INTERPREP ★ SEPTEMBER 24, 2019

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DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 24, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue) is 71

• Harriet Walter (The Crown) is 69

• Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: Legendary Journeys) is 61

• Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is 57

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1948: The Honda Motor Company was founded.

• 1960: The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Virginia.

• 1968: 60 Minutes premiered on CBS.

• 1977: The Love Boat premiered on ABC.

• 2006: A 3-year-old British boy showed just what a genius he was at bidding on the Internet by buying a car off eBay. Rachel and Jack Neal said their young son, Jack, recently purchased a pink car through eBay for $17,106. The Neals found out about Jack’s endeavor when they received a congratulatory message.

• 2017: Plastic polystyrene trash was discovered for first time only 1,000 miles from the north pole.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Punctuation Day

• Woman Road Warrior Day, created to celebrate and honor the nation’s traveling businesswomen.

UPCOMING

• September 28: SNL Season 45 begins
• October 1: Major League Baseball playoffs start
• October 3: NHL regular season starts
• October 11: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
• October 11: National League Championship Series starts
• October 12: American League Championship Series starts
• October 13: Chicago Marathon
• October 27: Diwali
• October 31: Halloween (a Thursday)
• November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 11: Veterans Day
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 20: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theater


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

117,000: Libraries nationwide. About 87 percent of them are in schools and universities; governments maintain 867 libraries; the number of public libraries tops 9,000.


NEWS ATTACK!

Donald Trump said that he deserves to win the Nobel Peace Prize. [Well, maybe if he could find a way to bring peace between Rudolph Giuliani and a microphone.]

A model at Gucci’s latest fashion show was upset that Gucci models were made to wear straitjackets. [That was probably the most normal looking thing at the show.]

NASA says that its Mars lander keeps picking up strange electrical impulses around midnight. [All of us get strange impulses around midnight.]

In Connecticut, four baby squirrels were found with their tails braided together. [Either someone is terribly cruel or those baby squirrels are crazy talented.]

In Washington state, a fifth grader called 911 because the school bus driver was drunk. [They knew something was wrong. She was making all her stops.]

A new world record was set on a beach in Brazil when 596 people kiteboarded at the same time. [They were accompanied by a world record-setting 617 sharks.]

San Francisco’s fabled cable cars are back on the street after several days of repair. [They’ve also added a new service. If you’re really nice, the trolley takes you to see King Friday and the Land of Make Believe.]

One of BB King’s guitars just sold for $280,000. [That’s just about how much money my parents wasted on my music lessons.]

The rumor is that Berry Gordy, the founder of Motown, is retiring. [I heard it through the grapevine.]

Mike Pence drove his motorcade on Michigan’s Mackinac (mack-ih-naw) Island, an island that outlaws cars. [I wonder why he was there. I assume it wasn’t to deliver an environmental speech.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

FOR HIS 100th BIRTHDAY, WW2 VET IS ASKING FOR 100 BIRTHDAY CARDS _ James South, a World War II veteran, is approaching his 100th birthday on October 7 and has asked for one thing. In a Facebook post, Brookdale Senior Living in Waluga, Texas posted an image of South holding a sign sharing his birthday wish of receiving 100 birthday cards. South moved into Brookdale last year at the age of 98, and told the staff he wants to have all of the cards framed and hung on his walls.

… Special messages and cards for South can be sent to:

James South
5800 North Park Drive
Watauga, TX 76148

FIVE-YEAR PERIOD ENDING 2019 SET TO BE HOTTEST ON RECORD _ A new report says the world is falling badly behind in the race to avert climate disaster because of runaway warming, with the five-year period ending 2019 set to be the hottest ever. The report “highlights the urgent need for the development of concrete actions that halt global warming and the worst effects of climate change.” Average global temperature between 2015 and 2019 is on track to be the hottest of any five-year period on record.

