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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 2010: Almanacs, News & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Today is Wednesday, September 15, the 258th day of 2010. That means there are 107 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

* On September 15, 1940, during the World War II Battle of Britain, the momentum turned as the Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses against the Luftwaffe, forcing Adolph Hitler to indefinitely postpone his plans to invade Britain.

* In 1776, British forces occupied New York City during the American Revolution.

* In 1789, the U.S. Department of Foreign affairs was renamed the Department of State.

* In 1857, William Howard Taft, who served as president of the United States and as U.S. Chief Justice, was born in Cincinnati.

* In 1959, Nikita Krushchev became the first Soviet head of state to visit the United States as he arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, where he was greeted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

* In 2000, the Summer Olympics opened in Sydney, Australia.

CELEBRITY NEWS

Harold Gould (wfe cc photo)

Veteran character actor Harold Gould, born Harold V. Goldstein ,who played the father of the Valerie Harper character on Rhoda and the con man Kid Twist in the 1973 movie The Sting, has died at age 86.

He died of prostate cancer at the Motion Picture & Television Fund retirement community in Woodland Hills.


President Barack Obama has written a children's book (file photo)

Our 44th president, Barack Obama has written a children’s book, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters, to be published November 16.

The book pays tribute to 13 Americans, including George Washington, artist Georgia O’Keeffe and baseball great Jackie Robinson. It is illustrated by Cincinnati artist Loren Long.

Of Thee I Sing is intended for children 3 years of age and older.

The publisher, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young readers, an imprint of Random House, says the book is priced at $17.99 with proceeds going to charity.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

88 Jackie Cooper, actor. The youngest actor to gain a best-actor nomination, at age 9 for Skippy.

65 Jessye Norman, opera singer.

64 Tommy Lee Jones, actor.

49 Dan Marino, Football Hall of Fame QB.

26 Prince Henry, “Harry” of Wales.

24 Heidi Montag, actress from the reality-TV show, The Hills.

compiled from staff, wire & entertainment news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR TUESDAY JULY 27, 2010: Alamanac, News and Celebrity Birthdays

 

DAILY ALMANAC

 

Today is Tuesday, July 27, the 208th day of 2010. There are 157 days left in the year.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

 

* On July 27, 1960, Vice President Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president on the first ballot at the Republican National Convention in Chicago.

* In 1789, President George Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, the forerunner of the Department of State.

* In 1866, Cyrus W. Field finished laying the first successful under water telegraph cable between North America and Europe. A previous cable had burned out after only a few weeks’ use in 1858.

* In 1909, during the first official test of the U.S. Army’s first airplane, Orville Wright flew himself and a passenger, Lt. Frank Lahm, above Fort Myer, Virginia, for one hour and 12 minutes.

* In 1940, Bugs Bunny made his “official” debut in the Warner Brothers animated cartoon A Wild Hare.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

 

* Louis Prima has received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The big-band leader, who died in 1978, was honored Sunday at a ceremony attended by his son, Louis Prima, Jr., who continues the legacy of his father’s music. and his daughter Lena Prima.

* Wyclef Jean, the hip-hop singer, told CNN that he is thinking of running for president of Haiti.

* Hugh Laurie, the lead actor on the TV series House, has signed a record deal to record an album of New Orleans-inspired Blues music.

 

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Alex Rodriguez 35 today (mlb)

 

79 Jerry Van Dyke, actor on the TV show Coach and Dick Van Dyke’s brother.

66 Bobbie Gentry, singer of the song, Ode to Billie Joe.

61 Maureen McGovern, singer of the song, The Morning After.

53 Bill Engvall, comedian.

38 Maya Rudolph, comedian.

35 Alex Rodriguez, baseball star of the New York Yankees and soon to become a member of MLB’s 600 homer club.