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May 13, birthdays for Lena Dunham, Stephen Colbert, Stevie Wonder

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May 13, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn's own Lena Dunham celebrates her birthday today. Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP
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ON THIS DAY in 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Man Figured as Woman in Divorce Suit ‘Plant’: Wore Long Black Hair, Which Fell Over Shoulders, When Raiders Entered Room.”

The article focused on an elaborate divorce scheme in which a man posed as a woman to secure evidence for a divorce suit.

“The unusual allegation that the correspondent named in a wife’s application for divorce is a man, and hence could not be a correspondent, was made this morning before Justice Crane in the Supreme Court in Mrs. Alfhild Marie Krarup Madsen’s suit for an absolute divorce from Hans Christian Madsen, a chemist,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “Deadwood” actor Franklyn Ajaye, who was born in Brooklyn in 1949; “Sammy and Rosie Get Laid” actress Frances Barber, who was born in 1957; basketball player Mike Bibby, who was born in 1978; writer and comedian Stephen Colbert, who was born in 1964; Brooklyn-based writer and actress Lena Dunham, who was born in 1986; “The Piano” actor Harvey Keitel, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939; “Water for Elephants” and “Twilight” actor Robert Pattinson, who was born in 1986; “Sisters” actress Julianne Phillips, who was born in 1962; “Remains of the Day” actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who was born in 1946; Hall of Fame baseball player Dennis Rodman, who was born in 1961; Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, who was born in 1968; baseball manager Bobby Valentine, who was born in 1950; and singer and musician Stevie Wonder, who was born in 1950.

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TODAY IS NATIONAL Receptionist Day. Take a moment to thank the front-line, first-impression personnel in business.

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MARY WELLS was born on this day in 1943. Wells was Motown’s first big star and was known for such hits as “Two Lovers” and “My Guy.” She was one of a group of black artists in the ’60s who helped end musical segregation by having their work played on white radio stations.

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

 


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