PRO February 29, 2016

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DATEBOOK: FEBRUARY 29, 2016

This is day 60 of 2016. There are 306 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Motivational speaker Tony Robbins is 56

• Antonio Sabato Jr. is 44

• Ja Rule is 40

• NFL quarterback Jay Cutler is 33

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1906: Ladies Home Journal reported that “women of good birth and breeding long ago discarded the use of perfumes.”

• 1940: Gone with the Wind won eight Academy Awards, including best picture of 1939.

• 1940: For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award.

• 1972: Hank Aaron became the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Cheerleading Week

• Pet Sitters Week

• Write A Letter of Appreciation Week

• Leap Day

• Bachelors Day, a day of supposed immunity for unmarried men during Leap Year, a year during which bachelors are traditionally regarded as “fair game” for dates and proposals of marriage by women.

• Underlings Day, a day to recognize everyone who is neither a boss nor a professional assistant — both of whom have annual days already.

• Frog Legs Day

UPCOMING

• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

• March 27: Easter

• April 1: April Fools’ Day

More holidays


NUMBER FOR THE DAY

464: Number of definitions for the word ‘set’.


NEWS ATTACK!

Scientists report that the population this year of monarch butterflies in Mexico has really boomed. [So, I guess Donald Trump’s giant wall will now also feature a giant net.]

Director J.J. Abrahams says that there will definitely be gay characters in the Star Wars universe. [Jabba the Hutt wasn’t fooling anyone.]

North Korea claims that its new anti-tank weapon can turn an enemy tank into a boiled pumpkin. [Trash talk always loses something in the translation.]

A new study finds that the world needs to do twice as much as it’s doing in order to stop global warming. [Twice as much — so that would be two times zero.]

A dog in Idaho survived after being hit in one afternoon by 13 trains. [He was apparently confused by the pictures on the side of the boxcars of giant Frisbees.]

A new study finds that men perform better on memory tests if, first, they take a look at a picture of an attractive woman. [Of course, their memories go back to being lousy if their wives ask them what they were looking at.]

When a fugitive was caught in Ohio he tried to prevent his identification by chewing off the skin on his fingertips. So, the police identified him by his tattoos. [He tried to also bite off his tattoos but couldn’t bend over backwards quite far enough.]

Scientists report that wild gorillas sing and hum while they eat. [That’s because no one has the nerve to tell them to knock it off.]

Vermont’s Middlebury College has banned the sale of energy drinks. [It’s bad news for the kids; great news for the campus Starbucks.]


NEWS & NUGGETS

STUBBORNNESS AND RULE BREAKING BEEN LINKED WITH SUCCESS _ Do you ever find yourself exasperated by your child’s stubbornness? Does your daughter continually disobey authority? Or does your son hate doing what he’s told? If so: congratulations. Recent research claims a child with a stubborn streak is more likely to over-achieve in education, and go on to earn more once in the job market. The study’s findings (published in the journal Developmental Psychology) suggested that a tendency towards rule-breaking has a positive correlation with earning a higher individual income in adult life.

WOMAN ALLEGEDLY STOLE CASH FROM BURN PATIENT _ A woman has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $1,300 from Safyre Terry, the little girl with severe burns whose Christmas request for cards went viral last year. The child from Schenectady, New York, was the sole survivor of the blaze, but was left with burns over 75% of her body. In December, Safyre’s aunt and guardian Liz Dolder posted a plea on social media asking to help fill her niece’s Christmas card holder. The plea went viral, and the child eventually received millions of cards. Due to the huge amount of cards, the Safyre’s Angels organization asked for volunteers to help respond to all of the mail. One volunteer, 41-year-old Kimberly Bradford, is accused of stealing $800 in cash and more than $500 in gift cards from the girl.

ARE CEOS OVERPAID? NOT COMPARED WITH COLLEGE PRESIDENTS _ For outrageous executive earnings, don’t look to Wall Street — look to academia. High pay for CEOs attracts annual attention and recitations about the immorality of capitalism, but when the focus is on average CEO pay, they make less than half the annual earnings of college presidents. According to CBS News the average CEO earns $176,840 annually. In academia, college presidents earn $377,261 annually.

… Of course, college presidents aren’t always the highest-paid college employees — athletic coaches often earn more.

