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This is day 35 of 2016. There are 331 days remaining.
• Former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle is 69
• Alice Cooper is 68
• Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 43
• Natalie Imbruglia is 41
• Gavin DeGraw is 39
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1789: George Washington was unanimously elected to be the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
• 1938: Walt Disney released the classic children’s movie “Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs.”
• 1991: The Baseball Hall of Fame voted to ban Pete Rose.
• 1997: A civil jury found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. He had been acquitted in criminal court.
• 2004: Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and three fellow Harvard students. It’s name at launch was TheFacebook.
• 2012: Florence Green, the last known veteran from World War I, died in the United Kingdom at the age of 110.
• National Signing Day
• World Cancer Day
• Thank a Mailman Day
• Homemade Soup Day
• February 7: Super Bowl 50
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 15: Presidents Day
• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)
• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins
80: Percentage of airplane accidents that are due to human error.
Taco Bell has a new mystery item on its menu that it will unveil this weekend. [But aren’t all fast foods mystery items?]
On Saturday TNT will air a special where the identity of the model on this year’s cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition will be revealed. [It’s not your typical TV show, but a little culture is good for everyone.]
Rand Paul is out of the presidential race. [So are a lot of other people, but they just don’t know it.]
In Italy you can now be fined up to $600 for lighting a cigarette in a car with a child. [It’s double that if you light up while texting.]
January auto sales were a stronger than expected. [That’s because everyone needed to purchase a new car to replace the one they wrecked sliding on ice.]
The Church in Rome is disputing an American movie studio’s press release that says Pope Francis will make his film debut in an upcoming movie. [Supposedly, he was going to make a cameo in Paul Blart: Vatican Mall Cop 3.
Ukraine border officials stopped a man leading four horses loaded down with contraband cigarettes trying to cross over into Romania. [It might have worked if the horses didn’t have such suspicious hacking coughs.]
For the next two weeks McDonald’s Happy Meals will come with books. [Of course, don’t expect any of the books to deal with nutrition.]
San Francisco has finished at the top of a poll of America’s least religious cities. [That explains why it’s in line for that big earthquake.]
Las Vegas has made the list as one of America’s least religious cities. [I don’t get it. I’ve never seen anyone pray any harder than a gambler.]
AMAZON PROBABLY ISN’T OPENING HUNDREDS OF BOOKSTORES _ The man behind that wild Amazon bookstore rumor will need to take his time pulling his foot out of his mouth.You might have heard that Amazon is building as many as 400 physical bookstores. Turns out the original source of that news, General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani, is walking back his comments. General Growth Properties, which operates malls across the nation, issued a statement Wednesday clarifying that Mathrani’s proclamation that Amazon would build hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores “was not intended to represent Amazon’s plans.”
DONALD TRUMP NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE _ Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump being nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. Trump has been listed among numerous international figures as nominees for this year’s prestigious humanitarian award, the past winners of which include President Barack Obama (2009), Al Gore (2007), Nelson Mandela (1993), and Mother Theresa (1979). It wasn’t clear exactly who nominated Trump, but the Peace Research Institute Oslo said whoever it was cited the real estate magnate’s “peace through strength” philosophy as merit for consideration. Although being nominated for the award and actually winning the award are two different propositions, Trump’s inclusion on the list does carry some weight.
… The only people who can make nominations are previous winners of the prize, members of the Nobel committee, international courts or governments, and select university professors — meaning someone who is held in high esteem believes Trump is worthy of consideration.
155-YEAR-OLD MOUSETRAP STILL DOING ITS JOB _ When Colin Pullinger & Sons advertised an innovative, humane mousetrap in the 1860s, the company promised it would “last a lifetime.” One of their traps, in the collection of the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, England, more than lived up to that promise. Recently, when an assistant curator was searching through the museum’s collection, she came across a dead mouse in the trap. The 155-year-old mousetrap was not baited, but it was still enticing enough to the mouse that the creature crept inside. Once it was there, the trap’s see-saw mechanism kept it from going anywhere.
What old gadget is still running in your house — and still being used? A fridge? A Commodore 64?
