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Oct. 20, birthdays for Tom Petty, Snoop Dogg, John Krasinski

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October 20, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Music legend Tom Petty celebrates his birthday today.
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 293rd day of the year.  

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ON THIS DAY in 1905, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Two Women Claiming Insane Man for Husband.” The article focused on a “sensational” scene in court, where two women battled for the estate of John Wallace.  The previous wife had claimed that their divorce was a fraud.  

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“Two women claiming an insane man for a husband was the startling outcome of a simple application for the appointment of a committee of the person and estate of an incompetent the afternoon before County Judge Aspinall,” the Eagle reported.  

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include filmmaker and Oscar Award winner for “Slumdog Millionaire” Danny Boyle, who was born in 1956; “M*A*S*H” actor William Christopher, who was born in 1932; rapper Snoop Dogg, who was born in 1971; former baseball player Keith Hernandez , who was born in 1953; “The Office” actor John Krasinski, who was born in 1979; Emmy Award-winning actress for “Thirtysomething” Melanie Mayron, who was born in 1952; New York City-born actor and poet Viggo Mortensen, who was born in 1958; singer and songwriter Tom Petty, who was born in 1953; U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), who was born in 1972; and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who was born in 1955.  

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SATURDAY NIGHT MASSACRE took place on this day in 1973.  This is the anniversary of dramatic turning point in the Watergate affair.  The White House had announced at 8:24 p.m. that President Richard Nixon had discharged Archibald Cox and William Ruckelshaus and Attorney General Elliot Richardson had resigned.  Immediate and widespread demands for the impeachment of Nixon ensued and were not stilled until Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974.  

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“SECRECY,” by Rupert Thomson, will be featured at 7 p.m. tonight at BookCourt.  The event includes a reading, audience Q&A and book signing.  Thomson will be in conversation with Maud Newton.  

A BROOKLYN BY THE BOOK: Maira Kalman and Ira Glass event will take place from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. today at Congregation Beth Elohim (274 Garfield Place).  Tickets are $10.  

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

 


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