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DATEBOOK: MARCH 25, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Film critic Gene Shalit is 94

• Paul Michael Glaser (TV’s Starsky and Hutch) is 77

• Elton John is 73

• Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard) is 72

• Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives) is 58

• Sarah Jessica Parker is 55

• Katharine McPhee (Smash, American Idol) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1971: The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots.

• 1979: The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, was delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch.

• 1989: Michael Nunn defended his world middleweight boxing title in Las Vegas, then promptly lost the $1-million check at the victory party. The next day Nunn got a call from an honest janitor, who found the check while sweeping up.

• 2003: Shortly after the National City Bank in downtown Columbus,  Ohio, was robbed, police spotted a man about a block away, walking strangely. The 40-year-old man had learned a painful lesson: Never shove stolen money containing an explosive dye pack down your pants.

• 2007: In Austria, a purse snatcher was shocked to find himself being chased by 27 police patrol cars and police using sniffer dogs. The 17-year-old had grabbed an old woman’s bag near a field where police were staging a road safety course.

• 2017: The largest banana split — almost five miles — was made in Innisfail, Australia.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Nine months until Christmas!

• Waffle Day

• Pecan Day

• Manatee Appreciation Day

• Medal of Honor Day

• Appreciate Toilet Paper Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

150,000: Gallons of fat discarded by U.S. surgeons every year after being sucked out of people.


NEWS ATTACK!

The mayor of Denver changed his mind about closing liquor stores. [If I’m going down to a virus, I’m going down with a booze-soaked liver.]

When the mayor of Denver changed his mind about closing liquor stores, lines formed so people could stock up. [Hey, while you’re waiting would you mind filling out the 2020 Census form?]

Geologists have discovered the earliest known ancestor to most animals alive today, including humans. The organism lived 555 million years ago. [Finally I can complete my Ancestry.com family tree.]

The Summer Olympics are being pushed to 2021. [Well, not pushed. More like pole vaulted.]

A growing number of COVID-19 patients report losing their sense of smell or taste. [“Sweetie, you just put a gallon of hot sauce on those wings… I need to you to self-quarantine.”]

Video conferencing is huge right now. [My wife told me to stay in the car when I got home yesterday and then invited me to her Zoom.]

The president would like the country to be opened up raring to go by Easter. [I hope so. I’m eager to get to the store to stock up on Peeps.]

The president would like the country to be opened up raring to go by Easter. [Sound good to me… last one in the pool’s a rotten egg!]


NEWS & NUGGETS

🦠 CORONAVIRUS TRACKER _ The latest numbers (NYT, bing) and world numbers.

‘IF I GET CORONA, I GET CORONA’ GUY APOLOGIZES _ The Ohio man who gained notoriety last week for indulging in spring break partying during a pandemic despite warnings against large gatherings has apologized. Brady Sluder said he has realized he’s not invincible after all. In an apology on Instagram Sluder said, in part, “I wasn’t aware of the severity of my actions and comments. I’d like to take this time to own up to the mistakes I’ve made and apologize to the people I’ve offended.” • LINK

… Sluder famously drew attention for a TV interview from Miami in which he downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic by saying to a reporter, “If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying.”

CORONAVIRUS TRACES LINGERED IN VACATED CRUISE CABINS FOR 17 DAYS _ Traces of the coronavirus were found on surfaces in cruise-ship cabins for as many as 17 days after passengers left — though it wasn’t possible to determine whether they caused any infections. Researchers looked at the rooms of infected passengers aboard the Diamond Princess, both those who showed symptoms and those who didn’t. The ship, operated by Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruises, had more than 700 coronavirus cases. It was quarantined for a time off of Yokohama, Japan, and was the largest outbreak outside of mainland China at one point.

… The study looked at uncleaned rooms, but other research has found that cleaning the rooms of COVID-19 patients was highly effective at killing the virus.

DENVER MAYOR REVERSES ORDER TO CLOSE LIQUOR STORES _ Hours after Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced liquor stores and recreational marijuana dispensaries would close across the city in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus, his office reversed course. The mayor sent a tweet Monday afternoon saying liquor and marijuana stores in city would be open as usual, but following extreme physical distancing rules (social distancing).