EATING WITH OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE IS MAKING US FATTER _ Can friends, particularly the fuller-figured ones, be a bad influence when it comes to food? The answer is yes, according to scientists (at Southern Illinois and Cornell Universities) who hired an actress in a fat suit to test their theory that overweight friends can cause you to make unhealthy choices. When the actress appeared heavier and served herself a portion of pasta versus salad, her companions did the same. When she chose to serve herself a hearty helping of salad, her fellow diners followed suit but opted for smaller servings.

HALF OF ALL CATS ARE TOO FAT _ America has a fat cat epidemic. A new study (Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine) finds more than 50 percent of the nation’s kitties are overweight or obese. The extra weight may mean extra fluff and cuteness, but it also means additional health problems.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: What human food does your cat love?

CATS FORM STRONG BONDS WITH PEOPLE JUST LIKE DOGS DO _ Watch out, Rex — cats also have what it takes to be man’s best friend. Scientists say they’ve finally proven that cats do get attached to their human owners, just like dogs — they’re just often too aloof to show it. The team from Oregon State University was amazed so little research had been done on how cats bond with humans, reporting that people have been “underestimating cats’ socio-cognitive abilities.”

… Using the university’s specialized Human-Animal Interaction Lab, the scientists put more than 100 felines through tests to see how strongly they were attached to humans after short absences.

… The tests showed that the cats “share social traits once attributed to dogs and humans. … The majority of cats are securely attached to their owner and use them as a source of security…”

HILARIOUS VET TECH TRAINING VIDEO STARS MAN AS ANGRY CAT _ The internet and social media were built on cat videos. But it’s 2019, and cat videos are no longer as entertaining as rednecks blowing up cars on YouTube and teens lip-syncing to song clips on TikTok.

… However, there’s a cat video we think you should see. It’s a legit veterinary training video titled “Veterinary Technician Training: Handling a Fractious Cat.” Because cats can’t act on demand, the video features a vet technician dealing with a very angry and frightened cat — which is played by a full-grown male human. VIDEO (The fun starts at about :50.)

SOME STILL THINK CHOCOLATE MILK COMES FROM BROWN COWS _ Back in 2017 I told you about a study that revealed that around 7 percent of Americans think chocolate milk comes from brown cows. Apparently that bit of sad news is still alive and well in 2019, because the latest survey found 48 percent of Americans aren’t sure where chocolate milk comes from, and 7 percent still think it comes from brown cows.

… Don’t feel to bad, America, because a survey done a number of years ago revealed that 20 percent of people (worldwide) didn’t know hamburgers are made of beef — and this survey was done well before turkey burgers, veggie burgers and the new fake-meat burgers became popular.

HOW TO BUY OUT A COACHING CONTRACT (SATIRE) _ When you have an underperforming college coach who’s locked into a big, fat contract, how do you buy him out? On the college football site OffTackleEmpire they posted a satire story titled “Rutgers Using Alcohol Sales to Fund Coach Buyout.”

… The story: After an abysmal showing against a bad Boston College team on Saturday, Rutgers Athletics administrators are looking to get rid of current head coach Chris Ash. The problem is that Ash is under contract until 2023 and his buyout is 7.5 million dollars. However, given some recent changes in the Rutgers Gameday experience, Rutgers leaders have come up with a ingenious way to cover this cost. This season, Rutgers started selling alcohol at SHI Stadium. … With this new addition to Rutgers Football Games, on Monday Rutgers Athletics announced the 831 Initiative. [A Rutgers spokesman said], “We’re excited to announce this new initiative that will combine Rutgers fans’ need to drink copious amounts of alcohol with our need to get Ash, who is 8-31, the [heck] out of here. We just need a lot of fans … to buy considerable amounts of alcohol … We expect to cover most of Ash’s buyout by the end of the season.”

CORONA IS FIRST MAJOR BEER COMPANY TO ADOPT EDIBLE 6-PACK RINGS _ A couple of years ago a craft microbrewery in Florida called Saltwater Brewery started a trend that could save millions of sea creatures if adopted by bigger breweries and soda companies. The brewery — started by surfers, fishermen and “people who love the sea” — developed edible ring-holders for their beer cans made of barley and wheat remnants from the brewing process. Since then, craft brewers in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Scotland, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington State have jumped on the bandwagon.

