April 17, birthdays for Rooney Mara, Jennifer Garner, Boomer Esiason
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 107th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY in 1908, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Eight Years In Prison; Absolutely Innocent.”
The article focused on a wrongfully accused Brooklynite starting the pardoning process required to be released from jail.
“After serving eight years of a 15-year sentence as ‘Milwaukee Red,’ a famous Western crook, Joseph Brennan, a Brooklyn young man, has now proved himself to have been the victim of a mistake in identity and within a few days his pardon will be recommended to the consideration of the state Senate,” the Eagle reported.
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “Game of Thrones” actor SEAN BEAN, who was born in 1958; designer and singer VICTORIA ADAMS BECKHAM, who was born in 1975; sportscaster NORMAN JULIUS “BOOMER” ESIASON, who was born in 1961; “Dallas Buyers Club” actress JENNIFER GARNER, who was born in 1972; “Romeo and Juliet” actress OLIVIA HUSSEY, who was born in 1951; “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” actress ROONEY MARA, who was born in 1985; feminist and writer CYNTHIA OZICK, who was born in 1928; singer/songwriter LIZ PHAIR, who was born in 1967; and “Waiting to Exhale” actress LELA ROCHON, who was born in 1966.
TODAY IS VERRAZZANO DAY. This holiday celebrates the discovery of the New York harbor by Giovanni da Verrazzano, a Florentine navigator, 1485-1527. Explorer Verrazzano is the namesake of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The spelling of the explorer’s last name, which originally contained two Zs, was changed to one Z for the spelling of the bridge.
“PARTY FOR A PARKINSON’S CURE” will take place on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Diamond in Greenpoint. The event is free, but 100 percent of donations go toward supporting research to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. The fundraiser is organized by a Parkinson’s Unity Walk team. For more information about the Central Park walk, see unitywalk.org.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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