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January 26, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Ellen DeGeneres celebrates her birthday today. Gilles Mingasson/HGTV via AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 26th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1917, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “New Birth-Control Clinic Soon, Mrs. Sanger Hints.”

The article focused on a woman’s mission to bring more birth control clinics into the borough, despite her legal troubles.

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“Establishment of another birth control clinic in East New York was hinted at today by Mrs. Margaret Sanger, now awaiting trial for conducting the clinic at 46 Amboy St.,” the Eagle reported. “It is the first day that 46 Amboy hasn’t been open for an hour at least since first Mrs. Sanger started her birth control campaign.”


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include singer ANITA BAKER, who was born in 1958; Roman Catholic priest and civil rights leader REV. GEORGE HAROLD CLEMENTS, who was born in 1932; political activist ANGELA DAVIS, who was born in 1944; comedian, actress and TV personality ELLEN DEGENERES, who was born in 1958; cartoonist and writer JULES FEIFFER, who was born in New York City in 1929; actor SCOTT GLENN, who was born in 1942; Hall of Fame hockey player WAYNE GRETZKY, who was born in 1961; soccer manager JOSE MOURINHO, who was born in 1963; singer and musician ANDREW RIDGELEY, who was born in 1963; actor DAVID STRATHAIRN, who was born in 1950; sportscaster and former baseball player BOB UECKER, who was born in 1935; and Van Halen guitarist EDDIE VAN HALEN, who was born in 1955.


PAUL NEWMAN was born on this day in 1925. The blue-eyed actor, director, racecar driver and philanthropist appeared in 65 films. He received an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in “The Color of Money.” He was also a successful entrepreneur, establishing in 1982 Newman’s Own, a specialty foods company whose proceeds are donated to charity. He died in Connecticut in September of 2008.


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

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