October 31 - Happy Birthday Deuce Bigalow!

Happy 47th birthday Rob Schneider! The actor who is most famous for his starring roles in "Deuce Bigalow", "The Animal", and "The Hot Chick", Schneider got his start as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1988. It was here on SNL that he developed his relationships with fellow actors Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and David Spade.

Schneider and Sandler have worked together on a number of movies, including "Big Daddy", "Little Nicky", and "Eight Crazy Nights"--all of which were movies that had Adam Sandler as a the lead role.

Schneider was most recently in the movie "Grown Ups", where he played the role of Rob Hillard.





October 28 - Harvard College was Founded

On this day, 374 years ago, Harvard College was founded. We here at Good News Weekly remember it like it was yesterday.

Harvard College is one of two schools within Harvard University that grants undergraduate degrees. It is Harvard's oldest school, and has had its fair share of notable alumni. Two of the most famous alumni are Bill Gates (Microsoft) and Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)--both of whom, oddly enough, did not graduate.

Notable alumni who have graduated from Harvard College include CNBC's Jim Cramer, Nobel Prize winner T.S. Eliot, actor Tommy Lee Jones, musician Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), and former president John F. Kennedy.





October 27 - Emmit Smith Becomes the NFL's All-Time Leading Rusher

On this day, 8 years ago, Dallas Cowboys Running Back Emmit Smith broke Walter Payton's NFL record for most career rushing yards (16,726). Smith would end his career with 18,355 rushing yards and 164 rushing touchdowns--both NFL records.

Smith is widely regarded as one of the best Running Back's in the history of the NFL. He won 3 Superbowl titles, a league MVP in 1993, and a Superbowl MVP in 1995. Along with QB Troy Aikman and WR Michael Irvin, Smith helped the Dallas Cowboys produce one of the most electric offense's during the 1990's.

Today, Smith has retired from professional Football and works as an analyst for NFL Network. In 2006, Smith won the third season of "Dancing with the Stars" along with his partner Cheryl Burke.





October 26 - Happy Birthday Napoleon Dynamite!

Happy 33rd birthday to Jon Heder! The actor most famous for his starring role in "Napoleon Dynamite", Heder has also had starring roles in "The Benchwarmers" and "Blades of Glory".

In 2004, the release of Napoleon Dynamite launched Heder's acting career. The movie grossed over $44 million worldwide, and has developed a cult following across North America. Heder won the MTV Video Award for "Best Breakthrough Performance" for his starring role in the movie. Heder was also a co-writer for the film.

Heder has made several TV appearances, as he has hosted Saturday Night Live, Mad TV, and WWE's Monday Night Raw. Heder is working on a few movies at the moment, and we should see something new from him in 2011.





October 25 - "It gets through Buckner"

Yes on this day, 24 years ago, Bill Buckner made one of the most famous errors in MLB history. Bucker's Boston Red Sox lost game 6 of the World Series to the New York Mets when Bucker, who was playing 1st base, let a routine ground ball go through his legs. The error led to the winning Mets run to cross the plate, and extended the series to a 7th game, where the Red Sox would lose the World Series. This play has gone down in infamy as one of the most costly errors in the history of professional baseball.

In 2004, when the Red Sox won their first championship in 1918, many people believe the burden of the ground ball was lifted off Buckner's shoulders, as the city of Boston had finally won their first world series in 86 years.

In 1992, Charlie Sheen purchased "The Buckner Ball" for $93,000 at an auction. American song writer, Seth Swirsky now owns the ball.





October 23 - Joe Carter wins the World Series for the Blue Jays!

"Touch em all Joe, you'll never hit a bigger home run in your life". Doesn't that quote say it all?

On this day, 17 years ago, Joe Carter hit one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, as his three run shot gave the Toronto Blue Jays their 2nd world series in as many years. The home run made Carter an instant legend in Blue Jays baseball history. Carter is only one of two men to end a World Series with a home run.

Since then, the Blue Jays have yet to win a world series. To make matters even more trying, the Blue Jays World Series win was the last time any Canadian team in any of the 4 major sports leagues (NHL, NFL, NBA, MLB), has won a championship.

Carter would end his career as a 5 time all star and with 396 career home runs.





October 20 - Happy Birthday Snoop Dogg!

Who's the man with the dance? Yes, it's Snoop D-O Double G and today we celebrate his 39th birthday! The Dr. Dre protege has made a name for himself in the entertianment industry with success as a rapper, actor, and record producer. As a rapper, Snoop Dogg has released ten studio albums, which have featured hit singles "Gin and Juice", "Drop it like its hot", and "Beautiful". Five of his albums have peaked at #1, and all of them have reached the top 5 in the United States.

