May 10, birthdays for Bono, Kenan Thompson, Missy Franklin
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 131st day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1938, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Find Boy Stowaway on His Third Voyage.”
The article focused on a 13-year-old Queens boy who frequently hid on ships that traveled to other countries.
“Young Stap, a newsboy so fond of the sea that he sleeps in a bunk in a room fitted like a ship, only yesterday returned on the Queen Mary,” the Eagle reported. “That was the second time he had stowed away to Europe, and mama was at the pier to meet him with a detective.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include singer and humanitarian activist BONO, who was born in 1960; author BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD, who was born in 1933; pediatrician and author T. BERRY BRAZELTON, who was born in 1918; actor JASON BROOKS, who was born in 1966; gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer MISSY FRANKLIN, who was born in 1995; singer, musician and songwriter DAVE MASON, who was born in 1946; former football coach and sportscaster ARA RAOUL PARSEGHIAN, who was born in 1923; and comedian and actor KENAN THOMPSON, who was born in 1978.
FRED ASTAIRE was born on this day in 1899. The actor, dancer and choreographer starred in more than 40 films. He died in Los Angeles in June of 1987.
THE INAUGURATION OF Nelson Mandela took place on this day in 1994. In a dramatic and historic exchange of power, the former political prisoner was inaugurated as president of South Africa. Long the focal point of apartheid foes’ attempts to end the enforced policy of discrimination in the country, Mandela handily won the first free election, despite many attempts by various political factions to either stop the electoral process or alter the outcome.
SUNY EMPIRE STATE College will hold a public information session about its associate and bachelor’s degree programs today at 3 p.m., at 177 Livingston St. For more information, visit esc.edu.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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