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April 1, birthdays for Rachel Maddow, Samuel Alito, Randy Orton

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April 1, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow celebrates her birthday. AP photo

Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 91st day of the year.

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ON THIS DAY in 1907, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Man Just Out of Jail Murders His Daughter.”

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The article focused on a man fresh out of jail killing his daughter. Needless to say, he didn’t stay out of jail for long.

“Because she refused to give some money to him, Antonio Lancia, 47 years old, who had been released from jail, cut the throat of his daughter … at her home on Union Street,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Associate Justice SAMUEL A. ALITO JR., who was born in 1950; “Ender’s Game” actor ASA BUTTERFIELD, who was born in 1997; “Eisenhower at War” author DAVID EISENHOWER, who was born in 1947; television personality JON GOSSELIN, who was born in 1977; “Love Story” actress ALI MACGRAW, who was born in 1939; political commentator RACHEL MADDOW, who was born in 1973; actor and writer DAN MINTZ, who was born in 1981; professional wrestler RANDY ORTON, who was born in 1980; “Smile” actress ANNETTE O’TOOLE, who was born in 1953; “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” actress JANE POWELL, who was born in 1929; “Singin’ in the Rain” actress DEBBIE REYNOLDS, who was born in 1932; first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Alaskan dogsled race LIBBY RIDDLES, who was born in 1956; and former baseball player DANIEL JOSEPH “RUSTY” STAUB, who was born in 1944.

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HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY. April Fools’ Day seems to have begun in France in 1564.  April 1 used to be New Year’s Day, but the New Year was changed to Jan. 1 that year. People who insisted on celebrating the “old” New Year became known as April fools, and it became common to play jokes and tricks on them. As part of the Eagle’s April Fools’ Day spirit, find the error in this blurb … or are we fooling you?

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TODAY MARKS THE Beginning of National Poetry Month. This recognized month is annually observed in April to pay tribute to the great legacy and ongoing achievements of American poets.

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


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