Daily Blind Item — Paid Girlfriend

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A media outlet is working on a big story exposing the wife of a former A list Hollywood power player, revealing her history as a high class escort and paid girlfriend.

So, tell me, Gossipers:

Who is our wife?

Who is her husband?

On This Day — January 31st

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January 31st is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 334 days remaining until the end of the year (335 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

Historical Events:

1616 – Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes is executed for plotting against Parliament and King James.

1865 – The United States Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, abolishing slavery and submits it to the states for ratification.

1915 – Germany is the first to make large-scale use of poison gas in warfare in the Battle of Bolimów against Russia.

1950 – United States President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb.

2001 – In the Netherlands, a Scottish court convicts Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and acquits another Libyan citizen for their part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

Celebrity Births:

Scandal Actress Kerry Washington turns 41

Singer-Songwriter Justin Timberlake turns 37

Actress and Model Portia de Rossi turns 45

Florida Georgia Line Musician Tyler Hubbard turns 31

Saturday Night Live Actor Bobby Moynihan turns 41

Daily Blind Item — Big Budget

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I’m being told this A list television show with a lot of hype is quietly becoming one of the most expensive on television, beating out Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and possibly even The Crown.

‘No lie,’ says the source, ‘Not a single special effect, but a pricey cast swallowing money like there’s no tomorrow.’

So, tell me, Gossipers:

What is our big show?

On This Day — January 30th

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January 30th is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 335 days remaining until the end of the year (336 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Thursday or Friday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Sunday (56).

Historical Events:

1649 – King Charles I of England is beheaded.

1661– Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, is ritually executed more than two years after his death, on the 12th anniversary of the execution of the monarch he himself deposed.

1933 – Adolf Hitler is sworn in as Chancellor of Germany.

1948 – Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist.

1956 – African-American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.’s home is bombed in retaliation for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

1969 – The Beatles’ last public performance, on the roof of Apple Records in London. The impromptu concert is broken up by the police.

Celebrity Births:

Actor Christian Bale turns 44

Singer-Songwriter Phil Collins turns 67

Actress Vanessa Redgrave turns 81

Actor Gene Hackman turns 88

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney turns 77

On This Day — 29th January

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January 29th is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 336 days remaining until the end of the year (337 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Friday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Wednesday or Thursday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Saturday (56).

Historical Events:

1845 – “The Raven” is published in The Evening Mirror in New York, the first publication with the name of the author, Edgar Allan Poe

1856 – Queen Victoria issues a Warrant under the Royal sign-manual that establishes the Victoria Cross to recognise acts of valour by British military personnel during the Crimean War.

1886 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile.

1891 – Liliuokalani is proclaimed the last monarch and only queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

1967 – The “ultimate high” of the hippie era, the Mantra-Rock Dance, takes place in San Francisco and features Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, and Allen Ginsberg.

Celebrity Births:

Talk Show Host Oprah Winfrey turns 64

Actor Tom Selleck turns 73

Singer-Songwriter Adam Lambert turns 36

Actress Heather Graham turns 48

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan turns 48

On This Day — January 18th

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January 18th is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 347 days remaining until the end of the year (348 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

Historical Events:

1486 – King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.

1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he names the “Sandwich Islands”.

1896 – An X-ray generating machine is exhibited for the first time by H. L. Smith.

1967 – Albert DeSalvo, the “Boston Strangler”, is convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

2005 – The Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.

Celebrity Births:

Actor Kevin Costner turns 63

Model Kelly Rohrbach turns 28

WWE Superstar Dave Bautista turns 49

Actress Ashleigh Murray turns 30

Actor Mark Rylance turns 58

Actress Becca Tobin turns 32

Daily Blind Item — It’s All Over

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This actor-director duo are one of the greatest in the history of modern film, but the working relationship is officially no more, one source informs me.

‘It’s broken down,’ he says with sadness. ‘They have made a decision to take some part from each other and work on separate project for the foreseeable future.’

So, tell me, Gossipers:

Who are our duo?

On This Day — January 17th

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January 17th is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 348 days remaining until the end of the year (349 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58 in 400 years each) than on Friday or Saturday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Monday or Wednesday (56).

Historical Events:

1773 – Captain James Cook commands the first expedition to sail south of the Antarctic Circle.

1977 – Capital punishment in the United States resumes after a ten-year hiatus, as convicted murderer Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in Utah.

1991 – Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm begins early in the morning. Iraq fires eight Scud missiles into Israel in an unsuccessful bid to provoke Israeli retaliation.

1998 – Lewinsky scandal: Matt Drudge breaks the story of the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky affair on his Drudge Report website.

2007 – The Doomsday Clock is set to five minutes to midnight in response to North Korea’s nuclear testing.

Celebrity Births:

Actress Betty White turns 96

Actor Jim Carrey turns 56

DJ and Singer Calvin Harris turns 34

Actress Zooey Deschanel turns 38

Former First Lady Michelle Obama turns 54

Comedian Steve Harvey turns 61

Actor James Earl Jones turns 87