Dec. 19, birthdays for Jake Gyllenhaal, Alyssa Milano, Rob Portman
ON THIS DAY in 1910, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Three-Cent Fare Line Makes New Proposition for a Five-Mile Road.”
The article focused on a new proposition that would provide a “short haul at a low fare.”
“An entirely new proposition was placed before Public Service Commission this afternoon by the Manhattan Bridge Three-Cent Fare Line, which was originally organized about a year ago to operate a street railroad five miles in length from the Flatbush Avenue depot of the Long Island Railroad across the new Manhattan Bridge and the lower part of the Manhattan to the Hudson River,” the Eagle reported.
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “Flashdance” actress Jennifer Beals, who was born in 1963; country singer Janie Fricke, who was born in 1952; “Brokeback Mountain” actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who was born in 1980; “Top Gear” television personality Richard Hammond, who was born in 1969; anthropologist Richard E. Leakey, who was born in 1944; Hall of Fame basketball player Kevin Edward McHale, who was born in 1957; “Charmed” actress Alyssa Milano, who was born in Brooklyn in 1972; U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who was born in 1955; “Frank’s Place” actor Tim Reid, who was born in 1944; “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Kristy Swanson, who was born in 1969; and Emmy Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson, who was born in 1933.
“THE MUSIC MAN” premiered on this day in 1957. Meredith Willson’s musical premiered on Broadway and ran until 1961. It received five Tony Awards.
THE FIRST Brooklyn-Made Holiday Pop-Up Market, hosted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 12 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 20 and 21 at the Times Plaza (intersection of Fourth and Flatbush avenues). The market will feature Brooklyn-Made products exclusively. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Dec. 20. Visit ibrooklyn.com for more information.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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