On This Day — January 16th


January 16th is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 349 days remaining until the end of the year (350 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Saturday, Monday, or Wednesday (58 in 400 years each) than on Thursday or Friday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Sunday or Tuesday (56).

Historical Events:

27 BC – Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire.

1547 – Ivan the Terrible becomes Czar of Russia.

1909 – Ernest Shackleton’s expedition finds the magnetic South Pole.

1942 – Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard.

2003 – The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107 which would be its final one. Columbia disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.

Celebrity Births:

Model Kate Moss turns 44

Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda turns 38

Singer-songwriter FKA Twigs turns 30

Television Presenter James May turns 55

Radio Host Laura Schlessinger turns 71



On This Day — January 12th


January 12th is the 12th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 353 days remaining until the end of the year (354 in leap years). This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).

Historical Events:

1908 – A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time.

1915 – The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to require states to give women the right to vote.

1967 – Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation.

1998 – Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning.

2004 – The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.

Celebrity Births:

Singer Zayn Malik turns 25

Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos turns 54

Radio Personality Howard Stern turns 64

Actress Naya Rivera turns 31

Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott turns 27

Actress Kirstie Alley turns 67

TGL Round-Up: Ronda Rousey Getting Married on Sunday, Orlando Bloom Starring in Amazon’s Carnival Row, Bill Nye Suing Disney


Orlando Bloom has agreed to star up in Carnival Row for Amazon.

Carnival Row will feature mythical creatures who have fled their war-torn homeland and gathered in the city as tensions are simmering between citizens and the growing immigrant population. At the centre of the drama is the investigation of a string of unsolved murders, which are eating away at whatever uneasy peace still exists.

In the series, Bloom will play the lead role of Rycroft Philostrate, a police inspector investigating the murder of a faerie showgirl.

Travis Beacham penned the original script, A Killing on Carnival Row.

UFC Star Ronda Rousey won’t be watching the Notorious Conor McGregor face off against Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather on Sunday, Dana White has revealed.

“Ronda Rousey gets married tomorrow. Tomorrow is her wedding,” White revealed on The Rich Eisen Show on Friday. “And she’s in a good place, she’s really happy, and she hasn’t announced her retirement or anything like that. She’s focusing on this wedding.”

Rousey announced her engagement in April to fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne.

Bill Nye the Science Guy alleges that Disney has withheld $28 million in profits from distribution of the show.

According to the suit, Nye became suspicious in 2008, when Disney informed him that he owed the company nearly $500,000 due to an “accounting error.”

Weekend Round-Up: Chris Pratt & Anna Faris Announce Divorce, Jill Soloway Slams Old SNL Sketch, Jeremy Clarkson Hospitalised


Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have announced their separation after 8 years of marriage.

The couple shared different but similar statements on social media with Pratt writing on Facebook:

“Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”

Pratt and Faris share a son aged four together and began dating in 2007 after meeting on the set of a movie, Take Me Home Tonight.

Transparent creator Jill Soloway has attacked Saturday Night Live for featuring a “transphobic” character called Pat.

Soloway noted that Julia Sweeney’s long-running Saturday Night Live character Pat was an “awful piece of anti-trans propaganda that was handed out for years” and says Pat was “a hateful thing to do.”

Pat was last featured on SNL in the early 90’s.

The Grand Tour and the former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been hospitalised with pneumonia on Friday in Spain.

Clarkson posted an image on social media Saturday showing his arm with a hospital identity badge. The 57-year-old joked: “not the sort of bangles I usually choose on holiday.”