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Jack Nicholson Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of actor Jack Nicholson, who has won three Academy Awards and been nominated for 12, the most of any male performer.


Birth date: April 22, 1937

Birth place: Neptune, New Jersey

Birth name: John Joseph Nicholson

Father: Identity not confirmed.

Mother: June Nicholson

Marriage: Sandra Knight (1961-1966, divorced)

Children: with Rebecca Broussard: Lorraine and Raymond; with Winnie Hollman: Honey; with Susan Anspach: Caleb; with Sandra Knight: Jennifer

Other Facts

Raised by Ethel May Nicholson. It wasn’t until Nicholson was an adult that he learned that Ethel May was his grandmother and not his mother. His birth mother was June Nicholson, who he grew up believing was his sister.

Worked in film for 10 years before his breakthrough role in “Easy Rider.”

Wrote, produced and starred in the 1966 western “Ride in the Whirlwind.”

Ardent Los Angeles Lakers fan.


1954 – Moves to Los Angeles.

1958 – Makes his film debut in “The Cry Baby Killer.”

1969 – The film “Easy Rider” is released and earns him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

1974 – The film “Chinatown” is released.

1976Wins the Best Actor Academy Award for his performance in “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

1980 – The film “The Shining” is released.

1984 Wins the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Terms of Endearment.”

1989The film “Batman” is released. Nicholson plays the Joker.

1998 Wins the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in “As Good as It Gets.”

1994 – Smashes another man’s car windshield with a golf club during a traffic dispute. Later, charges are dropped and Nicholson reaches an undisclosed settlement with the car’s owner.

1999 – Receives the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

December 2001 – Kennedy Center honoree.

2006 – Co-stars in the Martin Scorsese film “The Departed.”

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Justin Bieber Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of Grammy Award-winning singer Justin Bieber.


Birth date: March 1, 1994

Birth place: London, Ontario, Canada

Birth name: Justin Drew Bieber

Father: Jeremy Bieber

Mother: Patricia Mallette

Marriage: Hailey Baldwin (2018-present)

Other Facts

Pattie Mallette was a teenage single mother who worked low paying jobs to support the family before her son became a star.

Taught himself to play guitar and piano as a child.

Fans of Bieber refer to themselves as “Beliebers” and describe themselves as having “Bieber Fever.”

Nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, and winner of one.

Is a member of the international evangelical megachurch, Hillsong.


2007-2008 – Bieber’s mother begins posting videos of her son performing on YouTube. Record executive Scooter Braun sees the videos and flies Bieber and his mother to Atlanta and signs the teen to a contract.

2008 Auditions for singer Usher and is signed to a contract on Island/Def Jam records.

May 2009 – Releases his first single, “One Time,” which goes platinum in the US and Canada.

November 2009 The seven-song EP “My World” is released, going platinum in the United States.

November 2009 – Bieber’s appearance at Roosevelt Field Mall in New York must be canceled due to an out-of-control crowd of teen girls.

March 2010 – His first full-length album “My World 2.0” is released and debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. It sells approximately five million copies.

April 2010 Performs on “Saturday Night Live.”

April 2010 Police in Australia cancel a Bieber appearance after several girls are injured in the unruly crowd.

February 2011 A 3D concert film, “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” is released.

November 2011 – Mariah Yeater, 20, files a lawsuit seeking child support, and a paternity test from Bieber. She alleges that she and the now 17-year-old Bieber had sex at a concert the previous year, and she now has a three-month-old son. The case is dropped a few weeks later.

November 2011 Bieber’s second studio album, “Under the Mistletoe,” is released. It sells approximately two million copies.

June 2012 His third studio album, “Believe,” is released and sells an estimated 2.7 million copies.

July 2012 – Involved in a high-speed chase with paparazzi in California.

March 4, 2013 Bieber reportedly shows up two hours late to a concert in London, angering fans.

March 8, 2013 – Briefly hospitalized in London after feeling “light of breath.”

March 2013 Bieber’s capuchin monkey, Mally, is confiscated by German customs officials. It is later taken in by a zoo in northern Germany.

