager knew the customer only as Mr. Lee, a WWII veteran who usually ordered chicken biscuits and coffee. When Mr. Lee arrived Thursday morning he told the manager his dilemma. As soon as Mr. Lee finished his sentence, the manager knew he had to jump into action to change the flat.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN SAYS TACO BELL PUT A DOORKNOB IN HER NACHOS _ A New York (Fishkill) woman shared a picture Facebook, claiming that she found a doorknob in her Taco Bell nachos. The woman said Taco Bell hung up on her when she called to complain. It took her several calls before she was able to get someone to take her claim seriously. In a statement, Taco Bell said it was investigating the incident. • LINK

… Also, in her Facebook post showing the cheese-covered doorknob, the woman claims she waited 45 minutes in the drive-thru.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WINDSURFER CAUGHT WIND _ A German windsurfer who had just gotten out of the ocean caught by a gust of wind and was blown into a tree. When a bystander helped him down, he got caught by another gust and was blown ten yards away into a parked car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WITH CAT BROKE INTO HOME, ARRESTED WEARING HOMEOWNER’S CHRISTMAS ONESIE _ A man, accompanied by his cat named Spaghetti, made himself at home after breaking into Oregon residence on Sunday. Once inside he tried on an article of the female homeowner’s clothing, ate a cupcake, and made coffee.

… The homeowner told police she returned home and noticed damage and items that didn’t belong to them. She said she found a cat wearing a shirt in the crawl space beneath the house. When officers arrived, a man wearing the owner’s Christmas onesie emerged from the crawl space. Spaghetti was taken to an animal shelter; police said the homeowner declined her onesie not be returned after the suspect was arrested.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ACCUSED OF SANDWICH ASSAULT _ A Florida woman was arrested for assault after throwing a sandwich at her boyfriend. Police say the pair were arguing over their pets.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PORTA-POTTY BOOM _ Smoking in the toilet can be dangerous. A portable toilet exploded after a man in Russia who was inside lit a cigarette. The man drove himself to the hospital. The explosion resulted from a buildup of methane gas inside the portable toilet.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MESSAGE OF LOVE BURNS HOUSE _ A lovestruck man in Germany tried to impress his girlfriend by laying out hundreds of candles in the shape of a heart and spelling out the words “You set my heart on fire.” Unfortunately, what he set on fire was his house, which burned to the ground.


ON TELEVISION

THE BACHELORETTE (8p ET, ABC) — New. Hannah and Peter enjoy time aboard a luxury yacht, spends a day at the spa with Tyler, and Luke shares his feelings on the fantasy suite.

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (8p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour episode. In a new twist to the City Finals, the two fastest finishers take on the Power Tower for a chance at a safety pass.

LOVE ISLAND (8p ET, CBS) — New.

BEAT SHAZAM (8p ET, FOX) — New

PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US (8p ET, CW) — New.

THE CODE (9p ET, CBS) — New. Abe receives a warning about testifying in a lawsuit against the Corps.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE (9p ET, FOX) — New. The first round of the academy callbacks begin.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9p ET, CW) — New.

GRAND HOTEL (10p ET, ABC) — New. Javi finally reveals his big secret to the family, and Alicia and Danny’s hidden relationship becomes more complicated as new rules are enforced.

FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (HBO Go, HBO Now, HBO On Demand) — This award-winning 1998 miniseries returns, with the original visual effects replaced by computer-generated ones. The 12 episodes tell the story of the Apollo program during the 1960s and early 1970s. The cast includes Sally Field, Gary Cole and Tom Hanks. An HBO channel marathon airing of all 12 episodes begins the morning of July 20.


ENTERTAINMENT

TOP TEN MOVIES _ Spider-Man was the top dog at the box office for the second weekend in a row, but this weekend it will fall to second because The Lion King is in theaters.

  1. Spider-Man: Far from Home, $45.3 million
  2. Toy Story 4, $20.6 million
  3. Crawl, $12 million
  4. Stuber, $8 million
  5. Yesterday, $6.7 million
  6. Aladdin, $5.8 million
  7. Annabelle Comes Home, $5.5 million
  8. Midsommar, $3.5 million
  9. The Secret Life of Pets 2, $3.1 million
  10. Men in Black International, $2.2 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
… Five years ago this week: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
… Ten years ago this week: Bruno.
… Twenty years ago this week: American Pie.

