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Jackie Collins, left, with her sister, the actress Joan Collins, at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif. Credit Evan Agostini/Associated Press

SEPT. 19, 2015

Jackie Collins, the best-selling British-born author known for her vibrant novels about the extravagance and glamour of life in Hollywood, died on Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 77.

The cause was breast cancer, her family said in a statement.

Long before the emergence of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise, Ms. Collins dominated the publishing industry’s more lascivious corners.

She wrote more than 30 books, many of them filled with explicit, unrestrained sexuality, and sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. Her first novel, “The World Is Full of Married Men,” was published in 1968. Australia and South Africa banned it because of its frank depiction of extramarital sex. Other earlier works included “The Stud,” in 1969, and “Rock Star,” in 1988.

Ms. Collins, the younger sister of the actress Joan Collins, wrote her books in longhand on either white printer paper or yellow legal pads, regularly churning out prodigious numbers of pages.

Writing in The New York Times in 1993, Barry Gewen said of Ms. Collins’s “American Star: A Love Story” that it might more appropriately be titled “Coming Up for Air.”

In 2006, reviewing her “Lovers & Players” in The Times, the critic Janet Maslin described Ms. Collins’s writing as “crypto-celebrity gamesmanship” in which the author “maneuvers her characters through a story as if she were playing by a strict set of rules.”

Many of Ms. Collins’s novels became fodder for movies and television mini-series. In 2001, for instance, she published “Hollywood Wives: The New Generation,” which followed “Hollywood Wives,” “Hollywood Husbands,” “Hollywood Kids” and “Hollywood Divorces.” It became a New York Times best seller and, in 2003, was made into a TV movie starring Farrah Fawcett, Robin Givens, Jack Scalia and Melissa Gilbert.

She was found to have stage-four breast cancer in 2007, according to People magazine’s website, and had written five books since then. Her latest, 600-plus-page novel, “The Santangelos,” was published in June.

In an interview in 2007 with The New York Times Magazine that coincided with the publication of her 25th book, “Drop Dead Beautiful,” Ms. Collins said she did not care what reviewers would say about it.

“I never pretended to be a literary writer,” she said. “I’m a school dropout.”

She said in the interview that she did not feel that the increasingly explicit nature of pop culture made her fiction seem quaint.

“Fifteen-year-old girls still read my novels under the bedcovers with a flashlight,” she said. “But it’s true that I published my first novel in 1968, when no one was writing about sex except Philip Roth.”

Ms. Collins with a copy of her first book in 1968. Credit Bob Dear/Associated Press

Jacqueline Jill “Jackie” Collins was born on Oct. 4, 1937, in London. Survivors include her three daughters, Tracy, Tiffany and Rory, and her sister, Joan.

Ms. Collins’s second husband, Oscar Lerman, died of cancer in 1992 after the couple had been married for 27 years. Four years later, her fiancé, Frank Calcagnini, died of brain cancer.





Moses Malone (right) rests on the bench during a game against the New York Knicks in 1984. Malone, a three-time NBA MVP, has died at the age of 60.i

Moses Malone (right) rests on the bench during a game against the New York Knicks in 1984. Malone, a three-time NBA MVP, has died at the age of 60. Ray Stubblebine/AP 

September 13, 2015 1:04 PM ET

NBA legend Moses Malone, a three-time NBA Most Valuable Player and voted one of the NBA’s greatest 50 players of all time has died. He was 60 years old.

The 6-foot-10 Malone earned the moniker “Chairman of the Boards” for his rebounding prowess. He was a 13-time all-star who was part of the Philadelphia 76ers that defeated the Los Angeles Lakers for the 1983 NBA championship.

The news of Malone’s passing was first reported by ESPN and later confirmed in a statement by the Philadelphia 76ers, but the organization did not immediately provide a cause of death.

“It is with deep sense of sadness that the Sixers family mourns the sudden loss of Moses Malone. It is difficult to express what his contributions to this organization – both as a friend and player – have meant to us, the city of Philadelphia and his faithful fans. Moses holds a special place in our hearts and will forever be remembered as a genuine icon and pillar of the most stored era in the history of Philadelphia 76ers basketball. No one person has ever conveyed more with so few words – including three of the most iconic in the city’s history. His generosity, towering personality and incomparable sense of humor will truly be missed. We will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers and as we are once again reminded of the preciousness of life.”

