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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

Obama throws out first pitch; Nationals get blasted by Phillies

compiled from staff and wire reports

Roy Halladay’s National League debut went just as expected as he had pin-point control striking out nine, allowing six hits, one run in six innings helping his new team, the Philadelphia Phillies to an 11-1 blasting of the Washington Nationals.

Halladay even helped himself at the plate with his second career RBI, on a dribbler that traveled no more than 30 feet in the Phillies five-run fourth inning.

Roy Halladay (mlb)

The game was played in our nation’s capital at Nationals Park.

President Barack Obama received a nice thunderous ovation as he took the mound to mark the 100th anniversary of presidential first pitches. The President has admitted that he is not a natural baseball player. The left-hander double-clutched before uncorking a wild wayward delivery that had Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman standing and stretching his arm to make the catch.

President Barack Obama (file Photo)

Obama wore a Nationals jacket but showed his loyalty to his favorite baseball team, by wearing a White Sox hat.

On April 14, 1910, when William Howard Taft became the first president to take part in a first-pitch ceremony. Back during that time, Washington was an American League team and they won that opening game.

President Obama didn’t bring any luck to the Nationals on Monday. The 1910 Washington team wasn’t very good, and the 2010 National League Nationals team started off this season looking like the same team that has lost 100-plus games in 2008 and 2009.

GAME NOTES

* The Phillies broke a streak of four consecutive opening day losses.

* Nationals 3b Ryan Zimmerman was awarded his 2009 Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards before the game. He and Outfielder Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers were the only National Leaguers to win both last year.

Entertainment: US PRESIDENTS

By Richard K. Long

MSN Entertainment Writer

Eight United States Presidents have called Ohio home, tying with the state of Virginia. Virginia and Ohio claim William Henry Harrison, who was born in the Old Dominion State before moving to Ohio.

The other seven include Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, William Howard Taft and Warren G. Harding.

With Presidents Day upon us in the month of February, let’s profile an interesting fact about each of the Ohio U.S. Presidents.

William Henry Harrison: He served 32 days as president and he gave the longest inaugural address in history lasting almost two hours.

Ulysses S. Grant: His real first name is Hiram and he finished writing his memoirs the day before his death, Mark Twain later published them.

Rutherford B. Hayes: During his time in office, Alexander Graham Bell installed the first telephone in the White House. Attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio and was named valedictorian of his graduating class.

James A. Garfield: He was assassinated after only 100 days in office. He could write with both hands simultaneously.

Benjamin Harrison: He served as president both after and before Grover Cleveland. His grandfather was also elected president.

William McKinley: Guam, the Hawaiian Islands and Puerto Rico were annexed to the United States during his presidency. He was assassinated after being elected to a second term as president. He practiced law in Canton, Ohio.

William Howard Taft: Became the first president to throw the ceremonial opening pitch at a baseball game. Is the only man to serve as both U.S. president and chief justice of the United States. At the White House, he once became stuck in a bathtub and had to be pulled out by six men.

Warren G. Harding: Became the first president to make a speech over the radio airwaves. He died of food poisoning.