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Music Calendar

In 1922 WSB in Atlanta was the first radio station to feature country music. In 1930 WEAF in New York broadcasts the first opera directly from a stage in Europe (Dresden, Germany), Beethoven's "Fidelio." In 1942 Fats Waller recorded "The Jitterbug Waltz." In 1945 "Rum & Coca-Cola" by the Andrews Sisters was #1 on the charts. In 1956 Carl Perkins made his first TV appearance on the "Ozark Jamboree." In 1957 "Little Darlin'" by the Diamonds and "Why Baby Why" by Pat Boone entered the U.S. top 40 charts. In 1963 "Puff The Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul & Mary entered the U.S. top 40 charts. In 1964 The Beatles' single "Can't Buy Me Love" b/w "You Can't Do That" was released in the U.S. In 1964 Pioneering rock 'n roll DJ Alan Freed was indicted for income tax evasion. In 1968 "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding hit #1 on the U.S. top

Born On This Day...

In 1739 Merchant, George Clymer (signed the Declaration Of Independence) In 1750 First modern female astronomer, Caroline Lucretia Herchel In 1751 James Madison, 4th U.S. president (1809-1817) In 1774 English explorer, Matthew Flinders (named Australia) In 1787 Physicist, Georg Simon Ohm (discovered Ohm's Law) In 1836 Inventor, Andrew S. Hallidie (the cable car) In 1839 Frech poet, Sully Prudhomme (first Nobel winner, 1901) In 1853 Physicist, Heinrich Kayser (discovered helium in the atmosphere) In 1868 Russian novelist/writer, Maxim Gorki In 1878 Actor, Henry B. Walthall (Birth of a Nation, China Clipper) In 1897 TV/game show host, Conrad Nagel (Celebrity Time) In 1903 Statesman, Mike Mansfield (ex-Japan ambassador) [d: 10-5-01] In 1912 Patricia Nixon, wife of President Richard Nixon [d: 6-22-93] In 1920 British composer, John Addison [d: 12-7-98] In 1920 Actor, Leo McKern (Blue Lagoon, Help!) [d: 7-23-02] In 1926 Actor/comedian, Jerry Lewis (Nutty Professor, MDA Telethon) [d: 8-2

Today In History

In 1521 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Philippines, where he was killed by natives the following month. In 1792 Sweden's King Gustav III was shot and mortally wounded during a masquerade party; he died 13 days later. In 1802 Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. In 1827 The first newspaper edited for and by blacks, the "Freedom Journal," was published in New York. In 1836 The Republic of Texas approved a constitution. In 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter" is published. In 1915 The Federal Trade Commission was organized. In 1916 U.S. and Canada signed a migratory bird treaty. In 1926 Robert Goddard tested the first liquid fuel space rocket. In 1935 Adolf Hitler scrapped the Treaty of Versailles. In 1945 During World War II, the U.S. declared Iwo Jima secured. In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson made his "War on Poverty" declaration. In 1966 Gemini VI

Music Calendar

In 1943 Aaron Copland's "Fanfare For The Common Man" premiered in New York, with George Szell conducting. In 1953 Marty Robbins made his U.S. chart debut with "I'll Go On Alone." In 1955 Elvis Presley was interviewed by Jimmy Dean on his T.V. show. In 1958 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified its In 1958 first gold record, "Catch A Falling Star" by Perry Como. In 1960 Sam Cooke kicked off his first tour of the West Indies with a concert in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In 1963 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers was fined 60 pounds for evading British customs with a German guitar. In 1964 Billboard magazine says that 60% of all current music sales are Beatles records. In 1964 "Twist & Shout" by the Beatles entered the U.S. top 40 charts. In 1965 Petula Clark made her American T.V. debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show." In 1967 T.V.'s "Where The Action Is" airs the Beatles film "

