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DATEBOOK: APRIL 9, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Michael Learned (The Waltons) is 81

• Dennis Quaid is 66

• Talk show host Joe Scarborough (Morning Joe) is 57

• Model Paulina Porizkova is 55

• Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City) is 54

• Keshia Knight Pulliam (The Cosby Show) is 41

• Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) is 40

• Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) is 34

• Kristen Stewart is 30

• Musician Lil Nas X is 21

• Isaac Hempstead Wright (Game of Thrones) is 21

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1682: Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovered the mouth of the Mississippi River, claimed it for France and named it Louisiana.

• 1867: Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratified a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska.

• 1913: On opening day at Ebbets Field, new home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, fans had to wait an hour to get in because nobody brought the key. Then there was no flag to salute for The National Anthem. The Dodgers lost to Philadelphia 1-0.

• 1953: Warner Bros. premiered the first 3-D film, entitled House of Wax.

• 1959: NASA announced the selection of the United States’ first seven astronauts, which the news media quickly dubbed the “Mercury Seven”.

• 1965: Major-league baseball’s first indoor game was played at the opening of the Houston Astrodome.

• 1973: Carly Simon received a gold record for the single You’re So Vain.

• 1992: President George Bush fell suddenly ill at a state dinner in Japan. He became pale, slumped in his chair, and threw up on the Japanese Prime Minister.

• 2003: Baghdad, Iraq fell American forces.

• 2005: Charles, Prince of Wales, married Camilla Parker Bowles.

• 2017: Sergio Garcia won his first major after beating Justin Rose in a playoff at The Masters.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Holy Thursday

• Cherish An Antique Day

• Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

• Unicorn Day

• Winston Churchill Day

• Name Yourself Day

• Chinese Almond Cookie Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

660,000: Restaurants in the U.S.


NEWS ATTACK!

Bernie Sanders is out of the 2020 presidential race. [He refused to do the swimsuit competition.]

Bernie Sanders is out of the 2020 presidential race. [He’s looking forward to again being in bed by 7.]

To keep large crowds from gathering near it, the Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. [It will be stored in a freezer in the basement.]

Gas prices are their lowest in years. Normally this would mean more travel, but the pandemic has people sheltering in place. [Which means I don’t have hide from the in-laws by drawing the curtains and pretending I’m not home.]

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 launch is Saturday. [Meaning Tom Hanks was around 14 when he went into space.]

In a regular year, procrastinators would be using this weekend to do their taxes. The pandemic has given us a new deadline of July 15. [By then the stress will have reached its peak and I won’t have any whole pencils to use.]

Ellen DeGeneres sparked backlash after joking that self-quarantine is like ‘being in jail’. [Lighten up, people. Have you ever spent two weeks in a home that’s only 9,000 square feet?]

A New Jersey town is using talking drones to tell people to go home. [“And call your mom, too!”]

Dr. Fauci doesn’t think Americans should ever shake hands again. [Or make eye contact with each other.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

🦠 CORONAVIRUS TRACKERS _ New York Times | nCove2019 | Bing | Johns Hopkins | WorldOMeters

NJ TOWN RESORTS TO TALKING DRONES TO ENFORCE SOCIAL DISTANCING _ If you’re violating the social distancing orders in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and you suddenly start hearing voices telling you to go home, it’s not some odd symptom of COVID-19. It’s the mayor scolding you from a talking drone. Elizabeth has started using a fleet of five drones with voice and siren capabilities, on loan from manufacturer DJI, to patrol public areas and warn violators.

… Police in Elizabeth wrote on Facebook: “These drones will be around the City with an automated message from the Mayor telling you to STOP gathering, disperse and go home. Summonses HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE to be issued to those found in violation. Fines are up to $1000. You have been advised.”

… The idea of using drones to break up crowds during the virus-driven lockdown was popularized in China, where they were used aggressively to patrol public spaces and neighborhoods.

DR. FAUCI DOESN’T THINK AMERICANS SHOULD EVER SHAKE HANDS AGAIN _ Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, said Americans should never shake hands again, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other diseases. The leading infectious disease expert on the coronavirus task force told the Wall Street Journal that an end to handshaking would be good for reducing future transmissions of COVID-19 and would also cut the number of influenza cases.

