Monday, January 21, 2019

Riddles and word plays on a cold January day

It's January and it's very cold in many places in the Northern Hemisphere.  If you live Down Under in Australia and New Zealand, it's the summer season, but you can still enjoy some riddles and word plays.  So, why don't you sit by the fire or keep yourself cool and try to solve some of the following riddles and word plays. 

QUESTION:  I am not alive, but I grow.  I do not have lungs, but I need air.  I don't have a mouth, but water destroys me.  What am I?

ANSWER:  Fire.

QUESTION:  People buy me to eat, but don't eat me.  What am I?

ANSWER:  A plate.

QUESTION:  What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?

ANSWER:  Synonym buns.

QUESTION:  One big hockey fan claimed to be able to tell the score before any game.  How did he do it?

ANSWER:  The score before any hockey game should be 0-0, of course.

QUESTION:  What can be seen once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in a thousand years?

ANSWER:  The letter “m.”

:"Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns.  He should be drawn and quoted."

- Attributed to Fred Allen (1894-1956), American radio comedian, Dictionary of Quotations in 

Fred Allen

Pupkis:  The moist residue left on a window after a dog presses its nose to it.

Santa's helpers are known as subordinate Clauses.

QUESTION:  How do construction workers party?

ANSWER:  They raise the roof.

- Joanne

Shame on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence

VP Mike Pence

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence serves as Donald Trump's lap dog.  He is expected to defend the president at the drop of a hat.  Trump demands Pence's undying loyalty at all times and in all circumstances.  However, that does not mean that Pence had to sink so law as to equate his master's border wall with Martin Luther King's campaign for justice and civil rights.  Such an analogy is absolutely revolting.  It is disgusting beyond belief.  It is an insult to the memory of Dr. King and to all Americans, regardless of race or colour. 

On the eve of Martin Luther King Day, Vice President Pence appeared on CBS's Face the Nation.  He quoted from Dr. King's magnificent "I Have a Dream" speech.  Then he went on to make the following statement: "One of my favourite quotes from Dr. King was, "Now is the time to make real promises on democracy.  You think of how he changed America.  He inspired us to change through the legislative process, to become a more perfect union.  That's exactly what President Trump is calling on Congress to do.  Come to the table in good faith.  We'll secure out borders.  We'll reopen the government and we'll move our nation forward as the president said yesterday to even a broader discussion about immigration reform in the months ahead."

The Vice President used the beautiful words of Martin Luther King to brazenly advocate for the polices of Donald J. Trump.  He used the revered memory of Dr. King to play politics on behalf of his boss and the  Republican party.  Yet, the late civil rights champion's beliefs and principles are the exact opposite of Donald Trump's policies.  In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, dated April 16, 1963, King wrote, "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."  Trump's nationalism, his Fortress America outlook would never have been embraced by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who would have celebrated his 90th birthday on January 15th. 

Dr. King built bridges, not fences.  If he were alive today, he would strongly oppose Trump's infernal 5.7 million border wall.  In fact, I am confident in saying that King would lead a march against it.  He definitely would not be in favour of Trump's anti-immigrant policies.  He would be appalled by the detention of children and their separation from their parents.

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States.  King was assassinated on August 4, 1968, over 50 years ago.  50 years hence, will there be a day in honour of Donald J. Trump?  What do you honestly think?   I think Dr. King must be turning over in his grave.  By the way, Martin Luther King's son, Martin Luther King III, said that his father would view the government shutdown as "inhumane," and blamed Trump for creating misery among federal workers.


- Joanne

Friday, January 11, 2019

Aerosol spray cans: Are they now safe for the environment?

Aerosol spray cans were created in the 1920s by U.S. Department of Agriculture.scientists for the purpose of pressurizing insect spray.  During World War II, the technology was used by American soldiers to prevent malaria in the South Pacific..  The original cans were large and clunky.  In the following decades, they became more compact and more refined.  They also became very popular with consumers, although they contained chloroflurocarbons (CFCs).  CFCs are non-toxic, nonflammable chemicals.  These chemicals are composed of atoms of carbon, chlorine and fluorine, which deplete the ozone layer, a region of the Earth's atmosphere which absorbs most of the Sun's ultraviolet radiation.  In effect, the ozone layer acts a protective shield, which CFCs destroy.

