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DATEBOOK: MARCH 3, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Movie producer-director George Miller (Mad Max) is 75

• Rapper Tone Loc is 54

• Julie Bowen (Modern Family) is 50

• David Faustino (Married…With Children) is 46

• Jessica Biel is 38

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1949: The first automatic street light was installed in New Milford, Connecticut.

• 1953: The Academy Awards were first broadcast on television (NBC).

• 2005: Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett became the first person to fly around the world alone without stopping or refueling, touching down in central Kansas after a 67-hour, 23,000-mile journey.

• 2007: Doctors in China announced that they had discovered a woman who washed the family’s clothes while sleepwalking. She’d been doing it for ten years.

• 2014: The world’s largest virus to date was discovered in 30,000-year-old Siberian ice.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Anthem Day

• Mulled Wine Day

• Simplify Your Life Day

• Soup It Forward Day

• Unique Names Day

• World Wildlife Day

• Caregiver Appreciation Day

• Cold Cuts Day

• Moscow Mule Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

1,000: People per day moving to Florida. Because of this, Florida loses 12 acres of land to development every hour.


NEWS ATTACK!

NASA is looking for new astronauts. [Sorry, (hick city), they don’t allow Cheetos on the International Space Station.]

The new Bachelorette has been announced by ABC. [Congrats to Judge Judy.]

Americans are starting to hit stores to stock up in case the coronavirus comes to their city. [I’m heading to the store after the show to stock up on sour watermelon Peeps.]

Judge Judy is dumping her TV show for a new venture. [Now we know why so many Democratic candidates are calling it quits.]

Judge Judy is dumping her current show for a new one called Judy Justice. [By the title, I’m pretty confident the show will begin with her riding into her courtroom on a Harley.]

Judge Judy is leaving her current TV show to launch a new one. [Judge Judy: Special Victims Unit.]

Bring on spring. [The cleaning people will be glad when the weather breaks and the boss can start playing golf again. He’s been dumping coffee grounds on the floor to practice getting out of sand traps.]

Former presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, and Amy Klobuchar are endorsing Joe Biden. [And Judge Judy for VP.]

It’s looking more and more like Joe Biden could be going up against Donald Trump. [Of course, it’s still early and Joe might drop out to take a nap.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

4 IN 5 WANT CITIES QUARANTINED IN CASE OF CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK _ Four out of five Americans surveyed (by global market research firm Ipsos) said they think governments should quarantine entire cities if there is an outbreak of Covid-19.

… Two in five Americans surveyed said that their concern over the outbreak has grown in the past week (42%), and about half of Americans (50%) believe it is likely that the coronavirus will become a full-blown crisis in the United States.

FOOT-TAPPING IS THE NEW HANDSHAKE DURING CORONAVIRUS _ Amidst coronavirus fears, a video has gone viral of the “Wuhan shake” — a foot-to-foot greeting people in China are using instead of a handshake. In a clip on Twitter, a group of men wearing face masks can be seen saying hello to each other by quickly tapping their feet together. The first man is shown waving off a handshake invitation and offers his foot instead. He is then greeted by a foot tap instead. • VIDEO

NO, STEVE WOZNIAK AND HIS WIFE ARE NOT CORONAVIRUS PATIENT ZERO IN THE US _ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he and his wife Janet “may have both been patient zero” for the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US. On Monday, Woz tweeted the couple had returned from China on January 4 and that his wife went to a clinic for a “bad cough.” Later on Monday Janet Wozniak told USA Today she just has a sinus infection.

AUDIOWASH YOUR HANDS TO THE PIZZA BAGEL JINGLE _ Hand washing is important, particularly during flue and Covid-19 season, but a simple splashing of hot, soapy water is not the move. There is, in fact, a correct way to wash one’s hands, and it involves singing (or humming). Experts say 20 seconds of soapy hand-washing is a must, and the easiest way to count off that time is to sing the Happy Birthday song — twice.