… He also suggested that people might want to wear “cloth face protection” if they could not avoid being within six feet of others as life starts its return to normal.

… In a wide-ranging interview with The Journal podcast, Fauci said he hoped to see “light at the end of the tunnel” by the end of April.

… He also offered this sobering reminder: “When you gradually come back, you don’t jump into it with both feet. You say what are the things you could still do and still approach normal.”

BRIDGE COLLAPSES WITH ALMOST NO TRAFFIC AMID LOCKDOWN _ A bridge on a normally busy road in northern Italy collapsed on Wednesday — but with virtually no traffic during the coronavirus lockdown, only two truck drivers suffered minor injuries. A spokesman for the fire brigade said the 853 foot bridge near the town of Aulla, in the northern tip of Tuscany, collapsed at 10:25AM. The lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus has cut heavy midweek traffic that might normally have been using the bridge.

THE TOKYO OLYMPIC FLAME HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF PUBLIC DISPLAY _ The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again or where — or under what conditions. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next year, the flame was put on display in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima. It was to remain on display through the end of April. It was removed after several days when Japan’s Prime Minister issued a state of emergency in order to combat the coronavirus, which includes limiting large crowds.

… Organizers of the Summer Olympics said, “Tokyo 2020 will now keep the flame in an undisclosed location to prevent people from gathering.”

DUKE AND DUCHESS DO A VIRTUAL CLASS VISIT _ The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wowed schoolkids during a surprise virtual visit Wednesday. Prince William and wife Kate dropped in on a show-and-tell session by youngsters whose parents are out on the front line of the nation’s coronavirus battle.

DRIVE-THRU CORONAVIRUS TESTING FOR HORSES AND BUGGIES _ One way coronavirus testing centers can encourage social distancing is by testing patients in their vehicles. In Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, that includes horses and buggies as well as cars. A small clinic is accommodating the old-school transportation method in an effort to make tests more accessible to Amish and Mennonite communities. Most residents of Belleville, Pennsylvania, are Amish or Mennonite. Both communities are tight-knit: a benefit in most times of hardship, but a recipe for tragedy during a pandemic.

MAN GETS ANGRY AT TEENS FOR NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING _ Nine teens partying at a park near Louisville, Kentucky were accosted by a man, angry that they were not social distancing. First he shoved a few kids, then straddled a girl who was sitting on the ground and began to strangle her. The man, John Rademaker, is a 57-year-old doctor who has been charged with “first-degree strangulation and three counts of harassment with physical contact.” He was released from jail Tuesday. • VIDEO

POLICE RESCUE DUCKLINGS FROM DRAIN IN SOUTH CAROLINA _ Police in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, rescued of a family of ducklings that fell down a drain. The babies were reunited with their mother and escorted by the officers to a nearby pond.

STUDY REVEALS WHICH FIRST NAMES SEE MOST FINANCIAL SUCCESS _ When it comes to stocks and bonds, not all baby names are created equal. A quirky new piece of research has listed the top baby names for the future financial advisor of the family. The study concludes the most financially successful name for a boy is Andrew, while Anna came in at number one for girls.

… For the research, the investment platform eToro analyzed its 12 million user database and highlighted the first names that performed the best and worst investment-wise over the past year.

Don’t like the name Andrew for your son? Sam, Alex, Christopher, and Darren rounded out the top five best boy names for investment returns. For girls, Anna was followed by the names Maria, Laura, Helen, and Sarah.

… What about names to avoid? The research also picked out the worst names for investment success. Moms and dads, be sure to steer clear of these boy names: Ali, Rob, Dan, Chris, and Dominic. Similarly, the worst baby names for girl investors are Karen, Claire, Lisa, Jennifer, and Rachel.

SCIENTISTS ARE WORKING ON A ‘BUTT RECOGNITION’ TOILET _ Cars aren’t the only things with rear-detection technology anymore. Stanford researchers are working on a smart toilet that can identify the user’s butt to help determine their health. The state-of-the-art toilet bowl is outfitted with a scanner that reads users’ derrières. The flush lever is also equipped with fingerprint scanners.

