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DATEBOOK: APRIL 16, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is 73

• Ellen Barkin (Animal Kingdom) is 66

• Jimmy Osmond is 57

• Martin Lawrence is 55

• Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men, Pretty in Pink) is 55

• Peter Billingsley (A Christmas Story) is 49

• Lukas Haas is 44

• Sadie Sink (Maxine “Max” Mayfield in Stranger Things) is 18

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1867: Wilbur Wright was born in Millville, Indiana. When it came time to decide in 1903 who would make history’s first airplane flight, Wilbur and brother Orville flipped a coin. Wilbur lost.

• 1889: U.S. patent #432,728 was issued for the air-conditioned hat, a hat with a wind-up exhaust fan at the back that pulled air in through vents in the front and top.

• 1947: An explosion on board a freighter in port caused the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600.

• 1947: Bernard Baruch coined the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union.

• 1993: A Monmouth, Illinois, man told a judge his wife could come back home and cook for him while she was out on bail awaiting trial for trying to poison him.

• 1999: Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement from hockey.

• 2003: Michael Jordan played his last NBA game with the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, 107-87.

• 2007: At Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, a gunman shot 32 people to death and injured 23 others before committing suicide.

• 2015: The now-disgraced Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Get to Know Your Customers Day

• High Five Day. San Diego resident Connor Lastowka and his friend Wynn Walent came up with the idea during a late night conversation as a way “people can freely exchange high fives between all different genders, races, heights and social classes.” The first year, the guys held the event on the University of Virginia’s campus and by the second year, it had spread across the U.S. PERHAPS THIS YEAR IT SHOULD BE CANCELED.

• Stress Awareness Day

• Wear Pajamas To Work Day

• Save The Elephant Day

• Eggs Benedict Day

• Day of the Mushroom


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

39,000: Pubs in the UK.


NEWS ATTACK!

It’s the day after tax deadline day. [I didn’t do my taxes and, honestly, I don’t care. In fact, I might just take three more months to finish them.]

80 million Americans have received their coronavirus stimulus checks. [Or as I’m calling it, CoronaCash.]

80 million Americans have received their coronavirus stimulus checks. [Now that some people have money again can we re-open Starbucks please?]

Chloroquine, which the president had high hopes for, is no longer being tested in Brazil because it was causing heart problems. [So test it on people who don’t have a heart… like politicians.]

Apple’s newest iPhone is an updated basic model and it will go on sale Friday. [It’s called the iPhone Stimulus.]

Cheap gas is available all over the nations. [Which is great for Mexican food lovers like me.]

In Tokyo a policeman was arrested after he got drunk and wandered into the wrong house to take a bath. [The wrong house? Well, his police career may be over but there’s a bright future for him at the postal service.]

The CEO of a big video game company has given his 10,000 employees his personal phone number in case they have concerns about healthcare. [“I’m sorry, that mailbox if full… and will be until 2027.”]

Sixty vehicles were involved in an expressway pile-up in Chicago. [There was no damage because the cars crashed six feet apart.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

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

WHERE DOES THE SIX-FOOT GUIDELINE COME FROM? _ If you live in the United States, chances are you’ve heard guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about social distancing. Per the organization’s website, individuals should stay at least six feet away from one another to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

… But the CDC isn’t the only word on social distancing. The World Health Organization recommends that people stay at least half that distance apart — three feet. Meanwhile, an opinion published in late March in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that people might do well to stay more than 27 feet apart to avoid infecting one another.

… The WHO’s three-foot recommendation originates with work done in the 1930s done by a Harvard researcher who studied tuberculosis. He found that droplets — bits of spit, mucus, and phlegm emitted when we breathe, cough, or sneeze — tend to land within three feet of where they’re expelled.

… When the SARS pandemic hit in 2003 scientists found some evidence that the three-foot cutoff may not be enough. Researchers looked at the prevalence of SARS infections within a single flight, and concluded that droplets of the virus could actually travel between passengers six feet apart — not three.

… Now, there’s anecdotal evidence that the six-foot cutoff may not be enough, either.