… Or, as the website LifeHacker suggests, you could sing the Pizza Bagel Bites jingle a couple of times. Why? Because, says LifeHacker, Happy Birthday is “a dumb song. It’s hard to sing, and — unless it is your birthday — serves as a sad reminder that it is not your birthday, and you will not be getting any presents [or cake].”

NASA ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FOR ASTRONAUTS _ Want to be one of the earlier astronauts to return to the Moon or explore Mars? You now have your chance. NASA has started taking applications for its next round of astronauts, some of them likely to be part of future Moon and Mars expeditions. You’ll have until the very end of the month (March 31st at 11:59PM ET) to apply, although time isn’t the main constraint here — qualifying is.

… NASA says that you’ll need to be a US citizen with either a master’s degree in a STEM field or an equivalent, such as two years of work toward the doctorate in your field, a medical doctorate or the combination of a completed test pilot school program (finished by June 2021) with a STEM bachelor’s degree. You’ll also need real-world experience that includes either two years of “progressively responsible” work experience or 1,000 flight hours as a pilot in command. And you’ll have to pass a long-duration spaceflight physical.

PENN STATE STUDENTS HOLD VIGIL FOR CLOSED TACO BELL LOCATION _ Penn State University students and community members gathered at the site of a shuttered Taco Bell for a vigil mourning the loss of the fast food restaurant. The Taco Bell location on E. College Avenue in State College unexpectedly closed its doors permanently last week, leading Penn State student Prajesh Patel to organize the Sunday night vigil. The vigil, which was advertised on Facebook, brought out dozens of attendees, including former employees.

TEEN PROMISES TO GET STRANGERS’ NAMES TATTOOED ON LEG FOR FUNDRAISER _ A New Zealand teen plans to get random people’s names tattooed on their leg to raise money for charity. For $50 each, Quaid Fletcher (age 17) will tattoo your name on their leg once they turn 18 on April 30. Quaid, who uses the gender-neutral pronouns ‘them’ and ‘their’, had raised $272 by Monday and plans to donate the money to charities that help LGBTQIA+ causes and the homeless in Auckland.

… Quaid says the “idea first came to me in media studies class — our teacher told us about someone in the U.S. who got people to donate money and pick an emoji to be tattooed on.”

PEEPS RELEASED A SOUR WATERMELON FLAVOR _ Peeps — known for its yellow and pink marshmallow Easter-time treats — is offering up something completely different this year: sour watermelon flavor. • LINK

22-YEAR-OLD WINS $70M JACKPOT AFTER BUYING LOTTO TICKET AT GROCERY STORE WHERE HE WORKS _ A 22-year-old from Canada made the purchase of a lifetime when he bought a winning lottery ticket netting him $70 million. Gregory Mathieu, a now-former grocery store bagger from Québec City, says he’ll be giving $1 million each to seven members of his family.

… Mathieu said he plans on traveling and buying a new car to replace the one that is giving him problems.

CRAB LEGS DINNER TURNS INTO LOTTERY WIN _ A Maryland woman won a $50,000 jackpot on her first first attempt at the Maryland Lottery’s new Fast Play games. The 61-year-old told Maryland Lottery officials she went to a grocery store (in Glen Burnie) to buy ingredients for a crab legs dinner. She said the new Fast Play games caught her eye at the store’s lottery kiosk, so she decided to give it a go. She put $20 in the machine to buy the $10 ticket and was so excited to discover she had won that she forgot about her other $10. The winner said she initially thought she had a $50 winner, but the store clerk who attempted to cash it explained it was a $50,000 winner and would have to be redeemed at lottery headquarters.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SILLY PUTTY _ This year marks the 70th anniversary of Silly Putty, the bouncy, stretchy pink stuff that comes in a plastic egg. Note: It went on sale as Silly Putty in 1950, though it was invented years earlier for other reasons.