BACK TO THE FUTURE FLYING CAR MAY BE AVAILABLE BY 2028 _ The flying car could be a reality in just two years, and you won’t need to steer it. The Terrafugia flying car won’t feature wheels which fold under the vehicle and transform into propulsion rockets, but it does have wings and twin helicopter propellers. The manufacturer claims it will be a working prototype, and probably still in the development phases in 2018. The expected release date of the Terrafugia TF-X is slated to be 2028.

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE BAD FOR CATHOLICS _ Girl Scout cookies are the highlight of spring for many people, but the Catholic Archbishop of St. Louis disagrees. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is “advising church members to think twice about [Girl Scout] membership and even about buying their cookies.” The controversial statement came in a letter from the Archdiocese of St. Louis: “Girl Scouts is exhibiting a troubling pattern of behavior and it is clear to me that as they move in the ways of the world it is becoming increasingly incompatible with our Catholic values.” The pattern of behavior by the Girl Scouts that meets with the Archbishop’s disapproval appears to be “continued promotion of contraception and abortion rights,” and “sex education and advocacy for ‘reproductive rights’.”

FOUR DRINKS OF ALCOHOL COULD CAUSE ALCOHOLISM IN CHILDREN _ Researchers (Binghamton University in New York and South Connecticut University) say just four drinks of alcohol during pregnancy can affect alcohol-related behavior in the woman’s children and grandchildren as they grow up. Scientists at the CDC have already made waves this year when they made it abundantly clear that any alcohol during pregnancy has the potential to damage the fetus such that if the baby is born, he or she could have damage to the brain and other organs consistent with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. In this study, researchers focused on a different effect of very light drinking during pregnancy, which they feel is important given that between 10 and 15 percent of American women drink at least some alcohol during pregnancy.

WORLD’S OLDEST CAT BECOMES SOCIAL NETWORK PHENOMENON _ A 26-year-old cat — 121 in human years — is the oldest in the world, according to Guinness World Records. Corduroy the ca has thousands of followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. Corduroy and her owner, Ashley Okura, first put the cat on social media with Instagram. • LINK

MAN ATTEMPTED TO CROSS THE ALPS WEARING PROSTHETIC HOOVES _ Thomas Thwaites spent six days in the Swiss Alps to experience what it’s like to live life as a goat. Thwaites says he was in a bit of a down period when he happened to be dog sitting his niece’s dog. He thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice to just have a break from all this stress?” So he decided it was time to escape the pressures and stresses of modern life and live as a goat. Like a billy goat. The graduate from the Royal College of Art Design Interactions applied to a London arts agency to help pay for his goat holiday. They called his bluff and offered to pay for his ticket to the Swiss Alps. He went to the goat farm after having some prosthetics made — prosthetic hooves and prosthetic back legs. After three or four days getting the hang of his new hooves, he challenged himself to cross the Alps. Because that’s what goats do. Thwaites says the Alpine experience was intended to better appreciate the animals’ anatomy and even their psychology.

90-YEAR-OLD WOMAN CHOOSES LIFE ON ROAD OVER CANCER TREATMENT _ She’s nearly 91 and enjoying the road trip of a lifetime. Two days after her husband of 67 years died in July, a woman from Michigan named Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer. While doctors recommended surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, Norma was having none of it. Norma’s son Tim and her daughter-in-law, Ramie, figured Norma had two choices. They would find an assisted living facility for her, or she could join them in their retired life on the road and travel the country together. Norma said, “Yep, I think I’d like to go along.” Not knowing how much time Norma had, the couple closed up Norma’s house and upgraded to a 36-foot motor home. In late August, the threesome and their standard poodle hit the road on an indefinite trip across the United States.

… From Michigan, the group traveled to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, saw the bison in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and they took in the vast Grand Canyon. In New Orleans, they visited The National World War II Museum, where Norma, who served in the Navy as a nurse in the WAVES unit, was treated like a queen. In Florida, they saw the space shuttle at Kennedy Space Center and collected shells on the beach.

… You can travel with Norma by following her Facebook page, Driving Miss Norma.

