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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS FOR THURSDAY DECEMBER 23, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity News

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Thursday, December 23, the 357th day of 2010. There are eight days left in the year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM megasportsnews.com

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to Mount Vernon, his home in Virginia.

* In 1928, the National Broadcasting Company, set up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network.

* In 1941, during the World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese.

* In 1948, former Japanese premier Hidecki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo.

* In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson held an unprecedented meeting with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican in Italy.

* In 1975, Richard S. Welch, the Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Athens, Georgia, was shot and killed by the militant group November 17.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

89 GERALD S. O’LOUGHLIN, actor who played Lt. Ed Ryker on the TV police show, “The Rookies” with Georg Stanford Brown and Kate Jackson.

75 PAUL HORNUNG, pro football Hall of Fame running back.

64 SUSAN LUCCI, actress who is known as Erica Kane of All My Children, one of the original cast members of the show.

clipart by OCAL from Clker.com

We say goodbye to Hall of Famer Bob Feller, 1918-2010

Bob Feller (photo by DB King & Nishkid64 via Wikipedia Commons)

Cleveland Indians pitching great Bob Feller died a few days ago at 92 years of age from complications from leukemia. He was known as “Rapid Bob” and “Strikeout King.”

The Hall of Famer is the only Cleveland athlete in professional history to be immortalized with a statue right outside Progressive Field, passed away in a hospice after entering the Cleveland Clinic last week with symptoms of pneumonia. He had to go through a series of health issues since being diagnosed with myeloid leukemia in August.

The Hall of Fame pitcher won 266 games, tops in franchise history, came from 1936 to 1956 and is remarkable considering he spent almost four years of the prime part of his career in the Navy during World War II. He enlisted two days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

He served 26 months on the Navy battleship USS Alabama, becoming  the chief gunner’s mate. He received eight battle stars.

Feller first put on an Indians uniform at age 17. And he wore it all old-timers functions, autograph sessions across the country and he always threw the first pitch to start the Cleveland spring training schedule.

Feller had a blazing fastball and biting curve but he wild sometimes and walked 208 batters in 1938 which is still a Major League Baseball record.

During  1939, he became the first pitcher of the 20th century to win 20 games in season before he was 21 years old. By the time he was 22, he already had three 20-game seasons and 109 wins, another record.

At one point, Iowa native Feller, who was signed for $1.00 and a baseball autographed by the Indians players, held records for most strikeouts in a game (18) against the Detroit Tigers which stood for 31 years and in a season (348).

Feller, who had a high-kicking style which gave the batters very few seconds to react to his pitching speeds, threw three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters, both records at the time of his retirement. One of his no-hitters occurred on April 30, 1946 against New York in Yankee Stadium which had a powerful lineup including Hall of Fame stars Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio and Phil Rizzutto.

Info compiled from staff, Wikipedia Commons, Cleveland Indians media guides & MLB news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Friday November 12, 2010. Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANACS

Friday, November 12, was the 316th day of 2010, with 49 days left before 2011 rolls in.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS ON THIS DATE

* On November 12, 1942, the World War II naval battle of Guadalcanal began. The Allies won a major victory over the Japanese.

* In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.

* In 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war-crimes tribunal.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Booker T & the M.G.'s (courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

66 Booker T. Jones, musician of Booker T. & the MG’s. His band members included Willie Hall, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper, all of home played roles as the Blues Brothers Band in the hit movie, the Blues Brothers.

65 Neil Young, singer-songwriter.

52 Megan Mullally, actress from Will & Grace.

49 Nadia Comaneci, gymnast & Olympic Gold medalist.

42 Sammy Sosa, former major league baseball star and a member of the 600-homer club.

30 Ryan Gosling, actor.

28 Anne Hathaway, actress.

Sharapova upset in Tokyo by Date Krumm

Veteran Japanese tennis star Kimiko Date Krumm rallied to defeat defending champion Maria Sharapova 7-5, 3-6,6-3 Monday in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, Japan.

Date Krumm, who will be 40 on Tuesday, broke the 23-year-old Russian tennis star to go up 5-3 in the third set and won the final game when Sharapova’s backhand return sailed wide.

Kimiko Date Krumm WTA Tour (Carole Rice photo)

Krumm returned to competitive tennis in 2008 after a 12-year layoff.

Krumm had just returned to Japan from Seoul, South Korea where she lost in the quarterfinals of the Korea Open on Friday. The quick turnaround was not easy for her.

Sharapova, the Pan Pacific Open’s 12th seeded player, had 11 double-faults in the match that lasted 2 hours, 9 minutes at Ariake Coliseum.

compiled from staff & WTA Tour news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2010: Almanac & Celebrity Birthdays

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Wednesday, September 1, 2010. There are 121 days left before we move into 2011.

HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

World War II began today in 1939 (Clipart from Clker.com) (Illustration by Mohammed Ibrahim)

* On September 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

* In 1894, the Great Hinckley Fire destroyed Hinckley, Minnesota and five other communities, killing more than 400 people.

* In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed the lives of 140,000 people.

* In 1972, American Bobby Fischer won the International chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, as Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union resigned before the resumption of Game 21.

* In 1985, a U.S.-French expedition found the wreckage of the Titantic on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles off of Newfoundland.

* In 1995, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

71 Lily Tomlin, actress.

64 Barry Gibb, singer of the group, The Bee Gees.

60 Dr. Phil McGraw, talk show host discovered by Oprah Winfrey.

53 Gloria Estefan, singer and creator of the group, The Miami Sound Machine.

26 Joe Trohman, rock guitarist of the group, Fall Out Boy. Joe is an Ohio Native.

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