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DATEBOOK: MARCH 19, 2015

This is day 78 of 2015. There are 287 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Ursula Andress is 79

• Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters is 69

• Glenn Close is 68

• Film producer Harvey Weinstein is 63

• Bruce Willis is 60

• Abby Brammell (Jobs, The Unit) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

•  1831: The City Bank of New York became the site of the first bank robbery in United States history. $245,000 was taken. Edward Smith was caught, convicted and spent five years in New York’s Sing-Sing Prison.

• 1915: Pluto was photographed for the first time, but was not recognized as a planet.

• 1918: The U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time.

• 1931: Gambling was legalized in Nevada.

• 1931: Alka-Seltzer went on sale for the first time.

• 1953: The Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the first time with proceedings in Hollywood and New York. The Greatest Show on Earth was named best picture of 1952.

• 1954: In the first televised prize boxing fight shown in color, Joey Giardello knocked out Willie Tory.

• 1957: Elvis Presley bought his Graceland estate in Memphis.

• 1974: Jefferson Airplane became Jefferson Starship.

• 1979: The United States House of Representatives began broadcasting its day-to-day business via the cable television network C-SPAN.

• 1985: A preschool PTA in Duncanville, Texas, raised $650 by auctioning off two vasectomies donated by a local urologist.

• 1987: Televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as head of the PTL Club due to a brewing sex scandal; he handed over control to Jerry Falwell.

• 1988: Michael Jackson bought a ranch near Santa Ynez, California, and built his own personal zoo and amusement park. He named it Neverland.

• 1995: A 34-year-old London man was sentenced to a year in jail for dividing up he and his wife’s property in a divorce settlement. He did it with a chainsaw. He divided up the furniture and the front porch.

• 2002: Seven brothers married seven sisters at the same wedding ceremony in Pakistan. Over 2,000 family members attended the mass wedding.

• 2005: In Key West, Florida, police arrested a man shortly after holding up a bank… using a pitchfork.

• 2006: A lamb with six legs — four in front and two at the back — was born on a farm in Belgium.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• National Poultry Day.

• Operation Iraqi Freedom Day

• Absolutely Incredible Kid Day

• Deskfast Day. A day to recognize those who eat breakfast at their desk.

• Oatmeal Cookie Day

UPCOMING

• March 20: Spring begins (Friday, 6:45p ET)

• April 1: April Fool’s Day (Wednesday)

• April 5: Easter (Sunday)

• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)

More holidays

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

19 million: Cases of bourbon sold in the U.S. in 2014.

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NEWS ATTACK!

Kanye West will receive an honorary doctorate. [Which, I suppose, explains Kim Kardashian’s new night nurse outfit.]

Donald Trump says that he may run for president because he’s “the only one who can make America truly great again.” [You know, like he did for the careers of all the winners of his Celebrity Apprentice.]

According to a long-term study, kids who were breastfed grew up to have higher IQs and make more money. [The message to all babies is quite clear: suck now so that you won’t later.]

Ashley Judd is pressing charges against those who made vulgar remarks about her on Twitter. [Yes, that includes you, Mr. ladiesjustcantsayno57.]

Ryanair is coming to the U.S. where it says it will offer $15 flights to London. [Extra charges apply if you prefer to fly INSIDE the airplane.]

Have you heard about the rule change proposal in the NFL? If a team successfully made a two-point conversion, it would then get a chance for an additional point by kicking a field goal from midfield. [And if the field goal is good, every member of the other team has to do a shot.]

Scientists say that nearsightedness is on the increase as kids spend more time inside. [Watching YouTube videos of nearsighted people bumping into things.]

One of the NFL’s team doctors said that youth football is as safe as riding a bike. [What kind of bike ride are we talking about, The Tour de ISIS?]

One of the NFL’s team doctors said that youth football is as safe as riding a bike. [Because apparently, a lot of cyclists also can’t remember what city they’re in.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

DONALD TRUMP LOOKING INTO A RUN FOR WHITE HOUSE _ Real estate developer and TV star Donald Trump on Wednesday said he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run for president in 2016. He said in a statement: “I am the only one who can make America truly great again!” Trump has flirted with a run in past, but the formation of a committee is a firmer step in the direction of a 2016 campaign. In his statement, Trump cited his business experience and wealth as a leg up over other presidential hopefuls.

