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July 22, birthdays for John Leguizamo, Alex Trebek, Danny Glover

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July 22, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
John Leguizamo celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP

Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 203rd day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1909 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Gypsies Fight Hotly to Keep off the Verdi.”

The article focused on a band of Russian gypsies who had come to the U.S. from South America and fought against being deported back.

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“Russian gypsies…raised a united howl of protest when they were landed on the dock from a tug that had brought them from Ellis Island. The wailing was indescribably weird, and resembled the howling of a pack of hungry wolves,” the Eagle reported.


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor Orson Bean, who was born in 1928; actress Irene Bedard, who was born in 1967; comedian and actor Albert Brooks, who was born in 1947; “Spider-Man” actor Willem Dafoe, who was born in 1955; fashion designer Oscar de La renta, who was born in 1932 and died in October 2014; race car driver Scott Dixon, who was born in 1980; actor Rob Estes, who was born in 1963; “The Color Purple” actor Danny Glover, who was born in 1947; singer and actress Selena Gomez, who was born in 1992; Eagles member Don Henley, who was born in 1947; “Notting Hill” actor Rhys Ifans, who was born in 1967; former football player Keyshawn Johnson, who was born in 1972; actor Josh Lawson, who was born in 1981; actor John Leguizamo, who was born in 1964; former soccer player Kristine Lilly, who was born in 1971; “Aladdin” film score composer Alan Menken, who was born in 1949; singer and actor Bobby Sherman, who was born in 1945; “Rules of Engagement” actor David Spade, who was born in 1965; actor Terence Stamp, who was born in 1939; R&B singer Keith Sweat, who was born in New York City in 1961; and “Jeopardy” game show host Alex Trebek, who was born in 1940.


JOHN DILLINGER died on this day in 1934. Bank robber, murderer, prison escapee and the first person to receive the FBI’s appellation “Public Enemy Number 1,” Dillinger was shot in Illinois by FBI agents after leaving a path of violent crimes throughout the Midwest.



THE ROZZ & VAL Show is scheduled to take place in Fort Greene Park today at 10 a.m. The kid-friendly show incorporates tight harmony singing and is high-energy, sing-along-able, danceable and fun-filled. For more information, visit


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


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