… In theaters Friday: The Lion King (PG); The Art of Self-Defense (R)

JENNIFER LOPEZ RESCHEDULES AFTER NYC BLACKOUT KILLED HER CONCERT _ Jennifer Lopez’s rescheduled concert in Madison Square Garden in New York City is tonight (Monday). Her Saturday show was canceled due to the blackout in Midtown Manhattan.

ACTRESS LASHANA LYNCH IS 007 IN THE UPCOMING JAMES BOND _ The James Bond franchise has been in need of a jolt for a while now, and there has long been speculation that once Daniel Craig steps down from the role, he could be replaced by Idris Elba. But in the upcoming installment (directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga of True Detective), Bond is indeed getting replaced, not by Elba but by British actress Lashana Lynch. Most recently, Lynch appeared as a fighter pilot in Captain Marvel, alongside Brie Larson. According to the Britain’s Daily Mail: A movie insider said: “There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007’, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman. It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”

… There aren’t many other details on the film yet, there are rumblings that Christoph Walz, who was recently seen on set. Bond 25, as it’s currently nicknamed, is expected to be in theaters next spring.

PINK DEFENDS HER KIDS RUNNING IN HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL _ While Pink spent time with her children in Berlin, she shared several photos from her time in the European city — including her two children at the city’s Holocaust Memorial.

… In the photo, her daughter Willow Sage, age 8, and son Jameson Moon, 2, can be seen running through the memorial. Pink, who has been incredibly vocal in the past about the “parenting police,” went on to caption the slideshow of images with an explanation of why she chose to include the image of her children, even though she knew many online might not understand: “For all of the comments; these two children are in actuality Jewish, as am I. The very person who constructed this believed in children being children, and to me this is a celebration of life after death. Please keep your hatred and judgment to yourselves.”

… Peter Eisenman, the American architect who designed the memorial, has previously shared that he has no problem with some of the more light-hearted ways visitors respond to the space: “People have been jumping around on those pillars forever. They’ve been sunbathing, they’ve been having lunch there and I think that’s fine. A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground.”

THE WALKING DEAD WORKING ON BRINGING BACK LAUREN COHAN _ When fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead realized that beloved character, Maggie Greene, played by Lauren Cohan, had seemingly disappeared from the show, there was no shortage of complaints for her speedy return. Now it seems fans will finally have their complaints resolved as producer Angela Kang has confirmed that Cohan will definitely be back next season.

… Cohan stepped away from the show to focus on other projects after reportedly being denied a salary bump. One of Cohan’s first projects after The Walking Dead was ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier, where she stepped into the role of CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge. The show was canceled by ABC after just one season. After the cancellation of Whiskey Cavalier, Cohan began dropping hints about a possible return to The Walking Dead.

JOANNA GAINES ANNOUNCES NAME OF THE COFFEE SHOP SHE’S OPENING WITH CHIP _ Chip and Joanna Gaines are that husband-and-wife duo who seem to be able to do it all — including making a cup of coffee. Joanna recently announced the catchy name for their new coffee business. The coffee shop will be located in Waco, Texas — naturally — and will be called Magnolia Press. The pair already have their own restaurant in Waco called Magnolia Table.


AUDIO

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  PHONER: How did you pick the baby name?

  DROP: I’m not a baby, I’m a man!

  DROP: They hang out together, they’re really like a band.

  CHRISTMAS IN JULY: It’s July, but we’re already in Christmas mode. Hallmark is in the process of filming 40 holiday movies for this season, and Amazon Prime Day is Monday and Tuesday.


BITS & BREAKS

CUSTOMER SERVICE HORROR STORIES

BuzzFeed asked readers about their worst experiences with customers.

• I worked at a fast food restaurant, and one night our systems were down, so we could only accept cash. A man came through the drive-thru and upon being told we couldn’t take his credit card, he got out of his car and started beating the speaker system with a hammer.

• I saw a dude at an Apple store argue with the workers because they wouldn’t take his iPhone back even though it was “broken.” I heard the guy who worked there say, “Sir, this isn’t an iPhone, so we can’t help you.” I looked, and sure enough the person didn’t have an iPhone.

• I work at a pizza delivery place and I told a customer on the phone that there’s a 50-cent fee when using a credit card. He started screaming at me and hung up. Later on, at 3 AM, that same man came to the restaurant and spat in my face.

• I worked at an ice cream shop and one time a kid threw up in my tip jar. His mom just stared, didn’t apologize, and then they casually walked out like nothing happened.