As a solo artist, Snoop Dogg has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. He has also collaborated with other music giants including Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and most recently, Katy Perry.

As an actor, Snoop Dogg has had roles in Training Day, Starsky and Hutch, and Malibu's Most Wanted.





October 18 - The Winnipeg Jets are sold!

On this day, 15 years ago, the Winnipeg Jets were sold to an American group who planned on moving the team to Phoenix. The Jets would play out their last season in Winnipeg, before the team would be relocated in Arizona. This was a tough time for Canadian hockey fans, as within the span of one year, Canada had lost both the Quebec Nordiques and the Winnipeg Jets. The Jets would end their last season in Winnipeg by losing in the 1st round of the playoffs to the top seeded Red Wings.

The team moved to Phoenix the following year, where they have yet to win a playoff round. The once proud Canadian franchise has floundered in Phoenix, where the team is currently looking for new ownership and fighting off bankruptcy. Canadian fans hold out hope that the Jets can return back to Winnipeg, where the city is starving for NHL hockey again.

For all the Winnipeg Jets fans out there, here is a clip that is sure to make you smile!





October 17 - Happy Birthday Eminem!

Happy 38th birthday to Slim Shady! One of the most successful musicians over the past decade, Eminem has built himself a worldwide following of fans. He has accumulated 13 number 1 singles including smash hits "Without Me", "The Real Slim Shady", and "Lose Yourself". His latest number 1 hit, "Love the way you lie", has hit the top of the charts in 9 different countries!

Eminem was named "The Best Rapper Alive" by Vibe Magazine in 2008, and was listed on both VH1 and Rolling Stone Magazines lists of the "Top 100 Musicians of All Time". He was also named Billboards "Artist of the Decade" for this past decade, joining the likes of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and Mariah Carey, who have also won the award.

While he has attained the majority of his success through his music, Eminem has also gained respect from his work in H0llywood. His starring role in the 2002 movie, 8 Mile, earned Eminem several awards, including "Best Male Performance" at the MTV Movie Awards.





October 15 - I Love Lucy Premieres on CBS!

On this day, 59 years ago, one of television's all time greatest shows premiered on CBS. "I Love Lucy", a sitcom in the 1950's staring actress Lucille Ball, is widely regarded as one of the best TV shows to ever hit the airwaves. The show was the highest rated show in four of its six seasons, and was the first show in history to end the series while still being the number 1 show in America (Seinfeld and The Andy Griffith Show would later accomplish the same feat). The show won 5 Emmy awards and received several other nominations.

When the show ended after the sixth season, lead actress Lucille Ball and actor Desi Arnaz created the "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", which featured 13 episodes from 1957-1960. The "Luci-Desi Comedy Hour" was released on DVD as "I Love Lucy: Seasons 7-9".

In 2002, TV Guide ranked "I Love Lucy" as the 2nd greatest TV show of all time, behind Seinfeld.





October 14 - Pulp Fiction Hits the Theatres

On this day 16 years ago, Pulp Fiction hit the box office and became one of the most iconic movies in modern day. Featuring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, and Bruce Willis (just to name a few), the movie is best known for it's non-linear storyline and it's off key dialogue. Travolta, Jackson, and Thurman were all nominated for Academy Awards, and the movie helped revitalize the careers of both John Travolta and Bruce Willis.


The filmed was very well received by the public, as it grossed over $210 million worldwide. The film's soundtrack would also be a huge hit, as it peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Charts.




October 13 - Happy Birthday Sacha Baron Cohen!

Happy 39th birthday to comedian, actor, and writer, Sacha Baron Cohen! Cohen attained worldwide fame for his roles as Ali G, Borat, and Bruno. His role as Borat, in the feature film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan", earned Cohen a Golden Globe for Best Actor, and earned him an Oscar nomination.


Baron Cohen's characters have become so popular that he has decided to retire all three of them. He stated that the public has become too familiar with them and it was time to go in a different direction.

Cohen will play the role of Freddy Mercury, in the upcoming "Freddy Mercury Biopic" which is currently in pre-production.





October 12 - Paul McCartney is dead?

On this day 41 years ago, a Detroit based radio station received a phone call that would churn the worldwide rumour mill forever. On October 12, 1969, a caller phoned Detroit's WKNR radio station and asked them to play the Beatles' smash hit "Strawberry Fields Forever" in reverse. When the radio station agreed to do this, everyone could hear John Lennon say the words "I buried Paul". This started a worldwide rumour that Paul McCartney was dead, and that there was an "impostor Paul" in his place.

Today this rumour is still believed by many, and is known worldwide as the "Paul is Dead" hoax. This is just one example of all the hysteria that surrounded the Beatles during the 1970's.







October 11 - Saturday Night Live Debuts!

