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|Morning Trivia: She was an author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how her teacher broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Who is she?|
An off day -- their first since June 5th -- for the Mariners yesterday. They begin a two-game inter-league series against the Philadelphia Phillies tonight at Safeco. First pitch at 7:10.
Apparently someone in the NFL needs a remedial lesson in US geography. The Official Online Shop of the NFL has unveiled a line of state license plates with team logos for fans who fans who want to display their pride in both. Each plate features a state outline, with the logo of an NFL team from the state superimposed over the image. So there on the website was the Titans logo superimposed over a map of Tennessee, a Cowboys logo on the state of Texas and a Panther logo over a map of the Carolinas. But there was a license plate for the Washington Redskins -- the team's logo was superimposed on a map of Washington state. Whoops! The Washington Post gets credit for discovering the faulty plate, which has since been pulled from the NFL Shop's website.
Birthdays: Busnessman and former presidential candidate, H. Ross Perotis 87; from The Beach Boys, singer Bruce Johnston is 75; best known for playing Stephanie on Newhart from 1983–90, actress Julia Duffy is 66; writer-director J.J. Abrams is 51; he was Spider-Man/Peter Parker in the Spider-Man films, actor Tobey Maguire is 42; from Sixpence None the Richer, Leigh Nash is 41; and Khloe Kardashian is 33.
It's Decide to Be Married Day To focus attention on the joy of couples deciding to get married. It’s Happy Birthday To You Day in honor of Mildred J. Hill who was born on this date in 1859. She was a songwriter and musicologist, who composed the melody for Good Morning to All, later used as the melody for Happy Birthday to You. Today is National Orange Blossom Day. Today is National HIV Testing Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1950, an 8-pound bear cub that had been seriously burned three weeks earlier in a New Mexico forest fire left for the National Zoo in Washington where he lived to the ripe old bear age of 26. Originally named Hot Foot Teddy by the firemen who saved his life, he became better known as Smokey the Bear. In 1967, the world's first cash dispenser was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28. In 1970, the English band Smile decided to change their name to Queen. In 1977, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that lawyers could advertise. In 1985, Route 66 was officially removed from the United States Highway System. In 1988, at age 35, Cyndi Lauper received her high school diploma from Richmond High in New York City. In 1993, Lyle Lovett married Julia Roberts. They were divorced in 1995. In 2002, The Who bassist John Entwhistle died of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room on the eve of a new American tour. In 2005, who is the oldest baseball player to hit a grand slam home run in the major leagues? Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves hit his eighth grand slam on this date to help the Braves knock off the Florida Marlins. He was 46 years old, already the oldest player in major league history to have a two-homer game. In 2007, Tony Blair resigned as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997.
How's this for a lousy way to start the week? Up in Everett, a new ocean-going tug is currently docked in the port getting some work done. Overnight Sunday into Monday the tug’s horn malfunctioned for four hours. Around 100 people called 911.
Trivia Answer: Helen Keller who was born on this date in 1880. Her birthday today is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth. A prolific author, Keller was well-traveled and outspoken in her convictions. She was inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971 and was one of twelve inaugural inductees to the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame in 2015. Keller proved to the world that deaf people could all learn to communicate and that they could survive in the hearing world. She also taught that deaf people are capable of doing things that hearing people can do. One of the most famous deaf people in history, she is an idol to many deaf people in the world.
|Morning Trivia: He's a former football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. During his six years with the Falcons, he was regarded as having transformed the quarterback position with his rushing abilities and was named to three Pro Bowls. He holds the record for the most career rushing yards by a quarterback (6,109) and the most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season (1,039). His NFL career came to a halt in 2007 after he pled guilty for his involvement in a dog fighting ring and spent 21 months in federal prison. Who is he?|
Seattle sizzled like no other June day in the past 72 years since records have been kept at Sea-Tac Airport. Just after 4 yesterday afternoon the temperature reached 96 degrees, tying the all-time hottest June day on record there. The only other time it's been thats warm in June was on June 30th of 1995. Seattle was not alone, here in Olympia we also tied the hottest June date on record with a reading of 98 degrees, last done on June 18th of 1982. Everett hit 87, Arlington hit 90, Renton hit 95, Gig Harbor hit 94, and down in Vancouver USA, they hit 101.
The Houston Astros went into their game at Safeco Field leading the majors in home runs. They quickly added to that total. George Springer, Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis hit long home runs and the Astros wrapped up another winning road trip, beating the Seattle Mariners 8-2 yesterday. The Astros went 6-and-1 on this swing and improved to a major league-best 29-and-9 on the road. They also own the top record in baseball at 52-and-25, helped by 124 home runs. Mariners outfielder Ben Gamel (groin) didn't play after his 15-game hitting streak was snapped Saturday night.First basemand Danny Valencia (wrist) also missed his second consecutive game. Valencia and Gamel aren't expected to go on the disabled list. Up next, Seattle has its first day off since June 5th and begins a two-game inter-league series tomorrow against the Phillies.
Birthdays: From The Clash, Mick Jones is 62; singer Chris Isaak is 61; she’s married to John McEnroe, from Scandal, singer Patty Smyth is 60; from Berlin, singer Terri Nunn is 56; NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe is 49; Jack on Will and Grace, actor Sean Hayes is 47; actor Chris O’Donnell is also 47; from Parks and Recreation, Nick Offerman is also 47; singer Gretchen Wilson is 44; baseball's Derek Jeter is 43; singer-songwriter and producer, OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder is 38; actor Jason Schwartzman is 37; and Ariana Grande is 24.
And Happy Birthday, Harry Potter. Twenty years ago today, June 26th of 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK with an initial print run of 500 copies. It became a smash almost overnight. It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1998.
Today is Guiding Light Day, marking the show's move to television on this date in 1952, after 15 years on radio. It became the longest lasting daytime show and the longest lasting series on TV. Guiding Light finally was snuffed out on September 18th of 2009 after a 72-year run. Today is Abner Doubleday Day, marking his birth on this date in 1819. Though one study credits Doubleday as the inventor of baseball, some historians believe the game evolved from a similar one played by native Americans. Today is Bar Code Day. The first supermarket bar code was swiped on a pack of Wrigley's Doublemint Gum on June 26th of 1974, in Troy, Ohio. It’s Beautician's Day, your chance to show your appreciation to those who make you look beautiful and stunning. Today is Forgiveness Day, Global Forgiveness Day is August 27th, International Forgiveness Day is the first Sunday of August. Forgiveness Day is a time to forgive and to be forgiven. The world will be a better place for this day. It’s National Chocolate Pudding Day. I'm thinking the world will be a better place for this day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1944, in a unique 6-inning exhibition game to raise money for US War Bonds, the New York Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants zip. In 1963, President John Kennedy announced "Ich bin ein Berliner" at the Berlin Wall. In 1975, ater 11 years of marriage, Sonny and Cher Bono finalized their divorce. Four days later Cher married musician Greg Allman, but that marriage lasted only nine days. In 1977, Elvis Presley closed his concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis with Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. It was his last concert. He died seven weeks later. In 1979, Muhammad Ali, at 37 years old, announced that he was retiring as world heavyweight boxing champion. In 2007, a Washington State trooper arrested two men for speeding on I-5 in Snohomish County. The trooper said the 2005 BMW 330i and the 2007 Honda Accord sounded like an airplane whizzing by at 141 miles an hour. He caught up to the pair when they stopped to let a passenger switch cars. Both drivers were jailed on reckless driving charges. In 2013, the US Supreme Court ruled that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and in violation of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
It seems the Transformers franchise is rusty. Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $69.1 million. That's a franchise low for the sequel. Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $69.1 million, and take the top spot at the box office. The Last Knight was uncontested at the box office this weekend. Disney and Pixar's Cars 3 looks to earn $25.2 million domestically during its second weekend. The family film, which won last weekend's box office, is expected to pass the $100 million mark in North America today. Otherwise, Wonder Woman continues to post impressive numbers, and slips into third place during its fourth weekend in theaters. This weekend earning an additional $25.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $318.4 million. 47 Meters Down fished 4th for the weekend, and All Eyez on Me rounded out the top five. Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from Despicable Me 3, Baby Driver, and The House.