According to the CBS Sports, those iconic words referred to a prognosis Malone made in of how many consecutive games his 76ers would win during the 1983 playoffs.

“The ‘three of the most iconic in this city’s history’ part refers to ‘fo, fo, fo’ — Malone famously and succinctly predicted that Philadelphia would sweep each round of the playoffs in 1983. He was just off — the Sixers lost one game in the postseason.”

Malone was the first player to be drafted to the pros straight from high school. He was drafted by the ABA’s Utah Stars when he was 19 years old. He also is the NBA’s all-time leader in offense rebounds with 6,731, according to’s Steve Aschburner. This puts Malone more than 2,000 offensive rebounds ahead of Celtics great Robert Parish who is second on that list.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver called Malone “among the most dominant centers to ever play the game.”

“We are stunned and deeply saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Moses Malone, an NBA legend gone far too soon. Known to his legions of fans as the ‘Chairman of the Boards,’ Moses competed with intensity every time he stepped on the court. With three MVPs and an NBA championship, he was among the most dominant centers ever to play the game and one of the best players in the history of the NBA and the ABA. Even more than his prodigious talent, we will miss his friendship, his generosity, his exuberant personality, and the extraordinary work ethic he brought to the game throughout his 21-year pro career. Our thoughts are with Moses’ family and friends during this difficult time.”

Malone’s death comes on the heels of the passing of another NBA great, Darryl Dawkins, known as “Chocolate Thunder” who passed away last month at 58 years old.

Malone was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001. He played for the NBA’s Houston Rockets twice, the Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks. He finished his two decade long career with the San Antonio Spurs in the 1994-95 season.






Max-G. Beauvoir, supreme leader of the Haitian hybrid of Catholicism and African animism commonly — and inaccurately — known as voodoo, died Saturday at 79, Haitian President Michel Martelly said Sunday.

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Max-G. Beauvoir, supreme leader of Haitian vodou, in early 2015. Reuters

Beauvoir, a U.S.- and French-educated chemical engineer, became Ati, or supreme leader, of the National Confederation of Haitian Vodou, as it is properly spelled, in 2008. About three-quarters of Haiti’s population is believed to practice vodou, which Haiti officially recognized as a religion in 2003.

Martelly extended sympathies Beauvoir’s family, calling his death “a great loss for the country.” The cause of death wasn’t reported, and funeral plans are pending.

François Max-Gesner Beauvoir founded a temple, Le Péristyle de Mariani, in 1974 in his hometown of Mariani. Amid the Haitian diaspora during the violent Duvalier regimes — which he was sometimes accused of associating with — he and his wife fled to Washington, D.C., where he founded the Temple of Yehwe, a nonprofit group promoting Afro-American religious thought, in 1996.

Beauvoir returned to Haiti and in 2005 launched the Federasyon Nasyonal Vodou Ayisyen, now called the National Confederation of Haitian Vodou.

Much of Beauvoir’s work as Ati was challenging what he saw as racist stereotyping of vodou, which means “spirit” or “god” in Fon language of Benin and was brought to the Caribbean from West Africa with the slave trade during the 18th century. He was particularly critical of Hollywood’s portrayal of vodouists as outré doll-stabbing witches and warlocks.

“The voice of Hollywood has grown beyond the border of the United States,” Beauvoir told The New York Times in 2008. “It’s everywhere. The voice of Max Beauvoir is very small compared to that.”


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New Pluto Panorama Shows Jumbled Peaks

A striking, just-released image from NASA’s New Horizons mission shows a crescent Pluto panorama. Dramatic backlighting accentuates the dwarf planet’s surprisingly rugged mountains.

Does the Nearest Quasar Host a Black Hole Binary?

Astronomers are investigating a new technique for finding close pairs of supermassive black holes — they might have found one in the nearest quasar.