CEO GIVES HIS PERSONAL PHONE NUMBER TO 10,000 EMPLOYEES _ The CEO of the video game company Activision Blizzard is using the coronavirus pandemic to (safely) get closer to his employees. Bobby Kotick says that he gave out his personal phone number to 10,000 workers and said he “encouraged every single employee that has a concern that relates to their health care” to contact him. So far, a “few hundred” have reached out.

… Kotick said that luckily only a “small number” of the video game-maker employees have contracted COVID-19. He’s using the pandemic to bolster the company’s health care options, including making private doctors available, paying for some employee drug co-pays, and offering telehealth options. The company is also letting employees work from home.

APPLE ANNOUNCES NEW iPHONE SE FOR 2020 _ Apple on Wednesday announced the new iPhone SE, a lower-cost iPhone that starts at $399. It has the same basic shape and look as the iPhone 8, which means it has a 4.7-inch screen. It is available for preorder this Friday and it will ship on April 24.

THREE INFANTS ABANDONED FROM 2016 TO 2019 ARE RELATED _ So here’s a crazy story that very likely will end up as a movie one day: Three infants who were abandoned at an Orlando, Florida, apartment complex from 2016 to 2019 are related. Thanks to DNA testing requested by Orlando police, detectives said they are now attempting to identify the parents of the children through genealogy.

… One of the infants was abandoned in July 2019 at the Willow Key Apartments. The 1-day-old baby boy was found wrapped in a T-shirt on a doorstep with a note that said the mother left him because she feared his father. In October 2017, a baby girl was abandoned at the same apartment complex. Police did not provide information on the third baby, who was abandoned at the apartment complex in 2016.

… After the third baby was found in July the detective submitted DNA from the children and learned they share the same mother and father.

HARRY AND MEGHAN DONATE MORE THAN $100,000 TO CORONAVIRUS RELIEF _ The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have donated about $112,000 to Feeding Britain. The money will go to families struggling to secure food amid the coronavirus crisis.

911 DISPATCHER GETS ANONYMOUS NOTE TELLING HER TO STAY AT HOME _ Heather Silchia is a 911 dispatcher in Colorado. Lately, her job has been stressful, rewarding and exhausting. Working the graveyard shift and raising three young children during a pandemic is not easy. Not to mention the added responsibility of an already high-pressure career: making sure police officers, fire fighters and EMS workers know about any potential COVID-19 contamination at a given scene.

… So you can imagine her confusion and frustration Saturday evening when she found a note on her windshield, telling her to stay at home. The letter makes several assumptions based on observing Silchia and her routine. • NOTE

… The note’s writer said they noticed her leaving with her baby, then returning home a shot time later. They also noticed her leaving once again after her husband got home. The note added, “You aren’t wearing any sort of uniform … you couldn’t possibly be getting groceries every night (which would require a mask) … so please stay home.”

BRAIN SET UP TO HANDLE TWO TASKS _ For those who find it tough to juggle more than a couple things at once, don’t despair. The brain is set up to manage two tasks, but not more. That’s because, when faced with two tasks, a part of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex (MFC) divides so that half of the region focuses on one task and the other half on the other task. This division of labor allows a person to keep track of two tasks pretty readily, but if you throw in a third, things get a bit muddled.

CORONAVIRUS SLATHERS LUNGS IN SLUDGE _ As if images of overflowing morgues and worldwide human suffering weren’t hellish enough, doctors are now offering yet another horrifying visual of coronavirus’ path of destruction. A thick layer of paint-like mucus coats the lungs of COVID-19 patients, gradually cutting off oxygen. The gruesome discovery, which was revealed in two autopsies of coronavirus patients, was published in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology. The authors of the paper, doctors from Cleveland Clinic, wrote: “The upper and lower airways were … lined by a smooth, glistening, pale cream-colored mucosa.”

