- “9/11 Remembrance Day”. 14 years ago at 8:46 am EDT, terrorists began the attack on NYC’s World Trade Center using hijacked commercial airliners. The Pentagon in Arlington VA was subsequently targeted. Currently, over 30,000 9/11 responders and survivors are still receiving medical treatment related to toxins released during the World Trade Center disaster.
- “Emergency Number Day”, saluting the direct-dial 9-1-1 emergency system. (In the UK it’s 9-9-9; in Australia 0-0-0, in New Zealand 1-1-1, in much of Europe 1-1-2.)
• “Fortune Cookie Day”, celebrating the tasty little treats with a slip of paper inside that brings good luck, a whimsical saying, or a philosophical thought. It’s thought they were likely invented in San Francisco, California around 1914.
ON THIS DATE……….
1967, The Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS.
1970, the Ford Pinto was introduced
1974, Little House on the Prairie premiered on NBC
1985, Pete Rose got his 4,192nd career base hit, breaking Ty Cobb’s record which stood for over 60 years
1999  17-year-old emerging tennis phenom Serena Williams wins her 1st US Open women’s title and 1st Grand Slam singles’ tournament, beating top-seeded Martina Hingis
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley (34)
Actor/Singer/American Idol Judge – Harry Connick, Jr. (48)
Country singer Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) is 41;
Country singer Kelsea Ballerini (“Love Me Like You Mean It”) is 22.
Country musician Joe Don Rooney (Rascal Flatts) is 40;
- Garth Brooks – A plan to record a 25th anniversary version of his breakthrough hit “Friends in Low Places” has run into a legal roadblock due to problems with royalty payments. The new rendition was to include Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldean, and Keith Urban but it seems the idea is now dead in the water.
- “Johnny Cash: American Rebel” (CMT) – Saturday the premiere of a new documentary that includes interviews with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Eric Church and others. It’s the 12th anniversary of Cash’s death.
- “Miss America 2016″ (ABC) – Sunday Brooke Burke-Charvet & Chris Harrison host the 89th pageant from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ. Vanessa Williams returns 32 years after she won, this time as head judge. Country singer Brett Eldredge is also on the panel.
- Brett Eldredge – He hit it big with his debut, “Bring You Back”, and he’s hoping to repeat the feat with today’s release of the follow-up album, “Illinois”. His first album netted 3 consecutive #1 hits.
- Lady Antebellum – Tonight they play their first-ever Bridgestone Arena show in Nashville TN as part of their 65-city “Wheels Up 2015 Tour”. Special guests are Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt.
TODAY’S MOVIE OPENINGS:
• “The Perfect Guy” ( PG-13 Thriller ): After breaking up with her boyfriend, a professional woman gets involved with a man who seems almost too good to be true. And you know what they say … Stars Sanaa Lathan (“The Best Man Holiday”), Michael Ealy (” Think Like a Man” films), Morris Chestnut, and L Scott Caldwell.
• “90 Minutes in Heaven” ( PG-13 Drama ): Another faith-based movie hoping to capitalize on the success of current box office champ “War Room”. A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour-and-a-half later claiming to have seen Heaven. Stars Kate Bosworth, Hayden Christensen, Hudson Meek, and Bobby Batson.
• “The Visit” ( PG-13 Horror Comedy ): In this campy low-budget thriller from director M Night Shyamalan, a single mom finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her 2 young children visit their grandparents.
The Last Surviving Rescue Dog From Ground Zero Had a Huge 16th Birthday
There’s a Golden Retriever named Britney who’s the last surviving search-and-rescue dog to work Ground Zero after 9/11. (Her name’s spelled Bretagne, but it’s pronounced Britney.)
Her handler is a woman from Texas named Denise Corliss, and 9/11 was their first assignment together. Denise says she didn’t just help with the search-and-rescue mission, but also helped HER get through it.
And since Britney’s 16th birthday was last month, the website BarkPost.com teamed up with a luxury hotel in New York to do something special for BOTH of them.
They flew the two of them to New York . . . stocked their hotel room with dog treats . . . had room service bring Britney a gourmet burger . . . put a billboard of them in Times Square . . . and threw a party where Britney got dog toys and a cake.