WHICH TYPE OF PEOPLE ARE MOST LIKELY TO USE FACEBOOK _ A new study says Facebook users are more likely to be middle-aged, female, married, or liberal-minded. The research (Lehigh University) also reveals that there are a host of economic and demographic factors behind people who use — and don’t use — Facebook. Previous research boiled down Facebook use to a binary formula: you either use Facebook or you don’t. But researchers identified four distinct types of Facebook users in his research:

  • Current user, or a person who has and uses a Facebook account.
  • Deactivated user, or one who has temporarily deactivated their account, but might reactivate it at any time.
  • Considered deactivating user, or one who has considered deactivating their account, but never did.
  • Never user — someone who has never had a Facebook account.

… Current Facebook use is more common among users who are between 40 and 60 years old, female, not seeking employment, have a higher income level, are of Asian descent, or are currently married. In fact, women were more than 2.6 times likelier than men to be a current Facebook user rather than one who’s never had an account.

… Conversely, those most likely to have never held an account were male, older, from a lower-income household, of African-American descent, are more socially conservative, or weigh less than others. Age seemed to play a particular role in the findings. Adults over 60 were less likely to have ever had a Facebook account — for every one year of age, the odds a person wasn’t ever a user rose by 4.6%.

LATER SCHOOL START TIMES LEAD TO FEWER TEEN CAR CRASHES _ Getting teenagers out of bed for school in the morning is quite a struggle, but there may be a good reason to let them catch those extra zzz’s. A recent study finds that teens are involved in significantly fewer accidents if their schools start later.

… In 2015, the high schools of Fairfax County, Virginia, changed their start time from 7:20AM to 8:10AM. A Harvard-led research team analyzed the crash rate data of accidents involving teenagers for two school years before and after the change in start time. Over this period the crash rate in Fairfax County teens dropped from 31.63 to 29.59 accidents per 1,000 drivers. The crash rate stayed the same for teens in the rest of Virginia where school times did not change.

… Teenagers are more alert if they’re able to sleep in a little later. During the teen years, the body’s internal clock is adjusted, causing teens to go to sleep later and wake up later. If they’re forced to wake up early for school then they’ll end up driving to school when their body is telling them they should be in bed, the study suggests.

WHY DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS AT 2AM _ (NOTE: Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend.) If you happen to be awake and staring at your smartphone in the very early hours of the morning on Sunday, March 8, you’ll have the small pleasure of watching the time jump right from 1:59AM to 3AM — the start of Daylight Saving Time. But why that hour, specifically?

… The United States first adopted DST in 1918 as a way to conserve energy during World War I, following the lead of both England and Germany. When choosing exactly when to make the switch, officials were looking for an hour that could easily disappear without wreaking havoc on people’s schedules across the nation. Since no Amtrak trains departed New York City on Sundays at 2AM, losing that hour seemed a little less consequential than any other.

… According to the book Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving time, Sunday morning at 2AM was when “[a time change] would interrupt the least amount of train travel around the country.

… The United States didn’t stick with daylight saving time after 1918 — partially because so many farmers opposed it — but it did resurrect the tradition during World War II, and Congress formalized the practice in 1966 with the Uniform Time Act (which also created the time zones we use today).

… The reason DST’s 2AM start time has remained standard through the years isn’t just because it prevents confusion among late-night train passengers. Considering that most bars and restaurants are closed by then, and early shift-workers won’t be awake yet, it’s a pretty quiet hour across the board.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GET THAT MOOSE OFF MY CAR _ In Norway, a man was driving along when he stopped for a moose in the highway. He thought he had avoided a costly collision. But after about two seconds of staring at the man the moose trotted toward the car and proceeded to walk on top of it.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: USING A COP CAR TO SNORT DRUGS _ A nightclub partier was detained by German police after they caught her trying to snort drugs off the top of their unmarked patrol car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN WALKS DOG FROM DRIVER’S SEAT _ A dog owner in England was fined after taking his pet for a walk. It was how the man did it that landed him in the doghouse. The man was spotted driving at low speed holding his dog’s leash through the car window as the animal trotted alongside.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN ADVERTISES FOR GRANDCHILD _ A Chinese woman, unhappy that her son was unwilling to have a child, advertised in a local newspaper to recruit a grandson. The 64-year-old said her son had been married for 11 years and did not want to have children of his own. The ad in the newspaper read: “I would love to recruit a three-person family, who have a little child, as my relatives. After six months, if they are qualified, I would allow them to live with me. Then I can enjoy being a real granny.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DIRTY HUBBY _ An Iranian woman requested a divorce from her husband on the grounds that he had not washed for more than a year. Interestingly, when the couple first married almost a decade earlier the husband was obsessively clean, taking showers three times a day and washing his hand every few minutes.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN IN COLORADO TRIES TO PET A MOOSE _ A woman in Colorado made the mistake of trying to pet a moose as it wandered through downtown Breckenridge last week, nearly getting attacked in the process. Video shared to Instagram shows the woman approaching the moose on Thursday and when she got too close to petting it, the animal lifted it’s hooves and stomped toward her. One person can be heard saying in the video, “That girl’s an idiot. You’re an idiot.” • VIDEO

