Feb. 2, birthdays for Zosia Mamet, Christie Brinkley, Ina Garten
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 33rd day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1922, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Still Explodes, Blows Out 3 Walls of House; Burns Man.”
The article focused on an explosion in Coney Island that shook an entire block.
“The firemen found a still on the top floor of the building with three large copper boilers, one of which had a capacity of 80 gallons and the other two 40 gallons each,” the Eagle reported. “There were 200 bottles of homemade whisky and 1,000 empty bottles in one of the rooms.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include model CHRISTIE BRINKLEY, who was born in 1953; chef, cookbook author and TV personality INA GARTEN, who was born in Brooklyn in 1948; actor BO HOPKINS, who was born in 1942; “Girls” actress ZOSIA MAMET, who was born in 1988; “Days of Our Lives” actor ROBERT MANDAN, who was born in 1932; musician and singer GRAHAM NASH, who was born in 1942; journalist and author LIZ SMITH, who was born in 1923; comedian and folksinger TOM SMOTHERS, who was born in New York City in 1937; and actor MICHAEL T. WEISS, who was born in 1962.
FARRAH FAWCETT was born on this day in 1947. An actress and 1970s pop-culture icon, Fawcett was almost as famous for her feathered haircut as she was for her acting. Her 1976 swimsuit poster is the bestselling pinup of all time. She died in California in June of 2009.
AYN RAND WAS born on this day in 1905. The novelist founded the Objectivism school of philosophy and died in New York City in March of 1982.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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