August 9, birthdays for Anna Kendrick, Michael Kors, Deion Sanders
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 222nd day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1917, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Physical Tests for Army Revised; Less Severe Rules.”
The article focused on new regulations being implemented for physical examinations prior to Army approval.
“In another supplemental ruling Gen. Crowder states that men serving prison terms for misdemeanors [are] not exempt by reason of the fact,” the Eagle reported. “If the peace authorities will not release them for military service, they will be required to present themselves for examination when their prison terms have been completed … The boards should be certain beyond doubt that enough men have been certified, the statement says.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress GILLIAN ANDERSON, who was born in 1968; actor ERIC BANA, who was born in 1968; actress AMANDA BEARSE, who was born in 1958; actress JESSICA CAPSHAW, who was born in 1976; Hall of Fame basketball player BOB COUSY, who was born in New York City in 1928; actor SAM ELLIOTT, who was born in 1944; basketball player DEREK FISHER, who was born in 1974; actress MELANIE GRIFFITH, who was born in New York City in 1957; Hall of Fame hockey player BRETT HULL, who was born in 1964; actress and singer ANNA KENDRICK, who was born in 1985; fashion designer and TV personality MICHAEL KORS, who was born in 1959; Hall of Fame tennis player ROD LAVER, who was born in 1938; actor KEVIN MCKIDD, who was born in 1973; former boxer KEN NORTON SR., who was born in 1945; Hall of Fame football player and former baseball player DEION SANDERS, who was born in 1967; comedian DAVID STEINBERG, who was born in 1942; and actress AUDREY TAUTOU, who was born in 1976.
WHITNEY HOUSTON was born on this day in 1963. Equally adept at danceable pop, stirring gospel and dramatic balladry, Houston was one of the most influential and accomplished recording artists in music history. After Houston’s accidental death on Feb. 11, 2012, her hit song “I Will Always Love You” from 1992 re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 almost immediately.
FORMER PRESIDENT Richard Nixon resigned from his post on this day in 1974. The decision had been announced in a speech to the American people the night before. Nixon, under threat of impeachment as a result of the Watergate scandal, became the first U.S. president to resign.
THE ATOMIC BOMB was dropped on Nagasaki on this day in 1945. Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, an American B-29 bomber named Bock’s Car left its base on Tinian Island carrying a plutonium bomb nicknamed “Fat Man.” Its target was the Japanese city of Kokura, but because of clouds and poor visibility, the bomber headed for a secondary target, Nagasaki, where at 11:02 a.m. local time it dropped the bomb, killing an estimated 70,000 and destroying about half the city. Memorial services are held annually at Nagasaki and also at Kokura.
THE UNITED NATIONS International Day of the World’s Indigenous People is observed on this day. On Dec. 23, 1994, the General Assembly decided that the holiday would be observed on this day every year. For more information, visit un.org/en/events/indigenousday.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I think the older I get, the more I realize that the ultimate luxury is time.” — Michael Kors, who was born on this day in 1959.
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