ON THIS DAY
On this date in 1817, a street in Baltimore became the first one lighted by gas.
In 1876, sardines were canned for the first time.
On this date in 1929, the very first in-flight movie was shown in an airplane.
Paris Hilton turns 29, Denise Richards -- Charlie Sheen's ex -- is 39, and Michael Jordan turns 47 today.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Barbara Walters says that this Oscar special -- her 29th -- will be her last.
- They've been together for three years and have had two kids together. Now Nicole Richie and Joel Madden say they are engaged.
- Chynna Phillips of the pop group Wilson Phillips checked herself into rehab for anxiety over the weekend. She's married to "Gossip Girl" star Billy Baldwin and they have 3 kids.
- In an interview with "Inside Edition," one of Tiger Woods' mistresses, porn star Joslyn James, has revealed Tiger got her pregnant twice -- and both times occurred when his wife, Elin Nordegren, was also pregnant.
- Rockabilly icon Dale Hawkins, whose biggest hit was "Susie Q," died on Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas after a three-year battle with colon cancer. He was 73.
- Doug Fieger has died after a long battle with cancer. You know as the lead singer of The Knack and their big hit, "My Sharona." He was just 57.
- There is an on-line campaign to get Betty White to host Saturday Night Live, but Betty says she's not saying anything until she actually hears from the show.
- This is the week that "American Idol" announces the top 24. It'll just take two nights to do it.
- Evander Holyfield's wife claims he her several times after an argument about her payments to their church, and she has received a temporary protective order against him.
- Charlie Sheen's wife checked intoThe Canyon rehab facility in Malibu last Tuesday. With her in rehab, it really damages her credibility on those domestic violence charges against her husband.
- Kevin James will host Nickelodeon's 23rd annual Kids' Choice Awards on March 27.
What is the secret to a long and happy marriage? The most important determinant of a woman's marital happiness is the emotional engagement of her husband. A wife cares most about how affectionate and understanding her husband is and how much quality time they spend together as a couple. Want more?
- Women who do not work outside the home report happier marriages and spend more quality time with their husbands.
- Women who have more traditional attitudes report more affection and understanding from their husbands. Such attitudes include the idea that women should take the lead in care of the home and family, while men take the lead in earning money.
- Commitment matters. Women who share with their husbands a strong commitment to a lifelong marriage are more likely to report that they are happy in their marriages and happy with the affection and understanding they receive from their husbands, compared with women who do not have such a commitment to marriage. Shared commitment seems to generate mutual trust and higher levels of emotional investment on the part of husbands, both of which are factors that promote marital happiness among women.
- Fairness also matters in shaping the quality and character of women's marriages. Married women are happier in their marriages when they think housework is divided fairly, and they perceive their marriage to be equitable. They also spend more quality time with their husbands when they think housework is divided fairly. What's fair? It's up to each couple, and it's not necessarily a 50-50 split.
From the "I told I'd heard it all" department. Amsterdam legalized public sex in a park there but outlawed walking a dog without a leash. In the city known for its lax laws, officials decided to let couples canoodle in fumed Vondelpark but they're cracking don on unrestrained pooches. And the edict has left dog owners howling mad. "As long as the park has existed, we've been allowed to let our dogs run freely," fumes one. "It's outrageous that we will be punished from now but public sex won't." (National Examiner)
Blondes not only have more fun, they also have more moxie, more pluck, more backbone and more spunk, says a new study. In short, fair haired females outshine both redheads and brunettes when it comes to aggressiveness and self confidence, reports lead researcher Aaron Sell of the University of California. Researchers studied 156 American codes to find links between self confidence and aggression. They found that women who sported blond manes were consistently the queens of the female jungle. And it didn't matter if they came by their Goldilocks naturally or by a bottle.
If you have a tattoo or piercing, it's written all over your face that you're likely to engage in "deviant behavior," according to the results of a new study. Texas Tech University sociology professor Jerome Koch and his body Art Team surveyed students at two colleges in Indiana and two in Texas. Those with a low level of cutesy tattoos, or what Koch calls the "rose and dolphin crowd," are not much different from those with no body art. But people heavy into tats and piercings are "10 times more likely to have an arrest record, a four fold increase in drug use and a five fold increase in having nine or more sex partners in the last year," says Koch, who has no tattoos or piercings. In addition, those with four or more tattoos, even or more piercings or piercings in their nipples or genitals also are "more prone to drink ungodly amounts of booze, cheat on tests and curse like a sailor," the study discovered. (National Examiner)