The environmental danger posed by aerosol cans first came to public attention in the 1970s.  In fact, there is an episode of the American TV series All in the Family (1971-1979) in which Mike "Meathead" Stivic informs his wife, Gloria, about how her aerosol hair spray damages the ozone layer.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the United States, Canada and other countries banned ozone-depleting CFC propellants for non-essential uses.  This action reduced CFC consumption in Canada by more than 50 per cent.  In the United States, consumer aerosol products have not contained CFCs since the 1970s because companies eliminated them voluntarily. Federal regulations such as The Clean Air Act, and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) restrictions, further limited the use of CFCs for non-consumer products.

Due to the landmark Montreal Protocol of 1987, an international agreement signed in Canada by 191 countries, many nations began phasing out ozone-depleting propellants and replacing them with non-depleting forms.  In 2014, five international organizations, including the United Nations Environmental Program and NASA issued a report that concluded that actions "taken under the Montreal Protocol have led to decreases in the atmospheric abundance of controlled ozone-depleting substances, and are enabling the return of the ozone layer toward 1980 levels."

Unfortunately, this does not mean that the problem has been completely solved.  It also does not mean that hair sprays, deodorant and shaving cream cans are favourable to the environment.  Even without CFCs, aerosol sprays and aerosol cans still contain hydrocarbons and/or compressed gases known for contributing to global warming.

Even though hairsprays no longer uses CFCs to propel the stiffening agreement out of the can, they do contain other chemicals as propellants that are considered to be potent greenhouse gases - namely hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs.  The previously mentioned 2014 report found that "climate benefits of the Montreal Protocol could be significantly offset be projected emissions of HFCs used to replace " ozone-depleting substances.  Although HFC use "makes a small contribution" to greenhouse gas emissions each year", the authors of the report asserted that HFC emissions "are currently growing at a rate of about 7 % a year."  Growing demand could possibly result in HFC emissions reaching levels "nearly as high a the peak emission of CFCs" by the year 2050.

According to Scientific American, modern-day aerosol sprays also "emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs that contribute to ground-level ozone levels, a key component of asthma-inducing smog."  It's not only aerosol sprays that emit VOCs.  The list includes fingernail polish, perfumes, mouthwashes, pump hair sprays and roll-on and stick deodorants.

Sadly, it is difficult for the public to be properly informed when the current President of the United States, makes false claims.  Donald J. Trump is no friend to the environment.  He doesn't take climate change seriously, nor is he concerned with scientific evidence that the Earth is heating up at an alarming rate.  He also pulled the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement and he actively encourages the use of non-renewable resources.

So, it is not surprising that Trump has spread misinformation about hairspray and its effect on the ozone layer.  The president is apparently quite familiar with the use of hairspray by which he achieves his strange hairstyle, a blond combover look.  A former political adviser to the president told the New York Post that Trump "uses a weird bottle of hairspray." that's "bigger than the biggest can of beer."

On May 5, 2016, at a campaign rally in Charleston, West Virginia, Donald Trump declared that "hairspray's not like it used to be" because chemicals in it that affect the ozone layer have been banned.  He also claimed that using hairspray in his apartment, "which is sealed," would stop any ozone-depleting substances from escaping into the environment.  Yet, according to an article by Vanessa Schipani in The Wire, multiple exports told her that the chemicals would still make their way out.

At the rally in Charleston, Trump was presented with a hard hat from an official from the West Virginia Coal Association.  After trying on the hat. Trump couldn't resist talking about his hair and he implied that regulations on hairspray and coal mining are unnecessary.

Trump, May 5, 2016: Give me a little spray. … You know you’re not allowed to use hairspray anymore because it affects the ozone, you know that, right? I said, you mean to tell me, cause you know hairspray’s not like it used to be, it used to be real good. … Today you put the hairspray on, it’s good for 12 minutes, right. … So if I take hairspray and I spray it in my apartment, which is all sealed, you’re telling me that affects the ozone layer? “Yes.” I say no way folks. No way. No way. That’s like a lot of the rules and regulations you people have in the mines, right, it’s the same kind of stuff.

By the way, back in 2011, Trump suggested that the "eight-inch concrete floors" and "eight-inch concrete walls" of Trump Tower would prevent hairspray from "destroying the ozone that's 400 miles up in the air." Not  so, said Steve Montzka, a chemist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  "It makes no difference," he stated, if you spay those chemicals "inside your house or apartment.  It will eventually make it outside."  