Trivia Answer: Michael Vick who turns 37 today. His arrest and subsequent conviction garnered Vick notoriety with the general public, which lasted throughout the rest of his career. He was released by the Falcons shortly before leaving prison. After serving his sentence, Vick signed with the Eagles in 2009. As a member of the Eagles for five years, he enjoyed the greatest statistical season of his career and was named to a fourth Pro Bowl in 2010, but left the team after being unable to match his prior success. In his final two seasons, Vick played for the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers for one year each, primarily as a backup. He officially retired from professional football this year after spending the entirety of the 2016 season in free agency.
|Morning Trivia: He was best known as the original bassist for The Beatles. He left the band to pursue his career as an artist, having previously attended the Liverpool College of Art. He and John Lennon are credited with inventing the name, "Beetles", as they both liked Buddy Holly's band, The Crickets. The band used this name for a while until Lennon decided to change the name to "The Beatles" and incorporating the word Beat. Who was the original bass player?|
Had a chance to whip out the rye bread and mustard for Grandma last night as Robinson Cano hit a grand salami. He also hit a two-run homer and Andrew Moore pitched seven effective innings to win in his big league debut, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Detroit Tigers 9-6 last night for their fifth straight victory. Break out the brooms, a sweep. The Mariners moved above .500 for the first time this season at 38-37. But it doesn't get any easier as the Ms welcome in the hottest team in baseball, the Houston Astros, for a three-game weekend set starting tonight. The good news is Felix Hernandez is back from the DL and pitches the opener with the 'Stros tonight.
A scorcher on tap this weekend. There's a Heat Advisory up from noon tomorrow through 9:00 Sunday night. They're talking 94 in Olympia tomorrow and 96 on Sunday.
Birthdays: He was Gary Ewing on Knots Landing and Dallas, actor Ted Shackelford is 71; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is 69; bassist, singer, record producer, entrepreneur and American Idol judge Randy Jackson is 61; she was Marge Gunderson in Fargo, actress Frances McDormand is 60; singer KT Tunstall is 42; and singer Jason Mraz is 40.
Today is National Pink Day -- a day when everything should be basking in pink splendor. Today is National Columnists Day, a day to recognize the importance and value of newspaper columnists. And being the Friday after Father's Day, today is Take Your Dog to Work Day. Of course we gotta ask "Why!?"
Babe Ruth's most famous game occurred on June 23rd of 1917, against the Washington Senators in the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. Ruth started the game, walked the first batter, Ray Morgan. As newspaper accounts of the time relate, the short-fused Ruth then engaged in a heated argument with apparently equally short-fused home plate umpire Brick Owens. Owens tossed Ruth out of the game, and the even more enraged Ruth then slugged the umpire a glancing blow before being taken off the field; the catcher, Pinch Thomas, was also ejected. Ernie Shore was brought in to pitch, and came in with very few warmup pitches. With a new pitcher and catcher, runner Morgan tried to steal but was thrown out. Shore then proceeded to retire the remaining 26 Senators without allowing a baserunner, earning a 4–0 Red Sox win. For many years the game was listed in record books as a perfect game, but officially it is now scored as a no-hitter, shared by two pitchers. Following the game, Ruth paid a $100 fine, was suspended for ten games, and issued a public apology for his behavior.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, the College Board administers the first SAT exam. In 1969, Warren E. Burger is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren. In 1969, IBM announced that effective January of 1970 it would price its software and services separately from hardware thus creating the software industry. In 1972, Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 was amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds. In 2003, Apple unveiled the new Power Mac desktop computer. In 2013, Nik Wallenda became the first man to successfully walk across the Grand Canyon on a tight rope. In 2015, Verizon announced it had completed its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL, Inc. Also in 2015, NASA's Mars Odyssey completed its 60,000th orbit around Mars. The spacecraft entered orbit on October 23rd of 2001.
Trivia Answer: Stuart Sutcliffe who was born on this date in 1940. As a member of the group when it was a five-piece band, Sutcliffe is one of several people sometimes referred to as the Fifth Beatle. While studying in Germany, Sutcliffe began experiencing severe headaches and acute sensitivity to light. In the first days of April 1962, he collapsed in the middle of an art class after complaining of head pains. Doctors performed various checks, but were unable to determine the exact cause of his headaches. On April 10th of 1962, he was taken to the hospital, but died in the ambulance on the way. The cause of death was later revealed to have been an aneurysm.
|Morning Trivia: She is legal clerk and environmental activist who, despite the lack of a formal law school education, was instrumental in constructing a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993. Julia Roberts played her in the movie. Who is she?|
In one swift act last night, Jarrod Dyson proved why one of baseball's unwritten rules is absurd. Dyson laid down a beautiful bunt for a single during the sixth inning of Seattle's game against Detroit, breaking up Justin Verlander's perfect game. Ordinarily the unwritten rules say it’s bad form to break up a no-hitter or perfect game with a bunt hit, because that's not considered as pure as recording a hit by swinging the bat. But what ensued after Dyson’s bunt hit quickly pushed the perfect game into a distant memory. After Dyson bunted for the hit with one out in the sixth and the Tigers up 4-0, Mike Zunino walked, Jean Segura singled to load the bases, Ben Gamel hit an RBI single, and two batters later Nelson Cruz chased Verlander from the game with a 2-run double to make it 4-3. A game that Verlander was perfect in through 5.1 innings turned into a 7-4 victory for Seattle. Unwritten rules should never take precedence when a team is trying to win a game. Ms and Tigers wrap up their series tonight.
A warm one on the way this weekend. They're talking 90s around here on Saturday and Sunday. In fact, it might reach 95 degrees in Portland on Sunday. That makes it a good time to seek shade and your neighbor's pool but not a good time for playing soccer. The match between the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers had been scheduled for 1:00 Sunday afternoon. It's been moved to 7:30 Sunday evening because of the heat. It's on ESPN2 with the pregame beginning at 7:00.
Birthdays: Actor, singer, songwriter Kris Kristofferson is 81; TV journalist Brit Hume is 74; guitarist, singer, manager and record producer Peter Asher is 73; singer Todd Rundgren is 69; actress Meryl Streep is 68; actress Lindsay Wagner -- The Bionic Woman -- is also 68; in the news lately, academic and politician, Elizabeth Warren is also 68; singer Cyndi Lauper is 64; from INXS, Garry Gary Beers is 60; basketball's Clyde Drexler is 55; actress Amy Brenneman is 53; The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is also 53; TV host Carson Daly is 44; and the current World Number 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, golfer Dustin Johnson is 33.
Today is Stupid Guy Thing Day, a day for women to make lists of stupid guy things and pass them on. Today is National Chocolate Eclair Day. Today is Sunglasses Day. a shady day for your eyes.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1909, the first transcontinental auto race ended in Seattle. In 1970, President Nixon signed a measure lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In 1981, after exhibiting poor sportsmanship, John McEnroe became the only man in 104 years at Wimbledon to not be made an honorary member of the All England Tennis Club. He won the tournament. Also in 1981, Mark David Chapman pled guilty to killing John Lennon. In 1984, the movie The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, opened in American theaters. In 1990, Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin. Also in 1990, Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium. In 2009, Eastman Kodak Company announced that it would discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film.
Trivia Answer: Erin Brockovich who turns 57 today. Her work in bringing litigation against PG&E is the focus of the 2000 feature film, Erin Brockovich, starring Julia Roberts. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards: Roberts won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Erin. Erin herself had a cameo role as a waitress named Julia R. The name Julia R. was selected to parody the fact that Julia Roberts was playing Brockovich.
|Morning Trivia: She was the mom and he was the dad on a TV program from 1982 to 1989. Ironically, they were born on the same day -- June 21st of 1947 -- and are both celebrating their 70th birthday today. Can you name them?|
Final day of school for Tumwater. Just a couple more days for Olympia and North Thurston. Friday will be here before you know it.
A good night for the Seager family. Kyle Seager's double off the wall in right field scored Tyler Smith from second base with the winning run and gave the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers in 10 innings last night. Ms and Tigers meet up for game three of the four-game set tonight. The pitching matchup has Justin Verlander facing James Paxton tonight. Meanwhile, Kyle's little brother, Corey, who plays for the LA Dodgers, had three home runs last night.
Birthdays: Dr. Bricker on The Love Boat, actor Bernie Kopell is 84; actress Mariette Hartley is 77; comedian and actor Joe Flaherty -- best known for his work on SCTV -- is 76; from The Kinks, frontman Ray Davies is 73; Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is 67; E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren is 66; singer Marcella Detroit aka Marcy Levy is 65; from Winger, singer Kip Winger is 56; The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William is also 35; former CIA employee Edward Snowden is 34; former American Idol Kris Allen is 32; and that Friday girl, Rebecca Black is 20.
