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This is day 267 of 2015. There are 98 days remaining.
• News anchor Lou Dobbs is 70
• Gordon Clapp (NYPD Blue) is 67
• Kevin Sorbo is 57
• Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) is 53
• Kyle Sullivan (Malcolm in the Middle) is 27
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1789: The United States Supreme Court, the position of Attorney General, and the United States Post Office Department were established.
• 1938: Tennis champion Don Budge won the U.S. Tennis Open at Forest Hills, New York. The win made Budge the first player to win all four major titles: the U.S. Open, the Australian Open, the French Open and the British Open.
• 1948: The Honda Motor Company was founded.
• 1957: The Brooklyn Dodgers played their last game at Ebbets Field before moving to Los Angeles for the next season.
• 1960: The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Virginia.
• 1968: 60 Minutes premiered on CBS.
• 1976: Newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery.
• 1977: The Love Boat premiered on ABC.
• 1991: Children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died at age 87.
• 1998: Redesigned $20 bills meant to be harder to counterfeit went into circulation.
• 2001: President George W. Bush froze the assets of 27 suspected terrorists and terrorist groups.
• 2003: A woman in Minnesota went to pull the shade closed on a sliding-glass door only to find a 300-pound black bear sitting on her deck furniture and calmly licking bird seed from a feeder. Heidi Stevenson said the bear was so close to her she could see a scar on its nose. After it finished eating, the bear moved on.
• 2006: A 3-year-old British boy showed just what a genius he was at bidding on the Internet by buying a car off eBay. Rachel and Jack Neal said their young son, Jack, recently purchased a pink car through eBay for $17,106. The Neals found out about Jack’s endeavor when they received a congratulatory message. The Neals say Jack has been using the Internet since he was 2 and apparently got hold of his mother’s eBay password. After the Neals explained the situation, the seller agreed to re-list the car.
• National Teach Ag Day
• Punctuation Day
• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin
• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.
7,000: Calories burned during the work day by a old-school lumberjack.
Japan revealed that its Princess Mako has been a secret college student in England. [They kept it secret so that at least one famous woman in England could avoid getting hit on by the boys in One Direction.]
J.K. Rowling released a new detailed history of the origins of Harry Potter’s family. [She had to do so in response to critics who claimed that Harry had no legal right to be a wizard since he was born in a foreign country.]
Last night (Wednesday) South Park did a parody of Donald Trump. [It was a surprise, and yet it wasn’t a surprise. I’m not surprised that South Park targeted Trump; I’m surprised that South Park is still on.]
A spokesperson for the screen legend Doris Day says that the rumors are not true. She is not planning to make a big screen comeback with Clint Eastwood. [You can never really trust that gossip column in AARP magazine.]
A new poll shows that an amazing 30% of voters in Iowa think that Islam should be declared illegal. [The same poll shows that 30% of Muslims feel the same about Iowa.]
A teacher in Oklahoma wrote a note to the mother of a four-year-old boy explaining that the reason that she was forcing the left-handed child to use his right hand is because being left-handed is historically linked to evil. [She’s concerned that the kid may one day bring to school a suspicious homemade digital clock.]
In the wake of the scandal over cheating on air emissions, the CEO of Volkswagen resigned. [He’s looking forward to spending more time at home playing games with the grandchildren — and cheating.]
Fans of the Seattle Seahawks are upset at being 0-2, and they’re blaming their quarterback, Russell Wilson, for being too happy in a new relationship. So, they want the couple to break up. [Now it’s the football fans who are obviously suffering from the effects of concussions.]
A man in the UK has been found guilty of plotting a bizarre terrorist attack. He’s redheaded, and wanted to eliminate both Prince Charles and Prince William so that redheaded Prince Harry could become king. [Or, if Harry’s too grief-stricken, Elmo.]
POPE JUSTIFIES YOUR CHURCH NAPS _ Pope Francis appeared to nod off during his first mass on American soil on Wednesday afternoon, instantly justifying church naps for millions of God-fearing Americans. His eyes closed, his head drooped, and there, on live TV, the humble pope proved once and for all he’s truly just like us. Francis is 78 and in the midst of a high-energy trip halfway around the world. • IMAGE
Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Where’s the strangest place you’ve nodded off?
