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November 28, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"Daily Show" host and comedian Jon Stewart celebrates his birthday. AP photo

Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 332nd day of the year.

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ON THIS DAY in 1908, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Elephant on Rampage; Was Scared by a Pig.”

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The article focused on an elephant belonging to the Hippodrome Theatre dashing out into the streets of Manhattan.  

“Frightened by a small pig and its new surroundings, an elephant belonging to the Hippodrome dashed across the stage this morning, and smashing its way through a door, got into West Forty-Third Street, Manhattan, and went to Fifth Avenue,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who was born in 1964; record and motion picture executive Berry Gordy Jr., who was born in 1929; “The Right Stuff” actor Ed Harris, who was born in 1950; former U.S. presidential candidate and Sen. Gary Hart, who was born in 1938; “True Blood” actor Ryan Kwanten, who was born in 1976; “Law & Order” actress S. Epatha Merkerson, who was born in 1952; “The Breakfast Club” actor Judd Nelson, who was born in 1959; singer, songwriter and composer Randy Newman, who was born in 1943; “Late Show with David Letterman” bandleader Paul Shaffer, who was born in 1949; U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, who was born in 1942; “The Daily Show” comedian Jon Stewart, who was born in 1962; former baseball player Matt Williams, who was born in 1965; and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who was born in 1984.  

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TODAY IS BLACK FRIDAY.  Black Friday marks the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  

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ANNA NICOLE SMITH was born on this day in 1967.  Born as Vickie Lynn Hogan, the model and actress earned a certain degree of fame for appearing in Playboy and marrying an 89-year-old billionaire.  The cause of her death, the paternity and custody of her infant daughter and the disposition of her estate were all subjects of interest by the tabloid and mainstream media.  She died in 2007.

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BOOKCOURT will host a Small Business Saturday event, featuring a line-up of guest booksellers on Saturday.  Melanie Hope Greenberg and Kimberly McCreight will be featured from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Diane Dillon, Mark Chiusano and Bruce Weber will be featured from 12 to 2 p.m.; Brian Floca and Emma Straub will be featured from 2 to 4 p.m.; Danette Vigilante and Kate Zambreno will be featured from 4 to 6 p.m.; and Amy Herrick, Will Chancellor and Phil Klay will be featured from 6 to 8 p.m.  

The event celebrates local, independent bookstores.  

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

 


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