28-YEAR-OLD WINS HIS THIRD IDITAROD _ With his team of nine champion huskies, Dallas Seavey reached Nome, Alaska, on Wednesday morning after eight days, 18 hours, and 13 minutes to win this year’s Iditarod. He finished the 1,000-mile dogsled race at 4:13AM. The prize for first place is $70,000 and a new pickup truck. A crowd, some still celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, gathered on Front Street to welcome the 28-year-old as he sealed his third Iditarod title.

WOMAN WITH PROSTHETIC LEG GETS HATEFUL NOTE FROM NEIGHBOR _ Ashley Brady lost her leg in an accident in 2014. She learned to walk again with the use of a prosthetic limb, but still struggles with snow, ice, and the three-story climb to her apartment. So she asked the management of her Miamisburg, Ohio, apartment complex to create a disabled parking spot that she could use. Last week her apartment complex gave her a disabled spot; but no sooner did the blue paint dry than an apathetic neighbor park in it. Ashley left a note asking the neighbor to not park in her spot. The note the neighbor left on Ashley’s car in response left the disabled woman in shock:

… Hey handicap! First, never place your hands on my car again! Second, honey you ain’t the only one with ‘struggles.’ You want pity go to a one leg support group! You messed with the wrong one! I don’t care what your note said shove it, but you touch my car again I will file a report, I am not playing! I let the office know the cry baby one leg touches my property I will cause trouble so go cry your struggles to someone who cares cause I’m walking away with both mine!”

… Ashley woman shared the note on Facebook. She also complained to her apartment complex’s management, and has filed a complaint with the police. | LINK

NEARLY TWO DOZEN ARRESTED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT GAMBLING STING _ Because people gambling on March Madness and the NCAA Tournament should obviously be a top priority for police, 23 people were arrested in a gambling sting in Alpharetta, Georgia on Monday night. Officers and detectives took part in the 9PM “surprise raid” on Pepperoni’s Tavern. Authorities detained approximately 65 people and say they found “a large gambling operation in progress based upon the NCAA basketball tournament.” 23 of those detained were charged with illegal gambling, and the others were interviewed and released, but could face future charges.

POLICE GET HEAD START ON JULY 4 _ In Glassock County, Texas the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives seized 20,000 pounds worth of fireworks. Judges ordered them destroyed, and the Midland Police Department offered to do the detonating. The video is an early 4th of July treat. | VIDEO

WOMAN BITES MAN’S PRIVATES TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM BEING RAPED _ A young woman in Moldova escaped an alleged rape assault by her friend’s husband by biting his manhood. According to police the 24-year old woman tried to defend herself when the guy dropped his pants and attacked her at a picnic. Friends of the woman and the man’s wife left the picnic to run an errands. The alleged attacker’s wife returned to the picnic about 30 minutes later and found her husband clutching his pencil, screaming, yelling, and crying out, “Call an ambulance. It’s going to fall off!”

BREASTFEEDING MAY BE LINKED TO HIGHER IQ IN ADULTHOOD _ The benefits of breastfeeding for a child, physically and intellectually, have been increasingly well-illustrated in recent years, with some studies finding connections between breastfeeding and IQ throughout childhood. But a new study suggests that the connection may persist for many more years than previously had been shown. Researchers (from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil) found that the longer a child is breastfed, the higher his or her IQ through age 30, and the higher his or her earning power at that time.

EGYPT HONORS MOTHER WHO DRESSED AS MAN FOR 43 YEARS TO PROVIDE FOR FAMILY _ An Egyptian woman who disguised herself as a man for 43 years in order to make a living for her daughter was honored this week by the government as the “ideal mother”. Sisa Abu Daooh was recognized for her years of hard work providing for her daughter and her grandchildren after the death of her husband. Local culture was opposed to women in the work place, which forced her to dress as a man and work outside the home to support her then-baby daughter. She worked making bricks and polishing shoes in the street among other jobs. Eventually, she married off her daughter to a man who later fell ill and couldn’t work. So, being a resourceful woman, Abu Daooh kept up her work as the breadwinner of her family.

THERE IS NOW A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM CALLED THE YARD GOATS _ The Connecticut minor league baseball team called the New Britain Rock Cats, who are moving to Hartford, Connecticut for the 2016 season, have officially changed their name. Thanks to thousands of votes from baseball fans, the Rock Cats will be known as the Hartford Yard Goats. The change comes in thanks to thousands of votes from baseball fans all over the Internet.

