ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1776, the British won the Battle of Long Island.
In 1907, UPS was born in Seattle, Washington.
In 1921, the Green Bay Packers were born! The team was created and they joined the NFL.
On this date in 1922, WEAF in New York aired the first-ever radio commercial.
In 1955, the Guinness Book of World Records was published for the first time and sold 70-million copies... which, of course, was a record.
Paul Reubens celebrates number 57 today.and Daryl Dragon turns 67 today. In his day, he was known as "The Captain" in the duo, "The Captain and Tenille'.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The launch of the Space Shuttle "Discovery" has been delayed until Friday. I'm surprised they don't show its launches on the Discovery channel. Seems like a natural.
- Dominick Dunne, intrepid crime reporter, writer and novelist, died Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 83. His daughter played the older sister in the movie "Poltergeist" and shortly there after, was strangled to death by her boyfriend.
- Chris Brown has finally been sentenced for punching Rhianna. Six months of community service in Virginia -- that's 1400 hours of cleaning graffiti and washing cars... and no contact with Rhianna for five years.
- Jennifer Aniston will only date other celebrities, because she knows he will empathize with her hectic lifestyle, reports Us Weekly. She recently been linked to "300" star Gerard Butler.
- Serena and Venus Williams have become minority owners in the NFL's Miami Dolphins... joining other fellow minority owners, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.
- Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will once again co-host the CMA awards on ABC November 11th.
- John Schnatter -- better known as Papa John -- has been reunited with the 1971 gold and black Chevrolet Camaro Z28 he sold for $2,800 in 1983 to help his father keep the family tavern open. now, he's offering free pizza on August 26 -- but only Camero owners get the free pie.
- On the September 11th edition of "20/20," Barbara Walters will have a sit down chat with LaToya Jackson.
- After 8 months as Jenny Craig spokesperson, Phylicia Rashad has lost 35 pounds. Her new TV commercials hit on Saturday.
- The rumor mill has Megan Fox hosting the season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" on September 26th.
- Paula Abdul is making all of her big announcements on Twitter... including the fact she'll be hosting this year's VH1 Divas show on September 17th.
- By the way, Oprah will be making her next book club pick on September 18th.
- Singer Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy has been arrested on a two-year-old warrant for driving without a valid license in Los Angeles. He was booked on an outstanding warrant for driving without a license and released early Wednesday after posting $15,000 bail.
- British TV viewers have had enough, as the network has announced this will be the last season of their version of "Big Brother."
- Billboard has named Beyonce' their "Woman of the Year."
- The Who's Pete Townshend says he's writing a musical about the aging process. For those of you keeping score, Pete is 64.
Redbook offers these stats on swinsuits:
- 1946 was the year the first two piece swimsuit was introduced, in France. It was named after the Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Islands.
- $30 million, the price of the diamond bikini Molly Sims wore for the 2006 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
- $2.5 billion, the amount spent on woman's swimwear in the United States from April 2008 through April 2009.
- 12 million copies were sold of the iconic 1976 poster of Farrah Fawcett posing in a red swimsuit.
- $13.99 is the price on Amazon.comfor the neon green "Mankini" made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen in his comedy Borat.
(Woman's Day) Loud cell phone talkers aren't the only tech offenders these days. Anna Post, modern etiquette expert at the Emily Post Institute, offers advice on what to do if:
A thumb happy friend keeps on texting while you're talking to her. Stop talking and wait for her to notice. Once she does, say that you value your time together. Make it about the two of you instead of pointing out her rudeness and she should get the hint.
You see a less than flattering photo posted on Facebook. "De-tag" the picture, so your name isn't linked to it anymore, and send a message politely asking ther person to take it down. He or she most likely didn't realize it would bother you, so don't be afraid to speak up.
What's in a name? A lot, if you want kids to eat their veggies. When Cornell University researchers served 3- to 5-year-olds "X-ray Vision Carrots," the kids ate nearly twice as many as they did when they were given "Carrots." What's more, the kids still ate about 50 percent more carrots even after researchers stopped using the nifty moniker. "Power Peas," anyone?
When it comes to what makes a happy marriage, go with the 75% rule: People believe that a good marriage is defined as being happy at least 75% of the time, according to a poll of 1,500 adults done for divorce360.com. "One of the most destructive forces in marriage is the notion that you should be happy all the time," says Scott Haltzman, M.D., author of "The Secrets of Happy Families." Happy couples view that 25% of not so good times as a normal part of a relationship, rather than dwelling on what's wrong or feeling a sense of failure that things aren't perfect." Those who view tough times as an indication that their relationship is flawed end up putting pressure on themselves to solve something that's not a problem or worse, they blame their spouse for not making them happy. "Even the love of your life isn't going to meet all your needs all the time," Haltzman says. "Having a life outside your partner, including friends, family, and hobbies, fulfills you and keeps your relationship fresh," so that during the happy 75% of your time together, you have 100% of yourself to give. (Redbook)