… The toilet is fitted with technology that can detect a range of disease markers in stool and urine, including those of some cancers, such as colorectal or urologic cancers. The data is then matched to the specific user via the rump-recognizing technology. The smart toilet also comes with a urinalysis strip that can help identify 10 different disease-signifying biomarkers. Twenty-one subjects have already tested the smart throne.

… (CAUTION) The Stanford press release notes that “to fully reap the benefits of the smart toilet, users must make their peace with a camera that scans their anus.”

WHAT ARE THE MYSTERIOUS OBJECTS FILMED FLYING CLOSE TO THE MOON? _ Someone has uploaded video to YouTube that appears to be a telescopic shot of the moon in daylight. The camera zooms in on the sharply-lit crescent horizon. This reveals several objects apparently flying close to its surface, casting convincing shadows as they move from sunlight into darkness. The objects are clearly miles long, given the scale involved and the shadows cast. It’s the only video on the YouTube channel, named Jean-Michel Tenac. • VIDEO

WOMEN SHOP MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS _ A survey suggests the amount of time a woman spends shopping during her lifetime adds up to more than eight years. Market research company OnePoll said its online survey of 2,000 women indicated the average woman will spend 25,184 hours and 53 minutes buying food, clothing and other items during a 63-year period. The survey suggests women make about 301 trips to various stores during one year, amounting to about 399 hours and 46 minutes, with groceries accounting for 84 of the shopping excursions, and 90 of the trips being attributable to clothing, shoes, accessories and health and beauty items.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: MARRIED PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER _ In a study, married people (43% very happy) are happier than unmarrieds (24%). And it holds up for men as well as for women, and for the old as well as the young. Overall, parents are happier than adults who have no children, but this gap disappears once a person’s marital status is considered. That is, married people with children are about as happy as married people without children. And unmarried people with children are about as happy as unmarried people without children.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN COUGHED ON PRODUCE _ A man in Massachusetts could be facing criminal charges after he allegedly coughed and spit on produce at a Stop & Shop. The incident escalated into a physical confrontation with other customers and store staff. In a Facebook video the man is seen being pinned to the ground.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN COUGHS ON STORE EMPLOYEE _ A Florida (DeBary) man was arrested after authorities say he intentionally coughed on an employee at a hardware store. Officials said Christopher Canfora, age 49, is facing a charge of aggravated assault after the incident. An employee at Harbor Freight Tools told deputies Canfora approached her to comment about the social distancing measures the store was taking. Canfora stated, “This is all getting out of hand,” then proceeded to cough on her while she was at the register. Canfora told her he does the same to people wearing masks and was going to a grocery store to do it again.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED BURGLAR TELLS COPS HE HAS CORONAVIRUS _ A New Jersey (New Brunswick) man is facing burglary and weapons charges after he allegedly broke into a home, while naked and armed. After Terrance Edwards left that home, police allege he attempted to break into a nearby residence but was not successful. Police say he told them he had the coronavirus.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PUNCHED MOTHER AFTER SHE HID THE TOILET PAPER _ A 26-year-old man in California allegedly punched his mother for hiding toilet paper from him. Adrian Yan was arrested and charged with battery after an argument over toilet paper escalated into a physical confrontation. Yan wanted toilet paper and started getting upset with his mother because she was hiding it. She told authorities she hid it because he was using too much.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SMILING DRIVER BUSTED FOR COVERED PLATES _ A couple in China thought they could get away with not paying at a toll booth by covering up their license plate. The couple grinned for a traffic camera as they drove past with a concealed license plate. But a police officer stopped them a short time later and found the digits on their plate had been deliberately covered.


ON TELEVISION

STATION 19 (8p ET, ABC) — New. The crew battles a storage facility fire with growing complications. Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams guest stars.

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, FOX) — New. A car restoration article throws Mike, Chuck, and Ed into the spotlight.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Adam promises not to lie to Andi again, but finds himself in a tough spot when he has to cover for Joe.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30p ET, NBC) — New.

SEASON FINALE: GREY’S ANATOMY (9p ET, ABC) — New. Hayes asks Meredith a surprising question.

WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — New. In an homage I Love Lucy, Grace, Karen and Jack each imagine themselves as Lucy, with Will as the Ricky to all of them.

SERIES PREMIERE: YOU DON’T KNOW SHAQ (9p ET, TNT) — This new reality show follows NBA champ and basketball analyst Shaquille O’Neal and his family.