Today In History

In 1743 The first recorded town meeting in America was held at Boston's Faneuil Hall. In 1794 Eli Whitney patented the cotton gin, which revolutionized America's cotton industry. In 1812 The U.S. Congress authorized war bonds to finance the War of 1812. In 1883 German political philosopher Karl Marx died in London. In 1900 U.S. currency went on the gold standard. In 1903 The first national bird reservation was established in Sebastian, Florida. In 1923 President Warren Harding became the first U.S. president to file an income tax return. In 1939, the Republic of Czechoslovakia was dissolved, opening the Nazi occupation. In 1950 The FBI's "10 Most Wanted Fugitives" program began. In 1951 During the Korean War, United Nations forces recaptured Seoul. In 1964 A jury in Dallas found Jack Ruby guilty of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy. In 1965 Israel's cabinet formally approved the establishment of diploma

Born On This Day

In 1804 Composer, Johann Baptist Strauss (Father of the Waltz) In 1821 Archeologist, Jens Worsaae In 1833 First American female dentist, Lucy Hobbs Taylor In 1835 Astronomer, Giovanni Schiaparelli (discovered Martian canals) In 1854 German biologist Paul R. Ehrlich (developed syphilis treatment) In 1854 Thomas Riley Marshall, 28th U.S. vice president (1913-21) In 1864 Railroad engineer Casey Jones (Cannonball Express) In 1868 Russian playwright, Maxim Gorky In 1879 Theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (E=mc2) (Nobel, 1921) In 1912 Bandleader, Les Brown (Steve Allen, Dean Martin) [d: 1-4-01] In 1916 Screenwriter/author Horton Foote (To Kill a Mockingbird) [d: 3-4-09] In 1918 Actor, Dennis Patrick (Vaughn Leland-Dallas) [d: 10-13-02] In 1919 Novelist, Max Shulman (Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis) [d: 8-28-88] In 1920 Cartoonist, Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace) [d: 6-1-01] In 1922 Conductor/composer, Les Baxter (Mel Torme) [d: 1-15-96] In 1923 Photographer, Diane Arbus (Vogue, Harper's


Someone figured out that yelling for eight years, seven months, and six days produces enough energy to heat a cup of coffee. (Yes) Starfish have six eyes. (B.S., they have eight, one at the end of each leg) The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head. (Yes) A person cannot cry in space. (Yes, with no gravity, tears can't flow) An apple was the first fruit eaten on the moon. (B.S., it was a peach) The maximum number of questions in a game of "Jeopardy" is 61. (Yes) According to a recent poll of women, a man's most annoying habit is constantly channel surfing with the remote control. (B.S., it was leaving dirty dishes in the sink) The first album ever to come out on CD was Michael Jackson's "Thriller." (B.S., it was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA") NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi (Green Bay Packers) coined the phrase "game plan." (Yes) Anyone can act on your behalf and be called your attorney; however, the

He Spent $57,000 in Covid Relief on a Pokémon Card. Now the U.S. Owns It

A mint Charizard Pokémon trading card will be auctioned off with other fraudulently obtained luxury items seized by the U.S. Marshals after its former owner was sentenced to three years in prison for purchasing the card with COVID relief money. The 31-year-old from Dublin, GA, pled guilty to frauding a loan program operated by the Small Business Administration. In January 2021, Mr. Oudomsine spent $57,789 of loan proceeds from the program on the card, a first-edition Charizard released in 1999 that features a dragon-like creature from the Pokémon franchise, court documents show. Five months earlier, he had received an $85,000 loan from the program for his small "entertainment services" business, which he had claimed had 10 employees and gross revenues of $235,000 during the 12 months before the coronavirus pandemic. However, prosecutors said, there was no such business. (NYTimes)

No More Emotional Support Peacocks On Planes

The days of bringing your emotional support cat, pig, or even a miniature horse on a plane may soon be coming to an end. The federal government enacts a new rule restricting the types of service animals allowed on commercial airline flights, allowing only dogs that meet specific training criteria. The new Department of Transportation rule is in response to a growing backlash in recent years to airline passengers trying to bring all kinds of wild and outlandish pets onto planes, including the woman who wanted to get an "emotional support" peacock on board a United Airlines flight in 2018, and the "comfort" turkey that was actually allowed to fly on Delta Airlines back in 2016. (NPR)