MONEY AND HAPPINESS _ According to findings of a psychological study (San Francisco State University), your happiness depends on how you spend your hard-earned cash, not how much you have. The study’s authors tracked college students and asked them to rate how happy they felt after making experience purchases — concert tickets, drinks with the girls — versus stuff — big-screen TVs, another must-have handbag. Turns out those who shelled out for experiences were more likely to say the purchase boosted their endorphins, and that it was money well spent — regardless of how much or little the outing cost.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: OBVIOUS: AUTO CRASH DEATHS MULTIPLY AFTER 4/20 _ A study shows that in the years since High Times magazine proclaimed April 20 a time to light up and smoke marijuana, traffic fatalities have spiked 12 percent on that date, compared to one week before or after. Researchers (University of British Columbia in Vancouver) said while the study could not assess whether marijuana-intoxicated drivers caused the surge in vehicle deaths on the “High Holiday” called “4/20,” they appear to be the most likely culprits.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

🎧  WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMAN GETS $8.5 MILLION ‘STIMULUS’ DEPOSIT _ Just days after an Indiana man received an accidental $8.2 million COVID-19 stimulus deposit, a Florida woman received roughly the same amount in her bank account. Diana Lagulli went to the ATM to take out some cash when she saw the massive number: $8.5 million. The bad news is, of course, it was a glitch.

…  🎧  It was just days ago that Charles Calvin, a volunteer firefighter in New Chicago, Indiana, said he got the $8.2 million surprise when he went to the ATM on Friday to withdraw some cash.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WEAR PANTS WHEN CHECKING YOUR MAIL _ The Taneytown, Maryland, Police Department posted on social media reminding residents to put on pants before checking the mail. The post included this message: “You know who you are.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHOPLIFTER USES POOP AS WEAPON _ A woman in Ohio was arrested after shoplifting from a Walmart two days in a row. Dominca Dearing was spotted shoplifting from Walmart on April 3 but was able to make it out of the store without being caught. However, store security and police were given her photo, so when she came back the next day to “shop” again, authorities were ready. Dearing was apprehended by Walmart loss prevention officers and taken back into the office area. The officer said Dearing began screaming in an unidentified language, said her name was Tamicka Brown, and that she was from Pennsylvania. Then, according to the Walmart loss prevention officer watching her, Dearing raised her dress up to her midsection and began defecating all over the office while screaming that she was coronavirus infected and needed treatment. The Walmart loss prevention officer immediately retreated into the corner of the office and called for backup. Officers arrived and cuffed Dearing, who defecated again at the store’s entrance.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN THREATENED A SHOOTING BECAUSE ‘NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE’ WERE WEARING MASKS _ A Florida man was arrested after deputies say he threatened a mass shooting at a grocery store because “not enough people” were wearing masks outside during the COVID-19 pandemic. Robert Kovner, age 62, was arrested and booked for the threat he wrote on Facebook.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WRONG HOUSE FOR A BATH _ In Tokyo a policeman was arrested after he got drunk and wandered into the wrong house to take a bath.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN BUSTED FOR BLIND DRIVING _ In the UK a blind man was busted after police spotted his car on the wrong side of the road. He was being guided by someone who was in the passenger seat that had lost their license.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: POLICE BUST MAN STEALING WIFI _ Police in China arrested a man who had been loitering outside a building. A nearby resident told police that for weeks the guy had been camping out near their building up to seven hours a day. When police arrived they found him absorbed in playing with his phone. He was camped out because he as stealing someone’s wifi. For up to seven hours a day.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GNOME STOPS BURGLAR _ A woman in the UK stopped an intruder from entering her home by lobbing a heavy object at him. The woman was woken by the sound of an intruder on the roof of her home. She grabbed the first thing that came to hand — one of her garden gnomes — and hurled it at him and hit him. As the intruder laid on the floor she then went into the kitchen and found a rolling pin in case he came down the stairs. A neighbor alerted police.


ON TELEVISION

THE DISNEY FAMILY SINGALONG (8p ET, ABC) — Ryan Seacrest hosts this special, as celebs perform — virtually — a collection of popular Disney songs. Celebs include Christina Aguilera, John Stamos, Kristen Chenoweth, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens, Demi Lovato, Darren Criss, Michael Bublé, Auliʻi Cravalho, Jordan Fisher, Josh Gad, Thomas Rhett, Erin Andrews, Luke Evans, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba, Little Big Town, Kenny Ortega, and Donny Osmond.