BROKE (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Jackie encourages Javier and Elizabeth to get jobs so they can contribute financially to the household.

INDEBTED (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. Debbie decides to become a certified life coach to help get out of debt.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. Everyone mourns Asher’s death as Gabriel holds on to key details about his murder.

TOMMY (10p ET, CBS) — New. Tommy and the LAPD race to find an online “swatter,” a criminal who makes fake 911 calls.

TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) — New. Kelly Clarkson is the guest judge for a Quickfire based on her new movie, Trolls: World Tour. The chefs must combine colorful ingredients from six different musical lands.

SEASON PREMIERE: THE GOOD FIGHT (CBS All Access) — Christine Baranski, Audra McDonald and Cush Jumbo return.


ENTERTAINMENT

MY SPY GOING STRAIGHT TO AMAZON _ While every other movie originally due out in the next two months has pushed or delayed its release date, there was one holding fast: My Spy. Even with all movie theaters across the globe shut down for the time being, the Dave Bautista comedy was still set for an April 17 release date — next week. But now the inevitable has happened: My Spy is not opening on April 17. In fact, it’s not opening in theaters at all. Instead, the movie is headed straight to Amazon.

… Amazon has struck a deal with STX for the film, and will debut it on Amazon Prime Video sometime in the near future (no release date has been announced yet).

… Different studios have been reacting in different ways to the theater closings. Disney recently decided to release their upcoming Artemis Fowl directly to Disney+, and Universal is releasing Trolls: World Tour on digital this Friday.

DISNEY+ IS REBOOTING DOOGIE HOWSER WITH A FEMALE LEAD _ Disney+ is bringing Doogie Howser, M.D. to a new generation with a reboot of the comedy, set to focus on a half-Asian, half-white 16-year-old girl who works as a doctor in Hawaii. The new show currently has a working title of Doogie Kealoha, M.D. The original starred Neil Patrick Harris.

TYLER PERRY PAYS FOR ALL GROCERIES FOR THE ELDERLY AT 73 STORES _ Tyler Perry surprised elderly shoppers across two states Wednesday morning by covering the cost of their groceries. The TV and movie mogul paid for the groceries of all elderly shoppers at 44 Kroger stores in Atlanta, Georgia, his hometown state, as well as 29 Winn Dixie stores in his native New Orleans during the hour reserved for older customers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

NETFLIX’S SPACE FORCE SPOOF STARRING STEVE CARELL ARRIVES ON MAY 29 _ Despite the global coronavirus pandemic, the newly formed US Space Force is pushing ahead — it launched its first satellite last month. Fortunately, Netflix’s spoof, called Space Force, isn’t far behind. Netflix just announced that the series, co-created by and starring Steve Carell, will premiere on May 29.

… The show will follow Carell as the fictional four-star general Mark Naird, who dreams of running the Air Force but is assigned to lead the newly formed Space Force. Celebrities including Lisa Kudrow, John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz and Tawny Newsome will join Carell as the cast attempts to get Space Force off the ground and land Americans on the Moon.

LIFETIME ANNOUNCES SELF-TAPED MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT SPINOFF _ Lifetime just announced Married at First Sight: Couples’ Cam. The new, self-shot series will give fans their closest look yet at the lives of some of Married at First Sight’s most beloved couples. Couples’ Cam will follow nine couples as they film the highs and lows of their everyday lives. The series will also feature never-before-seen-footage of some of their most intimate moments, including the births of their children.

… The couples featured in the new series include Doug and Jamie (season 1), Ashley and Anthony (season 5), Shawniece and Jephte (season 6), Danielle and Bobby (season 8), Steph and AJ (season 8), Kristine and Keith (season 8), Beth and Jamie (season 9) and Greg and Deonna (season 9). A couple from season 10 will also join the show, but their identity has not yet been revealed as the season is currently airing.

… Couples’ Cam will also bring the couples together virtually as they discuss their own hopes, dreams and futures.

… Couples’ Cam is set to premiere May 20 on Lifetime.