New Evidence for Black Hole Binary

And in other black hole binary news, astronomers have found definitive evidence that the quasar PG 1302-102 hosts a supermassive black hole pair, its members less than a tenth of a light-year apart.

View Last Sunday’s Eclipse — From Space

Some of the best views of Sunday’s partial solar eclipse didn’t come from Earth.

A New Way to Heat the Sun’s Corona

Astronomers have detected waves working together in the solar atmosphere, potentially heating the gas through turbulence.


This Week’s Sky at a Glance, September 18 – 26

Dawn features Mars gleaming near Regulus, and you might just glimpse Jupiter further down. And fall officially arrives on September 23rd.

Get Ready for the Upcoming Lunar Eclipse

On the night of September 27–28, the full Moon will plunge completely through Earth’s shadow for the last time until January 2018.

Watch Andromeda Blossom in Bincoulars

How much can you see of the Andromeda Galaxy system with just a pair of binoculars? Turns out a lot!

Tour September’s Sky: A Lunar Eclipse!

This month’s stargazing features pretty planetary treats in the eastern sky before dawn — and the last total lunar eclipse visible until 2018.


Astronomy Day + International Observe the Moon Night = Weekend of Fun

This year Fall Astronomy Day and International Observe the Moon Night share a square on the calendar. Find out how you can take part!

Call for Solar Observers (Sept. 19–27)!

Does your version of stargazing involve pointing your telescope at the Sun? With the right equipment, you can aid a project that aims to catch a solar flare in the act of erupting between September 19 and 27.


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Dylann Roof cohort arrested by FBI; Facebook rant on race forces retirement; Anti-Indian activists on the rise in Montana; and more.


The State (Charleston, S.C.): Friend of Dylann Roof arrested by FBI for his role in church massacre.

Right Wing Watch: Anti-Muslim extremist Frank Gaffney says Texas boy’s homemade clock was very suspicious indeed.

Policy.Mic: Texas police violated Ahmed Mohamed’s civil rights by keeping him from his parents and a lawyer.

Raw Story: Kim Davis inspires N.C. mayoral candidate to opine: ‘What’s wrong with eradicating homosexuals?’

New Times (San Luis Obispo, CA): Anti-LGBT activist with history of incendiary remarks scheduled to speak to GOP luncheon.

Toward Freedom: In new documentary Welcome to Leith, the schemes of small-town Nazis turn local folks into ardent anti-fascists.

Fusion: North Carolina police chief forced to retire after Facebook rant calling Black Lives Matter ‘terrorists’ surfaces.

New York Daily News: Woman sitting with her mother assaulted by group shouting anti-gay slurs as they passed by restaurant.

IREHR: Anti-Indian activism accelerates in Montana as key group announces regional conference in Kalispell.

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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on September 16 every year. This event commemorates the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987.

UN International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone
The earth’s ozone layer plays an important role in protecting human health and the environment.
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What do people do?

On this day primary and secondary school educators throughout the world organize classroom activities that focus on topics related to the ozone layer, climate change and ozone depletion. Some teachers use educational packages from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that have been specifically tailored to address topics about the earth’s ozone layer.

Other activities that are organized by different community groups, individuals, schools and local organizations across the world include: the promotion of ozone friendly products; special programs and events on saving the ozone layer; the distribution of the UNEP’s public awareness posters to be used for events centered on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer; and the distribution of awards to those who worked hard to protect the earth’s ozone layer.

Public Life

The UN’s International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is a global observance and not a public holiday.


In 1987 representatives from 24 countries met in Montreal and announced to the world that it was time to stop destroying the ozone layer. In so doing, these countries committed themselves, via the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, to rid the world of substances that threaten the ozone layer.

On December 19, 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed September 16 to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date when the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed in 1987. The day was first celebrated on September 16, 1995.


Many promotional items used for the day feature images of the sun, sky, or earth’s natural environment to represent the ozone’s importance in protecting the environment. Selected winning paintings from the 1998 Children’s Painting Competition, which was part of UNEP’s public awareness campaign at the time, have since been reproduced on posters, calendars, publications, and other material.

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2015 Theme: 30 Years of Healing the Ozone Together – “Ozone: All there is between you and UV.”

