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Music Calendar...

In 1928 Louis Armstrong records "West End Blues."

In 1937 Composer Maurice Ravel dies in Paris, France.

In 1944 The musical "On the Town," with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, opens on Broadway.

In 1957 Ricky Nelson is featured on the cover of TV Guide.

In 1959 "Why" by Frankie Avalon is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1962 The Beatles perform one of their last concerts at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.

In 1963 Bobby Vee ("The Night Has A Thousand Eyes") marries Karen Bergen.

In 1968 The Miami Festival featuring Steppenwolf, 3 Dog Night, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, Turtles, Canned Heat and Joni Mitchell gets under way in Hallendale, FL. 100,000 people show-up at the 3-day event.

In 1968 The Beatles' so-called "White Album" hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 9 weeks (nonconsecutive).

In 1968 "Touch Me" by the Doors and "This Magic Moment" by Jay &…

Today In History...

In 1694 Queen Mary II of England dies after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.

In 1832 John Calhoun becomes the first U.S. vice president to resign, stepping down after differences with Preisdent Andrew Jackson.

In 1846 Iowa becomes the 29th U.S. state.

In 1869 A patent for chewing gum is granted to William Findley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio.

In 1902 Trans-Pacific cable links Hawaii to the mainland.

In 1906 The NCAA is formed as the Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

In 1908 80,000 die when a earthquake strikes Messina, Italy.

In 1917 The New York Evening Mail publishes a fictitious essay by H.L. Mencken on the history of bathtubs in America.

In 1939 The first B-24 bomber protype (Liberator) is test flown.

In 1945 The Pledge of Allegiance is officially recognized by the U.S. Congress.

In 1945 Author, Theodore Dreiser dies in Hollywood, California.

In 1950 Chinese troops cross the 38th Parallel into South Korea.

In 1954 Kansas' 24-hour snowfall record is set at 2…

Born On This Day...

In 1763 John Molson, founder of a Montreal brewery
In 1856 Woodrow Wilson, 28th U.S. president (1912-21) (Nobel-1919)
In 1882 English astrophysicist, Arthur Eddington
In 1882 Astronomer/physician, Sir Arthur Eddington
In 1894 Football player, Ed Healey (Bears)
In 1896 Composer, Roger Sessions
In 1900 Basebll Hall-of-Famer, Ted Lyons (White Sox) [d: 7-25-86]
In 1905 Comedian/actor, Cliff Arquette (Charlie Weaver) [d: 9-23-74]
In 1905 Jazz pianist/bandleader, Earl "Fatha" Hines [d: 4-22-83]
In 1906 Baseball player, Tommy Bridges (Tigers) [d: 4-19-68]
In 1908 Actor, Lew Ayres (All Quiet On The Western Front) [d: 12-30-96]
In 1909 Singer, Billy Williams (Your Show Of Shows) [d: 10-17-72]
In 1913 Actor, Lou Jacobi (Irma La Douce, Arthur) [d: 10-23-09]
In 1914 Actor, Lee Bowman (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover) [d: 12-25-79]
In 1915 Singer, Roebuck "Pops" Staple (The Staple Singers) [d: 12-19-00]
In 1920 Football Hall-of-Famer, Steve Van Buren (Eagles) [d: 8-23-12]
In 1921 Singer/songwri…

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS ARE FOR LOSERS

After spending awkward quality time this holiday season with family steeped in meals, gifts and traditions, many people will be prepared to make bold, sweeping changes in their lives. Forty percent of Americans will take stock of their year and make a declarative statement of their intentions for the year to come. Eighty percent of us will fail within 30 days. With only 8% of resolution makers actually seeing follow through, more often than not making a resolution will result in frustration and a sense of defeat. According to Statista, 53% of Americans surveyed in 2017 wanted to save money in the coming year closely followed by 43% who want to lose weight or get in shape. A desire to be healthier and richer are certainly great goals, but knowing that over three-quarters of those who embark on these goals are going to fail, what's a person to do?

Don't make resolutions

Resolutions clearly don't work for the majority of people in America. Why continue putting energy into somet…

HOW TO STOP A DRUNK FRIEND FROM DRIVING ON NEW YEARS EVE

Lisa M. Najavies PH.D. Associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and author of "A Woman's Addiction Workbook" offers these tips to stop a friend from driving drunk:

Be cool and calm.
When people are under the influence, their emotional response is heightened, so they're far more likely to overreact and get defensive if you take an accusatory tone. When talking to them, it's critical to stay steady, not raise your voice, and maintain eye contact.