ORIGINAL CAST OF ‘FULL HOUSE’ FILMED A QUARANTINE EDITION OF THE OPENING CREDITS _ The original cast of Full House got together to film a low-quality but super heartwarming quarantine edition of the opening credit. Only the Olsen twins Lori Loughlin are missing. • VIDEO

🎧  JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS SHOWS OFF MAKEUP SKILLS IN CORONAVIRUS PSA _ Julia Louis-Dreyfus is taking beauty matters into her own hands. On Wednesday, the Office of the Governor of California shared a video of the Veep and Seinfeld actress sitting at her makeup vanity wearing some exaggerated eyeshadow, bold blush and extremely over-lined red lipstick to address the state of California. As she looks into the camera she says, “You know, normally, when I do a PSA like this, I have a hair and makeup team — a glam team, a professional glam team — who come and help me with my look. But today, they’re staying home. They’re staying safe.” And it shows as Julia looks more like a circus clown than a sitcom legend. • VIDEO

TIGER KING HAD OVER 34 MILLION U.S. VIEWERS IN FIRST 10 DAYS _  Tiger King has clawed its way into the national psyche to become one of Netflix’s biggest-ever original shows. The docuseries reached a U.S. TV audience of 34.3 unique viewers within the first 10 days of its release (March 20-29, according to Nielsen estimates). That topped season 2 of Netflix hit Stranger Things, which had 31.2 million unique viewers in its first 10 days, and was within shouting distance of Stranger Things 3, which drew 36.3 million over a 10-day span.

DAVID BLAINE BRINGS MAGIC TO CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS, MEDICAL WORKERS _ With the coronavirus infecting friends, neighbors and coworkers, David Blaine is on call. Not as a doctor, of course, but as a magician. He’s been making himself available to entertain patients, first-responders and medical workers who are fighting the pandemic. Though he’s been performing in hospitals since age 18, Blaine, now 47, has had to figure out how to do his mind-blowing tricks remotely, via FaceTime on iPad. And when he says “I tell [hospital personnel] to call me whenever it works for them and I’ll make the time,” he isn’t kidding. Blaine says, “I was driving once, got a call and pulled over immediately.” Blaine, who lives in Manhattan but is in Los Angeles, “took out a deck of cards and did FaceTime magic as best I could.  I jump to it because you don’t know what will be going on, and who will be where if you call back 10 minutes later. But what I do is easy. The real challenge is what nurses and doctors and patients are going through on the front lines.”


BITS & BREAKS

DO YOU WASH NEW UNDERWEAR FIRST?

📞  PHONE or SOCIAL MEDIA TOPIC

Somehow the other morning we got on the subject of underwear and I mentioned that I was wearing a brand new pair of white briefs. My co-host asked if I washed them first. I said no, which she thought was gross. We went back and forth and tossed out the phone number for opinions and the phone went nuts.

My take was that men’s underwear is “sealed” in plastic, so there’s risk of catching anything; she disagreed, saying they could have caught some germs at the underwear factory. A listener pointed out that women’s underwear often hangs out in the open on hangars.

WOMEN REVEAL WHY THEY REALLY NEED A MAN AROUND

The blog CafeMom asked readers why they need men…

• “My real answer is that I need a man to change the five-gallon water bottles in our water dispenser.”

• “Fixing my car and killing bugs. Oh, to cook food on a grill because I can’t do that either.”

• “I am a single mom. I wish I had the ‘Dad’ voice. When my boys’ father was alive, he could do the deep Dad voice and they would listen. Me, not so much.”

• “Sex first of all. Then killing bugs and lifting heavy things is a nice perk.”

• “Well, he is almost a foot-and-a-half taller so I use him for reaching things that I can’t.”

• “To kill spiders and snakes. To mow the yard. Till my garden. Build my greenhouse and chicken coops. To go to work and spoil me. He has since he was 17 years old, now he’s 41.”

• “I need my husband to be a strong family unit.”

• “There is nothing a man could do for me that I can’t do myself. … Men have only ever made things harder, really.”

• “Sex, pay for movies and to go half on these bills.”

• “My husband is my security blanket. I hate sleeping alone. So he knows mad or not he has to sleep in the bed with me. We can ignore each other if we want but we have to sleep together.”

BODY PART WE DON’T NEED

We have a number of body parts that are, well, useless. Here are some facts about the body parts we don’t actually need.