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer Observances


Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Thu Sep 16 2010 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Fri Sep 16 2011 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Sun Sep 16 2012 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Mon Sep 16 2013 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Tue Sep 16 2014 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Wed Sep 16 2015 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Fri Sep 16 2016 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Sat Sep 16 2017 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Sun Sep 16 2018 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Mon Sep 16 2019 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance
Wed Sep 16 2020 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer United Nations observance

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The United Nations’ (UN) International Day of Democracy is annually held on September 15 to raise public awareness about democracy. Various activities and events are held around the world to promote democracy on this date.

Definition of democracy typed on a typewriter.
The International Day of Democracy aims to raise public awareness about democracy – its meaning and importance.
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What do people do?

Many people and organizations worldwide, including government agencies and non-government organizations, hold various initiatives to promote democracy on the International Day of Democracy. Events and activities include discussions, conferences and press conferences involving keynote speakers, often those who are leaders or educators heavily involved in supporting and endorsing democratic governments and communities.

Leaflets, posters and flyers are placed in universities, public buildings, and places where people can learn more about how democracy is linked with factors such as freedom of expression and a tolerant culture. Organizations, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), organize activities such as public opinion surveys about democracy and political tolerance.

There has been a campaign, known as the Global Democracy Day Initiative, which involves a petition being made to the UN and heads of states to officially adopt October 18 as Global Democracy Day to support International Day of Democracy.

Public life

The International Day of Democracy is a UN observance day but it is not a public holiday.


The UN strives to achieve its goals of peace, human rights and development. It believes that human rights and the rule of law are best protected in democratic societies. The UN also recognizes a fundamental truth about democracy everywhere – that democracy is the product of a strong, active and vocal civil society.

The UN general assembly decided on November 8, 2007, to make September 15 as the annual date to observe the International Day of Democracy. The assembly invited people and organizations, both government and non-government, to commemorate the International Day of Democracy. It also called for all governments to strengthen their national programs devoted to promoting and consolidating democracy. The assembly encouraged regional and other intergovernmental organizations to share their experiences in promoting democracy.

The International Day of Democracy was first celebrated in 2008. The UN general assembly recognized that the year 2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the first International Conference of New or Restored Democracies, which gave people a chance to focus on promoting and consolidating democracy worldwide.


The UN logo is often associated with marketing and promotional material for this event. It features a projection of a world map (less Antarctica) centered on the North Pole, enclosed by olive branches. The olive branches symbolize peace and the world map represents all the people of the world. It has been featured in black against a white background.

International Day of Democracy 2015 Theme: ” Space for Civil Society”

International Day of Democracy Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Sep 15 2010 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Thu Sep 15 2011 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Sat Sep 15 2012 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Sun Sep 15 2013 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Mon Sep 15 2014 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Tue Sep 15 2015 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Thu Sep 15 2016 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Fri Sep 15 2017 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Sat Sep 15 2018 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Sun Sep 15 2019 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance
Tue Sep 15 2020 International Day of Democracy United Nations observance

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By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

September 9, 2015 7:11 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dr. William Grier, a psychiatrist who co-authored the groundbreaking 1968 book, “Black Rage,” which offered the first psychological examination of black life in the United States, has died at age 89.

Grier’s eldest son, Geoffrey Grier, said Wednesday that his father died Sept. 3 at a hospice care facility in Carlsbad, a coastal city north of San Diego, after suffering a brain lesion.

Grier and Price M. Cobbs, both black psychiatrists working in San Francisco in the 1960s, co-authored “Black Rage” to explain the anger that triggered the riots after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The authors argued how the heritage of slavery contributed to the unrest decades after the end of segregation and continued to affect society as well as the personal lives of African Americans. In 1969, ABC produced a TV special about the book called “To Be Black.”


 William Grier, left, with his co-author, Price M. Cobbs, on ABC for a special focusing on their 1968 book, “Black Rage.”

Grier had an insatiable appetite for knowledge and was driven by his need to expose the long-lasting effects of social oppression, his friends and colleagues said.