MAN RECREATES HIS GRANDFATHER’S SNAPSHOTS _ In October 2012, Christian Carollo stumbled across a box of his grandfather’s old photos taken along the Oregon coast in the 1970s and 80s. It just so happened Carollo was planning to travel to the region the next week. He decided to take one of his grandfather’s photos of a building (in Winchester Bay) and try to recreate it. That single recreation generated a lot of interest, and Carollo then decided recreate more of his grandfather’s photos, taken all across the country. With help from his grandmother’s travel journals, Carollo was able to find the locations of more of his grandfather’s pictures. He set out cross-country to start the #PastPresentProject in memory of his grandfather, who passed away in 2008. So far, Carollo has recreated about 75 shots — and he’s got 250 to go. • IMAGES
THE END IS NEAR — AGAIN _ At least four space rocks are expected to pass close by Earth now through the 28th of September. Asteroid 2012 TT5 is one of them, expected to fly past us at a distance of 4.6 million miles, an astronomical close brush. We also have the last blood moon lunar eclipse of an ongoing tetrad (a series of four lunar eclipses occurring around six months apart). According to the prophecies of a few famous end time preachers this all amounts to the breaking/opening of the sixth seal, causing earthquakes and other disasters.
COLLEGE PROFESSOR HELPS SINGLE MOM WITH CHILD IN CLASS _ Amanda Osbon knows firsthand the difficulties a mom can face — which is why the single mom was shocked her professor taught with her 2-year-old son in his hands during a class at DeVry University in Nashville. Amanda felt a little embarrassed to bring her son with her, but the unexpected lesson on kindness and understanding made her feel much better. • IMAGE
STORE CRITICIZED FOR SHORTENING ZIPPERS ON ITS CHINOS _ British retail giant Marks & Spencer has upset its male customers by shortening the zipper on some of its chino trousers. Customers complain that as much as one inch has been taken off the fly zipper on some of its garments. Customers report “logistical” difficulties going to the bathroom after buying the pants at several stores.
ALWAYS FIDGETING? YOU MIGHT BE DOING YOURSELF SOME GOOD _ People who spend most of the day sitting down could undo some of the damage to their health by having a good fidget. A new study (University of Leeds) of more than 12,000 UK women suggests that those who claimed to fidget the most were apparently protected against the ravages of being seated. The women who sat still for hours on end were more likely to have died over the course of the study than those whose limbs tapped, wobbled and gently vibrated.
DONKEY KONG’ WORLD RECORD BROKEN TWICE IN 24 HOURS _ The world record high score for the classic arcade game Donkey Kong was broken twice this past week. The most recent back and forth started on September 17, when Wes Copeland went to work against the giant ape. Copeland, who was the first person to ever score above 1.1 million in the game, spent over three hours dodging fireballs and barrels, eventually finishing with a score of 1,170,500. That topped the 1,158,400 score set by Robbie Lakeman back in July, and it seemed nearly unbeatable. Lakeman, though, responded immediately. As word began to filter out about Copeland’s achievement, Lakeman began playing. At 2:45am on September 18, he wrapped up the game with a new high: 1,172,100.
WHAT’S HOT FOR HALLOWEEN? _ Some of the most popular costumes are expected to be based on the reptilian superheroes after the 2014 release of the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, according to the CEO of Spirit Halloween, a chain of more than 1,150 pop-up stores devoted to costumes and decor for the holiday. He says children love the Turtles, and so do adults who watched them on TV and in movies when they were kids, he says.
… Girls are expected to choose costumes based on the Disney TV movie The Descendants, the story of the children of Disney characters such as Cruella De Vil and Cinderella.
… Adult costumes and accessories based on TV shows like The Walking Dead and Orange Is the New Black are expected to sell well. Costumes based on superheroes like the Avengers or Batman should also be brisk sellers.
THERE’S A BETTER WAY TO LINE UP THAN ‘FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED’ _ Danish researchers suggest “first come, first served” is a waste of time. The problem with “first come, first served” is it incentivizes people to arrive early, which researchers say results in people waiting for the longest period of time. When this incentive is removed — under a “last come, first served” system — the lines are more efficient. Researchers suggest that under this model, people are forced to change their behaviors and arrive at the line at a slower rate. When people who arrive last are served first, there is less of a bottleneck and thus less congestion in line.
… Of course, when researchers measured how fair participants felt each queuing system was, “first come, first served” was seen to be the most fair, while “last come, first serve” was seen as the least — so good luck trying to implement this system in real life.
