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September 17, birthdays for Phil Jackson, Alexander Ovechkin, Tomas Berdych

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September 17, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Tennis star Tomas Berdych celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 260th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1938, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “’Bubble Bouncer’ Bumps into Wall and Injures Four.”

The article focused on an amusement ride in Coney Island that crashed and injured four people and caused destruction at the park.

“The cars are operated by a shaft connected to a central mechanism, which causes the cars to jerk about a track,” the Eagle reported. “When the shaft broke the momentum of the car caused it to crash into the wall, jarring the passengers.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include tennis player THOMAS BERDYCH, who was born in 1985; former football player MARK BRUNELL, who was born in 1970; actor KYLE CHANDLER, who was born in 1965; basketball executive and former coach PHIL JACKSON, who was born in 1945; mixed martial artist CHUCK LIDDELL, who was born in 1969; director BAZ LUHRMANN, who was born in 1962; hockey player ALEXANDER OVENCHKIN, who was born in 1985; actress CASSANDRA PETERSON, who was born in 1951; comedienne RITA RUDNER, who was born in 1956; and basketball player RASHEED WALLACE, who was born in 1974.

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HANK WILLIAMS SR. was born on this day in 1923. The country and western singer achieved his first hit with “Lovesick Blues,” which brought him a contract with the Grand Ole Opry. He died in January of 1953 in Virginia.

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FAMED TED TALK presenter, author of “Picking Up” and the New York City Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) anthropologist-in-residence Robin Nagle will present the history and inner workings of the DSNY and lead a conversation with the resident experts: a panel of sanitation workers. The event takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society. To reserve your spot and learn more, visit brooklynhistory.org.

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


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