House from 'Edward Scissorhands' for sale in Florida

The house-made famous by Tim Burton 1990 film Edward Scissorhands is on sale in Florida for $699,900. The residence comes with memorabilia, including a life-sized mannequin of the title character played by Johnny Depp. The owner remodeled the home to resemble the sets used inside the house in the film. It is stocked with memorabilia, including authentic and reproduced props, an original script used by the movie's prop master, and a life-sized Edward Scissorhands mannequin. The house's exterior has also been decorated with unusual landscaping designed to resemble the topiary art created by Edward. (UPI)

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CODA Takes Top Honors at an Unpredictable SAG Awards

In an upset, the deaf family drama CODA took top honors at an unpredictable and history-making 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Sian Heder's heartwarming Apple TV+ coming-of-age film featuring a trio of deaf actors in Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, and Daniel Durant, along with newcomer Emilia Jones, winning best ensemble. The film has been seen as a watershed moment for the deaf community in Hollywood. Matlin said this validates the fact that deaf actors can work just like anybody else. (Newser)

Target raising wages up to $24 an hour for some workers

Workers at Target stores and distribution centers in places like New York, where competition for finding and hiring staff is the fiercest, could see starting wages as high as $24 an hour this year. The Minneapolis-based discount retailer said Monday that it will adopt minimum wages that range from $15 to $24 an hour, with the highest pay going to hires in the most competitive markets. It currently pays a universal starting wage of $15 an hour. The new starting wage range is part of a company plan to spend an additional $300 million on its labor force this year, including broader, faster access to health care coverage for its hourly workers. (NBC)

Airbnb offers 100K Ukrainian refugees free temporary housing.

Airbnb announced Monday that the homestay and rental company, along with the nonprofit, will offer free short-term housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine in the wake of Russia's attacks on the country. A message posted on the company's website revealed that Airbnb's co-founders - Brian Chesky, who serves as CEO, Joe Gebbia,'s chairman, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Airbnb's chief strategy officer - sent letters to leaders across Europe detailing their plans to support refugees. While is committing to facilitate short-term housing for up to 100,000 refugees fleeing Ukraine, it will work closely with governments to best support the specific needs in each country, including by providing longer-term stays. (Today)

600 Hospitals Get Free LEGO MRI Scanners

The LEGO Foundation has announced it is donating another 600 LEGO kits to hospitals worldwide for miniature MRI Scanners, not to perform MRIs, but to help children cope with the intimidating process of having a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan. What started in 2015 as a passion project for a LEGO employee and a Denmark hospital is now being scaled and piloted with new training material for hospital staff. The 500-piece sets allow clinicians to help patients understand what the large and complex MRI machine is all about. The model facilitates both role-play and dialogue to feel safe and build confidence and resilience before the actual journey by reducing stress and anxiety. The LEGO kits also minimize anesthesia, as it reduces stress and anxiety, says the Danish company. (GoodNewsNetwork)

Man Floated Out to Sea on a Chunk of Ice, Held on Tight

An Alaska man was walking along the shoreline near Anchor Point Saturday morning with his girlfriend when the ice he was walking on broke free and drifted into Cook Inlet, taking him along with it. Amazingly, Jamie Snedden clung to the ice for nearly an hour, was rescued, and is expected to make a full recovery-though the 45-year-old was treated for hypothermia. When an Alaska Wildlife Trooper rowed out on an inflatable raft, he was 300 yards offshore and submerged with only his head and arms above water, clinging to a 5-foot-square chunk of ice. A fishing boat that was three miles away and heard the call for help also headed over and arrived simultaneously. (Newser)

Russian Ruble is now worth less than the Robux video game currency.