OHIO DEPUTY GOES OUT OF HIS WAY TO HELP HOMELESS FAMILY _ In Ohio, 25-year veteran deputy Brian Bussell saw a woman and her two young children sitting in the sheriff’s office waiting room Sunday morning. He asked if something was wrong. She told him she had been evicted from her home. He tried unsuccessfully to get her into a shelter and instead paid for a hotel room for her for 10 days. He also took the family to a Walmart and bought clothes. The little boys asked if they could get shoes, and Deputy Bussell told them they absolutely could. Bussell didn’t tell anyone at work. Others found out when the woman took a photo with him and posted it on Facebook.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRIVER AT RED LIGHT FILMS PLANE LANDING ON DASHCAM _ Dashcams are becoming more popular. Most of them catch dumb drivers doing dumb things. But once in awhile dashcams capture amazing things. Like airplanes landing on the road as you wait a red light. It happened in Orange County, California last week and — lucky for us — there’s video of the small plane touching down and buzzing through an intersection. • VIDEO
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: ONE-LEGGED DRUNK MAN SHOT AT GARAGE OVER FLAT TIRE _ A drunk, one-legged man in the UK was so frustrated with a flat tire that he started shooting at a mechanic’s garage with an air rifle. Police arrested the man, who admitted he’d been drinking.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HORSE KICKS SEDAN OVER HORN HONK _ The driver of a BMW in China experienced some real horsepower when a stallion blocking his way kicked the vehicle after being startled by his horn. Not only did the man’s car suffer damage, he was fined by police for honking in a no-horn zone.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: STORE REFUSES TO REPAIR TV BROKEN BY FLY _ An electronics retailer in Britain (Currys) refused to repair a customer’s $1,400 TV when it was broken by an “act of God”. Chris Chamney bought the 65 inch LG TV last year but it stopped working last week. After taking it to the store the called a couple of days later and said they wouldn’t do a warranty repair because it broke due to an act of God. The story claimed a fly had gotten stuck in the TV and had broken the pixels on the screen.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PETITION URGES POPE TO BLESS METRO _ Noah Rosenheck thought having the Pope in Washington, D.C. would help turn things around — for the city’s Metro rail system. So he set up a Change.org petition. It read: “Dear Pope Francis. Our Metro system is having some troubles. All of DC would be grateful if you could find the time to bless it during your upcoming stay. Maybe a Papal Blessing is just what it needs.” • LINK
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: PRISONER USES BED SHEETS IN ESCAPE, FALLS WHEN KNOT SLIPS _ Officials at a Louisville, Kentucky, jail say two men escaped to the roof and used a rope made of bed sheets to climb down about four floors. One of the inmates was climbing down when a knot on the sheets came loose, dropping him about 20 feet. He then fled. The second inmate didn’t risk the climb and was found on the roof. The escaped inmate was found the next morning.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CHOCOLATE FACTORY WORKER MAKES BOMB THREAT TO BE FIRED _ Police say a Vermont chocolate factory worker hated his job and wanted to get fired, so he did the first thing that came to mind: He called in a bomb threat. Police say Kristofer Pregent stole a co-worker’s cellphone and made the false threat under a different worker’s name. He told officers he was unhappy with his job and wanted out.
NFL THURSDAY NIGHT KICKOFF (8p ET, CBS) — James Brown hosts, with analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher.
SEASON PREMIERE: GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — Joey Lauren Adams joins the cast in a recurring role for the 12th season.
SERIES PREMIERE: HEROES REBORN (8p ET, NBC) — This 13-episode “event series” takes place four years after the finale of Heroes and the world now knows about people with special powers. They’ve been named Evos, short for Evolved Humans. Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time) are among the new stars. Returning original Heroes cast members include Jack Coleman (Noah Bennett), Jimmy Jean Louis (The Haitian), Masi Oka (Hiro Nakamura), Cristine Rose (Angela Petrelli) and Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman).
SCREAM QUEENS (8p ET, FOX) — If you missed the premiere, see it tonight.
THE FLASH (8p ET, CW) — Repeat
NFL FOOTBALL (8:25p ET, CBS) — Eli Manning and the Giants host Kirk Cousins and the Redskins in this NFC East showdown.
SEASON PREMIERE: SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — Mia Maestro (The Strain) joins the cast for season 5 in a recurring role
ARROW (9p ET, CW) — Repeat
PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — The designers must create fashionable looks based on the musical, Finding Neverland. Former Glee star Matthew Morrison makes an appearance.