THE US’ ONLY WILD JAGUAR CAUGHT ON VIDEO _ America got a good look at the United States’ only known wild jaguar in a 41-second video released Wednesday. The Center for Biological Diversity says El Jefe, as the jaguar is known, has made his home in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains, and this is the first video of him ever released. The video is the result of three years of tracking using remote cameras. | VIDEO
BEN & JERRY’S NOW HAS VEGAN ICE CREAM _ Ben & Jerry’s now has non-dairy ice cream. The Vermont ice cream maker has created four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base, all of them available in pints. Available are the classic Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavors, plus a couple of new ones: Coffee Caramel Fudge and PB and Cookies. According to the Ben & Jerry’s website, the flavors are all completely vegan and use non-GMO ingredients.
HEARD OF SOLOGAMY? _ Heard of sologamy? There’s polygamy (having more than one spouse at a time); there’s bigamy (having two spouses at the same time); there’s monogamy (having only one spouse at a time), and there’s also such a thing as sologamy. Author and academician Timothy George says sologamy “is the marriage of someone to one’s own self — the his- or herness of it is not relevant, although it seems to be mostly women who are doing it.” Although sologamy is not recognized in the U.S. or Europe, reports are starting to come out about individuals marrying themselves. The first person to marry herself to herself was Linda Baker in December 1993. Another is Sara Sharpe, “who wrote about her self-marriage in A Dress, A Ring, Promises to Self.” But since last year, at least four women have already married themselves to themselves in lavish ceremonies.
… Last January, the Houston Chronicle reported that Yasmin Eleby “married herself at the Houston Museum of African American Culture … in a lavish ceremony with 10 bridesmaids in attendance, plus family and other guests on hand to celebrate the event.” The ceremony was illegal and not recognized by the government, but this did not prevent Yasmin and her family from doing it. She even went on a honeymoon with herself to “Cambodia, Laos, and a jazz festival in Dubai.”
… Over at CNN, Anderson Cooper interviewed a North Dakota woman, Nadine Schweigert, who also married herself in front of some 40 close friends. CNN quoted her as saying in her vow to herself as saying this: “I, Nadine, promise to enjoy inhabiting my own life and to relish a lifelong love affair with my beautiful self.”
GUY DIYs OLD-SCHOOL MACINTOSH INTO TECHIE TRASH CAN _ Wait, don’t throw out that old Macintosh computer — it will make a great trash can! After a decade of holding on to a couple of Macintosh 128Ks that he got from a surplus sale, Redditor HaHaBird rolled up his sleeves and transformed the 1984 computer into a 2016 trashcan. | VINE
CALIFORNIA LOTTERY WINNER SUES STATE FOR NOT PAYING _ Brandy Milliner may have won the $63 million California lottery, but she doesn’t have the winnings to prove it. TMZ reports that the state of California is refusing to pay Brandy the winnings due to a technicality — Brandy’s lottery ticket was “too damaged.” Milliner reportedly filed a lawsuit against the state of California because of this “technicality,” which is apparently preventing her from becoming a multimillionaire. According to the report, Brandy claims that her winning California lottery ticket for SuperLotto Plus was initially submitted after the drawing was conducted on August 7, 2015. Several months later, though, she received a letter from the lottery commission in January informing her that she would not be receiving the money after all due to the condition of the submitted ticket. Even though she has reportedly asked the commission numerous times to return her “damaged” lottery ticket, her requests were apparently denied. Therefore, it is not surprising that Brandy Milliner wants a judge to officially declare her as the winner of the $63 million California lottery winner, overriding the commission’s original decision.
LOTTO WINNER SUES, SAYS JACKPOT COULD HAVE BEEN BIGGER _ A lottery winner from five years ago is suing the entity that runs the games, claiming that he should have won a bigger prize. Here’s the reason for the guy’s argument: a former security official with the Multi-State Lottery Association has been convicted of rigging the random-number-generating computer that picks the winning numbers for Hot Lotto. Now a 2011 winner is suing, arguing that his own jackpot should have been larger. The lawsuit was filed by a man from Iowa who won $9 million in the Hot Lotto multi-state game in 2011. If no one had won the previous jackpot, his attorney argues, then the prize would have rolled into the game that his client won.
