InterPrep PRO – March 31, 2021

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 31, 2021

• Richard Chamberlain is 87

• Shirley Jones is 87

• Christopher Walken is 78

• Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back Kotter) is 77

• Al Gore is 73

• Rhea Perlman (Cheers) is 73

• Ewan McGregor is 50

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1918: Daylight Saving Time went into effect in the United States for the first time.

• 1966: The Soviet Union launched Luna 10 which later became the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon.

• 1989: Wrestlemania 5, pitting Hulk Hogan against Macho Man Savage, became the largest pay-per-view program in cable TV history.

• 1995: In Corpus Christi, Texas, Latin superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her own fan club.

• 1998: God did not appear live at 10 a.m. on Channel 18 as predicted by a Taiwanese UFO cult in Garland, Texas. The group had predicted God’s appearance for months.

• 2006: In England, police scrapped a squad of Rollerblading cops after discovering they couldn’t chase criminals across grass.

• 2014: The U.S. announced that it was on track to enroll 7 million people in government-mandated health insurance programs by the deadline at midnight.

• 2020: After Donald Trump tweeted that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would have to pay for their own security a spokesman for the pair said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have no plans to ask the U.S. government for security resources.”

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Anesthesia Tech Day

• Transgender Day of Visibility

• Manatee Appreciation Day

• World Backup Day

• Clam Day

• Crayola Crayon Day


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

2: Percentage of people who say they pick their nose for “enjoyment.” In the study that gave us that interesting number, 66 percent of pickers said they pick “to relieve discomfort or itchiness.”


NEWS ATTACK!

68,000 Americans who planned to go to Tokyo for the Olympics won’t be able to. [Athletes can still go, so of course I’ll be there. My Leap Frog team is counting on me.]

The Mars Curiosity rover took a selfie. [And Curiosity will explain how it did it tonight on Clubhouse.]

A study finds that people dealing with rejection actually feel literal pain. [Is this supposed to make me feel sorry for Donald Trump?]

It’s spring. [This is that odd time of the year. I can’t decide if the temperature is right for cleaning out my gutters or taking down the Christmas lights.]

If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, researchers say the best way is to cut down a little bit each day. [Or quit cold turkey and take up smoking.]

A study finds marijuana use continues to increase among the elderly. [“Whoa, Grandma, you have diabetes. What’s with all the Twinkies?”]

A survey finds those who give up Facebook for Lent spend more time on other social media sites during that period. [“After Lent I had to go to rehab for 40 days to get over my TikTok addiction.”]

Researchers found that ants are so tidy that they create restroom areas in their nests. [And they always remember to turn on the exhaust fan.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

LISTERINE, CERTAIN MOUTHWASHES MAY DEACTIVATE COVID-19 IN SECONDS _ The good news: Researchers from Rutgers University find certain mouthwashes disrupt COVID’s ability to replicate in human cells. Their study finds rinsing with Listerine and prescription mouthwashes like Chlorhexidine deactivate the virus within seconds during lab experiments. The not-so-good news: Researchers have yet to determine how often you’d need to rinse throughout the day. Obviously if you get the virus on your hand, you touch your lip, you lick that lip and then you don’t use Listerine for another six hours it may not be helpful.

… Study authors now hope to investigate whether rinsing your mouth three times a day with these products could reduce the spread of coronavirus in reality. Stay tuned and keep washing your hands and wearing a mask.

SLOW WALKERS ABOUT 4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE FROM COVID-19 _ Over the last year, people have tried to stay one step ahead of COVID-19 while in public. A recent study finds many of them may have to pick up the pace, literally. Researchers (University of Leicester) say people who walk at a slow pace, especially if they are overweight, are at significantly greater risk of contracting and dying from coronavirus. Their report finds certain individuals who walk slowly are almost four times more likely to die of COVID. Even people who at a normal weight are not immune, according to researchers.

… Slim people who walk slowly are nearly two and a half times more likely to contract a severe COVID infection. Their vulnerability to the virus is even worse than fast walkers who are obese. Researchers say fast walkers “have been shown to generally have good cardiovascular and heart health, making them more resilient to external stressors, including viral infection — but this hypothesis has not yet been established for infectious disease.”

