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Dec. 17, birthdays for Pope Francis, Chase Utley, Laurie Holden

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December 17, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis blows candles on a cake during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday, and 800 kilograms of chicken meat for the poor. AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano

ON THIS DAY in 1906, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Burnam is Sentenced to Two Years in Prison.” The article focused on the vice president of an insurance company who was convicted of grand larceny.  

“George Burnham Jr., counsel and vice president of the Mutual Reserve Life Insurance Company, who was convicted a week ago of  grand larceny, was this morning sentenced to States Prison for two years by Justice Greenbaum in the Criminal Branch of the Supreme Court,” the Eagle reported.  

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include leader of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis, who was born in 1936; “Titanic” actor Bernard Hill, who was born in 1944; “The Walking Dead” actress Laurie Holden, who was born in 1969; “Ghostbusters” actor Ernie Hudson, who was born in 1945; comedian and actor Eugene Levy, who was born in 1946; “Independence Day” actor Bill Pullman, who was born in 1954; “The Happiest Millionaire” actor Tommy Steele, who was born in 1936; “Save the Last Dance” Sean Patrick Thomas, who was born in 1970; baseball player Chase Utley, who was born in 1978; and “Raising Hope” actress Shannon Woodward, who was born in 1984.  

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THE AZTEC CALENDAR solar stone was discovered on this day in 1790.  One of the wonders of the Western Hemisphere, the solar stone was found beneath the ground by workmen repairing Mexico City’s Central Plaza. The centuries-old stone is 11 feet, 8 inches in diameter and weighs nearly 25 tons.  The stone is believed to have been carved in 1479.  

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THE WRIGHT BROTHERS had their first powered flight on this day in 1903.  Orville and Wilbur Wright, after three years of experimentation with kites and gliders, achieved the first documented successful powered flights of an airplane near Kitty Hawk, N.C.  


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FOUR SHORT FILMS by Rolf Forsberg will play starting at 7 p.m. tonight at BAM, as part of the Migrating Forms series. The short films playing are “Parable,” “Antkeeper,” “Ark” and “One Friday.” See bam.org for more information.

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

 


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