HELL HOUSE IN GARY, INDIANA, DESTROYED AFTER DEMONIC ACTIVITY REPORTED _ The “hell house” in Gary, Indiana, that many suspected to be at the center of demonic activity has been torn down. Zak Bagans, host and producer of Ghost Adventures, bought the demon home for $35,000 in 2014 and then had it demolished two weeks ago for a documentary he’ll release later this year. Bagans bought the hell house shortly after reports surfaced that Latoya Ammons and her three children claimed to have been harassed by demons. Her outcry prompted an investigation by local police and the Indiana Department of Child Services, as well as a series of exorcisms that a priest.
Tell us why you think your house is haunted.
NASA INSISTS HACKERS DIDN’T HIJACK ITS DRONE _ NASA says that no, hackers’ recent efforts to breach their servers didn’t lead to a commandeered government drone. On Sunday, the hacker group AnonSec dropped what seemed to be a blockbuster: It had long ago hacked NASA’s servers and has been rummaging around them for years. In particular, it was fascinated by NASA’s weather drones, and how they might relate to the conspiracy theory that streaks in the sky, left in the wake of aircraft, are evidence of the government spraying chemicals on its own land and people. The hacker group also claimed it hijacked a NASA drone — a claim NASA denies.
DEATH BY SUPER BOWL PARTY? _ This may sound a bit crazy but a Tulane University study has revealed that cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a rise in flu deaths — and it’s significant. For those in the 65-years-and-older age group, having a team in the Super Bowl leads to an average 18 percent increase in flu deaths.
… Lead author of the Tulane study, Charles Stoecker, and his team examined county-level statistics from 1974-2009 to arrive at their findings of the 18 percent increase in flu deaths in cities which have teams competing in the big game. The reason: “It’s people that are staying at home and hosting small local gatherings, so your Super Bowl party, that are actually passing influenza among themselves. Every year, we host these parties that we go to and it changes mixing patterns and you are coughing and sneezing and sharing chips and dip with people that you often don’t and so we get the influenza transmitted in novel ways that’s then going to eventually wind up in the lungs of a 65-year old.” | VIDEO
SUBWAY’S $5 FOOTLONG NOW COSTS $6 _ Subway is raising the cost of its $5 footlong to $6 starting today (Thursday). Subway revealed the nine-cent-per-inch price increase in a Twitter announcement. The sandwich maker blames rising costs. The $5 footlong was launched nine years ago and, obviously, costs have gone up.
PRANK CALL LEADS TO FAST-FOOD EMPLOYEES SMASHING WINDOWS _ Police in Tucson said pranksters convinced employees at a fast food restaurant to smash windows by pretending to be a fire-suppression company. The employees received a call around 1 AM on Tuesday saying that the gas levels were high and that the building needed to be evacuated. The prank caller also convinced employees to smash every window of the building to prevent it from exploding.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NIAGARA FALLS RESIDENTS NOT HAPPY WITH SONG _ In Niagara Falls, New York, what sounds like a marching band rendition of the University of Iowa fight song plays on a loop all evening, every evening from a vacant building across the street from the restaurant Wine on Third. It had nothing to do with the Iowa caucus. That came and went Monday with no change. And the owner of the offending building has a beef with Wine on Third, its owners say, he hasn’t raised it with them. The marching band serenade seemed to begin just as the restaurant began using its newly expanded patio for the summer crowd. The timing of the music, from 3-11 PM seven days a week spans the restaurant’s prime time.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DON’T TRY TO SELL COCAINE TO A COP _ In Florida, a man was arrested after he walked up to a uniformed police officer sitting in a marked patrol car and offered to sell him some cocaine.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FAMILY FINDS LIVE RAT IN THEIR TESCO FOOD DELIVERY _ It’s always nice when supermarkets throw in extra items for free, but not when the items happen to be moving. A family in Essex, England, recently received a home delivery from a grocery store that came with a rat. It’s unclear exactly how the rat came to be in the delivery crate, but the shopping was left outside by the driver so — in all fairness to the grocery store — it’s possible that the rat scampered aboard after the crates had been delivered.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BANK ROBBER USES LIMO _ Economic times may not be that tough for a suspected bank robber in Germany. Police said the suspect used a limousine as his getaway vehicle.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WOMEN JAIL BREAK AFTER GUARDS EXPECT ORGY _ 28 inmates escaped from a Brazilian jail after three women in fantasy police costumes “seduced” prison wardens. Police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the jail the morning after the mass break-out. The women reportedly drugged the prison guards by giving them spiked whiskey after convincing them to take part in an orgy. Inmates then left the prison through the main doors, even taking with them guns and ammo.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BEEZOW DOO-DOO ZOPITTYBOP-BOP-BOP ARRESTED _ A man with a highly unusual name and a habit for getting in trouble with the law has been arrested again. Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop was taken into custody after allegedly attacking police officers at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He is accused of biting, punching, throwing rocks, grabbing an officer’s handcuff case and hitting him in the head with it, trying to stab a cop with a pen and running off several times despite being shot with a stun gun. Zopittybop-Bop-Bop, who legally changed his name from Jeffrey Wilschke in 2011, has had several brushes with the law.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN PEES ON WOMAN’S CAT _ Police say a guy in Italy took revenge on his roommate after she refused to have sex with him by allegedly urinating on her cat. According to police reports, the man was drunk when he argued with the woman. After she resisted his advances the man went to the basement where he urinated on her cat and the floor.