… And now, Corona could really get the ball rolling, as the first major beer company to test the product. The rings are 100% biodegradable and safe for fish, turtles, birds and other marine life to eat. This is good news, since each year an estimated one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles become entrapped in plastic or ingest it and die.

NASA VIDEO FROM APOLLO 15 MISSION SHOWS ALIEN STRUCTURES ON MOON _ As if the real news weren’t weird enough each day, a YouTuber claims that NASA video from the Apollo 15 mission from 1971 appears to show an alien structure on the Moon. The Apollo 15 crew spent over 18 hours on the Moon’s surface and explored the desolate lunar landscape with the Lunar Roving Vehicle. Astronauts collected 170 pounds of surface material and snapped 1,400 photos.

… UFO-hunter Scott Waring shared a video that shows scientists examining maps of the Moon that were created by the research done during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. In the video, there seems to be an artificial or man-made structure on the surface on the Moon. The alien structure seems to be a wall-like structure or a building with 90-degree angles.

… Waring alleges: “The raw footage is 100 percent proof that NASA knew about the existence of aliens way back in 1971.” OK THEN!

WATCH FOR DEALS ON NATIONAL COFFEE DAY _ Sunday is National Coffee Day and that means… DEALS! No doubt many chains coffee places — and maybe even a few local ones — will have specials. Dunkin’ is offering a special buy one, get one offer. On Sunday, September 29, anyone who purchases a hot coffee at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide will get one hot coffee free (of equal or lesser value).

METAL DETECTOR HOBBYIST FINDS LONG-LOST CLASS RING IN FIELD _ A Vermont retiree who passes time using his metal detector to scan a popular park reunited a woman with a ring. Daniel Plummer took up metal detecting as a hobby after his retirement and he goes detecting a couple of times a week.

… Plummer said one recent item he found while “dirt fishing” was a 1994 class ring from Vermont’s South Royalton High School. So the former security officer did some social media sleuthing and found the ring’s owner, Amy Cruz. Cruz said the ring had vanished 26 years ago when she left it on a friend’s dresser and it was gone the following day. The ring was found buried in 5 inches of dirt about 25 minutes from where Cruz last saw it.

WHAT A ‘SCANDAL’ LOOKED LIKE FIVE YEARS AGO _ There’s no shortage of crazy coming out of the White House — or the tweets from the White House. But it hasn’t always been this way. Most presidencies are pretty low-key, with a “scandal” popping up maybe once a year. Like the one five years ago this week: a latte-sipping traitor president.

… As he stepped off of Marine One, President Obama saluted the Marines at the base of the copter with the same hand that was holding a paper cup of latte. The tweeters went nuts.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PARTY COFFINS? _ Whatever happened to party coffins? You don’t remember these? A company actually tried to make a go of specialized coffins for football tailgating. The Party Coffins base model included a cooler, mini-bar and power outlet. The premier model included a cooler, a TV in the coffin lid, surround sound home theater speakers built into the coffin, Dish network service, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. Each Party Coffin was specifically designed to be easily transported in a trailer, pickup truck, or full-size SUV. The Party Coffins website is no longer ‘live’.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: THE REASONS PEOPLE START EATING BETTER ARE OBVIOUS _ According to a new survey, the top reason people start to eat healthy and exercise is — ready for this? — because their clothes don’t fit. The second reason they start to eat healthy and and exercise is they don’t feel as good. The third reason is they see an unflattering photo of themselves.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN SETS NEW WORLD RECORD FOR TOSSING TORTILLA _ Some of us will be remembered for being good teachers, good scout leaders, good radio personalities, or good community leaders. A guy in Idaho will forever be remember for being good — really good — at tossing tortillas. This man, David Rush, has set a Guinness World Record for furthest tortilla throw, hurling the disc-shaped food item a distance of 54 feet, 5 inches.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: THIEVES MAKE OFF WITH READING GLASSES _ Thieves who broke into a delivery truck in a parking lot in Sweden made off with about 150,000 pairs of reading glasses.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT KNIFE IN BOTTOM _ A woman in China was mugged, but at the time didn’t realize that she’d been stabbed. In fact, for four months had no clue that a six-inch knife blade was completely buried in her bottom. And it was only after complaining of stomach pains that doctors did an X-ray and found the blade pressing into her bladder.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PANTS THIEF _ A policeman in Sweden noticed two men tussling on the sidewalk. One of the men said, “We’ve just swapped trousers.” The other man told a different story. He said he was walking down the street when the first man jumped him, yanked off his pants, and tossed a pair of sweatpants at him in exchange. The officer determined that the assailant had been refused entry at a nearby pub because he wasn’t properly dressed, and apparently decided that the passing victim wore the right size for him. The thief was told to swap the pants back, and then arrested for theft.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — Cote de Pablo (Ziva) is back for the first two episodes of the season and additional appearances down the line. Season 17 begins with a cryptic warning from Ziva, prompting Gibbs to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead.

THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — New. The auditions continue.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — The second season picks up two months after the events of the finale. Katey Sagal returns in a recurring role this season.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — Morris Chestnut (Rosewood) joins the cast for season 3, as Red Rock Mountain Medical takes over the hospital.

COUNTRY MUSIC (8p ET, PBS) — Mainstream crossovers and a new “Outlaw” sound are prevalent in country music during the years 1973-1983.

SEASON PREMIERE: BLESS THIS MESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — Mike and Rio host the town’s Huskers kickoff party in the season 2 premiere.

SEASON PREMIERE: THIS IS US (9p ET, NBC) — The Season 4 premiere will have Jack meeting Rebecca’s parents: Tim Matheson (The West Wing) and returning guest star Elizabeth Perkins (Sharp Objects). The season will feature also see Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time), Asante Blackk and Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us), Omar Epps, Timothy Omundson, and director M. Night Shyamalan in guest starring and recurring roles.

SEASON PREMIERE: FBI (9p ET, CBS) — In the Season 2 premiere, a bomb detonates at a restaurant in Queens, and the case becomes personal for OA, who grew up eating there.

SERIES PREMIERE: MIXED-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — This 2nd spinoff of Black-ish focuses on  Rainbow “Bow” Johnson’s childhood in a mixed-race family in the 1980s and the issues they faced moving from a hippie commune to the suburbs. Arica Himmel, Tika Sumpter, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gary Cole, Mykal-Michelle Harris, and Ethan William Childress star.

SEASON PREMIERE: EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — The sixth and final season begins 6 months after the events of the finale.

SEASON PREMIERE: BLACKISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — Pops reveals that he is getting married in the season 6 premiere. Loretta Devine guest stars.

SEASON PREMIERE: NEW AMSTERDAM (10p ET, NBC) — Season 2 picks up three months after the finale’s horrific ambulance crash and finds that life has moved on at the hospital.

SERIES PREMIERE: EMERGENCE (10p ET, ABC) — Allison Tolman (Fargo) stars in this new drama as a small town police chief who takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a larger conspiracy. Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist), Robert Bailey Jr. (The Night Shift), Donald Faison (Scrubs) and Clancy Brown also star.

SEASON PREMIERE: NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — In the season 6 premiere, Pride must cut his vacation short when Hannah is suspended for breaking protocol during a joint investigation with the FBI.


ENTERTAINMENT

FROZEN 2 GETS SECOND TRAILER _ Why was Elsa born with magical powers? What truths about the past await Elsa as she ventures into the unknown to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond Arendelle? The answers are calling her but also threatening her kingdom. A second trailer for Frozen 2 was released Monday. The film hits theaters November 22. • VIDEO

JARED PADALECKI TO STAR IN WALKER, TEXAS RANGER REBOOT _ Supernatural star Jared Padalecki is lining up his next project after that long-running series ends next year: a reboot of the series Walker, Texas Ranger. Walker, Texas Ranger ran for eight seasons on CBS from 1993 to 2001 and starred Chuck Norris as the iconic martial artist lawman Cordell Walker. Walker lived by the “Code of the Old West” and believed in treating people with respect and the occasional necessity of a good old-fashioned butt-kicking.