ORDERING A MARTINI WILL DEFINITELY IMPRESS YOUR DATE _ Will a bad choice at the bar sink your budding romance? Three in ten Americans say they’ve ended a date early because of what their date ordered to drink. The survey finds the first drink on a date makes a lasting first impression. Sixty percent of men in the poll agree a bad drink order would be a “deal-breaker” for them. Just 32 percent of women said the same.

… Want to win someone over right away? Take a page out of James Bond’s playbook. Three in five said a martini will make the ultimate good impression. The other drinks that leave potential partners impressed include gin and tonics (46%) and Manhattans (45%). Forty-two percent would look favorably on a date who orders a Cosmopolitan or a Whiskey Sour.

… On the other hand, the drink most likely to make a bad first impression is a Long Island Iced Tea, with 22 percent saying that’s a dating deal-breaker.

PENTAGON WANTS FLYING AIRCRAFT CARRIERS _ The Pentagon is planning to change the face of warfare with the development of flying aircraft carriers. The experimental planes would take the form of a mothership that deploys drones instead of fighter jets. Military bosses believe that carriers would be safer in the skies than in the sea, where they’re vulnerable to long-range missiles. They would more closely resemble the “helicarriers” featured in the Marvel Avengers films than the floating runways that prowl the oceans today.

… Modern aircraft carriers take the form of 400,000-ton ships that stretch up to 1,092 feet — or about four times the length of the Titanic. The United States Navy has 11 nuclear-powered carriers. Each holds around 80 fighter jets and up to 6,000 personnel.

SUPERSONIC AIRLINER WILL FLY FROM NYC TO LONDON IN LESS THAN AN HOUR _ A new supersonic commercial airliner was announced this week, one that its designer and manufacturer says will reach speeds of Mach 4-plus. Aerion said the AS3 will make its first flight before the end of the decade, with the ability to fly up to 50 passengers for 7,000 miles. It could fly passengers from New York City to London in under an hour.

TOMORROW IS APRIL FOOLS’ DAY _ How did April Fool’s Day get its start? With the reform of the calendar under Charles IX (the 9th), New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. Due to the slowness of communication back then and general resistance to change, the January 1 date was not fully accepted for several years. Those traditionalists who clung to April 1 as New Year’s Day were scoffed at as “fools” and sent fake party invitations and prank gifts.

68,000 AMERICANS WERE GOING TO TOKYO _ Last week the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics announced that no international fans would be allowed to attend the games this summer. About 600,000 tickets have been sold to overseas buyers, and 68,000 people in the U.S. planned to attend the games in one way or another.

THE HUMAN HEART SHRINKS WHILE IN SPACE _ Researchers have found that the human heart shrinks while in space despite regular exercise. The study measured NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s heart before and during his 340-day stint in space via 2D and Doppler echocardiograms. The heart shrinks due to the long period of weightlessness experienced by astronauts, comparing it to endurance swimming where an athlete is floating in water for several hours a day. Kelly exercised six days a week while in space, including cycling, treadmill and resistance exercises. Despite this exercise, though, Kelly’s left ventricular mass still shrank in size.

FIRST DOG MAJOR BIDEN ‘NIPPED’ ANOTHER PERSON AT THE WHITE HOUSE _ First dog Major Biden “nipped” another person at the White House on Tuesday, shortly after returning to Washington, DC, following a separate biting incident earlier this month. A spokesperson for First Lady Jill Biden said, “Major is still adjusting to his new surroundings and he nipped someone while on a walk.” The individual was seen by the White House medical unit “out of an abundance of caution” and returned to work “without injury.”

… The incident was first reported by CNN, which identified the person as a National Park Service employee working on the South Lawn. It comes just over a week after first dogs Major and Champ returned to DC from Delaware, where Major underwent training following a similar episode.

LONGER MATERNITY LEAVE LINKED TO BETTER INFANT HEALTH _ A study of births in 20 countries found that for each additional month a woman has paid maternity leave, infant mortality decreases by more than 10 percent. Researchers (McGill University and University of California Los Angeles) found paid maternity leave has a significant impact on infant mortality in low- and high-income countries. Paid maternity leave reduces stress, increases the chances for breastfeeding and other infant care, and allows a mother to seek more medical attention for herself after having a baby.