… Hours earlier, he deemed liquor stores and recreational marijuana dispensaries non-essential businesses, as opposed to grocery stores, gas stations and healthcare operations.

COMPANY THAT MAKES PEEPS HALTS PRODUCTION _ Just Born Quality Confections, the candy maker that produces treats like Peeps, Mike and Ike, and Hot Tamales, has temporarily halted production amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The candy company released a statement on its website this week announcing that it was temporarily suspending production at its Bethlehem and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, locations.

… This time of year is obviously a big one for the candy maker, but Just Born confirmed all Peeps products have been shipped to retailers ahead of the Easter holiday, so there should not be any shortages.

FARMER KEEPS SOCIAL DISTANCE BY HURLING PORK PRODUCTS  _ A Canadian (Prince Edward Island) pig and dairy farmer is literally throwing bacon and sausages at his customers through their car windows in order to maintain social distancing — and people keep coming back for more. Ranald MacFarlane said that the vacuum-sealed pork products are “remarkably easy to throw.” However, some people are a little apprehensive to have frozen hams tossed at them. MacFarlane says he’s taking precautions to do his sales safely. He added that sometimes when people pay with cash, they will “stuff it in a roll of toilet paper and chuck it” to him.

TUG BOAT SAILED DOWN THE THAMES BLASTING ‘ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE’ _ “Always look on the bright side of life…” The song from the final scene of Monty Python’s Life of Brian film could be heard blasting over the PA of a tug boat that was puttering along the Thames In London Tuesday morning. • VIDEO

NATIONAL COWBOY MUSEUM’S SECURITY GUARD TAKES OVER SOCIAL MEDIA _ The National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma has had to close its doors amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but its online presence is thriving thanks to security guard-turned-social media manager Tim Send.

… Last week, the museum’s security guard took over its social media presence, and people online are loving it. In his first tweet Send wrote: “Hello, my name is Tim and I am the head of security for The Cowboy. I have been asked to take on the additional duty of social media management while the museum is closed. I’m new to this but excited. My team will also continue to protect and monitor the museum. Thanks, Tim Send.” • LINK

… Send has been keeping the museum’s thousands of followers up to date with news — like the postponement of the Western Heritage Awards, which have been rescheduled for October — as well as plenty of lighter content, including throwback photos of the security guard with celebrities who have visited the museum in the past.

STUDY FINDS PEOPLE OVERESTIMATE THE INTELLIGENCE OF THEIR ROMANTIC PARTNERS _ A recent study found that people tend to overestimate their romantic partner’s intelligence score. Research consistently shows that people tend to hold inflated opinions of themselves, rating themselves as smarter than they actually are. Some evidence suggested that people are similarly biased towards their romantic partners, but little research has explored whether people overestimate their partner’s intelligence.

… In the new study, participants overestimated their own intelligence to a significant degree. This positive bias was also shown in how people rated their partner’s IQ, and the effect was even larger. Women overestimated their partner’s IQ by about 38 points and men overestimated their partner’s score by around 36 points.

LAST SUPPER PORTIONS SIZES KEEP GROWING _ The food portions depicted in paintings of the Last Supper have grown larger — in line with our own super-sizing of meals. A Cornell University team studied 52 of the most famous paintings of the Biblical scene and scrutinized the size of the feast. They found the main courses, bread and plates put before Jesus and his disciples have progressively grown by up to two-thirds. This, they say, is art imitating life. Over the centuries the main meals grew 69% and plate size 66% between the oldest and most recent paintings. Bread size grew by about 23%.

TODAY IN TOILET PAPER HISTORY _ Toilet paper is a hot commodity right now. Fifteen years ago this week 14,000 rolls of TP were delivered to the Edward A. Rath County Office Building in Erie County, Pennsylvania. The toilet paper was donated by Proctor and Gamble. The company heard about a restroom supply shortage at the Rath Building and decided to make the donation. Erie County’s budget crisis made national news because of a shortage of supplies at the building. It was estimated that the toilet paper would last about two years.

See related in Bits & Breaks.

