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October 23, birthdays for Pele, Weird Al Yankovic, Nancy Grace

October 23, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Soccer legend Pele celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Tsering Topgya

Brooklyn Today

Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 296th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “$40,000 in Alcohol Taken in Raid Here on Funeral Garage.”

The article focused on the largest single seizure of liquor in Brooklyn at the time since the prohibition laws were put into place.

“He walked in and saw 23 barrels and nine 5-gallon drums of the alcohol on the floor,” the Eagle reported. “In the place, also, were a black hearse, another car used for funeral purposes, and the proprietor and two chauffeurs.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include sportscaster and former football player DOUGLAS RICHARD FLUTIE, who was born in 1962; talk show host NANCY GRACE, who was born in 1958; Oscar Award-winning director ANG LEE, who was born in 1954; former soccer player TIFFENY MILBRETT, who was born in 1972; former soccer player PELE, who was born in 1940; former golfer JUAN “CHI-CHI” RODRIGUEZ, who was born in 1934; former basketball player KEITH VAN HORN, who was born in 1975; singer and satirist “WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC, who was born in 1959; and country singer and actor DWIGHT YOAKAM, who was born in 1956.

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THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE Park Conservancy will host the sixth annual Harvest Festival this Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Pier 6. There will be an obstacle course, tours, snacks, face painting, musical guests and more. For more information, visit brooklynbridgepark.org.

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BROOKLYN CENTER for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will open its 2015-2016 season with a concert by singer and pianist Michael Feinstein on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit brooklyncenter.org.

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