August 24, birthdays for Mike Huckabee, Reggie Miller, Cal Ripken
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 236th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1924, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Mother Who Sold Her Baby Is Hysterical in Prison; Buyer Reads Bible in Cell.”
The article focused on two people jailed for selling and buying a human child for $50 cash.
“The mother, who 10 days ago placed the cash value of her child without apparent qualm, burst into hysterics in the jail last night when she was told that the Children’s Society would take the baby away from her this morning,” the Eagle reported.
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former boxer GERRY COONEY, who was born in New York City in 1956; actor and novelist STEPHEN FRY, who was born in 1957; baseball player RAFAEL FURCAL, who was born in 1978; “The Fault in Our Stars” author JOHN GREEN, who was born in 1977; “Harry Potter” films actor RUPERT GRINT, who was born in 1988; “Three Men and a Baby” actor STEVE GUTTENBERG, who was born in Brooklyn in 1958; author OSCAR HIJUELOS, who was born in New York City in 1951; television host and politician MIKE HUCKABEE, who was born in 1955; television personality CRAIG KILBORN, who was born in 1962; Oscar Award-winning actress MARLEE MATLIN, who was born in 1965; author and scholar ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH, who was born in 1948; former basketball player REGGIE MILLER, who was born in 1965; “One Tree Hill” actor CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY, who was born in 1981; “Hawaii Five-0” actor ALEX O’LOUGHLIN, who was born in 1976; “Seinfeld” actor MICHAEL RICHARDS, who was born in 1950; Hall of Fame baseball player CAL RIPKEN JR., who was born in 1960; and composer MASON WILLIAMS, who was born in 1938.
THE ERUPTION OF Vesuvius, an active volcano in Southern Italy that destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum, took place on this day in 79 A.D. Pliny the Younger, who escaped the disaster, wrote of it to the historian Tacitus: “[B]lack and horrible clouds, broken by sinuous shapes of flaming winds, were opening with long tongues of fire.”
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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