“I think that desire to acquire information coupled with his social conscience formed a force that was hard to be reckoned with,” Geoffrey Grier said. ” ‘Black Rage’ was required reading in schools, colleges for a long period of time. It allowed all people to be able read, understand, comprehend, draw conclusions, and make connections. It had a much larger impact than we think.”

His father died believing his book was as relevant today as it was when it set off a firestorm of debate in the 1960s, he said.

“You can try to come up with another name, call it Black Lives Matter,” Grier said. “Whatever you want to say, at the end of day, there is black rage. The relevance of what they were saying is really, really on point now.”

Corrie Ort said her husband closely followed the news, including the police shootings of young black men in Missouri, New York and Baltimore. The couple lived in the beach community of Leucadia, north of San Diego.

“We really need to start listening,” Ort said.

Born in 1926 in Birmingham, Alabama, Grier saw racial injustice from a young age when his father was unfairly fired from his job as a postman, forcing the family to move in with relatives in Detroit when Grier was 12 years old, Ort said. He attended Howard University and later medical school at the University of Michigan and became trained as a psychoanalyst in Detroit.

Cobbs said his lifelong friend reframed the way people look at anger among African Americans.

Geoffrey Grier said he also opened the door for blacks to seek the help of a therapist, which was unheard of before the book’s release.

His family said Grier loved classical music, jazz, was a history buff and wrote poetry. Grier is the also the father of actor and comedian David Alan Grier, known for his role on the Emmy Award-winning TV show “In Living Color” and for his work on Broadway.

Grier is survived by his wife, and children, Geoffrey, David Alan, Elizabeth and stepson Derrek Karmoen, and stepdaughter Saminah Karmoen, and two grandchildren.




September 8, 2015 1:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jean Darling, an actress who appeared in the silent-film series “Our Gang” and the original Broadway production of “Carousel,” has died at age 93.

Darling’s son Roy Hamilton-Bowen said Tuesday that his mother died Friday in Rodermark, Germany, after a sudden illness.

Darling appeared in the “Our Gang” series between 1927 and 1929, when the short films began incorporating sound into the productions. Some of the films were later repackaged as “The Little Rascals.”

In 1945, she starred as Carrie Pipperidge in the original Broadway run of “Carousel” and later appeared as Aunt Poppy in children’s programming on Ireland’s RTE radio and television broadcasts.

Hamilton-Bowen says his mother remained active up until her death and recently had finished writing a crime novel.

Darling was born Dorothy Jean LeVake in Santa Monica, California, in August 1922. Her son said the precise date is unknown because a fire destroyed her birth records.

She moved to Dublin in 1974 and moved to Germany two years ago, Hamilton-Bowen said.




Sept. 7, 2015 | 3:45 p.m. EDT


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Martin Milner, whose wholesome good looks helped make him the star of two hugely popular 1960s TV series, “Route 66” and “Adam-12,” has died.

He was 83. “Adam-12” co-star Kent McCord, who spoke to Milner’s children, said Milner died Sunday near the La Costa neighborhood of Carlsbad, Calif. He said the family is doing well, but gave no other details.

Milner, who began his career as a teen actor, shot to fame in 1960 with co-star George Maharis in the iconic TV drama “Route 66,” which found two restless young men roaming the highway author John Steinbeck had dubbed “The Mother Road” in a red Corvette convertible.

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Milner was Tod Stiles, a young man born to wealth but suddenly broke when his father died and left him nothing but the new Corvette. Maharis was Buz Murdock, a hardened survivor of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen.

Together they toured the country in Tod’s new Corvette, meeting all kinds of people and becoming involved with their lives. The series was said to have been inspired by Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road” and it featured such weekly guest stars as Robert Redford, Alan Alda and Gene Hackman in some of their earliest roles.

As much the show’s star as Milner and Maharis was Route 66 itself. Since bypassed in favor of bigger, faster interstates, the iconic highway stretched unbroken from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean during the show’s heyday and was venerated as a driving force behind the country’s 20th century westward migration.

“Route 66” was the only TV show filmed entirely on location in the early 1960s, moving to new towns and cities for each new episode. But ironically, the action often took place off the highway.

“The problem was that once you get into Oklahoma and Texas on the route, the scenery is flat and boring,” Milner recounted in a 1997 interview. “Pictorially it just wasn’t very interesting.”