SOURCES:  Scientific American, "Bad Hair Day: Are Aerosols Still Bad for the Ozone Layer"; The Wire, "Trump on Hairspray and Ozone," By Vanessa Schipani, May 17, 2016; Nature, "Ozone treaty 'must tackle CFC 'smuggling'." by David Spugeon, September 18, 1997

- Joanne

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Wish List

Instead of making predictions about 2019, I have decided to make a wish list.  Here it is, folks.

I hope that far right populists lose ground in the New Year.

I hope that 2019 is not a good year for dictatorships and authoritarian leaders around the world, especially Vladimir Putin of Russia.

My wish is that 2019 will see a rise in democracy and democratic freedoms around the world.

I hope that 2019 marks the final year of the presidency of Donald Trump.  I wish that he would resign or that he would be impeached and convicted - the sooner, the better.  Every day he remains in office causes damage to the United States and to the rest of the world.  My nightmare is that he will be able to run again in 2020.

My wish is that Britain remains in the European Union.  I hope that Brexit doesn't happen and that a second referendum overturns the first.  There is evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 referendum.

I wish that the Toronto Maple Leafs would win the Stanley Cup, their first victory since May 2, 1967.  Here is my dream scenario:  Mitch Marner scores the winning goal with about 50 seconds left in the third period of the seventh game.

I hope that 2019 will be a good year for those who are concerned about the environment.and that some significant progress will be made in the fight against climate change.

I wish for a really major breakthrough in preventing, curing or controlling one or more of the world's
most harmful diseases such as Alzheimer's, cancer, Parkinson's etc.

I  wish for fewer wars and more civility in the world in 2019.

On January 1, 2020, I will write another wish list and I will let you know if any of wishes came true.

- Joanne

Monday, December 31, 2018

2019:: The Year Ahead - Calendar of Anniversaries and Events


100th Anniversary of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference after World War I

Depicted in the painting above, The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors by Sir William Orpen, is German jurist and politician Johannes Bell signing the peace treaties on June 28, 1919.

Pictured below are the "Big Four" at the Paris Peace Conference.  From left to right: David Lloyd George of Britain, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando of Italy, Georges Clemenceau of France and Woodrow Wilson of the United States.

The Paris Peace Conference was a meeting of Allied victors of World War I.  It's purpose was to set the set the terms for peace with the defeated Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria).  Its major decisions were the creation of the League of Nations and five peace treaties with defeated states.  Its main result was the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which placed the guilt for the war on "the aggression of Germany and and her allies."  This led to Germany having to pay expensive reparations. The treaty was signed in the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles on June 28, 1919.

90 years since the stock market crash of 1929

Above is a photo of the crowd gathering on Wall Street after the 1929 stock market crash.  The devastating crash began on October 24, 1929 ("Black Thursday") and continued until October 29, 1929 ("Black Tuesday"), when shares on the New York Stock Exchange collapsed.  The Wall Street Crash was preceded by the crash of the London Stock Exchange in September.  Its ushered in the Great Depression.

80th Anniversary of the beginning of World War II in Europe

The forces of Nazi Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939.  This marked the beginning of World War II in Europe and it occurred one week after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Germany and the Soviet Union.  The Soviets invaded Poland on September 17th  and by October 16th, Germany and the Soviet Union had annexed and divided all of Poland.

70 years since the proclamation of the People's Republic of China

On October 1 1949, the People's Republic of China was proclaimed after a revolution led by Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong.  This signified the end of a civil war between the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) and the Chinese Communist Party. It also signified the beginning of a single-party state controlled by the CCP.  Mao ruled China as Chairman of the Communist Party until his death on September 9, 1976.

50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Apollo 11 crew: (LtoR) Armstrpmg/Collins and Aldrin

Armstrong and Aldrin on the Moon

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon.

Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first two humans, both American, on the Moon.  Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969.  Armstrong became the first person to step on the lunar surface on July 21, 1969.  As he stepped down on to the Moon, he uttered the memorable words, "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."  The event was broadcast on live television .

50 years since the Manson murders

Charles Manson in 1969

In August of 1969, members of a California commune and cult group,, led by Charles Manson, committed several horrendous murders.  On the night of August 8th, Tex Watson and three other members of the Manson Family entered the Los Angeles home of Sharon Tate and her husband, film director Roman Polanski.  Under orders from Charles Manson,to kill everyone in the house, they murdered Tate,(who was eight and a half months pregnant), three friends who were visiting at the time, as well as an 18-year-old visitor, who was slain as he was leaving the home  Polanski was not present as he was making a film in Europe  In the early morning hours of August 10th, Charles Manson and some of his followers went to the home of supermarket executive Leno Labianca and his wife, Rosemary, a dress shop co-owner.  Manson and Tex Watson tied up the couple and Manson left.  After his departure, three members of his group murdered Leno and Rosemary Lebianca.