July 2013 – A video is leaked showing Bieber allegedly urinating in a mop bucket and defacing a photo of former US President Bill Clinton. Bieber later apologizes to Clinton.

September 2013 Bieber is widely mocked when photos are released showing his bodyguards carrying him up the Great Wall of China.

December 24, 2013 Bieber announces on Twitter that he is retiring but later backtracks on the statement.

December 25, 2013 His new movie, “Believe,” opens in theaters.

January 14, 2014 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies execute a search warrant at Bieber’s home in Calabasas, in connection with an alleged egging of his neighbor’s home.

January 23, 2014 Bieber is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and drag racing in Miami Beach, Florida.

January 29, 2014 – Bieber is charged with assault in Toronto for allegedly assaulting a limo driver on December 30. On the same day, Bieber’s attorney enters a written plea of not guilty on behalf of his client for charges he faces in Miami. He has been charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license.

May 12, 2014 Los Angeles Police Department robbery detectives begin investigating a report of an alleged robbery “between an individual and Mr. Bieber near the batting cages” on Los Angeles’ west side.

July 9, 2014 – Bieber accepts a plea deal to settle a misdemeanor vandalism charge for egging his neighbor’s home in January. He must serve two years’ probation, pay $80,900 restitution for damages, and stay at least 100 yards way from the victim’s family.

August 13, 2014 Pleads guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest, without violence, in his Miami DUI case. The plea agreement includes a charitable donation and an anger management course.

September 2, 2014 – Bieber is arrested on assault and dangerous driving charges stemming from an alleged fight after his ATV collides with a mini-van in Ontario, Canada. He is released on “a promise to appear” and is ordered to answer the charges at a later hearing in Stratford, Ontario.

September 8, 2014 – It is announced that the charge that Bieber assaulted his limo driver in Toronto in December has been dropped.

June 4, 2015 – Bieber is found guilty of assault and careless driving in Stratford, Ontario.

September 10, 2015 – The Guinness Book of World Records representative presents Bieber with a plaque for becoming the youngest male artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

February 15, 2016 – Wins the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for “Where Are Ü Now,” shared with Skrillex and Diplo.

July 18, 2017 – The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture releases a statement banning Bieber from performing in the Chinese capital. “His series of misbehaviors while living abroad and during his performances in China has caused public resentment,” reads the statement.

November 22, 2018 – After months of speculation that the pair had quietly married, the singer confirms his nuptials to model Hailey Baldwin on Instagram.

March 25, 2019 – In an Instagram post, Bieber announces that he’s taking time away from music to focus on his mental health.

December 24, 2019 – In a video posted on his YouTube page, Bieber announces a new album, a new single, a 50-city tour and a docuseries.

January 8, 2020 – Bieber reveals that he has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.

January 27, 2020 – “Justin Bieber: Seasons,” a 10-part YouTube docuseries debuts.

June 25, 2020 – Bieber files a $20 million defamation lawsuit against two women who accused him of sexual assault.

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Martina Navratilova Fast Facts

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Here is a look at the life of gay rights advocate and tennis great Martina Navratilova.


Birth date: October 18, 1956

Birth place: Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)

Birth name: Martina Subertova

Father: Miroslav Subert

Mother: Jana Navratilova

Marriage: Julia Lemigova (December 15, 2014-present)

Other Facts

Her parents divorced when she was young. She was raised by her stepfather, Mirek Navratil, and took his last name. He was her first tennis coach.

She plays tennis left-handed.

She has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

She holds the record for most Open Era Wimbledon championship wins with nine, including six consecutive.

She was one of the first openly gay sports figures.

Sports Illustrated named her one of the “Top Forty Athletes of All-Time.”


1972 – Wins the Czech National Championship.

1975 – At the age of 18, Navratilova defects to the United States.

1978 – Wins her first singles title at Wimbledon defeating Chris Evert. The duo goes on to meet in 80 matches over the course of 16 years, and still maintain a close friendship.

1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 – Is named Player of the Year by the Women’s Tennis Association.

1981 – Becomes a naturalized citizen of the United States.

1983 – Wins her first US Open.

1985 – Releases her autobiography “Martina.”

1986 – Returns to Czechoslovakia for the first time to compete, for the United States, in a tennis match in Prague.

