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DATEBOOK: APRIL 3, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Wayne Newton is 78

• Alec Baldwin is 62

• David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) is 61

• Eddie Murphy is 59

• Jennie Garth (Beverly Hills 90210) is 48

• Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) is 47

• Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey, The Good Wife) is 42

• Cobie Smulders (Marvel movies) is 38

• Amanda Bynes is 34

IT HAPPENED TODAY

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

• 1953: TV Guide debuted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS

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

• Walk To Work Day

• World Party Day

• Chocolate Mousse Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

• Craig T. Nelson is 76. Christine Lahti is 70. Steve Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers is 69. Hugo Weaving is 60. David Cross is 56. Robert Downey Jr. is 55. Nancy McKeon is 54. David Blaine is 47. Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101) is 29.

• School Librarian Day. Hug a Newsman Day. Pillow Fight Day. Love Our Children Day. Play Outside Day. Take Your Parents To The Playground Day. World Rat Day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 5

• Mitch Pileggi is 68. Country singer Pat Green is 48. Pharrell Williams is 47. Sterling K. Brown is 44. Mike Eli of The Eli Young Band is 39. Hayley Atwell is 38. Lily James is 31.

• Palm Sunday. Geologists Day. Gold Star Spouses Day. Deep Dish Pizza Day. Dandelion Day. Caramel Day.


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

700,000: iPads sold by Apple in the first weekend it was on sale.


NEWS ATTACK!

Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe says there is really no such thing as a “nonessential worker.” [Except reality TV stars.]

Top Gun: Maverick will now be released December 23 instead of this June. [Friends, we have a new “Best Christmas Movie of All Time.”]

New research shows that we yearn for comfort food because we have fond memories of the people who first served it to us in childhood. [I start to tear up the moment I even think about a cafeteria hair net.]

Americans are now being urged to wear face masks. [I’ve been wearing one for weeks. #ImBatman.]

A study says that 64 percent of married people would NOT marry their spouses again if they had it to do all over again. [However they would keep ’em around to change light bulbs.]

A Russian plane landed in New York this week with ventilators and personal protection equipment. [“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you send 30,000 more ventilators.”]


NEWS & NUGGETS

🦠 CORONAVIRUS TRACKER _ The latest numbers: New York Times | Bing | Johns Hopkins | WorldOMeters.

FAUCI GETTING HIS OWN BOBBLEHEAD _ The United States’ top infectious disease specialist is getting his own bobblehead. The creation from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee features Dr. Anthony Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion showing how the nation needs to “flatten the curve” in the coronavirus pandemic. The museum in Milwaukee picked Fauci because many people see the plain-speaking expert on the coronavirus as a hero right now. The bobblehead museum plans to donate $5 from every $25 Fauci bobblehead that’s sold to the American Hospital Association. • LINK

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI NOW NEEDS 24-HOUR SECURITY DETAIL _ Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert who has been working to stop the coronavirus pandemic, will receive 24-hour security after receiving threats to his personal safety.

PETITION TO NAME DR. ANTHONY FAUCI SEXIEST MAN ALIVE _ Dr. Anthony Fauci has become an unlikely celebrity and hero during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to his daily no-nonsense briefings and decadeslong career fighting infectious diseases. An online petition making the rounds is calling for the public health expert, age 79, to be named People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, a title that has been awarded to famous studs such as David Beckham, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, and Idris Elba. • LINK

21,000 HEALTH CARE WORKERS HAVE VOLUNTEERED TO GO TO NEW YORK _ As the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen in New York, putting an increased strain on hospitals, thousands of health care workers have stepped up to help. During his daily press briefing on Thursday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that 21,000 out-of-state health care workers would be coming to the aid of the state, which leads the country in coronavirus cases.

PATRIOTS OWNER SENDS TEAM PLANE TO CHINA TO GET MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR MASSACHUSETTS _ New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft sent the team plane to China to pick up much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses in Massachusetts, the home of his NFL team. The plane landed Thursday afternoon carrying a reported 1.2 million N95 masks.

… Before landing in Boston, the plane made a stop in New York to drop off 300,000 masks.

COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PREDICTS ABOVE-NORMAL HURRICANE SEASON _ A team of meteorologists in Colorado said Thursday that the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will have above-normal activity, with 16 named storms. The Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project predicted that of the 16 storms, eight will become hurricanes. Four of the storms will strengthen into major hurricanes, which means they’ll be Category 3 or higher. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The average season typically features 12.1 named storms, 6.4 hurricanes and 2.7 major hurricanes.