In 1971, Charles Manson was convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the deaths of seven people.  He died at the age of 83 on November 19, 2017.

50 years since the Woodstock music festival

Crowd at Woodstock Festival  PHOTO ATTRIBUTION: Derek Redmond and Paul Campbell

Woodstock was a music festival held on a Max Yasgur's dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City, from August 15 to August 18, 1969.  The festival drew about a half a million people and it became an icon of the hippie culture of the 1960s.  Some of the artists who performed at Woodstock included Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Joan Baez.

40th Anniversary of the establishment of an Islamic republic in Iran 

Ayatollah Khomeini

The Iranian Revolution of 1978-1979, was a popular uprising in Iran that led to the overthrow of the monarchy under Shah Mohammad Pahl.  On April 1, 1979, Iran voted by national referendum to become an Islamic Republic under the leadership of  Grand  Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.  Khomeini had returned from exile in Paris on February 1, 1979.

40th Anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis and the rescue of six Americans by Canadians and the CIA

Iranian students at U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran in 1979

On November 4, 1979, Iranian students demonstrated outside the American embassy in Tehran, Iran, demanding the extradition of the Shah of Iran from the United States.  They took over the embassy and held many people hostage.  The hostages were held for 444 days, until January 20, 1981, the day that Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president.

On the day the hostages were seized, six American diplomats evaded capture by hiding in the home of a Canadian diplomat under the protection of Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran.  The government of then-Canadian prime minister Joe Clark allowed Canadian passports to be issued to some American citizens so that they could escape.  The CIA, using the the cover of a film project, helped the American diplomats board a fight to Switzerland.  The incident is known as the "Canadian Caper."



NEW YEAR'S DAY (Gregorian Calendar):  Tuesday, January 1, 2019

FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY:  Sunday, January 6, 2019

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY (United States):  Monday, January 21, 2019


VALENTINE'S DAY:  Thursday, February 14, 2019


2019 is The Year of the Pig.  The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, in determined according to the Chinese lunar calendar.  This year the festival begins on Friday, February 5, 2019, the first day of the lunar calendar.  It lasts for seven days.

PRESIDENTS' DAY (United States):  Monday, February 18, 2019


MARDI GRAS (SHROVE TUESDAY):  Tuesday, March 5, 2019

ASH WEDNESDAY:  Lent begins Wednesday, February 14, 2018

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY:  Friday, March 8, 2019

ST. PATRICK'S DAY:  Sunday, March 17, 2019


GOOD FRIDAY:  Friday, April 19, 2019

EASTER SUNDAY:  Sunday, April 21, 2019

PASSOVER:  Begins the evening of Friday, April 19, 2019 and ends the evening of Saturday, April 27, 2019

EARTH DAY:  Monday, April 22, 2019


MOTHER'S DAY:  Sunday, May 12, 2019

RAMADAM (Islamic holy month) :  Begins at sunset on Tuesday, May 5, 2019 and ends on Thursday, June 4, 2019 (Dates may vary)

VICTORIA DAY (Canada):  Monday, May 20, 2019

MEMORIAL DAY (United States): Monday, May 27, 2019


EID-AL-FITR (End of Ramadan): Begins in the evening of Thursday, June 4, 2019 and ends in the evening of Friday, June 5, 2019.

FATHER'S DAY:  Sunday, June 16, 2019 (the third Sunday in June)


CANADA DAY (Canada):  Monday, July 1, 2019

INDEPENDENCE DAY (United States):  Thursday, July 4, 2019



LABOUR DAY (Canada), LABOR DAY (United States):  Monday, September 2, 2019

ROSH HASHANA (Jewish New Year):  Begins at sunset on Sunday, September 29, 2019 and ends at nightfall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019


YOM KIPPUR (Jewish Day of Atonement):  Begins the evening of Tuesday, October 8, 2019 and ends the evening of Wednesday, October 9, 2019

THANKSGIVING DAY (Canada):  Monday, October 14, 2019 (the second Monday in October)