1991 – Ex-girlfriend Judy Nelson files a lawsuit in Texas after Navratilova refuses to honor what Nelson alleges is a “nonmarital cohabitation agreement” they both signed in 1986. They later settle out of court.

1992 – Breaks the tournament titles record with 158 titles, more than any other person.

1994 – Retires from playing singles having won 167 titles.

2000 – Is inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

2003 – Becomes the oldest player to compete in the Fed Cup.

2004 – Participates in the Summer Olympics in Athens as the oldest tennis player.

2006 – In her final Grand Slam, Navratilova competes at the US Open in the mixed-doubles championship match. After winning, she becomes the oldest player to win a Grand Slam title.

February 24, 2010 – Is diagnosed with a non-invasive breast cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

March 15, 2010 – Undergoes a lumpectomy.

May 12, 2010 – Begins radiation treatment at L’Institut Curie in Paris.

June 5, 2010 – Competes in the senior women’s doubles at the French Open and wins.

March 27, 2012 – Is eliminated as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

December 8, 2014 – Announces she will be joining the coaching team of Agnieszka Radwanska in 2015.

April 24, 2015 – Steps down as the part-time coach of Radwanska after underestimating the time necessary to “make this a proper and good situation for both Agnieszka and me.”

June 1, 2017 – Navratilova writes a public letter calling former Australian tennis player Margaret Court a “racist and a homophobe” after Court made a comment that tennis is “full of lesbians.”

February 17, 2019 – Pens an article in The Sunday Times that claims it is “insane” that “hundreds of athletes who have changed gender by declaration and limited hormone treatment have already achieved honors as women that were beyond their capabilities as men.” Her comments are immediately criticized and called “transphobic” by transgender athletes and LGBT activists on social media. Navratilova has rejected the accusations of transphobia.

February 19, 2019 – Athlete Ally removes Navratilova from its advisory board following her article in The Sunday Times. The nonprofit states, “As an organization dedicated to addressing root causes of homophobia and transphobia in and through sport, we will only affiliate with those committed to the same goal, and not those who further misinformation or discrimination in any way.”

March 3, 2019 – In a post on her website, Navratilova apologizes for the controversy caused by her February 17 article. She writes that she was, “not suggesting that transgender athletes in general are cheats.” She acknowledges that she does not have all the answers concerning physical advantages transgender athletes may have in some women’s sports. She calls for debate based on, “science, objectivity and the best interests of women’s sport as a whole.”

July 2020 – More than 300 female athletes, including Navratilova, sign a letter addressed to the Board of Governors of the National College Athletic Association opposing transgender inclusion in college sports.

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Martin Scorsese Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese.


Birth date: November 17, 1942

Birth place: New York, New York

Birth name: Martin Marcantonio Luciano Scorsese

Father: Charles Scorsese, worked in the garment industry

Mother: Catherine (Cappa) Scorsese

Marriages: Helen Morris (1999-present); Barbara De Fina (1985-1991, divorced); Isabella Rossellini (1979-1982, divorced); Julia Cameron (1975-1977, divorced); Laraine (Brennan) Scorsese (1965-unknown publicly, divorced)

Children: with Helen Morris: Francesa; with Julia Cameron: Domenica; with Laraine (Brennan) Scorsese: Catherine

Education: New York University, B.S., 1964, M.A., 1968

Other Facts

Suffered from asthma and poor health as a child and spent most of his time at home or at the movies.

Grew up in the Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan.

Raised Roman Catholic, he planned to become a priest as a teen. He entered the junior Jesuit seminary Cathedral College, (now known as Cathedral Preparatory Seminary) , at 14 and stayed a year.

His interest turned to film after entering Washington Square College (now known as New York University) in the early 1960s.

One of his early films, called “Italianamerican,” consisted of interviews with his parents, Charles and Catherine.

His mother, Catherine Scorsese, appeared in many of Scorsese’s films, either in uncredited roles or small parts.

Nominated for 14 Academy Awards, won once.

Nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy awards, won three times.


1960s – After graduation, Scorsese works as a instructor in the film department at New York University. One of his students is future director Oliver Stone.

