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|Morning Trivia: This actor appeared in more than 200 film and television productions. He played opposite Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke in 1967, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role and being nominated for the corresponding Golden Globe. He received a second Golden Globe nomination for portraying Joe Patroni in Airport in 1970. In fact, he was the only actor to appear in all four films in the Airport series. He also played Police Captain Ed Hocken in the Naked Gun series, Lew Slade in the 1974 movie Earthquake, and corrupt oil tycoon Carter McKay on the original Dallas television series. He made his final film appearance in The Gambler in 2014 as Ed, the dying grandfather of Mark Wahlberg's character Jim Bennett. Who is he?|
Sometimes we throw stories in just to satisfy ourselves. Case in in point, Kris Marshall is a huge fan of curling. So we have to mention that hundreds of fans greeted members of the men's gold medal-winning US curling team when they arrived home in Minnesota following the Olympics in South Korea. Olympians John Shuster and Tyler George say they were overwhelmed Monday to see the crowd of friends, family and curling fans at Duluth International Airport. Shuster says he hopes the attention brings more exposure to the sport and attracts more people to curling. The Americans won the Olympic gold medal in a decisive upset of Sweden. The win marked only the second curling medal in US history -- and the first gold.
Papa John's is no longer the official pizza of the NFL, as the two sides have mutually agreed to end their sponsorship deal. In October, Papa John's founder John Schnatter -- who has appeared in the company's television commercials and whose likeness remains the centerpiece of the company's logo -- blamed NFL players' protests during the national anthem for the chain's decrease in sales. He was replaced as CEO on January 1st, ostensibly in connection with his comments on the protests, though he has remained as chairman of the board. Schnatter eventually apologized for the remarks.
Birthdays: Captain Stubing on The Love Boat, actor Gavin MacLeod is 87; race car driver Mario Andretti is 78; the sales manager Herb Tarlek on WKRP in Cincinnati, actor Frank Bonner is 76; musician Donnie Iris is 75; actress Kelly Bishop is 74; actress Bernadette Peters is 70; actress Mercedes Ruehl is also 70; comedian Gilbert Gottfried is 63; actor John Turturro is 61; B-52s singer Cindy Wilson is also 61; and, from Train, frontman Pat Monahan is 49.
Today is Goodbye M*A*S*H Day, marking the final episode of the series on this date in 1983, when 77% of the North American television audience tuned in. Today is National Tooth Fairy Day. Today is National Chocolate Souffle Day. Today is World Spay Day. Just don't tell your puppy. Today is Floral Design Day, commemorating floral art. And today is Public Sleeping Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, comedian Eddie Anderson died at the age of 71. He had appeared for almost 20 years on radio and 15 years on television as Jack Benny's personal valet, Rochester. In 1984, Michael Jackson won eight Grammy Awards and his first Pepsi commercial premiered. In 1993, a gun battle erupted at a compound near Waco, Texas, when ATF agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidians. Four federal agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began. In 1996, Britain's Princess Diana agreed to a divorce from Prince Charles, ending a marriage that began in 1981. She said it was "the saddest day of her life." In 2001, the Nisqually Earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter Scale hit the Nisqually Valley and the Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle areas.
Trivia Answer: George Kennedy who died on this date in 2016. Kennedy resided in Eagle, Idaho, at the time of his death. He died on the morning of Sunday, February 28th of 2016 of a heart ailment at an assisted living facility in Middleton, Idaho, ten days after his 91st birthday. He had a history of heart disease. He had also been much affected by the death of Joan, his third wife, less than six months previously.
|Morning Trivia: Cartoonist Gary Trudeau once described her as "a tad overweight, but violet eyes to die for." In fact, he published a book with that as the title in 1980. Who was he referencing?|
Seattle Mariner pitcher Felix Hernandez was hit in his pitching arm by a line drive. Hernandez was struck around the elbow of his right arm by a shot from Victor Caratini of the Chicago Cubs. Hernandez immediately grabbed his arm, went down to a knee, hopped up and walked around in obvious pain. He headed to the dugout with a trainer holding his arm. Felix is expected to be out at least 10 days to two weeks with a deep contusion on his right forearm. Mariners manager Scott Servais said, "It could have been a lot worse. The trainers think we dodged one there. Nothing’s broken, but he’ll be out for awhile." The 31-year-old Hernandez was slowed by shoulder trouble last season.
Birthdays: She was married to Paul Newman until his death in 2008, actress Joanne Woodward is 88; political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, Ralph Nader is 84; Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnatti, actor Howard Hesseman is 78; Journey guitarist Neal Schon is 64; the current lead vocalist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Van Zant is 59; one of the Baldwin boys, actor Adam Baldwin is 56; from TLC, Rozonda Thomas better known a Chilli is 47; Bill and Hillary’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton is 38; singer Josh Groban is 37; and actress Kate Mara is 35.
Today is International Polar Bear Day. Today is No Brainer Day -- this is a day for me. By definition, a "No brainer" is doing something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logical. Therefore, today is the day for you to do all those "no brainer" tasks and activities. If a project requires thinking, study, or analysis of any kind, then its not the chore to do today.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1879, the artificial sweetener Saccharin was discovered at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 1963, Mickey Mantle agreed to play another year for the New York Yankees for $100,000, making him the highest-paid player in baseball history to that time. In 1949 he played for $1,100. In 1970, Jefferson Airplane was fined $1,000 for using profanity during a concert in Oklahoma City. In 1973, the American Indian Movement occupied Wounded Knee in South Dakota. In 1996, Kurt Wait became the first man ever to win the Pillsbury Bake-Off with his Macadamia Fudge Torte. First prize awarded in Dallas: One million dollars. One slice: 460 calories. In 1997, in Ireland, divorce became legal. Also 1997, God received an American Family Publisher's Sweepstakes entry mailed to Florida's Bushnell Assembly of God Church which began, "God, you may already be a winner."
Trivia Answer: ElizabethTaylor who was born in this date in 1932. Born in London to wealthy, socially prominent American parents, Taylor moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1939, and she soon was given a film contract by Universal Pictures. Throughout her life, Taylor's personal affairs were subject to constant media attention. She was married eight times to seven men After many years of ill health, Taylor died from congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in 2011. Taylor was one of the last stars of classical Hollywood cinema.
|Morning Trivia: He was born in Bavaria, Germany. At the age of 18, he sailed for the United States to join his brothers Jonas, Daniel, and Louis, who had begun a dry goods business in New York City. In 1853, he became an American citizen. He moved to San Francisco, where many of the California Gold Rush miners lived out of Conestoga wagons. On May 20th of 1873, he received United States patent #139121 for using copper rivets to strengthen the pockets of denim work pants. Who is he?|
The US Olympic team is leaving Pyeongchang with its lowest medal haul in 20 years -- a number even worse than it looks because of all the new, American-friendly sports that have been added to the program over the past two decades. The US finished with 23 medals. It's the poorest showing since 1998, four years before a home Olympics in Salt Lake City sparked a renaissance for the country's winter sports program. Alan Ashley is the US Olympic Committee's chief of sport performance. He said yesterday at the USOC's closing news conference, "We're going to take a hard look at what occurred here." Ashley was joined by four US medalists, including Lindsey Vonn, who a few days earlier gave an impassioned plea to not judge everything by the numbers of medals collected. She said, "To quantify it in how many medals you have is not appropriate and doesn't respect the athletes and what they've put in to be in these games." But Ashley acknowledged there was plenty of room for improvement, and promised to break down what went wrong when he returns home.
Birthdays: Singer Mitch Ryder is 73; keyboard player with Journey, The Babys, and Bad English, Jonathan Cain is 68; singer Michael Bolton is 65; singer Erykah Badu is 47; NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk is 45; and Nate Ruess of fun. is 36.
It's National Pistachio Day. Tell a Fairy Tale Day, a day that's all about exploring myths and stories, old and new. From grim(m) tales to urban legends, tap the dark corners of your subconscious and see what you find. And it's For Pete’s Sake Day which celebrates one example of a ‘minced oath’, where an offensive word or phrase is substituted by something more acceptable in society. Other examples include ‘For crying out loud!’, and ‘Sugar!’. Such euphemisms have been used for centuries whenever people hit thumbs with hammers, burn hands on hot plates, or sit on sharp things while in polite company. Today is Carnival Day, a day that celebrates a popular entertainment venue.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1907, members of the US Congress raised their own pay to $7500 each. Both House and Senate members got the same bucks. In 1919, in Arizona, the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park with an act of the US Congress. In 1955, Billboard reported that the 45rpm single format was outselling the 78s for the first time. In 1977, The Eagles' Hotel California was released. In 1983, Michael Jackson’s Thriller hit #1 in the US. The album spent a total of 37 weeks at number one. The tracks: Wanna Be Startin' Somethin', Baby Be Mine, The Girl is Mine (w/Paul McCartney), Thriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature, P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), and The Lady in My Life. In 1985, this was the night for the seventh highest-rated TV music show of the 1980s. A 23.8 share of the TV audience watched The Grammy Awards. The award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male was presented to Phil Collins for his Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now); Best New Artist for the year 1984 was Cindi Lauper and the Best Album of the year award, for Can’t Slow Down, was presented to Lionel Richie. Tina Turner was a big winner at the 27th annual prize parade, copping Best Song, Best Record, and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female for What's Love Got to Do with It. In 1998, in Amarillo, Texas, a jury rejected a lawsuit by Texas cattlemen who claimed Oprah Winfrey's televised comments about mad-cow disease caused the beef market to plummet and cost them millions of dollars. In 2013 - The single Just Give Me a Reason by Pink featuring Nate Ruess was released.