It’s Go Skateboarding Day -- a nationally recognized day for skateboarding. It’s a day to hop onto your skateboard and have some fun. It’s Baby Boomer's Recognition Day, although some sources have it on August 17th. It’s regarded a holiday that is devoted to remembering not just the accomplishments of celebrity Baby Boomers, it also celebrates those who are being successful in business, education, medicine and many other fields and the contributions they make to society. It’s National Peaches and Cream Day. Today is National Daylight Appreciation Day. Perhaps related, the annual Midnight Sun Baseball Game starts in Fairbanks, Alaska tonight, and will be played without artificial lights. The 112th Midnight Sun Baseball Game has the Goldpanners hosting the San Diego Waves. Game time is tonight at 10:00. The sun is out for almost 24 hours a day, the game completes around 1:30 the next morning. Famous players who have appeared in the game include Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, and Jason Giambi.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1977, an article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that Kellogg had reduced the iron content of its Frosted Rice after consumers discovered they could move flakes of the cereal around with magnets. In 1982, a jury in Washington, DC, found John Hinckley Jr. innocent by reason of insanity in the shootings of President Reagan and three other men. In 1989, Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith remarried. Also in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that burning the US flag as a form of political protest is protected by the First Amendment. In 2003, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, fifth book in JK Rowling's blockbuster series about a young wizard, hit the book stores and sold 5 million copies the first day.
If you like horror movies and you liked Groundhog Day, you’ll want to see Happy Death Day when it hits theaters in October. The trailer features a snobby young woman who finds herself murdered at her birthday party… only for her to wake up the morning of Just a death, alive and facing the same day. Over and over again. And while it’s an awful thing to realize that you will continuously die every single day, it does offer her a rare opportunity: she has time to solve her own murder and stop the killer. She’ll just have to get murdered. A lot.
Trivia Answer: The show was Family Ties. She is Meredith Baxter and he is Michael Gross. She was Elyse Keaton and he was Steven Keaton.
|Morning Trivia: Lots in the news here of late regarding recording -- or not -- conversations with the president. It was on this date in 1972, an 18½-minute gap appeared in the tape recording of the conversations between a US President and his advisers regarding the recent arrests of his operatives. Who was the president and why were his operatives arrested?|
Mike Zunino continued his torrid month with a pair of two-run home runs, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers last night. Beginning a stretch with 16 of 19 games at home prior to the All-Star break, the Mariners used a trio of homers to hand the Tigers their third straight loss and ninth in the last 13 games. Guillermo Heredia lined a two-run homer in the fifth inning to pull Seattle even at 2-all, and Zunino's eighth homer since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on May 23rd gave Seattle the lead. Zunino added one more with a shot over the center field wall in the eighth inning. Since returning from the minors with a retooled stance and approach at the plate, Zunino is hitting .338 with 28 RBIs. He's already set a new franchise record for the most RBIs in a month by a catcher. Ms and Tigers again tonight.
Birthdays: Actor Martin Landau is 89; actress Olympia Dukakis is 86; actor Danny Aiello is 84; NFL Hall of Famer Len Dawson is 82; he was Martin on Frasier, actor John Mahoney is 77; Beach Boy Brian Wilson is 75; singer Anne Murray is 72; former host of This Old House, Bob Vila is 71; singer Lionel Richie is 68; actor John Goodman is 65; former bassist and founding member of Van Halen, Michael Anthony is 63; Duran Duran bassist John Taylor is 57; and actress Nicole Kidman is 50.
The summer solstice heralds the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the solstice for us happens at 9:24 tonight. Welcome to the longest day of the year. Here in Olympia, sunrise was at 5:16 this morning and sundown is at 9:10 tonight. Fifteen hours 54 minutes and 12 seconds of sunlight. Tomorrow will be a second shorter and the days will continue to get shorter.
Today is Jaws Day, marking release of the film on this date in 1975. It became the highest-grossing film of that time and started the trend of films known as "summer blockbusters". It’s National Vanilla Milkshake Day. Today is Woman Runs the House Day, marking this date in 1921 when Alice Robertson of Oklahoma became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. She presided for 30 minutes.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1893, Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother. In 1963, the so-called red telephone was established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1967, Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston of violating Selective Service laws by refusing to be drafted. Later, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix played the Newport Jazz Festival for a whopping 125-thousand dollars. At the time, it was the largest fee ever for a concert appearance. In 1972, the old Tallahatchie Bridge, made famous in Bobbie Gentry's 1967 blockbuster Ode to Billy Joe, collapsed in Mississippi. In 1973, American Bandstand celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute television special featuring Little Richard, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Cheech and Chong, Three Dog Night and, of course, Dick Clark. In 1980, It's Still Rock & Roll became Billy Joel's first #1 hit. In 1993, the Chicago Bulls won their third straight NBA championship, the first team to three-peat since the 1966 Boston Celtics. In 1994, a downcast OJ Simpson pleaded not guilty to the slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and waiter Ronald Goldman.
It's not often air traffic gets delayed on a crystal-clear sunny day, but what's happening in Phoenix is not ordinary. An intense heat wave is building in the Desert Southwest, threatening to tie or topple all-time record high temperatures. Temperatures reached 117 degrees yesterday. At lunch time today it was already 115. The forecast calls for 120 today. Phoenix's all-time record high is 122 degrees. The city has only hit 120 degrees three times in its history. Those lofty temperatures were an issue for some air travelers going through Sky Harbor Airport because extreme heat creates changes in the air density that make it harder for airplanes to take off. American Airlines cancelled 38 flights in and out of Phoenix this afternoon because of the expected extreme heat. The cancellations are for operations by smaller regional jets that have lower maximum operating temperatures than full-size airliners. Those smaller jets can't operate when it's 118 degrees or above.
Trivia Answer: The president was Richard Nixon and his operatives were arrested while breaking into the Watergate complex. According to President Nixon's secretary, Rose Mary Woods, she was reviewing a tape of the June 20th of 1972 recordings when she said she had made "a terrible mistake" during transcription. While playing the tape on a tape recirder, she answered a phone call. Reaching for the stop button on the recorder, she said that she mistakenly hit the button next to it, the record button. For the duration of the phone call, about 5 minutes, she kept her foot on the device's pedal, causing a five-minute portion of the tape to be re-recorded. When she listened to the tape, the gap had grown to 18½ minutes and she later insisted that she was not responsible for the remaining 13 minutes of buzz. By the way, Nixon was not the first president to record his White House conversations; the practice was initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940.
|Morning Trivia: Though rarely mentioned in print, this comic strip -- holder of the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip -- is set in Muncie Indiana. It chronicles the life of the title character; his owner, Jon Arbuckle; and Jon's dog. What is the comic strip?|
After consecutive six-run losses against Texas -- 10-4 Friday and 10-4 Saturday -- the Seattle Mariners got to the Rangers' yesterday and earned a long-awaited victory in Arlington. The Mariners beat Yu Darvish and the Rangers 7-3. Seattle returns home to face Detroit in a four-game series starting tonight.
Fans in Tacoma greeted Felix Hernandez with cheers and applause Saturday night each time he emerged from the dugout, and for good reason. It's likely -- hopefully -- the last time they’ll see The King in Tacoma this season. Hernandez was making his third rehabilitation start of the month at Cheney Stadium. He showed he's ready to finally return to Seattle. The former Cy Young is slated to start Friday night at Safeco as the Mariners host the Houston Astros.
Birthdays: Writer Salman Rushdie is 70; Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, actress Phylicia Rashad is 69; from Heart, singer Ann Wilson is 67; singer and dancer Paula Abdul is 55; cartoon cat Garfield is 39; Ben Haggerty -- better known as Macklemore -- is 34.
Today is Juneteenth. It commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the State of Texas. Celebrated on June 19th, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth, and is an official annual holiday in 29 of the United States. Today is Eat an Oreo Day. It's National Kissing Day. The objective of the day is to appreciate and enjoy a kiss. So, go ahead and swap some spit today. Pucker up and give out a big, juicy kiss to anyone and everyone. It's also National Martini Day. And it's World Sauntering Day -- a day to saunter here and there, wherever you go.You can spend your life walking through life, jogging through life, or being dragged through life. But, life is far more enjoyable, if you saunter through it. Sauntering is not a walk, jog, trot, or run. Sauntering is a form of strolling. Sauntering is a very casual, yet stylish, form of movement from point A to Point B.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1910, Father's Day was celebrated for the first time. It was in Spokane. In1912, the US government established the 8-hour work day. In 1941, General Mills in Minneapolis created a new dry breakfast cereal called Cheerie Oats. The name was later shortened to Cheerios. In 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released the single Purple Haze. In 1973, the stage production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened in London. In 1987, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia announced a new ice cream flavor: Cherry Garcia. In 1988, some 3,000 East Germans gathered at the Berlin Wall to hear Michael Jackson perform on the other side of the Wall in West Berlin. In 1998, Sinead O'Connor opened the second Lilith Fair in Portland, Oregon. In 2000, the US Supreme Court ruled that a group prayer led by students at public-school football games violated the 1st Amendment's principle that called for the separation of church and state.
