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January 29, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor Christian Bale celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 29th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1907, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Explosion in Navy Yard.”

The article focused on hot slag filling into water at the Navy Yard, causing painful injuries to two Brooklyn men.

“Not even the cupola at which the explosion occurred was damaged in the least,” the Eagle reported. “A few panes of broken glass were all the evidence that could be found this morning in the foundry that there had been an explosion a few hours before.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Oscar Award-winning actor CHRISTIAN BALE, who was born in 1974; comedian and actress BRETT BUTLER, who was born in 1958; 46th vice president of the U.S. DICK CHENEY, who was born in 1941; Oscar and Grammy Award-winning musician, singer and songwriter PHIL COLLINS, who was born in 1951; actor CHARLES S. DUTTON, who was born in 1951; King of Spain FELIPE VI, who was born in 1968; Oscar Award-winning actor GENE HACKMAN, who was born in 1930; circus ringmaster JONATHAN LEE IVERSON, who was born in New York City in 1976; baseball manager and former player DAVEY JOHNSON, who was born in 1943; Oscar Award-winning actress DOROTHY MALONE, who was born in 1925; Tony, Oscar and Emmy Award-winning actress VANESSA REDGRAVE, who was born in 1937; sportscaster and former basketball player JALEN ROSE, who was born in 1973; former chess player and journalist BORIS SPASSKY, who was born in 1937; golfer CURTIS STRANGE, who was born in 1955; and singer JODY WATLEY, who was born in 1959.

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FRANKLIN DELANO Roosevelt was born on this day in 1882. The 32nd president of the U.S., Roosevelt (commonly known as FDR) was the only president to serve more than two terms; he was elected four times. FDR supported the Allies in WWII before the U.S. entered the struggle by supplying them with war materials through the Lend-Lease Act; he came deeply involved in broad decision making after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He died a few months into his fourth term in Georgia in April of 1945.

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


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