YOUNG SHELDON (8p ET, CBS) — New. Dale (guest star Craig T. Nelson) and Meemaw go to the casino.

LAST MAN STANDING (8p ET, FOX) — New. Bill Engvall guest stars.

KATY KEENE (8p ET, CW) — New.

TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL (8p ET, TCM) — Canceled because of Covid-19, this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival moves to cable and kicks off with the 1954 remake of A Star Is Born starring Judy Garland and James Mason.

MAN WITH A PLAN (8:30p ET, CBS) — New. Adam and Andi offer Teddy dating advice but wind up making things super awkward.

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (8:30p ET, NBC) — New. Holt asks for Jake’s help in a case that is exceptionally meaningful to him.

STATION 19 (9p ET, ABC) — New. Vic rallies the crew to pose for a calendar photo shoot that will support a good cause.

WILL & GRACE (9p ET, NBC) — New. Will and Grace go to an open house, leading to a conversation about their future living arrangement. Patton Oswalt and Yvette Nicole Brown guest star.

MOM (9p ET, CBS) — New. The ladies’ friendships are tested when they live in close quarters during a sober retreat.

SEASON PREMIERE: IN THE DARK (9p ET, CW) — Season 2 begins.

BROKE (9:30p ET, CBS) — New. Javier and Elizabeth learn their rich friends are in town, and ask them to pay back the large amount of money they are owed.

INDEBTED (9:30p ET, NBC) — New. After Deb’s Aunt Judith dies, she passes the torch of hosting shiva to Rebecca and Dave.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — New. Annalise is forced to fight for her life while Gabriel approaches Michaela, Connor and Oliver with a theory about Sam’s murder.

LAW & ORDER: SVU (10p ET, NBC) — New. The SVU struggles to find a serial predator who uses a date rape drug that leaves no evidence behind.

TOMMY (10p ET, CBS) — New. Tommy tries to help a young woman who intentionally gets arrested to buy time for her political asylum request to be approved.

TOP CHEF (10p ET, Bravo) — New. In the Quickfire, the chefs play a game of telephone with their loved ones as they try to reproduce the dish their family member is eating at a nearby restaurant.


ENTERTAINMENT

AVERAGE AMERICAN STREAMS 8 HOURS OF CONTENT PER DAY DURING CORONAVIRUS _ A new survey finds the average American is currently streaming eight hours of content per day and finishing three TV series per week. We all have some extra free time on our hands right now, but at this rate many people may exhaust the entire Netflix library by summer.

… Many parents have started to fall back on streaming services to get a break from their kids. In all, 65 percent of surveyed parents said they’re allowing their children to watch more TV and movies during this pandemic.

… The research (commissioned by Tubi) also noted that the average American enjoys access to four streaming services. Another 38 percent are usually logged into five or more at any given time. 47 percent are also taking advantage of free streaming services.

… All in all, 75 percent of respondents are using streaming services more in general since COVID-19 interrupted all of our lives.

CELEBS PARTNER WITH FRONTLINE FOODS TO HELP LOCAL RESTAURANTS _ Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Joel McHale and other celebs have teamed up with Frontline Foods in an effort to connect local restaurants with workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis. The partnership will donate healthy meals to hospital clinicians by partnering with local restaurants who have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.

‘DOUGH EXOTIC’ PIZZA _ A pizza place in New Jersey is now selling a pie it calls “Dough Exotic” — named for the Netflix reality documentary star. On the pizza is Joe Exotic’s mug shot from when he got busted by the feds for the attempted murder-for-hire plot against his nemesis, Carole Baskin.

TOM HARDY’S AL CAPONE MOVIE SKIPPING THEATERS _ We’ve waited a long time to see Tom Hardy become Al Capone, and now it appears the movie — titled Capone — will skip theaters and go straight to video-on-demand. There’s no word yet on when it will be released.