FEDEX DEFIES WEATHER TO SAVE 2-YEAR-OLD _ A 2-year-old Memphis girl needed a new liver last week. Brooklyn was on a transplant waiting list but when her parents got the call that a donor had been found bad weather had moved in and cancelled more than 700 flights. This was Wednesday and the family need to be in Chicago by 10AM Thursday. The story went viral on Facebook and caught the attention of FedEx. The Memphis-based company has its own hangar. That means the company can decide on a case-by-case basis if its pilot can make the flight safely. FedEx decided to put Brooklyn and her family on a cargo plane headed to Chicago. They didn’t ask the Faris family to pay a dime. The plane landed in Chicago just in time to get Brooklyn to the hospital and start the process to make her healthy.

… Friday the family said Brooklyn came out of surgery.

RUNNER DIES 50 YARDS FROM THE FINISH LINE OF MARATHON _ A British man collapsed and died just 50 yards from the finish line of the Malta marathon today.

UNICORN CAPTURED AFTER 3-HOUR HUNT _ The calls coming into a California Highway Patrol office were alarming: A tiny unicorn was running down a road. Three hours later the suspect was taken into custody. The unicorn is really a white pony named Juliette who wears a fake horn for photo sessions

INDIA HOLDS RECORD FOR DEATH BY SELFIE _ India is home to the highest number of people who have died while taking photos of themselves, with 19 of the world’s 49 recorded selfie-linked deaths since 2014. The statistic is likely due to India’s sheer size, with 1.25 billion citizens and one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets. Alarmed by the trend, officials in Mumbai, India, have declared 16 no-selfie zones across the city, as authorities warn people against taking unnecessary risks.

HUSBANDS CREATE 7 HOURS OF EXTRA HOUSEWORK FOR THEIR WIVES _ For married women who can’t figure out why they always have so much housework researchers may have the answer — husbands. A recent study from the University of Michigan shows that having a husband creates an extra seven hours of extra housework a week for women. But a wife saves her husband from an hour of chores around the house each week.

… Researchers found that young single women did the least amount of housework, at about 12 hours a week. Married women in their 60 and 70s did nearly twice that amount, while women with more than three children spent 28 hours a week cleaning, cooking and washing.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: AUTHORITIES LOOK FOR ROGAINE SHOPLIFTER _ According to Kentucky and Ohio police, a middle-aged thief has boosted the popular hair loss treatment Rogaine in repeated thefts at pharmacies.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CROCS GUARDED DRUG DEALERS’ LOOT _ A gang of suspected drug-dealers in Amsterdam gave the task of guarding their loot to unusually ferocious guard — a pair of fully-grown crocodiles. Police investigating the gang made the unexpected discovery this week, when they arrested 11 suspects. They also seized over $300,000 — the bulk of it locked in a cage with the toothy reptiles.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: 2ND GRADER TELLS COPS ABOUT WEED OPERATION _ Everyone who has ever been around a child for more than a second knows they are very observant sponges, and are likely to share what they see and hear with anyone who’ll listen. So it’s probably not the wisest idea to allow a 2nd grader to contribute to your illegal marijuana growing operation. Over in Windsor, Vermont, a man named Steven Mann allegedly confessed to growing and selling marijuana after his girlfriend’s child spilled the beans to police.

… In an affidavit the boy described the growing operation in innocent terms, allegedly telling police that he was helping a “farmer” grow “special medicine” plants which could “cure anything at all.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: FUGITIVE BIDS TO HIDE IDENTITY, CHEWS OFF FINGERTIPS _ Ohio police say a fugitive from Tampa, Florida, who didn’t want to be identified by his fingerprints during a traffic stop chewed off his fingertips. Police figured out who the guy was after photos of his tattoos were provided by police in Florida, where he’s wanted on firearms and drug charges.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: NAKED WOMAN JUMPS ON CAR _ Deputies in Louisiana arrested a 52-year-old woman they say jumped up and down naked on top of her car while screaming obscenities in the parking lot of a children’s store.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: CANADIAN BANNED FROM OWNING TURTLES _ A Canadian man who smuggled 38 turtles in his pants has been given probation, a fine and has been banned from owning turtles for 10 years. The turtles were contained in plastic bags and taped to the man’s legs as he tried to bring them into Canada from the United States.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SCHOOL FINED WORST STUDENTS, HANDED CASH TO BEST IN CLASS _ A private school in China upset some parents after it collected cash fines from low ranking students that were used to reward the school’s top performers.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: BOY AWAKES FROM COMA ADDICTED TO CHEESE AND SWEARING _ A 15-year-old from England woke up from a nine-day coma swearing like crazy and craving whole wheels of cheese. His family says the teen always liked cheese, but now he even adds it to his cereal.