ON A FIRST DATE, SKIP THE SMALL TALK _ Want to make the most of a first date? Skip the small talk. Talking about your biggest insecurities, hopes and regrets might sound more like fuel for a therapy session than a first date. But research from Dan Ariely, a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and author of Predictably Irrational, said that might not be the smartest strategy. His team gave online daters a list of envelope-pushing questions to ask potential partners like “How did you lose your virginity?” and “Have you ever broken somebody’s heart?” Afterward, both the asker and respondent were happier with the interaction than when they’d stuck to “safe” topics of conversation.

WHY WE NEED TO BE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY AGAIN _ Researchers found that events such as pleasant family celebrations or evenings with friends boost the immune system for the next two days. Unpleasant moments had the opposite effect: negative events, such as being criticized at work, weakened the immune function for one day afterward.

A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: ORDER YOUR PIZZA ‘UNCUT’ _ Ordering food delivery is hotter than ever. Especially ordering pizza. On the Lifehacker website, they offer this suggestion for the next time you order a delivered pizza: order it uncut.

… “When they cut it, all the juices run down [to the cardboard] and make the crust soggy. When you order your pie, fire up the oven. Throw your pizza stone or sheet or whatever. Set it under 212 degrees. When the pizza arrives pop it in the oven for a bit to get it hot, then remove it and slice it.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OFFICER, I CAN’T FIND MY ROCK _ In Poland a guy was looking for a locally famous rock. For some reason he couldn’t find it, so he stopped a passing police car to ask for directions. Probably not the best idea, since his car was close enough to the rock that its headlights were shining on it. He was arrested for drunk driving.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SHAVING WHILE DRIVING _ Police in Portugal (Lisbon) were trying to crack down on careless or distracted drivers in an effort to bring down the death toll. As part of this safety campaign they stopped a man who was shaving behind the wheel on his way to work. The driver told police he was wanted to look sharp for an important meeting and thought he’d catch a quick shave in the car. He received a ticket and was told to finish shaving at his office.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: OFF-DUTY FIREFIGHTER RESCUES MAN FROM HUGE SWARM OF BEES _ On Sunday a Las Cruces, New Mexico, shopper left their car windows down while heading into a grocery store. When they returned and began to drive away, they realized thousands of bees had invaded their vehicle. Thankfully, firefighter Jesse Johnson works as a bee-keeper in his spare time. Although he wasn’t working that day, the team called him in for his expert help. Johnson arrived at the grocery store in full safety get-up with a hive kit and lemongrass oil. It took two hours for the hive master to get all the insects from the car. The bees were then relocated to Johnson’s home.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JAPANESE DAREDEVIL SCALES BUILDING TO STEAL POKÉMON CARDS _ Like the Pokémon character Caterpie — which shimmies up and down trees for prized leafy snacks — a man was caught attempting to steal thousands of dollars worth of the game’s playing cards by scaling down the side of a Tokyo high-rise. With a rope tied around his waist, the man (Kensuke Nakanishi) descended six stories down the side of the building in a dangerous attempt to pilfer some $9,660 worth of collectibles, plus $2,370 in cash. The 28-year-old IT worker reportedly stole a total of 80 Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, plus the cash — all in a bid to pay off personal debt. After his arrest the man told police, “I was in my high school’s rock climbing club, so I wasn’t afraid of heights.”


ON TELEVISION

GODZILLA VS. KONG (HBO Max) — It’s all right there in the title: In Godzilla vs. Kong, the two titans will finally face off on the big screen and, for the first 31 days, on HBO Max. The movie’s human cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kyle Chandler.

TOUGH AS NAILS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Teams must restore a wreck into a working car.

THE GOLDBERGS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Beverly decides to start selling a nutritional product from a sketchy company.

CHICAGO MED (8p ET, NBC) — New. Halstead and Choi clash over a pregnant patient with an irregular heartbeat.