Come up with plan B.
Make it easy for your drunken friend not to drive. Suggest an alternative, rather than just telling them no. Offer them a ride (and a promise to drive them back to pick up their wheels tomorrow) or call a cab.

Use delay tactics.
If your pal insists she is not drunk and is absolutely fine to drive, then ask her to sit with you -- no drink in hand -- while you have a cup of coffee. The effect of alcohol diminishes with time, so the longer she can be prevented from getting behind the wheel, …

CATCH PHRASES YOU SHOULD QUIT SAYING

Catch phrases you should quit saying according to Men's Health:

"I meant to..."
Translation: "I thought of you, and then immediately thought of something better." It's not always the thought that counts.

"I'm sorry you feel that way."
An apology doesn't need to be long or repetitious. You just need to mean it, and to acknowledge that you were wrong not that someone thought you were wrong.

"I'm not here to make friends."
Reality TV contestants say that to each other all the time. Seriously. Search the phrase on YouTube. Know when that attitude helps in the real world? Never.

"It's a win--win."
Say that and other people hear, "I win and you lose, but you won't realize that for another 2 weeks when I'm nowhere to be found, so in the end, I win twice."

"How much do I owe?"
Long division is for the classroom, not the restaurant. Pick up the check once in a while and you won't feel guilty when yo…

TEN WORDS COLLEGE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW

Educated men and women have more than a diploma to show for their efforts. They also have an expanded vocabulary. Grammarly.com has helpfully published a list of words that every college student (and graduate) should know. Do you? Here are the ten words every college student should know:

1. Corroborate

To corroborate is to confirm or make more certain.

2. Disparate

Disparate things are distinctly dissimilar.

3. Extrapolate

Extrapolate means to infer something from the information that you have.

4. Laconic

Laconic is an adjective that describes the quality of relating much in few words.

5. Pedantic

Pedantic teachers are overly concerned with small details or formalism. Outside of teaching, it can refer to anyone who is ostentatious about their own knowledge.

6. Pragmatic

The term pragmatic has several definitions that relate to considering the practical aspects of matters. A philosophical movement, pragmatism, uses the practical consequences of a belief as the basis for determining truth and value…

YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF NERVE

There are 46 miles of it in your body. Think you know everything there is to know about yourself? Here are some interesting facts concerning your body that you may not be aware of:

Your fingernails grow four times faster than your toenails.

It's impossible to sneeze without closing your eyes.

Your right lung holds more air than your left one.

If you're a woman, your body will produce 7 million egg cells over your lifetime.

You and other average folks have 4.4 pounds of bacteria living inside you.

At least 40,000 of those bacteria reside in your mouth.

There are more than 100 viruses that can cause a runny nose.

If you have blue eyes, you are more sensitive to pain than others.

If you're not color blind, your eyes can detect 10 million hues.

Your brain generates more electrical impulses each day than all the telephones in the world put together.

Normally, you will breathe at least 23,000 times in a day.

You were born with 300 bones in your body, but as an adult you have only 206.

The st…

TOP 10 COUPLE FIGHTS

(from Women's Own magazine)

You spent how much?

You're more interested in your job than me!

Why do you always flirt?

I never see you anymore!

We don't have sex like we used to.

You never help with the housework.

You always take your Moms side no matter what.

You always give into the kids.

You don't like my friends.

You never say you love me anymore.

DID YOU KNOW?

27% of women wish their man would do the household chore of vacuuming.The number of high school students that drive has decreased by 15% over the last 5 years.When blowing out birthday candles, one in every four women say they've wished for more time with their husbands.45% of men tried on women's clothing when home alone.In today's real estate market, a home without broadband or high-speed Internet access could lose up to 20% of its re-sale value.Beer is the third most consumed beverage on the planet.Chances are you had 106 of these this year, what? A perfect night's sleep.

TODAY IS

It's hard (rock) to believe, but Edgar Winter turns 72 today. He's most famous for his song, "Frankenstein." Not many people know, but I wrote the words for that song.

National Chocolate Candy Day -- Psychologist Dorothy Maples, of Detroit, says your personality is revealed by your choice of chocolate.

Chocolate-Covered Nuts

You're the mainstay of your family, always there to support your loved ones. And they know that you can be depended on to solve most any problem.

Caramel Center

You're the Peter Pan in your circle of loved ones -- beneath your adult shell beats the heart of a youngster. Your genuine enjoyment of everything life has to offer is contagious.