And to top it off, the 9/11 Museum dedicated a cobblestone to them, and the hotel donated $1,000 to Texas Task Force 1, where Britney was trained.
Over 100 dogs were involved in search-and-rescue after 9/11. The only other one alive is a 15-year-old English Springer Spaniel named Morgan. She did human remains detection on Staten Island, where they took all the World Trade Center wreckage.
Kid Fell Down a Well . . . and Found His Missing Dog?
A four-year-old kid named Gabe Allbritton fell down a well outside his family’s house near Brookhaven, Mississippi on Monday.
And something GOOD actually came out of it.
The well he fell into was about a foot-and-a-half across, and over 20 feet deep. His mom says she had no idea it was there, and he was standing next to her one second, then he was gone.
Luckily, he survived the fall. It took rescuers about three-and-a-half hours to get him out, but he only ended up with a few bumps and bruises.
Now here’s the weird part: They also found the family’s missing DOG at the bottom. It had gone missing about three days earlier. Gabe’s mom thinks he must have heard it barking, and fell in when he went looking for it.
Once Gabe was out, rescuers lowered another rope with a loop on the end, and managed to snag one of the dog’s legs. Now Gabe and the dog are both doing fine.
Guy Wanted by Police Gets Caught When They Recognize His Hipster Mustache
A bunch of people were riding their bikes the wrong way down the middle of a street in San Francisco last month.
And they got into it with a female driver after they blocked her car, and she nudged one of their bikes with her front bumper.
There’s a video of it on YouTube, and when she tries to drive off, the guy she nudged grabs his bike lock and starts bashing the side of her CAR with it.
Apparently she wanted to press charges, because police have been looking for the guy ever since.
And they finally found him on Saturday, when a cop saw him riding his bike . . . and recognized his hipster MUSTACHE, which has two upward curls on either side of it.
His name is Ian Hespelt, and he’s 39. He’s facing charges for vandalism, inciting a riot, assault with a deadly weapon, and false imprisonment, because he tried to stop the woman from driving away.
GROWING UP ON A FARM NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT:
A new study from VIB (a Belgium-based life sciences institute) is the first to find a direct relationship between growing up on a farm and allergy resistance.
The discovery could potentially lead to the development of an asthma vaccine, the researchers claim.
The key, it turns out, is a special kind of dust. This ‘farm dust’ helps build resistance to other dust-based allergies as well as asthma.
Unfortunately for city dwellers prone to sneezing and wheezing, just going to a farm and breathing deeply won’t alleviate allergies; the resistance is created while the lungs are still developing.– MentalFloss.com
- “Back to the Future” and “Teen Wolf” were in theaters at the same time in 1985, so Michael J. Fox was battling himself at the box office. “Back to the Future” was number one and “Teen Wolf” was number two for three weeks in a row.
- The sound of running water will make beavers start building with whatever materials they can find . . . even if they’re not by a river.
- There are only three countries in the world that don’t require companies to give their employees paid maternity leave: Papua New Guinea . . . Suriname . . . and the U.S.
- Peanut M&M’s were invented bya guy named Forrest Mars, who was allergic to peanuts.
Making Your Bed Every Morning Is Bad for You
There’s a scientific reason you SHOULDN’T make your bed every morning.
An article called “Why You Should NEVER Make Your Bed” is making the rounds. It’s based on a study that came out in 2005, but most people never heard about it. Basically, the study found it’s healthier if you DON’T make your bed.
Here’s the science, and prepare to be grossed out: The average bed has up to 1.5 million DUST MITES living in it. They’re microscopic . . . feed on dead skin that flakes off your body . . . and every bed has them.
They’re bad because they produce allergens that you inhale while you’re sleeping, which can make allergies worse, or even cause asthma attacks. Here’s why making your bed matters . . .
The mites need a warm, moist environment to survive. Which is exactly what your bed is, because you sweat a lot at night, and it ends up in your sheets and your mattress. And if you make your bed as soon as you wake up, it traps all that moisture in.
But if you DON’T make your bed, it dries out because it’s exposed to light and fresh air, which kills a lot of the dust mites. So the best thing to do is not make your bed at all.
Or if you HAVE to, wait until right before you go to sleep.