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May 29, birthdays for Carmelo Anthony, Melissa Etheridge, Annette Benning

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May 29, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony celebrates his birthday today. AP photo
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 149th day of the year.

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ON THIS DAY in 1916, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “James J. Hill Dies; Railroad Man and ‘Empire Builder.’”

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The article focused on the founder of the Great Northern Line dying at age 78.

“James J. Hill, railroad builder, capitalist and most widely known figure of the Northwest, died at his Summit Avenue residence at 9:30 o’clock this morning as the result of an infection due to intestinal trouble,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include basketball player CARMELO ANTHONY, who was born in 1984; “American Beauty” actress ANNETTE BENING, who was born in 1958; “Of Mice and Men” actor KEVIN CONWAY, who was born in 1942; former baseball player ERIC DAVIS, who was born in 1962; population biologist PAUL EHRLICH, who was born in 1932; singer and guitarist MELISSA ETHERIDGE, who was born in 1961; “My Best Friend’s Wedding” actor RUPERT EVERETT, who was born in 1959; “General Hospital” actor ANTHONY GEARY, who was born in 1948; “The Runaways” actress RILEY KEOUGH, who was born in 1989; “Highlander” actor ADRIAN PAUL, who was born in 1959; former auto racer ALFRED UNSER SR., who was born in 1939; former commissioner of baseball FRANCIS THOMAS VINCENT JR., who was born in 1938; and “The Facts of Life” actress LISA WHELCHEL, who was born in 1963.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY was born on this day in 1917. Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States from 1961-63. He was assassinated while riding in an open automobile in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Kennedy was the youngest man ever to be president, the first Roman Catholic and the first president to have served in the U.S. Navy.

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SOJOURNER TRUTH delivered her “Ain’t I A Woman” speech on this day in 1851 during the Women’s Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio. Sojourner was a former slave.

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“NYC GREAT FISH COUNT” will take place at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Empire Fulton Ferry Boardwalk on Saturday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. as part of the World Science Festival. Also part of the festival on Saturday is a Scientific Sails event at Pier 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and a History of Spacewalking with NASA event from 3 to 11 p.m. at the Pier 1 entrance.  

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

 


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