… The team accepted nearly 6,000 submissions, but narrowed the selections down to five, including the Hedgehogs, the Praying Mantis, the River Hogs and the Whirly Birds.

ORIGINAL PATENT FOR TOILET PAPER ON ROLL SOLVES OVER-UNDER DEBATE _ After pitting loved ones and enemies alike against each other for what feels like all of human existence, it seems we may finally have a definitive winner in the “over vs. under” toilet paper draping debate. Though there are still likely to be those who remain loyal to the “under” side of the line, as writer Owen Williams points out on Twitter, Seth Wheeler’s original patent for his perforated toilet paper invention in 1891 shows the paper in an “over” position, indicating that that is how it’s meant to be used. | LINK

… And another drawing from the Google patents database shows the paper on the outside of the roll as well. | IMAGE

JAPAN’S VILLAGE OF SCARECROWS _ In Japan, a woman (Tsukimi Ayano) made her first scarecrow 13 years ago to frighten off birds in her garden. The life-sized straw doll resembled her father, so she made more, and then couldn’t stop. Today, the tiny Japanese village of Nagoro is full of her hand-sewn creations. In the village there are only 35 people, but there are 150 scarecrows.

VICTIM TURNS TABLES ON IRS SCAM _ When Sarah Carr received a voicemail from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, she immediately grew apprehensive. The voicemail indicated that she, an owner of three Colorado businesses, was being charged with tax fraud and that there was a lien on one of her properties. The only options she had, according to the scammer? Pay up or go to jail. When Carr called the number in the voicemail the man at the other end started giving her her personal information. She was scared and started crying. She told the man she was nine months pregnant and didn’t know what she would do. But the combination of being pregnant and genuinely terrified triggered a rare moment of conscience in the IRS scam artist, and he immediately came clean. The man said, “Wait, wait, wait, wait, you’re pregnant? I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry, this is a scam. You’re OK. We’re scamming you. We were just trying to get money out of you. Please stop crying.” Unfortunately there have been no leads on bringing the scammers to justice.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: KITCHENER CLOSES ROAD FOR SALAMANDER SAFETY _ The city of Kitchener, Ontario, has closed part of a road so that a colony of salamanders can cross safely from one side to the other. Jefferson salamanders, which live in the forests on either side of the road, are protected under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act because their populations are in decline across the province. Every spring, they cross Stauffer Drive to get to the small, temporary ponds that form on the other side when snow melts.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PAINED MAN PUMMELS ATM _ A man on trial for attempting to loot an ATM in Beijing by smashing it with a club told the court he was desperate for cash so that he could cure his back pain. Police apprehended him at the scene. His back pain continues.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DARTH VADER ROBS CREDIT UNION _ Police in Pineville, North Carolina, are searching for a man who robbed a credit union disguised as Darth Vader. In addition to wearing a Darth Vader-style mask, the man was sporting a chest plate and gloves similar to those worn by the Star Wars character. However, instead of a lightsaber this Darth Vader was armed with a rifle.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PASTOR PREACHES ABSTINENCE WHILE CONDOMS FALL OUT OF BIBLE _ In Nigeria a bus preacher was delivering his message to passengers about the evils of women wearing pants and make-up, and how everyone would burn in hell if they had premarital sex. But when he raised his bible during his preaching two condoms fell out. His bus audience suddenly got very angry and pounced on him. He tried to defend himself by preaching, “I also preach safe sex! Safe sex is good!” But they hauled him out of the bus and beat him up.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOLF DAD REFUSES TO LET BABY BOY WEAR CLOTHES _ A man in China has been dubbed “Wolf Dad” by media for insisting that his 15-month-old son remain naked all year round in order to toughen him up. The dad says he has not dressed his son in a shred of clothing since he was six months old following an accident that scalded the boy’s skin. The tough dad gives his son two baths in cold water a day to “boost the boy’s health.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NUDE JOGGER RAISES EYEBROWS IN MONTREAL _ Police have received several calls about a man running through a Montreal park in his birthday suit. He was wearing only athletic shoes and socks during late-night workouts in the snow. Overnight lows in Montreal have hovered around 14 degrees this week. Police say they have opened an investigation to track down the night-time nudist.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BACHELOR SEEKING TALL WIFE COMES UP SHORT _ A man in China sued a dating agency for failing to find him a match. The man’s suit was tossed out. He was unhappy that the dating agency didn’t set him up on dates with women who were at least 5-foot, 4-inches tall.

