CHICAGO, August 10, 2013 — Stats abound as the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks and we remember Woodstock.
Sunday, August 11 Presidential Joke Day (We need a day for that?)
2013- “Breaking Bad” returns for the first of its final eight episodes at 9/8c on AMC. “Talking Bad,” a live after-show analysis, follows.
1965- The Beatles’ “Help” opened in New York City exactly one year after the opening of “A Hard Day’s Night.”
3114 BC- The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, also known as the Mayan Calendar, begins. We all remember when it ended, don’t we?
Monday, August 12 Vinyl Record Day
2013- The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks tonight. Shooting stars will be most abundant in the pre-dawn hours.
1969- The Boston Celtics were sold for a record-setting $6 million, or half of Kris Humphries’ 2012-13 salary.
1955- With the average income at $4,137, President Eisenhower raised the minimum wage to $1 an hour. Just for fun, comparing that to the 2011 median income (most recent available), would put the minimum wage at $12.10.
Tuesday, August 13 Left-Handers’ Day
2013- Riding on the success of “Duck Dynasty,” Discovery Channel debuts “Porter Ridge,” a reality series taking place in an isolated, lawless community in Indiana hill country. Family demolition derbies and playing with backyard bears are just part of the fun.
1993- The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Congress must save all email. The rest of us don’t have to make the NSA’s job that easy.
1981- CBS-TV aired the last episode of “The Waltons.” Goodnight, John-Boy.
Wednesday, August 14 Creamsicle Day
2013- Not to be outdone by the quacks at “Porter Ridge,” A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” returns for season four tonight.
1994- The Hubble space telescope photographed Uranus with rings. Go ahead, get an early start on National Tell a Joke Day.
1945- V-J Day in Japan. In the U.S. it’s not until tomorrow because of time zone differences. Maybe this should be posted under Aug 15; Japan probably doesn’t celebrate anyway.
Thursday, August 15 Relaxation Day
2013- Chicago’s Ravinia Festival will immerse visitors in “The Lord of the Rings – Two Towers.” Giant screens, the wind in your hair, grass under your toes, and the complete score performed live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
1969- Woodstock Music & Art Fair opened at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in N.Y. Yes, it was an art fair, too.
1947- India declared independence from the United Kingdom. The Islamic part became Pakistan, which also declared independence from the UK on this day. It sometimes feels like things were much less complicated when Britain ruled the world. Not better, just less complicated.
Friday, August 16 National Tell A Joke Day (Yup. Two joke days in one week.)
2013- Movie night. Head out to see Ashton Kutcher as Apple guru Steve Jobs in “JOBS,” opening in theaters nationwide. Kutcher shows his acting chops by playing a smart guy.
“Paranoia” and “Kick Ass 2” also premier, if you’d rather stay home and send the kids out.
1987- It was believed that if enough people took part in the Harmonic Convergence, the world’s first globally synchronized meditation, when the sun, moon and six planets formed part of a grand trine, the earth’s energy would shift from warlike to peaceful. It doesn’t appear to have worked.
1863- President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. If you haven’t seen Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” yet, this would be a good day to do so.
Saturday, August 17 National Thriftshop Day (Expect to hear Macklemore’s song a few times.)
2013- After being granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption for testosterone use, Chael Sonnen takes on Mauricio Rua as UFC Fight Night returns to live-broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
1982- CDs were introduced to the world in Germany. The first discs contained a recording of Richard Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie.
1957- The Phillies’ Richie Ashburn’s foul ball hit spectator Alice Roth, breaking her nose. Ashburn’s next swing also resulted in a foul which hit Roth while she lay on the stretcher. Roth switched her seats to the left field bleachers for subsequent games.
1953- First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous. You can’t beat the demon alone.
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