1968 – Completes his first feature length film,”Who’s That Knocking at My Door?”

1972 – B-movie producer Roger Corman hires Scorsese to direct “Boxcar Bertha.”

October 14, 1973 – His breakthrough film “Mean Streets” starring Robert De Niro, directed by Scorsese and written with friend Mardik Martin, is released.

February 8, 1976 – “Taxi Driver,” starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster is released.

1978 – Scorsese releases a documentary called “The Last Waltz,” depicting the final live performance of The Band. The film includes guest performances by Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters.

1981 – Scorsese’s film “Raging Bull” is nominated for eight Oscars. It wins two awards.

March 30, 1981 – John Hinckley Jr., shoots US President Ronald Reagan and three others in a bid to impress actress Jodie Foster. Hinckley reportedly became obsessed with Foster after seeing her in “Taxi Driver.”

1987 – Directs a 17-minute music video for Michael Jackson’s song “Bad.”

1988 – Scorsese’s film “The Last Temptation of Christ” draws controversy from Christians who condemn its portrayal of Jesus as conflicted and confused.

1990 – Scorsese establishes the Film Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and protecting historic cinema from around the world.

1991 – Scorsese’s film “Goodfellas” is nominated for six Oscars and wins one.

2003 – Scorsese’s film “The Gangs of New York” is nominated for 10 Oscars, but does not win any.

2004 – Has a voice part in the animated film, “Shark Tale.”

2005 – Scorsese’s film “The Aviator” is nominated for 11 Oscars and wins five.

2007 – Scorsese’s film “The Departed” is nominated for five Oscars and wins four.

2007 – Scorsese wins his first Oscar as Best Director for “The Departed.” When he goes to the stage to accept the award he quips, “Could you double-check the envelope?”

2007 – Scorsese’s Film Foundation launches the World Cinema Project, dedicated to preserving and protecting international films outside the Western canon.

2011 – Wins an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for “Boardwalk Empire.”

2012 – Scorsese’s film “Hugo” is nominated for 11 Oscars and wins five.

2012 – Wins two Emmys, one for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming and one for Outstanding Nonfiction Special. Both are for his work on “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.”

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Bowe Bergdahl Fast Facts

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Here are some facts about Bowe Bergdahl, a former American prisoner of war.


Birth date: March 28, 1986

Birth place: Sun Valley, Idaho

Birth name: Bowe Robert Bergdahl

Father: Robert Bergdahl

Mother: Jani Bergdahl

Military: US Army, 2008-present

Other Facts

Traveled throughout Europe before enlisting in the Army.

Worked as a crew member on a sailboat that traveled along the East Coast and to the Caribbean.

It is believed he was being held by the Taliban and the al Qaeda-aligned Haqqani network in Pakistan.


2008 – Enlists in the Army.

May 2009 – Is deployed to Afghanistan.

June 30, 2009 – Is captured in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

July 2, 2009 – A US military official says that a soldier is being held by the clan of warlord Siraj Haqqani. The Taliban previously claimed to have captured the soldier.

July 19, 2009 – A video of Bergdahl is posted on the internet.

December 25, 2009 – Bergdahl’s captors release a video of him.

April 7, 2010 – Another video of Bergdahl is released.

June 12, 2010 – Bergdahl is promoted to specialist.

December 7, 2010 – His captors release a nearly 45-minute video of a man identified as Bergdahl.

February 2011 – Another video of Bergdahl is released.

May 6, 2011 – Bergdahl’s father makes his first statement since the disappearance of his son. He releases a YouTube video asking for his son’s release.

June 12, 2011 – Bergdahl is promoted to sergeant.

May 2012 – The US government acknowledges that it has engaged in talks with the Taliban to free Bergdahl.

June 6, 2013 – Bergdahl’s family announces that “through the International Committee of the Red Cross, we recently received a letter we’re confident was written to us by our son.”

January 2014 – A US military official tells CNN that the military has obtained a new video of Bergdahl.

February 18, 2014 – A US official tells CNN discussions are under way with intermediaries overseas to see if there is any ability to gain Bergdahl’s release. The discussions are being led by US diplomats and involve the Defense Department.

