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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 5, 2015

This is day 309 of 2015. There are 56 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Elke Summer is 75

• Art Garfunkel is 74

• Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff) is 72

• TV celebrinot Kris Jenner is 60

• Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) is 57

• Bryan Adams is 56

• Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) is 55

• Tatum O’Neal is 52

• Sam Rockwell is 47

• Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers is 28

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1895: George B. Selden was granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.

• 1940: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt won an unprecedented third term in office, beating Republican challenger Wendell L. Willkie.

• 1979: Ayatollah Khomeini declared the USA to be “the great Satan”.

• 1993: Police arrested a 19-year-old in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, for attempted theft at a glue factory. The suspect did not resist. He had knocked over two large cans and glued himself to the factory floor.

• 1994: Former President Ronald Reagan disclosed he had Alzheimer’s disease.

• 1996: Voters returned President Bill Clinton to the White House for a second term; he defeated former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole.

• 1998: A study showed strong genetic evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one child by his slave, Sally Hemings.

• 1999: Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra were both arrested and charged with battery and domestic violence in a Miami Beach, hotel.

• 2002: Ecuadorian authorities were forced to release a gang of six women accused of burglary and armed robbery after discovering they were all pregnant. Police said the women knew Ecuadorian law protected pregnant women from arrest. Because of the pregnant gang, lawmakers were considering abolishing the law protecting them.

• 2006: A toilet which flushed to the sound of Italy’s national anthem was impounded by police in northern Italy, sparking great patriotic debate. The offending toilet was the creation of two local artists and was on display at a museum. Prosecutors said the Italian anthem is a national emblem which should be protected and should never be open to ridicule.

• 2006: Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging by an Iraqi court.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Love Your Red Hair Day

• Men Make Dinner Day

• Gunpowder Day

• National Doughnut Day

UPCOMING

• November 26: Thanksgiving

• November 27: Black Friday

• November 28: Small Business Saturday

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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NUMBER FOR THE DAY

4 million: Number of Americans currently wearing braces.

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NEWS ATTACK!

It’s still early November but Sam’s Club announced a special Black Friday sale on November 14. [What in the world could they be selling so soon, Valentine’s Day candy?]

KFC in Japan is opening an all-you-can-eat KFC. You can eat as much as you want at a modest price, but you’re limited to 90 minutes. [“Times a’ wasting, Grandma! Quit ya yapping, put your good teeth in, and get busy!”]

The ratings for almost all the new TV shows are horrible. [Uh-oh. You know what this means — they’re all gonna try to get Donald Trump to host.]

Model Gigi Hadid is no longer dating Joe Jonas. [She woke up one day and finally realized that she was a gorgeous young model who was dating a Jonas brother.]

Washington Redskins lawyers are arguing that the team should be able to keep its controversial trademarked nickname because there are other offensive but legally protected trademarks such as Dumb Blonde beer and Midget-Man condoms. [Maybe they can reach a settlement and call themselves the Washington Dumb Blonde Midget-Men.]

Kendall Jenner has signed on as the latest addition to the model roster for an upcoming Victoria’s Secret fashion show. [Finally, her chance for a little publicity.]

On Change.org there’s a petition with 1,000 signatures to keep Phil Collins from coming out of retirement. That’s cruel. [But funny.]

In Seattle there’s a tourist attraction called the gum wall that’s exactly what it sounds like. There’s an estimated 1 million pieces of gum stuck to the wall of a building in a historic district. Well, it’s all coming down. There’s plan to steam clean it. [It if works, Texas plans to do the same for its similar tourist attraction, the tobacco juice wall.]

New data shows that prescription drug use has risen sharply in the U.S. Now three out of five people are on meds. [Meanwhile, the remaining two out of five are way too tense.]

A new study finds that sleepwalkers often feel no pain when they injure themselves. [Most wake up with absolutely no memory of buying Justin Bieber tickets.]

Twitter changed its star-shaped favorite icon to a heart-shaped like icon. The result has been bitter division between Twitter users. [It’s just one more excuse for Matt Kenseth to run Joey Logano into another wall.]