… The meteorology project said there’s a 69 percent chance at least one major hurricane will make landfall on the United States and a 95 percent chance a hurricane of any strength will strike the coast.

THERE’S A T.P. SHORTAGE BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE ARE POOPING AT HOME _ Why, after weeks of stocking up on toilet paper, are there still shortages at stores? Something few people have considered: Many, many workers are now doing all of their toilet things at home. Think about it — back in February most of the nation was going to work, using the boss’ TP. Now millions of adults and their kids are sheltered in place and are using way more toilet paper at home than they used to.

COUPLE GOT CORONAVIRUS ON A FIRST DATE _ Nick Crawford’s online dating story begins like many other: swiping, liking and messaging until you find somebody who wants to go out with you. But this story has a twist: Crawford and his date contracted COVID-19 on their date in New York City, and they’re now quarantined together. Crawford said their night out took place on March 7, four days before the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of coronavirus a pandemic. While the coronavirus was a big story at that time many people still weren’t that worried.

… After exchanging messages for a while on a dating app (Hinge) Crawford and his date decided to meet up in person. Crawford says, “I guess at one of the bars we went to, both of us ended up contracting what we would later find out is COVID-19.” His date experienced flu-like symptoms and has taken a test for COVID-19. She is still awaiting the results. A friend they spent time with that night later tested positive for the coronavirus.

HOW OFTEN YOU SHOULD BE WASHING YOUR HAIR _ How often should you wash your hair? According to certified trichologist Ky Smith, how often we should shampoo depends on a few different variables, including natural oil production, product usage, and hair type. The key isn’t just frequency, either. It also comes down to the specific products you’re using.

… Matt Rez is a celebrity colorist and Redken brand ambassador. As a general rule for maintaining hair health, he recommends shampooing no more than two to three times per week.

BENEFITS OF MOST DIETS DISAPPEAR AFTER A YEAR  _ No matter what fad diet you may be trying out at the moment, within a year’s time its effects will have largely disappeared. That’s the somewhat disappointing conclusion of a new international study that included scientists from around the globe.

… Researchers from China, America, Switzerland, and Canada collaborated on the project. They found that most diets usually result in roughly the same amount amount of weight loss and cardiovascular improvements over a period of about six months. A year later, though, the majority of those benefits will be long gone.

… The study’s authors say that dieters should simply choose the weight loss plan they enjoy the most.

URBAN DOGS MORE FEARFUL THAN RURAL DOGS _ Is your city dog a big fearful? He’s not alone. A new study conducted at the University of Helsinki finds that dogs living in urban environments are generally more fearful on a social level than pups raised in rural locations. The research team analyzed a dataset of nearly 6,000 dogs across a variety of breeds. Besides other contributing factors, such as the amount of social situations a puppy experiences from a young age, living environment was picked out as a major deciding factor when it comes to a dog’s level of fearfulness.

… Small dogs, as well as neutered females, exhibit fearful tendencies more frequently. A lack of adequate exercise or activity was also linked to fearful habits. More skittish dogs didn’t get outside nearly as often as other canines.

HOW MUCH TIME IT TAKES A WOMAN TO DECIDE TO SLEEP WITH A MAN _ (CAUTION) A study revealed that on average a woman waits for three weeks, or until the fifth date, with a new man before she finally decides to sleep with him.

… About 15 percent of women confessed it would be okay to hook up on the very first date, while 26 percent of the men think so.

FAKE STORIES ON SOCIAL MEDIA LIKELY TO EMERGE ON SATURDAY _ Online rumors are more likely to pop up on social media on a Saturday. According to a study most rumors and hoaxes grow thanks to fabricated statistics and photos. Social media users middle-aged and up are more likely to share the fake posts.

BEING YOURSELF AT WORK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR CAREER _ Honesty is often said to be the best policy in social situations but being yourself at work is not a good idea for your career. While revealing your true character to a partner or friends is likely to make you happier, experts claim doing so at the office is not a recipe for promotion. A researcher in London (University of Greenwich) said those who opened up to their partners tended to have greater well-being and were more satisfied with life. But the same benefits were not seen from being authentic at work.

WALKING MAY HELP OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE CURB SUGAR CRAVINGS _ Walking for 15 minutes may help overweight people at least temporarily reduce cravings for high-calorie, sugary snacks. The German study (Ruhr University Bochum) said exercise may provide some cognitive stimulation that interferes with thoughts about the craved food.