Creme-Filled

You take pride in an old-fashioned lifestyle that's a mirror of your parents values. Both pals and relatives gravitate to your home -- the warmth and laughter found there are irresistible.

Dipped Fruit

Some may see you as kooky, but you know the truth is that you're a genuine original. You sw…

ON THIS DAY

It was on this date in 1788 that a second settlement was begun at what is now Cincinnati. That was back when WKRP was the name of a fort.

Woodrow Wilson, our 28th president, was born on this date in 1865. Hey, he led our country through World War I... where's the day off?

Chewing Gum is patented way, way back in 1869 by William Semple -- The boys at the patent office found the idea hard to swallow.

Modern chewing gum was invented when "chicle," a latex sap much like rubber, was brought to the U.S. In 1870, the first flavored gum, Black Jack, was manufactured. William Wrigley Jr. was selling Spearmint and Juicy Fruit by 1893. Chiclets and gumballs came in the early 1900s -- and Walter Diemer invented Dubble Bubble bubble gum in 1928. After World War II, chemists learned how to make artificial gum bases to use instead of chicle.

A recent study shows a simple stick of gum can often fight heartburn just as well as over the counter medicines. Researchers at England's Kings Co…

President Trump Addresses Troops in Iraq

Higher Calling

Providing the last respects to honor the men and women who have served their country is a higher calling. This video gives tribute to the Louisiana National Guardsmen who daily serve on the Military Funeral Honors Team.

A Man and His Tractor

Langley AFB Band "Blue Aces"

Marines Keep Weapons On Target

Vitaminwater will pay you $100,000 if you can spend 2019 without using a smartphone

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BIGGEST REGRETS DIVORCED PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT THEIR MARRIAGES

University of Michigan psychologist Dr. Terri Orbuch collected data from 373 couples (46 percent of whom later got divorced) during their first year of marriage. She found that most divorced people shared the same five regrets about their marriages. Here is the advice she gathered based on the post-divorce experience of 210 of her subjects, of whom 44 percent remarried.

1. Show your partner you love and care for them in any way you can.

Small gestures like complimenting your partner, saying "I love you" or holding hands go a long way. The most important ways to display affection are showing love, showing support, making your partner feel good about themselves and keeping things interesting in the relationship.

2. Money matters. Discuss it.

Money is the number one source of conflict in most marriages. "Talk money more often -- not just when it's tax time, when you have high debt, when bills come along," Dr. Orbuch says.

3. Leave the past behind you.

Dr. Orbuch believ…

FAVORITE CELL PHONE BACKGROUND REVEALS PERSONALITY

Here's what your cell phone's splash screen says about you:

Cuddly Animal
You're a real softie with wells of compassion for the troubles of family, friends even perfect strangers. You inspire others with your upbeat philosophy of life.

Landscape
You're a hard worker who uses the peaceful pic on your phone to decompress during stressful times. Taking time out also helps you move forward with calm deliberation.

Cartoon
You're a person who can juggle several balls at the same time to complete all the tasks in your busy life. But you enjoy escaping back to your happy childhood for a moment.

Religious Symbol
Angels, saints or other spiritual figures are a sign of the faith that's with you at all times. You know a higher power is at work in your life, inspiring your personal values.

Abstract Shapes
You're a creative person who thrives on solving problems with imaginative solutions. Your enthusiasm for life makes you open to new people, projects and ideas.

City Sk…

BIG DADDY

Here are the facts on fatherhood, from firstborn to the college years, from Men's Health:

50% of the average guys will become a dad
10% of the average guys faint during the delivery
10% of the average guys preserve the miracle on video
Tuesday is the day most "storks" and newborns arrive
5% of average guys would have a daughter if they could choose the gender of their child
10% of men say they aren't comfortable handling a baby
10% of men experience postpartum depression
25% of dads don't take paternity leave
143,000 men take permanent leave to become a stay-at-home dad
5.6 million women are stay-at-home moms
One reason more moms than dads take on the stay-at-home task is the average baby is breast-fed
The average guy is "happy that his wife and child share the bond of breast feeding"
2 children is the number of children the average guy has
10% of men spawn more than 4 children
20% of men would instill healthier eating habits in their kids than they had…

HEADLINE TRUTH OR TRASH

"Man Selling Homes Made of Balloons!"
Trash! It was all going great until he tried to hang a picture in the model home and put a nail into a wall.

