March 24, birthdays for Peyton Manning, Jim Parsons, Jessica Chastain
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 84th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1897, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Navy Yard Favoritism.”
The article focused on an inspection of the Brooklyn Navy Yard due to charges of political favoritism within the Yard’s departments.
“Secretary Long has, according to Washington dispatches, decided to fully enforce the naval regulations governing the employment of Navy Yard workmen, and will insist that the officers in charge of the various yard departments treat the men alike,” the Eagle reported. “Merit will be the only standard by which the men will be judged.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include basketball player Chris Bosh, who was born in 1984; actress Lara Flynn Boyle, who was born in 1970; actress Jessica Chastain, who was born in 1977; actor R. Lee Ermey, who was born in 1944; Beat poet and author Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who was born in 1919; pianist Byron Janis, who was born in 1928; TV personality Star Jones, who was born in 1962; costume and fashion designer Bob Mackie, who was born in 1940; football player Peyton Manning, who was born in 1976; Emmy Award-winning actor Jim Parsons, who was born in 1973; actress Donna Pescow, who was born in Brooklyn in 1954; and actress Annabella Sciorra, who was born in 1964.
HARRY HOUDINI WAS born on this day in 1874. The magician and escape artist was also a lecturer, athlete, author, expert on the history of magic, exposer of fraudulent mediums and a motion picture actor. He was best known for his ability to escape from locked restraints. The anniversary of his death (Halloween) has been the occasion for meetings of magicians and attempts at communication by mediums.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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