GEOLOGISTS HAVE DISCOVERED HUMANITY’S EARLIEST ANCESTOR _ A new discovery is putting the term respect your elders to the test. Prepare to meet your mega great grandparent: a tiny, wormlike creature. Geologists from the University of California, Riverside have discovered the earliest known ancestor to most animals alive on this planet today, including humans.

… The creature, named Ikaria wariootia, is believed to have lived over 555 million years ago. That time frame makes it the earliest bilaterian, or organism with a front and back, two symmetrical sides, and openings on both ends of its body connected by a gut. Evidence of its existence was found within fossilized burrows discovered in Nilpena, South Australia.

… There are known multicellular organisms that date back even further than 555 million years ago, such as sponges, but these little beings came in a variety of shapes. As fascinating as sponge fossils are to examine, these creatures are not the ancestors of modern day humans or animals.

… Roughly 15 years ago, fossilized burrows were discovered in Ediacaran Period deposits in Australia. These burrows suggested that a bilaterian had existed 555 million years ago, but there was no actual sign of the creature.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: WOMEN PREFER MEN WITH NICE CARS _ A man sitting in an expensive car is more attractive to women than the same man sitting in an economy car. Researchers (University of Wales) showed 120 women between the ages of 21-40 a picture of a guy behind the wheel of a luxury car, and then inside of a battered Ford Fiesta. Most of the women rated the guy’s personal attractiveness higher when he was seated inside the pricier car. When the experiment was reversed, men showed absolutely no preference for a woman in a fancy car.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR ONLY WANTED TO EAT _ Police in Poland said a burglar who broke into a restaurant to cook and eat dinner was apparently not hungry for cash. The intruder broke through an exhaust fan in the back of the restaurant and made a meal. He pulled out a plate, got some chicken out of the freezer, got a box of rice, then fried up the chicken and rice in a frying pan. After he ate, he left. The burglar didn’t touch $200 left in the cash register.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BURGLAR USED VICTIM’S NETFLIX ACCOUNT _ A burglar was arrested in California after he made an incredibly careless move. The guy broke into a woman’s home, stealing hundreds of dollars worth of electronics. He probably would have gotten away with the crime had he not used one of those devices to sign in to his alleged victim’s account. Among other things, the guy stole a 65-inch smart TV, which was synchronized with the victim’s Netflix account. When the woman noticed the burglar was using her account she contacted police, who used her TV’s account login info and location to track down the burglar.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN TOLD TO TURN DOWN MUSIC CHASED NEIGHBOR WITH SWORD _ A New Hampshire (Manchester) man has been accused of grabbing a sword and chasing after another man who asked him to turn down his music. A man knocked on the door of Benjamin Layland on Monday. Layland reportedly became upset and grabbed the 2½ foot sword. He allegedly chased the man down a hall. The man got away and there were no injuries.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PRIEST ACCIDENTALLY LIVE STREAMS MASS WITH FACEBOOK FILTERS ACTIVE _ An Italian priest’s live-streamed mass on Facebook went viral after he accidentally left the filters active, causing him to appear in various cartoon disguises. Paolo Longo, parish priest of the Church of San Pietro and San Benedetto di Polla in Salerno province, live streamed mass on Facebook to allow parishioners to attend the service virtually amid the coronavirus outbreak. Longo’s video went viral when he accidentally left the Facebook filters active, causing him to appear with animated accessories including a sci-fi helmet, lifting dumbbells and a hat and sunglasses. • VIDEO

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN CHARGED AFTER BREAKING INTO PARENT’S HOME, STEALING MEATBALLS _ State Police in Pennsylvania have charged a man after allegedly breaking into his parent’s home while they were in Florida. The man had been advised to stay off of the property while his parents were away. Police report the man had stolen frozen meatballs and chocolate chips.


ON TELEVISION

SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR (8p ET, CBS) — New.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. Dr. Charles and Goodwin fear Dr. Halstead is repeating his past mistakes when a patient with early onset Alzheimer’s is brought in.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Beverly buys a bicycle for Adam just like the one from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Will Arnett joins the panelists.

SCHOOLED (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Cool parent Greg distracts CB from being a good teacher to help his son Weasel receive extra credit

SEAL TEAM (9p ET, CBS) — New. Sonny faces disciplinary action, Clay considers a new career path and Jason faces pressure to consider the next phase of his career.