THE MASKED SINGER (8p ET, FOX) — New. Another wildcard contestant debuts when the members of Group B return for their second performances.

RIVERDALE (8p ET, CW) — New.

EXTINCTION- THE FACTS (8p ET, PBS) — Host David Attenborough presents this look at humans’ role in speeding the extinction of species across the globe, and how human activities affect the prevalence of pandemic diseases.

SEASON FINALE: AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Katie pushes Cooper (Logan Pepper) to share his passion for the culinary arts and his ambition of becoming a chef with his autocratic father (guest star Joel McHale).

CHICAGO FIRE (9p ET, NBC) — New. A series of suspicious fires sends 51 on a search for the cause.

THE CONNERS (9p ET, ABC) — New. Becky meets up with an old friend and feels pressured to impress him.

GAME OF TALENTS (9p ET, FOX) — New.

NANCY DREW (9p ET, CW) — New.

CALL YOU MOTHER (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. When Lane’s judgmental mom (guest star Kym Whitley) comes to town, Lane tries to temporarily rid his apartment and life of anything that she may disapprove of.

CHICAGO P.D. (10p ET, NBC) — New. Ruzek’s father goes missing and the team races to find him before it’s too late.

FINALE: THE CON (10p ET, ABC) — New. For several years a person dubbed the “Con Queen” pretends to be various high-powered female film-industry executives

SEASON FINALE: RESIDENT ALIEN (10p ET, Syfy, USA) — New. On the verge of completing his mission, Harry faces his own humanity. The show has been renewed for a second season.


ENTERTAINMENT

GODZILLA VS. KONG GOES BIG _ Godzilla vs. Kong debuts in the U.S today(Wednesday) and will play in more theaters than Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984, or any other pandemic-era release. The epic monster mashup is screening in more than 3,000 North American locations. That surpasses the benchmark previously held by Christopher Nolan’s time-bending sci-fi thriller Tenet, having played in 2,810 locations. On average, new releases like Tom and Jerry, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Nobody have been made available in approximately 1,500 to 2,500 locations.

… Beginning today it will stream for free (with subscription) on HBO Max for 31 days. The movie’s human cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Kyle Chandler.

LADY GAGA’S DOG WALKER HAD PART OF HIS LUNG REMOVED _ Lady Gaga’s dogwalker is on the road to recovery, more than a month after he was viciously attacked on the street in Los Angeles. Ryan Fischer was shot and left for dead by two suspects, who stole the French bulldogs he was walking, pets that belonged to Gaga. The violent dognapping incident on February 24 made international headlines, and blew up when Gaga offered a $500,000 reward for the safe return of her pooches.

… In a new social media post, Fischer recounts his long recovery, from “bleeding out on a sidewalk,” to “just waiting for my lung to heal so I could go home.” Fischer endured a setback when doctors identified a collapsed lung which required immediate surgery, and a partial removal. In a video accompanying the post, Fischer can be seen preparing for his journey out into the wider world, carefully and slowly dressing himself while removing his gown. For a brief moment, we get a glimpse at the injuries he sustained.

… Fischer did make it, he’s out of hospital, and the missing dogs were recovered unharmed after a woman brought them to an LAPD police station. Police have yet to identify any suspects.

TRAILER FOR SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW _ The next chapter of the Saw franchise is scheduled to arrive in a little over six weeks, so we were about due a new trailer for Spiral, which comes a full thirteen months after the first footage was revealed. The presence of Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson in the cast has increased interest in Spiral, with Rock heavily involved in creating the story and taking an executive producing credit. The new trailer is already one of the hottest on YouTube this week. • VIDEO

… The movie hits theaters on May 17.

FIRST TRAILER FOR NEW JASON STATHAM MOVIE _ Much like fellow mid-budget action icons Liam Neeson and Gerard Butler, 99% of the time you know exactly what you’re going to get when you see a movie with Jason Statham’s name on it. There’s going to be scowling, punching, kicking, shooting and a pithy one liner or two as the martial artist and former competitive diver does what he does best. That certainly applies to the first trailer for Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man, which comes to theaters May 7 — a release date vacated by the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Black Widow. • VIDEO

AMERICAN IDOL IS BRINGING BACK A LIVE AUDIENCE _ American Idol is returning with an audience of at least 50 people, becoming one of the biggest non-scripted series to find a way to get crowds in safely. The ABC show is hoping to bring in even more audience members for the finale on May 23.

