Feb. 17, birthdays for Michael Jordan, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Denise Richards
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 48th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1910, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Bomb Rumor Causes Panic at Public School.”
The article focused on a bomb threat at a Greenpoint school that caused terror among families.
“So determined were the parents and so frightened were the children that the reserves from the Stagg Street police station were rushed to the scene to quell the riot,” the Eagle reported. “Firmly the bluecoats forced the women back, assuring them that the rumor of a Black Hand dynamite plot against the school was untrue.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former gymnast VANESSA ATLER, who was born in 1982; Hall of Fame football player JIM BROWN, who was born in 1936; singer RONALD DEVOE, who was born in 1967; actress MICHELLE FORBES, who was born in 1967; Oscar Award-winning actress BRENDA FRICKER, who was born in 1945; actor JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, who was born in 1981; socialite and TV personality PARIS HILTON, who was born in New York City in 1981; Tony Award-winning actor HAL HOLBROOK, who was born in 1925; actor and comedian BARRY HUMPHRIES, who was born in 1934; Hall of Fame basketball player MICHAEL JORDAN, who was born in Brooklyn in 1963; actor RICHARD KERN, who was born in 1959; actor LOU DIAMOND PHILLIPS, who was born in 1962; actress DENISE RICHARDS, who was born in 1971; actor JASON RITTER, who was born in 1980; and actress Rene Russo, who was born in 1954.
BROOKLYN MUSEUM’S Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art presents the second wave of “Agitprop!” with an opening ceremony today from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 200 Eastern Parkway. The installation, on view through Aug. 7, features a full range of material, including photography and film, prints and banners, street actions and songs, and TV shows, social media and performances. For more information, visit brooklynmuseum.org.
THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL Society will host “Brooklyn’s Business Boon” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 128 Pierrepont St. CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer and a panel of Brooklyn business luminaries, including Etsy’s CEO Chad Dickerson, Livestream’s CEO Jesse Hertzber, Brooklyn Brewery President Robin Ottaway, Steiner Studios chairman Douglas Steiner and CEO of Brooklyn Industries Lexy Funk will discuss the borough’s evolving economy. For more information, visit brooklynhistory.org.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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