DIWALI (Hindu Festival of Lights, beginning of Hindu New Year): Begins on Tuesday, October 27, 2019 and ends Saturday, October 31, 2019 (dates may vary)

HALLOWEEN:  Thursday, October 31, 2019


ALL SAINTS DAY:  Friday, November 1, 2019


REMEMBRANCE DAY (Canada), VETERAN'S DAY (United States):  Monday, November 11, 2019

THANKSGIVING DAY (United States):  Thursday, November 28, 2019 (the last Thursday in November)


HANUKKAH (Jewish Festival of Lights):  Begins the evening of Sunday, December 22, 2019 and ends the evening of Monday, December 30, 2019

CHRISTMAS DAY:  Wednesday, December 25, 2019

BOXING DAY (Canada):  Thursday, December 26, 2019



A federal election is scheduled is scheduled to take place in Canada on or before Monday, October 21, 2019.  It will be the 43rd Canadian general election.  The vote is determined 
by the fixed-date procedures in the Canada Election Act.  However, the act does not prevent the Governor General of Canada from issuing the writs of election at an earlier date.  338 members will be elected to the House of Commons.

The Quebec Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Québec) will be held in held in Quebec City, Quebec from February 8, 2019 to February 17, 2019.  Below is a drawing of Bonhomme Carnaval, the festival's mascot.

The Calgary Stampede with take place in Calgary, Alberta from July 5 2019 to July 15, 2019.

The 139th Canadian National Exhibition (also known as the CNE or The Ex) will be held from August 16, 2019 to September 2, 2019 at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the leading public film festival in the world, will take
place in Toronto, Ontario from Thursday, September 5, 2019 to Sunday, September 15, 2019.


The 72nd Cannes Film Festival {Festival de Cannes) will be held in Cannes, France from Tuesday, May 14, 2019 until Saturday, May 25, 2019.


General elections are scheduled to be held in India in April or May of 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha (House of the People), the lower house of India's bicameral Parliament.


The Republic of Indonesia will hold its 12th general election on April 17th, 2019.  For the first time, voters in the world's largest island nation will choose their representatives in all level, governors, and presidents simultaneously.


Emperor Akihito of Japan will abdicate on April 30, 2019, the first abdication of a Japanese monarch in about two centuries.  Crown Prince Naruhito will take on the role on May 1, 2019, becoming the 126th Emperor to ascend to Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne.



On February 16, 2019, Nigeria, a federal republic in West Africa, will hold general elections.  Nigerians will elect the President and the National Assembly.


On March 29, 2919, the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union is scheduled to cease.  Gibraltar is also scheduled to leave the European Union.


January 3, 2019 will mark the 60th anniversary of Alaska's admission as the 49th state of the union on January 3, 1959.

On June 4, 1919 (100 years ago), the United States Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting all American women the right to vote.  The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920.  Below is a photo of Frederick H. Gillett, the Speaker of the House of Representatives signing the constitutional amendment bill.

August 21, 2019 will mark the 60th anniversary of Hawaii's admission as the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959.

On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, voters will choose three state governors and various state and local officials.



TENNIS: The Australian Open will take place from Monday, January 14, 2019 to Sunday January 27, 2019 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia.


GOLF:  The Canadian Open will be played at the Hamilton,Golf  and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario.  The tournament will take place from Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9, 2019.

HORSE RACING:  The 158th running of the Queen's Plate, the first jewel of Canada's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horse Racing, will take place at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario (date not announced yet) 2019.  The Queen's Plate, founded in 1860, is the longest, continuously run stakes race in North America.  

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (CFL):  The 107th Grey Cup will be held on Sunday, 
November 24, 2019 at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, Alberta, home of the Calgary Stampeders.


TENNIS:  The French Open (also known as the Roland Garros) will take place at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France from Sunday, May 26 to Sunday, June 9, 2019.


The 18th Pan American Games, a major international multi-sport event, will be held in Lima, Peru from July 26, 2019 to August 11, 2019.


TENNIS:  The prestigious Wimbledon tournament will run from Monday, July 1, 2019 until Sunday, July 14, 2019.  It will take place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbleton, London, England.

GOLF:  The 148th British Open Championship will be held at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland from Monday, July 15, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019.


NFL FOOTBALL:  Super Bowl LIII (the 53nd edition of the Super Bowl) will take place on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the home of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL).

GOLF:  The 82nd edition of the Masters Tournament will be held from Thursday, April 11, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

HORSE RACING:  The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, known as "The Run for the Roses," will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 (the first Saturday in May) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

AUTO RACING:  The 103rd Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May, 26, 2019 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.