In its second weekend, Black Panther chalked up a very respectable $108 million. That pushes the film’s domestic total to $400 million and a worldwide total of just over $700 million. It took Avengers two weeks to reach the $400 million mark. Black Panther did it in 10 days. In a very distant second place is the comedy Game Night with $16.6 million. Peter Rabbit lands in third place for the weekend. The critically acclaimed sci-fi feature Annihilation opened at No. 4. In fifth place was Fifty Shades Freed.
Season 14 of The Voice tonight welcomes new coach Kelly Clarkson, with returning coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys. This season introduces the Block Button, which prevents a coach from adding a new artist to their team. The coaches can only use their block buttons on one artist for the entire first round. The blocked coach only finds out they are blocked if they press their button to turn around. Also new this season is the Save Button, which will allow a coach to save an artist they just eliminated during the knockout round. However, if another coach uses the steal button, the contestant can then choose a new team or return to their former coach.
Trivia Answer: Levi Strauss who was born on this date in 1829. He founded the first company to manufacture blue jeans. Levi Strauss & Company, began in 1853 in San Jose, California. His parents named him Löb, but when he entered Ellis Island they couldn't understand his name, therefore, they changed it to Levi after he came to the United States. A Levi Strauss museum is maintained in Buttenheim, Germany, in the 1687 house where Strauss was born. There is also a Levi Strauss museum in San Francisco.
|Morning Trivia: He was born in Beaumont, Texas, and -- along with his his musician brother -- was nurtured at an early age by their parents in musical pursuits. He and his brother, both of whom were born with albinism, began performing at an early age. When he was ten years old, he appeared on a local children's show, playing ukulele and singing Everly Brothers songs with his brother. He grew up and established himself as a blues guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances in the late 1960s and 1970s, he also produced three Grammy Award-winning albums for blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters. Who is he?|
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joins the New York Yankees' spring training camp on Monday. The Yankees acquired the one-time minor league infielder from the Texas Rangers on February 7th in exchange for future considerations. Wilson will spend a few days with the Yankees but won't play in any games. He was assigned No. 73. His football jersey is, of course, No. 3 -- a number long retired by the Yankees for Babe Ruth. Wilson will be assigned to Double-A Trenton.
Birthdays: The son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda and father of Bridget Fonda, actor and director Peter Fonda is 78; football great and Hall of Famer, Oakland Raider Fred Biletnikoff is 75; Jill Taylor on Home Improvement, actress Patricia Richardson is 67; football's Ed "Too Tall" Jones is also 67; Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford is 66; singer Howard Jones is 63; he'll leave the light on for ya, author/voice actor/spokesman Tom Bodett is also 63; the Dell in Dell computers, Michael Dell is 53; from Sex and the City, actress Kristin Davis is also 53; Skippy on Family Ties, actor Marc Price is 50; actress Emily Blunt is 35; and actress Dakota Fanning is 24.
It's International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day. They say "Every dog has his day" and it will definitely be his day, when you give him some tasty dog biscuits. Today is Curling is Cool Day, a day not dedicated to those with naturally or otherwise endowed with glistening spiralling locks of hair. Oh, no. This is the day George Clooney and Bruce Springsteen get to play their all-time favorite sport and call it cool. Curling is a Scottish game developed in the 1500s. Today is Pebbles' Day, marking the birth of a cartoon daughter to Fred and Wilma Flintstone on this date in 10-thousand BC.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1822, Boston was incorporated as a city. In 1896, the Tootsie Roll was introduced by Leo Hirshfield. In 1927, the Federal Radio Commission began assigning frequencies, hours of operation, and power allocations for radio broadcasters. On July 1st of 1934, the name was changed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In 1939, at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, Walt Disney received eight Academy Awards for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: one regular-size Oscar and seven miniature ones. In 1940, Walt Disney's animated movie Pinocchio was released. In 1965, comedian Stan Laurel died in Santa Monica, California. He was 74. In 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army demanded $4 million more for the release of Patty Hearst. Hearst had been kidnapped on February 4th. In 2000, Carlos Santana won eight Grammy awards for his album Supernatural, tying the record set in 1983 by Michael Jackson. In 2005, the New York City medical examiner's office annouced that it had exhausted all efforts to identify the remains of the people killed at the World Trade Center on September 11th of 2001, due to the limits of DNA technology. About 1,600 people had been identified leaving more than 1,100 unidentified.
Another chilly morning. In fact, it was a record breaker. The National Weather Service says the previous record was 20 degrees set in 2005. Last night's low made it down to 16 in Olympia.
Trivia Answer: Johnny Winter who was born on this date in 1944. His brother is Edgar Winter. After his time with Waters, Johnny recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Johnny was professionally active until the time of his death near Zurich, Switzerland, on July 16th of 2014. He was found dead in his hotel room two days after his last performance, at the age of 70. The cause of Winter's death was not officially released. According to his friend and record producer Paul Nelson, Winter died of emphysema combined with pneumonia.
|Morning Trivia: He was a radio and television announcer whose career spanned more than seven decades. in fact he was noted for his 70-year tenure with NBC, working as the announcer for early incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His longest, and best-known, announcing job was for NBC's Saturday Night Live, a job he held for 39 seasons, from the show's debut in 1975 until his death in 2014. Who was he?|
The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey is over. Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored a dazzling goal in the sixth round of a shootout against Canada to win 3-2. Twenty years after taking gold when the sport was added to the Olympics, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight golds.
Birthdays: Basketball legend Dr. J, Julius Erving is 68; Mrs. Weasley in Harry Potter, actress Julie Walters is also 68; actor Kyle MacLachlan is 59; singer James Blunt is 44; and actress Drew Barrymore is 43.
Today is actually George Washington's birthday. The Father of Our Country, George was born on February 22nd of 1732. He became commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775, and fought a long and arduous war for freedom from British rule. The war was finally over in 1781, when the Continental Army with the help of the French, forced British General Cornwallis to surrender at Yorktown. In 1787, Washington was unanimously elected president by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. He took the oath of office in 1789. He served two terms of office from 1789 until 1797. After the presidency, Washington retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virgina where he died on December 14th of 1799 of a throat infection.
Today is Be Humble Day. Today us World Thinking Day. It's a day to ponder and contemplate. International World Thinking Day is celebrated by Girl Scouts, Girl Guides, and other girl groups. The original objective of this day was to set aside a day for girls all over the world to think of each other, and to give thanks and appreciation to sister Girl Scouts and Girl Guides. Over the years, it has been expanded to include the opportunity for girls (young and less young) to learn about health issues that affect girls and young women. You don't have to be a Girl Scout or a Girl Guide to participate in this day. Today is Walking the Dog Day, a special day that your dog looks forward to all year long. But, wait a minute. Don't you walk your dog just about every day? Sure you do. And, weather permitting, it's enjoyable for you and your pooch. Don't have a dog? Join a friend while they walk theirs. Speaking of pets, so you can plan ahead, the 24th annual World Spay Day is coming up on the 27th. World Spay Day highlights the importance of spaying or neutering. And then at the end of the day today, you can celebrate the fact that today is National Margarita Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1879, Frank Winfield Woolworth opened the nation's first 5-and-dime store in Utica, New York. In 1980, The Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeated the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history. In 1989, Milli Vanilli won a Grammy for Best New Artist. It was admitted later that they were not the vocalists on the album. In 1992, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were married. In 1997, in Roslin, Scotland, scientists announced that an adult sheep named Dolly has been successfully cloned. In 2004, consumer advocate Ralph Nader entered the US presidential race as an independent. In 2010, a copy of Action Comics #1 sold at auction for $1 million. The comic featured the introduction of Superman.
Trivia Answer: Dominick George Pardo -- Don Pardo -- who was born on this date in 1918. Pardo was hired for his first radio position at NBC affiliate WJAR in Providence in 1938. He joined NBC full-time as an in-house announcer in 1944, remaining on the network staff for 60 years. During World War II, Pardo worked as a war reporter for NBC Radio. Pardo was the on-duty live booth announcer for WNBC-TV in New York and the NBC network on November 22nd of 1963, and he was the first to announce to NBC viewers that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. Pardo nominally retired from NBC in 2004. However, he continued to announce for Saturday Night Live at the behest of executive producer Lorne Michaels, initially under the assumption that a permanent replacement would be found quickly. In 2006, he began prerecording his announcements from a studio in his Arizona home. That arrangement lasted only a few episodes before producers insisted that they needed him in Studio 8H, and he resumed weekly flights to New York. On Saturday, February 23rd of 2008, Pardo appeared at the closing of Saturday Night Live to blow out the candles of his 90th birthday cake. During this period, Pardo missed approximately five episodes due to illness. In 2010, Pardo was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Pardo died in his sleep on August 18th of 2014 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 96.
|Morning Trivia: It was on this date in 1948 that NASCAR was incorporated. What does NASCAR stand for?|
It was on this date in 1948 that NASCAR was incorporated. What does NASCAR stand for?
Fans longing for a professional hockey team in Seattle will soon be able to put down some money for season tickets. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and the Oak View Group, which is trying to bring an NHL team to the city, announced yesterday that people can make refundable deposits for season tickets at NHLSeattle.com beginning March 1st. Billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer are leading the effort to bring a team to Seattle. The group submitted its expansion application with the National Hockey League last week.
Birthdays: Record company executive David Geffen is 75; best known for her role as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey, actress Tyne Daly is 72; C3P0 in Star Wars, actor Anthony Daniels is also 72; Frasier, actor Kelsey Grammer is 63; singer Mary Chapin Carpenter is 60; one of the Baldwins, actor William Baldwin is 55; internet entrepreneur -- he co-founded Digg -- Kevin Rose is 41; and actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is 39.