May 31, 2014 – President Barack Obama announces the release of Bergdahl. In exchange, five detainees at Guantánamo Bay will be released to Qatar.

June 13, 2014 – Bergdahl returns to the United States.

June 16, 2014 – The US Army announces that a two-star general will investigate the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s decision to leave his post in Afghanistan in 2009.

July 14, 2014 – The Army announces that Bergdahl has completed medical care and mental counseling at an Army hospital in San Antonio and will return to active duty with a desk job.

July 16, 2014 – Bergdahl retains attorney Eugene Fidell.

March 3, 2015 – The US military charges Bergdahl with one count each of desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty, and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.

March 25, 2015 – Bergdahl’s attorney releases a statement outlining his defense of the soldier and containing a two-page letter from Bergdahl describing the torture he endured, which included months spent chained to a bed and further years spent chained on all fours or locked in a cage.

September 18, 2015 – Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, the Army general who led the investigation into Bergdahl’s actions in Afghanistan, testifies at a preliminary hearing that jail time would be “inappropriate” for Bergdahl. Dahl says he interviewed Bergdahl for a day and a half and “did not find any evidence to corroborate the reporting that Bergdahl was…sympathetic to the Taliban,” but rather, Bergdahl wanted to call attention to what he considered poor leadership of his unit.

December 10, 2015 – The second season of the popular podcast “Serial” premieres, featuring Bergdahl’s story. He speaks for the first time about the nearly five years he spent as a captive of the Taliban.

December 14, 2015 – Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of US Army Forces Command, orders Bergdahl’s case to a general court-martial, breaking with the US military officer overseeing Bergdahl’s preliminary hearing who recommended that Bergdahl be referred to a special court-martial and face no jail time.

February 9, 2016 – A judge in the court proceedings involving Bergdahl issues a stay of proceedings, essentially putting the court-martial on hold. The stay is in place until an appeals court can resolve a dispute involving the sharing of classified evidence with Bergdahl’s defense team.

March 17, 2016 – According to an Army Sanity Board evaluation, Bergdahl had schizotypal personality disorder “at the time of the alleged criminal conduct” and now also has post-traumatic stress disorder. That information is included in the hundreds of pages of documents that Bergdahl’s defense team releases on a website called the Bergdahl Docket.

April 28, 2016 – The US Army Court of Criminal Appeals denies an appeal by the prosecution, thereby granting Bergdahl’s defense team access to hundreds of thousands of pages of classified information. The court also lifts the stay of proceedings issued in early February, thus allowing Bergdahl’s court-martial to proceed.

May 24, 2016 – The Army announces it posted online more than 40 documents associated with Bergdahl’s ongoing case. They outline ongoing legal actions by trial counsel, defense counsel and the US Army Trial Judiciary at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

August 16, 2017 – Bergdahl chooses to be tried by a military judge instead of a jury, according to a court filing posted by his defense team.

October 16, 2017 – Pleads guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

November 3, 2017 – Receives a dishonorable discharge from the US Army and will avoid prison time. The military judge also rules that Bergdahl’s rank be reduced from sergeant to private and he will be required to pay a $1,000 fine from his salary for the next 10 months. The sentence is effective immediately, except for the dishonorable discharge, which Bergdahl is appealing.

July 16, 2019 – In a 2-1 decision, an Army appeals court rules that President Donald Trump‘s comments deriding Bergdahl throughout his repatriation and trial did not constitute unlawful command influence.

October 12, 2019 – Master Sgt. Mark Allen, 46, of Loganville, Georgia, dies. He was shot in the head a decade ago while searching for Bergdahl in Afghanistan and never recovered from his injuries.

November 6, 2019 – The Military Times reports that on November 2 an Army appeals court agreed to review the decision in Bergdahl’s case, which was decided July 2019.

September 2020 – Bergdahl’s attorneys file a motion in an Army appeals court requesting the impartiality of Army Col. Jeffrey Nance, who sentenced Bergdahl, be reexamined. The petition is denied in October.

February 2021 – Bergdahl files a lawsuit requesting his conviction be expunged.

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Jim Brown Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of activist, actor and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown. He played his entire career with the Cleveland Browns.