• Pinkie toe: There is speculation that since we no longer have to run for our dinner, and we wear sneakers, the pinkie toe’s evolutionary purpose is disappearing — and maybe the pinkie itself will go the way of the dodo.

• Wisdom teeth: This third set of molars is largely useless, doing little beyond crowding the mouth and sometimes causing pain.

• Vomeronasal organ: There are tiny (and useless) chemoreceptors lining the inside of the nose.

• Most body hair: While facial hair serves some purposes, the hair found on the rest of body is practically useless and can be removed with few ill effects.

• Female vas deferens: A cluster of dead end tubules near the ovaries are the remains of what could have turned into sperm ducts.

• Male Uterus: Yeah, men have one too — sort of. The remains of this undeveloped female reproductive organ hangs on one side of the male prostate gland

• Appendix: Yep, your appendix is basically useless. While it does produce some white blood cells, most people are fine with an appendectomy.

HOW TO BURN CALORIES WHEN YOU HATE EXERCISING

Maybe you hate running. Or cycling. Or moving in general. If you need to justify that cheeseburger, then figure out how many calories you can burn by doing other not-so-fun stuff:

• Cleaning the gutters for an hour: 300 calories burned

• Making your bed: 13 calories burned

• Slow dancing for 20 minutes: 81

• Washing your hands: 16

• Washing the dishes by hand: 30

• Sitting in a one-hour meeting: 122


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: Forty-two percent of women say they can’t make this. (Spaghetti)

TRIVIA: Experts say one-third of these occur in Texas and California. (Car thefts)

TRIVIA: What flavor was the first Lifesaver? (Peppermint)

SPY THE LIE

• The first zoo in the United States was in Philadelphia.

• The T-shirt was invented by automaker Henry Ford. (LIE)

• The state of California raises the most turkeys out of all of the states.

SPY THE LIE

• Alaska is so large, it could hold the 21 smallest States.

• Americans consume more wine than the French. (LIE)

• The original title for Lord of the Flies was Strangers from Within.



DATEBOOK: APRIL 10, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• John Madden is 84

• Steven Seagal is 68

• Comedian Orlando Jones is 52

• David Harbour (Stranger Things, Black Widow) is 45

• Chyler Leigh (Supergirl, Grey’s Anatomy) is 38

• Mandy Moore (This is Us) is 36

• Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) is 32

• Singer Maren Morris is 30

• Daisy Ridley (Star Wars films) is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1790: The United States Patent system was established. The first U.S. patent was granted in 1790 to Samuel Hopkins of Philadelphia for “making pot and pearl ashes” — a cleaning formula used in soapmaking.

• 1912: The RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage, stopping first in Cherbourg, France, and then Queenstown, Ireland, the next day to pick up additional passengers before heading out into the open sea.

• 1916: The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) was created in New York City.

• 1962: One of the original Beatles, Stu Sutcliffe, died of a brain tumor at age 22. He played bass, but left the group to study art. He created the group’s shaggy, brushed-forward hairstyles.

• 1978: Volkswagen became the first non-American automobile manufacturer to build cars in the United States, opening a plant in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

• 1992 Comedian Sam Kinison was killed in a car crash outside Needles, California, at age 38.

• 1993: Police in Charles City, Virginia, easily tracked an accused drug dealer after he bolted and ran into the woods late at night. He was wearing athletic shoes equipped with battery-operated flashing lights.

• 2007: Two Russian cosmonauts and U.S. billionaire Charles Simonyi arrived at the International Space Station.

• 2012: Rick Santorum suspended his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination making Mitt Romney the overwhelming favorite.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Good Friday

• ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Day

• National Farm Animals Day

• Siblings Day

• World Marbles Day

• Cinnamon Crescent Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

• Country singer Steve Azar is 56. Joss Stone is 33.

• Baby Massage Day. Barbershop Quartet Day. Catch and Release Day. Teach Children To Save Day. Submarine Day. Cheese Fondue Day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12

• Ed O’Neill is 74. Dan Lauria is 73. David Letterman is 73. Andy Garcia is 64. Vince Gill is 63. Shannen Doherty is 49. Claire Danes is 41. Brooklyn Decker is 33.

• Easter. Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. Licorice Day. Plum Pudding Day. Walk on Your Wild Side Day.