Oct. 17, birthdays for Eminem, Margot Kidder, George Wendt
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 290th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Big Yacht Basin Planned for Harway Meadows.” The article focused on a sale of 175 acres on Gravesend Bay. “The sale … is reported this afternoon to a syndicate of capitalists and yachtsmen whose purpose, if it is stated, is to transform the meadows opposite Coney Island into the largest yacht basin in the world,” the Eagle reported. “The property is what has for a century been known as the Harway Basin … and is divided by Harway Avenue.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include golfer Ernie Els, who was born in 1969; musician and rapper Eminem, who was born in 1972; U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, who was born in 1971; scientist and astronaut Mae Jemison, who was born in 1956; “The Amityville Horror” actress Margot Kidder, who was born in 1948; comedian and actor Norm Macdonald, who was born in 1963; Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.), who was born in 1956; New York City-born “Laverne & Shirley” actor Michael McKean, who was born in 1947; sportscaster Steve McMichael, who was born in 1957; newspaper columnist Richard Roeper, who was born in 1959; and “Cheers” actor George Wendt, who was born in 1948.
ARTHUR MILLER, who lived in Brooklyn for several years, was born on this day in New York City in 1915. Miller won the Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for “Death of a Salesman.” The play won a Tony Award twice. He was married to Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s and wrote “After the Fall” about their relationship. He died in 2005.
THE SAN FRANCISCO 1989 Earthquake took place on this day in history. The San Francisco Bay area was rocked by a 7.1 (Richter Scale) earthquake at 5:04 p.m. The quake killed 67 people and caused about $10 billion of damage.
“HOW TO GET OVER YOUR EX: A Step by Step Guide to Mend a Broken Heart Italian-American Style,” by Rachel Russo, will be presented from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the The BookMark Shoppe in Bay Ridge.
AN APPLE PIE bake off will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket. Sign up for the event by sending an email to [email protected]
A COBBLE HILL history walking tour will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday starting at Court and Congress streets in front of St. Paul’s Church. The tour is $20.
MAKING STRIDES Against Breast Cancer will take place on Sunday at the Nethermead at Prospect Park (Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard) with registration at 8 a.m. Last year, 35,000 walkers raised $1.1 million.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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