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NEWS & NUGGETS

NYC MARATHON’S OLDEST ENTRANT OFFERS LIFE ADVICE _ Jonathan Mendes did not complete the New York City Marathon. He did not hear the roaring crowds in Central Park. He will not hang another finisher’s medal on the wood rack inside his Manhattan apartment. Two days before his 95th birthday, Mendes did not become this year’s oldest finisher in the 49,617-person field. Mendes says he quit because he started getting pain in his legs. So Mendes says he “called a cab home, had a double scotch, took a shower, and went to sleep.”

… Though he has completed 14 marathons, including 12 in New York City and two at the Marine Corps Marathon, Mendes’ running career is an asterisk on a long resume. After graduating from Dartmouth in 1942, he joined the Marines, flying in more than 100 missions in World War II. He flew dozens more in Korea and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired from the military as a colonel after 30 years, going on to start a successful business consulting firm.

… Mendes started running at age 44, the same time he quit smoking. Doctors told him he might not live to see any grandchildren, so he stashed his cigarettes and found a running route around the reservoir in Central Park. For the past 50 years, every morning when the weather is nice, he has completed that same route.

COMPANY GIVES EMPLOYEES $2,000 TO SPEND ON MATERNITY CLOTHES _ Having a baby is expensive, but you know what else is expensive? Being pregnant. To help make things easier for moms-to-be, pregnant employees at a Utah company are being offered a $2,000 maternity clothing shopping spree. The founder of Domo explains, “When my assistant got pregnant about a year and a half ago, I saw the challenge she had finding maternity clothes that were professional and that made her feel great. I’ve always believed that if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you play good … We want our expectant employees to be able to treat themselves, and buy clothes that make them feel great.” The company gives expecting employees gift cards to Nordstrom, A Pea In the Pod, and Asos.com, totaling $2,000.

WORLD’S SADDEST DOG FINDS HAPPINESS IN NEW HOME _ Once heartbroken and homeless, Lana the Labrador has found a new lease of life. Lana was adopted as a puppy by a family from Toronto in Canada. However, after she snapped at the mother of her adoptive family, they returned her to the shelter. Afterwards, dog trainers Mighty Mutts shared a photograph of a forlorn looking Lana back at the rescue on Facebook. The heartbreaking picture was shared around the world and earned Lana the nickname of “saddest dog in the world”. Lana refused walks when she was returned to the animal shelter, with staff saying it was “like her world shut down”. Mighty Mutts said that after she was returned, Lana underwent strict training to address “guarding behaviors around food”. Now, things are looking up for Lana and she’s found a new home. | LINK

SERENA WILLIAMS TAKES DOWN DUDE WHO STOLE HER PHONE _ Serena Williams is one of the greatest athletes of all time. But did you know she also moonlights as a superhero? On her Facebook page, Serena shared a harrowing story of how a classy dinner at a Chinese restaurant turned into a thrilling high-speed foot chase. She explained that while sitting with her pal her spidey senses began to tingle, as a man was sitting way too close. When the man snatched her cellphone she chased the man down. In a post on her Facebook page, Williams notes that all those sprinting exercises came in handy as she leapt over chairs and dashed after the man. She asked him if he had “accidentally” taken the wrong phone. He agreed that he had taken the wrong phone and gave it back to her. Along with her Facebook post, Serena included a photo of her dressed a super woman superhero. | LINK

BUST OF BRITISH QUEEN LOOKS LIKE TOM HANKS _ A new porcelain bust of Queen Elizabeth II has some art critics being critical. Celebrated Chinese sculptor Chen Dapeng made the artwork, which will be offered to the queen as a gift. The bust, apparently based on an image of the Queen embossed on a tin of crackers, took three months and 12 tries by a dozen technicians to fire before a lucky 13th attempt held together. The Daily Telegraph’s art critic Mark Hudson has described the work as “rather out of proportion” and “looking a bit like Tom Hanks.” | IMAGE

EIGHTH-GRADER GETS DETENTION FOR HUGGING A FRIEND _ Before this week, 14-year-old Ella Fishbough had never gotten in trouble at school. The eighth-grader’s undoing came when she learned that a male friend was having a bad day. As consolation, Ella put her arms around him in a hug. For a second. But that moment earned her a morning in detention — as well as a blemish on her formerly spotless disciplinary record. Ella attends Jackson Heights Middle School, part of the Seminole County School District in Florida. The district’s code of conduct prohibits “inappropriate or obscene acts” including “unwelcome or inappropriate touching, or any other physical act that is considered to be offensive, socially unacceptable or not suitable for an educational setting.” It is at each principal’s discretion to determine what kind of touching is inappropriate. Apparently hugging was banned altogether at Jackson Heights this year, in addition to holding hands, linking arms and kissing.

