Dec. 8, birthdays for Nicki Minaj, Gregg Allman, Dwight Howard
ON THIS DAY in 1905, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “For Football 15 to 8, But Asking a Reform.” The article focused on a conference of 13 representatives that opposed a proposed abolition of college football at the time.
“Football is not to be abolished, not even in the smallest colleges,” the Eagle reported. “By a vote of 15 to 8 the delegates to the MacCracken conference, which began at the Murray Hill Hotel this morning, adopted a resolution declaring that it was the opinion of the 13 college representatives present that football should not be abolished, but reformed.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include The Allman Brothers Band singer Gregg Allman, who was born in 1947; Oscar Award-winning actress for “L.A. Confidential” Kim Basinger, who was born in 1953; former hockey player Gordon Arthur “Red” Berenson, who was born in 1941; political commentator and author Ann Coulter, who was born in 1961; flutist James Galway, who was born in 1939; “Desperate Housewives” actress Teri Hatcher, who was born in 1964; basketball player Dwight Howard, who was born in 1985; singer and rapper Nicki Minaj, who was born as Onika Tanya Miraj in 1984; “Lord of the Rings” trilogy actor Dominic Monaghan, who was born in 1976; former baseball player Mike Mussina, who was born in 1968; singer and songwriter Sinead O’Connor, who was born in 1966; “Deep Impact” actor Maximilian Schell, who was born in 1930; “Smallville” actor Ian Somerhalder, who was born in 1978; and “Eating Raoul” actress Mary Woronov, who was born in Brooklyn in 1946.
JOHN LENNON was shot on this day in 1980. Deranged gunman Mark David Chapman shot and killed Lennon outside his apartment building as he returned from a recording session. The death of the former Beatle, who was an international peace activist, shocked the world.
THE SACKETT Street Writers Workshop will be reading at 7 p.m. tonight at BookCourt. The event includes an audience Q&A and book signing. Host and founder Julia Fierro will present Emily St. John Mandel, Will Boast, Dina Nayeri, Leah Umansky and Diane Cooke.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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