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To Kill a Mockingbird, John Quincy Adams, and a crazed woman living in a hayloft in 1911

Caroline Wozniaki celebrates her birthday today. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 192nd day of the year.

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A ROLLER SKATING RINK will open at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 today at 3 p.m. The event is the grand opening of this rink that provides opportunities for public skate time, recreational league play and other events.  

CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY Block Party will take place Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. at Metro Tech Commons.  The event is sponsored by HeartShare Human Services and includes food, games and entertainment.  

“POKING A DEAD FROG: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers” will be focused on in a Saturday event at powerHouse bookstore.  Author Mike Sacks’ new book focuses on and examines the art of comedy.  Saturday Night Live involved Bill Hader will also attend the conversation program.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include fashion designer Giorgio Armani, who was born in 1936; New York City literary critic Harold Bloom, who was born in 1930; “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Justin Chambers, who was born in 1970; “Heroes” actor Greg Grunberg, who was born in 1966; “Talk Soup” television show host John Henson, who was born in 1967; “Damn Yankees” New York City actor Tab Hunter, who was born in 1931; football player Jacoby Jones, who was born in 1984; “Avatar” actor from Queens, N.Y., Stephen Lang, who was born in 1952; hockey executive and former player Al MacInnis, who was born in 1963; singer Bonnie Pointer, who was born in 1951; U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who was born in 1946; “Smallville” actor Michael Rosenbaum, who was born in 1972; Bon Jovi musician Richie Sambora, who was born in 1960; former boxer Leon Spinks, who was born in 1953; actress, director and producer Beverly Todd, who was born in 1946; singer Suzanne Vega, who was born in 1959; “CSI: New York” actress Sela Ward, who was born in 1956; and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, who was born in 1990.  

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JOHN QUINCY ADAMS was born on this day in 1767.  Quincy was the sixth president of the U.S. and the son of the second president. He died in 1848 at the House of Representatives — the same room that he took his presidential oath in.  

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“TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” was published on this day in 1960.  Author Harper Lee’s novel focuses on tomboy Scout Finch in Alabama during a racial scandal in the Depression-era.  Scout’s father took the case on.  The novel won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961.  Librarians nationwide voted it the best novel of the 20th century.  

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SKYLAB (U.S.) spacecraft fell to Earth on this day in 1979.  The 82-ton spacecraft was expected to hit the Earth at about 20-25 tons once it entered the Earth’s atmosphere.  The probability of someone being hit by the craft was estimated at one in 152 at the time.  Skylab eventually broke up and fell to Earth in a shower of pieces over the Indian Ocean and Australia with no casualties.  

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ON THIS DAY in 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Woman Crazed by Heat Lives Weeks in Hay Loft.”  The article focused on a woman who lived on horse food at the time as she reportedly disturbed her neighbors with groans and cries.  
“After having existed in the hayloft of a barn for about two weeks, eating only hay, oats and other fodder for horses, who described herself as Vera Trevor and later said her name was Trevorwhich, gave a policeman a lively tussle this morning when she was disturbed from her hiding place and tried to stab the bluecoat with a pitchfork,” the article reported.  “The finding of the woman is expected to clear up the mystery which for some time past has surrounded the bar at 98 Humboldt St.”

 

July 11, 2014 - 8:00am


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