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

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


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MOM PUTS MISBEHAVING SON’S CAR UP FOR SALE _ A mother in Australia was upset when her teenage son was pulled over for drunk driving. But instead of taking his keys or grounding him, she put an ad online the next day and sold the car.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 11-YEAR-OLD FAKES OWN KIDNAPPING _ An 11-year-old boy in Spain was so worried about his parents finding out about his poor grades that, in an attempt to escape the inevitable, he faked his own kidnapping. He started by sending a text message to his dad, telling him he had been abducted. His dad quickly phoned him back and the boy explained that while taking out the garbage he had been grabbed off the street and bundled into the trunk of a blue car. He did not know where he was being taken. Unfortunately for the boy, his father is a police officer, so getting a search going didn’t take long. Two hours later the boy’s father saw that the keys to a spare apartment owned by the family were missing. He went to the apartment and found his son hiding there.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN’S 2 GUINEA PIGS MULTIPLY _ A British woman who obtained two guinea pigs four years earlier had to get help from animal rescuers when their numbers grew and grew. The woman came to the animal rescue group for help when the animals’ breeding got out of control and she was saddled with more than 100 guinea pigs. After the rescue the organization left the woman with four guinea pigs — all of the same sex.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN ALLEGEDLY STOLE TO IMPRESS WOMAN _ A Florida man accused of stealing beer, wine and steaks from a Walmart told deputies he was trying to “impress a lady.”


ON TELEVISION

FRIDAY

MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. Mac meets his aunt Gwendolyn (guest star Jeri Ryan).

SHARK TANK (8p ET, ABC) — New. Products include reinventing the traditional house slipper as a sneaker, and a bedding product that reduces the time needed to make a bed.

THE BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. Glen desperately tries to prove his value to Red after a shipping mishap.

WWE SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.

CHARMED (8p ET, CW) — New.

SERIES FINALE: HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — New. Steve finally solves the case his father left for him 10 years ago, as Hawaii Five O says goodbye after 10 seasons.

PANDEMIC: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (9p ET, ABC) — New. Addressing the widespread issues caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition.

DYNASTY (9p ET, CW) — New.

BLUE BLOODS (10p ET, CBS) — New. Frank faces backlash from his department when he suspends an officer for violent behavior.

COFFEE & KAREEM (Netflix) — Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson star in this new comedy. A 12-year-old’s scheme to derail his mother’s romance with a cop has unforeseen consequences.

HOME BEFORE DARK (Apple+) — Inspired by the reporting of real-life young investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak, this new mystery series follows a young girl (Brooklynn Prince) who moves to the small lakeside town her father left behind. Her pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father (Jim Sturgess), tried hard to bury.

TALES FROM THE LOOP (Amazon Prime) — A mysterious device affects the lives of those who live nearby in this sci-fi/fantasy series. Jonathan Pryce and Rebecca Hall.

SATURDAY

SHARK WEEK(END) (9a ET, Discovery Channel) — Shark WeekEND is a marathon of some of Shark Week’s most iconic programs. Programs will run all day and evening, then pick up again at 9a ET on Sunday.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (7p ET, ABC) — Charlton Heston is Moses and Yul Brynner is the Pharaoh Ramses in director Cecil B. De Mille’s Oscar-winning 1956 biblical epic.

GOOD BOYS (8p ET, HBO) — This 2019 comedy follows a trio of sixth-graders on a quest to learn about the birds and bees, and have a series of misadventures. Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams and Brady Noon star.

A DOG’S JOURNEY (8p ET, Showtime) — This 2019 sequel features the voice of Josh Gad, with Kathryn Prescott and Betty Gilpin.

SUNDAY

JOANNA GAINES COOKING SPECIAL (12p ET, Food Network) — This hour-long special, filmed in Joanna Gaines home in Waco, Texas, by her family, will feature Gaines cooking zucchini bread, chili, chocolate chip cookies and spinach tortellini soup; all recipes that appear in in her second cookbook, Magnolia Table Vol 2, which comes out April 7.

ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY (8p ET, CBS) — This special, hosted by Gayle King, will feature country stars performing from home, as well as interviews. Performers include: Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown and John Legend, Luke Bryan, Brandi Carlile, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker will perform in tribute to late country legend Kenny Rogers.

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — New. The remaining top 40 perform.