Maharis, who became ill with hepatitis and missed part of the third season, left “Route 66” at the end of that year amid rumors of a contract dispute. He was replaced by Glenn Corbett, who played a war hero trying to cope with civilian life. The magic was gone, however, and the show lasted just one more season.

In 1968 Milner signed on to another buddy series, “Adam-12.” This time he was Officer Pete Malloy, a veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department assisted by rookie cop Jim Reed, who was played by Kent McCord.

“I had a long, long friendship with Marty and we remained friends up till the end,” said McCord on Monday. “He was one of the really true great people of our industry with a long, distinguished career…Wonderful films, wonderful television shows, pioneering shows like ‘Route 66.’ He was one of the great guys. I was lucky to have him in my life.”

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that Milner’s “depiction of a professional and tough yet compassionate cop” led to his own decision to apply to the department.

The series was produced by Jack Webb, who applied the same realistic treatment of police doings that had made his “Dragnet” TV show, in which he was Sgt. Joe Friday, a huge hit. During the seven-year life of “Adam-12,” both Reed and Malloy won promotions.

Milner had met Webb years before “Route 66” when both were appearing in the feature film “Halls of Montezuma,” and Webb had hired him for an early radio version of “Dragnet.” Later, he appeared in several episodes of the 1950s TV version.

When Milner was in the Army at Northern California’s Fort Ord, he would sometimes visit Los Angeles and look Webb up.

“Even though there wasn’t a part for me in ‘Dragnet’ that week,” he recalled in 1989, “Jack would write one in so I could collect $125.”

Before and after “Route 66” and “Adam 12” Milner appeared in numerous TV guest roles and in films. Early film roles included “The Sands of Iwo Jima,” ”Marjorie Morningstar” and (as Marty Milner) “Sweet Smell of Success.”

Others films were “Louisa,” ”Our Very Own,” ”Operation Pacific,” ”Battle Zones,” ”My Wife’s Best Friend,” ”Springfield Rifle,” ”The Long Gray Line,” ”Mister Roberts,” ”Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.” ”Valley of the Dolls” and “Three Guns for Texas.”

Martin Sam Milner was born in Detroit and grew up in Seattle, where he worked as a child actor in local plays. When the family moved to Los Angeles, he found jobs in movies, notably in his film debut as the second son in 1947’s “Life with Father” which starred William Powell and Irene Dunne.

After finishing the film he was stricken with polio and spent a year in bed. He recovered and enrolled in theater arts at the University of Southern California but dropped out after a year to devote himself to his acting career.

Milner married actress-singer Judy Jones in 1951, and they had four children: Amy, who died in 2004, Molly, Stuart and Andrew.

This story contains biographical information compiled by the late AP entertainment writer Bob Thomas. Associated Press writer Justin Pritchard also contributed.



I remember the TV series Route 66. Even as a child, watching this series created a wanderlust in me to tour around America and see the people who inhabited her and partake of a little of their lives.

It did not hurt that the immortal Nat King Cole’s rendition of “(Get Your Kicks) On Route 66” certainly spurred my desire to get into a Corvette, drive, and just enjoy the land and the people who made this country what it was.

Get your kicks most definitely.

Can you imagine a little child just barely into elementary school tooling around in a Corvette?


Map of former U.S. Route 66.  SOURCE

Sad to say, but there is no longer a Route 66.

Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926, it ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California. It went through many changes and realignment during its existence. It was finally done in by the Interstate Highway System, when it was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985.


The route sign from 1926 to 1948.  SOURCE

U.S. Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway and known as the Main Street of America or the Mother Road, was one of the original highways within the United States Highway System.

Martin Milner’s TV show did a lot for this long gone road, and Mr. Milner gave great joy to those, young and old, the well-traveled and not so well-traveled, a chance to see this route on TV especially if they were not able to get out on the road.

milner with book

To honor Mr. Milner, I present one of the episodes from Route 66 entitled “I Am Here To Kill A King”.

Watching this episode reminded me of another series episode I had seen Mr. Milner in, and that was The Twilight Zone episode “Mirror Image”.