… The Breckenridge Police Department shared on Facebook that the woman in the video has been identified and information has been shared with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


ON TELEVISION

SUPER TUESDAY COVERAGE (CBS, ABC, NBC) — The networks and cable channels offer live coverage of the Super Tuesday primary elections in 14 states around the country.

THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. Nadine’s father comes to town for her birthday.

EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — The last new episodes of the sixth and final season begin.


ENTERTAINMENT

007 FAN SITE WANTS ‘NO TIME TO DIE’ RELEASE DELAY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS _ Prominent James Bond fan site MI6-HQ.com wrote an open letter requesting the delay of No Time to Die, the upcoming installment in the Daniel Craig-led British spy series. The movie is set to release in theaters in early April. But given widespread concern about coronavirus, the fan group is urging distributors to push its debut until summer.

… The site says, “Delay the release … until the summer when experts expect the epidemics to have peaked and to be under control. It’s just a movie. The health and well-being of fans around the world, and their families, is more important. We have all waited over 4 years for this film. Another few months will not damage the quality of the film and only help the box-office for Daniel Craig’s final hurrah.”

MAVERICK TO RELEASE TWO DAYS EARLY _ Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick will fly forward two days to release on June 24, giving the blockbuster a Wednesday start. Paramount Pictures made the announcement on Monday.

ORLANDO BLOOM REPORTEDLY RETURNING FOR PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN REBOOT _ While the sixth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is currently being written, a source says Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner will return. While it’s not expected that many of the other lead actors will return, Disney is looking at Bloom in an effort to ensure that there’s at least one Pirates legacy character around.

WILLIAM SHATNER HAS NO PLANS FOR A ‘STAR TREK: PICARD’ TYPE SERIES _ William Shatner is impressed with the work Patrick Stewart is doing in his CBS All-Access series, Star Trek: Picard. That doesn’t mean the man who played a major role in the original Star Trek series wants to get back into his old Star Fleet uniform. Shatner thinks a series that would focus on Kirk post-Starfleet is “played out” at this point.

… Shatner also expressed some awe at the fact that Patrick Stewart is willing to go through the grind of a television series again: “Doing a series is debilitating for a young guy, for a 25-year-old, which I was doing when I was 25 years old. It’s a physical wrecker, it’s a mental wrecker, and it’s a homewrecker ’cause you’re working 14, 18 hours a day. And in the last series I did, Boston Legal, I had, in rush hour, a two-hour commute. So add that. So no, I would not be interested in doing a series, per se.”

JUDGE JUDY STEPPING AWAY FROM SHOW BECAUSE OF FEUD WITH CBS _ Judge Judy is stepping away from her longtime television show and calling it quits with CBS because of a feud that’s been cooking for some time. TMZ reports that Judy was being shut down left and right on possible new shows she developed.

… Judy struck a huge deal with CBS last year year — selling her Judge Judy library for a reported $95 million, with an end date of 2020-2021. She was already producing the show Hot Bench, and was said to be developing other projects as well under CBS, like the court drama Her Honor which would’ve been based on her life — but there have been no developments on that one since 2016.

… Judge Judy’s new show, Judy Justice, is expected to have a similar format as her current show and will likely run on a streaming service or major cable outlet.