THE WALL (8p ET, NBC) — New.

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New. Zoey tries to help Mitch’s caregiver reconnect with his estranged daughter.

SEASON FINALE: THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New. The season is ending early because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (9p ET, HGTV) — New.

THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Chen and Bradford respond to a call at the Los Angeles auditions of American Idol. Ryan Seacrest, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie all guest star.

GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New. Beth agrees to pick up a mysterious package for Rio in order to get back in his good graces.


ENTERTAINMENT

HBO TO STREAM 500 HOURS OF PROGRAMMING FOR FREE _ Beginning today (Friday) you’ll be able to stream around 500 hours of movies and shows from HBO. Programming includes The Sopranos, Veep, The Wire and Pokémon Detective Pikachu. The movies and shows will be available to stream without an HBO subscription by downloading the HBO Now or HBO Go apps.

IDRIS ELBA REPORTEDLY RETURNING FOR HOBBS & SHAW 2 _ A source says Idris Elba will be back for Hobbs & Shaw 2, where (spoiler alert) his character will renounce his days of villainy and join the good guys.

TOP GUN 2 RELEASE DELAYED UNTIL CHRISTMAS _ Tom Cruise‘s Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the hit 1986 movie, will now open on December 23 after originally being scheduled for June 24.

A QUIET PLACE II COMING LABOR DAY WEEKEND _ The follow-up to the 2018 horror hit A Quiet Place will now debut on September 4 during Labor Day Weekend. A Quiet Place Part II was set to open in U.S. theaters on March 18.

TNT MOVES UP SNOWPIERCER PREMIERE DATE BY 2 WEEKS _ The Snowpiercer train is departing early. TNT’s series adaptation of the 2013 film is set to premiere two weeks early in an effort to “meet increased viewer demand.” Originally set to premiere on May 31, the series starring Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly will now debut on Sunday, May 17.

TLC ANNOUNCES 90 DAY FIANCÉ: SELF-QUARANTINED _ Cable channel TLC has enlisted more than 40 past 90 Day Fiancé stars to film themselves in coronavirus quarantine for a five-episode limited series spinoff set to debut on April 20. Cast members began filming themselves and each other earlier this week. Crew members will also record cast members remotely for confessional interviews.

WILL SMITH TO HOST QUIBI’S THIS JOKA STANDUP COMEDY SERIES _ Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith have developed a 16-episode show for the new mobile streaming service Quibi. It’s called This Joka, and Smith invites “a diverse lineup of up-and-coming, established, and legendary comedians to explore the nature of comedy and its unique ability to bring people together. The series will showcase stand-up sets, as well as one-on-one conversations between Smith and the comedians, intimate interviews, and docu-style moments backstage and around the city of Las Vegas.

NICOLE KIDMAN TO STAR IN AMAZON’S PRETTY THINGS _ Nicole Kidman has signed on to star in Amazon’s Pretty Things. Based on author Janelle Brown’s upcoming novel (on sale April 21), Pretty Things follows two very different women — a grifter and an heiress, both described as brilliant and damaged — who try to survive “the greatest game of deceit and destruction they will ever play.”

COLLECTION OF EVERY DC COMIC EVER TO HIT SOTHEBY’S AUCTION BLOCK _ A complete run of DC’s comics that were published since the company’s 1934 founding through 2014 is up for sale. The collection features more than 40,000 comics spanning nine decades, including every appearance of Superman and Batman, as well as extremely rare promotional issues. Sotheby’s began auctioning the comprehensive collection as a single lot in a private online sale on Monday.

… The collection was amassed by British DJ and producer Ian Levine. While he curated the comic collection, and it still bears his name, he sold it 12 years ago and is not behind the current sale.

… The collection includes Action Comics #1. Batman, introduced in Detective Comics #27. First appearances of Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Martian Manhunter, Plastic Man, Green Arrow. Superhero teams like the Justice League of America and the Teen Titans. Supervillains Lex Luthor, the Joker, Two Face, the Penguin, General Zod, the Riddler, Bizarro, Penguin, Poison Ivy, and Darkseid.


BITS & BREAKS

BEST AND WORST JOBS IN AMERICA

Right now any job is a good job. 24/7 Wall St. compiled a bunch of numbers — job satisfaction, projected job growth, etc. — and came up with a ranked list of the best and worst jobs.

