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Nov. 7, birthdays for Billy Graham, Joni Mitchell, Rio Ferdinand

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November 7, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Rev. Billy Graham turns 96 today. AP Photo/Nell Redmond, File
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 311th day of the year.


ON THIS DAY in 1914, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Tells How He Stole; $50,000 From Gould: Gaskin, Who Made Escape at Courthouse, Recaptured and Confesses Many Thefts.”

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The article focused on a captured thief who confessed to robbing multiple cigarette stores.  

“A slightly built youth of 21, John Gaskin stood before Judge Fawcett in the County Court House this forenoon, and with an amused smile unfolded to the group of detectives court attaches and newspaper men who pressed about him a tale of his exploits that sounded like fiction,” the Eagle reported.  “There was nothing of braggadocio about the lad, as he told his story of crime…”


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include soccer player Rio Ferdinand, who was born in 1978; evangelist William Franklin Graham, who was born in 1918; Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart, who was born in 1959; “I’ll Fly Away” actor Jeremy London, who was born in 1972; singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell, who was born in 1943; “Raising Hope” actor Lucas Neff, who was born in 1985; “Petrocelli” actor Barry Newman, who was born in 1938; and New York City-born singer Johnny Rivers, who was born in 1942.  


A TRADITIONAL FALL FESTIVAL and street fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday (rain or shine) at Historic Plymouth Church (75 Hicks St.).  The biannual Yankee Fair features a history tour, food and a dress-up booth.  For more information, visit  

A TRIPLE CONSCIOUSNESS forum will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum’s Rubin Pavilion on the first floor.  The forum, titled Mythologies of the “Diva:” Re-examining the Image of Black Women in Pop Culture, will be moderated by Shani Jamila.  

A HEALTH AND FITNESS expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday on the Factory Floor at Industry City (241 37th St.).  The event is through the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by EmblemHealth.  This event will kick off its inaugural Brooklyn Health and Fitness Week.

A NIGHT OF DYLAN Thomas will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday at BookCourt.  The Welsh poet will be celebrated with readings from Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon, Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito, former Poetry Editor for The Nation Grace Schulman and Guggenheim Fellow Victoria Redel.  


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


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