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July 18, ‘Big War Maneuvers in Long Island Sound Will Begin at Midnight’

July 18, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
On what would have been Nelson Mandela's birthday, a day of peace and service will be observed around the world
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Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 199th day of the year.

 

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “You Again” actress Kristen Bell, who was born in 1980; Emmy award-winning actor James Brolin, who was born in 1941; Olympic figure skater Richard Tooten Button, who was born in 1929; “Gossip Girl” actor Chace Crawford, who was born in 1985; “The Fast and the Furious” New York City actor Vin Diesel, who was born in 1967; Bronx, N.Y., singer Dion DiMucci, who was born in 1939; golfer Nick Faldo, who was born in 1957; publisher and chairman of Forbes Newspapers Steve Forbes, who was born in 1947; the first American to orbit Earth, John Glenn, who was born in 1921; former basketball player Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, who was born in 1972; “Justified” actress Margo Martindale, who was born in 1951; “Downton Abbey” actress Elizabeth McGovern, who was born in 1961; former golfer Calvin Peete, who was born in 1943; singer Martha Reeves, who was born in 1941; musician Ricky Skaggs, who was born in 1954; New York City baseball executive Joe Torre, who was born in 1940; U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, who was born in 1950; and poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who was born in 1933.  

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NELSON MANDELA was born on this day in 1918.  The former South African president was born the son of a Tembu tribal chieftain at Qunu.  Mandela chose to become a lawyer and earned his degree at the University of South Africa.  His activities as deputy national president resulted in him being jailed for 28 years.  He was released on Feb. 11, 1990, and elected president of South Africa in 1994.  Mandela died in 2013.  The United Nations has a recognized holiday for Mandela that falls on this day.  

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EVENTS at Brooklyn Bridge Park this weekend include Shakespeare at Sunset: “Taming of the Shrew,” kayaking opportunities and a hip-hop dance aerobics class.  The “Taming of the Shrew” event is a free performance that takes place today and starts at Granite Prospect at 7 p.m.  Kayaking experiences are available for all experience levels Saturday at the Pier 2 Dock at 5:30 p.m.  A hip-hop dance class will be held on Friday at the Pier 2 Promenade.  

A COMMUNITY PAINTING DAY will take place today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Domino Sugar Factory site in Williamsburg.  The event is meant to collaborate in completing a 200-foot long mural, sponsored by El Puente and Los Sures.  

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ON THIS DAY in 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Big War Maneuvers in Long Island Sound Will Begin at Midnight.”

The article focuses on a war game of two squadrons who were set to fight for possession of the eastern entrance to Long Island Sound.  

“The game will be played principally for the benefit of the amateur tars of eight coastline states,” the article reported.  

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Special thanks to Brooklyn Public Library and “Chase’s Calendar of Events.”

 


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