"Sales of Cassette Tapes Going Through the Roof!"
Truth! Believe it or not, cassette tapes are now being sold as new releases on Amazon - and they cost even more than vinyl. In July this year, the Official Charts Company revealed that sales for the first half of 2018 were up 90% year-on-year!

"Paul McCartney Recording a New Album in Pig Latin!"
Trash! O-nay Ay-way.

"Mental Health Clinic Opens in Walmart!"
Truth! In Carrollton, Texas. People can walk in, call or make an appointment online to see a licensed mental health professional about problems such as anxiety, depression, grief, relationship troubles or the stresses of everyday living. Or maybe why they chose that particular outfit to come to Walmart.

"Blind Man Sues Playboy Because He Can't Access Their Website!"
Truth! Donald Nixon is legal…

BE RESOLUTE

A Men's Health online poll asked women: "Which New Year's resolution do you wish your man would make?"

31% said "he's fine as he is"
25% said "improve in bed"
23% said "drop some weight"
12% said "earn a promotion"
9% said "upgrade his clothes"

Redbook asked readers what their "usual" New Year's resolution is:

47% said "lose weight"
27% said "manage money better"
17% said "other"
7% said "have more time for your family"
2% said "volunteer"

Men's Health magazine reports men's plans for the new year:

71% say they want to have better sexual endurance.
80% say they want to take her to the peak every time.
22% say they plan to pop the question this year.
82% say bigger arms are a priority.
70% say they want to find more time to work out.
18% say beating the blues is a top goal.
21% say quitting smoking is a top goal.
60% say they want to stop skipp…

TOP 10 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS FOR 2019

Lose WeightGetting OrganizedSpend Less, Save MoreEnjoy Life to the FullestStaying Fit and HealthyLearn Something ExcitingQuit SmokingHelp Others in Their DreamsFall in LoveSpend More Time with Family

Music Calendar...

In 1931 The Pulitizer Prize-winning musical play "Of Thee I Sing" opens on Broadway.

In 1939 Legendary blues composer W.C. Handy records "St. Louis Blues."

In 1942 "Strip Polka" by Kay Kyser is #1 on the charts.

In 1944 "Don't Fence Me In" by Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters is #1 on the charts.

In 1955 Bill Haley and the Comets' single "See You Later Alligator" is released.

In 1957 The first copies of "Tequila" by The Champs arrive in record stores.

In 1958 Johnny Cash along with Tex Ritter and the Sons of the Pioneers open at the Showboat Hotel in Las Vegas.

In 1961 Jay & the Americans record "She Cried."

In 1963 The Beatles' single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" b/w "I Saw Her Standing There" is released in the U.S.

In 1964 "All Day And All Of The Night" by the Kinks enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1964 "I Feel Fine" by the Beatles hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart a…

Today In History...

In 1492 Columbus establishes the first Spanish settlement in the New World.

In 1776 General George Washington's troops captured 1,000 Hessian soldiers in a major defeat for the British during the Revolutionary War.

In 1799 The late George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as "first in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."

In 1862 38 Santee Sioux Indians are hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, for their roles in an uprising that had claimed lives of hundreds of white settlers.

In 1865 James A. Nason of Franklin, MA, patents the first coffee percolator.

In 1917 The Federal government temporarily takes control of America's Railroads for the duration of World War I.

In 1941 Winston Churchill becomes the first British prime minister to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, warning that the Axis Powers would "stop at nothing."

In 1943 The Chicago Bears defeat the Washington Redskins, 41-21, to win the national football championship…

Born On This Day...

In 1194 Holy Roman emperor, Frederick II Hohenstaufen
In 1716 English poet, Thomas Gray
In 1738 Merchant, Thomas Nelson (signed the Declaration of Independence)
In 1778 Artist, Juan Lovera
In 1792 Mathematician, Charles Babbage (invented calculating machine)
In 1820 Actor/playwright, Dion L. Boucicault (Rip Van Winkle)
In 1837 Naval commodore, Admirial George Dewey (Manilla hero)
In 1872 Economist/writer, Sir Norman Angell (The Great Illusion)
In 1891 Author, Henry Miller
In 1893 Communist Chinese leader, Mao Tse-tung (1949-76)
In 1893 Writer/TV host, Robert L. Ripley (Ripley's Believe It Or Not)
In 1906 Actor, Elisha Cook Jr. (The Maltese Falcon, Magnum PI) [d: 5-18-95]
In 1914 Actor, Richard Widmark (Madigan, Judgement At Nuremberg) [d: 3-24-08]
In 1917 Presidential secretary, Rosemary Woods (erased Nixon tapes) [d: 1-22-05]
In 1921 TV host, Steve Allen (Tonight Show, Steve Allen Show) [d: 10-30-00]
In 1924 College football player, Glenn Davis (Heisman Trophy, 1946) [d: 3-9-05]
In 1927 Comedian…

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Music Calendar...

