4 things to watch for -- Monday, August 19th

WDIV Local 4's Nick Monacelli
WDIV Local 4's Nick Monacelli

Nick Monacelli: I had one of my ultimate dad moments the other day, so I’m curious at one point you realized you had “grown up”.  I put that that in quotes because I think there’s a kid in all of us that never goes away.
So here’s the situation: it’s back to school time.  Supply lists are coming in, we’re contemplating getting the kids to bed at a decent hour, and the grandparents took all three kids to buy new shoes.  I was outside cutting the grass and trimming our crazily overgrown grown trees when my 5-year-old son comes running outside to help.  I instantly yelled ,”Stop!”  And then it happened.  “Those are your brand new shoes!  You are not getting those dirty before school starts!  Go put your old shoes on!”
Boom.  It hit me.  Dad moment.  When I was a kid all I wanted to do was wear my brand new shoes the moment I got them.  Now I know why I never could.
So --- what’s your first “grown up” moment?   And while you’re thinking about that, please join me in praying that the summer heat lasts much longer.  Summer CANNOT be over already!

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Here's what's coming up Monday, August 19th, 2019 on Local 4 News Today.

All Morning -- More Rain Chances Next Week

Partly cloudy Monday and Tuesday with a possible thunderstorm each day.  Highs near 90 degrees (32 degrees Celsius), and it’ll still be humid.

A strong cold front comes in early Wednesday morning, which will usher in relief from the heat and humidity starting Wednesday afternoon.

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be tracking traffic conditions across Metro Detroit.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here.

6:10 a.m. -- Money Monday: Medigap Coverage       

Our summer 'Saving Our Seniors' series continues. Local 4 Business Editor Rod Meloni shows us what to do once we hit 65 and start Medicare. If it sounds intimidating, we've got you covered. Rod will tell us all about Medigap coverage.


6:45 a.m. - #VoteDYC4AGT

The Detroit Youth Choir heads back to the America's Got Talent stage once again next week. Members of the amazing team will join us live Monday morning to talk about their journey.

6:50 a.m. - Pizza, Pizza!

Little Caesars is rolling out a new pizza and we've been sworn to secrecy as to what it is...but believe us when we say it has something for everyone. It's unlike anything they've put on the menu before. We'll reveal it and test it out Monday morning.




Today's Trivia Retake 

Every morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Friday Question: Why was the Dream Cruise started?
  • Answer: It was a soccer field fundraiser in 1995.
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

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National Days: August 19th

  • International Bow Day
  • National Aviation Day
  • National Soft Ice Cream Day


History Highl ights: August 19th

  • In A.D. 14, Caesar Augustus, Rome’s first emperor, died at age 76 after a reign lasting four decades; he was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius.
  • In 1909, the first automobile races were run at the just-opened Indianapolis Motor Speedway; the winner of the first event was auto engineer Louis Schwitzer, who drove a Stoddard-Dayton touring car twice around the 2.5-mile track at an average speed of 57.4 mph.
  • In 1951, the owner of the St. Louis Browns, Bill Veeck, sent in Eddie Gaedel, a 3-foot-7 player with dwarfism, to pinch-hit in a game against Detroit. (In his only major league at-bat, Gaedel walked on four pitches and was replaced at first base by a pinch-runner.)
  • In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Kansas City.
  • In 1987, a gun collector ran through Hungerford, England, 60 miles west of London, killing 16 people, including his mother, before turning his gun on himself.

Celebrity Birthdays: August 19th 

Celebrating a birthday Monday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 5 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Singer Johnny Nash is 79. 
  • Actor Gerald McRaney is 72. 
  • Actor Jim Carter (”Downton Abbey”) is 71. 
  • Actor Jonathan Frakes (”Star Trek: The Next Generation”) is 67. 
  • Actor Peter Gallagher is 64. 
  • Actor Adam Arkin is 63. 
  • Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 62. 
  • Singer Ivan Neville is 60. 
  • Actor John Stamos is 56. 
  • Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 53. 
  • Country singer Clay Walker is 50. 
  • Actor Matthew Perry (”Friends”) is 50. 
  • Rapper Fat Joe is 49. 
  • Actress Erika Christensen (”Parenthood”) is 37. 
  • Rapper Romeo (formerly Lil’ Romeo) is 30. 

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