GOLF:  The 119th United States Open Championship (U.S. Open) will be contested from Thursday, June 13, 2019 to Sunday, June 16 , 2019 at Pebble Beach Golf Links at Pebble Beach, California.

BASEBALL:  The 90th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be hosted by the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio..  The game between the stars of the American League and the National League will take place on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

BASKETBALL:  The 68th National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.

TENNIS:  The U.S. Open will be held from Monday, August 26, 2019 through Sunday, September 8, the USTA Billie Jean King Center in New York, New York.


The 76th Golden Globe Awards ceremonies, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be held on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. These awards recognize excellence in film and television, both American and foreign.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards, honouring the best of the music industry, will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

The 91st Academy Awards ceremonies will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

London, Ontario will host the 48th annual Juno Awards, honouring the best in Canadian music. The ceremony will be broadcast from Budweiser Gardens on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

The Canadian Screen Awards, hnouring the best in Canadian cinema and television, will take place on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

The 73rd Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, better known as the Tony Awards, will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 9, 2019

WHO TURNS 50 IN 2019?

Jennifer Aniston: 
American actress, born February 11, 1969 in Sherman Oaks, California, United States

Jason Bateman:  American actor, director and producer, born January 14, 1969 in Rye, New York, United States

Jack Black:  Amrican actor, comedian, musician and songwriter, born August 28, 1969 in Santa Monica, California

Chaz Bono (formerly Chastity Bono), American musician and actor, born March 4, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, United States

Bobby Brown:  American singer-songwriter, born February 5, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Cate Blanchett:  Australian actress, born May 14, 1969 in Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia, a suburb of Melbourne

Gerard Butler:  Scottish actor and producer, born November 13, 1969 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Sean Combs (also known as P. Diddy, Puff Daddy): American rap singer-songwriter, born November 4, 1969 in Manhattan (Harlem), New York City, New York, United States

Brett Favre:  former American football quarterback, born October 10, 1969 in Gulfport, Misssissippi, United States

Stefi Graf:  German former professional tennis player, born June 14, 1969 in Mannheim. Baden-Württemberg,West Germany

Anne Heche:  American actress, director and screenwriter, born May 25, 1969 in Aurora, United States

Josh Holloway:  American actor model and producer, born July 20, 1969 in San Jose, California, United States

Rachel Hunter:  New Zealand model, actress and television host, born September 8, 1969 in
Glenfield, New Zealand, a suburb on Auckland's North Shore

Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Sr.):  American rap singer-songwriter and actor, born June 15, 1969 in Baldwin Hills, South Central Los Angeles, California, United States

Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter):  American rap singer, entrepreneur, songwriter and record producer, was born December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, United States

Nancy Kerrigan:  American actress and former figure skater, born October 13, 1969 in Stoneham, Massachusetts, United States

Jennifer Lopez:  American singer, actress and dancer, born July 24, 1969 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States

Matthew McConaughey:  American actor and producer, born November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Tesas, United States

Marilyn Manson (Brian Hugh Warner):  American singer-songwriter, record producer and visual artist, born January 5, 1969 in Canton, Ohio, Unites States

Edward Norton:  American actor and filmmaker, born August 18, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Matthew Perry:  Canadian-American actor, comedian and playwright, born August 19, 1969 in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ellen Pompeo:  American actress, director and producer, born November 10, 1969 in Everett, Massachusetts, United States

Jason Priestly:  Canadian-American actor and director, born August 28, 1969 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Paul Rudd:  American actor, comedian, writer and film producer, born April 6, 1969 in Passaic, New Jersey, United States

Michael Schumacher:  Retired German racing driver, born January 3, 1969 in Hürth, West Germany

Sheryl Sandberg:  American technology executive and author, born August 28, 1969 in Washington, D.C., United States

Michael Sheen  Welsh actor, born on February 5, 1969 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom

Emmitt Smith:  Former professional American football player, born May 15, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida, United States

Lara Spencer:  American television host and journalist, born June 19, 1969 in Garden City, Long Island, New York, United States

Ali Velshi:  Canadian television journalist, born October 29, 1969 in Nairobi, Kenya and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Donnie Wahlberg:  American singer-songwriter, actor, record and television producer, born August 17, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Catherine Zeta-Jones:  Welsh actress, born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom

- Joanne