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August 11, birthdays for Chris Hemsworth, Hulk Hogan, Viola Davis

August 11, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor Chris Hemsworth celebreates his birthday today. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Brooklyn Today

Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 224th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1918, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Brooklyn Men Held for Harbor Thefts.”

The article focused on the federal government and the district attorney aiming to break up gangs of harbor thieves.

“Assistant District Attorney Alexander Rorke at the time three defendants were arraigned also gave out the names of eight other men who have been indicted and held for grand larceny and receiving stolen goods,” the Eagle reported. “He declared that there were many thefts from cars and lighters in the harbor.”


NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include journalist and commentator DAVID BROOKS, who was born on this day in 1961; actress ARLENE DAHL, who was born in 1928; Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress VIOLA DAVIS, who was born in 1965; actor WILL FRIEDLE, who was born in 1976; actor CHRIS HEMSWORTH, who was born in 1983; wrestler and actor HULK HOGAN, who was born in 1953; musician and songwriter JOE JACKSON, who was born in 1955; actress ASHLEY JENSEN, who was born in 1969; actor CHRIS MESSINA, who was born in New York City in 1974; model and TV personality CAROLYN MURPHY, who was born in 1973; columnist MARILYN VOS SAVANT, who was born in 1946; and Apple computer cofounder STEPHEN WOZNIAK, who was born in 1950.


DAVID ATCHISON was born on this day in 1807. The Missouri legislator was president of the U.S. for one day. He served as president pro tempore for the Senate numerous times, and he was president of the U.S. on March 4, 1849, pending the swearing in of President-elect Zachary Taylor. He died in 1886.


THE NATIONAL HOBO Convention takes place from today until Aug. 14. The convention, which is held in Britt, Iowa, celebrates current and retired hoboes and the independent lifestyle they lead. Events include the crowing of the Hobo King and Queen, a parade, live entertainment and more. Held since 1900, this year’s event is expected to draw 20,000 people. For more information, visit


BROOKLYN BRIDGE Park will host a screening of the film “Selma” tonight at 6 p.m. at the Harbor View Lawn as a part of its Movies with a View series. Prior to the screening, DJ Ming will perform a set and the short film “Dirt” will be shown. For more information, visit


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

“Sometimes you see how humanity can rise above any kind of cultural ills and hate — that a person’s capacity to love and communicate and forgive can be bigger than anything else.” — Viola Davis, who was born on this day in 1965.


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