Evangelist Billy Graham, who counseled presidents and preached to millions across the world from his native North Carolina to communist North Korea during his 70 years on the pulpit, died this morning. Graham died at his home in North Carolina. With his steely features and piercing blue eyes, Graham was a powerful figure when he preached in his prime, roaming the stage and hoisting a Bible as he declared Jesus Christ to be the only solution to humanity's problems. Billy Graham was 99.
Today is Remember the Funniest Thing Your Child Ever Did Day, always on the late Erma Bombeck's birthday. Today is Single Tasking Day, a day to do only one thing at a time without feeling guilty. Multi-tasking is ineffective -- and may cause brain damage -- or worse when driving. I don't believe there really is muti-tasking. There's task switching. Today is National Sticky Bun Day. Today is Giving Day, a day to give someone something, even if it's merely encouragement.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1947, Edwin Land demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which could produce a black-and-white photograph in 60 seconds. In 1970, The Jackson 5 made their TV debut on American Bandstand. In 1988, evangelist Jimmy Swaggart confessed tearfully to his Baton Rouge congregation that he had sinned. Media reports linked Swaggart to a prostitute. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush called Ayatollah Khomeini's death warrant against Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie "deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior." In 1995, Chicago stockbroker Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon. He landed in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada. In 2000, David Letterman returned to his Late Show five weeks after emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery.
Geek god Bill Gates is dropping by The Big Bang Theory. The Microsoft founder is making a special appearance as himself in a late March episode when he attends a work function at Penny’s pharmaceutical company. Getting wind of the VIP visit, Leonard, Sheldon and the gang do everything in their power to meet the computing icon.
A researcher at Harvard wasted time on this one: Grant E. Donnelly studies more than 4,000 millionaires and came to the conclusion that people with more wealth tend to report being happier with life. Duh!
Trivia Answer: NASCAR is the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. It's a family-owned and -operated business venture that sanctions and governs multiple auto racing sports events. It was founded by Bill France Sr. in 1947–48. NASCAR sanctions over 1500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 states, and Canada. NASCAR's headquarters are located in Daytona Beach, Florida, although it also maintains offices in four North Carolina cities: Charlotte, Mooresville, Concord, and Conover. Regional offices are also located in New York City, Los Angeles, Bentonville, Arkansas, and international offices in Mexico City and Toronto. Additionally, owing to its southern roots, all but a handful of NASCAR teams are still based in North Carolina, especially near Charlotte. NASCAR is one of the most viewed professional sports in terms of television ratings in the United States. In fact, professional football is the only sport in the United States to hold more viewers than NASCAR.
|Morning Trivia: Growing up in New York City, he became interested in jazz and blues. After moving to Massachusetts for his college education, he formed the band for which we know him while still a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After dropping the word "Blues" from their name, the band released their first album in 1970, performing soul and rhythm and blues-influenced rock music for most of the 1970s before turning to pop music in the 1980s. The band's sound had moved toward pop and rock by the time the breakthrough album Love Stinks came out. Their next album, Freeze Frame, produced the song Centerfold, which sat at number one for six weeks. After the band broke up in 1985, he left regular performing to take up restoration and racing of automobiles, with occasional forays into music production. He continued to appear in reunion tours with the rest of his band sporadically during the 2000s and 2010s. Who was he?|
The Americans played their way back into the women's hockey game: a showdown with Canada for the Olympic gold medal. The Americans are back in the title game for a third straight Olympics after shutting out Finland 5-0 yesterday in the semifinals. They face their archrival on Thursday, and the Americans will be trying to win their first gold since 1998 when women's hockey made its debut in the Olympics.
Birthdays: Actor Sidney Poitier is 91; retired racer Bobby Unser is 84; most famous for his ownership of Team Penske, DJR Team Penske, the Penske Corporation, and other automotive-related businesses, Roger Penske is 81; jazz singer Nancy Wilson is also 81; singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie is 77; the senior United States Senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell is 76; actress Sandy Duncan is 72; The Donald's first wife, businesswoman, author, socialite, and former fashion model, Ivana Trump is 69; granddaughter of American publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, she became known for events following her 1974 kidnapping by the Symbionese Liberation Army, Patty Hearst is 64; retired NBA player-turned-broadcaster Charles Barkley is 55; he was Harry on 3rd Rock From the Sun, actor French Stewart is 54; model and actress Cindy Crawford is 52; from The Daily Show, Trevor Noah is 34; and all the way from Barbados, singer Rihanna is 30.
Today is Cherry Pie Day, always celebrated on February 20 th. Cherry pie is America's second most popular pie, behind only apple pie in popularity. However, in the month of February, it's Number 1. As a young boy, George Washington made the Cherry tree popular, with his famous quote "I can not tell a lie, I chopped down the Cherry tree." We celebrate George Washington's Birthday and President's Day in February. Appropriately, its traditional to bake cherry pies in honor of the occasion. Today is Call An Old Friend Day, a day to phone someone you havent talked to in a very long time. Today is Toothpick Day. The toothpick was patented on this date in 1872. Today is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day. At high noon (local time) were asked to go outside and yell "Hoodie-Hoo" to chase winter and make ready for spring, which begins one month from today, on Tuesday, March 20th.
Calendar notes: On this date 1792, President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act thereby creating the US Post Office. In 1962, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, aboard the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule. In 1974, Cher filed for separation from husband Sonny Bono. She filed for divorce not long afterwards. They had been married for 10 years. In 1982, singer Pat Benatar married musician-producer Neil Giraldo in Hawaii. It was Benatar's second marriage. In 1997, the Trinity Broadcasting network announced it had dropped singer Pat Boones Gospel America show after he recorded a heavy metal album and appeared on the American Music Awards in black leather and a studded dog collar. In 1998, American Tara Lipinski became the youngest gold medal winner in winter Olympics history when she won the ladies' figure skating title at Nagano, Japan. Tara was 15. In 2003, during a Great White concert in West Warwick, Rhode Island, a pyrotechnics display sets the Station nightclub ablaze, killing 100 and injuring over 200 others. In 2006, the Danish newspaper that published controversial cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammed and triggered widespread, angry and often deadly protests, ran a full-page apology in Saudi papers. In 2015, the Dow Jones Industrial Average set a record high when it closed above 18,100.
Warner Bros. has moved back A Star Is Born from May 18th to October 5th. The film stars Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Cooper is also directing the film, which is based on a 1937 movie that spawned remakes in 1954 and 1976.
The two national lotteries are growing again. With no winner Friday night, Mega Millions has grown to $185 million for tonight's drawing. Tomorow night's Powerball is worth $246 million.
Trivia Answer: John Geils Jr. -- J. Geils-- as in The J. Geils Band. He was the guitarist and was known as the leader of band. The band broke up in 1985.Geils put down the guitar to concentrate on auto racing and restoration. He died of natural causes at the age of 71 on April 11th of last year at his home in Massachusetts.
|Morning Trivia: He was an Austrian musician. His name is Johann Hölzel but we know him by his stage name. He had a handful of international hits but finally hit number one on the Billboard charts here in the states making him the only artist whose principal language was German to score a vocal number-one hit in the United States. The song with which he accomplished this feat was inspired in part by the Oscar-winning film Amadeus. What's this guy's stage name and what was the song?|
Mariner pitching woes continue. Mariner manager Scott Servais announced yesterday that Erasmo Ramirez, who was locked into a spot in the back of Seattle’s opening day starting rotation, had suffered a minor lat strain and has been shut down from throwing for two weeks. Servais said, "He’s going to get evaluated pretty much daily, but the initial plan is to give him a couple weeks without throwing a ball. It’s not great news, but not the end of the world. Things do happen. It's pretty early. We’ll wait and see how it goes." Mariner pitchers and catchers reported for Spring Training last week. Position players report today. The Ms face the San Digeo Padres in Spring Play on Friday.
Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 78; singer Lou Christie is 75; Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is 70; actor Jeff Daniels is 63; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is 59; Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is 57; singer Seal is 55; and actress Justine Bateman is 52.
It's Presidents Day. Celebrated since 1968 on the third Monday in February. President's Day is a day set aside to honor all of the US presidents. We often think of two great presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln when we celebrate this holiday, as it falls by design between their birthdays. This year happens to fall on Washington's birthday. It's a national holiday. Today is National Chocolate Mint Day -- a day that celebrates anything and everything that is chocolate mint flavored. Today is Iwo Jima Day. Thirty thousand US troops landed there on this date in 1945. Over 21,000 Japanese troops were waiting underground in massive forts and tunnels on the 12-square-mile island. Today is Straw Wrapper Appreciation Day, a day to remember how much fun it was to blow the wrapper off a straw. It still is.