SHARK TANK JUDGE NOT OUT $388K AFTER ALL _ The Shark Tank judge who lost $388,700 in a phishing scam has gotten the money back. Barbara Corcoran said she’d “already accepted” her loss and moved on. But then came remarkable news: After a request from Corcoran’s bank, the German-based bank Corcoran’s bookkeeper used to mistakenly wire the money to the scammers froze the transfer before the money actually got deposited into the Chinese bank account to which it was headed.

CHRIS MATTHEWS DEPARTS HARDBALL _ Chris Matthews is stepping down from MSNBC’s Hardball amid scrutiny of recent on-air remarks as well as speculation about behind-the-scenes behavior. The veteran anchor said on his program Monday night that he was leaving the cable-news outlet, putting an end to a long-running show that was featured on three different networks and part of the news landscape since 1994. Monday’s broadcast was Matthews’ last.

… Matthews had been under close watch by critics, apologizing last week after making an awkward comparison on air between Senator Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucuses and the Nazis’ World War II takeover of France.

… Adding to the recent spotlight: a female journalist last week wrote an account in GQ alleging Matthews made inappropriate remarks to her while she was getting ready to appear on his show. That resurfaced reports that Matthews had been reprimanded in 1999 after a similar incident that resulted in a settlement to an employee, as well as claims that Matthews treated female politicians less respectfully.

TIMOTHY HUTTON DENIES 1983 RAPE ACCUSATION _ Oscar-winning actor Timothy Hutton has been accused of raping a Canadian woman in 1983, when she was a teen, according to a report out Monday. Hutton is strongly denying the accusation. Lauren Johnston was 14 and going by the first name Sera when she and two friends met Hutton, who was then in his 20s and filming Iceman in Vancouver, Canada. Johnston told Buzzfeed News the group went back to Hutton’s hotel room where he proceeded to get close to the former model, who was a working actor at the time. She claims that she found herself in his bedroom and that a friend of his allegedly entered soon after.

… Johnston, now 50, told Buzzfeed that Hutton, now 59, got undressed and started to have sex with her. She said she begged him to stop. Johnston said she first told the guys she was 17, but later that night admitted her real age. At the time, the age of consent in Canada was 14.

… Hutton said Monday, “For the past two-and-a-half years, I have been the target of multiple extortion attempts by a woman named Sera Dale Johnston to extract millions of dollars from me. She threatened that if I did not meet her demands, she would go to the press with a false allegation that I sexually assaulted her 37 years ago in Canada. I never assaulted Ms. Johnston. Today, BuzzFeed chose to publish Ms. Johnston’s false story. BuzzFeed knew the truth because they were provided with documented evidence. What’s really going on here is that Ms. Johnston’s extortion attempts failed. … When I became aware of this, I went to the FBI, signed a sworn statement, and filed a criminal complaint against Ms. Johnston for extortion. I will not stop fighting to expose this story for what it is — a failed extortion attempt based on something that never happened.”

FACEBOOK PULLS OUT OF SXSW DUE TO CORONAVIRUS WORRIES _ Social networking giant Facebook has opted out of SXSW over concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Facebook had been scheduled to be represented by about a dozen speakers at the annual film, music and technology festival in Austin, Texas. The festival runs from March 13 to 22.

… Twitter bailed out of SXSW on Sunday evening, announcing that the employees would not be allowed to attend due to its mandatory global business travel restrictions.

REALLY? FAST AND FURIOUS 9 ADDING BEN STILLER TO THE CAST _ According to a new report from Page Six, actor/director Ben Stiller is joining the cast of Fast and Furious 9, aka F9. Seems so random, but Page Six claims Stiller will have a “small part” in F9, which comes to theaters in May.

REALLY? MEGHAN MARKLE SAID TO BE EYEING SUPERHERO ROLE _ On March 31 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will officially leave the British Royal Family and a report from a British tabloid claims Meghan already has an eye on her next gig: a role in a future superhero movie. Mail Online claims the Duchess hopes to become “part of an ensemble cast” in an upcoming superhero movie, and has informed her agent that she’s “open to the best offers.”

