Hero pilot expected to fly again
Has Capt. Sullenberger flown again since he landed the plane in the Hudson?
Capt. Chesley Sullenberger of US Airways was hailed as a hero after gliding a US Airways jetliner to a safe landing in the Hudson River after bird strikes disabled both engines during takeoff from New York's LaGuardia International Airport on Jan. 15.
Sullenberger, who has signed a contract for a reported $2.5 million or more to publish two volumes of his memoirs, has yet to set a date for his return to flying, but US Airways says it still anticipates he will eventually be back in the pilot's seat. His co-pilot, Jeffrey Skiles, has also said he will return to service.
Six quarters for D.C., territories
The last of the state quarters were issued last year, but aren't there others to be issued also — Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, etc.?
In 2009, the United States Mint will issue six quarters in honor of the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories: the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
The District of Columbia quarter features native son Duke Ellington seated at a grand piano.
Beginning in 2010, the mint will issue quarters featuring national parks and other national sites, in accordance with the America's Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008.
Tax day originally was March 1
What is the origin of April 15 becoming the tax deadline day?
In 1913, Congress passed the 16th Amendment, which established the federal income tax, and initially set March 1 as the deadline to file. In 1918, the date was changed to March 15. In the mid 1950s, it was pushed back to April 15, supposedly to give people more time to prepare their returns and to cut down on last-minute filing.
Why was the spring date chosen? Authoritative sources are hard to come by, but the logical answer would seem to be that it is around the end of the first quarter of the new tax year, giving businesses and individuals sufficient time to get their tax records from the previous year in order. For an archive of 1040 forms over the years and all sorts of other tax-related trivia, visit www. taxhistory.org.
Movie now opening in June
I have seen ads for a movie, My Life in Ruins, with Nia Vardalos. It was supposed to be released in March. Is it close to being in the movie houses?
The movie from the writer-star of My Big Fat Greek Wedding was to open nationwide on May 8, a date some moviegoers have earmarked for the new Star Trek film. It was changed to June 5.