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April 23, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
HBO host John Oliver celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 113th day of the year.

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ON THIS DAY in 1912 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Titanic Lookout Sighted Iceberg.” The article focused on findings in an investigation of the Titanic tragedy.

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“Frederick Fleet, who was lookout in the crow’s nest of the Titanic on the night she foundered, testified at the investigation into the disaster today that on Sunday night some time after 10 o’clock he reported a black mass of ice ahead to the officers on the bridge,” the Eagle reported. The lookout said the ship would have been saved, he thinks, if he had had lookout glasses.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “One Day at a Time” actress VALERIE BERTINELLI, who was born in 1960; “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” actor DAVID BIRNEY, who was born in 1940; professional wrestler JOHN CENA, who was born in 1977; “Life With Judy Garland” actress JUDY DAVIS, who was born in 1955; “Three’s Company” actress JOYCE DEWITT, who was born in 1949; “Saturday Night Live” actress JAN HOOKS, who was born in 1957; baseball player ANDRUW JONES, who was born in 1977; “CSI: New York” actress MELINA KANAKAREDES, who was born in 1967; “Hart of Dixie” actress JAIME KING, who was born in 1979; comedian and actor GEORGE LOPEZ, who was born in 1961; “The Fall Guy” actor LEE MAJORS, who was born in 1940; political activist BERNADETTE DEVLIN MCALISKEY, who was born in 1947; author and filmmaker MICHAEL MOORE, who was born in 1954; comedian, writer and television personality JOHN OLIVER, who was born in 1977; “The Newsroom” actor DEV PATEL, who was born in 1990; and “House” actor KAL PENN, who was born in 1977.  

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE was born on this day in 1564. Shakespeare is the author of at least 38 plays, 154 sonnets and contributed thousands of words to the English language. Shakespeare created the most influential and lasting body of work in the English language — an extraordinary exploration of human nature.

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SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK was born on this day in 1928. Temple was a child star in hit films during the Depression Era. She was presented with a special Academy Award for her work during 1934 — the only Oscar ever awarded based on the film-going public rather than Academy member votes. She died in 2014.

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TODAY IS TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS to Work Day. This is a national public education campaign in which children ages 8 to 18 go to work with adult hosts.

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


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