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


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


* 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)


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



U.S. gymnast Liukin will be appear in Columbus on November 4


Nastia Liukin (2008 photo by Carly Peterson, ravedelay via wikipedia commons)

Russian-born Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champion in gymnastics, will be heading a team of United States gymnasts in a show at Columbus, Ohio’s Value City Arena.

The Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions which will take place on November 4 at 4 p.m.

Liukin is a 22-year-old from the Soviet Union, but has been a member of the U.S. National Team for 8 years. She is only 5’3, 99-pounds.

Tickets will range from $28 to $203 and are available to the public starting at 10:00 a.m. July 13 at the arena and Ticketmaster outlets (1-800-745-3000) or

The Tour of Champions members will be from the men’s and women’s 2011 world and 2012 Olympic team’s; past Olympians; U.S. medalists in rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling along with gymnasts from Central Ohio.


Info compiled from Kellogg’s Public Relations, U.S. Gymnastics, Radio & TV news

Fed Cup won by Czech Republic


Czech Republic Flag (by Phroziac via wikipedia commons)

The 2011 Fed Cup tennis title has been won by the Czech Republic.

Lucie Hradecka and Kveta Peschke knocked off Maria Kirilenko and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2 in the decisive doubles match to beat Russia 3-2 in the finals in Moscow.

It’s the first time in 23 years that the Czech Republic has won the Fed Cup.

Overall, its the sixth title in the tournament for the Czechs, but their first since 1988. At that time, they were Czechoslovakia and beat the Soviet Union in the finals, 2-1.


Info compiled from staff, Radio, TV & Tennis news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: SUNDAY JANUARY 2, 2011 Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Sunday, January 2, the second day of 2011. There are 363 days left in the year.

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* On January 2, 1811, Senator Timothy Pickering, a Federalist from Massachusetts, became the first member of the U.S. Senate to be censured, for improperly revealing the contents of an executive document.

* In 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

* In 1921, religious services were broadcast on radio for the first time as KDKA in Pittsburgh aired the regular Sunday service of the city’s Calvary Espiscopal Church.

* In 1959, the Soviet Union launched its space probe Luna 1, the first manmade object to fly past the moon.

* In 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts launched his successful bid for presidency.

* In 1991, Sharon Pratt (Dixon) was sworn in as the mayor of Washington, becoming the first black woman to head a city of that size and prominence.


Zoologist Jack Hanna is 64 today. (photo by Phil Konstantin via Wikipedia Commons)

64 JACK HANNA, director emeritus, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

43 CUBA GOODING, Jr., actor from the movie Jerry Maguire.


36 DOUG ROBB, rock singer from the group, Hoobastank.

36 DAX SHEPARD, actor.

32 JERRY DePIZZO JR., rock musician from the group, Q.A.R.

28 KATE BOSWORTH, actress from Superman Returns.

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


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


* 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.


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.

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