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March 16, birthdays for Blake Griffin, Lauren Graham, Jerry Lewis

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March 16, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Basketball star Blake Griffin celebrates his birthdat today. AP photo
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ON THIS DAY in 1915, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “5 Dead, Many Hurt As Tanks Blow Up.”

The article focused on a gas explosion that wrecked a plant in Brooklyn.

“Four boys and one man were killed, and more than a dozen were injured at noon today when two big gasoline tanks in the factory of the Crew-Levick Company at Atlantic and Montauk avenues, East New York, exploded,” the Eagle reported.  

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Oscar Award-wining filmmaker for “The Last Emperor” Bernardo Bertolucci, who was born in 1941; “Honey Boy” actor Erik Estrada, who was born in 1949; “American Splendor” actor Judah Friedlander, who was born in 1969; “Alias” actor Victor Garber, who was born in 1949; “Parenthood” actress Lauren Graham, who was born in 1967; basketball player Blake Griffin, who was born in 1989; football player Todd Heap, who was born in 1980; “Practical Magic” writer Alice Hoffman, who was born in 1952; “The Piano Teacher” actress Isabelle Huppert, who was born in 1955; comedian and actor Jerry Lewis, who was born in 1926; “Eye of the Needle” actress Kate Nelligan, who was born in 1951; “Dollhouse” actor Alan Tudyk, who was born in 1971; and game show host Chuck Woolery, who was born in 1942.

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TODAY IS NO SELFIES DAY. Every day, millions take self-portraits with their cellphone cameras. This day is intended to be a selfie-less day.

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JAMES MADISON was born on this day in 1751. Madison was the fourth president of the U.S.  He was in office when British forces invaded D.C., requiring Madison and other officials to flee as the British burned the Capitol, the president’s residence and other public buildings. He died in 1836.

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


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