June 14, birthdays for Donald Trump, Boy George, Yasmine Bleeth
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 166th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “’I Just Don’t Like to See People Hurt…’”
The article focused on an ex-Eagle reporter who saved a woman from train tracks as an oncoming subway car rushed toward her.
“Pressing his dime into the turnstile slot, he was startled by screams,” the Eagle reported. “Mrs. Sara Hellfestein, 61, of the Bronx, seized by a spell of dizziness, had fallen to the tracks. Bill pushed [his] way through the stunned crowd and saw her there, moving slightly but without strength to rise … Then he jumped.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress YASMINE BLEETH, who was born in New York City in 1968; Culture Club singer BOY GEORGE, who was born in 1961; screenwriter DIABLO CODY, who was born in 1978; actress MARLA GIBBS, who was born in 1931; Hall of Fame tennis player STEFFI GRAF, who was born in 1969; Olympic gold medal-winning speed skater ERIC ARTHUR HEIDEN, who was born in 1958; actress TRAYLOR HOWARD, who was born in 1966; actor KEVIN MCHALE, who was born in 1988; actor EDDIE MEKKA, who was born in 1952; actor WILL PATTON, who was born in 1954; former college basketball coach and player PAT SUMMITT, who was born in 1952; and real estate mogul, TV personality and GOP presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP, who was born in New York City in 1946.
HARRIET BEECHER Stowe was born on this day in 1811. The American writer was the sister of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher. Her antislavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (1850) provoked a storm of protest and notoriety. It sold 300,000 copies in its first year of publication. The reaction to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and its profound political impact are without parallel in American literature. It is said that during the Civil War, when Stowe was introduced to President Abraham Lincoln, his words to her were, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” Stowe died in 1896.
WARREN G. HARDING became the first U.S. president to broadcast a message over the radio on this day in 1922. The event was the dedication of the Francis Scott Key Memorial in Baltimore, Maryland. The first official government message was broadcast on Dec. 6, 1923.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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