ON TELEVISION

SEASON PREMIERE: THE VOICE (8p ET, NBC) — Christina Aguilera is back on the judging panel for season 10, joining Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams. The Blind Auditions begin tonight. One of the singers is former child actress Alisan Porter, who starred in the 1991 film Curly Sue.

SUPERGIRL (8p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Kara goes to the Fortress of Solitude to learn how to defeat Indigo (guest star Laura Vandervoort, Smallville).

THE BACHELOR (8p ET, ABC) — In this new edition, Ben and the final three women travel to Jamaica.

GOTHAM (8p ET, FOX) — In this new episode, Gordon and Bullock investigate Victor Fries (guest star Nathan Darrow, House of Cards), a preeminent cryogenics engineer. BD Wong (Law & Order: SVU) also guest stars.

CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (8p ET, CW) — In this new episode, on a trip to L.A., Rebecca and Josh have to confront their emotions.

HE NAMED ME MALALA (8p ET, National Geographic) — This 2015 documentary is about Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

SCORPION (9p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Drew Carey appears as himself when Sylvester wins big on The Price is Right. Eric Roberts and Joely Fisher (‘Til Death) guest star as friends of Cabe’s.

LUCIFER (9p ET, FOX) — Lucifer bails on a murder investigation, until he realized that something very personal to him was stolen during the crime, in this new episode.

JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — Jane and Michael move toward getting back together in this new episode.

MAJOR CRIMES (9p ET, TNT) — IN this new episode, the possible gang war heats up with three more murders, and an interesting discovery is made involving the notorious lawyer who has dedicated his life to attacking the LAPD.

MAVIS (9p ET, HBO) — R&B and gospel-music great Mavis Staples, of the famed Staples Singers, is celebrated in this documentary.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES (10p ET, CBS) — In this new episode, Callen and Sam head to Africa, after surveillance footage of Sam’s family is found there. Ella Thomas returns as Jada Khaled.

CASTLE (10p ET, ABC) — In this new episode, Castle goes undercover to investigate the murder of a student taking English as a second language classes.

BLINDSPOT (10p ET, NBC) — Blindspot returns with new episodes tonight, as Jane tried to deal with revelations about her tattoos.


ENTERTAINMENT

★OSCAR WINNERS 2016: VARIETY’S UPDATING LIST

DEADPOOL TOPS THE BOX OFFICE FOR A THIRD WEEKEND _ Deadpool was the No. 1 movie in North America for a third weekend. The R-rated superhero flick made an additional $31.5 million Friday through Sunday. Coming in at No. 2 is Gods of Egypt with $14 million. Triple 9 opened at No. 6 with $6.1 million.

… Deadpool’s global box office total has moved beyond $600 million and the movie has a very good chance of overtaking The Matrix Reloaded as the highest-grossing R-rated film in history ($742 million).

EMILY BLUNT DEBUTS BABY BUMP _ Emily Blunt showed off her brand new baby bump on Friday night. Blunt is pregnant with her and John Krasinski‘s second child.

J.J. ABRAMS SAYS STAR WARS MOVIES COULD INCLUDE GAY CHARACTERS _ J.J. Abrams says that the future of Star Wars could include gay characters. Abrams recently said, “When I talk about inclusivity it’s not excluding gay characters. It’s about inclusivity. So of course. To me the fun of Star Wars is exploring the possibilities, so it seems insanely narrow minded to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”

GAME OF THRONES PREMIERE: HANG WITH THE CAST FOR $10K _ Attention rich nerds: watch the premiere of Game of Thrones weeks before it airs while breathing the same air as Cersei and Margaery — all for the bargain price of $10,000. Luxury concierge sites are cashing in on the Thrones hype and hawking tickets to the season premiere and after-party at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre — and they’re charging up to $10,000 for a pair.