WACKY-BUT-TRUE: VACATIONERS FIND ADULT VIDEO SHOOT _ Some UK residents on vacation in Germany checked into a cabin near a wooded park then went out for a stroll in the countryside. About an hour later they returned to find an adult video shoot occurring in their cabin. The vacationers stumbled upon two cameramen, a director and an actor and actress. Oh, and another woman with a clipboard.
THE BIG BANG THEORY (8p ET, CBS) — June Squibb (Nebraska) guest stars as Sheldon’s Meemaw in this new episode.
AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, FOX) — The top 24 are revealed in this new, 2-hour edition.
YOU, ME AND THE APOCALYPSE (8p ET, NBC) — New
MADOFF (8p ET, ABC) — This 2-part miniseries (that started last night) concludes tonight.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — New
LIFE IN PIECES (8:30p ET, CBS) — Greg Grunberg (Heroes) guest stars in this new episode.
THE BLACKLIST (9p ET, NBC) — Tony Shalhoub (Monk) guest stars in this new episode.
MOM (9p ET, CBS) — Rosie O’Donnell guest stars in this new episode.
THE 100 (9p ET, CW) — New
TOP CHEF (9p ET, Bravo) — During Part 1 of the Restaurant Wars, the chefs must open their restaurants for both lunch and dinner.
30 FOR 30 (9p ET, ESPN) — This new, 2-hour edition looks back at the’85 Bears on the 30th anniversary of their Super Bowl XX win.
ANGEL FROM HELL (9:30p ET, CBS) — Brett Gelman (Eagleheart, Jobs) and Constance Marie (Switched at Birth, George Lopez) guest star in this new episode.
SHADES OF BLUE (10p ET, NBC) — New
ELEMENTARY (10p ET, CBS) — John Finn (Cold Case) and Kate Burton (Scandal) guest star in this new episode.
MADOFF: AFTER THE FALL (10p ET, ABC) — This special looks at what happened after the events shown in the mini-series.
LIP SYNC BATTLE (10p ET, Spike TV) — The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev faces former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow in this new episode.
WILL SMITH HAD NO CLUE JADA WAS GOING TO BOYCOTT THE OSCARS _ Will Smith has been at the center of the Oscars boycott. Not only was he passed over being nominated for his performance in Concussion, but his wife Jada Pinkett Smith started the boycott by sending out a video about African Americans knowing their own worth, and not giving into establishments that don’t recognize their talent. Others like director Spike Lee and actor Tyrese Gibson followed. Eventually, Will Smith spoke out publicly about the boycott and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, which put the Academy’s diversity problem on blast for the second year in a row.