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ON TELEVISION

NCAA TOURNAMENT (12:15p ET TruTV, CBS, TBS and TNT) — Coverage of the second round continues this afternoon and tonight. Here’s a link to all the times, teams, and networks carrying each game.

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — The Top 10 perform in this new, 2-hour edition.

DATELINE: THE REAL BLACKLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — Lena Dunham (Girls) guest stars in this new episode.

THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New

REIGN (9p ET, CW) — New

THE SLAP (10p ET, NBC) — New

AMERICAN CRIME (10p ET, ABC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

LIZA MINNELLI ENTERS REHAB _ Liza Minnelli has been admitted to a treatment facility for substance abuse. The 69-year-old actress has already checked into the facility, the name of which is not being disclosed. Minnelli has battled substance abuse over the years and has sought out treatment in the past.

PAULA PATTON, ROBIN THICKE REACH DIVORCE AGREEMENT _ Paula Patton is going to be a single lady this April: Details of her divorce from Robin Thicke have been finalized. The actress and the singer reached a settlement agreement regarding their property and custody of their 4-year-old son. Their marriage will officially be over on April 14.

… Patton filed for divorce in October, citing irreconcilable differences. She listed their date of separation as September 21, 2014, and said they had been married for eight years and eight months.

LITTLE WOMEN REMAKE IN THE WORKS _ Louisa May Alcott‘s Little Women are getting another big picture. Sony is moving forward with a new adaptation of the classic novel, about four sisters growing up in the post-Civil War era.

PETER FACINELLI AND JAIMIE ALEXANDER ENGAGED _ Peter Facinelli and Jaimie Alexander are engaged. Facinelli proposed atop the Empire State Building earlier this week. The engagement comes more than two years after the pair began dating, in the wake of Facinelli’s split from Jennie Garth.

JANIS JOPLIN BIOPIC PRODUCERS SUE TO HALT DEVELOPMENT _ The Janis Joplin biopic set to star Amy Adams has been in development for years. Now a new lawsuit aims to stop that development, at least temporarily. It’s a lawsuit over film rights, money, and some other stuff Joplin fans don’t care about. They just want the film made.

KATIE HOLMES AND JAMIE FOXX CAUGHT CANOODLING _ The rumors of a Katie Holmes-Jamie Foxx relationship have been around since last year. Now a photo has emerged of the two flirting and holding hands.

TOM CRUISE LISTS MASSIVE L.A. COMPOUND FOR $13 MILLION _ While his ex is dodging the latest round of dating rumors, Tom Cruise is busy unloading yet another massive compound from his real estate portfolio. The actor is selling his stunning Hollywood Hills home for a cool $13 million. The grounds feature a main house and guest house, lagoon heated pool, spa, waterfall, wine cellar, breathtaking city views and much, much more. The listing comes just a few months after he listed his Colorado ranch for a whopping $59 million.

… So you may be thinking to yourself, where in the heck is the Mission Impossible star living?! Well, when he’s not filming the upcoming fifth installment in the hit action movie franchise in London, he gets some much needed R&R at his Beverly Hills mansion that he used to share with Katie Holmes.

SHARKNADO: OH HELL NO! _ The third installment of Syfy’s Sharknado TV movie series has an official title and release date. The satirical disaster TV movie will be called “Sharknado: Oh Hell No!” and will first air on Wednesday, July 22.

GISELE BUNDCHEN IS RETIRING FROM THE RUNWAY _ A representative for Gisele Bündchen has confirmed that the supermodel is retiring from the runway. Rumors started surfacing on Monday that Bündchen was prepared to leave the catwalk. Her sister and representative said: “Gisele will focus on special projects and also spending more time on her number one priority: her family.”

SELMA RETURNING TO THEATERS _ Paramount Pictures has announced an encore presentation of the Oscar-nominated historical drama Selma. Paramount has Selma back in theaters starting March 20.

KEVIN JAMES WELCOMES DAUGHTER SISTINE SABELLA _ The King of Queens has a new princess. Kevin James and wife Steffiana de la Cruz welcomed their fourth child in January. James and de la Cruz were married 10 years ago in California. They announced the pregnancy in November.