• I worked at a gas station. A guy walked in and asked for cigarettes, so I rang them up. He started to flip out and said I was ripping him off. The sign clearly said $5.83 plus tax, and he demanded to know why they were $6.35. I then spent 10 minutes of my life explaining the intricacies of sales tax to a 42-year-old man.

• A customer came in with a bottle of Heinz ketchup and asked to return it because the ketchup inside was brown, not red. As the stock guy, I was called by customer service to investigate. Not only were there no other bottles with the brown substance inside, but we didn’t even carry that particular size bottle in the store. Finally, it hit me to check the “sell by” date on her bottle. It was from December of 1987. I guess she was cleaning out a rarely used pantry or something. She still wanted a refund, but we wouldn’t let her return it.

• I worked at a large store during my high school years. A couple walked up to the customer service desk with an Elf on the Shelf doll and asked to return it. When I asked them what was wrong with the doll they said that it wasn’t moving around at night like it was supposed to.

I’LL HAVE BACON WITH THAT

Square is a mobile payments company used by millions of businesses. They also have a way of tracking exactly what customers want, down to the condiment choices at restaurants. The data, based off tens of millions of orders, has concluded something you already know — we love bacon.

• Bacon is one of the most popular requests at restaurants. We are 145% more likely to choose bacon over sausage, and 38% more likely to choose bacon over tomato.

Other findings also found that…

• We love caffeine. We’re more than 132% more likely to add a shot of espresso than ask for decaf.

• We love big. We’re 58% more likely to choose a 16 ounce drink than a 12 ouncer.

CAMPING COMPLAINTS

These are actual comments left on U.S. Forest Service registration sheets and comment cards by backpackers completing wilderness camping trips:

• “A small deer came into my camp and stole my bag of pickles. Is there a way I can get reimbursed? Please call.”

• “Trails need to be wider so people can walk while holding hands.”

• “Ban walking sticks in wilderness. Hikers that use walking sticks are more likely to chase animals.”

• “Trails need to be reconstructed. Please avoid building trails that go uphill.”

• “Too many bugs and leeches and spiders and spider webs. Please spray to rid the area of these pests.”

• “Chair lifts need to be in some places so that we can get to wonderful views without having to hike to them.”

• “The coyotes made too much noise last night and kept me awake.”

• “Too many rocks in the mountains.”


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 500 million of these are made each year. (Slim Jims)

TRIVIA: On average, a cow does this 14 times a day. (Stands up or lies down)

TRIVIA: Experts on the human body say this travels at 350 feet per second. (Pain)

BREAKFAST BINGO

Five questions. Each answer begins with the corresponding letter in the word BINGO.

• A stiff folder-like office supply that has three rings. (Binder)

• It’s home to Des Moines and Davenport. (Iowa)

• A room within the house designed for the care of a young child or children. (Nursery)

• What you pour beverages into. (Glass)

• Someone who’s plain or average might also be called this. (Ordinary)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Question: Men Are Worse Than Women When It Comes to Lying About _______.

Answer: Shopping. A survey of 2,000 Americans discovered that 41% of men have lied about a recent purchase, compared to 22% of women.


DATEBOOK: JULY 16, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Michael Flatley (Lord of the Dance) is 61

• Phoebe Cates is 56

• Will Ferrell is 52

• Corey Feldman (Stand By Me, The Lost Boys) is 48

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1880: Dr. Emily Howard Stowe became the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada.

• 1955: The Disneyland park opened in Anaheim, California.

• 1957: United States Marine Major John Glenn flew a F8U Crusader supersonic jet from California to New York in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8 seconds setting a new transcontinental speed record.

• 1969: Apollo 11 was launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida, and would become the first manned space mission to land on the moon.

• 1999: John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette were killed in a plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. The Piper Saratoga aircraft was piloted by Kennedy.

• 2004: Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home confinement by a federal judge for lying about a stock sale.

• 2005: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K.Rowling hit bookstores and sold over 9 million copies in the first 24 hours.

• 2017: The BBC announced its first ever female Doctor Who would be played by Jodie Whittaker.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Hot Dog Day

• World Emoji Day

• Peach Ice Cream Day

UPCOMING

• July 16: Emmy nominations announced
• July 18: Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego
• July 28: Shark Week begins
• July 30: Second Democratic debate, in Detroit
• August 1: NFL pre-season begins
• August 1: Lollapalooza begins
• August 2: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally begins
• August 24: College football returns with two games: Florida vs. Miami and Arizona vs. Hawaii.
• September 2: Labor Day
• September 5: NFL season begins (Packers and Bears)