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Feb. 12, birthdays for Bill Russell, Josh Brolin, Arsenio Hall

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February 12, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
NBA legend Bill Russell celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
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ON THIS DAY in 1904, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Burglars at Johnson’s Twice in Seven Weeks.”

The article focused on a thief stealing an heirloom gravy ladle and fine painting from a household as the inhabitants were asleep.

“Captain Lawrence Murphy and the detectives of the Grand Avenue station are to-day investigating a burglary that took place at the residence of William Johnson … when all of the members of the household were snugly asleep in bed,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “Killer Force” actress Maud Adams, who was born in 1945; “Charlie Varrick” actor Joe Don Baker, who was born in 1936; former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who was born in 1942; “Blubber” author Judy Blume, who was born in 1938; “No Country for Old Men” actor Josh Brolin, who was born in 1968; “Blue Collar” actor Cliff De Young, who was born in 1947; sportscaster Joseph Henry Garagiola, who was born in 1926; football player Robert Griffin, III, who was born in 1990; comedian and actor Arsenio Hall, who was born in 1955; “Growing Pains” actress Joanna Kerns, who was born in 1953; singer Chynna Phillips, who was born in 1968; “Sleepy Hollow” actress Christina Ricci, who was born in 1980; Hall of Fame basketball player William Felton Russell, who was born in 1934; “House” actor Jesse Spencer, who was born in 1979; and stage and film director Franco Zeffirelli, who was born in 1923.

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CHARLES DARWIN was born on this day in 1809. Darwin was an author and naturalist. He is best remembered for his books “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” and “The Descent of Man,” among others. Darwin Day, a celebration of science and humanity, is recognized alongside his birthday.  

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“THIS HOUSE IS NOT FOR SALE,” by E.C. Osondu, will be launched at the powerHouse Arena tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. Osondu is an award-winning author. In his latest novel, he chronicles the lives of inhabitants of one household in Africa.

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


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