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Feb. 17, birthdays for Michael Jordan, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paris Hilton

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February 17, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Michael Jordan celebrates his birthday today. AP photo
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ON THIS DAY in 1912, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Former Brooklyn Belle Obtains Rend Divorce.” The article focused on a divorce in which the husband allegedly “deserted” Mrs. Dudly T. Upjohn.

“The couple were prominent in Brooklyn society until a few years ago,” the Eagle reported. “Mr. Upjohn comes from a well-known family which for years lived in a mansion at 298 Clinton Street…”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former gymnast Vanessa Atler, who was born in 1982; Hall of Fame football player James Nathaniel Brown, who was born in 1936; singer Ronald DeVoe, who was born in 1967; “Prison Break” actress Michelle Forbes, who was born in 1967; Oscar Award-winning actress Brenda Fricker, who was born in 1945; “Inception” actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was born in 1981; socialite Paris Hilton, who was born in 1981; “Magnum Force” actor Hal Holbrook, who was born in 1925; actor and comedian Barry Humphries, who was born in 1934; Hall of Fame basketball player Michael Jordan, who was born in Brooklyn in 1963; “Home Improvement” actor Richard Karn, who was born in 1959; “La Bamba” actor Lou Diamond Phillips, who was born in 1962; “Wild Things” actress Denise Richards, who was born in 1971; “Parenthood” actor Jason Ritter, who was born in 1980; and “Tin Cup” actress Rene Russo, who was born in 1954.

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THE POETRY Society of America will perform a reading at 7 p.m. tonight at BookCourt in Cobble Hill. Poets featured are David McLoghlin, Timothy Liu and Linda Susan Jackson. The event includes a reading, audience Q&A and book signing. **** Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.


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