SEASON PREMIERE: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — In season two, Annalise (Viola Davis) and her law students not only deal with the fallout of Sam’s murder, but Rebecca’s (Katie Findlay) as well. Kendrick Sampson (Graceland) and Famke Janssen (X-Men) join the cast in recurring roles this season.
SERIES PREMIERE: THE PLAYER (10p ET, NBC) — This new action/drama co-stars Wesley Snipes as part of a high-stakes game, where an organization of wealthy people gamble on whether or not a former military operative/security expert (Philip Winchester, Strike Back) can stop crimes.
WATCH STAR WARS 360 VIDEO ON FACEBOOK _ If you are not on board with all the hoopla surrounding the release of The Force Awakens, a Star Wars 360 video is one reason to pay attention. It’s a scene from the planet Jakku and the 360 video was rolled out Wednesday on Facebook. The Star Wars 360 video gives you a more realistic feel and puts you right in the middle of all the action. In the Star Wars 360 video, you travel very close to the desert-like planet. You can see a Star Destroyer which has crashed after being apparently taken down. One of the coolest things is you get to choose the angle you wish to see the action from. • WATCH
AMY SCHUMER MEMOIR IS WRITING A BOOK _ Amy Schumer is writing a book. The Emmy Award-winning actress, filmmaker and comedian has signed a deal (with Gallery Books) for a memoir scheduled to come out late next year. The book is currently untitled and is expected to “range from the raunchy to the romantic.”
… The deal is said to be worth $8 million to $10 million.
JEWEL DETAILS ROMANCE WITH SEAN PENN _ After Madonna and before Charlize Theron, Sean Penn worked hard for Jewel’s heart. The singer details her short-lived relationship with the actor in her new book, Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story. Jewel was on her rise to fame when she met Penn in 1995, the same year her debut album Pieces of You was released and one year before he reunited with and married Robin Wright.
… Jewel caught Penn’s attention with her first TV break on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. When she took a break from the road at home in Alaska she got the call. He dad answered the phone and thought “Sean Penn” was a weird fan pranking her.
… Penn was persistent. He called back a second time and managed to convince her dad to put her on the phone.
DONALD TRUMP IS COMING OUT WITH ANOTHER BOOK _ Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been working on a new book that’s going to hit shelves next month. The topic is how to make America great again. The book will explore his view on key issues including the economy, big CEO salaries and taxes, healthcare, education, national security, and social issues. He’ll also discuss his vision for complete immigration reform, beginning with securing the borders and putting American workers first.
ANGRY BIRDS — TRAILER _ You’ve played it on your smartphone, and soon you’ll be seeing it on the big screen. The trailer for the Angry Birds movie hit the web Wednesday. The movie’s out next year. • VIDEO
USHER AND LONGTIME GIRLFRIEND ELOPE _ Usher is a married man for one more time. The R&B star married his manager and longtime girlfriend Grace Miguel in a secret ceremony and then whisked her away to Cuba for their honeymoon over Labor Day weekend.
KEVIN HART, CHRIS CHRISTIE AMONG TREVOR NOAH’S FIRST GUESTS _ Trevor Noah is officially ready for his first week on the job as the new host of The Daily Show — he’s booked his first lineup of guests. Noah will kick off the week on September 28 with Kevin Hart as his first guest. Tinder co-founder and Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe will join him on September 29 and Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie will appear on September 30. Noah’s first musical guest will be Ryan Adams, likely with a performance from his new cover album 1989.
COURT RULES BATMOBILE IS ENTITLED TO COPYRIGHT PROTECTION _ Batman won’t have to worry about Batmobile knockoffs after a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday the caped crusader’s vehicle is entitled to copyright protection. The Batmobile’s bat-like appearance and other distinct attributes, including its high-tech weaponry, make it a character that can’t be replicated without permission from DC Comics, the copyright holder.
… The ruling came in DC Comics’ lawsuit against Mark Towle, who produced replicas of the Batmobile as it appeared in the classic TV show and the 1989 movie with Michael Keaton. Towle sold the cars at his Southern California business for about $90,000 each.
JOHN WICK 2: FILMING BEGINS IN THE FALL _ Fans of John Wick have a reason to be excited — John Wick 2 has received the green light, and filming will begin in the fall.