Moviegoers flocked to theaters over the weekend to see Black Panther, shattering records with $192 million for the three-day weekend and a possible gross of $218 million for the four-day Presidents Day weekend. The film clinched the fifth-largest domestic opening of all time. With estimates of $169 million from international markets, the film has an estimated global debut grossing more than $361 million through yesterday. The movie also broke the record for the largest Presidents Day weekend, cruising past the $152 million set in 2016 by Deadpool. The rest of the top five for the weekend has Peter Rabbit holding steady at No. 2, last week's No.1, Fifty Shades Freed, falls to No.3, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is at No. 4, and rounding out the top five is The 15:17 to Paris.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1964, a thousand pounds of Beatles wigs arrived from England in New York City, where they sold out immediately. In 1964, Simon & Garfunkel completed the original version of Sounds of Silence using only acoustic guitars. In 1970, Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart guest starred onn ABC-TV's Bewitched. In 1980, Bon Scott, the lead singer of AC/DC, died in London at the age of 33. He died as a result of choking on his own vomit after drinking heavily. In 1984, on the final day of the Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, American brothers Phil and Steve Mahre won the gold and silver medals in the men's slalom. By the way, they were born in Yakima. In 1985, Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company. In 1987, a controversial, anti-smoking public service announcement aired for the first time on television. Yul Brynner filmed the ad shortly before dying of lung cancer. Brynner made it clear in the ad that he would have died from cigarette smoking before ad aired. In 1996, two days before her 121st birthday, Jeanne Clement of France became the world's oldest pop star by releasing her first CD entitled Mistress of Time, on which she spoke over funk-rap, techno, and dance music. She said she made the recording to earn money for a minibus for the retirement home where she lived. In 1998, a piece of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor's 60-year-old wedding cake sold for $29,900 at an auction in New York City. In 2003, in West Warwick, Rhode IslandI, 99 people were killed when fire destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic display being used by Great White. In 2008, Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency. His brother Raul was later named as his successor.
On this Presidents Day, a note that for just the fourth time in United States history, there are five former presidents alive at the same time. They are George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter.
Trivia Answer: He was Falco. He was born on this date in 1957. He actually did the original version of Der Kommissar which was a number-one success in many countries but failed to break big in the US. The song, however, would prove to have a life of its own. British rock band After the Fire recorded an English cover version. This time, the song shot to number five in the United States. Falco recorded Rock Me Amadeus, and the song became a worldwide hit in 1986. This time, his record reached No. 1 in the US and UK, bringing him the success that had eluded him in that major market a few years earlier. The song remained in the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Falco died of severe injuries received on February 6th of 1998, 13 days before his 41st birthday, when his car collided with a bus on a road in the Dominican Republic. It was determined that Falco was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.
|Morning Trivia: She was a fashion model and actress. She experienced success as a supermodel in the mid-1970s appearing on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and TIME. She signed a million-dollar contract for Fabergé as the spokesmodel for Babe perfume. At the age of 42, she was found dead in her Santa Monica studio apartment due to a drug overdose. Who was she?|
Seattle Mariners first baseman Ryon Healy had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Daniel Vogelbach and Mike Ford are expected to play first while Healy recovers. Vogelbach played 16 games in the majors with Seattle last season and hit .214 in 28 at-bats. Ford has yet to appear in the major leagues and was selected from the New York Yankees in the winter meeting draft. This is not good. Mariner pitchers and catchers are in camp in Arizona for Spring Training. Position players report on Monday. The Ms face the San Digeo Padres in Spring Play one week from today.
Birthdays: Singer James Ingram is 66; actor Lavar Burton is 61; rapper and actor Ice-T is 60; former World No. 1 professional tennis player, John McEnroe is 59; former Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor is 57; retired NFL running back -- he's seventh on the list of NFL rushing yards leaders -- The Bus, Jerome Bettis is 46; Abel Makkonen Tesfaye -- known professionally as The Weeknd -- is 28.
The Chinese New Year begins today. Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year, because it is based on the lunar calendar. New Year's Day normally falls between January 21st and February 20th. This is the Year of the Dog. Today is National Do A Grouch A Favor Day. Everyone has been a grouch at one time or another. Some people are seemingly grouches all of the time. It's in their nature. Others are occasional grouches but, they still need cheering up. Today is Coming Out Day, marking this date in 1923, when the burial chamber of King Tutankhamen's unearthed tomb was unsealed in Egypt.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, the first 911 emergency telephone system in the US was operational in Haleyville, Alabama. In 1972, Los Angeles Lakers great Wilt Chamberlain topped the 30,000-point mark in his career during a game against the Phoenix Suns. In 1980, at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, American speed skater Eric Heiden captured the second of five gold medals, while the US hockey team defeated Norway 5-1. In 1994, reporter Dianne Sawyer signed a contract with ABC News that would pay her $7-million a year. In 2005, the NHL announced the cancellation of the 2004-2005 season due to a labor dispute. It was the first time a major sports league in North America lost an entire season to a labor dispute. In 2007, Britney Spears shaved her head.
A Michigan pizzeria broke the Guinness World Record for largest delivery pizza by cooking up a 72-inch pie. Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar donated the pizza to local police and fire departments.
When Taylor Swift said she "couldn't have asked for a better year" back in December, the internet had one question: what version of 2017 had she been living in? By most accounts, 2017 was not a good year. Now a new poll by Gallup-Sharecare has revealed that happiness in the US actually took a nosedive in 2017 as Americans' well-being, generally defined as 'a state of being comfortable, healthy and happy', hit record lows.
Trivia Answer: Margaux Hemingway who was born on this date in 1954. She was born down in Portland, Oregon. She was the older sister of actress Mariel Hemingway and the granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway. On July 1st of 1996, one day before the anniversary of her grandfather's own suicide, Margaux was found dead in her studio apartment in Santa Monica. She had taken an overdose of phenobarbital, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's findings one month later. Though her family had difficultly accepting the fact of her suicide. In a December 2005 episode of Larry King Live, however, Mariel said she now accepted Margaux's death as a suicide.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor and comedian. He as known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and later was a cast member of Saturday Night Live. From there he went on to pursue a film career, starring in films such as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep and Beverly Hills Ninja. Who was he?|
The Mariners have yet to have an official workout for their 2018 spring training, and they are already dealing with an unexpected injury to their projected starting first baseman. Manager Scott Servais confirmed yesterday that Ryon Healy has been bothered by a nagging hand injury and his status going into spring training is unknown. The injury didn’t stem from any particular instance. It was a usage injury that came on during offseason workouts. Then word later today that Healy had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Projected to start after he was acquired from Oakland in November, Healy was operated on yesterday in Philadelphia by Dr. Randall W. Culp in a procedure called a metacarpal boss excision. Daniel Vogelbach and Mike Ford are expected to play first while Healy recovers.
Birthdays: Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, actress Jane Seymour is 67; singer Melissa Manchester is also 67; Simpsons creator and former Evergreen student, Matt Groening is 64; former frontman for UB40, singer Ali Campbell is 59; and the lead vocalist of Incubus Brandon Boyd is 42.
Today is Susan B Anthony Day honoring the birthday of Susan B. Anthony, one of the most important females in American history. Born on February 15 of 1820, Susan B Anthony spent her life pushing women's right to vote and equal rights for women. She was arrested in 1872, for attempting to vote in the presidential elections. She helped bring about the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Susan B. Anthony is the only woman to date, to have her picture on a UScoin or paper currency. She's on the silver dollar. Today is Maple Leaf Day, marking adoption of the new Canadian flag on this date in 1965. Today is National Gumdrop Day. Today is Thanks for a Great Valentine's Day Day. Today is Singles Awareness Day. It's for those who are unattached, and without a significant other. It is celebrated the day after Valentine's Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1764, in Missouri, the city of St. Louis was established. In 1946, the Philadelphia Phillies signed 33-year-old Edith Houghton to a baseball scouting contract, the first female scout in the major leagues. In 1951, the movie Bedtime for Bonzo premiered in Indianapolis. It starred Ronald Reagan as a monkey’s father. In 1969, Vickie Jones was arrested in Florida for impersonating Aretha Franklin during a paid concert. She was so convincing, no one asked for a refund. In 1999, Governor Jesse Ventura proclaimed Rolling Stones Day in Minnesota, and congratulated 55-year-old Keith Richards for being "still alive." Ventura once worked as a Rolling Stones bodyguard. In 2001, a drummer in Kagel, Germany, was practicing so loudly in his bedroom that he did not notice burglars smash a downstairs window, empty the house of valuables, and drive off in his car.
Norwegian Air's flight from Oslo, Norway, to Munich, Germany, was interrupted because of a problem with the toilets. Ironically 84 of the passengers were plumbers. The managing director of the company the plumbers work for said that they would have liked to fix the toilet, but unfortunately, it had to be done from the outside.
Trivia Answer: Chris Farley who was born on this date in 1964. Along with Chris Rock, Farley was one of two new Saturday Night Live cast members announced in the spring of 1990. Farley frequently collaborated with fellow cast members Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, and David Spade, among others. This group came to be known as the Bad Boys of SNL. During his time on SNL, Farley appeared in the comedy films Wayne's World, Coneheads, Airheads, and uncredited in Billy Madison. He also appeared in the Red Hot Chili Peppers music video for Soul to Squeeze, which was a song featured on the Coneheads soundtrack. After Farley and most of his fellow cast members were released from their contracts at Saturday Night Live following the 1994–1995 season, Farley began focusing on his film career. His first two major films co starred his fellow SNL colleague and close friend David Spade. Together, the duo made the films Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. These were a success at the domestic box office, earning around $32 million each and gaining a large cult following on home video. The two films established Farley as a relatively bankable star and he was given the title role of Beverly Hills Ninja, which finished in first place at the box office on its opening weekend. Drug and alcohol abuse related problems interfered with Farley's film work at this time. Production of his final film, Almost Heroes, was held up several times so Farley could enter rehab. On December 18th of 1997, Farley was found dead by his younger brother, John, in his apartment in Chicago. Farley was 33. An autopsy later revealed that Farley had died of an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Farley's death is often compared to that of his SNL idol John Belushi, who also died at age 33 of an accidental drug overdose consisting of cocaine and heroin. Farley was originally cast as the voice of the title character in the movie Shrek, recording 85% of the character's dialogue, but died just before recording was finished.
|Morning Trivia: He was a labor union leader who served as the President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union from 1958 until 1971. He had become involved with organized crime from the early years of his Teamsters work, and this connection continued until his disappearance in 1975. He was convicted of jury tampering, attempted bribery, and fraud in 1964, in two separate trials. He was imprisoned in 1967 and sentenced to 13 years. In mid-1971, he resigned as president of the union as part of a pardon agreement with President Richard Nixon; he was released later that year, though barred from union activities until 1980. He vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62 and was declared legally dead in 1982. There are many theories as to what happened to him. Who is he?|
Shaun White put together an epic final run to claim his third gold medal in Olympic men's halfpipe, slicing through the gray South Korean sky on Wednesday to post a score of 97.75 for the 100th overall gold by the United States in the Winter Games. The 31-year-old White trailed Japan's Ayumu Hirano going into the last of the three runs in the 12-man final, but put together a daring set that included consecutive 1440-degree spins. White threw his board in the air when his winning score flashed, setting off a delirious celebration. White is the first American male to win gold at three separate Winter Olympics. Speedskater Bonnie Blair won gold in the 1988, 1992 and 1994 Games.