MICHAEL STRAHAN SAYS GOODBYE TO THE SIGNATURE GAP IN HIS TEETH _ Michael Strahan is a whole new man. The Good Morning America host shocked fans on Tuesday when he debuted a new gapless smile. In a video posted on Instagram, Strahan showed the process of his mouth makeover with Smile Design Manhattan. Strahan knew he would get some backlash for the decision, and even listed all the people he expected would disapprove — including his followers, friends, business partners and family. But ultimately, the former NFL player said, “I gotta do what I wanna do for myself.” • VIDEO

… Strahan previously revealed that he has considered altering his smile in the past, telling Elle in 2012 that he once had a dentist show him mock-ups when he was in his twenties, but ultimately decided against it.

… Longtime fans immediately took to Twitter to vent their frustrations. One person said: “This man just lost all his super powers.” Another wrote, “This is definitely one of the worst things I’ve ever seen. Strahan’s gap is iconic. It’s like Robert De Niro’s mole or Tom Selleck’s mustache. You don’t just get rid of that nonchalantly.”

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN IS ADAPTING GAME OF THRONES AS A BROADWAY PLAY _ George R.R. Martin is developing a live stage spectacular for New York City’s Broadway, London’s West End and Australia that will bring fan-favorites like Ned Stark and Jaime Lannister back to life while dramatizing a legendary event in Westeros history. The as-yet-untitled play is set during a pivotal moment in Westeros history, The Great Tourney at Harrenhal, a contest that took place 16 years before the events in Game of Thrones.

DANCING WITH THE STARS WILL RETURN FOR 30th SEASON _ Dancing With the Stars is about to hit a milestone. ABC has picked up the competition show for a 30th season. Tyra Banks will return as host, as will judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Derek Hough. Under strict protocols, the show managed to pull off a 29th season last fall. Banks made her much-talked-about debut — which came with lots of big costume changes — and Hough returned as a judge. Kaitlyn Bristowe of The Bachelorette franchise and Artem Chigvintsev were the winners.

KURT RUSSELL REPORTEDLY EYED TO RETURN FOR STARGATE REBOOT _ Kurt Russell has shown incredible longevity, with the actor making his screen debut in an episode of Dennis the Menace all the way back in 1962.Since then, he’s gone on to star in John Carpenter classics Escape from New York, The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China, box office hits Backdraft and Executive Decision, acclaimed Western Tombstone and more. Oh, and he’s also Netflix’s Santa Claus. One of Russell’s more overlooked efforts is Stargate, if only because the sci-fi blockbuster is better known for the small screen empire that it launched. There’ve been a couple of rumors making the rounds over the last few months that the project could be on the table again, with the latest report claiming that Russell is being eyed to return as Colonel Jack O’Neill.

DIANA THE MUSICAL GOING FIRST TO NETFLIX _ Diana The Musical almost opened a year ago. The pandemic caused it to go dark before opening night. The buzz wasn’t great anyway. Now Diana will return to the stage on December 1 for previews before an opening on December 16. But first there will be a TV special on Netflix October 1. This will either stoke interest or kill the show for good. Producers are betting on the former.

MARVEL REPORTEDLY EYEING SIGOURNEY WEAVER FOR NEW ROLE _ A source says Sigourney Weaver is wanted by Marvel for a role, but there’s no additional information given.


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PHONER

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BITS & BREAKS

HOW TO GET OVER YOUR ENERGY SLUMP

How to up your midday energy levels and get more done at work

• Chew gum — Chewing increases the amount of blood and oxygen flowing through your head, brain included. As a result, gum chewing makes people more alert and better able to concentrate on the task at hand (Nutritional Neuroscience).