LIVERPOOL OPENS FAST WALKING LANES _ Following research that claims 47% of the nation finds slow walking the most annoying aspect of shopping, Britain’s first ever fast pedestrian lane has opened. Located on Liverpool’s St. John Street, the fast lanes will allow users to speed through the crowds.

SEATTLE GARBAGEMAN RETURNS $12,000 IN LOST CHECKS TO SCHOOL _ A Seattle elementary school is thanking a garbageman for finding nearly $12,000 in checks in the trash. Waste Management employee Micah Speir was picking up scattered trash next to some bins when he found a number of checks made out to Lawson Elementary School. Principal Dorian Manza gratefully took the checks back. The funds were from a fundraising drive and a Parent-Teacher Association member had accidentally dropped the bag along the garbage truck’s route. When Manza tried to tip Speir for his good deed, the man turned him down.

WANT BOB UECKER TO WAKE YOU UP EVERY MORNING? _ The Milwaukee Brewers are announcing their slate of 2016 giveaway items, and the hot item is a Bob Uecker alarm clock based on his famous home run call. The team announced that for its July 10 game, it’s all-fan giveaway will be a Bob Uecker talking alarm clock. The Brewers’ longtime radio play-by-play man says “Get up, get up, get outta … bed” for the alarm — a takeoff on his famous home run call.

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WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 80-YEAR-OLD BANK ROBBER _ An 80-year-old Italian woman whose loan request was turned down brandished a kitchen knife and ordered bank officials to turn over their money. The woman initially asked the bank for a loan of around $3,000, but was told the sum was too high. The widow said she could no longer make ends meet so she took matters into her own hands.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DOCTORS FIND TAPEWORM LARVA IN MAN’S BRAIN _ A California (Napa) man went to an emergency room with a terrible headache and nausea and then slipped into a coma. When he woke up doctors told him a tapeworm larva had been living in his brain. Surgery and the aftermath have greatly impacted Luis Ortiz’s life. He had to drop out of school, move back home and find a temporary place for his dog. He can’t drive or work. He says his memory is “a work in progress.” Parasitic worms in a body aren’t too uncommon. The problem occasionally occurs if people eat pork infected with worms. Tapeworm eggs likely made it into Ortiz’s intestine from something else he ate and eventually the single larva made it into his brain.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: GOAT FARTS BLAMED FOR EMERGENCY PLANE LANDING _ A Singapore Airlines cargo plane from Australia to Malaysia, received a signal that there was smoke in the cargo bay. The plane descended and diverted to an airport in Bali, India. But when the Boeing 747 was inspected, no evidence of fire or smoke was found. The plane, carrying four crew members and 2,186 goats, took off and completed its route to Malaysia with no further incidents. While the Internet reported that “the smoke indication was identified to be the result of exhaust gasses and manure produced by the sheep,” Singapore Airlines fired back: “That is an assumption being made by media, which we are unable to confirm.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: LARGEST CAT PAINTING IN THE WORLD SELLS FOR $826,000 _ An enormous painting featuring 42 cats was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in New York for $826,000 this week. The painting, “My Wife’s Lovers,” weighs 227 pounds and measures 6 x 8½ feet. It was commissioned by Kate Birdsall Johnson and painted by artist Carl Kahler in 1893. Johnson reportedly owns 350 cats. | IMAGE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SELF-KIDNAPPING _ In South Africa, an unidentified 21-year-old tried to kidnap herself. First she sent a text message to her father from her own cell phone saying she had been kidnapped and that her abductors were demanding $20,000. A day later her parents received a call from her, again on her own cell phone, telling them where to drop off the ransom. Police staked out the location and were surprised when the woman arrived to pick up the money herself. She’s been charged.

