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August 19, birthdays for John Stamos, Matthew Perry, Kyra Sedgwick

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August 19, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor John Stamos celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 232nd day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1913, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Farmers Invade Flatbush.”

The article focused on a coalition of housewives in Flatbush who staged a creative protest against the high cost of living in the area.

“That their threats to return to the good old days of the thrifty market-basket … were not idle, was forcibly demonstrated today when two huge wagons loaded to the top with vegetables and [a] garden truck passed through the fashionable sections of Midwood and Ditmas Park, disposing of their wares at prices that made the neighboring grocers and hucksters gasp for breath,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor and director ADAM ARKIN, who was born in Brooklyn in 1956; actor JIM CARTER, who was born in 1948; actress ERIKA CHRISTENSEN, who was born in 1982; former U.S. President BILL CLINTON, who was born in 1946; actor KEVIN DILLON, was born in 1965; actor PETER GALLAGHER, who was born in New York City in 1955; advocate for the homeless, mental health and children’s causes and wife of former Vice President Al Gore, TIPPER GORE, who was born in 1948; actor GERALD MCRANEY, who was born in 1948; actress JENNIFER MORRISON, who was born in 1979; actress DIANA MULDAR, who was born in Brooklyn in 1938; former astronaut FRANKLIN STORY MUSGRAVE, who was born in 1935; former alpine skier CINDY NELSON, who was born in 1955; actor MATTHEW PERRY, who was born in 1969; actress JILL ST. JOHN, who was born in 1940; actress KYRA SEDGWICK, who was born in Manhattan in 1965; and actor JOHN STAMOS, who was born in 1963.

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COCO CHANEL was born on this day in 1883. The most important fashion designer of the 20th century began a fashion revolution when she began using men’s clothing (pants) for women’s wear; creating simple comfortable clothing that was nonetheless elegant; making dramatic use of costume jewelry; and popularizing the “little black dress” and sportswear. She was the first couturier to put her name on a signature perfume: Chanel No. 5, which today sells every 30 seconds across the world. The fashion icon died in 1971.

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THE 26TH ANNUAL Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest will take place this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. on the Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk from West 10th Street to West 12th Street. The contest is open to amateur and semi-professional sand sculpting artists of all ages. There will be cash prizes for top winners. For more information, visit wearebcs.org/sand.

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BROOKLYN BRIDGE Park will host Pier 5 Family Field Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pier 5 Sports Fields. Attendees will be able to take part in an assortment of activities from potato sack and Hula Hoop races to parachute games to learning soccer skills and playing scrimmage matches. For more information, visit brooklynbridgepark.org.

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THE SEVENTH ANNUAL MoCADA Soul of BK Festival will launch this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Fort Green Park. The festival will feature live music, arts workshops, performances, shopping and film screenings throughout the borough. The weeklong series of events promotes African Diasporan arts and culture while supporting partnerships between local arts organizations and black-owned businesses. For more information, visit mocada.org.

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

Mary-Kate and Ashley, who played Michelle, were great. I miss them, I love them, and I need to borrow some money from them.” — John Stamos, who was born on this day in 1963.

 


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