ARTEMIS FOWL HAS A SECOND TRAILER _ Nearly a year after its originally scheduled release, Artemis Fowl — a film adapted from the popular book series — is finally coming to theaters this spring. The new trailer was released Monday. • VIDEO

NETFLIX IS LAUNCHING ITS OWN COMEDY FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES THIS SPRING _ Netflix has become home to countless stand-up comedy specials from some of the finest comedians working today. Now the streaming giant will gather up some of those stand-up greats for the first Netflix Is A Joke Fest in Los Angeles this spring.

… Netflix Is A Joke Fest will run from April 27 through May 3, featuring over 100 live shows from some of the biggest names in comedy.


AUDIO

Find these audio files on the PRO AUDIO PAGE.

  Wash your hands to two runs of Happy Birthday, or the Pizza Bagel Bites jingle. March 3 News & Nuggets.

  Pete Buttigieg has dropped out of the presidential race. Here’s a montage of people trying to say his name. FYI – His campaign team eventually created stickers which read BOOT EDGE EDGE.


BITS & BREAKS

LET’S STOP SHAMING MOMS

In a survey, moms share the top ways they are shamed.

• 51% – A stranger was rude to me while I was trying to calm down my child while they were having a tantrum

• 49% – A stranger was rude when I had to change my child’s diaper in public because I did not have access to a restroom

• 47% – A stranger made a rude comment to me regarding my child

• 44% – A stranger was rude to me when bottle feeding my child in public

• 44% – A stranger was rude to me when breastfeeding in public

• 44% – I received passive-aggressive advice from a relative

• 44% – I received unsolicited advice from a stranger

• 41% – A stranger gave dirty looks in a restaurant when I brought my child

• 36% – I received rude comments regarding how I dress my child

• 35% – I received rude comments regarding what I feed my child

SURVIVE THIS

The latest Survivor’s on CBS right now. Here are some real survivor questions from HowStuffWorks.com.

• What’s the most important survival tool for a novice in a jungle scenario?

machete
water filter
fire starter

You could make an argument for the machete, but a novice survivalist would do well to stay hydrated with a water filter.

• What’s the easiest way to catch fish in a survival situation?

bare hands
spear fishing
traps and snares

Spear fishing.

• What unlikely object can you make fire from?

ice
water
rocks

Shape ice into a convex circle and use it like a magnifying lens to make fire.

• Which of the following can kill you?

frostbite
sun burn
hypothermia

Sunburn and frostbite are no fun, but you won’t die. You can die from hypothermia though.

• What should you not drink if you’re dehydrated?

Evian
Gatorade
saltwater

Saltwater will only dehydrate you more, so stay away from it.

• What’s the emergency smoke signal to send if you’re in trouble?

bursts of three quick puffs
long puff, short puff, long puff
three long puffs

Do what Native Americans did and send three quick puffs until someone finds you.

• In a survival scenario, you should avoid eating insects that…what?

have a hard shell
are brightly colored or pungent
have stingers

You can eat insects with hard shells and stingers, including scorpions — but you should avoid bugs that are brightly colored and/or pungent.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average American eats six pounds of this each year. (Potato chips)

TRIVIA: The average American driver will spend 6 months of their life waiting where? (At red lights)

TRIVIA: Scientists think there are about 10 quintillion of these on earth. (Insects. That’s the number 10 followed by 18 zeros.)

BREAKFAST BINGO

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

• Soup is served in one. (Bowl)

• What you call a person in jail. (Inmate)

• The home of country music. (Nashville)

• Curious monkey. (George)

• Eight sided polygon. (Octogon)


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MARCH 3, 2020

• 1973: CHARLEY PRIDE earned a Grammy for Best Country Single for Kiss An Angel Good Morning.

• 1984: EXILE scored their first number one hit with Woke Up In Love.

