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April 5, birthdays for Pharrell Williams, Colin Powell, Juicy J

April 5, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Pharrell Williams celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Brooklyn Today

ON THIS DAY IN 1914, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Police Wield Clubs on I.W.W. Rioters at Labor Meeting.”

The article focused on a riot of union workers at Union Square at which “many heads were bruised” by responding police officers.

“Police on foot and a squad of mounted men charged the crowd repeatedly and freed a passage through it,” the Eagle reported. “A number of arrests were made, and one of the leaders … was beaten with police clubs.”


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress HAYLEY ATWELL, who was born in 1982; filmmaker ROGER CORMAN, who was born in 1926; actor MAX GAIL, who was born in 1943; rapper JUICY J, who was born in 1975; actor MITCH PILEGGI, who was born in 1952; former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff GEN. COLIN POWELL, who was born in New York City in 1937; and singer, producer and songwriter PHARRELL WILLIAMS, who was born in 1973.


ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE will host Steve Mariotti, founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, as well as other panelists for a “Power of Entrepreneurship” discussion at Founder’s Hall, 180 Remsen St., beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, visit


THE BROOKLYN Historical Society will host “Not Your Mother’s Feminism: Sisterhood in the Digital Age,” a discussion with a panel of innovative female voices, tonight at 6:30 p.m., at 128 Pierrepont St. For more information, visit


STATE UNIVERSITY of New York Empire State College will hold a public information session about its associate and bachelor’s degree programs at 177 Livingston St., tonight at 6 p.m. For more information, visit


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

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