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May 6, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor George Clooney celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 126th day of the year.

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ON THIS DAY in 1918, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Burr Shakes Up Law Department at Mayor’s Request.”

The article focused on the Law Department getting restructured.

“Corporation Counsel Burr at the request of Mayor Hylan is reorganizing the Law Department and reading out all members of the staff whom he considers incompetent,” the Eagle reported. “In line with this new policy, Mr. Burr has sent a letter to each member of the Law Department calling his attention to the fact that hereafter he may not incur any indebtedness …”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include television personality and host TOM BERGERON, who was born in 1955; former British Prime Minister TONY BLAIR, who was born in 1953; hockey player MARTIN BRODEUR, who was born in 1972; Oscar Award-winning actor for “Syriana” GEORGE CLOONEY, who was born in 1961; “Ugly Betty” actor ALAN DALE, who was born in 1947; “Touched by an Angel” actress ROMA DOWNEY, who was born in 1964; “24” actress LESLIE HOPE, who was born in 1965; “All that Jazz” actor BEN MASTERS, who was born in 1947; Hall of Fame baseball player WILLIE MAYS, who was born in 1931; basketball player CHRIS PAUL, who was born in 1985; singer and musician BOB SEGER, who was born in 1945; “Precious” and “The Big C” actress GABOUREY SIDIBE, who was born in Brooklyn in 1983; and “Stepmom” actress LYNN WHITFIELD, who was born in 1953.

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SIGMUND FREUD was born on this day in 1856. Freud was an Austrian physician who founded psychoanalysis. He died in 1939.

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ORSON WELLES was born on this day 100 years ago. Welles was an actor, director and writer for film, stage and radio. He is most known for the panic-inducing “War of the Worlds,” which was broadcast on the radio in 1938 and mistaken for a real alien invasion. Although financially unsuccessful, his films initially garnered growing critical admiration outside Hollywood for their innovative narrative style and cinematography.

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

 

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