T… here’s not much bang for those bucks. There’s no guaranteed photo ops, autographs or even a good seat at the April 10 event.

KANYE WEST SAW ZOOLANDER 2 TWICE _ While critics and fans gave Zoolander 2 thumbs down, tweet-happy rapper Kanye loved it. He’s seen it twice. And Kanye recently tweeted that Will Ferrell has attained “god status” and that his existence is “a blessing”.

ROBERT AND KYM JOHNSON OF DWTS ARE GOING TO TIE THE KNOT _ Robert Herjavec has made no secret of his desire to marry his Dancing With the Stars professional partner Kym Johnson. The couple, who were long coy about their relationship, especially while competing on the program one year ago, eventually revealed their DWTS romance was more than just a behind-the-scenes fling. Last month, Herjavec joked to People that Johnson was welcome to offer him a ring anytime. He noted that in leap years, it is the tradition that women ask. Now as February has come to a close, Herjavec and Johnson have announced they are indeed engaged.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR WILL HAVE 68 MARVEL CHARACTERS IN IT _ When it comes time for Avengers: Infinity War to finally hit theaters, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have already said that it will bring together the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s been revealed that there will be 68 different and distinct characters in the two-part film coming out in 2018 and 2019.

TOM HARDY IS SAVAGE IN THE FIRST TRAILER FOR HIS NEW FX SERIES _ Oscar nominee Tom Hardy, who was in The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road last year, rides the line between London gentleman and savage on the event series for FX, Taboo. The cable network released the first trailer for Taboo, which shows Hardy rubbing some very powerful men the wrong way as he tries to fulfill the mysterious legacy his father left for him. Hardy stars in and executive-produces the series, which is set in 1814 London, 10 years after his character is believed dead by those who knew him. • VIDEO


AUDIO

Newest on the PRO AUDIO page.

• DROP: I love dirty stuff but this is too blue even for me.

• OSCARS: Jack Black and Will Ferrell sing the “Get Off the Stage Song” – 76th Oscars/2004

• MYSTERY VOICE: Katie Holmes


BITS & BREAKS

WHAT IS A WORD YOU CANNOT PRONOUNCE?

FB icon What’s a word you cannot pronounce?

Examples from people who responded on Reddit…

• Statistics

• Squirrel

• Burglary

• Umbrella

• Specifically

• Spaghetti

TOP TEN MOVIES

  1. Deadpool, $31.5 million
  2. Gods of Egypt, $14 million
  3. Kung Fu Panda 3, $9 million
  4. Risen, $7 million
  5. Eddie the Eagle, $6.3 million
  6. Triple 9, $6.1 million
  7. How to Be Single, $5.1 million
  8. The Witch, $5 million
  9. Race, $4.2 million
  10. The Revenant, $3.8 million

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Focus.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY

London Has Fallen (R) – Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Aaron Eckhart

Whiskey Tango (R) – Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman,

Zootopia (PG) – Voice cast: Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira

WEEKLY HOT LIST

Courtesy of morning show talent coach Steve Reynolds. The Hot List is made up of the topics everyone knows about.

  1. The Oscars
  2. Super Tuesday
  3. Donald Trump
  4. The Razzies
  5. Chris Rock
  6. Leap Day
  7. Peyton Manning
  8. Spring Training
  9. Girl Scout Cookies
  10. Yoko Ono
  11. Kanye West
  12. Fuller House
  13. Elton John
  14. Zika Virus
  15. Apple
  16. Super Lice

THERE ARE 7 DIFFERENT TYPES OF BOOBS IN THE WORLD

Ladies, are yours East West, Side Set, Tear Drop or Slender? Lingerie company Third Love has made it their business to study the art of breasts, and have identified that there are seven different types among women.

1. Round – If your breasts appear to be equally full at both the top and bottom, then you’ve got Round boobs. People with these assets don’t tend to need particularly structured, padded bras, as you don’t need the bra to help shape the breasts — nature’s done that for you.

2. East West – Do your nipples point outwards? If so, you’re probably an East West kinda girl. Or even if your actual nipples don’t point in opposite directions of the compass, if your general boob area seems to gravitate away from the center of your chest, then you can put yourself in this category too.

3. Side Set – If your breasts  have a wide space between them, then your work here is done because you’ve got Side Set boobs. These tend to be a little fuller in shape than those who come under the East West category.