… The new series will be called Walker and is described by CBS as “a reimagining of the long running action/crime series Walker, Texas Ranger that will explore morality, family, and rediscovering our lost common ground. At the center of the series is Cordell Walker, a man finding his way back to his family while investigating crime in the state’s most elite unit. Our broken widower and father of two returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years for a high profile case — only to discover that there’s even more work to be done at home.”

JONAH HILL IN TALKS TO JOIN ROBERT PATTINSON IN THE BATMAN MOVIE _ Sources say Jonah Hill is in talks to play either The Penguin or The Riddler in The Batman, the caped crusader movie coming out in June of 2021. Robert Pattinson was recently announced as the star.

🎧 AUDIOWWE’S LACEY EVANS ADMITS INCIDENT WITH COP IN WAS STAGED _ WWE Superstar Lacey Evans went viral over the weekend when she was pulled over for a speeding ticket while in Canada. From the video she posted on Twitter, it looked like she decided to respond to a legitimate citation completely in-character, asking the law enforcement officer, “Do you know who I am?,” declaring him a “nasty” and insulting Canada to his face. To some, it was a pretty thing to see from a former military police officer. • TWEET

… On Monday Evans said the interaction had been planned out beforehand. She tweeted: “As prior law enforcement myself and a United States Marine, I do not condone, agree with or promote disrespecting or making LEO’s jobs harder than they already are. The video was created by both parties to promote the local live event taking place in the Edmonton area. As a sports entertainer its is my job to not only entertain but also set the proper example. So with that being said… I’m glad you all were entertained but if you ever try to honestly disrespect or put my brothers and sisters in blue in harm… I hope you get what you ask for.”

LENNY KRAVITZ ASKS FANS FOR HELP FINDING HIS LOST SUNGLASSES _ Have you seen Lenny Kravitz‘s sunglasses? The rock star asked his Twitter followers on Monday if they could help him find a pair of his beloved shades he’d misplaced, sharing two photos of himself wearing the square silver frames. • TWEET

… He wrote: “I’m missing this pair of sunglasses after my show in LA at the Shrine this weekend. They are incredibly sentimental to me, they are vintage and they belonged to a family member. Hoping to get them back, no questions asked.” He even created a dedicated email address for tips: kravitzglasses@gmail.com.


AUDIO

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🎧 Drop: That is a fail if I’ve ever seen one.

🎧 WWE star Lacey Evans says her run-in with police in Canada was staged.

🎧 Guy calls 911 and claims he was threatened by a restaurant owner, but it was really about a tomato.

🎧 Gender reveal in Texas uses hippo chomping on watermelon.


BITS & BREAKS

FACEBOOK THIS

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: If you only could choose 3 condiments to use for the rest of your life, what would they be?

WOMEN ARE IN A BAD MOOD 5 HOURS A WEEK?

According to a study, women spend a full 5 hours a week in a bad mood, and their bad temper gets worse as they age. So what puts women in such bad moods? Here are the top triggers:

  • Being overweight
  • Partner not listening
  • Feeling under the weather
  • Weather/bad weather
  • Not having enough money
  • Technology
  • Feeling undervalued
  • No one helping with anything
  • Time of the month
  • Having nothing to wear
  • Having a bad hair day
  • Keeping on top of housework/laundry
  • A boring life
  • Heavy workload
  • The traffic
  • Colleagues not pulling their weight
  • Being hungry
  • Children not listening
  • Public transport being late
  • Hating your job
  • Your boss putting pressure on you
  • Ungrateful children
  • All the hot water being used up in the morning
  • Your friends’ Facebook updates
  • Going through menopause
  • Colleagues being late for work
  • No one making you a cup of coffee
  • Breaking a nail

REAL ESTATE ADS

If buying a house is in your near future, you’ve probably still haven’t gotten used to all that fancy lingo the sellers use to describe every feature
of the house. Which is why the (Your Show Name) has put together “Deciphering Real Estate Ad Phrases.”

