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Jan. 12, birthdays for Jeff Bezos, Howard Stern, Zayn Malik

January 12, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File

Brooklyn Today

Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 12th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1917, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Crowded Car Runs Away for 25 Blocks; 3 Men Jump; Hurt.”

The article focused on a trolley car that became unmanageable.

“Terror-stricken passengers managed to get the doors open and leaped from the car as it sped down hill,” the Eagle reported. “The persons were injured — two of them seriously enough to require hospital treatment.”


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress KIRSTIE ALLEY, who was born in 1955; founder of JEFF BEZOS, who was born in 1964; the computer from “2001: A Space Odyssey” HAL, who was “born” in 1992; hockey player MARIAN HOSSA, who was born in 1979; talk show host RUSH LIMBAUGH, who was born in 1951; singer ZAYN MALIK, who was born in 1993; author DAVID MITCHELL, who was born in 1969; author HARUKI MURAKAMI, who was born in 1949; actor OLIVER PLATT, who was born in 1960; Oscar Award-winning actress LUISE RAINER, who was born in 1910; radio and TV personality HOWARD STERN, who was born in Queens in 1954; and Hall of Fame basketball player DOMINIQUE WILKINS, who was born in 1960.


JACK LONDON was born on this day in 1876. An American author of more than 50 short stories, novels and travel stories of the sea and of the far north, many marked by brutal realism, London is most widely known work for “The Call of the Wild,” a great dog story published in 1903. He died in November of 1916 in California.


THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL Society is hosting “In Conversation: Judge Jack Weinstein and Michael Waldman” tonight at 6:30 p.m., at 128 Pierrepont St. The two forces within the law world will look back at their careers and cases. For more information, visit


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


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