Mr. Milner gave his fans so much pleasure and he will be sorely missed.

Rest in peace, Mr. Martin Milner.

Rest in peace.



Sept. 8, 2015 | 7:50 a.m. EDT

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Judy Carne, a star of the U.S. comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” has died in a British hospital. She was 76.

She was famous for popularizing the “Sock it to Me” phrase on the hit TV show that ran from 1967 to 1973.

Her death was confirmed Tuesday in an e-mail by Eva Duffy, spokeswoman for Northampton General Hospital, who said Carne died in the hospital on Sept. 3. Newspaper reports said she had suffered from pneumonia.

Carne shot to fame with the rise of “Martin’s Laugh-In”, a smash hit on NBC that often featured her doused in water, taking pratfalls or suffering other humiliations after uttering her signature phrase.

The show represented a major network’s take on “flower power,” and Carne’s persona emphasized her wacky humor and pixie looks. She was frequently costumed in the bright colors and miniskirts fashionable at the time.

“Laugh-In” made stars not only of Carne but also of Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, and several others.

Carne left the show in its third season and her acting career faltered afterward as she became heavily involved with drugs.

Carne was born Joyce Botterill in Northampton and started performing on TV shows in the late 1950s, building a reputation in England before moving to the United States.

Skilled as a comedian and gaining a national profile from “Laugh-In,” she appeared on the top TV shows of the time, including the Ed Sullivan Show and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

She also had roles in several TV series but her career was sidetracked by heroin addiction and a series of medical and legal problems.

Her 1985 autobiography “Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside” chronicled her many problems with substance abuse in intimate detail.

She was married twice, including once to the actor Burt Reynolds, and spent her later years with her two dogs living in the village of Pitsford in Northamptonshire.



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The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation is annually observed on September 12.

The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation celebrates economic, social and political developments in many developing countries.
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Originally observed on December 19, the date for the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation was moved to September 12 in 2011. It commemorates the date when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a plan of action in 1978 to promote and implement technical cooperation among developing countries.

What do people do?

The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation aims to raise people’s awareness of the UN’s efforts to work on technical cooperation among developing countries. It also celebrates the economic, social and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries in the south. It is a time for individuals and organizations to agree on the importance of South-South cooperation, in complementing North-South cooperation, to support low-income countries in achieving development goals.

On this day political leaders from different countries reaffirm their goals in working with UN leaders to reinforce or strengthen ties on their commitment to South-South cooperation in developing countries. This can be done through speeches, action plans, special seminars or conferences, or press announcements. Educators in the area of social or political sciences may highlight the day through classroom activities that bring forth an awareness of issues centered on the event.

Public life

The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation is not a public holiday so public life is not affected.


In 1978 the UN General Assembly established the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation on a global level. Two regional service centers, one in Asia and one in Africa, support South-South cooperation by pooling resources and by offering different types of services.

In 2003, the General Assembly declared December 19 to be observed as the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. But in 2011, the Assembly moved the date to September 12, to mark the date when it adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.

The assembly urged all UN organizations and other institutions to enhance their efforts to mainstream the use of South-South cooperation in designing, formulating, and implementing their regular programs.

These organizations were also asked to consider increasing various resource allocations to support South-South cooperation initiatives. Recent initiatives have been tied with the Tsunami relief projects. In recent times a silent revolution has taken place among fast-track performers such as Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, South Africa, and Thailand.


The UN emblem consists of a projection of the globe centered on the North Pole. It depicts all continents except Antarctica and four concentric circles representing degrees of latitude. The projection is surrounded by images of olive branches, representing peace. The emblem is often blue, although it is printed in white on a blue background on the UN flag.

International Day for South-South Cooperation Observances


Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Sun Dec 19 2010 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Mon Dec 19 2011 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Wed Sep 12 2012 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Thu Sep 12 2013 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Fri Sep 12 2014 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Sat Sep 12 2015 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Mon Sep 12 2016 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Tue Sep 12 2017 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Wed Sep 12 2018 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Thu Sep 12 2019 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance
Sat Sep 12 2020 International Day for South-South Cooperation United Nations observance

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