Birthdays: Former host of The Today Show. TV personality Hugh Downs is 97; former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is 76; investigative journalist and author Carl Bernstein is 74; radio host and author Pat O’Brien is 70; from Penn & Teller, magician Teller is also 70; from Heart, guitarist Roger Fisher is 68; actress Meg Tilly is 58; frontman for matchbox twenty, Rob Thomas is 46; and retired quarterback Drew Bledsoe is also 46.
Today is Valentine’s Day and National Have A Heart Day. One promotes romance, the other promotes eating your vegetables. Today once was the Feast Day of St. Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. Father Valentine was beheaded in Rome on this date in 269. The church dropped the feast from its liturgical calendar in 1969. The first valentine card was probably sent by the Duke of Orleans while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1415. Today is National Call In Single Day. Valentine's Day is great for those in a romantic relationship, however, if you're single, do you really want to be in the office watching the constant flow of incoming flowers, candy, teddy bears and the accompanying "oohs", "ahhhs" and "how sweet!"? That's why we have National Call in Single Day, as being single should be a legitimate reason for not going into the office on Valentine's Day. Today is National Cream Filled Chocolates Day. Interesting to note the while 75% of chocolate purchases are made by women all year long, during the days and minutes before Valentine's Day, 75% of the chocolate purchases are made by men. Over $1billion of chocolate is purchased for Valentine's Day. Today is Ash Wednesday, it's the first day of the Christian season of Lent. The Lenten season lasts for 46 days. Today is Ferris Wheel Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1929, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred in Chicago garage as seven rivals of Al Capone's gang were gunned down. In 1980, CBS announced that reporter Dan Rather had been chosen to succeed retiring CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite. In 1988: Connecticut teacher Catherine Pollard received official permission from the all-male Boy Scouts to become a troop scoutmaster. She had unofficially led her son's Boy Scout troop from 1970 to 1974. In 1990, Friends of Beer was founded in Czechoslovakia as a political party with a platform of improving the quality of Czech beer while forcing down the price. In 1991. for Valentine's Day, President George Bush gave First Lady Barbara a small electronic thesaurus and dictionary. In 1999, Theresa Mueller of Philadelphia announced that her $8.95 chocolate heart, life-sized and shaped like a human heart, was her chocolate shop's best-selling Valentine novelty ever. It even beat out the top-selling body-part novelty from 1998, a dozen chocolate noses. In !999, Elton John guest-starred as his-animated-self on the Valentine's Day episode of The Simpsons. In 2005, the video-sharing website YouTube was activated.
Thinking of giving her cash for Valentine's Day? Don't assume she'd be OK with it. Survey says ... 14% of women say they would dump a man who gave her cash.
Trivia Answer: Jimmy Hoffa who was born on this date in 1913. Hoffa disappeared sometime after 2:45 the afternoon of July 30th in 1975 from the parking lot of Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Township, a suburb of Detroit. He had told others he was going there to meet with two Mafia leaders: Anthony Giacalone and Anthony Provenzano. Hoffa arrived at around 2:00, and after waiting nearly 30 minutes he called his wife and told her he would wait a few more minutes. A truck driver claimed to have recognized Hoffa in the back seat of a car that almost hit his truck as it left the restaurant parking lot. Hoffa's wife reported him missing that evening. Police found his car at the restaurant, unlocked, but there was no indication of what happened to him. Years of extensive investigation, involving numerous law enforcement agencies including the FBI, came to no definite conclusion. Giacalone and Provenzano, who denied having scheduled a meeting with Hoffa, were found not to have been near the restaurant that afternoon. Hoffa was declared legally dead on July 30th of 1982. The case continues to be the subject of lots of rumor and speculation.
|Morning Trivia: He's a record-setting test pilot. He was the first pilot confirmed to have traveled faster than sound. Who is he?|
The Mariners’ infield is set, barring injuries: A combination of Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Jean Segura and newcomer Ryon Healy for first base. Cano is under contract for six more years, Seager for four years and Segura signed a five-year, $70 million contract extension in June. They’ll be three of the Mariners’ seven highest paid players this season, with Segura just hitting his prime. The need was at first base. Healy is projected to be the Mariners’ fifth different starting first baseman on opening day in the past five years – coming after Danny Valencia (2017), Adam Lind (2016), Logan Morrison (2015) and Justin Smoak (2014). That was their worst position last year, based on wins-above-replacement, ranking 23rd out of 30 teams. Mariner pitcher and catchers report for Spring Training tomorrow. Position players report on Monday. The Ms face the San Digeo Padres in Spring Play on the 23rd.
Birthdays: Actress Kim Novak is 85; actor George Segal is 84; actor Bo Svenson is 77; from The Monkees, Peter Tork is 76; actress Stockard Channing is 74; talk show host Jerry Springer is also 74; musician Peter Gabriel is 68; musician, actor, writer, television & radio host, Henry Rollins is 57; singer-songwriter Robbie Williams is 44; and retired NFL receiver Randy Moss is 41.
Today is Employee Legal Awareness Day, a day established by an Australian lawyer whose main aim was to emphasise the importance of legal education for employees and small businesses and reduce their risk of legal problems. Today is Get A Different Name Day. Whether you're having a bit of an identity crisis, or simply fancy confusing your friends, Get A Different name today -- but just for today. Today is Guys Don't Forget Tomorrow Is Valentine's Day Day. Also called Dream of Your Sweetheart Day. Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is also known as Mardi Gras Day or Shrove Day. It's a day when people eat all they want of everything and anything they want as the following day is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a long fasting period for Christians. In addition to fasting, christians also give up something special that they enjoy. So, Fat Tuesday is a celebration and the opportunity to enjoy that favorite food or snack that you give up for the long lenten season. Nowhere on the planet is Fat Tuesday celebrated more than on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The day is celebrated with festivities and parades and of course much food and drink. Did You Know? On Bourbon street in New Orleans, store owners. like businesses in Philadelphia after the Eagles won the Super Bowl, coat poles and columns with vaseline to keep wild and rowdy revelers from climbing them and perhaps falling.
Calendar notes: On this date ibn 1795, the University of North Carolina became the first US state university to admit students. Hinton James was the only student on campus the first two weeks. In 1935, in Flemington, New Jersey, a jury found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of the kidnapping and death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Hauptmann was later executed for the crimes. In 1937, the NFL Boston Redskins moved to Washington, DC. In 1967, The Beatles released Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever in the US. In 1970, Black Sabbath's self-titled first LP was released. In 1972, Led Zeppelin was forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials wouldn't let them off the plane because of their long hair. In 2000, Charles M. Schulz's last original Sunday Peanuts comic strip appeared in newspapers. Schulz had died the day before. In 2002, a man in New Jersey who allegedly stole dozens of lottery tickets was arrested trying to cash a winning $12.50 ticket. Stolen ticket serial numbers had been circulated, and a store's alert cashier had the suspect fill out a claim form with his name and address. Police arrested the 39-year-old suspect at his home. In 2005, Ray Charles' final album, Genius Loves Company, won eight Grammy awards.
Trivia Answer: Chuck Yeager who is 95 today. Chuck even tweeted about it this morning.
Yeager is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force. As the first human to break the sound barrier, on October 14th of 1947, he flew the experimental Bell X-1 at Mach 1 at an altitude of 45,000 feet. In the 1980s, he was prominently featured in Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff and in its 1983 film adaptation, in which he had a cameo role as bartender Fred. His own role in the movie was played by Sam Shepard. Flying Magazine ranked Yeager number 5 on its 2013 list of The 51 Heroes of Aviation. He was the highest-ranked living person on the list.
|Morning Trivia: His music career spans more than 45 years. His early career included singing with Steely Dan. He joined The Doobie Brothers in 1976 and remained an integral member until 1982, after which he released the first of nine solo albums. During his career, he has collaborated with a number of other artists, including Kenny Loggins, David Cassidy, Van Halen, Patti LaBelle, The Winans, Aretha Franklin, and Toto, amongst others. Who is he?|
Chris Mazdzer was a shock silver medalist in yesterday's men's singles luge competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics. It was the first time an American had ever medaled in the 54-year-old event and comes four years after 2018 US flag bearer Erin Hamlin became the first American woman to ever medal in luge. With both those events taken off the list of Team USA medal shutouts, the question becomes: historically, how many of the 102 Winter Olympic events have failed to produce an American medalist? The answer? Thirty-eight. That means the US has only medaled in 62.7% of events.