This weekend featured a heated race between four new films that opened in wide release. It appears some faared better than others. The big winner is Disney and Pixar's Cars 3, which is speeding to $53.5 million, putting it in first place. That's a lower opening than Cars ($60.1 million) and Cars 2 ($66.1 million), but was still enough to win the weekend. Cars 3 bumps Wonder Woman out of first place, but the super hero movie continues to show strong finishing second for the weekend. Otherwise, Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me placed third. The second weekend of The Mummy placed fourth and 47 Meters Down debuted at No. 5. In theaters this next weekend: Transformers: The Last Knight.
How often do you fantasize about quitting your job? A survey says more than 60% of us think about it quite a bit. 32% said they fantasize about quitting multiple times a day; 30% said fairly often. Just 16% said they never think about quitting.
Trivia Answer: Garfield which made its debut on June 19th of 1978. The strip was created by Jim Davis. Garfield is named after Davis's grandfather. Jon Arbuckle's dog is named Odie. The strip was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. Common themes in the strip include Garfield's laziness, obsessive eating, and hatred of Mondays and diets. The strip's focus is mostly on the interactions among Garfield, Jon, and Odie, but recurring minor characters appear as well. Originally created with the intentions to come up with a good, marketable character, Garfield has spawned merchandise earning $750 million to $1 billion annually. In addition to the various merchandise and commercial tie-ins, the strip has spawned several animated television specials, two animated television series, two theatrical feature-length live-action films and three CGI animated direct-to-video movies. Part of the strip's broad appeal is due to its lack of social or political commentary; though this was Davis's original intention, he also admitted that his "grasp of politics isn't strong", remarking that, for many years, he thought "OPEC was a denture adhesive."
|Morning Trivia: He was an author, screenwriter, and educator. He's best known for writing the novel Love Story in 1970. It became a best-seller. He also wrote the motion picture of the same name, which was a major hit. Who was he?|
Former Mariner Chris Gimenez homered twice for the first time in his big league career, Eduardo Escobar sparked a five-run first inning for Minnesota with a two-run shot, and the Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 yesterday. Gimenez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the fateful first for Ariel Miranda, who lost for the first time in 10 starts for the Mariners and lasted only four innings with 10 hits and six runs allowed. Gimenez hit a solo drive in the third inning, giving the backup catcher 18 home runs in 867 big league plate appearances. The Mariners have moved on to Texas where they take on the Rangers through Sunday. Tonight, James Paxton gets the start and tries to bounce back after his first loss last Sunday.
Plans call for Felix Hernandez to start for Tacoma in a 7:05 game tomorrow night against Salt Lake at Cheney Stadium. If all goes well, Felix could return to active duty Thursday to face the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field.
Meanwhile, Mariners shortstop Jean Segura could play a rehab game for Triple-A Tacoma this weekend and be back in the Mariner lineup as soon as next week.
Birthdays: Part of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, Lamont Dozier is 76; she was Val on Knots Landing, actress Joan Van Ark is 74; boxer Roberto Duran is 66; singer Gino Vanelli is 65; she was Jackie on Roseanne, actress Laurie Metcalf is 62; and golfer Phil Mickelson is 47.
Today is Fresh Veggies Day. Take a vow to eat healthy today (and everyday), with fresh veggies for every meal, and for snacks, too. Ironically, today is also National Fudge Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1903, the Ford Motor Company was incorporated. In 1967, the Monterey Pop Festival began at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Northern California. The festival lasted three days. In 1970, Woodstock Ventures, the sponsors of the original Woodstock, announced that they lost more than $1.2 million on the festival. In 1978, the film adaptation of Grease premiered in New York City. In 1980, the movie The Blues Brothers opened in Chicago. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Ken Taylor, Canada's former ambassador to Iran, for helping six Americans escape from Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979-81; he is the first foreign citizen bestowed the honor. In 2008, California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Charitable giving in the US last year was up up nearly 3 percent from 2015. The Giving USA Annual Report on Philanthropy said individuals, estates, foundations and corporations gave $390.05 billion to charities in 2016, up from $379.89 billion in 2015.
The weekend is here. Time for new movies to hit theaters. Cars 3 expected to take over the top spot at the box office. The G-rated movie should earn between $55 million and $60 million. Also new in theaters this weekend, the R-rated Rough Night, the R-rated All Eyez on Me, and the PG-13 rated 47 Meters Down.
Trivia Answer: Erich Segal who was born on this date in 1937. In 1967, he wrote the screenplay for The Beatles' 1968 motion picture, Yellow Submarine. In the late 1960s, Segal collaborated on other screenplays, and also had written a romantic story by himself about a Harvard student and a Radcliffe student, but failed to sell it. However, literary agent Lois Wallace at the William Morris Agency suggested he turn the script into a novel and the result was a literary and motion picture phenomenon called Love Story. A New York Times No. 1 bestseller, the book became the top selling work of fiction for 1970 in the United States, and was translated into 33 languages worldwide. The motion picture of the same name was the number one box office attraction of 1970. Segal, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died of a heart attack in January of 2010.
|Morning Trivia: This actress, director, and screenwriter starred in Mad About You for seven years. She also played single mother Carol Connelly in the 1997 romantic comedy film As Good as It Gets, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Some of her other notable films include Twister in 1996, Cast Away, and Pay It Forward in 2000, and The Sessions in 2012 which garnered her a second Academy Award nomination. Who is she?|
A much more reasonable baseball game for the Ms and Twins yesterday comnpared to the past couple of days. Last night, Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino homered against Ervin Santana early, and the Seattle Mariners bullpen held off the Minnesota Twins late in a 6-4 victory. Ben Gamel added three hits and two runs for the Mariners, who have now won 12 of 17 games. Edwin Diaz picked up his 11th save in 13 opportunities and brought Seattle one win away from the .500 mark. The series finale is today. It's a matinee.
Birthdays: Coach Mike Holmgren is 69; from Air Supply, singer Russell Hitchcock is 68; baseball's Dusty Baker is also 68; from Kansas, singer Steve Walsh is 66; actor Jim Belushi is 63; baseball's Wade Boggs 59; actress Courteney Cox is 53; rapper and actor Ice Cube is 48; baseball's Andy Pettitte is 45; Doogie on Doogie Howser, MD, actor Neil Patrick Harris is 44; Tim Lincecum is 33; and celeb toddler North West is 4.
Today is Hee Haw Day, marking the debut of the TV show on June 15, 1969. Critics hated the show, so it lasted 20 years. Today is National Lobster Day. Today is Native American Citizenship Day. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans on June 15th of 1924. And today is Smile Power Day. Feel the power. Give everyone you see a big, friendly, smile.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1956, John Lennon met Paul McCartney in Woolton, England, at a church party. John was 15; Paul was 13. In 1989, Nirvana's first album Bleach was released. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle instructed a student to spell potato with an "e" on the end during a spelling bee -- p-o-t-a-t-o-e. He relied on a faulty flash card that had been written by the student's teacher. In 1994, Disney's movie The Lion King opened in American theaters. In 2001, a Houston jury convicted accounting firm Arthur Andersen of obstruction of justice, the first conviction involving the collapse of Enron.
Holy Bright Knight! Adam West is being honored by Los Angeles with a ceremonial lighting of the Bat-signal from City Hall. The actor played his premiere role as millionaire Bruce Wayne and superhero Batman in the 1960s television series. The Bat-signal was used in the show when the fictitious Gotham City Police Department needed to summon the superhero. According to an announcement from DC Comics, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck are joining Bat-guests to light the Bat-signal in tribute to West's portrayal of the Bright Knight. The lighting is coming up tonight at 9:00.
Trivia Answer: Helen Hunt who turns 54 today. Hunt was nominated for an Emmy Award for lead actress in a comedy seven years in a row, from 1993 through 1999, winning in the last four years. She has also won four Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
|Morning Trivia: He's a singer, songwriter, DJ, fashion designer, and photographer. He's the lead singer of a Grammy and Brit Award-winning pop band. At the height of the band's fame, during the 1980s, they recorded global hit songs such as Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Time (Clock of the Heart) and Karma Chameleon. Who is he?|
It apparently was just one of those nights. A day after the Mariners beat Minnesota 14-3, the Twins set a franchise record with 28 hits while batting around in two different innings and knocking off the Ms 20-7 last night. The 28 hits are the most in a game in MLB since the Rangers had 29 in a 30-3 win over the Orioles in August of 2007. Game three of the four-game series is tonight.