Birth date: February 17, 1936

Birth place: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Birth name: James Nathaniel Brown

Father: Swinton Brown, a professional boxer

Mother: Theresa Brown, a housekeeper

Marriages: Monique Gunthrop (1997-present); Sue Jones (1958-1972, divorced)

Children: with Monique Gunthrop: Aris and Morgan; with Sue Jones: Kim, Kevin (twins) and James Jr.; with Kim Jones: Kimberly; with Brenda Ayres: Shellee; mother’s name unavailable publicly: Karen Brown Ward

Education: Syracuse University, B.A., 1957

Other Facts

At Syracuse, Brown played football, lacrosse, basketball and ran track.

Qualified for the 1956 Olympics as a decathlete, but did not compete in order to focus on football.

Inducted into the the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995 and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1983.

Led the NFL in rushing eight out of his nine seasons.

Played in nine straight Pro Bowls, for the 1957-1965 seasons.

NFL’s MVP in 1957, 1958 and 1965.

Starred in movies such as “The Dirty Dozen,” “Ice Station Zebra” and “100 Rifles.”


1957 – First round draft pick, sixth player overall, by the Cleveland Browns. Later named Rookie of the Year and also Most Valuable Player.

1960s – Founds the Negro Industrial and Economic Union (later renamed the Black Economic Union) to support black entrepreneurship.

1964 – “Off My Chest,” Brown’s autobiography, with Myron Cope, is published.

1964 – Film debut in “Rio Conchos.”

December 27, 1964 – The Cleveland Browns defeat the Baltimore Colts 27-0 in the NFL Championship Game. (The Super Bowl replaced the NFL Championship Game in 1967).

July 24, 1965 – A jury finds Brown not guilty of assault and battery against 18-year-old Brenda Ayres, after an incident in his hotel room.

July 14, 1966 – After nine seasons and 118 games, retires from professional football at the age of 30.

1968 – Brown is charged with assault with intent to commit murder after model Eva Bohn-Chin is found beneath the balcony of Brown’s second floor apartment. The charge is later dismissed after Bohn-Chin refuses to name him as her assailant. Brown also pays a $300 fine for striking a deputy sheriff during the same incident.

1969 – Stars in “100 Rifles” with Raquel Welch. It is one of the first major studio films to feature an interracial love scene.

February 5, 1970 – A jury finds Brown not guilty of assault and battery charges, stemming from a traffic accident in 1969.

1971 – Is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility.

1978 – Is sentenced to one day in jail for beating and choking his golfing partner, Frank Snow. Brown is also fined $500 and receives two years’ probation.

1985 – Brown is charged with raping and assaulting a 33-year-old woman in his home. The judge later dismisses the charges based on inconsistent testimony.

August 1986 – Brown is arrested for assaulting live-in girlfriend Debra Clark. The charges are later dropped after Clark refuses to prosecute.

1988 – Founds the Amer-I-Can program, an organization dedicated to stopping gang violence and helping individuals “take charge of their lives and achieve their full potential.”

1989 – Brown’s memoir, with Steve Delsohn, “Out of Bounds,” is released.

June 15, 1999 – Following a domestic disturbance with his wife Monique Gunthrop, Brown is arrested and charged with making terrorist threats toward his wife. In the 911 tape, Monique Brown accuses Brown of threatening to kill her, a claim she later recants.

September 10, 1999 – A jury finds Brown guilty of vandalism for smashing his wife’s car with a shovel during the June incident. He is later fined $1,800 and sentenced to three years’ probation, one year of domestic violence counseling and 400 hours community service or 40 hours on a work crew.

January 5, 2000 – Brown is sentenced to six months in jail for refusing the court-ordered counseling and community service hours handed down in 1999. He serves almost four months in the Ventura County jail in 2002.

2002 – Spike Lee’s documentary, “Jim Brown: All American,” is released.

2005-2010 – Executive adviser to the Cleveland Browns.

2008 – Files a lawsuit against Electronic Arts, alleging that the video game company used his likeness in the Madden NFL video games without his consent.

2009 – A federal judge dismisses Brown’s 2008 lawsuit against Electronic Arts. An appeals court upholds the ruling in 2013.