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Severide teams up with Seager and the OFI when a motel structure fire turns suspicious.

LEGO MASTERS (9p ET, FOX) — New. Contestants create evil lairs and fly vehicles through their Lego worlds. Terry Crews makes an appearance.

AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Katie finds an old piece of furniture in the basement and sets out to recreate her and Greg’s first apartment.

SEASON FINALE: STUMPTOWN (10p ET, ABC) — New. In the season one finale, Dex takes matters into her own hands when she is the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New.

S.W.A.T. (10p ET, CBS) — New. Luca’s efforts to coordinate the team’s mission are complicated when his brother (guest star Ryan Hurd), a freelance stringer reporter, crosses police lines to shoot footage.

CMT CROSSROADS (10p ET, CMT) — New. Pop music’s Halsey and country star Kelsea Ballerini share the stage.

CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION (Netflix) — This new documentary recalls a summer camp for differently abled teens near Woodstock, N.Y., that spawned a generation of activists.

CURTIZ (Netflix) — This new fact-based drama tells the story of Michael Curtiz, the Hungarian-born filmmaker behind such classic flicks as the 1942’s Casablanca.


ENTERTAINMENT

🎧  SPOTIFY PLAYLIST OF SONGS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS _ With so many people social distancing and quarantining, there’s lots of time to write and record songs… about coronavirus. Now there’s a Spotify playlist called The Sound of the Virus on Spotify, a collection of pretty silly and terrible songs about COVID-19. • LINK

There are dozens of songs in the playlist, including:

• The Coronavirus Song – Rusty Cage
• Stay At Home – A7E7
• Stop the Coronavirus – Stephanie Fletcher
• Catch It! – Smoota

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER DONATES $1 MILLION TO COVID-19 MEDICAL SUPPLY RELIEF _ Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to do his part during the coronavirus pandemic. The 72-year-old actor shared a screenshot of a GoFundMe page he helped co-create called “Frontline Responders Fund,” meant to provide medical professionals with critical supplies such as masks, gowns and gloves. Schwarzenegger revealed he had donated $1 million to the fund in his Instagram post on Tuesday.

WONDER WOMAN 1984 DELAYED BY TWO MONTHS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS _ The Coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, with the epidemic having a particularly negative impact on Hollywood. High-profile blockbusters are having their release dates shifted on almost a daily basis and almost all production has ceased.

… After only delaying the Chinese release at first, Disney’s Mulan is now being held back entirely, while the James Bond flick No Time to Die has been delayed by seven months. Then there’s Fast & Furious 9, which has been pushed by almost a year, and A Quiet Place Part II, which is now also on the shelf until the studio can figure out a new date for it. Ditto for Black Widow and The New Mutants.

… The latest to join the list is Wonder Woman 1984. Warner Bros. announced the delay Tuesday, holding back the film for a few more months until this all blows over.

NCAA SHUTS DOWN GOFUNDME SET UP BY TREVOR LAWRENCE _ Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend Marissa Mowry, who plays soccer at Anderson University, tried to do what they could to help coronavirus victims, but NCAA rules prohibit them from going through with their plan. Lawrence and Mowry started a GoFundMe for coronavirus victims Monday afternoon, but it was shut down the same day after raising $2,670. Mowry said through a video on her Instagram account that they were forced to deactivate the page. A Clemson official confirmed that Lawrence and Mowry were not allowed to have the GoFundMe due to NCAA rules that prohibit using name, image and likeness for crowd funding.

THE MANDALORIAN SEASON 2 ADDS MICHAEL BIEHN _ Aliens star Michael Biehn is ready to suit-up for The Mandalorian season 2. The actor has joined the cast of the Disney+ series, playing a bounty hunter character from the Mandalorian’s past. Biehn is the latest new cast member to the show, joining the recently announced Rosario Dawson. Filming on the second season recently wrapped production.

HBO NOW STREAMING HAS BALLOONED 40 PERCENT IN PAST WEEK _ HBO is seeing a burst of viewing as millions of Americans are shut indoors during the coronavirus pandemic. Time spent with the HBO Now streaming service since Saturday, March 14, was up over 40 percent from the previous four-week average, according to WarnerMedia.