The Mariners won't play at Safeco Field after 2018. There apparently is a new name in the works. The Mariners' stadium got the name Safeco in 1998 and had it when it opened in July 1999. But the team and Safeco Insurance said yesterday the naming rights will not extend beyond the 2018 season. What will be the new name? The team says it has begun preliminary talks with potential naming rights partners.
Birthdays: From The Zombies and then Argent, singer Rod Argent is 72; The Donald, President Trump is 71; Carmine -- the Big Ragoo on Laverne and Shirley, actor Eddie Mekka is 65; and skater Eric Heiden 59.
Today is the Army's Birthday, marking creation of the US Army, the first military service, by the Continental Congress on June 14th, 1775. Today is Flag Day, a part of Flag Week in the US, marking adoption of the Stars & Stripes on June 14th, 1777. Today is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. Put aside your troubles and worries. Throw off the shackles of stress on every day living. Lock up your inhibitions in a safe, or a drawer. For today, is hereby declared Monkey Around Day.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1965, Paul McCartney recorded Yesterday, a song whose working title was Scrambled Eggs. Also in 1965, in New York’s Columbia studios, Bob Dylan recorded Like a Rolling Stone. In 1970, Grand Funk Railroad spent 100-thousand dollars on a block-long billboard in New York to advertise their single Closer to Home. In 1971, The world’s first Hard Rock Café opened in London. In 1976, The Gong Show debuted on NBC. Host Chuck Barris introduced amateur acts, the worst of which were gonged by a panel of judges. In 1995, the Columbus, Ohio, police received 20 complaints that a Ted Nugent concert there was too loud. Nevertheless, Ted refused to turn down the volume, as he was within the legal noise limits. In 1997, a 1939 comic book that featured the debut of Batman was auctioned in New York for $68,500.
Al Pacino is taking on the role of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno in an HBO movie about Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse scandal that rocked the football team and the school.
Trivia Answer: George O'Dowd, known professionally as Boy George, who turns 56 today. The band was Culture Club. George is known for his soulful voice and androgynous appearance. The band's debut album was Kissing to Be Clever. It was released in 1982. It went to No. 5 in the UK and No. 14 here in the States. The single Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?, became an international hit, reaching No. 1 in a dozen countries around the world, plus top ten in several more countries -- No. 2 here in the US. That was followed by the Top 5 hit Time, and I'll Tumble 4 Ya which reached No. 9. This gave Culture Club the distinction of being the first group since The Beatles to have three Top 10 hits in the US from a debut album.
|Morning Trivia: He is known for his role as Tim Taylor on ABC through the 1990s, as well as for his starring roles in several popular films, including Disney's The Santa Clause trilogy, and Disney/Pixar's Toy Story trilogy as the voice of Buzz Lightyear. From 2011 until his recent cancellation, he has starred as Mike Baxter in the TV series Last Man Standing, Who is he?|
Nelson Cruz drove in four runs, Mitch Haniger had four hits, and the Seattle Mariners started a series against Minnesota with a football score for the second time in a week. They beat the Twins 14-3 last night. The Ms and Twins match up again this afternoon.
Five strong innings by Felix Hernandez on Sunday in a rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma wasn't enough to convince the Mariners to change his recovery timetable. He'll still make at least one more rehab start. Plans call for Hernandez to start Saturday night for Tacoma in a game against Salt Lake at Cheney Stadium. Barring any setbacks, after Saturday, Felix returns to active duty June 22nd to face the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field.
Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
Today is Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, honoring those who are dangerous in the kitchen, those who would like to cook and be in the kitchen, but it just doesn't seem to work well for them. These are the people who set out with the intentions of Paula Dean or Julia Child as they open up the cookbook. Setting out the mixing bowl and ingredients, they imagine knife cuts as swift as Wolfgang Puck or Bobby Flay. However, reality quickly dissolves all those dreams as smoke billows from the oven and salt is mistaken for sugar. Those knife cuts become bloody and cookies and fingers are burnt. The Kitchen Klutz has struck, and visions of spilt milk are pitifully cried over.
Birthdays: The artist Christo is 82; the Siegfried half of Siegfried and Roy, Siegfried Fischbacher Uwe Ludwig Horn is 78; guitarist Howard Leese -- he spent 22 years with Heart -- is 66; actor -- he was John-Boy Walton -- Richard Thomas is also 66; actress Ally Sheedy is 55; TV journalist Hannah Storm is also 55; singer David Gray is 49; Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo is 47; and those Tanner girls -- though not for the reboot -- Ashley & Mary-Kate Olsen are 31.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1920, the US Post Office Department ruled that children may not be sent by parcel post. In 1966, in a case involving 23-year-old Ernesto Miranda, the US Supreme Court granted criminal suspects the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning. Miranda was retried, convicted, sent back to prison, paroled, and stabbed to death during a 1976 card game in Phoenix. In 1970, The Long and Winding Road became the Beatles' last US Number 1 song. In 1991, an Atlanta firm paid $2.4-million for an original copy of the US Declaration of Independence in New York. A flea market buff had found the document stuffed in the frame of a $4.00 painting. In 1995, Alanis Morissette released Jagged Little Pill. In 1994, a jury in Anchorage, Alaska, blames recklessness by Exxon and Captain Joseph Hazelwood for the Exxon Valdez disaster, allowing victims of the oil spill to seek $15 billion in damages. In 1997, Michael Jordan scored 39 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 to win their fifth NBA championship in seven years. In In 2005, Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges in his child molestation trial.
Trivia Answer: Tim Allen who is 64 today. He was Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on Home Improvement. Allen started his career as a comedian in 1975. On a dare from one of his friends, he participated in a comedy night at a comedy club in a suburb of Detroit. Allen rose to fame in acting with the ABC sitcom Home Improvement. In November of 1994, he simultaneously starred in the highest grossing film (Disney's The Santa Clause), topped the New York Times best-seller list with his book Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man, and appeared in the top rated television series (Home Improvement) within the span of one week. ast Man Standing ended its run on March 31st. The series followed Tim's character, Mike Baxter, a senior executive and director of marketing for an outdoor sporting goods store chain based in Denver. His world was filled with his wife, three daughters, and grandson. There were 130 episodes produced.
|Morning Trivia: He was Elliot Weston on thirtysomething. He played Kevin Costner's brother-in-law, Mark, in Field of Dreams. And he was Danny Concannon on The West Wing. Who is he?|
Toronto's Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the first inning and finished with three RBIs, former Mariner J-A Happ rediscovered the form that made him a 20-game winner last season with six shutout innings, and the Blue Jays beat the Mariners 4-0 yesterday. Donaldson and the Blue Jays knocked out Seattle starter James Paxton after just four innings, handing him his first loss of the season and sending the thousands of Toronto fans from western Canada back north of the border after their team won two of three this weekend. Seattle was shut out for the sixth time this season. Paxton was trying to become the eighth starting pitcher in club history to win his first six decisions of the season, but was off from the start. Seattle activated Mitch Haniger from the 10-day DL before yesterday's game. Haniger had been out since April 26th with a strained oblique after a scorching start to the season. The Mariners are now back on the road after wrapping up the longest homestand of the year. It's a seven-game, two-city trip. Yovani Gallardo gets the start as Seattle opens the road trip in Minnesota tonight.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez made his second rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma yesterday afternoon. He retired the first 14 batters before giving up a walk and a double. Hernandez allowed just one hit and struck out five, throwing 64 pitches. He's expected to make one more rehab start before rejoining the Mariners.
Birthdays: Former President George H. W. Bush is 93; singer Vic Damone is 89; Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show, actor Jim Nabors is 87; sports announcer Marv Albert is 76; keyboardist and composer Chick Corea is also 76; Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos is 67; singer and musician Rocky Burnette is 64; singer Meredith Brooks is 59; blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 40.
The star of the 1960s television series Batman, Adam West, died Friday night in Los Angeles. The pop culture icon was born in Walla Walla and attended Walla Walla High School for two years before moving to Seattle where he graduated from Lakeside School. He returned to Walla Walla for college where he graduated from Whitman College with a degree in literature. West played the title character for 120 episodes of the campy 1960s Batman TV series and in 1966’s Batman: The Movie. The show ran from 1966 to 1968 but typecast West for the remainder of his career. He embraced his connection to the Caped Crusader in later years providing the voice to animated versions of Batman and playing the role in an episode of the Simpsons. Adam West died following a short battle with leukemia. He was 88.
