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July 21, birthdays for C.C. Sabathia, Jon Lovitz, Brandi Chastain

July 21, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Brooklyn Today

Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 203rd day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “President Wilson Is Ill in Bed with Dysentery.”

The article focused on President Woodrow Wilson having to call a weekend cruise short due to an illness.

“Admiral Grayson said the president’s condition was not serious, but that he probably would be unable to receive callers before the end of the week,” the Eagle reported. “Engagements which Mr. Wilson had made with a number of Republican senators to discuss the Peace Treaty and the League of Nations were cancelled.”


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor JUSTIN BARTHA, who was born in 1978; sportscaster and former soccer player BRANDI CHASTAIN, who was born in 1968; actor LANCE GUEST, who was born in 1960; actor JOSH HARTNETT, who was born in 1978; producer and director NORMAN JEWISON, who was born in 1926; actor JON LOVITZ, who was born in 1957; actor MATT MULHERN, who was born in 1960; former U.S. Attorney Gen. JANET RENO, who was born in 1938; baseball player C.C. SABATHIA, who was born in 1980; singer and songwriter CAT STEVENS, who was born in 1948; political cartoonist GARRY TRUDEAU, who was born in New York City in 1949; and author SARAH WATERS, who was born in 1966.


ERNEST HEMINGWAY was born on this day in 1899. The American author made his name with such works as “The Sun Also Rises,” “A Farewell to Arms,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Old Man and the Sea,” among others. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1954 and wrote little thereafter. Hemingway shot himself in 1961, after having been seriously ill for an extended period.


THE FIRST ROBOT killing of a human took place on this day in 1984 in Jackson, Mississippi. A robot turned and caught a 34-year-old worker between it and a safety bar, crushing him. He died of the injuries on July 26. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, it was “the first documented case of a robot-related fatality in the U.S.”


BROOKLYN BRIDGE Park will screen the film “Purple Rain” tonight at the Harbor View Lawn at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a set by DJ Reborn and the short film “The Drum Doctor.” This Movies with a View event will have food available from Phil’s Cheesesteak and Kimchi Taco. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple. For more information, visit


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


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