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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Tuesday, May 22, 2012; historical news

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Tuesday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2012. There are 223 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL MOMENTS ON THIS DATE

* On May 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon began a visit to the Soviet Union during which he and Kremlin leaders signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

* In 1761, the first American life-insurance policy was issued in Philadelphia.

* In 1960, an earthquake of magnitude 9.5 — the strongest on record — struck southern Chile, claiming 1,655 lives.

* In 1992, after a reign of almost 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s Tonight Show for the last time.

* In 2011, A tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., with winds of up to 250 mph, claiming at least 159 lives and destroying about 8,000 homes and businesses.

Michael Constantine (R) is 85 today. He is pictured with Lloyd Haines (1969 publicity photo by ABC TV via wikipedia commons)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

85 MICHAEL CONSTANTINE, actor who played Seymour Kaufman on the ABC-TV show Room 222 in the 1970′s

70 BARBARA PARKINS, actress from the movie Valley of the Dolls

62 BERNIE TAUPIN, songwriter

38 A.J. LANGER, Columbus, Ohio born actress of the TV show Private Practice

 

 

Columbus Crew sign defender Sebastian Miranda

Sebastian Miranda (photo by Fipinche via Wikipedia Commons)

The Columbus Crew have signed Chilean defender Sebastian Miranda.

The 30-year-old is a versatile defender who can play all four positions on the back line.

He spent past four seasons with Santiago’s Union Espanola of the Chilean first division.

Miranda played briefly with Red Bull Salzburg of Austria in 2005 but has spent the rest of his career in Chile.

compiled from staff, internet reports & Chilean news reports

Roddick will return to U.S.Davis Cup team

Andy Roddick (file photo)

Tennis star Andy Roddick has said that he will return to the United States Davis Cup in 2011.

He skipped the event this year.

The United States will play Chile in the first round March 4-6.

compiled from United States Tennis Association & ATP Tour

WORLD CUP SOCCER: United States vs. Algeria on Wednesday at 10:00 am

compiled from staff and US SOCCER news

United States Flag (file)

The United States soccer team has a date with Algeria on June 23 with a chance to move on in the World Cup competition.

The Match will be held at Loftus Versfeld Stadium which is located in Pretoria, South Africa. It holds 50,000 fans, was built in 1906, was renovated in 2008 and is one of the country’s oldest stadiums.

The United States has played well so far, but can’t afford a letdown or they’ll be coming home again from another World Cup looking foolish.

It seems like in the competition this year the U.S. has had the propensity to fall behind early. But they have been able to comeback to claim a tie in both their games against England and Slovenia.

Robbie Findley’s second yellow card in two games means that he’ll be out for the Algeria game. Head coach Bob Bradley will have to choose between Herculez Gomez or Edson Buddle.

Algeria Flag (file)

Group C consists of the U.S., England, Slovenia and Algeria. With Group C being one of the tighest and most keenly fought of the World Cup, a win guarantees the Americans a spot in the last 16, a tie could still get them in.

But it would depend on England falling to Slovenia.

If everybody looks on paper, England should beat Slovenia and the U.S. should beat Algeria. Rumor has it that the English team is in turmoil, with former captain John Terry having failed in an attempt to undermine and get rid of coach Fabio Capello.

Let’s take a look at ALGERIA.
The head coach is 63-year-old Rabah Saadane, an Algerian who is in his fifth stint leading the national team.

Their strength is a core of young midfielders led by playmaking captain Yazid Mansouri. The backline includes Madjid Bougherra, Nadir Belhadj and Antar Yahia.

The weakness of the Desert Foxes is scoring. They tallied 17 goals in 12 games during qualifying games.

In World Cup competition, Algeria has never made it out of group play. In its 1982 debut, Algeria failed to advance despite opening wins against Chile and Spain and a loss to Austria.

They are in the World Cup for the first time in 24 years. It is the weakest entry in Group C. Algeria gained its berth in a 1-0 playoff win against rival Egypt. The game was played on neutral turf (Sudan) after the group final in Cairo was marred when Egyptian fans attacked Algeria’s team bus, injuring three players.

SOUTH AFRICAN FACTS

* There are 11 official languages spoken in the country.

* There are three Capitals: Cape Town for legislative; Pretoria for administrative and Bloemfontein for judicial.

* The size of South Africa is twice the size of Texas at 470,693 square miles.

* Population is 49 milllion people.

* There are nine provinces.

* Natural resources include: Gold, diamonds, platinum, copper, natural gas, uranium and coal.

* Their GDP is $488.6 billion which is 26th in the world.

* They have 4.187 million internet users which is 49th in the world.

* They have 10 major sports stadiums in the country with SOCCER CITY seating 94,700 in Johannesburg being the largest.