… The biographical crime film centers on Capone after his 11-year sentence in a penitentiary.

GUY FIERI TO HOST QUARANTINE EDITION OF DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES _ Food Network has ordered Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: Takeout, a three-episode series set amid the coronavirus crisis premiering April 24. Over three weeks, Fieri will reunite with four chefs he’s met on his signature show. They’ll send him their full ingredient list for a chosen recipe and guide him through each step of the cooking process remotely from home.

… Some of the dishes Fieri will make include chicken tamales, paella fritters, European-style dumplings, BBQ burnt ends, chicken parmesan and “bangin’ shrimp.”

DISNEY+ TO CELEBRATE STAR WARS DAY WITH MANDALORIAN DOCUSERIES _ Disney+ will celebrate Star Wars Day — May the Fourth — with Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. The docuseries will be an opportunity for fans of the show to “take a look inside and get to see a different perspective, and perhaps a greater understanding, of how The Mandalorian came together.”

… Creator Jon Favreau said, “We had a great experience making the show and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you.” Disney says the docuseries will cover “the filmmaking process, the legacy of George Lucas’ Star Wars, how the cast brought the characters to life, the series’ groundbreaking technology, the artistry behind the show’s practical models, effects, and creatures, plus the influences, the iconic score, and connections to Star Wars characters and props from across the galaxy.”

WILL FORTE IS ENGAGED _ Will Forte is engaged. The Saturday Night Live star is engaged to girlfriend Olivia Modling. Apparently Forte popped the question over the holidays, not long after they moved in together.

UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT TEASES ITS INTERACTIVE NETFLIX SPECIAL _ Kimmy Schmidt fans, listen up Netflix announced that an interactive special titled Kimmy vs. the Reverend will be released on May 12.

ESPN WILL SHOW TWO VERSIONS OF MICHAEL JORDAN DOCUMENTARY THE LAST DANCE _ ESPN says it will show two versions of its Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance. The uncensored version of the 10-part documentary will air on ESPN, while the censored version with bleeps and dropped audio for profanity will be shown on ESPN2.

… The documentary will chronicle the rise of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

… The documentary series launches Sunday, April 19.

PINK DONATED A BIG BATCH OF HOMEMADE SOUP _ Pink has been incredibly candid about her experience battling COVID-19 and her recovery. Now that she’s back in good health, she’s also been sharing how she’s giving back to her community and one of the biggest ways is through food. The singer shared a photo of a batch of soup she made for those who needed it. Although she didn’t disclose exactly who received the soup, Pink did share a caption encouraging those who can give back to do so too.

… Pink shared photos of her process making the soup, which contained beans, onions, carrots, celery, bouillon, as well as its final form in plastic containers. She also noted in her Instagram captions that, yeah, she just so happened to get the month wrong on the lids, but yes, these were in fact made in April. • IMAGE


BITS & BREAKS

TECH SUPPORT

I don’t know about you, but as the tech-savvy guy in my family I’ve had more “service calls” the past four weeks than in the past four years. The biggest challenge so far was getting my mom set up with Zoom on her iPad for a support group meeting.

FB icon What funny “tech support” issues have you dealt with?

Helping mom, she kept getting caught up with moving on to the next step in the setup process. This is because every app and website uses a different word on the links which take you to the next step.

To set up Zoom she needed her Apple ID, her email password, and a new password for the app itself. Whenever I’d say, “After you enter your password touch ‘OK’ or whatever.” She’d say, “It doesn’t say ‘Go’.” I’d reply, “What about ‘Continue’?” She’d say, “I don’t see that.” After a long pause she said, “What about ‘Proceed’?”

But the next app or website wouldn’t use “proceed”… it would use “continue,” or “OK,” or something else.

WHAT’S YOUR LEAST-FAVORITE BODY PART?

FB icon James Bond actor Daniel Craig says his least-favorite body part is his knees. What’s yours?