Birthdays: Retired basketballer -- he lives up here on Mercer Island -- Bill Russell is 84; actor Joe Don Baker is 82; the author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume is 80; formerly with Genesis, guitarist Steve Hackett is 68; Maggie Seaver on Growing Pains, actress Joanna Kerns is 65; actor and talk-show host Arsenio Hall is 62; from Wilson-Phillips, singer Chynna Phillips is 50; actor Josh Brolin is 50; and RG3 -- quarterback, although right now he's a free agent -- Robert Griffin III is 28.
Today is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. He was born on February 12th of 1809. Today is also National Lost Penny Day. So today, we celebrate two things – although they are directly connected. According to giftypdia.com, "The first US penny was minted in 1787 and was made of pure copper and was designed by Benjamin Franklin. On February 12th of 1909, marking the 100th anniversary of Lincoln's birth, the first Lincoln penny was issued. It was the first regular issue US coin to honor an actual person. On Lost Penny Day, we are to gather all those pennies we've been collecting and cash them in." Today is Darwin Day. Darwin Day is a celebration to commemorate the of the birth of Charles Darwin on the same day Lincoln was born: February 12th of 1809. The day is used to highlight Darwin's contribution to science and to promote science in general. It's Oglethorpe Day. General James Edward Oglethorpe with some 100 other Englishmen, landed at what is now Savannah, Georgia on this date in 1733. Naming the new colony Georgia for England’s King George II, Oglethorpe was organizer and first governor of the colony and founder of the city of Savannah. Oglethorpe Day and Georgia Day are observed on this date. It's National Plum Pudding Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1914, in Washington, DC, the first stone of the Lincoln Memorial was put into place. In 1959, the first Barbie doll went on sale. In 1963, construction began on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. In 1968, Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle where he received a key to the city and an honorary high school diploma. He also played for the students of Garfield High School from which he had dropped out. In 1974, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, was exiled from the Soviet Union. In 1998, a federal judge declared that the presidential line-item veto was unconstitutional. In 1999, President Bill Clinton was acquitted by the United States Senate in his impeachment trial. In 2001, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material without charge. In 2004, Mattel announced that Barbie and Ken were breaking up. The dolls had met on the set of their first television commercial together in 1961.
The finale of the Fifty Shades trilogy -- Fifty Shades Freed -- dominated North American moviegoing this weekend with a solid $38.8 million. Family comedy Peter Rabbit wound up with a better-than-expected $25 million for second place. The third slot went to Clint Eastwood's thriller The 15:17 to Paris. A pair of sturdy holiday season holdovers in their eighth weekends rounded out the top five as as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle finished fourth and The Greatest Showman took fifth.
Trivia Answer: Michael McDonald who turns 66 today. During his career, McDonald has won five Grammy Awards. After working with Steely Dan, McDonald was recruited by The Doobie Brothers in April 1975, initially as a temporary replacement for their lead vocalist Tom Johnston after he had become ill during a national tour, but his work with the band proved so successful that they decided to retain him as a full-time member. As a member of The Doobie Brothers, McDonald sang the lead vocals on some of the band's best-known songs such as Takin' It to the Streets, It Keeps You Runnin', Minute by Minute, and What a Fool Believes. What a Fool Believes went to No. 1 here in the U.S. and earned McDonald a 1980 Grammy Award for Song of the Year along with co-writer Kenny Loggins.
|Morning Trivia: On this date in 1997, The Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated series. What animated program did it surpass?|
After years of preparation and billions of dollars in investment, the 2018 Olympic Winter Games are finally here. Mixed doubles curling matches and ski jumping qualifying are already in the books. Figure skating starts tonight. The Opening Ceremonies -- which are relatively short so that no one freezes -- were earlier this morning, our time. These are the 23rd Olympic Winter Games. This year, the host is PyeongChang, South Korea. It’s the second time South Korea has held an Olympics. The first came in 1988, when Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics. PyeongChang is about 100 miles east of Seoul, the capital, where many visitors will be staying. Thanks to a new bullet train built for the Games, the trip only takes about 90 minutes. The weather in PyeongChang has been frigid. Organizers are distributing blankets, Visa’s credit card readers are freezing, and Team USA members are flipping on their battery-powered jackets in what might turn out to be the coldest Winter Olympics in history. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and close adviser, Kim Yo-Jong, is in town. It’s the first time a member of the family has set foot in South Korea.
Birthdays: Journalist Roger Mudd is 90; songwriter Barry Mann -- he and his wife Cynthia Weil wrote On Broadway, We Gotta Get Out of this Place, (You're My) Soul and Inspiration, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' and hundreds of others -- he's 79; singer/songwriter Carole King is 76; actor Joe Pesci is 75; actress Mia Farrow is 73; actress Judith Light is 69; singer Travis Tritt is 55; and soon-to-be Hall of Famer, baseball's Vladimir Guerrero 43.
Today is National Toothache Day and St. Apollonia's Day, honoring the patron saint of dentists and people with toothaches. Today is Read in the Bathtub Day, I’m thinking we may re-think this one with the advent of e-books. Today is Fish Protection Day. The US Fish Protection Office, the forerunner of the Fish & Wildlife Service, was established on February 9th of 1871. Today is National Bagels and Lox Day. And today is National Pizza Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1825, the US House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate won a majority of electoral votes. In 1870, the United States Weather Bureau was authorized by Congress. The bureau is officially known as the National Weather Service (NWS). In 1964, in their first live American TV appearance, The Beatles drew 73.7 million viewers to The Ed Sullivan Show. They were paid $2,400 to sing All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, and I Want To Hold Your Hand. In 1969, the Boeing 747 flew its inaugural flight. In 1983, Prince's Little Red Corvette was released. In 1987, twenty years after the first woman was admitted to the New York Stock Exchange, the Exchange Luncheon Club decided to install a ladies rest room. For 20 years the ladies had to walk downstairs to find a ladies room. In 1989, witnesses at a New Jersey hearing on the deregulation of professional wrestling testified that the sport was a fake. In 1997, The Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated series.
While most of us don't love toothpaste, we appreciate what it does for our smile and oral health. But Dr. Val Kolpakov, a practicing dentist in Saginaw, Michigan, really gets into toothpaste. He has collected over 1,800 kinds of toothpaste, a number that landed him in the Guinness World Records book.
Trivia Answer: The Flintstones held the record before The Simpsons captured the top spot. The Flintstones was a show which co-creator William Hanna admitted was influenced by the Jackie Gleason vehicle The Honeymooners. The Flintstones ran in its original form for six seasons in Primetime from 1960 to 1966. The show so closely resembled The Honeymooners that Jackie Gleason once threatened to sue the studio, and then later retracted because he did not want to be known as "the guy who yanked Fred Flintstone off the air". The Flintstones was a Top 30 show in each of its first 3 seasons, and then failed to make the cut. In 1961, the show was nominated for an Outstanding Comedy Series Primetime Emmy Award. There have been several attempts to revive it, but none have lasted longer than 2 seasons. While The Flintstones is generally considered the first cartoon to air in prime time, it was preceded by CBS Cartoon Theater, which aired reruns of Terrytoons theatrical shorts for three months in 1956, and was hosted by a young Dick Van Dyke. The longest-running American sitcom and scripted primetime show of all time, also easily the longest-running animated show ever, is The Simpsons. The program made its debut on December 17th of 1989.
|Morning Trivia: This actor is a cultural icon. His most celebrated film was 1955's Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark. Who is he?|
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been traded ... to the New York Yankees. His football status is unchanged -- he's still a Seattle Seahawk. It's his baseball rights that have been traded. But you might remember Wilson also dabbled in baseball earlier in his career, and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 baseball draft. He played in the minors for two years before leaving baseball to be the starting quarterback at the University of Wisconsin. In 2013, the Texas Rangers selected Wilson's rights in the AAA baseball draft and Russell spent a day in uniform with the Rangers at spring training in Surprise, Arizona, in 2014 without appearing in a game, and made another cameo appearance at camp the following spring. Yesterday, he was traded to the Yankees for future considerations according to ESPN. ESPN says Wilson always wanted to play for the Yankees. Wilson's expected to be in the Yankees major league camp next month, where he will participate in pregame workouts and watch games from the Yankees dugout while in Florida. He'll be assigned to the Double-A Trenton roster.
Birthdays: He wrote the music for Star Wars amongst other things, composer John Williams is 86; former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel is 78; actor Nick Nolte is 77; comedian Robert Klein is 76; actress Mary Steenburgen is 65; attorney and author John Grisham is 63; from Motley Crue, singer Vince Neil is 57; and actor Seth Green is 44.
Today is Boy Scout Day. On February 8th of 1910, Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed incorporation papers in the District of Columbia to create the Boy Scouts of America. Today is Laugh and Get Rich Day, a day to recognize laughter's power to help workers be more effective, remember things better, and not change jobs as often. It's National Potato Lover's Day. It’s National Kite Flying Day -- still trying to figure out how it landed in the middle of winter.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1922, President Warren Harding had the first radio installed in the White House. In 1960, Congress opened an investigation into widespread charges of payola that disc jockeys were being paid to play certain records. The accused included deejays Alan Freed and Dick Clark. Clark came through the scandal unscathed, but Freed never worked in radio again. In 1968, the film Planet of the Apes, starring Charleton Heston, Roddy McDowell, and Kim Hunter, opened throughout the US. In 1985, The Dukes of Hazzard ended its 6-1/2 year run on CBS television. In 2000, a man allegedly tricked Little Rock police into immediately searching for his stolen car by telling them that his daughter was asleep in the back seat. Police found the car in less than two hours. But the 30-year-old man was charged with a felony for filing a false police report. Police said he had no daughter. In 2006, Kelly Clarkson won two Grammys. The awards were for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for Since U Been Gone and Best Pop Vocal Album for Breakaway. She was the first American Idol participant to win a grammy. In 2010, MTV dropped the Music Television moniker from its logo.
