THE BATMAN TV SERIES WITH ADAM WEST AND BURT WARD DEBUTED JANUARY 12, 1966; MAKING 2016 ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY.
AMONGST EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD THIS PAST WEEK...
*Saudi Arabia has stopped diplomatic relations with Iran after Sheikh Nimr's execution and an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
*The fugitive drug lord known as "El Chapo" has been recaptured.
*Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay are now officially part of the United Nations Security Council.
*The United Kingdom has designated Ascension Island and its surrounding waters in the Atlantic Ocean as a Marine protected area.
*FOUR new elements have officially been added to the Periodic Table.
TERRIBLE TERRORIST ACTIVITIES...
*ISIS/ISIL forces have claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of an Iraqi Army base.
*Despite repeated attempts to do so, ISIS/ISIL forces have yet to seize control of the Libyan oil port of Sidra, but claim they are now in command of the nearby town of Bin Jawad.
*Robert Balser, animator on Yellow Submarine and Heavy Metal, has passed away.
*Actor (One Day At A Time), comedian (The Jack Paar Show) and voice actor (Inspector Clouseau of animated shorts) Pat Harrington, Junior has taken his last bow on life's stage.
WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...
*With all the important issues that MUST be done and have yet to be addressed, Republicans in Congress managed to pass a bill calling for the immediate end of the Affordable Health Care Act, aka "Obama Care" and the defunding of Planned Parenthood. President Barack Obama promptly vetoed the measure.
*Meanwhile, President Obama announced executive orders to expand background checks for firearms and toughen regulation of firearms since those same Republicans will not take legislative action themselves.
*YET THOSE SAME REPUBLICANS are considering a possible bailout to help Volkswagen after all their emission and legal troubles of late.
*President Obama's last State of the Union address is scheduled to be given January 12.
*The official citizenry of Republican Presidential nominee hopeful Ted Cruz has been called into question. The issue the GOP has tried to avoid discussing: despite having an American mother, Cruz was born in Canada, where she lived with his Canadian father at the time.
*Regardless of who becomes the next President of the United States, will there be a constitutional convention in 2017 to suggest changes to the Constitution?
*As Pfizer merged with Ireland based Allegran to reduce its American tax bill, the company RAISED prices on over 100 medicines in the United States.
*Natalie Cole's cause of death has officially been declared as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, which led to heart failure.
*Could the Playboy Mansion be for sale by the end of 2016???
*Actor Michael Weatherly has announced he will leave NCIS as Anthony DiNozzo at the end of the current season.
*The 15th and final season of American Idol has begun.
*The San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders all want to relocate to Los Angeles.
*Ken Griffey, Junior and Mike Piazza will enter the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.
*Are Jose Reyes, Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman in trouble with Major League Baseball over domestic violence issues?
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