May 29, 2013 – Is named special adviser to the Cleveland Browns.

July 2014 – Files a lawsuit against sports memorabilia dealer Lelands, alleging that the online auction dealer was selling Brown’s stolen 1964 championship ring. Lelands countersues Brown in August 2014.

October 2015 – The lawsuit is settled, and Brown’s ring is returned.

September 18, 2016 – A bronze statue of Brown is unveiled outside FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns. It is the first statue outside the stadium to honor a former player.

November 22, 2019 – Brown is announced as one of the 100 greatest players in NFL history as part of the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

January 13, 2020 – ESPN names Brown the number one greatest player in college football’s 150 year history.

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Bob Newhart Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of comedian actor and writer Bob Newhart.


Birth date: September 5 1929

Birth place: Oak Park Illinois

Birth name: George Robert Newhart

Father: George David Newhart part-owner of a plumbing and heating business

Mother: Julia Pauline (Burns) Newhart

Marriage: Virginia (Quinn) Newhart (January 12 1963-present)

Children: Robert Timothy Jennifer and Courtney

Education: Loyola University of Chicago B.S. 1952; Attended Loyola University School of Law in the mid-1950s.

Military service: US Army 1952-1954

Other Facts

Before becoming a stand-up comedian Newhart was an accountant for US Gypsum and an advertising copywriter in Chicago.

Stammering and saying “Same to you fella” are two standards of his deadpan monologues.

Some part of his name is in the title of each of his four television shows Bob Newhart and George.

He has earned nine Primetime Emmy nominations and won one. He was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1993.

He has been nominated for five Grammy Awards and won three.

He guest-hosted “The Tonight Show” 87 times.


1959 – Signs recording contract with Warner Brothers.

February 1960 – First night club performance at the Tidelands Motor Inn in Houston.

April 1 1960 – His first album “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” is released on April Fool’s Day. The album goes on to reach number one on the Billboard charts. It is the first comedy album to do so.

April 13 1961 – Wins three Grammy Awards: Album of the Year for “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” Best Comedy Performance – Spoken Word for “The Button-Down Mind Strikes Back!” and Best New Artist.

October 11 1961-June 13 1962 – “The Bob Newhart Show” a 60-minute variety show with Newhart as host airs. The short-lived show wins a Peabody Award and an Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Humor.

1962 – First movie role in “Hell is for Heroes” a World War II drama starring Steve McQueen.

September 16 1972-April 1 1978 – “The Bob Newhart Show” airs with Newhart as psychologist Bob Hartley living in Chicago.

October 25 1982-May 21 1990 – “Newhart” airs with Newhart playing a Vermont innkeeper.

September 18 1992-December 27 1993 – “Bob” airs with Newhart as a cartoonist.

September 15 1997-March 16 1998 – “George & Leo” airs with Newhart as a bookstore owner.

January 6 1999 – Receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

October 29 2002 – Receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

September 2006 – Newhart’s memoir “I Shouldn’t Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny” is published.

2007 – His album “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

2012 – The Newhart Family Theatre at the Mundelein Center for the Fine and Performing Arts opens at Loyola University in Chicago. Newhart graduated from Loyola and his three sisters graduated from Mundelein College. The two schools merged in 1991.

2013 – Wins an Emmy for Best Guest Actor for the television series “The Big Bang Theory.”

June 11 2015 – Newhart appears in the opening episode of the documentary series “The Seventies.”

July 18 2018 – The audio series “Hi Bob!” is released. In it Newhart talks with various celebrities.

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Dennis Rodman Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of former professional basketball player Dennis Rodman.


Birth date: May 13, 1961

Birth place: Trenton, New Jersey

Birth name: Dennis Keith Rodman

Father: Philander Rodman

Mother: Shirley Rodman

Marriages: Michelle Moyer (2003-2012, divorced); Carmen Electra (1998-1999, divorced); Anicka Bakes (1992-1993, divorced)

Children: with Michelle Moyer: Trinity and Dennis Jr.; with Anicka Bakes: Alexis

Education: Attended Cooke County Junior College, 1982-1983; Attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1983-1986

Other Facts

Career Statistics: 6,683 points, 11,954 rebounds

Won five NBA championships (1988-1989, 1989-1990 with Detroit Pistons; 1995-1996, 1996-1997, 1997-1998 with Chicago Bulls)

His father left the family when Rodman was three.