• 2002: GEORGE STRAIT plays the final Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show concert held at Houston’s Astrodome, with more than 68,000 in attendance. He dedicates “Love Without End, Amen” to George and Barbara Bush, who are part of the crowd

• 2005: With six weeks at the top of the country chart, RASCAL FLATTS’ Bless The Broken Road scored the second longest consecutive stint at the top by a country group, following LONESTAR’s Amazed, which had spent eight weeks at the top.

• 2013: TRACE ADKINS raised more than $670,000 for the American Red Cross as the winning project manager during the season’s first episode of The Celebrity Apprentice.

• 2017: The Shack debuted in theaters with TIM MCGRAW in the cast.

• 2020: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s fitness book was published: Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life.

Brett Warren of THE WARREN BROTHERS is 49.


COUNTRY AUDIO

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COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s book is out today. Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life is full of tips on eating, exercise, and lifestyle choices.

… Price is $21. • LINK

… There’s an autographed edition for $50. • LINK

… CARRIE UNDERWOOD has launched The Fit 52 app.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD has been a vegetarian since she was 13, but she was never really concerned about the way she looked until she began performing on American Idol. In an interview with Women’s Health, Carrie said she was motivated to begin dieting and exercising while she was competing in the singing competition.

… In the profile, Carrie recalls seeing a comment on a fan site that said “Carrie’s getting fat” as she was competing on the show. While she acknowledged that the comment shouldn’t have gotten to her, it did have an impact, and ultimately helped motivate her to lose weight. Carrie tells Women’s Health: “I was tired, and I kept buying bigger clothes. I knew I could be better for myself, and I let my haters be my motivators.”

JIMMIE ALLEN and fiancée Alexis Gale welcomed their first child on Sunday (March 1), a girl, Naomi Betty Allen.

JIMMIE ALLEN has his second number one with Make Me Want To (Mediabase).

JUSTIN MOORE tells the newest issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine his favorite place to write songs is at the beach. Justin says he gets some of his best ideas hanging out on the sand while drinking beers.

Visit the Country Quickies page to search past stories.


COUNTRY DATEBOOK: MARCH 4, 2020

• 1978: The WAYLON JENNINGS-WILLIE NELSON hit Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys topped the country chart. It stayed there for four weeks, the longest run at number one for any single in that year.

• 1980: The movie Coal Miner’s Daughter, based on the life of LORETTA LYNN, premiered in Nashville.

• 1996: Comedian and Opry star Minnie Pearl died in Nashville at the age of 83.

• 1998: GARTH BROOKS’ fifth TV special, Garth Brooks: Ireland & Back, aired on NBC. The show featured highlights from his concerts in Croke Park, as well as a set he performed in Los Angeles. TRISHA YEARWOOD and STEVE WARINER made guest appearances.

• 2013: MINDY McCREADY made the cover of People magazine following her suicide

• 2015: The Associated Press reported two of GLEN CAMPBELL’s children had filed suit against their father’s wife, Kim Campbell, in an attempt to gain control over the singer’s health and finances

• 2018: THE BAND PERRY’s Kimberly Perry revealed she is getting a divorce from husband J.P. Arencibia.

JASON SELLERS is 49.


DATEBOOK: MARCH 4, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Catherine O’Hara (the mom in Home Alone) is 66

• Mykelti Williamson (Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue in Forrest Gump) is 63

• Patricia Heaton (Carol’s Second Act, Everybody Loves Raymond) is 62

• Steven Weber (NCIS: New Orleans, Wings) is 59

• Whitney Port (The Hills) is 35

• Jenna Boyd (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1925: Calvin Coolidge became the first President of the United States to have his inauguration broadcast on radio.

• 1950: Walt Disney introduced the movie Cinderella.

• 1966: Singer John Lennon created an international controversy when he said the Beatles “are probably bigger than Jesus right now.”

• 2005: Homemaker personality Martha Stewart returned home after serving five months in a federal prison for lying about a stock sale and began five months of home confinement.

• 2008: Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre announced he was retiring. He would be back in the NFL the next season.

• 2012: Vladimir Putin won the Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Brain Injury Awareness Day

• Discover What Your Name Means Day

• March Forth and Do Something Day

• Grammar Day

• Poundcake Day