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Merrell In The Morning Fun You May Have Missed – January 6th, 2014

Today’s Celebrations

Epiphany or Twelfth Night
National Weigh-In Day (Always First Monday after New Years)
“Thank God It’s Monday” Day
Three Kings Day

 Celebrity Birthdays

1880 - Tom (Thomas Hezikiah) Mix -actor: Ranch Life in the Great Southwest, On the Little Big Horn or Custer’s Last Stand, A Prisoner of Cabanas, Sagebrush Tom, The Chef at Circle G, Going West to Make Good, Rough-Riding Romance, Tom Mix in Arabia, Rustler’s Roundup, The Miracle Rider; over 300 films; died Oct 12, 1940

 

1912 - Danny Thomas (Amos Jacobs) – Emmy Award-winning Best Actor: Make Room for Daddy [1954]; philanthropist: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center, Memphis, TN; Marlo’s Dad; died Feb 6, 1991

 

1924 - Earl Scruggs – musician: banjo: groups: Bluegrass Boys, Foggy Mountain Boys: Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Ballad of Jed Clampett; Earl Scruggs Review [w/sons]; member: Grand Ole Opry; died Mar 28, 2012

 

1937 - Lou Holtz [77] – football: college head coach: William and Mary: Southern Conference Championship [1970], North Carolina State: four bowl games, University of Arkansas : 6 bowl games, University of Minnesota: Independence Bowl, Notre Dame: Fiesta Bowl; pro football coach: NY Jets

 

1944 - Bonnie Franklin – actress: Applause, One Day at a Time; died Mar 1, 2013

 

1959 - Kathy Sledge [55] – singer: group: Sister Sledge: We are Family

 

1960 - Howie Long [54] – Pro Football Hall of Famer: L.A. Raiders; TV sportscaster: FOX NFL Sunday; actor: Broken Arrow

 

Tabloid News

Leave It To The United States To Provide A Sucessful Ice Breaker

From uscgnews.com

An American icebreaker on its way to free Australian icebreaker that was sent to free Chinese icebreaker that was sent to free Russian icebreaker.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is responding to a Jan. 3rd request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to assist the Russian-Flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese-Flagged Xue Long that are reportedly ice-bound in the Antarctic.  The Russian and Chinese Governments have also requested assistance from the United States.

The Polar Star is the U.S. Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar ice breaker. The ship is 399 feet in length, its maximum speed is 18 knots (about 21 mph), it is able to continuously break six feet of ice at three knots, and able to break 21 feet of ice backing and ramming.

The Polar Star is specifically designed for open-water icebreaking with a reinforced hull and special icebreaking bow.

Let’s hope the fourth time is a charm.


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