Today is basically a holiday in Philadelphia, It's party day in Philadelphia. The city and much of the state is celebrating their Super Bowl Champions, the Eagles. The main event -- a parade -- was earlier today. I think even schools were closed today.
Trivia Answer: James Byron Dean who was born on this date in 1931. In addition to his role in Rebel, the other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden in 1955, and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant in 1956. Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash at the age of 24 cemented his legendary status. Dean was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations.
|Morning Trivia: She was a writer known for the Little House on the Prairie series of children's books released from 1932 to 1943 which were based on her childhood in a settler and pioneer family. Who was she?|
Got gloves? Below-freezing temperatures will make this year’s Winter Olympics live up to its chilly seasonal name. The Games, which begin tomorrow in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will easily be the coldest since the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. At a rehearsal last Saturday for the opening ceremony, for example, the temperature was 6 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill factor of 7 below zero — so severely cold that audiences walked out in the middle of the rehearsal, according to local reports. Fortunately, the forecast for Friday's opening ceremony is slightly less brutal: an air temperature of around 32 degrees, with wind chills in the upper teens. The ceremony will take place under mostly cloudy skies, with a chance for snow flurries. At the ceremony, each spectator will receive heating pads, a blanket and a raincoat. Team USA athletes will also be fitted in special uniforms and heated parkas to stay warm. These Olympics will be a stark contrast to previous Winter Olympics in Sochi and Vancouver, which had concerns about a lack of snow and unusually mild temperatures. The temperature soared to 61 degrees one day at the Sochi Games in 2014. And in both cities, there were reports of ski jumpers landing in puddles of water rather than snow. That won't be a problem in Pyeongchang.
Birthdays: Actor James Spader is 58; singer-songwriter Garth Brooks is 56; Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan is also 56; comedian and actor Chris Rock is 53; and actor Ashton Kutcher is 40.
Today is Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day. Everyone to urged wave hello and mean it. Today is National Fettuccini Alfredo Day. Today is Fruitcake Toss Day. It's Organize Your Home Day -- clean out those closets. And, it’s Old Rock Day. I was excited until I was told it's an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate old rocks and fossils and not rock-n-roll.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1940, Walt Disney's cartoon movie Pinocchio premiered at the Center Theatre in New York City. In 1959, over a thousand mourners attended 22-year-old Buddy Holly's funeral at the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Holly's pregnant wife Maria Elena, who miscarried shortly after her husband's death, did not attend. In 1964, Pan Am Flight 101 arrived in New York City bringing The Beatles for their first American tour. Some 10,000 fans were waiting at Kennedy airport. Baskin-Robbins introduced a new ice cream flavor called Beatle-Nut. In 1985, New York, New York became the official anthem of New York City. Also in 1985, Sports Illustrated published the largest edition in the magazine's history at 218 pages -- its annual swimsuit edition. In 1994, Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon was ejected from the American Music Awards for loud and disruptive behavior. He was eventually charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest and destroying a police station phone. Also in 1994, retired Chicago Bull star Michael Jordan signed a baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox. In 2013, the state of Mississippi officially certified the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery.
According to a study from the University of Cambridge, children get more satisfaction from the relationships they have with their pets than with their brothers and sisters. The research also found that many children get along with their pets better than their siblings. While not the best news for moms and dads with multiple kids, the study does seem to speak to the importance an animal can play in childhood development, helping kids foster social skills and emotional maturity.
Trivia Answer: Laura Ingalls Wilder who was born on this date in 1867. During the 1970s and early 1980s, the television series Little House on the Prairie was loosely based on the Little House books, and starred Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls and Michael Landon as her father, Charles Ingalls. The original Little House books, written for elementary school-age children, became an enduring, eight-volume record of pioneering life late in the 19th century based on the Ingalls family's experiences on the American frontier. Since the publication of Little House in the Big Woods in 1932, the books have been continuously in print and have been translated into 40 other languages.
|Morning Trivia: He was a Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter, musician, and guitarist who achieved international fame and acclaim. Starting out in 1963 with the group The Wailers, he forged a distinctive songwriting and vocal style that would later resonate with audiences worldwide. After the Wailers disbanded in 1974,he pursued a solo career which culminated in the release of the album Exodus in 1977 which established his worldwide reputation and produced his status as one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, with sales of more than 75 million records. Who was he?|
The Mayor of Ferndale has proclaimed today as Doug Pederson Day. Pederson, the head coach of the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, grew up in Ferndale and graduated from Ferndale High School in 1986. He was an all-state athlete and played football, basketball, and baseball for the Golden Eagles. Pederson led Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl championship in franchise history with a 41-33 win over New England on Sunday. Trophies and memorabilia from Pederson's days still line the trophy cases at Ferndale high school. In 2009, Pederson joined Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles coaching staff. He was named head coach of the Eagles in 2016.
Birthdays: Actor Rip Torn is 87; Capt. B.J. Hunnicut on M*A*S*H, actor Mike Farrell is 79; former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw is 78; singer Fabian is 75; best-known as Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law, actor Michael Tucker is 73; frontman for Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose is 56; and singer Rick Astley is 52.
John Mahoney has passed away. Mahoney played the cranky father on the show Frasier and also had a recurring role on TV Land series Hot in Cleveland. He was Martin Crane on Frasier -- a show in which he starred alongside Kelsey Grammer. He won a SAG Award for his role on Frasier and was also nominated for Emmy and Golden Globes Awards. Mahoney passed away in Chicago while in hospice care. John Mahoney was 77.
Today is Federal No Smoking Day. In 1987, no smoking became the rule for 6,800 federal buildings across the US. Today is National Chopsticks Day. For about 1/4 of the world's population, chopsticks are the eating utensils of choice for every meal. Today is National Frozen Yogurt Day. It's Babe Ruth's Birthday, he was born on this date in 1895.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1918, Great Britain granted women 30 or older the right to vote. In 1935, the board game Monopoly went on sale. In 1971, NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard used a six-iron that he had brought inside his spacecraft and swung at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old this day and became the oldest US President in history. In 1996, floods in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, caused over $500 million in property damage throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1998, President Clinton signed a bill changing the name of Washington National Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. In 2000, US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton formally announced she was a candidate for the US Senate from New York.
Get ready for even more time spent with the Tanner-Fullers. Netflix has renewed Fuller House for a fourth season. The decision comes just a month after the second half of season three premiered.
Trivia Answer: Bob Marley who was born on this date in 1945. He was a committed Rastafari who infused his music with a sense of spirituality. In July of 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe. Contrary to urban legend, this lesion was not primarily caused by an injury during a football match that year, but was instead a symptom of the already-existing cancer. Marley turned down his doctors' advice to have his toe amputated, citing his religious beliefs, and instead the nail and nail bed were removed and a skin graft taken from his thigh to cover the area. Despite his illness, he continued touring and was in the process of scheduling a world tour in 1980. Bob Marley appeared at the Stanley Theater (now called The Benedum Center For The Performing Arts) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 23rd of 1980. It would be his last concert. Shortly afterwards, Marley's health deteriorated as the cancer had spread throughout his body. The rest of the tour was cancelled and Marley sought treatment. After fighting the cancer without success for eight months Marley boarded a plane for his home in Jamaica. While Marley was flying home, his vital functions worsened. After landing in Miami, he was taken to the hospital for immediate medical attention. Bob Marley died on May 11th of 1981 in Miami at the age of 36.
|Morning Trivia: The Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award is presented annually to the most valuable player of the Super Bowl. The winner is chosen by a fan vote during the game and by a panel of 16 football writers and broadcasters who vote after the game. Philadelphia Quarterback Nick Foles was named MVP last night. Who has won the most Super Bowl MVP awards?|
Nick Foles threw the go-ahead 5-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go and the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl by outscoring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 41-33 last night. The most prolific playoff game in terms of combined yardage in NFL history was then decided on a defensive play when Brandon Graham stripped Tom Brady and rookie Derek Barnett recovered with 2:09 to play to set up a field goal by Jake Elliott and prevent another late Super Bowl comeback by the Patriots. The Eagles blew a 12-point lead in the high-scoring matchup before rallying behind their backup quarterback who will go down in Philadelphia lore after throwing for 373 yards and three touchdowns and catching another on a fourth-down trick play to give the Eagles their first championship since 1960.
Shortly after the start of the Super Bowl yesterday, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark revealed four family members, including his father, were killed in a fatal fire in eastern Cleveland. Details remain limited, but shortly after Clark tweeted in regards to the tragedy, he re-tweeted a post from the Cleveland Division of Fire indicating the fire happened on January 30th and all four victims had been found.
Today is National Weatherperson's Day. In honor of the day, the National Westher Service posted this on their Twitter account this morning:
"I can't believe it," said the tourist. "I've been here an entire week and it's done nothing but rain. When do you have summer here?"
Today is Peter Pan Day -- the movie was released on this date in 1953. Today marks the sale of the first Wiffle Ball. The ball was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son. It was named when his son and his friends would refer to a strikeout as a whiff.
Birthdays: Hammerin' Hank, Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, is 84; football great Roger Staubach is 76; songwriter, record producer and musician Al Kooper is 74; race car driver Darrell Waltrip is 71; actor-comedian-director Christopher Guest is 70; actress Jennifer Jason Leigh is 56; musician, writer, Seahawk fan, Seattleite Duff McKagan is 54; and singer Bobby Brown is 49.