Today is Red Rose Day, a time to enjoy and appreciate America's favorite flower, the red rose. A red rose signifies love. A June setting for Red Rose Day is very appropriate, as this is by far the most popular month for weddings. And, they are in bloom in the gardens across America this month. In addition to being the most popular cut flower, roses are also the most popular flower in flower beds and around foundations of houses, garages and sheds.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1839, according to legend, Abner Doubleday created the game of baseball. One hundred years later, on this date in 1939, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, New York. In 1965, Queen Elizabeth honored the Beatles by making them members of the Order of the British Empire. Several British Army officers were so outraged, they returned their medals. Also in 1965, Sonny and Cher made their television debut on Dick Clark's American Bandstand. In 1967, the US Supreme Court struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages. In 1982, 75,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons in New York City's Central Park. Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt were in attendance. In 1985, David Lee Roth confirmed he was leaving Van Halen. In 1994, the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found in pools of blood in Los Angeles. Miss Simpson's ex-husband, OJ Simpson, was charged in the stabbings, then acquitted, but held liable in a civil court action. Also in 1994, the Boeing 777, the world's largest twinjet, made its first flight. In 1997, interleague play began in baseball, ending a 126-year tradition of separating the major leagues until the World Series. In 2000, a construction worker at a police station in Downey, California, found a wallet in the men's room that had been stolen in 1957. The wallet, wedged between a cast-iron sink and a wall, was in good condition and contained the female owner's driver's license, Social Security card, photos of children and a check for $107. Police had moved into the building in the 1990s. In 2009, here in the US, the switch from analog TV transmission to digital was completed.
Different weekend, similar story: Wonder Woman is box office royalty. The film earned $57.2 million in its second weekend, putting it solidly in first place. The Mummy, meanwhile, is eyeing $32.2. That's a slow start for the film intended to launch an extended universe of monster-related titles but good enough for number two for the weekend. Third place goes to Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales sails to fourth place. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rounds out the top five for the weekend.
One ticket sold in California matched all the winning numbers drawn on Saturday for the Powerball jackpot that soared to an estimated $448.7. The lump sum payout for the winning ticket would be $279.1 million.
Trivia Answer: Timothy Busfield who is 60 today. In 1991 he received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for thirtysomething. He is also the founder of the 501(c)(3) non-profit children's theatre Fantasy Theatre for Children and B Street Theatre. Busfield married actress Melissa Gilbert in April of 2013. Busfield and Gilbert now live in Howell, Michigan.
|Morning Trivia: He was a jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention. Who was he?|
The Minnesota Twins took advantage of two errors on one play by Robinson Cano in a 2-1 win over the Mariners last night. Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep and snapped Seattle's five-game winning streak. Yes, there were unexpected blunders from one of the best defensive second basemen in the game. With two out in the fifth inning and a runner on second, Cano misplayed Joe Mauer's slow grounder. He compounded the mistake by trying to catch Ehire Adrianza at third base, but Cano's throw was low, skipped past Kyle Seager and allowed Adrianza to score. Up next, the Mariners wrap up the longest homestand of the season hosting the Toronto Blue Jays for a weekend series starting tonight.
Birthdays: Comedian Jackie Mason is 86; Donald Duck is 83; sportcaster Dick Vitale is 78; actor Michael J. Fox is 56; Captain Jack Sparrow, actor Johnny Depp is 54; Hootie and the Blowfish bass player Dean Felber is 49; Toad the Wet Sprocket’s bass player, Dean Dinning is also 49; and actress Natalie Portman is 36.
Today is National Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie Day. It's also Donald Duck Day. Happy Birthday, Donald. We hope that Daisy Duck bakes you your favorite cake. Donald Duck Day is in honor of Donald Duck's cartoon debut. Donald first appeared in The Wise Hen on June 9th of 1934. While Donald is now over 80 years old, he doesn't act a day over 20. Did you Know? Donald has a middle name. Donald F. Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1943, the withholding tax on payrolls was authorized by the US Congress. In 1946, Mel Ott (with the New York Giants) became the first manager to be ejected from a doubleheader (both games). In 1978, The Rolling Stones released the album Some Girls. In 1980, Richard Pryor was severely burned by a "free-base" mixture that exploded. He was hospitalized more than two months.
Trivia Answer: Les Paul who was born on this date in 1915. Les taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly known for rock music he had an early career in country music. His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. On August 12, 2009, Paul died of complications from pneumonia. Upon learning of his death many artists and popular musicians paid tribute by publicly expressing their sorrow. Slash called him "vibrant and full of positive energy.", while Richie Sambora referred to him as "revolutionary in the music business". U2 guitarist The Edge said, "His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten."
|Morning Trivia: He's a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and one-time lead singer with The Steve Miller Band, and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles from the critically acclaimed album Silk Degrees which peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 in 1976. Who is he?|
Mike Zunino hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the ninth inning, a two-run shot that gave the surging Seattle Mariners a 6-5 comeback victory over the Minnesota Twins last night. Kyle Seager and Carlos Ruiz also homered for the Mariners, who overcame a three-run deficit and won for the ninth time in 10 games. The Ms are back to .500 at 30-and-30. They're in second place in the AL West (okay, they're 12 games back but they are in second place). The Ms and Twins wrap up their series tonight before the Toronto Blue Jays arrive at Safeco tomorrow for a three-game weekend set.
Mariner Shortstop Jean Segura might be hurt but he's not hurting. The Mariners confirmed agreement yesterday on a five-year contract extension with Segura that includes a club option for 2023. It buys out one year of arbitration eligibility and four years of free agency. The deal is believed to be valued at $70 million for the five guaranteed years with a $17 million club option for the 2023 season. It is also believed to contain a no-trade clause.
Birthdays: Former first lady Barbara Bush is 92; Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, actor Jerry Stiller is 90; Frank's daughter, singer Nancy Sinatra is 77; one of the three in Three Dog Night, singer Chuck Negron is 75; actress Kathy Baker is 67; singer Bonnie Tyler is 66; the creator of the cartoon Dilbert, Scott Adams is 60; actor and director Keenen Ivory Wayans is 59; from Simply Red, singer Mick Hucknall is 57; Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes is 55; rapper and producer Kanye West is 40; guitarist Derek Trucks is 38; and singer Alex Band is 36.
Today is National Best Friends Day. Today is Snidely Whiplash Imitation Day, a day to see who can do the best impression of Dudley Do-Right’s arch enemy. Today is National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day. Today is also Name Your Poison Day, a day to make a choice. The term Name Your Poison is commonly used to suggest that you select among a number of options. The term has a negative connotation. The origin of the term is unknown but, at the time, it probably referred to some unhappy choice.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, Babe Ruth blasted a home run over the right-field roof of Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The ball landed on Plum Street and rolled on the pavement, stopping 850 feet from home plate. No home run ball ever traveled farther. In 1965, Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay merged to form PepsiCo, Inc. In 1969, the New York Yankees retired #7 on Mickey Mantle Day. A crowd of 60,096 paid to honor Mantle. In 1988, Nippon Airways announced that bird collisions had decreased by 20% since it painted eyeballs on its jetliners. In 1998, the National Rifle Association elected actor Charlton Heston as its president.
Trivia Answer: William Royce Scaggs -- Boz Scaggs -- who turns 73 today. As a child, he attended a Dallas private school, St. Mark's School of Texas, where a schoolmate gave him the nickname Bosley, later shortened to Boz. After learning guitar at the age of 12, it was at St. Mark's School, that Boz met Steve Miller. The pair would later attend college together. Scaggs appeared on the first two Steve Miller Band albums. Today, Scaggs continues to write, record music, and tour.
|Morning Trivia: He is a politician, lawyer, and vice president. He was the 50th Governor of Indiana. Who is he? |
Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager hit three-run homers and James Paxton was effective enough for five innings to pace Seattle to a 12-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night as Seattle won for the eighth time in nine games. The Ms and Twins do it again tonight. Yovani Gallardo gets the start for Seattle.
Felix Hernandez started last night for Triple-A Tacoma. Not a great outing. He allowed five runs and four hits -- one of them a grand slam -- in two innings with three strikeouts and two walks in a 50-pitch outing. The good news is that he felt no discomfort. He has another Cheney Stadium start slated for Sunday before he returns to the Mariners. He says that'll be during a three-game series against the Texas Rangers the 16, 17th, and 18th.
Birthdays: Singer Tom Jones is 77; talk show host Jenny Jones is 71; actor Liam Neeson is 65; actor William Forsythe is 62; singer Joey Scarbury -- remember the Theme from The Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not) -- is also 62; record producer L.A. Reid is 61; singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dave Navarro is 50; former NBA MVP Allen Iverson is 42; tennis player Anna Kournikova is 36; and singer Iggy Azalea is 27.
Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, a great day to eat America's favorite flavor of ice cream. Today is Betamax Day, marking Sony’s introduction of the first videocassette recorder on this date in 1975. It sold for $995 and eventually disappeared as consumers preferred VHS-format VCRs, introduced later. Today is Plymouth Day, the day the first Plymouth rolled off the assembly line in 1928.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1924, the ruthless criminal Joey Chill shot and killed millionaire Thomas Wayne while Wayne's wife Martha watched in horror, then died of a heart attack. The couple's son, Bruce Wayne, dedicated himself to fighting crime as the caped crusader Batman. In 1972, the musical Grease opened on Broadway. The '50s style musical lasted through April 13th of 1980 for 3,388 performances. In 1993, Sam Phillips, Chuck Berry, Billy Joel and Pete Townshend were all on hand as the ground was broken for Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1993, the artist once upon a time known as Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. By the way, it's his birthday today. He would've been 59. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames 2-1 in playoff game seven to win their first Stanley Cup.
Interesting flashback from one year ago: Marshawn Lynch is putting to rest any lingering speculation about a possible return to the NFL in an interview with 60 Minutes Sports. In the interview, Lynch says, "I'm retired. Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? This one? I'm done. I'm not playing football anymore." The whispers lingered that Lynch wasn't ready to end his playing career, especially with his hometown team, the Oakland Raiders, in need of a veteran running back. Lynch was asked directly about the Raiders in the interview. He said, "No, I'm done. I'm done. I enjoyed my time playing and now it's time to watch my cousins do their thing."
Jump ahead, Marshawn Lynch yesterday: Lynch wanted to give Oakland fans one last chance to cheer an Oakland native playing for an Oakland team. "Maybe them (the Raiders) staying probably wouldn't have been so big for me to want to come and play but knowing that they were leaving and a lot of the kids here probably won't have an opportunity to see most of their idols growing up being a hometown no more. With me being from here, continuing to be here, it gives them an opportunity to get to see somebody that's actually from where they're from and for the team that they probably idolize."
The NFL approved the Raiders' proposed move to Las Vegas starting in the 2020 season on March 27th. The following week, Lynch visited the Raiders to talk about the possibility of coming out of retirement. That happened three weeks later when Seattle agreed to trade Lynch's rights to Oakland.
Trivia Answer: The 48th and current Vice President of these United States, Mike Pence who is 58 today. He was Indiana's Governor from 2013 until he dropped out of his gubernatorial re-election campaign to become the vice presidential running mate for at-the-time Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
|Morning Trivia: He's a film and stage actor, voice actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the infamous serial killer Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street film series. Who is he?|
After a day off yesterday following a three-game sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, it's back to it for the Mainers. The homestand continues tonight with James Paxton getting the start in the first of three against the Minnesota Twins tonight.
Some guy named Felix is starting for the Rainiers in Tacoma tonight.
Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Gary US Bonds is 78; singer-songwriter Dwight Twilley is 66; actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard is 62; a former world No. 1 tennis player from Sweden widely considered to be one of the greatest in tennis history, Björn Borg is 61; guitarist Steve Vai is 57; Vinnie on Doogie Howser MD, actor Max Casella is 50; actor Paul Giamatti is also 50; and Uncle Kracker -- real name Matthew Shafer -- is 43.
Today is National Applesauce Cake Day. Today is National Yo-Yo Day, marking the birthdate of businessman Donald F. Duncan Sr., who manufactured the popular Duncan Yo-Yo in the early 1900s. Today is the anniversary of D-Day. In 1944, before dawn, 2,727 ships of every description converged on Normandy, carrying 2-million tons of war materials, including tanks, armored cars, trucks, jeeps and half-tracks and 155,000 fighting men the first day. Today is Helicopter Day. The first helicopter was tested in Berlin on this day in 1936.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1872, Susan B. Anthony led a group of women to register and vote in a Rochester, New York, election. She was arrested, tried, and sentenced to pay a fine. She refused to pay and was released by a judge who was afraid she'd appeal to a higher court. In 1933, Richard Hollingshead opened the world’s first drive-in movie on 10 acres off Wilson Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey. The screen was 40 by 30 feet. Admission was 25 cents per car plus another quarter for each passenger. In 1971, after 23 years, The Ed Sullivan Show was cancelled. Gladys Knight and the Pips were the last musical guests. In 1978, 20/20 debuted on ABC. In 1984, Tetris, one of the best-selling video games of all-time, was released. In 1992, Pete Townshend won a Tony for Best Original Score for the Broadway production of Tommy. In 2005, the United States Supreme Court ruled that federal authorities could prosecute sick people who smoke marijuana on doctor's orders. The ruling concluded that state medical marijuana laws did not protect users from the federal ban on the drug.
A survey out reveals what many fathers have been saying for years: Dads do, in fact, get slighted on Father's Day. The study reports that 86% of Americans shell out more money on Mother's Day than they do on Father's Day.
A billboard in New Mexico promoting a breakfast burrito is getting a lot of laughs. The McDonald’s billboard reads: “Usually when you roll something this good it’s illegal.” The billboard is right on the New Mexico-Colorado state line. Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, not in New Mexico.
Trivia Answer: Robert Englund who is 70 today. Interesting to note that Englund is a classically trained actor. Englund was briefly considered for the part of Han Solo in the 1977 film Star Wars and told his close friend who was sleeping on his couch, Mark Hamill, to go audition for the role of young Luke Skywalker for which Hamill ultimately was cast. Englund has made over 100 appearances on film and television. His early film roles usually typed him as a nerd or a redneck. But after such typecasting, Englund went against type when he accepted the role of Freddy Krueger, the psychotic burn victim and child murderer in Wes Craven's hugely successful A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984. This role catapulted him to fame. Although the character of Freddy Krueger is regarded as one of the most terrifying in cinema history, Englund is often described by fellow actors and film crews as being extremely friendly and appreciative of his fans, many admitting that his portrayal of Krueger legitimately frightened them as children.
|Morning Trivia: He was a fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man. Many of his works have been adapted into comic books, television shows, and films. Who was he?|
Ariel Miranda's tough spring training seems like a long time ago right now. Miranda pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 on Sunday to sweep their weekend series. The Ms won Friday 12-4, and then Saturday 9-2. Yesterday, Miranda struck out a career-high nine and walked one. Miranda's third straight win also was Seattle's first complete game of the season. Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and Mike Zunino picked up two more RBIs in Seattle's seventh win in eight games. Jarrod Dyson also drove in two runs. Zunino, a .196 career hitter who had a career-high seven RBIs on Saturday, is hitting .308 since being recalled from the minors on May 22nd and leads the team with 13 RBIs during that span. I was disappointed that after Taylor Motter's Grand Slam on Friday and Mike Zunino's Saturday, that there wasn't one yesterday. An off day for the Ms today. The homestand continues tomorrow night as the Ms welcome in the Minnesota Twins. James Paxton gets the start for Seattle.
The Mariners Felix Hernandez expected to have a rehab start tomorrow at Triple-A Tacoma. He has been on the disabled list since April 26th.
Birthdays: Political commentator Bill Moyers is 83; businessman and owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft is 76; financial guru and TV personality Suze Orman is 66; saxophonist Kenny Gorelick, known simply as Keeny G is 61; singer-songwriter Brian McKnight is 48; actor and singer Mark Wahlberg is 46; and the bassist for Fall Out Boy, Pete Wentz is 38
Today is World Environment Day, a day that focuses attention on important environmental issues. According to the United Nations World Environment Day is commemorated each year on June 5th. It's one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1968, Senator and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan in Los Angeles. The next day, The Rolling Stones amended their new song Sympathy for the Devil to reference the event. David Crosby was also inspired to write Long Time Gone in memory of the senator. In 1975, The Ramones released their self-titled debut. In 1977, Alice Cooper's boa constrictor was bitten by a live rat it was being fed for breakfast. The snake died. Also in 1977, the Apple II computer, with 4K of memory, went on sale for $1,298. In 1981, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS. In 1982, actress Sophia Loren was released from an Italian jail after serving 17 days for tax evasion. In 1989, Toronto’s Sky Dome opened, but the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Blue Jays 5-3. In 1993, a New Jersey court ruled that a father had to pay for the legal defense of his two teenage sons, who were charged with trying to hire a hit man to kill him.
Wonder Woman is officially a box office hero. The film appears to have delivered on massively high expectations -- the super hero film is looking at a $100.5 million domestic opening weekend. That, combined with an international take of $122.5 million gives the movie a global opening of $223 million. The only other major release this weekend was Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie which finishes second with $23.5. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales finishes third for the weekend. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues to stay in the top five, this weekend in the fourth slot. Baywatch rounds out the top five.
TV tonight features the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The Predators host the Penguins in Game 4. The Penguins lead the series. It's tonight on NBC.