On this day, 35 years ago, iconic comedy sketch TV show "Saturday Night Live" first debuted on NBC. SNL is one of the longest running network TV shows in the United States, with nearly 700 episodes being broadcast since 1975. Movies such as "A Night at the Roxbury", "Wayne's World" and "Coneheads" are all movies based off of Saturday Night Live sketches.

Betty White is the oldest celebrity guest to host SNL at the ripe age of 88 years and 111 days. Drew Barrymore is the youngest guest to host at the tender age of 7 years and 271 days. Comedian George Carlin was the first ever guest to host Saturday Night Live.





October 9 - Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon!

On this day 70 years ago, one of music's all time greatest talents was born. John Lennon, one of the founding members of The Beatles, was one of the most beloved celebrities on the planet before his death in 1980. As a performer, writer, and co-writer, Lennon is responsible for 27 number #1 singles in the United States! A BBC poll ranked him number 8 on the top "100 Greatest Britons" list, and Rolling Stone Magazine ranked him as the 5th greatest singer of all time.

Some of Lennon's most famous solo recordings include "Imagine", "Instant Karma", and "Whatever gets you through the night".

Today, Lennon has monuments, parks, statues, pubs, hotels, cafes, schools, and an airport all named after him.





October 8 - Don Larsen Pitches a "Perfect Game"

Tis the season of Major League Baseball's Playoffs, so we thought we'd pay tribute to one of the great moments in the history of the sport. On this day 54 years ago, Yankees pitcher Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. A perfect game is accomplished when a pitcher does not allow any opposing batter to attain a hit, walk, or get on base. This is an extremely rare occurrence in baseball, and Larsen was able to accomplish the feat on baseball's grandest stage.

Larsen's perfect game was also the only no-hitter in MLB playoff history until October 6, 2010, when Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, Roy Halladay, completed the feat.





October 7 - Happy Birthday Simon Cowell!

Happy 51st birthday Simon Cowell! The man most known for his blunt and controversial comments, Cowell has become a worldwide celebrity for his roles as a judge on American Idol and Britain's Got Talent. Cowell is also the CEO and founder of "Syco", a British entertainment company. Some of Syco's most prominent clients include Susan Boyle, Leona Lewis, and Il Divo--all of whom have had number 1 albums in the UK.

Cowell's career as an executive, producer, and entrepreneur has been very successful as his reported net worth is approx. $200 million USD.





October 6 - Meet the Parents Hits the Theatres

On this day 10 years ago, comedy movie Meet the Parents was released. The movie was an instant success as it has made over $330 million worldwide. The movie contains an all star cast featuring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, and Owen Wilson. The film took home "Best Comedy" at the People's Choice Awards, and Stiller won "Best Comedic Performance" at the MTV Movie Awards for his starring role as Greg Focker.

The movie's success lead to a 2004 sequel, "Meet the Fockers", and filming for a third movie has already begun.





October 5 - The first James Bond movie is released!

On this day 48 years ago, Sean Connery starred in the first ever James Bond film: Dr. No. The film was the first time fans go to see the legendary "gun barrel sequence" at the start of a Bond movie, see him flirt with Miss Moneypenny, or say the iconic phrase:"Bond, James Bond". Dr. No was a huge success as it grossed nearly $60 million worldwide and is credited for being the catalyst that launched a very successful genre of spy movies in the 1960's.


Today the role of James Bond is played by English actor, Daniel Craig. Early reports state that filming for the new Bond movie could begin as early as mid 2011.





October 3 - Happy Birthday Gwen Stefani!

Happy 41st Birthday to singer Gwen Stefani! While she doesn't look the part of a 41 year old, Stefani has been around the music scene since the mid 80's. Her band, No Doubt, began producing music in 1986, with their first breakout album coming in 1993 with their third studio album, "Tragic Kindgom".

In 2004, Stefani began her solo career which yielded instant success. Her debut album, "Love. Angel. Music. Baby." sold over seven million copies and featured hit singles "Wait you waiting for", "Rich Girl" and "Hollaback Girl". "Hollaback Girl", the third single from the album, became the first U.S. digital download to sell one million copies.

Today, Stefani is back with No Doubt, and they are set to release a new album in December 2010.






Oct 2 - "Peanuts" turns 60!

On this day, 60 years ago, Charles M. Schulz published the first ever issue of "Peanuts". The strip ran for almost 50 years and is considered to be one of the most influential comic strips of all time. The comic strip gave birth to iconic cartoon characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and Peppermint Patty.

The comic strip had incredible success on television as well. A Charlie Brown Christmas has become a staple on TV during Christmas time and even won an Emmy in the 1960's.

Nearly 18,000 Peanuts comic strips have been published, making it "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being"--Professor Robert Thompson.





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