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Brooklyn Today for July 10

Former Mayor David Dinkins celebrates his birthday today. AP photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 191st day of the year.

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A SALSA PARTY will take place through the Brooklyn Museum today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, first floor.  The event is free with museum general admission.  For those attending the event on time at 6 p.m., a free dance lesson is included.

EVENTS AT Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight include kayaking, Syfy Movies with a View: Duck Soup and Journey to the Stars.  Kayaking opportunities will take place at the Pier 2 Dock at 5:30 p.m.; all levels are welcome and no experience is necessary.  The Syfy Movies with a View event will take place at 6 p.m. at the Harbor View Lawn; the event will begin with DJ Small Change and a short film by David Soll.  Journey to the Stars will take place at the Pier 1 Promenade from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.; The Amateur Astronomers Association of NY will lead the event.  

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Hall of Fame baseball player Andre Dawson, who was born in 1954; the first black mayor of New York City David Norman Dinkins, who was born in 1927; “Firefly” actor Ron Glass, who was born in 1945; Brooklyn-born actor Adrian Grenier, who was born in 1976; Brooklyn-born singer Arlo Guthrie, who was born in 1947; New York City composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, who was born in 1933; “Lolita” actress Sue Lyon, who was born in 1946; “Dance of the Happy Shades” author Alice Munro, who was born in 1931; “Doogie Howser, MD” Lawrence Pressman, who was born in 1939; “Swamplandia!” author Karen Russell, who was born in 1981; singer and actress Jessica Simpson, who was born in 1980; “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara, who was born in 1972; and Hall of Fame tennis player Virginia Wade, who was born in 1945.  

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TODAY IS DON’T step on a bee day.  This annual holiday is meant to remind kids and grownups of the dangers of walking barefoot in the warmer weather.  

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THE “BASEBALL’S SAD LEXICON” poem published on this day in 1910.  Journalist Franklin P. Adams created the second best-known baseball poem for the publication New York Evening Mail.  
An excerpt of the poem reads: “These are the saddest of possible works/ “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”/ Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,/ Tinker and Evers and Chance./ Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,/ Making a Giant hit into a double—/ Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:/ “Tinker to Evers to Chance.”

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NEWSPAPER News of the World ceased publication on this day in 2011.  News International closed the newspaper out, which was once the bestselling English newspaper, over a journalistic ethics issue.  The reporters of the publication were accused of intercepting public figures’ voicemails.  At the time the paper stopped printing, the circulation was 2.6 million.

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AMERICAN PAINTER James Abbott NcNeill Whistler was born on this day in 1834.  Whistler is especially known for “Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother.”  He died in London, England, in 1903.  

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ON THIS DAY in 1910, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Over Mile High in Air Above Ocean and City, Reached by Aviator.”
The article focuses on world record-breaking biplane pilot Walter Brookins flying 6,000 feet in the air over Atlantic City and winning a $5,000 prize.  
“Brookins spent exactly 1 hour and 2 minutes, 35:15-100 seconds in the air, according to the official timing of Chairman Henry M. Neely…” the article reported.  “About 57 minutes of this time was made in the circling ascent, the rush of over a mile to the ground consuming less than seven minutes.”

 

July 10, 2014 - 8:00am


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