ZOOOOOM.US IS A PARODY SCREENSAVER

It seems like everyone’s using Zoom. And because they are, we’re all getting glimpse into the at-home lives of millions of shelter-in-place workers. Workers with kids. Workers with strange wall decor. Workers with a just-got-out-of-bed look.

Now there’s a Zoom screensaver that’s a parody of Zoom the video conferencing service. Download it from zooooom.us, install it, and whenever your computer goes to sleep you get what looks like a bunch of random people zooming with you.

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WHAT DO KIDS THINK ABOUT LOVE?

• “I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when my show is on television.”

• “Love is foolish … but I still might try it sometime.”

• “Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.”

• “I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.”

Okay, tell us how to make a person fall in love with you:

• “Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores.”

• “Shake your hips and hope for the best.”

• “Yell out that you love them at the top of your lungs.”

SECRETS WOMEN KEEP

Things women never tell their husbands but are almost always true.

• Everything we buy for ourselves — shoes, a skirt, even just stuff from the drugstore — really costs 20 percent more than we tell you it did.

• We tell our girlfriends more than we admit to you (but less than you fear).

• We’re just as nervous about commitment as you are.

• We may be modern and independent, but we still want you to be “the man.”

• Our ex-boyfriends were not completely terrible in bed.

• We’re scared that we’ll turn into our mothers.

• We want you to be jealous — but just a little bit.

• Yes, we fantasize about hot celebrity guys, but that doesn’t mean we want you to be them.

• We really do notice and appreciate all the chores you do.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: NASA owns over 160,000 of these. (Space rocks)

TRIVIA: The average one of these lasts three seconds. (Hug)

TRIVIA: “Me at the zoo” was the title of the very first what? (YouTube video. Here it is.)

TRIVIA: 8 out of 10 women say they’d like to receive what at least once a month? (Flowers)



DATEBOOK: APRIL 17, 2020

BIRTHDAYS

• Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings) is 61

• Jennifer Garner is 48

• Victoria Beckham of the Spice Girls (Posh Spice) is 46

• Rooney Mara (Mary Magdalene, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is 35

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1865: Mary Surratt was arrested as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

• 1907: Ellis Island immigration center processed 11,747 people, more than any other day.

• 1964: The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Mustang at the New York World’s Fair. Base price was $2,368. Check out the April 12 issue for more facts and trivia about the first Ford Mustangs.

• 1964: The FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics on the Kingmen’s recording “Louie Louie.”

• 1970: The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returned safely to Earth.

• 1973: Federal Express delivered its first package.

• 1980: Police in Lansing, Michigan, arrested three adult sisters for running around their neighborhood nude after smearing their bodies with mustard. The ladies said they were looking for the Garden of Eden.

• 2003: A 34-year-old research scientist who’d had too much to drink stumbled home and fell asleep in a house where he had lived seven years earlier. Police were called when a teenager came home to find the intruder asleep in the teenager’s bed in Axbridge, England. Police took the scientist to his own home and did not file charges.

• 2013: 15 people were killed and 100 were injured after a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas.

• 2014: NASA’s Kepler space observatory confirmed the discovery of the first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of another star.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Bat Appreciation Day

• Ford Mustang Day

• Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day

• Cheeseball Day

• Kickball Day


DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

• Hayley Mills is 74. James Woods is 73. Rick Moranis is 67. Eric Roberts is 64. Jane Leeves is 59. Jeff Dunham is 58. Conan O’Brien is 57. Eric McCormack (Will and Grace) is 57. Maria Bello is 53. Melissa Joan Hart is 44. Kourtney Kardashian is 41. America Ferrera is 36. Vanessa Kirby is 32. Alia Shawkat is 31. Chloe Bennet is 28.

• Adult Autism Day. Husband Appreciation Day. Record Store Day (postponed to June 20). Auctioneers Day. Animal Crackers Day.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

• Tim Curry is 74. Ashley Judd is 52. Jennifer Esposito is 48. James Franco is 42. Kate Hudson is 41. Hayden Christensen is 39. Ali Wong is 38.

• Bicycle Day. Garlic Day. Poker Day.