… Now, we’re finding out that Will Smith was given no heads up about his wife’s boycott video. While on BBC Radio’s Breakfast Show, Smith said that Jada’s video went viral when he was in another country: “I was in Thailand. And I get off of the plane and you know, the paparazzi [were like], ‘Will, Will, you’re not going to the Oscars! What do you think about Jada’s video?’ ‘Um, I think, give me a second, let me call’ — I had no idea. I had no idea and I’m like, ‘Babe, you gotta give a fellow a little heads up, you know?” | AUDIO
NHL FLORIDA PANTHERS TO PLAY IN SUPER BOWL _ Looks like the NHL’s Florida Panthers have their work cut out for them this week. It’s a brutal back-to-back, as they play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, then have to fly out to California to meet the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday. At least that’s according to a Canadian TV newscast, which used logos of the NFL Denver Broncos and the NHL Florida Panthers when talking about the Super Bowl. | IMAGE
SEAL AND SAM HUNT TO PERFORM AT SUPER BOWL TAILGATE PARTY _ Recording artists Seal and Sam Hunt will headline the Super Bowl 50 NFL Tailgate Party at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday. Coverage of the two performances will be televised as part of the Super Bowl Sunday pregame show.
TAYLOR SWIFT IS LAUNCHING A MOBILE GAME _ Following in celebrinot Kim Kardashian’s footsteps, Taylor Swift will be partnering with Glu Mobile to create a “one-of-a-kind digital gaming experience” for smartphones. There’s no word on what the mobile game will be. Glu says the app will be available later this year.
BILL COSBY’S SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE WILL GO AHEAD _ Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, judge Steve O’Neill Wednesday night denied Bill Cosby’s request to dismiss a criminal case against him saying a former prosecutor’s testimony about a promise he made not to prosecute Cosby was not credible. Cosby is facing an aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand, now 42, at his Elkins Park, Pennsylvania home in January 2004.
THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON PREMIERE BREAKS FX RECORDS _ The premiere of FX’s The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story had 5 million viewers, a record for an FX debut. The last time that an FX show broke a premiere record was in 2002 with the start of The Shield.
LIL WAYNE’S SUPER BOWL AD DEEMED RACIST BY CRITICS _ The new ad for Apartments.com, which will be played during Super Bowl 50, seemed to be harmless — but it already caused an uproar. People are upset that Lil Wayne stars in the one-minute ad as the cook of George Washington. In the ad, Jeff Goldblum sings The Jeffersons catchy theme song Movin’ On Up as he literally moves up with his grand piano. Wayne’s character in the ad tells Goldblum that he is “flame-broilin’ some burgers” for the big game, “grillin’ some beans” and making pies. To some people, the ad was simply racist for putting a black man to cook for the white figure. | VIDEO
… Those who are familiar with the sitcom know that the main characters are called George and Weezie.
AMY SCHUMER AND SETH ROGEN BUD LIGHT SUPER BOWL AD PREMIERES _ Amy Shumer and Seth Rogen are all-American in a Super Bowl commercial for Bud Light. The duo talks about the country uniting over their love for the beer brand. Ant-Man costars Paul Rudd and Michael Pena both make cameos. The ad includes Seth reciting of the famous speech from Independence Day. | VIDEO
MILEY CYRUS JOINS THE VOICE AS KEY ADVISER _ Miley Cyrus has joined The Voice as this season’s key adviser. Miley celebrated the news with a photo of herself licking Christina Aguilera’s judging button, writing, “Lickin @xtina buttonz!” Miley will advise contestants from Christina, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams’ teams throughout the season.
VW THE FORCE COMMERCIAL TURNS 5 _ Five years ago Super Bowl viewers were treated to one of the best car ads ever: Volkswagen’s “The Force”.
BOB ELLIOTT, HALF OF BOB AND RAY, DIES AT 92 _ Bob Elliott, the soft-spoken half of the hilarious radio and television comedy team Bob and Ray, died Tuesday. He was 92. Bob’s son is actor-comedian Chris Elliott.
ZOOLANDER 2 OFFICIAL TRAILER 2 _ The second full-length trailer for Zoolander 2 was released Wednesday. The film, which stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz, and Kristen Wiig, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Will Ferrell, struts into theaters on February 12.
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• DROPS: Political clips package
• PHONER: Weird food combinations – 2/3/16 Bits & Breaks
• DROPS: Loads of Monday-related movie and TV drops
• SUPER BOWL: Super Bowl clips package
Here’s an easy one to post on your Facebook for the weekend: “What’s the combined score of the Super Bowl going to be? Closest one wins (fill in the blank). In the case of a tie we draw a winner.”
