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May 9, birthdays for Rosario Dawson, Billy Joel, Candice Bergen

May 9, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actress Rosario Dawson celebrates her birthday today. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Brooklyn Today

Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 130th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1922, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “City to Deny Fund of $415,000 to Buy 425 Vote Machines.”

The article focused on the city Board of Estimate rejecting an appropriation for the Board of Elections to buy vote machines.

“In that event the voting machines, as the law directs, will be purchased by the Secretary of State at the expense of the city,” the Eagle reported. “But the bill, it is said, will not be paid while the Hylan administration is in power, if it can be helped. That is to say, the legality of the purchase will be contested in the courts by the Corporation Counsel.”


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress CANDICE BERGEN, who was born in 1946; Oscar Award-winning screenwriter, producer and director JAMES L. BROOKS, who was born in Brooklyn in 1940; actress ROSARIO DAWSON, who was born in New York City in 1979; actor ALBERT FINNEY, who was born in 1936; Oscar Award-winning actress GLENDA JACKSON, who was born in 1937; Grammy Award-winning singer and composer BILLY JOEL, who was born in 1949; former U.S. Poet Laureate CHARLES SIMIC, who was born in 1938; and hockey executive and Hall of Fame player STEVE YZERMAN, who was born in 1965.


BROOKLYN FOR PEACE will host a forum tonight at 7 p.m. at The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave. The forum, “The Rise of the Right in the U.S.,” will feature speakers Bill Fletcher and Chip Bertlet. For more information, visit


THE 45TH ANNUAL SPRING benefit fundraiser for Heights and Hills will take place tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. For more information, visit


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


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