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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY JANUARY 20, 2011: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Thursday, January 20, the 20th day of 2011. There are 345 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

Barack Obama became the United States 44th President on this date in 2009 and the nation's first African American elected to the office (file photo)

* On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president.

* In 1942, Nazi officials conducted the notorious Wannsee conference, arriving at their “final solution” that called for killing all Jews.

* In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, acting minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.

* In 1986, the United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil-rights leader the Reverand Martin Luther King, Jr.

* In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation’s 44th president and first African-American elected to the position.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

81 BUZZ ALDRIN, former astronaut

59 PAUL STANLEY, rock musician from the group KISS

55 BILL MAHER, comedian and TV host

48 JAMES DENTON, actor on the TV show Desperate Housewives

46 JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY, country singer

45 RAINN WILSON, actor from the TV show, The Office

ENTERTAINMENT FOR WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Wednesday, August 25, the 237th day of 2010. There are 128 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On August 25, 2009, Senator Edward M. Kennedy died at age 77 in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a battle with a brain tumor. He was instrumental in the Democratic Party’s backing of Barack Obama to become president.

* In 1916, the National Park Service was establish within the Department of the Interior.

* In 1921, the United States and Germany signed a peace treaty.

* In 1943, U.S. forces liberated New Georgia in the Solomon Islands from the Japanese during World War II.

* In 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

* In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure providing pensions for former U.S. presidents and their widows.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Sir Sean Connery turns 80 today (wfe cc photo)

80 Sean Connery, actor from the James Bond Movies; the original James Bond.

77 Tom Skerritt, actor.

77 Wayne Shorter, jazz musician.

61 Gene Simmons, rock singer of the group Kiss and soul mate of actress Shannon Tweed.

56 Elvis Costello, british rock singer.

52 Tim Burton, movie director.

49 Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and father of Hannah Montana star, Miley Cyrus.

42 Rachael Ray, TV chef and host.

40 Jo Dee Messina, country singer.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY, SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2010: Almanacs, News & Celebrity Birthdays

compiled from staff, wire and entertainment news

Today is Sunday, July 4, 2010, Independence Day. This is the 185th day of 2010 and there are 180 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On July 4, 1776, The United States declared its Independence from Great Britain.

* In 1826, Former U.S. Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.

* In 1831, Former President James Monroe died.

* In 1845, Author Henry David Thoreau moved into his shack on Walden Pond.

* In 1884, The Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States in Paris.

* In 1895, Katharine Lee Bates published American the Beautiful.

* In 1939, Baseball star Lou Gehrig, stricken with ALS, made his farewell to Yankee Stadium.

* In 1976, The United States celebrated its bicentennial.

* In 1997, The U.S. Pathfinder probe landed on the planet Mars.

NEWS

* The mother and daughter duo, The Judds will be making their last joint appearance in Columbus, Ohio and everywhere else on their recent tour.

The Country music combo of mother Naomi and daughter Wynonna, recently announced their farewell tour, which will include a December 2, 2010 stop at Value City Arena.

The tour dubbed “The Last Encore,” will celebrate the duo’s 26-year musical relationship as well as feature holiday tunes.

The information on tickets will be released in August.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

100 Gloria Stuart, actress from Titanic

99 Mitch Miller, conductor known for “Sing Along with Mitch” fame

86 Eva Marie Saint, actress from All Fall Down

83 Gina Lollobrigida, actress from Trapeze

83 Neil Simon, playwright of The Odd Couple

80 George Steinbrenner, Rocky River, Ohio native, Ohio State graduate and New York Yankees owner

55  John Waite, singer of the hit song Missing You

12 Malia Obama, Oldest daughter of our 44th President, Barack Obama

President Barack Obama will throw out first pitch at Nationals game

compiled from staff, wire, MLB and Nationals info

Barack Obama 44th U.S. President (file photo)

Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals home opener, marking the 100th anniversary of a presidential pitch to start the season.

Ohioan William Howard Taft first did it on April 14, 1910.  This will be the 48th time a president has made an opening-day pitch in the nation’s capital.

The Washington Nationals will open at home on April 5 against the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Commissioner Bud Selig said, “I am proud that President Obama will continue the long presidential tradition of throwing out the first pitch of opening day in Washington, D.C.”

President Obama will be throwing to a catcher who is experienced in catching presidents. Nationals catcher Ivan Rodriguez is a 14-time All-Star and when he played for the Texas Rangers, he twice caught ceremonial pitches from President George W. Bush, a former Rangers owner. This will be President Obama’s first time in attendance at Nationals Park.

Barack Obama threw out the first pitch at last year’s All-Star game in St. Louis, wearing a White Sox jacket. An interesting note is that the Nationals will be playing host to the White Sox this season for a three-game series, June 18-20 and everybody wonders who the president will be rooting for?