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Dec. 22, birthdays for Ted Cruz, Diane Sawyer, Steve Carlton

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December 22, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 356th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “5 Die as Rain Gives Winter Glum Debut.”

The article focused on a pre-Christmas rain that fell for 35 hours straight, causing automobile accidents that left five dead and dozens injured.

“Low visibility and the pelting of rain made driving difficult … Grounding of many planes at Idlewild and LaGuardia Airports interfered with the plans of many travelers who had hoped to spend Christmas day with their families,” the Eagle reported. “It was a miserable first day for Winter.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Hall of Fame baseball player STEVEN CARLTON, who was born in 1944; Republican presidential candidate Sen. TED CRUZ, who was born in 1970; actor HECTOR ELIZONDO, who was born in New York City in 1936; actor RALPH FIENNES, who was born in 1962; former baseball player STEVE GARVEY, who was born in 1948; children’s book illustrator JERRY PINKNEY, who was born in 1939; journalist and anchor DIANE SAWYER, who was born in 1946; and golfer JAN STEPHENSON, who was born in 1951.

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GIACOMO PUCCINI was born on this day in 1858. The Italian composer of such operas as “La Boheme,” “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini was born in Tuscany and died in Brussels in November of 1924.

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


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