SURVIVOR CASTING DIRECTOR REVEALS SECRETS TO LANDING ON SHOW _ Millions of people watch Survivor. Thousands apply. And each season, only 18 to 20 people make it through the grueling casting process to go experience the adventure of a lifetime and play the game. Since Survivor’s inception, Lynne Spillman’s been responsible for casting every season of Survivor — and The Amazing Race. Here are Spillman’s do’s and don’ts for increasing your odds at making the cast:
• Do be yourself and take a risk.
• Don’t try to be a character. “Don’t try to be the villain if your lifestyle and life choices have been different. Because we will call you out and we will break you,” warns Spillman.
• Do study the show before applying, know why you’re going to be good and talk about why you’re a winner.
• Don’t be shy or quiet or say that other people tell you that you could never win.
• Do get a sales job. Spillman is looking for young people with life experience and social skills. If you’ve never worked a job or still live with your parents, you lose points. Casting wants to know that you have cultivated your people skills in the real world and that you can compete with the big boys or bullies like Russell Hantz.
• Don’t talk about your failures. “People make the mistake all the time of saying they’d be perfect because they just got out of school, and they don’t have a job, or they got laid off, so the timing is perfect,” Spillman says. “And they highlight all the negatives about them or the failures as opposed to showing us why they would be successful at a game that’s socially challenging, challenging from a physical standpoint and emotionally draining.”
• Do keep applying. Spillman says, “People don’t realize how much they change in two years. As your life changes, you should keep applying. As you grow and overcome new things in your real life, it starts to click a little bit more.”
• Do apply every way that you can. “Come to open calls, make a video, apply anyway you can because you never know which one is going to get our attention,” she says.
• Don’t wear costumes.
• Do understand what it takes to win and talk about how you already play the game in your real life. “We need to know that can win and that you won’t quit,” Spillman explains.
… Survivor casting is open again at CBS.com/casting.
WHAT I WANTED TO SAY!
Sometimes, when your wife asks a question, there’s what you want to say and what you actually say. Share a real-life scenario where your wife asked you a question that, with the incorrect response, would’ve had you sleeping in the car. Ask your listeners to share a “What you wanted to say…”
Example: My wife and I left the house on separate errands after lunch yesterday. I got back before she did and mowed the yard. As I was putting the mower away in the garage my wife got home. Back inside she told me about the errand she ran and then asked, “Did you just get back?”
What I said was, “No, my errand took less time than I thought it would so I mowed as soon as I got back.” What did I want to say?
To get the phones going, feed this to a random caller earlier in the show: “What I wanted to say was, ‘Yes, and didn’t our gardener to a great job on the yard while we were away?'”
THESE ARE THE EPISODES THAT GOT YOU ADDICTED
Netflix is on a mission to bring down the “pilot” system of television, in which a TV show lives or dies on the success of its first episode. And now Netflix has some hard data to back up its position. Netflix has done some analysis on which episode of a TV series actually gets us hooked, and it varies series by series. The data point Netflix focused on was the one special episode after which 70% of people kept watching until the end of the season — in other words, the episode that got them addicted to the show.
Here are some of the most popular Netflix shows — in alphabetical order — along with their respective “turning point” episode and accompanying Netflix description of the episode.
Arrow: Episode 8
Oliver trains Helena to be his ally. Later, her pursuit of vengeance leads Helena to kill the leader of the triad.
Bloodline: Episode 4
The family adjusts to Danny’s new role at the inn. John and Marco discover a burned boat connected to their murder case.
Breaking Bad: Episode 2
Their first aborted drug deal forces Walt and Jesse to dispose of a pair of corpses. Meanwhile, Skyler suspects that her husband is up to no good.
Dexter: Episode 3
When the body of another Ice Truck Killer victim turns up at a hockey rink, Lt. Laguerta has the department focused on capturing a night watchman.
Gossip Girl: Episode 3
Blair uncovers scandalous information about Serena that may not remain a secret much longer.
Grace & Frankie: Episode 4
Emotions run high when a funeral throws Grace, Frankie, Robert, and Sol together in public for the first time since the split.
House of Cards: Episode 3
Francis must leave union negotiations to deal with a crisis in his home district. Zoe negotiates the politics of being a journalist on the rise.
How I Met Your Mother: Episode 8
Lily moves in with Marshall and Ted, and when Ted suspects that he’s being edged out of the apartment, he and Marshall decide to settle it like men.
Mad Men: Episode 6
At a brainstorming session, Peggy proves to be more than just a secretary.
Marvel’s Daredevil: Episode 5
Fisk moves forward with plans that threaten to rip Hell’s Kitchen apart. Murdock and Foggy take on a case helping tenants victimized by a slumlord.
