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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Monday, March 12, 2012, Birthdays, milestones in history

 

Today is Monday, March 12, 2012, the 72nd day of the year. There are 294 days remaining before 2013.
HIGHLIGHTS IN HISTORY

 

* On March 12, 1912, the Girl Scouts of America had its beginnings as Juliette Gordon Low of Savannah, Ga., founded the first American troop of the Girl Guides.

* In 1864, Ulysses S. Grant was promoted to the rank of general-in-chief of the Union armies in the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln.

* In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt started to deliver the first of his 30 radio “Fireside Chats, ” telling U.S. citizens what was being done to deal with the nation’s economic crisis.

* In 1947, President Harry S. Truman established what became known as the “Truman Doctrine” to help Greece and Turkey resist Communism.

* In 1951, Dennis the Menace, made its debut by cartoonist Hank Ketchum.

* In 1980, a Chicago jury found John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. The next day, Gary was sentenced to death and was executed in May 1994.

*Five years ago on March 12, 2007, R.E.M. and Van Halen were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Al Jarreau is 72 today (1996 photo by Stig Ove Voll via wikipedia commons)

79 BARBARA FELDON, actress who played Agent 99 on GET SMART

72 AL JARREAU, singer who sung We’re In This Love Together

66 LIZA MINNELLI, singer & actress and daughter of actress Judy Garland

65 MITT ROMNEY, Republican Presidential candidate

64 JAMES TAYLOR, singer-songwriter who at one time was married to singer Carly Simon

62 JON PROVOST, actor from LASSIE who portrayed Timmy Martin

55 MARLON JACKSON, one of the brothers of the Jackson 5

Iverson gets his career in Turkey off on right foot

Allen Iverson (file photo)

Former NBA All-Star guard Allen Iverson scored 15 points in his debut for Besiktas Cola Turka of Turkey in a 94-91 loss in a European Cup game in Istanbul.

Iverson said he signed to play over in Turkey, because the management of his team said they needed a player of his caliber to be a leader and to draw fans.

compiled from staff & News from Europe

The “B” Team wins the Gold medal as U.S. wins world basketball championship

When the United States basketball team headed overseas to play in the world basketball championships, everybody called them the “B” team because Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, et al. were not participating. Most media outlets were saying that they would be done after a handful of games.

The “B” team might be as good as the “A” team as far as United States basketball is concerned.

Kevin Durant (NBA)

Mike Krzyzewski (Duke photo)

The United States won its first world basketball championship since 1994 on Sunday, beating Turkey 81-64 behind the all-world play of tournament MVP Kevin Durant. The win qualify’s the U.S. for the 2012 Olympics.

Durant scored 28 points, setting a record for the most points in the tournament by a U.S. player. He left the court with 42 seconds left in the game.

Mike Krzyzewski, the head coach finally wins a world title after previously finishing with a bronze medal in his first two attempts.

Lamar Odom chipped in with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Americans, who won the gold medal in the world championships for the fourth time.

Hedu Turkoglu of the Phoenix Suns scored 16 points for his native Turkey, which was playing for their first title. The Turks had huge support in the crowd as 90 percent of the 15,000-seat Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey was in their favor.

Lithuania beat Serbia for the bronze medal earlier on Sunday.

compiled from staff, U.S. Basketball & NBA news

U.S. advances into world championships behind Durant’s 38 points

Kevin Durant said that he wanted September 11 to be a special day back in the United States since he and his basketball teammates are in Istanbul, Turkey.

Wearing a special memorial message on his basketball shoes, Durant led the United States into the gold-medal game at the world basketball championships, scoring a U.S.-record, 38 points Saturday in an 89-74 win over Lithuania.

Durant scored inside and outside as he scored 17 points in the first quarter to help the Americans to a lead that they never would give up.

Kevin Durant leading USA to a title (NBA)

By scoring 38 points, Durant passed Carmelo Anthony’s single-game record of 35 points and put his tournament average at 22 ppg which is by far the best of any United States player.

Durant will lead the U.S. to its first chance at a world title since 1994. They’ll play Turkey, which beat Serbia 83-82 in the other final four matchup.

Lamar Odom and Andre Iguodala led a tough defensive effort that shutdown Lina Kleiza, the Lithuania star. He was never a factor.

compiled by staff, NBA & U.S. basketball news

United States breezes past Greece in final exhibition game in world championships

As usual, the United States basketball team cruised to another exhibition tuneup win before the start of the world basketball championships.

(file)

Eric Gordon (NBA)

Eric Gordon of the LA Clippers scored 18 points to lead the Americans to an 87-59 blowout of defending silver medalist Greece in Athens.

The world basketball championships begin on Saturday August 28 in Turkey.

Unbelievably, the United States hasn’t won the tournament since 1994.

compiled from staff & United States basketball news

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