RUMOR: J.J. ABRAMS TO DIRECT STAR WARS: EPISODE IX _ Rumor that J.J. Abrams will return to direct Star Wars: Episode IX had the Internet exploding with excitement Wednesday. Of course, we’re not even sure what’s he up to with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was widely reported that Rian Johnson, who is directing Star Wars: Episode VIII would also be at the helm for Episode IX. However, rumor is that J.J. Abrams, who wrote the script for The Force Awakens, is the top contender for the last installment of this trilogy.

KANYE WEST TO GET HONORARY DOCTORATE _ Dr. Kanye West. We’re sure Kanye likes the sound of that. The rapper and sometime designer will receive a honorary doctorate degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. West, who made his 2004 debut with the CD entitled The College Dropout,  boasted he has always been gifted.

… West seems to be in a collegiate mood. Just last month, he gave a lecture to the Oxford Guild Society at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History where he said he regretted not attending the Art Institute.

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AUDIO

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SPRING CLIPS

TV and movie drops that are spring-related. » download

STRANGE GYM CLASS SPORTS

One of our co-workers here at (your station) told us they bowled in gym class in high school. Their school was not far from a bowling alley so they’d either take a short bus ride to the alley or walk. What weird sport did you do in gym class? Here are three calls to help with the phones. » download

MARCH MADNESS DROPS

It’s nearly March Madness time. Here’s a package of March Madness drops. » download

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BITS & BREAKS

WISE WORDS FOR A LONGER, HAPPIER MARRIAGE

How do long-married couples successfully navigate the years together? Men and women married for more than 20 years were asked for their best advice:

• Never go to sleep mad at each other. But also, never leave for work mad at each other. It can really ruin your day, and it’s not worth it. –Roger C., married 45 years

• If he helps around the house — washes the dishes, cooks, vacuums — and it’s not quite up to your standards, don’t complain. Be happy he is making an effort to help. –Margaret C., married 45 years

• Respect and a sense of humor are key. The sense of humor needs to kick in when the respect is temporarily wavering. –Bonnie W., married 35 years

• Accept that you can’t change someone. You have to learn to live with whatever annoys you, and remember that you have as many faults as your spouse does. –Russell S., married 40 years

• Respect, honor, cherish, and nurture your partnership while supporting one another in the pursuit of personal dreams. –Lisa M., married 20 years

• When she gets mad, I just shut up, and she gets tired of talking. After a while, it’s over. In all our years being together, we have never had an argument! –James P., married 56 years

• He always thinks of me first which helps to keep our romance alive. We also talk things out and do everything together. We even make the bed together in the morning. –Patricia P., married 56 years

• Ever since we both retired, it seems we need a good explosion over a situation, whether major or minor, every so often. It clears the air and puts us back on track — until the next time. –Frank S., married 40 years

• Surviving a long marriage and working on it daily is like building a home over a long period of time. You add one piece at a time, and every piece has a different meaning. Even as the home gets old and creaky, you would never think of tearing it down or leaving it because of all the love and memories and emotions that belong to each piece. –Carol S., married 40 years

• You have to respect the other person, and keep a sweet mouth. That is, always have something nice to say. –Mary S., married 55 years

• Our secret to a long marriage? Hiring a good cleaning person. –Ted N., married 30 years

• Do little things to show him you’re thinking of him, even corny things like slipping a note in his coat pocket. I do that, but I don’t call attention to it, because I wouldn’t want him to feel bad about not doing the same things. You can’t expect someone to love or care for you in the same way you love and care for them. He takes care of things around the house, and I see that as him loving me. –Michelle T., married 37 years

• If your spouse asks you to do something, just do it, right then. It’s easier to do that than it is to argue over it. –Frank S., married 40 years

• Always be grateful to your spouse. And say so, often. –Anne B., married 28 years

• Don’t expect the lust to carry you through. It doesn’t last, but friendship does. –Marianne S., married 40 years

• Honestly, we’ve made it by having two different comforters on our bed. He’s always warm, so he has a lighter one. I’m always cold, so I have a heavier one. Why fight over something so silly, when there’s such an easy solution? –Amanda Y., married 23 years

• We’ve always put each other first. If you don’t do that, especially with children in the picture, you’re lost. Your top priority is him, and his top priority is you. If you get that right, everything else will be fine — your children will be fine, your home will run well, and you’ll both feel loved and important. –Carol S., married 40 years

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: 8 million Americans own two or more of these. (Homes)

TRIVIA: When you’re on vacation there’s a 30% chance you’ll do this. (Leave something behind in the room where you’re staying)

WHAT’S IN COMMON?