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ON TELEVISION

THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — Leonard Nimoy’s son, Adam Nimoy, guest stars in this new episode. Wil Wheaton also appears.

GREY’S ANATOMY (8p ET, ABC) — New

HEROES REBORN (8p ET, NBC) — New

BONES (8p ET, FOX) — Impractical Jokers members Sal Vulcano and James Murray, Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), and Nicholas Gonzalez (Sleepy Hollow) guest star in this new episode.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES (8p ET, CW) — New

LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — Alex Borstein (Family Guy) guest stars in this new episode.

SCANDAL (9p ET, ABC) — New

SEASON PREMIERE: MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Ellen Burstyn guest stars in the season 3 premiere.

THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New

SLEEPY HOLLOW (9p ET, FOX) — New

THE ORIGINALS (9p ET, CW) — New

SEASON FINALE: PROJECT RUNWAY (9p ET, Lifetime) — After a brutal critique with the judges last week, the finalists rush to retool their collections for New York Fashion Week. Carrie Underwood is the guest judge as the winner is revealed.

THE BIG BANG THEORY (9:30p ET, CBS) — Repeat

SEASON PREMIERE: ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — John Noble (Sleepy Hollow, Fringe) joins the cast as Sherlock’s father this season.

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (10p ET, ABC) — Famke Janssen returns in this new episode.

THE PLAYER (10p ET, NBC) — New

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ENTERTAINMENT

REP CONFIRMS: GWEN STEFANI AND BLAKE SHELTON ARE DATING _ Turns out the rumors were true. Gwen Stefani’s rep confirmed Wednesday that the singer is dating her The Voice co-star Blake Shelton. Stefani’s spokesperson said, “Gwen and Blake are longtime friends who have very recently started dating.” Reports of their romance started flying in September after the pair exchanged plenty of flirty looks on The Voice. Then, following their duet on The Tonight Show last week, Stefani and Shelton were spotted getting cozy over the weekend at Halloween parties in Los Angeles.

… Shelton, 39, and his estranged wife Miranda Lambert announced their split in July after four years of marriage. The following month, Stefani, 46, and Gavin Rossdale split after nearly 13 years of marriage, and their divorce was settled in October.

E.T. SCREENWRITER WRITER MELISSA MATHISON DIES AT 65 _ Melissa Mathison, the woman who coined the phrase, “E.T. phone home”, has died. She was 65 years old. Mathison wrote the screenplay for the 1982 classic and was married to Harrison Ford for more than 20 years. She died Wednesday in Los Angels after an illness. Mathison and Ford had two children together. She will likely have one more hit with E.T. director Steven Spielberg. She wrote the highly anticipated family fantasy The BFG, which comes out next year.

PROTESTERS DEMAND NBC ‘DUMP TRUMP’ AS SNL HOST _ About 40 immigration rights activists demonstrated outside NBC’s headquarters on Wednesday evening to demand that Saturday Night Live revoke its invitation to Donald Trump to host the weekly comedy show after the presidential candidate made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants. During the demonstration activists spoke about Trump’s long history of “hate speech” targeting Latinos, undocumented immigrants and other minorities. The group presented a petition signed by more than 460,000 people asking NBC to revoke Trump’s invitation and instead feature a different personality on Saturday night’s show.

SNL ACCIDENTALLY POSTED TRUMP PROMOS THAT WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO AIR _ Donald Trump claims he’s going to be on his best behavior in a Saturday Night Live promo — “Donald’s not going to brag or say he’s the best at anything,” Cecily Strong jokes — but even his best intentions resulted in some confusion Wednesday afternoon when NBC accidentally posted uncut versions of this week’s ads. Multiple 5 to 10 second promos are filmed for every host’s upcoming appearance on SNL, but of those promos, usually only a handful make it into the final cut, typically posted online midweek. On Wednesday, a video was uploaded to SNL’s YouTube channel with a total of 8 back-to-back promos — several more than usual — and included one bit where Trump called fellow GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson a “complete and total loser.” NBC owned up to the mistake, but by it was too late the video has been making the rounds.