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS HEAR SOME STRANGE REQUESTS
A recent survey of 3,000 flight attendants has revealed some of the strange requests made of them. The most common crazy requests they hear at 35,000 feet are: “Can you open the window?” and “Can you show me to the shower?” Other odd requests flight attendants have heard:
• Is it possible to fly lower so that we can see more of what’s on the ground?
• Can you take my children to the playroom?
• I have dropped my glass eye, please could you help me find it?
• Could you turn the engines down because they are too noisy?
• Is there a McDonald’s onboard?
• Can the captain stop the turbulence?
In your line of work, what’s the strangest thing a customer has ever asked or requested?
CELEBRITY HOARDERS WITH MASSIVE COLLECTIONS
HEIDI KLUM – Heidi Klum has kept nearly every handbag, shoe and garment from the more than 20 years she’s spent in the fashion industry.
DEMI MOORE – Demi Moore has so many vintage dolls that she had to build them their own house.
MARIAH CAREY – She collects butterflies, perfume bottles, Hello Kitty accessories and has a massive room of lingerie.
KRISTIN CHENOWETH – Jars of quarters. She stashes them away as soon as she gets home from shopping.
WILL FERRELL – Will has $7.8 million worth of rare birds in his home. Live birds.
LISA KUDROW – She keeps day planners from the ’80s, old faxes, and almost anything personal.
TRIVIA: Statistically, you have a 1 in 6,500 chance of being injured by one of these in your life. (A toilet seat)
ANSWER WRONG AND WIN!
I’ll ask you a few questions… get them all wrong and you win.
• In Kung Fu Panda movies, what kind of animal is the lead character?
• Peyton Manning’s brother, Eli, is also an NFL quarterback. What’s his last name?
• What animal gives us bacon?
• What candy bar is named after the Milky Way galaxy?
• How many pages does a 12-month wall calendar have?
A married couple was sitting in a fine restaurant. The husband kept looking over at a nearby table where a lady had obviously had too much to drink. The wife asks, “I notice you’ve been watching that lady for some time now. Do you know her?” “Yes,” he replies, “she’s my ex-wife. She has been drinking like that since I left her seven years ago.” “That’s unbelievable” the wife replies. “I wouldn’t think anybody could celebrate that long.”
How puppies do stairs.
Source: Gas Buddy
This is day 36 of 2016. There are 330 days remaining.
• Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is 82
• Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach is 74
• Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap, Best in Show) is 68
• Tom Wilkinson is 68
• Jennifer Jason Leigh is 54
• Laura Linney is 52
• Singer Bobby Brown is 47
• Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex, Frost/Nixon) is 47
• Darren Criss (Glee) is 29
IT HAPPENED TODAY
• 1924: The Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal or the “BBC pips”.
• 1972: U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered the development of a Space Shuttle program.
• 1988: Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges.
• 2002: A federal grand jury indicted John Walker Lindh, the so-called ”American Taliban,” on 10 charges, alleging that he was trained by Osama bin Laden’s network and that he conspired with the Taliban to kill Americans.
• 2008: A playground for the over-60 set opened in Manchester, England. Instead of slides and merry-go-rounds, it was equipped with machines specially designed to provide gentle exercise for different parts of the body such as hips, legs and the torso.
• 2015: RadioShack filed for bankruptcy.
• Shower With A Friend Day
• Weatherperson’s Day
• Frozen Yogurt Day
• Bubble Gum Day
• February 7: Super Bowl 50
• February 14: Valentine’s Day
• February 15: Presidents Day
• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)
• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
• Zsa Zsa Gabor is 99. Rip Torn is 85. Mamie Van Doren is 85. Mike Farrell is 77. Tom Brokaw is 76. Richie McDonald of Lonestar is 54. Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses is 54. Rick Astley is 50.
• Canadian Maple Syrup Day. Doodle Day. Girl Scout Cookie Day. Ice Cream For Breakfast Day. Take Your Child To The Library Day.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7
• James Spader is 56. Garth Brooks is 54. Chris Rock is 51. Ashton Kutcher is 38.
• Dump Your Significant Jerk Day. Ballet Day. Popcorn Day.