• Turn up the lights — Even if your office doesn’t have a view, you can increase your energy levels by plugging in an extra lamp for your desk. When workers increase the amount of light in their offices, they feel less sleepy, are more energetic and enjoy shorter reactions times. (Physiology and Behavior)

• Listen to your favorite upbeat tunes — Research shows that upbeat music can fire up your energy levels, as well as your creativity. Music effectively alters the speed of our brain waves — we can turn them up or calm them down depending on the genre of music we plug into. (University of Toronto)

• Drink some water — When you’re busy at work, you can easily forget to take a trip to you water cooler until you’re completely parched. But in one study of healthy women, scientists found that dehydration levels as low as 1% cause fatigue, problems concentrating and increased perceptions of task difficulty. (U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine)

• Watch a funny video — Here’s hoping your office’s network doesn’t block YouTube: In one study, participants who watched a funny video enjoyed an immediate energy boost. (University of Nebraska)

• Take a walk — Sitting at your desk all day slows down the activity in your muscles and thwarts your body’s ability to take up glucose with insulin, both of which make you tired. However, simply taking a quick walk around the office or block helps balance insulin and stimulates endorphins for improved energy.

• Play with your ears — Rub both of your ears between your thumb and forefinger. This stimulates all of the energy meridians throughout your body and will give you a burst of energy. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners say that when these meridians become blocked, energy cannot properly flow through the body and conditions — ranging from pain to fatigue — can develop.

MOSTLY HARMLESS APRIL FOOL’S DAY PRANKS

Some harmless pranks to play on friends and co-workers tomorrow!

• Borrow someone’s cell phone and change the language setting to a foreign language.

• Replace Oreo cream-filling with toothpaste.

• Bring multiple sets of clothes to work, change every hour and act like nothing’s different.

• Take something from someone’s office and leave them a ransom note.

• Glue all the eggs into the carton.

• Leave cryptic notes warning someone of an impending prank then do nothing all day.

• Tape magnets to the bottom of a cup, put it on the roof of your car and drive around.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: We all use one and the most popular color is blue. (Toothbrush)

TRIVIA: Roughly one million Americans have named who or what the primary beneficiary of their wills? (Their dog)

TRIVIA: The average person will spend 4 minutes today doing what? (Looking for lost things)

TRIVIA: This sport’s first book of rules was published in 1754. (Golf. It was more of booklet than a book.)

HOLE IN THE HEADLINE

Guess the word that’s missing from this news headline: “MAN RIDES ______ INSIDE MONTANA CONVENIENCE STORE!”

A) Horse*
B) Llama
C) Riding mower

A man caused a stir when he rode into a Montana gas station convenience store on his horse. The store (called Town Pump) posted the video to Facebook saying the man did a lap around its Bozeman location. Going forward, they say that anyone who uses a trusty steed as their mode of transportation needs to dismount outside the store.



DATEBOOK: APRIL 1, 2021

• Ali MacGraw is 82

• Annette O’Toole (Smallville) is 69

• News host Rachel Maddow is 48

• David Oyelowo (Selma) is 45.

• Taran Killam (12 Years A Slave, SNL) is 39

• YouTuber Logan Paul is 26

• Asa Butterfield (Hugo, Nanny McPhee Returns) is 24

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1778: New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock created the dollar symbol ($).

• 1853: Cincinnati became the first U.S. city to pay firefighters a regular salary.

• 1963: The Soap Opera General Hospital debuted.

• 1970: President Richard Nixon signed the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act into law, requiring Surgeon General warnings on tobacco products and banning cigarette advertisements on television and radio in the United States starting on January 1, 1971.

• 1976: Apple Computer was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

• 1997: Russia’s Tass news agency reported that an alligator named Gena, hatched from a quail’s egg aboard the Mir space station, had bitten a U.S. astronaut. It was an April Fool’s Day story.

• 2003: American troops rescued Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch from a hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, where she had been held prisoner since her unit was ambushed nine days earlier.

• 2007: In an April Fools’ Day prank, Google posted a link on its home page offering consumers free high-speed wireless Internet through their home plumbing systems.

• 2020 The All England Lawn Tennis Club canceled Wimbledon for the first time since World War II.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• April Fools’ Day

• International Tatting Day

• Burrito Day

• Fun at Work Day

• Sourdough Bread Day