WORST

10. Broadcaster
9. Advertising salesperson
8. Nuclear decontamination technician
7. Disc jockey (wedding and club type)
6. Correctional officer
5. Enlisted military personnel
4. Retail salesperson
3. Newspaper reporter
2. Logging worker
1. Taxi driver

BEST

10. Actuary. They calculate the costs associated with risk and uncertainty.
9. Operations research analyst. They solve problems for companies and organizations using advanced mathematics and analytical techniques.
8. Mathematician
7. Information security analyst
6. Medical services manager
5. Genetic counselor. Genetic counseling is typically assessment of risk for certain inheritable disorders and conditions.
4. Occupational therapist
3. University professor
2. Statistician
1. Data scientist. As businesses collect an increasing amount of data, data scientists mine and organize that data.

FIVE WAYS TO ARGUE FAIRLY

To keep your arguments from going too far south, here are five guidelines to use. These guidelines won’t keep your relationship argument-free, but they’ll likely keep the arguments you do have from becoming too hurtful.

• No name calling. Never, ever call a partner a hurtful name. Try the five-second rule (below) to choose words that are appropriate and relevant to the disagreement.

• Try the five-second rule. Because we sometimes say things without thinking of the consequences, wait five seconds before you comment on something your partner said. Use this time to exercise control and think about what you should say.

• Stick to the issue at hand. Going back to something that was said or done five years ago will only escalate the disagreement. It also shows that you have some unaddressed issues that you need to tend to.

• Manage your anger. Anger is a natural emotion, especially when you’re having a disagreement. But don’t allow your anger to turn violent. If you feel your anger reaching that point, leave the scene immediately and do something safe to calm yourself down (“safe” as in no drugs or alcohol and no driving the car away on all cylinders).

• Speak and act in love. Remember with whom you’re arguing. If it’s a marriage partner, it’s someone you chose to love and cherish always. Although that’s probably the last thing on your mind when you’re having a disagreement, it should be the first.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: How does your partner argue unfairly?

WHAT’S A REALLY AWKWARD SITUATION THAT EVERYONE CAN RELATE WITH?

Posted on askreddit: “What’s a really awkward situation that everyone can relate with?”

• Sitting there when everyone’s singing happy birthday to you.

• Saying hi to someone you know and they don’t notice you, or thinking someone was waving at you but it was for someone behind you.

• That awkward moment when you and a stranger are walking opposite directions and you both go the same side multiple times to pass each other.

• Going in the wrong direction so you take out your phone and pretend something changed so you can turn around and walk in the right direction.

• Saying goodbye to someone only to keep walking in the same direction.

• When you go for a hug but the other person goes for a handshake.

• When you walk out of the store empty-handed, feeling like you’ve just stole something.

• Standing there while two people talk about something you don’t know about.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 80 percent of U.S. police officers have this in common. (They’re overweight)

TRIVIA: This creates enough energy to boil eight million cups of tea. (A bolt of lightning)

TRIVIA: Researchers say pink is the color most likely to do what to us? (Cause us to lose energy or feel tired)

TRIVIA: Each year in the U.S. about 500 million of these are purchased. (Golf balls)



DATEBOOK: APRIL 6, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars films) is 83

• John Ratzenberger (Cheers) is 73

• Marilu Henner (Taxi, Evening Shade) is 68

• Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) is 51

• Zach Braff (Scrubs) is 45

• Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) is 44

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1896: The first modern Olympic Games opened in Athens, Greece.

• 1909: Explorers Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole.

• 1930: Hostess Twinkies were invented.

• 1947: The first Tony Awards were presented for theatrical achievements.

• 1983: Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall, saying rock ‘n’ roll bands attract the “wrong element.”

• 2004: The University of Connecticut became the first school to win the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball titles in the same season as the women’s team beat Tennessee 70-61 for their third consecutive championship.

• 2007: A 105-year-old Romanian made his first ever trip to the doctor after eating a jar of pickles past their sell-by-date. The man took himself to the hospital and told doctors he’d had pains for two days and was worried it might be something serious. Doctors who performed a full check-up on him said he was very healthy for his age, and that he was probably suffering from indigestion. When they tried to access his records they found he had never been to a doctor in his life.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bat Appreciation Week

• Holy Week

• Irish Dancing Week

• Twinkie Day

• New Beer’s Eve. On this date in 1933, people lined up around the block at the doors of their favorite public house to prepare to imbibe the first legal brews in 13 years.

• Tater Day

• Caramel Popcorn Day

• International Carbonara Day