What do the following have in common:

  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Zamboni ice-cleaning machine
  • Tupperware
  • Phillips screw
  • Gore-Tex

Each product is named after its creator.

  • Roy Jacuzzi
  • Frank Zamboni
  • Earl Tupper
  • Henry Phillips
  • Wilbert Gore

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JOKE OF THE DAY

A young boy comes home from school and tells his father he has a part in the play. The boy’s father asks, “What part is it? The boy says, “I play the part of the husband.” The father scowls and says, “Go back and tell the teacher you want a speaking part.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Cat gets revenge on his human.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22CrPtjODPY

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IMAGE OF THE DAY


Source: instagram

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• This site says what you type using movie and TV clips.

Bouncy Balls.

• There will soon be 299 under-ocean cables that connect the world to the Internet.

• Lonely tweets.

• Amazing urban treehouse.

• 17 tips for Netflix users.

• Make any page look like it was made by a 13-year-old.

• Second Tomorrowland trailer.

• Click to add a point of gravity.

• Shotgun rules.

• Mix different sounds and create your perfect environment.

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DATEBOOK: MARCH 20, 2015

This is day 79 of 2015. There are 286 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Producer Carl Reiner is 93

• Hal Linden is 84

• William Hurt is 65

• Guitarist Jimmie Vaughan is 64

• Director Spike Lee is 58

• Holly Hunter (Saving Grace) is 57

• Model Kathy Ireland is 52

• David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) is 52

• Michael Rapaport (Boston Public, Prison Break) is 45

• Bianca Lawson (Pretty Little Liars) is 36

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1852: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin was published.

• 1899: Martha M. Place of Brooklyn, New York, became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair.

• 1916: Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.

• 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar.

• 1976: Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was convicted of armed robbery for her part in a San Francisco bank holdup.

• 1987: A Houston man was fined $10-thousand and assessed ten years probation for stealing 76,680 rolls of toilet paper from the hospital where he worked.

• 1990: The Colorado legislature made it legal to tear the “Do Not Remove” tags off mattresses.

• 1991: Michael Jackson signed the biggest deal in recording history: a $1-billion contract with Sony.

• 1995: A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway killed 12 and wounded 1,300 persons.

• 1996: A jury in Los Angeles convicted Erik and Lyle Menendez of first-degree murder in the shotgun slayings of their millionaire parents.

• 1996: A 21-year-old Muppet fan claiming to have a bomb took over a radio station in Wanganui, New Zealand, and demanded that “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog be played non-stop for 12 hours. Police evacuated the area, decided the bomb was a fake, stormed the station, and arrested the listener. No one was hurt.

• 1999: Legoland California opened in Carlsbad, California.

• 2003: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries begin military operations in Iraq.

• 2004: The U.S. military charged six soldiers with abusing inmates at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

• 2012: Disney said its movie John Carter lost the company $200 million dollars.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Great American Meat Out

• International Day of Happiness

• Kiss Your Fiancée Day

• French Language Day

• Proposal Day

• Snowman Burning Day

• Ravioli Day

UPCOMING

• March 20: Spring begins (Friday, 6:45p ET)

• April 1: April Fool’s Day (Wednesday)

• April 5: Easter (Sunday)

• April 5: Major League Baseball season opener (Sunday – Cards at Cubs, 8:05p ET)

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, MARCH 21

• Timothy Dalton is 69. Singer Eddie Money is 66. Sabrina LeBeauf (The Cosby Show) is 57. Gary Oldman is 57. Matthew Broderick is 53. Rosie O’Donnell is 53.

• Crunchy Taco Day; Fragrance Day; National Quilting Day; Corn Dog Day; Single Parents Day; World Down Syndrome Day

SUNDAY, MARCH 22

• Composer Stephen Sondheim is 85. William Shatner is 84. M. Emmet Walsh is 80. Wolf Blitzer is 67. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is 67. Bob Costas is 63. Matthew Modine is 56. Guillermo Diaz (Scandal) is 40. Anne Dudek (Mad Men) is 40. Reese Witherspoon is 39.

• As Young As You Feel Day; International Goof-off Day; World Water Day

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