Trivia Answer: Ray Bradbury who died on this date five years ago -- back in 2012 -- at the age of 91, after a lengthy illness. Bradbury is credited with writing 27 novels and over 600 short stories. More than eight million copies of his works, published in over 36 languages, have been sold around the world.
|Morning Trivia: He was an actor and comedian, a game show host and panellist. He was well known for playing Corporal Peter Newkirk on Hogan's Heroes, being the original host of the Family Feud game show, and for being a regular panelist on the 1970s version of Match Game. Who was he?|
Mark Reynolds and Nolan Arenado homered to back Kyle Freeland, and the Colorado Rockies stopped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday. Colorado closed out four straight games against the Mariners in interleague play by jumping on Yovani Gallardo with four runs in the second inning. Reynolds provided the big blow with a two-run homer to deep left-center field, his 14th this season. Arenado led off the third inning with his 13th home run, and the Rockies stopped Seattle's four-game winning streak. Mariners shortstop Jean Segura was helped off the field after injuring his right ankle on a slide into second base in the fourth inning and designated hitter Nelson Cruz was hit on the top of his left hand with a pitch from Freeland in the third inning. Cruz remained in the game but was lifted for pinch-hitter Boog Powell in the fifth. Segura's appeared the more serious of the two injuries. Segura slid hard into second base, and his right ankle appeared to get awkwardly pinned under his body. Up next, Christian Bergman starts as Seattle opens a three-game series against Tampa Bay tonight. Bergman threw seven shutout innings in his last start, against Boston.
Birthdays: She was Hot Lips Houlihan in the movie M*A*S*H, actress Sally Kellerman is 80; actor Stacy Keach is 76; Rock Hall of Famer drummer Charlie Watts from the Rolling Stones is also 76; Beaver Cleaver, actor Jerry Mathers is 69; comedian Dana Carvey is 62; retired racecar driver Kyle Petty is 57; the original host of the TV show Don’t Forget The Lyrics, comedian Wayne Brady is 45; and. he was a Mariner for 11 years, Raúl Ibañez is also 45.
Today is National Bubba Day. A day that honors anyone named or called Bubba. To qualify to be honored today, your name can be formally, or informally Bubba. You can even take on the name Bubba for just the day. That way everyone can celebrate this day. Today is also National Leave The Office Early Day. Today is also National Rocky Road Day -- a day all about eating ice cream, specifically Rocky Road ice cream. It's also National Doughnut Day always clebrated on the first Friday in June. National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by the Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1835, PT Barnum and his circus started their first tour of the United States. The main attraction was Joice Heth, reputed to be the 161-year-old nurse of George Washington. In 1896, Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent for his newest invention, the radio. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States. In 1935, George Herman "Babe" Ruth announced that he was retiring from baseball. In 1953, Elizabeth was crowned queen of England at Westminster Abbey. In 1997, in Denver, Timothy McVeigh was convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. He was executed four years later. In 2004, Ken Jennings began his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy! In 2012, the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the killing of demonstrators during the 2011 Egyptian revolution.
New in theaters this weekend: Wonder Woman’s reviews are out of this world, with better than 90% of the Top Critics on Rotten Tomatoes liking it. The film is on track to make at least $95 million in North America. It's rated PG-13. Also in theaters is Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. It's rated PG.
Mentioned earlier that today is National Donut Day. According to a recent survey -- I loves me dome surveys -- 51% of Americans say they think more highly of people who bring donuts into the office. Just sayin'.
Trivia Answer: Richard Dawson who died on this date in 2012. He was a British-American. In 1984, he became an American citizen while retaining his British citizenship. He was born Colin Lionel Emm. After a stint in the British Merchant Navy, he began pursuing a comedy career using the stage name Dickie Dawson. He later revised this to become Richard Dawson, which he later legally adopted as his real name. One of Dawson's trademarks on Family Feud, kissing the female contestants, earned him the nickname The Kissing Bandit. Television executives repeatedly tried to get him to stop the kissing. After receiving criticism for the practice, he asked viewers to write in and vote on the matter. The mail response was 704 against and 14,600 in favor. Dawson died at age 79 from complications of esophageal cancer.
|Morning Trivia: She's a German-American supermodel, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, author, and actress. She appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and in 1999 became the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel. Who is she?|
James Paxton and three relievers combined on a four-hitter to help the Seattle Mariners shutout the Colorado Rockies 5-0 last night. Paxton, activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, retired 16 of the first 17 hitters he faced, allowing only a two-out infield single in the third inning. Paxton had been sidelined with a left forearm strain. He struck out six and walked one. Next up, right-hander Yovani Gallardo who has never beaten the Rockies gets another chance. He is 0-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 11 career games against Colorado. He's on the hill for the series finale this afternoon.
Birthdays: Singer Pat Boone is 83; actor Morgan Freeman is 80; Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is 70; actress and singer Lisa Hartman-Black is 61; singer Alanis Morissette is 43; and stand-up comedian, writer and actress Amy Schumer is 36.
Today is a challenging day, it's Dare Day. Dare Day is a day to challenge someone, and to do a dare yourself. To dare someone to do something risky or challenging is one thing. Declaring the "double dog dare" heightens the challenge. The highest degree of challenge is to "triple dog dare" someone. It should not be used lightly, or frequently. Today is Flip a Coin Day. It's a day when making decisions is as easy as flipping a coin. This tradition dates back to Julius Caesar. Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice was unclear. Today is National Go Barefoot Day. Whether you’re at work or not, find a way to rebel against shoes, be it running barefoot through the grass and pampering your feet, or kicking off your shoes under your desk at work when your boss isn’t looking. Today is Say Something Nice Day. Thank someone, encourage someone, compliment everyone. The purpose of this holiday is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility and common courtesy that is growing among people in today’s world. Today is CNN Day. TV's first all news service debuted on this date in 1980, the Cable News Network.
Calendar notes: On this date in 1926, actress Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles. On her birthday in 1995 the US Postal Service honored the actress with a 32-cent stamp. In 1938, baseball helmets were worn for the first time. In 1954, in the Peanuts comic strip, Linus' security blanket debuted. In 1967, The Beatles released the album, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in Britain. It was released here in the states the next day. In 1972, at Abbey Road Studios in London, Pink Floyd began recording their album Dark Side of the Moon. In 1978, the US reported the finding of wiretaps in the American embassy in Moscow. In 1991, some students in the Netherlands, completed the world's largest jigsaw puzzle: 204,484 pieces. They finished the 1,036-square-foot puzzle in eight days. In 1993, Connie Chung joined Dan Rather to co-anchor The CBS Evening News. She was dropped two years later. In 2009, General Motors filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The filing made GM the largest US industrial company to enter bankruptcy protection.
June is Let's Get Married Month. Or, at least, it used to be back in the 1400s and 1500s when May was the month everybody took an annual bath, and everybody smelled better in June.
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, Accordion Awareness Month, Bathroom Reading Month, Cancer from the Sun Month, Celibacy Awareness Month, Children's Awareness Month, Dairy Month, No-Dairy Month, Fireworks Safety Month, Great Outdoors Month, International Men's Month, National Candy Month, National Iced Tea Month, Potty Training Awareness Month, National Rose Month, National Soul Food Month, and National Turkey Lovers Month.
The Obama family has officially bought a piece of D.C. property. Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama purchased the home they've been renting since they left the White House in January. The Obamas have said they plan to remain in the capital while their 15-year-old daughter Sasha finishes high school. The couple bought the 8,200-square-foot eight-bedroom, 9½-bath mansion for $8.1 million.
Trivia Answer: Heidi Klum who turns 44 today. Following a successful modeling career, Klum became the host and a judge of Germany's Next Topmodel and the reality show Project Runway which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2008 and a win in 2013. She's been nominated for six Emmy Awards. As an occasional actress, she had supporting roles in a handful of movies including Blow Dry in 2001, Ella Enchanted in 2004, and she made cameo appearances in The Devil Wears Prada in 2006 and Perfect Stranger in 2007. She has also appeared on TV shows including Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives and Parks and Recreation. In May of 2011, Forbes magazine estimated Klum's total earnings for that year as $20 million. She is ranked second on Forbes' list of the World's Top-Earning Models, behind Gisele Bündchen. In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native German citizenship. Klum and Seal got engaged in December 2004 on a glacier in Whistler, British Columbia and married on May 10th of 2005 on a beach in Mexico. They have three biological children together. During their marriage, Klum and Seal renewed their vows to one another each year on their anniversary in front of family and friends. On January 22th of 2012, the couple announced that they were separating after almost seven years of marriage. She filed for divorce from Seal three months later on April 6th of 2012. Their divorce was finalized on October 14th of 2015.