TREVOR NOAH UNDERGOES EMERGENCY APPENDECTOMY _ Trevor Noah underwent emergency appendectomy on Wednesday morning. Comedy Central said in a statement that The Daily Show with Trevor Noah taping would be canceled as the host recovers from the surgery. While announcing the news on Twitter, the program’s Twitter handle jokingly tweeted, ” We wish @TrevorNoah a speedy recovery from his time in an American hospital.”

EDDIE MURPHY EXPECTING CHILD WITH GIRLFRIEND _ Eddie Murphy and girlfriend Paige Butcher are expecting their first child together in May. Although the baby will be the first for the 36-year-old Butcher, it will be the ninth child for 54-year-old Murphy.

MILEY CYRUS ADOPTS A RESCUE DOG _ Miley Cyrus has adopted a new puppy and named it Milky. The pooch joins Miley’s growing family of pets, including her pig Bubba Sue, cat Lilo and dogs Bean and Emu, to name a few. The musician hashtagged the pic #peaceforpits and #adoptdontshop to show support for animal rights. | IMAGE

STEVE JOBS IS A BOX-OFFICE BOMB _ In a sign that most audiences just don’t want to watch movies about Steve Jobs, box-office numbers show that the new movie about the Apple cofounder, Steve Jobs, from acclaimed director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is on par with the numbers for the 2013 critical dud Jobs, starring Ashton Kutcher. Steve Jobs took in only $7.1 million in its first weekend nationwide. Jobs took in $6.7 million in its first weekend of wide release.

KATY PERRY TOPS FORBES’ LIST OF HIGHEST-PAID WOMEN IN MUSIC _ Katy Perry has been named the highest-paid woman in music for 2015. According to Forbes, Perry earned the top spot thanks to a world tour, hit singles and endorsements, which combined to earn her $135 million this year, tens of millions of dollars ahead of the rest of the women on the list.

… Taylor Swift earned the No. 2 spot on the list, nabbing $80 million.

… Fleetwood Mac claimed the third spot, with Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie posting high numbers in the coed quintet with $59.5 million.

IS JAY LENO URGING NBC TO FIRE JIMMY FALLON? _ Is Jay Leno urging NBC executives to fire Jimmy Fallon from The Tonight Show and hire him to once again take over? That’s what the National Enquirer is reporting. Leno is put off by Fallon’s supposed “hard-partying.” A so-called “insider” tells the tabloid, “[Leno] has been telling [NBC] that Jimmy risks wrecking the show’s reputation with his out-of-control antics.” The magazine’s supposed source adds, “He wants them to fire Fallon before he does any more damage. And he’s made it clear that he’s prepared to step in to save the day.” A Tonight Show source calls the story “silly”.

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BITS & BREAKS

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CATS AND DOGS

A dog thinks, “Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me. They must be Gods!”

A cat thinks, “Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me. I must be a God!”

HOW HARDY PEOPLE THRIVE

We often hear people described as “optimistic” or “level-headed” or just plain “off their rocker.” We rarely hear someone described as “hardy”. But hardiness — also known as resilience — is a great trait to have. And these tough cookies do more than survive — they thrive.

Research (from PsychTest.com) reveals how hardy people thrive:

• 71% accept change when it is required

• 83% can find something enjoyable in even the most mundane tasks

• 98% are actively involved in hobbies or other leisure activities

• 91% believe that they are in full control of their destiny

• 93% look forward to their day

• 94% find ways to “spice up” everyday tasks (e.g. listening to music while cleaning; rewarding themselves after getting all the cleaning done, etc.)

• When they fail at something, 80% use it as motivation to try harder next time

• 79% of hardy people eat a healthy diet

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FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: The average woman will consume 4 to 9 pounds of what over a lifetime? (Pounds of lipstick)

TRIVIA: In the U.S. each year roughly 1½ million vehicles collide with what? (Deer)

FACT OR FICTION

I’ve got some interesting facts here… or are they fiction? You tell me after each one:

• Tequila is made from cactus plants. (Fiction)

• Steve Jobs was just 21 when he co-founded Apple Computers. (Fact)

• The longest river in the world is the Amazon. (Fiction. It’s the Nile.)

• Buttons existed before the buttonhole. (Fact — almost 1,400 years before.)