• When the ad says: “COUNTRY FEEL IN THE CITY,” that means the previous owner kept a cow in the basement.

• When the ad says: “WIDE OPEN FLOOR PLAN,” that means the previous owner tore down all the walls.

• When the ad says: “UPDATED BATH,” that means the tub no longer overflows.

• When the ad says: “UPDATED KITCHEN,” that means the sink no longer overflows.

• When the ad says: “SECURITY SYSTEM,” that means the neighbor has a dog.

HOW AMERICANS ORDER THEIR STEAKS AND HAMBURGERS


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Women on average spend 55 minutes a day doing it, while men spend 28 minutes a day doing it. Doing what? (Searching for misplaced items. I bet women spend many of those 55 minutes looking for lost children and husbands.)

TRIVIA: The first women hired for this job could weigh no more than 115 pounds, be nurses and be unmarried. (Flight attendants. 1930 was the first year for female flight attendants.)

TRIVIA: After the age of 30, over half of women surveyed said they hate to exercise where? (Outside)

RIDDLE!

Lynn likes grapes but not potatoes. She likes squash but not lettuce, and she likes peas but not onions. Following the same pattern, will she like pumpkins or apples?

Answer: Pumpkins. All the things she likes grow on vines.

FACT OR FICTION

• A ‘fly tower’ is another name for an airport’s control tower. (Fiction)

• The first living thing to be sent into orbit around the Earth was a monkey. (Fiction. It was a dog.)

• Before they were the Beach Boys they called themselves Carl and the Passions. (Fact)

• Brad Pitt once worked for a restaurant dressed as a chicken. (Fact)

• The International Cigarette Lighter Museum is located in the Netherlands. (Fiction)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

• 1965: THE STATLER BROTHERS made their chart debut with Flowers On The Wall.

• 1982: Wild and Blue charted. It would go on to be JOHN ANDERSON’s first number one song.

• 2006: RASCAL FLATTS’ What Hurts The Most became the first country song to crack the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart since the DIXIE CHICKS’ Landslide in 2003.

• 2011: RANDY TRAVIS collapsed while singing Three Wooden Crosses at the Crystal Heart Gala, a benefit for a medical center, at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth.

• 2012: LORETTA LYNN celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry member. Special guests joining her for the show included CRYSTAL GAYLE, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LEE ANN WOMACK and Opry regulars LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS and BILL ANDERSON.

• 2017: DOLLY PARTON collected gold singles (from the RIAA) for I Will Always Love You and Jolene, plus a platinum award for 9 To 5.


DATEBOOK: SEPTEMBER 25, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

• Barbara Walters is 90

• Michael Douglas is 75

• Anson Williams (Potsie on Happy Days) is 70

• Mark Hamill is 68

• Heather Locklear is 58

• Will Smith is 51

• Catherine Zeta-Jones is 50

• Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, Gabe Lewis on The Office) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1789: The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)

• 1981: Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

• 2006: Four Detroit carjackers stole an inoperable vehicle from a woman waiting for a tow truck to arrive. Undeterred by a flat tire — or the victim’s cell phone — the masked crooks got behind the wheel and attempted to outrun police. They couldn’t.

• 2013: Oracle Team USA defeated Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America’s Cup.

• 2015: Caitlyn Jenner officially changed her name from Bruce and her gender to a woman.

• 2017: The first ever woman graduated from the US Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Three months until Christmas!

• One-Hit Wonder Day

• Pharmacists Day

• Comic Book Day

• World Dream Day

• Quesadilla Day

• Food Service Workers Day

UPCOMING

• September 28: SNL Season 45 begins
• October 1: Major League Baseball playoffs start
• October 3: NHL regular season starts
• October 11: Nobel Peace Prize winner announced
• October 11: National League Championship Series starts
• October 12: American League Championship Series starts
• October 13: Chicago Marathon
• October 27: Diwali
• October 31: Halloween (a Thursday)
• November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends
• November 11: Veterans Day
• November 13: Country Music Association Awards
• November 28: Thanksgiving
• November 29: Black Friday
• November 30: Small Business Saturday
• December 20: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theater