WALKING DEAD SEASON 10 FINALE DELAYED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC _ The Walking Dead is ending its season sooner than expected due to the coronavirus crisis. An AMC spokesperson said, “Current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production of The Walking Dead Season 10 finale. So the current season will end with its 15th episode on April 5. The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year.”

… The news comes just days after AMC announced that it was delaying the launch of its third TWD series — The Walking Dead: World Beyond — until later this year, also because of the coronavirus outbreak.

KEVIN HART AND WIFE ENIKO ARE EXPECTING SECOND CHILD TOGETHER _ Kevin and Eniko Hart are expecting again. Eniko announced the exciting news on Instagram Tuesday, sharing a black-and-white maternity photo. She wrote: “Baby #2 in the midst of all of this we’re counting our blessings and couldn’t be more grateful! Soon to be a family of 6.” Eniko and Kevin are already parents to 2-year-old son Kenzo Kash. Kevin shares daughter Heaven, 15, and son Hendrix, 12, with ex-wife Torrei Hart.

VIN DIESEL’S BLOODSHOT IS NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH ONLINE _ Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot was in theater just a couple of weeks when theater chains started closing doors. With COVID-19 playing havoc on Hollywood many film are being released early for home viewing — and Bloodshot is now available.

DID EVANGELINE LILLY COVID HER CAREER? _ Evangeline Lilly’s dismissive comments about the coronavirus outbreak have caused backlash among Marvel movie fans. The actress’ troubling attitude towards self-isolating and belief that the pandemic is nothing more than respiratory flu has riled up fans, who want her gone from the next Ant-Man film. While Marvel won’t be doing that due to contractual obligations, a source says her role will be reduced in Ant-Man 3.

NETFLIX ORDERS A NEW MARIE KONDO SHOW _ A casting call has gone out for Marie Kondo’s next Netflix reality series. The Tidying Up star’s next series will provide organizational makeovers of a town, including the mayor’s office, a fire station, restaurants, community gardens and more.

ALL EPISODES OF STAR TREK: PICARD ARE NOW FREE TO NON-SUBS _ More entertainment to watch for your shelter-in-place: Star Trek: Picard is now free to non-subscribers to CBS All Access. To get it free you need to use the coupon code GIFT. There are nine episodes from the show’s first season available now, and the season finale comes out on Thursday.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN REBOOT WILL REPORTEDLY KICK OFF A NEW TRILOGY _ The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is being rebooted over at Disney and apparently the plan is for it to kick off a new trilogy. A source says the new films will act as more of a soft reboot of the series and focus, at least in part, on Davy Jones. The studio wants to do more with the character, apparently, and they’re hoping to have Bill Nighy back in the role. Or at least have him do the voice work.


BITS & BREAKS

APPRECIATE TOILET PAPER

Today (March 25) is Appreciate Toilet Paper Day.

• About 83 million rolls are produced each day in the U.S.

• One tree produces about 100 pounds of toilet paper.

• Global toilet paper production consumes 27,000 trees daily.

• $2.4 billion worth of toilet paper is sold in the U.S. each year.

• The average person (American) uses about 25 rolls of toilet paper each year — this is 40% to 50% more than the average of other Western countries or Japan.

• We have the Chinese to thank for toilet paper. Around 1391 a Chinese emperor decreed that large 2-foot-by-3-foot paper sheets must be made for his toilet time. Until then, people in China just used random paper products.

• Green Bay, Wisconsin, has long been known as the “toilet paper capital of the world” because the first splinter-free toilet paper was produced there. The paper industry is still one of the area’s largest employers.

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YESTERDAY ABOUT YOUR BODY

• Even though it takes months after you are born to see teeth, they start growing about six months before you are born.

• Babies always have blue eyes when they are born. Melanin and exposure to ultraviolet light are needed to bring out the true color of babies’ eyes. Until then they all have blue eyes.

• Sex can be a pain reliever. Even though the “headache” excuse is often used to avoid sex, the truth is that intercourse can provide pain relief. Sex can also help you reduce stress.

