August 25, birthdays for Rachael Ray, Blake Lively, Gene Simmons
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 238th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1929, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Nine Makes of Lipstick Contain Benzol, Highly Dangerous, Wynne Finds.”
The article focused on a survey that revealed that many beauty products were being made with poisonous ingredients and were being used in most beauty parlors across the city.
“Pointing out that the modern woman uses color on her lips at least five times a day, Commissioner Wynne said, ‘dangerous results are inevitable,’” the Eagle reported. “‘Vanity in this day and age,’ said Dr. Wynne, ‘is openly exploited, and is impossible to combat until we obtain the cooperation of the women themselves.’”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include author MARTIN AMIS, who was born in 1949; actress ANNE ARCHER, who was born in 1947; former baseball player ALBERT BELLE, who was born in 1966; actress RACHEL BILSON, who was born in 1981; director TIM BURTON, who was born in 1958; actor SEAN CONNERY, who was born in 1930; singer and songwriter ELVIS COSTELLO, who was born in 1954; country singer and actor BILLY RAY CYRUS, who was born in 1961; author REDERICK FORSYTH, who was born in 1938; former game show host MONTY HALL, who was born in 1923; actor ANTHONY HEALD, who was born in 1944; actress BLAKE LIVELY, who was born in 1987; TV personality REGIS PHILBIN, who was born in the Bronx in 1933; chef, cookbook author and TV personality RACHAEL RAY, who was born in 1968; actor JOHN SAVAGE, who was born in 1949; model CLAUDIA SCHIFFER, who was born in 1970; jazz musician WAYNE SHORTER, who was born in 1933; KISS member and actor GENE SIMMONS, who was born in 1949; actor ALEXANDER SKARSGARD, who was born in 1976; actor TOM SKERRITT, who was born in 1933; actor BLAIR UNDERWOOD, who was born in 1964; actress ALLY WALKER, who was born in 1961; actress JOANNE WHALLEY, who was born in 1964; and former Poet Laureate of the U.S. CHARLES WRIGHT, who was born in 1935.
“THE WIZARD OF Oz” was released on this day in 1939. The motion-picture classic, directed by Victor Fleming, was a musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum children’s book with both black-and-white and color sequences. It starred Judy Garland as Dorothy. Nominated for six Academy Awards, it won two for best original music score and best song, “Over the Rainbow.”
CONEY ISLAND WILL host 14-year-old Craig Haas Jr., winner of the Second Annual “Find Your Flavor” contest sponsored by Luna Park’s Coney’s Cones, as well as Daniele Dal Sasso, Coney’s Cones’ world-renowned gelato maker from Italy, to create his winning “S’mores” flavor today at 11 a.m. For more information, visit lunaparknyc.com.
THE MORBID ANATOMY Museum of Brooklyn will host author Dr. Mel Gordon for a special presentation featuring numerous images and excerpted film of Grand Guignol productions tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at 424-A Third Ave. For more information, visit morbidanatomymuseum.org.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.” — Tim Burton, who was born in this day in 1958
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