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JOKE OF THE DAY

Cletus is passing by Billy Bob’s hay barn one day when, through a gap in the door, he sees Billy Bob doing a slow and sensual striptease in front of an old John Deere tractor. He performs a slow pirouette, and gently slides off first the right strap of his overalls, followed by the left. He then hunches his shoulders forward and in a classic striptease move, lets his overalls fall down to his hips, revealing a torn and frayed plaid shirt. Then, grabbing both sides of his shirt, he rips it apart to reveal his stained T-shirt underneath. With a final flourish, he tears the T-shirt from his body, and hurls his baseball cap onto a pile of hay. Having seen enough, Cletus rushes in and says, “What the world’re ya doing, Billy Bob?” Billy Bob says, “Good grief, Cletus, ya scared the bejeebers out of me. But me ‘n the wife been havin’ trouble lately in the bedroom department, and the therapist suggested I do something sexy to a tractor.”

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VIDEO OF THE DAY

Watch a Tickle Me Elmo get blasted with a jet engine.

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IMAGE OF THE DAY

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LAST MINUTE ITEMS

• The 1M Hauly is designed for the discreet, comfortable carry of up to $1 million.

• If you need to find someone in a crowd, use your smartphone as a beacon.

• I had a speech coach analyze my voice and found out I’m making four mistakes.

• Rules for email.

• The First Baskets of 50 All-Time NBA Greats.

Toaster radio.

• In this short video, augmented reality startup company Magic Leap used their cool technology to make 3D magic happen in a school gym.

• The first person to run a marathon without talking about it.

• Another reason to nap at your desk?

• Six things everybody should do to secure their Facebook account.

Use this to self-destruct a tab you only want to be in for a short time, like Facebook.

• Real-time facial expression reenactment. Track the facial expressions from one person and put them on the face of a second person in real-time.

• Write in a more polite, friendly tone.

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DATEBOOK: NOVEMBER 6, 2015

This is day 310 of 2015. There are 55 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Sally Field is 69

• Singer Glenn Frey is 67

• Ethan Hawke is 45

• Marcus Samuelsson (The Taste, Chopped) is 45

• Thandie Newton is 43

• Rebecca Romijn is 43

• Zoe McLellan (NCIS: New Orleans) is 41

• Emma Stone is 27

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1947: Meet The Press made its television debut.

• 1861: James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born in Ontario, Canada.

• 1976: Pat Tillman was born. Tillman was an NFL player who left his sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in May 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He joined the Army Rangers and served multiple tours in combat before he was killed by friendly fire in the mountains of Afghanistan.

• 1995: Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell announced plans to move the team to Baltimore.

• 1997: Former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University.

• 2001: Billionaire Republican Michael Bloomberg was elected New York City mayor.

• 2006: In Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, a guy awoke in a bed full of flames. The man, a smoker, then tried to drag the burning mattress outside the front door. In the process he spread fire through the home.

• 2007: Managers at a company in Australia weren’t worried when a burglar stole a piece of their equipment — probably because the item stolen was a $13,000 GPS tracking device, used by the company’s customers to track really expensive assets. Sure enough, a few days later the thief plugged the unit in and the company was immediately notified of its location. The company then notified police.

• 2012: Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay politician to be elected to the United States Senate.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Nachos Day

• Saxophone Day

UPCOMING

• November 26: Thanksgiving

• November 27: Black Friday

• November 28: Small Business Saturday

More holidays – Updated with 2016 holidays.

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DATEBOOK WEEKEND

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7

• Joni Mitchell is 72. Christopher Knight (The Brady Bunch) is 58. Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect 1 & 2) is 32. Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) is 30. Singer Lorde is 19.

• Book Lovers Day. Digital Scrapbooking Day. Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day. Pumpkin Destruction Day. Sadie Hawkins Day. Sausage and Kraut Day.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8

• Bonnie Raitt is 66. TV host Mary Hart is 65. Alfre Woodard is 63. Rickie Lee Jones is 61. Leif Garrett is 54. Gordon Ramsay is 49. Courtney Thorne-Smith is 48. Parker Posey is 47. Gretchen Mol is 42. Tara Reid is 40. Jack Osbourne is 30.

• Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day. National Parents As Teachers Day. Cappuccino Day.

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