Worked as a janitor at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport at age 19.

Dated Madonna.

Nicknamed “The Worm.”

Has appeared on the reality shows “Celebrity Rehab” and “Celebrity Apprentice.”

His daughter, Trinity, is a rising star on US soccer youth national teams, and was selected second overall by the Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) draft.


1983 – Begins attending Southeastern Oklahoma State University on a basketball scholarship.

1986 – Is chosen in the second round of the NBA draft.

1986-1993 – Plays for the Detroit Pistons.

1990 and 1991 – Named NBA defensive player of the year.

1993-1995 – Plays for the San Antonio Spurs.

1995-1997 – Plays for the Chicago Bulls.

1996 – Rodman’s memoir, “Bad as I Wanna Be,” is published.

1997 – Is suspended and fined by the NBA for kicking a courtside photographer.

1997 – Co-stars with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the film, “Double Team.”

1999 – Plays 23 games for the Los Angeles Lakers before being released.

2000 – Plays 12 games with the Dallas Mavericks before being released.

March 2000 – Settles a lawsuit with Connie Wilcox, a Las Vegas waitress, who accused Rodman of grabbing her breasts.

July 2000 – Is sentenced to probation and required to attend an alcohol program after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.

2005 Becomes the first man and first athlete to pose nude for a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) advertisement.

2011 – Is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

February 2013 – Travels to North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters for an exhibition game. Strikes up a friendship with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.

September 2013 – Travels to North Korea on what he calls a “basketball diplomacy tour.”

December 2013 – Travels to North Korea, with a documentary crew, to help train a team of North Korean basketball players for a January exhibition game against former NBA players. The exhibition game will celebrate Kim’s birthday.

January 6, 2014 – Rodman and several other former NBA players arrive in North Korea to take part in an exhibition basketball game.

January 7, 2014 – During an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN, Rodman yells angrily and suggests that detained American Kenneth Bae had done something to deserve his 15-year sentence.

January 8, 2014 – Leads a sing along of “Happy Birthday” for Kim.

January 9, 2014 – Apologizes for his outburst on CNN, explaining that he was stressed out and drinking when he made the remarks.

January 15, 2014 – Checks in to a New Jersey alcohol-rehabilitation facility.

January 25, 2015 – The Slamdance Film Festival premieres “Big Bang in Pyongyang,” a documentary film recounting Rodman’s 2013 visit to North Korea.

November 21, 2016 – Rodman is charged with four misdemeanors after allegedly driving on the wrong side of a freeway, being involved in a hit and run, not having a valid license and lying to police. The incident happened in July 2016 in Santa Ana, California. The hit and run charge is later dropped. Rodman pleads guilty to the other charges and is sentenced to three years’ probation.

June 13, 2017 – Tells CNN he hopes to do “something that’s pretty positive” on what will be his fourth visit to North Korea. The four-night trip is sponsored by PotCoin, a digital currency for the cannabis industry.

December 11, 2017 – While on a “humanitarian tour” of Asia, Rodman announces that he is planning to organize a basketball game between the US territory of Guam and North Korea.

January 13-14, 2018 – Rodman is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Newport Beach, California. After spending the night in jail, Rodman is released early Sunday.

March 12, 2018 – Pleads guilty to two misdemeanors involving the DUI and is sentenced to three years’ probation, rehab and a fine.

June 11, 2018 – Rodman arrives in Singapore for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim. “It’s a great day. I am here to see it. I’m so happy,” he said.

February 27, 2019 – Issues a letter to Trump on Twitter hours ahead of his second summit with Kim. “You are on the cusp of a big, beautiful deal. One that would make you the front runner for a Nobel Peace Prize without question,” Rodman said.

October 17, 2019 – Florida prosecutors charge Rodman with a single count of misdemeanor battery after he allegedly slapped a man in a bar in May. His lawyer enters a plea of not guilty on his behalf.