Orange is the New Black: Episode 3
Targeted for romance by a fellow prisoner, Piper finds that subtlety is an ineffective approach to letting her suitor down.
Sons of Anarchy: Episode 2
A new deputy police chief arrives in Charming, and Jax suggests a nonviolent way to throw him off the club’s trail.
The Blacklist: Episode 6
Eager to clear Tom’s name, Liz turns him in to the FBI — but she soon discovers that he’s involved with a corporate terrorist.
The Walking Dead: Episode 2
Rick unknowingly causes a group of survivors to be trapped by walkers and must confront an enemy far more dangerous than the undead.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Episode 4
Kimmy has an eye-opening experience when Jaqueline introduces her to her plastic surgeon. Titus auditions for a Spider-Man musical.
TRIVIA: Twelve percent of adults consider themselves to be what? (Lucky)
THE PSYCHIC GAME
You need two conferenced callers. Ask caller #1 the five questions below. Then talk with caller #2 and find out how many questions #1 got right. There’s no losing in this game — it’s all about having fun. Both callers get something.
• Is the other caller (#2) a man or a woman?
• What’s their favorite pizza topping?
• Have they ever served in the military?
• Do they own a smartphone or a flip-phone?
• When they spend too much time in the sun do they tan or burn?
A family is leaving Sunday church service when the father says, “That was the longest driest, least informative sermon I’ve ever heard.” The mother adds, “The choir was terrible. I never heard some of those hymns before, and they were singing them off key.” And the little boy added, “I don’t know, all in all it wasn’t a bad show. Three of us for a dollar.”
This water pouring optical illusion could break your brain.
• Finally the answer to, What should we watch tonight?
• Write a letter to your future self.
• Peanutize yourself.
• Wedding day from the bride’s perspective.
• A quick personality test called What Did You See First?
• iSkelter Tab lap desk looks like an interesting new way to work with your iPad.
• A database of paper airplanes with easy to follow folding instructions.
• 10AppsManager is a tool to uninstall Windows 10 pre-installed Store apps.
• I had no idea you could make a challenging game out of tic-tac-toe.
• The Guide to Practicing How to Win Friends and Influence People.
• The 7 Most Moving Podcasts Ever.
This is day 268 of 2015. There are 97 days remaining.
• Barbara Walters is 86
• Michael Douglas (Ant-Man) is 71
• Cheryl Tiegs is 68
• Anson Williams (Potsie on Happy Days) is 66
• Mark Hamill (Star Wars films) is 64
• Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Thelma & Louise) is 57
• Heather Locklear is 54
• Will Smith is 47
• Catherine Zeta-Jones is 46
• Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (I Know What You Did Last Summer) is 42
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1789: The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)
• 1911: Ground was broken for Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
• 1981: Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
• 2001: Michael Jordan announced he was returning to basketball with the NBA’s Washington Wizards.
• 2006: The Louisiana Superdome reopened for a New Orleans Saints game.
• 2006: Four Detroit carjackers stole an inoperable vehicle from a woman waiting for a tow truck to arrive. Undeterred by a flat tire — or the victim’s cell phone — the masked crooks got behind the wheel and attempted to outrun police. They couldn’t.
• 2013: Oracle Team USA defeated Team New Zealand 9-8 to win the America’s Cup.
• National Food Service Workers Day
• Bright Pink Lipstick Day
• One-Hit Wonder Day
• Psychotherapy Day
• Vegan Baking Day
• Pharmacists Day
• Hug A Vegetarian Day
• Love Note Day
• Save The Koala Day
• October 6: Major League Baseball playoffs begin
• November 1: Daylight Saving Time ends
• More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
• Country singer David Frizzell is 74. Olivia Newton-John is 67. Country singer Carlene Carter is 60. Linda Hamilton is 59. Country singer Doug Supernaw is 55. Melissa Sue Anderson (Little House on the Prairie) is 53. Jim Caviezel is 47.
• Batman Day; Johnny Appleseed Day; Family Health and Fitness Day USA; Fish Amnesty Day: National Hunting and Fishing Day; National Museum Day; National Public Lands Day.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
• Meat Loaf is 68. A. Martinez is 67. Shaun Cassidy is 57. Comedian Marc Maron is 52. Gwyneth Paltrow is 43. Avril Lavigne is 31.
• Ancestor Appreciation Day; World Tourism Day; Chocolate Milk Day.