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Feb, 25, birthdays for Joakim Noah, Chelsea Handler, Sean Astin

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February 25, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Basketball star Joakim Noah, who attended Poly Prep, celebrates his birthday today. AP photo
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ON THIS DAY in 1904, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Eight Houses in a Night Invaded by Burglars.”

The article focused on Vanderveer Park being “in a panic” over a gang of active thieves.

“The Vanderveer Park section is the latest Flatbush locality to be overrun by burglars,” the Eagle reported. “… Eight residents not more than a block apart and closely adjoining, were forcibly entered, in one instance the thieves having the temerity to return after the neighborhood had been thoroughly aroused, and breaking into the house next to the one from which the alarm had been sounded by the occupants discharging a revolver form their bedroom window.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “Lord of the Rings” film trilogy actor Sean Astin, who was born in 1971; “Silence of the Lambs” actress Diane Baker, who was born in 1938; “The Dresser” actor Tom Courtenay, who was born in 1937; former professional wrestler Ric Flair, who was born in 1949; “Little House on the Prairie” actress Karen Grassle, who was born in 1944; author and television personality Chelsea Handler, who was born in 1975; “Parks and Recreation” actress Rashida Jones, who was born in 1976; “The Crying Game” director and writer Neil Jordan, who was born in 1950; “Jurassic Park III” actress Tea Leoni, who was born in 1966; basketball player Joakim Noah, who was born in 1985; talk show host Sally Jessy Raphael, who was born in 1943; and television journalist Bob Schieffer, who was born in 1937.

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GEORGE HARRISON was born on this day in 1943. Harrison was the lead guitarist and co-songwriter for The Beatles. Harrison is credited with introducing Eastern musical styles and instrumentation to Western pop. He died in 2001.

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


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