Celebrity gossip, famous birthdays and other tidbits, compiled from Seattle Times news services.
In a sublime bit of self-advertising, Madonna will debut her single “4 Minutes” today in a commercial for Sunsilk, which shills hairstyling product. According to a Sunsilk news release, “The spot will trace Madonna’s ever-evolving look throughout the years as a means to inspire girls to play around with their current styles — with the help of the new Sunsilk styling aids.”
Group founder elevated
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Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday set the American founder of the Knights of Columbus, one of the world’s largest lay Catholic groups, on the path to possible beatification and sainthood. The pope recognized the “heroic virtues” of the Rev. Michael J. McGivney, an assistant pastor in New Haven, Conn., who in 1882 created a fraternal society for Catholic men who suffered discrimination because of their religion and immigrant origins. A miracle performed through McGivney’s intercession must be certified by the Vatican before beatification, which is the last formal step before the sainthood process can begin.
A church in Qatar
Thousands of worshippers gathered Saturday for the consecration of Qatar’s first Christian church, ending decades of underground worship in the Sunni Muslim and deeply conservative Persian Gulf nation. Three dozen bishops and priests gathered to celebrate the five-hour Mass, which was conducted in English with prayers in the Tagalog language from the Philippines, Hindi, Arabic and other languages.
Art and music
Mozart portrait found
A British music scholar says he has identified a previously unknown portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that could be worth millions. Cliff Eisen said Friday that the 19-by-14-inch oil painting is only the fourth known authentic portrait of Mozart from his time when the composer was at his professional height in Vienna, Austria. King’s College said the portrait was probably painted by Joseph Hickel, who was a painter at Austria’s imperial court.
Today in History
1915: The Federal Trade Commission began operations.
1935: Adolf Hitler decided to break the military terms set by the Treaty of Versailles by ordering the rearming of Germany.
1984: William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by gunmen; he died in captivity.
2003: Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein warned that if Iraq were attacked, it would take the war anywhere in the world “wherever there is sky, land or water.”
Comedian-director Jerry Lewis, 82. Game show host Chuck Woolery, 67. Actor Erik Estrada, 59. Actor Victor Garber, 59. Actress Kate Nelligan, 57. Actress Isabelle Huppert, 53. Actor Clifton Powell, 52. Rapper Flavor Flav (Public Enemy), 49. Folk singer Patty Griffin, 44. Actress Lauren Graham, 41. Actress Brooke Burns, 30.
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