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April 7, birthdays for Russell Crowe, Francis Ford Cappola, Jackie Chan

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April 7, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Russell Crowe celebrates his birthday today. AP photo
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 97th day of the year.

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ON THIS DAY in 1907, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Ran to Tell the Police He Had Killed a Woman.” The article focused on a woman being hit by car. The motorman left the mutilated, but still living body under the car wheels as he ran to get help.

“Mrs. Ella Cassidy, aged 37 years, who said she was a nurse in the Kings County Hospital, was knocked down and run over by Bergen Street car No. 3128 on Adams Street…” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include television and newspaper journalist HODDING CARTER, III, who was born in 1935; “Rush Hour” actor JACKIE CHAN, who was born in 1954; filmmaker FRANCIS FORD CAPPOLA, who was born in 1939; Oscar Award-winning actor for “Gladiator” RUSSELL CROWE, who was born in 1964; Hall of Fame football player ANTHONY DREW DORSETT, who was born in 1954; “Pentagon Papers” author DANIEL ELLSBERG, who was born in 1931; Hall & Oates singer John Oates, who was born in 1948; “House Calls” actor WAYNE ROGERS, who was born in 1933; and former chancellor of Germany GERHARD SCHROEDER, who was born in 1944.

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BILLIE HOLIDAY was born on this day in 1915. Holiday is considered to be one of the greatest jazz singers ever recorded, if not the best. Among her best-known songs are “God Bless the Child” and “Strange Fruit.”

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TODAY IS NATIONAL BEER DAY. On this day in 1933, the Cullen-Harrison Act went into effect, meaning thirsty customers could buy beer that was 3.2 percent alcohol. The public lined up on “New Beer’s Eve” at breweries in 20 states and purchased 1.5 million barrels.

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“CREATED IN BROOKLYN: Design Craft” will take place at Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. This week, photographer Randy Duchaine will discuss the power of storytelling and design with Elliot Schwartz from Studio EIS, Tom Fruin and Brooklynite and quilter Sylvia Hernandez.

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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events.”

 


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