• Earwax is necessary: If you want healthy ears, you need some earwax in there.

• Your feet can produce a pint of sweat a day: There are 500,000 (250,000 for each) sweat glands in your feet, and that can mean a great deal of stinky sweat.

• Throughout your life, the amount of saliva you have could fill two swimming pools.

• You probably pass gas 14 times a day.

HOW DID YOU KNOW HE (OR SHE) WAS CHEATING?

Jezebel.com asked its readers: How did you know they were cheating?

• We had been dating for 9 months. I told him I couldn’t go to his birthday party, when I was actually planning a big surprise for him. So I showed up with my awesome gift to find him there with his other girlfriend.

• A friend of mine called his wife while we were in Afghanistan. She was really excited to tell him that she was eight weeks pregnant. One problem: we had been in Afghanistan for three months. Turns out his wife was kinda bad at math.

• I had accidentally lost a friend’s favorite book and was too embarrassed to tell him so I told my boyfriend to keep it to himself as I stalled, hoping I would either find it or be able to replace it before he asked me to return it. Our (mutual) friend admitted that my boyfriend had spilled the beans a long time ago. Later that night I mentioned to my boyfriend, “I know what you did … Greg told me.” And he goes, “Greg told you about me and Marcy?”

• I received this text from my boyfriend at the time: “Hey baby, my girlfriend is out of town. Come over and I’ll make you lasagna.” He never made me lasagna.

• My mom was trying to get back in shape after her fourth kid by walking around the neighborhood. She repeatedly saw the same woman walking at the same time as her and so they eventually started up a conversation and became walking buddies. They both talked about their husband and boyfriend, thinking nothing of them having the same name since it’s a very common man’s name. One particularly hot day they stopped into the other woman’s apartment to get a drink of water when my mom notices a Thermos on her counter. It was a very old and worn Thermos that is unmistakably her husband’s. They put two and two together and realized they were both with the same guy. That night, he came home to both of them drinking wine and laughing together on the back patio.​


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: According to a survey, 77% of men polled said they believe they’ll someday be what? (A millionaire)

TRIVIA: The average guy does this about once a month. (Cries)

TRIVIA: Americans spend $78 billion annually on these. Most of them get thrown away! (Lottery tickets)

WHAT’S IN COMMON?

• Dinner, jingle, tower (Bell)

• Cigar, top, cardboard (Box)

• Board, computer, card (Game)

• Shower, rod, call (Curtain)

• Larry, blue, bath (Bird)



DATEBOOK: MARCH 26, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Alan Arkin is 86

• James Caan is 80

• Diana Ross is 76

• Steven Tyler of Aerosmith is 72

• Vicki Lawrence is 71

• Martin Short is 70

• Leeza Gibbons is 63

• Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing) is 60

• Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) is 54

• Leslie Mann (Knocked Up) is 48

• T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) is 47

• Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan is 40

• Keira Knightley is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1982: A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was held in Washington, DC.

• 1997: In San Diego, California, 39 Heaven’s Gate cultists committed mass suicide at their compound.

• 1999: The “Melissa worm” infected Microsoft word processing and email systems around the world.

• 2000: Vladimir Putin was elected president of Russia.

• 2003: Tony Evans of Swansea, Wales, dropped the world’s largest rubber band ball out of an airplane over the Mojave Desert in Arizona to see if it would bounce. It didn’t. The one-ton record breaking ball took 20 seconds to drop a mile and stayed firmly rooted in the crater it created. Evans had spent five years building the ball.

• 2009: A chopstick lodged in a martial arts master’s stomach during a training stunt 20 years ago was removed. Wing Ma of China accidentally swallowed the 7 inch stick while trying to condition his body to take pain. He says, “It never came out the other end. I forgot about it until I started to get pains in my stomach.” That’s when he went to see a doctor to have it removed.

• 2012: Canadian filmmaker James Cameron became the first person to visit Challenger Deep, the deepest point on Earth, in over 50 years.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Legal Assistants Day

• Live Long And Prosper Day

• Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

• Purple Day, a celebration aimed at raising worldwide awareness of epilepsy.

• Spinach Day

• Good Hair Day