Grammy-winner Dennis Edwards, who performed lead vocals for some of the chart-topping Motown singles recorded by The Temptations in the 1960s and 1970s, has died. The singer, who lived outside St. Louis, would have celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday. Edwards sang lead on some of the vocal group's most memorable hits, including Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, a 1972 release that earned Edwards and the group two Grammy Awards, and I Can’t Get Next To You, which topped the pop charts in 1969. Edwards was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 as a member of The Temptations. Dennis Edwards was 74.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1919, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launched United Artists. In 1971, astronauts landed on the moon in the Apollo 14 mission. In 1976, the 1976 swine flu outbreak began at Fort Dix, New Jersey. In 1986, Prince released the song Kiss. In 1988, Manuel Noriega was indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges. In 2001, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman announced their separation.
For the first time since James Cameron's 1998 disaster epic, Titanic, a December release has topped the weekend box office in February. Seven weeks after first opening in theaters, Jumanji again took the top spot at the North American box office over the weekend. On a sluggish Super Bowl weekend, Jumanji performeed well enough to surpass last week’s no. 1 film, Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Winchester finished third, The Greatest Showman placed fourth, and Hostiles rounded out the top five.
Trivia Answer: Tom Brady is the only player to have won four Super Bowl MVP awards; Joe Montana has won three and three others -- Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Eli Manning -- have won the award twice. Starr and Bradshaw are the only ones to have won it in back-to-back years. In 52 Super Bowls, there have been 53 MVPs but only one who played on the losing team. That was Dallas Cowboy linebacker Chuck Howley is Super Bowl V. There were co-MVPs in 1978 in Super Bowl XII -- Harvey Martin and Randy White of the Dallas Cowboys. Twenty-nine of the 53 have been quarterbacks.
|Morning Trivia: Farrah Fawcett was born on this date in 1947. Sadly, she passed away in 2009. She achieved major stardom when she was cast in the ABC series Charlie's Angels. Can you name the three original angels and the actress who portrayed each?|
The New England Patriots are used to looking like the NFL's juggernaut, while the Philadelphia Eagles have been the embodiment of underdogs during a playoff run with their backup quarterback. But you wouldn't be able to tell which team is which based on the results of the conference championship round of the playoffs. New England pulled off an improbable 24-20 come from behind win over Jacksonville. The Patriots are nps headed to the Super Bowl for an NFL-record 10th time. If the Patriots are going to win the Super Bowl for a sixth time, they're going to have to do something they've already done: Beat the Eagles. The Eagles advanced to Super Bowl 52 by destroying the Vikings, 38-7, in a game that was never close. The game between the Eagles and Patriots is a rematch of Super Bowl 39, a game that the Patriots won 24-21. Oddsmakers aren't expecting this year's Super Bowl to be as close as that one as the Patriots opened as a 5.5 point favorite, although that line shrunk to 4.5 as of earlier this week. For the Eagles, this is their third trip to the Super Bowl and they're still looking for their first win. The game is Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The kickoff is 3:30 Sunday afternoon. NBC is broadcasting this year's Super Bowl, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth on the call and Michele Tafoya reporting from the sidelines.
Birthdays: Smothers Brother, Tom Smothers is 81; the Nash from Crosby, Stills and Nash, Graham Nash is 76; model and actress Christie Brinkley is 64; and Columbian singer and songwriter Shakira is 41.
Today is Bubble Gum Day -- celebrated on the first Friday of February. At participating locations, on this day, kids bring 50 cents to school, and donate it to a good cause. In exchange, they can chew bubble gum in school on this day. The school selects in advance, what cause the donations will go to. Ruth Spiro, the creator, wanted to have a day where kids can simply participate in donating, without constantly selling things.
Today is Groundhog Day. Legend says, if the groundhog comes out today and sees his shadow, it means six more weeks of winter. The most famous groundhog is Punxutawney Phil of Pennsylvania. Word is that Phil did see his shadow this morning. Today is also Hedgehog Day, the ancient Roman tradition that inspired groundhog Day in the US and Canada. If the Roman hedgehog came out at night and saw his shadow in the moonlight, it meant six more weeks of winter.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1876, the National Baseball League was formed, with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville, and Hartford. In 1936, the five charter members of the new Baseball Hall of Fame were announced at Cooperstown, New York. Of 226 ballots cast, Ty Cobb received 222 votes, Babe Ruth 215, Honus Wagner 215, Christy Matthewson 205, and Walter Johnson 189. At least 170 votes were required for induction. In 1959, Buddy Holly performed for the last time. At the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, he played drums for Ritchie Valens, the Big Bopper, and Dion. In 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda after a coup. In 1973, NBC-TV debuted Midnight Special. In 1993, then-First lady Hillary Clinton banned smoking in the White House. Also in 1993, Willie Nelson and the IRS settled their longstanding tax feud. The US government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Nelson would have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance. In 1998, President Bill Clinton introduced the first US balanced budget in 30 years. In 2002, Britney Spears was both the host and the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
You deserve the best on Super Bowl Sunday.
Trivia Answer: The originals were:
Later additions were Cheryl Ladd as Kris Munroe (Jill's little sister), Shelley Hack as Tiffany Welles, and Tanya Roberts as Julie Rogers. David Doyle was John Bosley, and John Forsythe provided the voice of Charlie Townsend.
|Morning Trivia: First on All in the Family and then later on The Jeffersons, he was George Jefferson. For his work on The Jeffersons, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. He won a NAACP Image Award. Who was he?|
Safeco Field will look a little different this year as the Seattle Mariners are expanding the protective netting around home plate. Team officials say starting this season, the nets will extend to the outside ends of both dugouts, and reach a height of 11-feet above field level. Installation begins in March will be ready by Opening Night on March 29th. The nets will be attached to the front edge of the dugout and will be dyed green to reduce the visible impact to those sitting behind the nets. Thoughts of expanded netting took on additional attention after a young girl was struck in the face by a 105 mph foul ball at Yankee Stadium. Several other ballparks around the league have also announced plans to expand protective netting.
Birthdays: The Don from Phil & Don, Don Everly of the Everly Brothers, is 81; former Saturday Night Live cast member Garrett Morris is also 81; Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell is 68; Will Robinson on Lost in Space, actor Billy Mumy is 64; Elvis's daughter Lisa Marie Presley is 50; actor, comedian, director, writer and producer Pauly Shore is also 50; he's a member of OutKast, rapper Big Boi is 43; mixed martial artist and actress -- and she just signed up with WWE -- Ronda Rousey is 31; and from One Direction, now solo, Harry Styles is 24.
Today is Tupperware Sculpting Day, a day to heat up at least one old Tupperware bowl or glass and sculpt it into something new and exciting. Today is Spunky Old Broads Day, a day for celebration for spunky ladies over 50. Today is Working Naked Day, dedicated to those who work at home. Today is National Freedom Day honoring the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1st of 1865. Today is Robinson Crusoe Day, a day to be adventurous and self-reliant. The holiday memorializes the rescue of a real life Scottish sailor who was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's classic novel.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, Canada's Royal North West Mounted Police changed their name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police -- the Mounties were created. The organization was commissioned in 1873. In 1949, RCA Victor introduced the 45, a smaller record with a larger hole than the long-play 33-and-a-third disc introduced earlier by Columbia Records. In 1964, the governor of Indiana declared the Kingsmen's hit Louie Louie was pornographic. He asked the state's radio stations not to play it. In 1982, Late Night with David Letterman premiered on NBC-TV. In 1985, Glenn Frey appeared on an episode of Miami Vice on NBC. In 1994, Jeff Gillooly pled guilty in Portland, Oregon, for his role in the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Gillooly, Tonya Harding's ex-husband, struck a plea bargain under which he confessed to racketeering charges in exchange for testimony implicating Harding. In 2004, during the Super Bowl halftime show, in what was termed a "wardrobe malfunction," singer Janet Jackson's breast was exposed, resulting in a $550,000 fine against CBS' parent company, Viacom.
February has arrived. February is National Weddings Month. Most engagements take place between Christmas and Valentine's Day, and most future brides start serious planning in February for summer weddings. The February birthstone is amethyst. The February flower is the violet or primrose. February is American Heart Month, National Black History Month, Bake for Family Fun Month, Bird Feeding Month, Care About Your Indoor Air Month, Children's Dental Health Month, Grapefruit Month, Humpback Whale Awareness Month, Creative Romance Month, National Laugh Friendly Month, Library Lovers Month, Mend a Broken Heart Month, Pet Dental Health Month, Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month, Spooky Old Broads Month, Youth Leadership Month, Women's Heart Month, and in Illinois, it's Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month.
Trivia Answer: Sherman Hemsley who was born on this date in 1938. He also played Deacon Ernest Frye on the NBC series Amen and B.P. Richfield on the ABC series Dinosaurs. Norman Lear called him in 1971 to play the recurring role of George Jefferson in his new sitcom, All in the Family. Hemsley was in a play on Broadway at the time and wa reluctant to leave his theatre role, but Lear told him that he would hold the role open for him. Hemsley joined the cast two years later. The characters of Hemsley and co-star Isabel Sanford were supporting occasional roles on All in the Family, but were given their own spin-off, The Jeffersons, two years after Hemsley made his debut on the sitcom. The Jeffersons proved to be one of Lear's most successful series, enjoying a run of 11 seasons through 1985. Hemsley was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2012. Hemsley was a shy and intensely private man, described by some as reclusive. He avoided the Hollywood limelight and little of his personal life was public knowledge beyond the facts that he never married and had no children. On July 24th of 2012, Hemsley died at his home in El Paso, Texas, at the age of 74. The cause of death was given as superior vena cava syndrome, a complication associated with lung and bronchial carcinomas.