In 1930 "You're Driving Me Crazy!" by Guy Lombardo is #1 on the charts.
In 1957 Elvis Presley receives his draft notice from the U.S. Army. He was ordered to report on January 20, but the date would later be deferred until March 24 in order that he could finish his latest movie, "Kid Creole."
In 1962 The Osmond Brothers make their debut on NBC-TV's "The Andy Williams Show."
In 1966 Johnny Horton's "The Battle Of New Orleans" is certified gold.
In 1967 Jethro Tull is formed with Ian Anderson and Glenn Gornick.
In 1969 "No Time" by the Guess Who and "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" by the Hollies both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969 "Leaving On A Jet Plane" by Peter, Paul & Mary is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1971 George Harrison's album "The Concert For Bangladesh" is released.
In 1973 Bobby Darin ("Splish Splash") dies of heart failure while undergoing a second heart …

Today In History...

In 1699 Peter the Great orders the Russian New Year to be changed from September 1 to January 1.
In 1790 The first successful U.S. cotton mill opens at Pawtucket, RI.
In 1803 The Louisiana Purchase is completed as ownership of the territory is formally transferred from France to the United States during ceremonies in New Orleans. The U.S. paid the French $15 million for the land doubling the size of the country.
In 1820 Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between the ages of 21 and 50.
In 1860 South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the union.
In 1864 Confederate forces evacuate Savannah, Georgia, as Union General William T. Sherman continued his "March to the Sea."
In 1879 Thomas A. Edison privately demonstrates the incandescent light at Menlo Park, New Jersey.
In 1922 The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is formed.
In 1945 The Office of Price Administration announces the end of tire rationing.
In 1963 The Berlin Wall opens for the first time …

Born On This Day...

In 1805 Chemist, Thomas Graham (father of colloid chemistry)
In 1833 Dr. Samuel A. Mudd (convicted of giving medical aid to J.W. Booth)
In 1841 Educator, Ferdinand-Edouard Buisson (Nobel-1927)
In 1868 Manufacturer, Harvey S. Firestone (Firestone Tire Company)
In 1869 Actor, Charley Grapewin (Uncle Henry-The Wizard Of Oz)
In 1876 Astronomer, Walter Sydney Adams (director of Mount Wilson)
In 1881 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Branch Rickey (minor league farm system)
In 1886 Tennis Hall-of-Famer, Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (50 national titles)
In 1894 Australian statesman, Robert Gordon Menzies
In 1895 U.S. Philosopher, Susanne Langer (Philosophy in a New Key)
In 1896 Engineer, Leonard Hobbs (J-57 turbojet aircraft engine)
In 1899 Norweigan explorer, Finn Ronne (explored 3600 miles of Antarctica)
In 1901 Actress, Irene Dunne (I Remember Mama, My Favorite Wife) [d: 9-4-90]
In 1902 Columnist, Max Lerner (New York Post) [d: 6-5-92]
In 1909 Composer, Vagn Holmboe [d: 9-1-96]
In 1912 Actor, Ernie Morrison (Our Gang…

THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR AT WORK

When the boss delivers bad news at work, you know what's coming because of the first words out of his mouth. Steve Tobak, a writer for the business management site BNET.com, assembled a list of what he considers the top 10 phrases you never want to hear at work -- because if you do, you'll end up on the wrong end of it. "How you respond can make a big difference in whether people think of you as a consummate professional or a child throwing a tempter tantrum," advises Tobak, who says he has either said or heard each of these phrases at work. The top 10 things you never want to hear at work:

1. We've got a crisis on our hands.
What do you mean "we"? It may not be your crisis, but that pronoun means you're being dragged into it. The boss is counting on you to solve it.

2. There's no easy way to say this.
This could mean you're about to get fired, someone important to your project quit or you just lost your biggest customer.