4. Tear Drop – Tear Drop boobs are exactly what they sound like. If they’re rounded but slightly less full at the top, then you can identify with having Tear Drops.

5. Slender – Slender breasts tend to be slimmer at the top, fuller at the bottom, and longer than they are wide.

6. Asymmetric – Most women have asymmetry in their boobs in some shape or form. But if one of your breasts is notably larger than the other, then this is your stop: you’ve got Asymmetric breast.

7. Bell Shape – Bell Shape boobs sound characteristically similar to Slender boobs, but Bell Shapes tend to be larger than Slenders.

BECAUSE THERE’S AN EXTRA DAY THIS YEAR

It’s February 29. Because we have an extra day this year…

• Americans will use an additional 7.9 million batteries.

• An extra 12 million Crayola Crayons will be made.

• Your heart will beat an extra 115,200 times.

• 6½ million additional apps will be downloaded at Apple’s App Store.

• 480 million additional selfies will be taken by Millennials.

• 1.1 trillion minutes of games will be played by smartphone owners.

• 1.3 billion pounds of extra trash will be thrown out by Americans.

• An extra 800,000 shoplifting incidents will occur in the U.S.

• The world will use an extra 230 billion sheets of toilet paper.


FUN & GAMES

TRIVIA: There are 300 million of the in China. (Smokers. 68% of Chinese men smoke, compared to just 3.2% of women.)

TRIVIA: The average one of these lasts 26 minutes. (American commute)

NEWS QUIZ!

How much news did you consume last week? Take the quiz…

• A group of beachgoers in Argentina thought pulled one of these out of the ocean so they could take selfies with it. (Shark)

• A Welsh farmer shared video of her 3-year-old daughter assisting with the deliver of what? (A lamb)

• The Consumer Product Safety Commission says not a single one of these is safe. (Hoverboard)

• Mastercard will start accepting these as an alternative to passwords. (Selfies)

• A pasta-maker in northeastern France is has stared using this protein-rich ingredient in her noodles. (Insects)

• Scientists say and odd noise emanating from the depths of the Pacific Ocean might be what? (Fish farts)

• Most of us do this daily but a woman in the UK hasn’t for a year. (Shampooed her hair)

• A guy in Australia plans to eat nothing but what for the entire year? (Potatoes)

• Researchers say if you lose your TV remote, there’s a 49% chance you’ll find it here. (In the sofa cushions)


VIDEO OF THE DAY

Puppy struggles to walk on treadmill.


IMAGE OF THE DAY

UK print advertisement.

Source: AdWeek


DATEBOOK: MARCH 1, 2016

This is day 61 of 2016. There are 305 days remaining.

BIRTHDAYS

• Roger Daltrey is 72

• Alan Thicke is 69

• Ron Howard is 62

• Catherine Bach (Dukes of Hazzard) is 62

• Tim Daly is 60

• Bryan Batt (Mad Men) is 53

• George Eads (CSI) is 49

• Javier Bardem (Skyfall, Oscar for No Country for Old Men) is 47

• Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue, Saved by the Bell) is 42

• Lupita Nyong’o (BSA Oscar for 12 Years A Slave) is 33

• Kesha is 29

• Justin Bieber is 22

IT HAPPENED TODAY

• 1912: Albert Berry made the first parachute jump from a moving airplane.

• 1961: President of the United States John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps.

• 1997: The state of Arizona approved a proposal to install divorce vending machines to cope with the high demand for divorces.

• 2000: A fan of veteran hard rockers AC/DC paid $28,100 for a music lesson from the group’s lead guitarist, Angus Young. Wade Sickler of Washington state made the winning bid in an online charity auction.

• 2004: Terry Nichols was convicted of state murder charges and being an accomplice to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

• 2015: Astronauts at the International Space Station completed a tricky cable installation project to prepare for addition of docking ports.

SPECIAL EVENTS

• Peanut Lovers Day

• Pig Day

• World Compliment Day

• Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day

• Zero Discrimination Day

• Plan A Solo Vacation Day

UPCOMING

• March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins (move clocks forward)

• March 15: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

• March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

• March 27: Easter

• April 1: April Fools’ Day

More holidays