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Nov. 13, birthdays for Jimmy Kimmel, Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard Butler

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November 13, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Whoopi Goldberg celebrates her birthday today. Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 317th day of the year.

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ON THIS DAY in 1914, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Slim Hope to Save Girl Rabies Victim.” The article focused on a rabies probe that was to take place at the time due to children being bitten by infected animals.  

“Hope was abandoned today for the recovery of Grace Polhemus, the 13-year-old … who is dying from hydrophobia, more than a year after she was infected by the bite of a stray cat,” the Eagle reported.  “The coma which has marked her condition for the last two days has increased today…. In their opinion, death cannot be delayed beyond tomorrow.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “The Phantom of the Opera” actor Gerard Butler, who was born in 1969; “High School Musical” actress Monique Coleman, who was born in 1980; Bronx-born “Super Fly” actress Sheila Frazier, who was born in 1948; New York City-born comedienne and Oscar Award-winning actress for “Ghost” Whoopi Goldberg, who was born in 1949; Brooklyn-born talk show host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who was born in 1967; Tony Award-winning actor for “Glengarry Glen Ross” Joe Mantegna, who was born in 1947; New York City-born producer and director Garry Marshall, who was born in 1934; “Sex and the City” actor Chris Noth, who was born in 1957; “Babylon 5” actress Tracy Scoggins, who was born in 1959; “The Flying Nun” actress Madeleine Sherwood, who was born in 1922; New York City-born football player Vincent Frank Testaverde, who was born in 1963; Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer, who was born in 1987; and “National Security” actor Steve Zahn, who was born in 1968.  

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THE HOLLAND TUNNEL was opened to traffic on this day in 1927.  The tunnel runs under the Hudson River between New York City and Jersey City.  The Holland Tunnel was the first underwater tunnel built in the U.S.

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WORLD KINDNESS DAY is today.  As the name implies, World Kindness Day is about being kind to the world.  

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ART OFF THE WALL: Crossing Brooklyn will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. today at the Brooklyn Museum.  The event will take place throughout the museum and focuses on art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and more.  See www.brooklynmuseum.org for more information.

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

 


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