3. Why don't you tak…

WEIRD NEWS

Pants That Last 100 Years!
So would you pay $645 for a pair of pants? What if I told you they were not some hot designer brand? But now what if I told you they would last for 100 years? That's the promise of adventure clothing brand Vollebak, which claims that its new "100 Year Pants" will last at least a full century. Vollebak cofounder Steve Tidball says the new pants are so tough you can walk through fire in them. They feature an innovative three-layer material designed to withstand various threats. The outer layer repels water and is designed to resist abrasions, the middle layer is fireproof and also expands as an airbag at high temperatures, acting as a barrier between your legs and the flames, while the third layer is an aramid fiber, a nylon-related synthetic doesn't burn or melt, offering extra protection. Tidball notes, "It was originally designed to help soldiers handle the most extreme situations, but without having to dress like firefighters." T…

DID YOU KNOW?

13% of parents say they look for fashion advice from their children.The average job or employment position lasts about 4 and 1/2 years.A recent survey found that two out of five Americans say they can't live without a car.Ten percent of people who buy candles are men.The average engagement ring costs about $2,300 dollars.A survey found that 10 percent of people wash jeans every time they wear them.The time we spend at red lights has increased by five seconds because of of people checking their cellphones.The most popular non-traditional Christmas gift is a puppy. What is number two? A trip to Disney world.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

A new study gives New York's La Guardia the honor of being America's most stressful airport.CBS News is said to be bracing for a big shake-up.California is getting closer to offering two years of college for free.Brace yourself for a new fee from the airlines. A seat-selection fee. You either take the one they assign you, or on the high-demand flights, it could cost up to $60 to move to a better seat. No kidding.Natalie Portman says she and Jessica Simpson are fine. Sure, they had a little Instagram spat earlier this month, but they're good.New research from Parks Associates finds consumers have high concerns overall regarding the security of their personal data and device security, including 77% of U.S. broadband households who are very concerned about someone hacking their online service. Additionally, 75% worry about their computer being hacked, and 66% are concerned about their smart TV or streaming media player being compromised.Chevel Shepherd was the winner of the l…

TODAY IS

Seriously? December 20th?

Jonah Hill turns 35 today. Remember all that weight he lost? He did it with a trainer and a nutritionist, and changing his diet to mostly eating sushi. Jonah Hill is 34 today. He dropped his weight by getting a trainer, hiring a nutritionist and eating mostly sushi. Thus, the nickname, "fish breath." He actually got his name before he lost all that weight while laying down on a beach one day.

Anita Ward celebrates her 61st birthday. She had one big hit, "Ring My Bell" and of course, is known as the singer of "Ring My Bell."
Aw, for the days of disco and repetitive lyrics.
Remember everytime "Ring My Bell" is played, an angel gets its wings.
Have a shot every time she sings "Ring My Bell" and you'll never hear the end of the song.

Illusionist Uri Geller turns 72 today.
He first became famous for bending spoons, using only his mind. Then, as he got older he realized, "Hey! I could just use my hands!"
He…

ON THIS DAY

It was on this date back in 1620 that Samuel Fuller became the first doctor to arrive in America. Shortly afterwards, our county also opened it's first golf course.

On this date in 1699, Peter the Great orders the Russian New Year to be changed from September 1 to January 1. It really messed up the bowl games that year.
He changed it so that he could have more time for his Christmas shopping.
Obviously, with ideas like that, it's no wonder he got the nickname "Great."
Mostly because it seemed silly to have the bowl games at the beginning of the football season.
Obviously, it was well-received, or he would have known as "Peter the What The Heck Were You Thinking?"

The first cotton mill opened in the U.S. on this date in 1790. Everything was fine until the first rain, when the building became all mushy. So the next time, they made it out of wood... instead of cotton.

On this date in 1820, the state of Missouri imposed a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between the a…

TV/STREAMING . . .

'Tonight Show' to air episode in Puerto Rico with 'Hamilton'. Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight Show" will air an episode next year from Puerto Rico including an exclusive performance with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his role in "Hamilton." NBC announced Monday evening that Miranda and the new touring cast will appear in the episode Jan. 15. The telecast will focus on Puerto Rico's recovery efforts to rebuild and raise awareness after Hurricane Maria massively struck the island in 2017. The episode will delve into how the deadly hurricane devastated Puerto Rico through widespread damage, but also celebrate the "great spirit and culture" of the people. Miranda will reprise his lead role in "Hamilton" at the University of Puerto Rico from Jan. 8 to 27. The performances look to raise money for the Flamboyan Arts Fund to benefit the art, artists and arts institutions. (PageSix)

Elementary to end after upcoming seventh season on CBS. Th…