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March 16, birthdays for Blake Griffin, Judah Friedlander, Victor Garber

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March 16, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Basketball star Blake Griffin celebrates his birthday today. AP photo
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 76th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1908, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Met a Big Serpent.”

The article focused on steamship passengers who claimed to have seen a sea monster off the coast of Watling’s Island.

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“All the passengers on the Admiral Farragut — 31 of them — agreed with Skipper Mader that they had surely encountered a real sea serpent,” the Eagle reported. “The passengers agreed that the horns, which set back about five feet from the head of the monster, were ten feet in length and flabby. But all agreed with Captain Mader that they were not fins.”


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Oscar Award-winning filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who was born in 1941; actor Erik Estrada, who was born in New York City in 1949; actor and comedian Judah Friedlander, who was born in 1969; actor Victor Garber, who was born in 1949; actress Lauren Graham, who was born in 1967; basketball player Blake Griffin, who was born in 1989; football player Todd Heap, who was born in 1980; writer Alice Hoffman, who was born in New York City in 1952; actress Isabelle Huppert, who was born in 1955; comedian, actor, director and philanthropist Jerry Lewis, who was born in 1926; actress Kate Nelligan, who was born in 1951; actor Alan Tudyk, who was born in 1971; and game show host Chuck Woolery, who was born in 1942.


ST. FRANICIS COLLEGE alumna and author Lisa Racioppo, Class of 1992, will speak about her advertising career and her memoir “From Brooklyn and Back Again” today from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at 180 Remsen St. For more information, visit


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

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