Due to international sanctions against Russia, the Ruble has tumbled in value-so far; in fact, it's now worth less than a Robux. That's awful news for the Ruble because the Robux is a video game currency that's most meaningful only to children. Roblox, also known as 'that game your kid's play that looks like Minecraft but isn't,' has been around for over a decade. But with an explosion of at-home players during the pandemic, it's gone from fad to phenomenon, now boasting more than 100 million active players. It's so popular that its virtual currency value, which can, in fact, be converted back into US dollars, is now worth approximately $.0125, which is more than the Russian Federation's Ruble. (PCWorld)

Five Chicago High Schools Given Free College Ride-And For A Parent, Too

This week, students at five Chicago Public Schools got the news that all their college tuition will be paid for along with room and board, books, fees, and taxes. Not only are these freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors getting the free ride, but also one of their parents or guardians. The multi-generation scholarship program is being launched by Hope Chicago, the nonprofit led by former Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice Jackson. HOPE Chicago has committed to raising $1 billion in support and funding over the next decade and has raised $40 million with funding partners that include several corporations, financial institutions, and private family foundations. HOPE Chicago scholarships will cover the total cost of attendance at any of 20 participating 2-and 4-year higher education institutions and industry certification programs. (GoodNewsNetwork)

Pets can boost your brainpower, a study says

A new study has found that having a long-term pet companion may delay memory loss and other kinds of cognitive decline. Pet ownership was especially beneficial for working verbal memory, such as memorizing word lists. And it's not just cats and dogs that can boost the brain. The study also cared for rabbits, hamsters, birds, fish, and reptiles, although dogs were most prevalent, followed by cats. Owning household pets for five years or more produced the most benefit. (CNN)

Today In History...

In 1791 Congress passed a resolution ordering the U.S. Mint be established. In 1845 Florida became the 27th U.S. state. In 1849 The Gold Coinage Act passed, allowing gold coins to be minted. In 1849 The "Home Department," the forerunner of the Interior Department, was established. In 1851 Congress authorized the smallest U.S. silver coin, the 3-cent piece. In 1863 The National Academy of Sciences was formed. In 1875, Congress authorized a 20-cent coin (it only lasts 3 years). In 1877 Rutherford B. Hayes took the oath of office as the 19th U.S. president in a private ceremony (a public swearing-in took place two days later). In 1879 Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood was the first woman to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1885 American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T) was incorporated. In 1885 The post office introduced Special Delivery for first-class mail. In 1887 Ann Sullivan arrived at the Alabama home of Captain and Mrs. Arthur Keller to become the teacher of their bl

Born On This Day...

In 1831 Inventor, George M. Pullman (sleeping/dining railway car) In 1838 Astronomer, George W. Hill (moon orbit) In 1845 Mathematician, Georg Cantor (discovered transfinite numbers) In 1847 Inventor, Alexander Graham Bell (telephone) In 1854 Artist, Vincent Van Gogh In 1860 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, Monte Ward In 1870 Labor leader, William Green (AFL 1924-52) In 1872 Baseball Hall-of-Famer, William "Wee Willie" Keeler In 1879 Chemist, Elmer McCollum (discovered vitamins A, B, D) In 1884 Cartoonist, Fontaine T. Fox Jr. (Toonerville Folks) In 1885 Short story writer, Ringold Wilmer Lardner In 1895 Military leader, General Matthew Ridgway (World War II) In 1902 Actress, Ruby Dandrige (Father of the Bride) [d: 10-17-87] In 1903 Fashion/costume designer, Gilbert Adrian [d: 9-13-59] In 1911 Actress, Jean Harlow (Dinner At Eight) [d: 6-7-37] In 1918 Photographer, Arnold Newman (Faces USA) [d: 6-6-06] In 1920 Golf Hall-of-Famer, Julius Boros (U.S. Open 1952, 63) [d: 5-28-94] In 1920 A