September 1, birthdays for Dr. Phil, Gloria Estefan, Daniel Sturridge
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 245th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1895, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Racing Yachts Side by Side, Defender and Valkyrie Lie Together in Erie Basin.”
The article focused on the excitement surrounding the upcoming first international yacht race.
“Every movement made by either of the yachts is watched with an interest so intense as to throw every other yachting event in the background,” the Eagle reported. “The American’s cup committee last evening posted the official programme for the coming [races] on the bulletin board of the New York Yacht Club.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress and TV personality ZENDAYA COLEMAN, who was born in 1996; attorney and author ALAN DERSHOWITZ, who was born in Brooklyn in 1938; singer GLORIA ESTEFAN, who was born in 1957; The Bee Gees singer and songwriter BARRY GIBB, who was born in 1946; former basketball player TIM HARDAWAY, who was born in 1966; psychologist, author and TV personality DR. PHIL MCGRAW, who was born in 1950; conductor SEIJI OZAWA, who was born in 1935; actor DON STROUD, who was born in 1937; English soccer star DANIEL STURRIDGE, who was born in 1989; and actress and comedian LILY TOMLIN, who was born in 1939.
THE TITANIC WAS found on this day in 1985. Almost 75 years after the ship sank in the North Atlantic after striking an iceberg, a joint American-French expedition force led by marine geologist Dr. Robert Ballard located the wreck. The luxury liner was resting on the ocean floor 12,500 feet down — about 350 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada. In July 1986 Ballard returned in an expedition aboard the Atlantis II to explore the ship with underwater robots. Two memorial bronze plaques were left on the deck.
WORLD WAR II began on this day in 1939. After securing a nonaggression pact with the USSR, which secretly allowed for the partition of Poland by the Soviet Union and Germany, on Aug. 23, Germany invaded Poland without a declaration of war at 4:45 a.m. two days later. Britain and France declared war, with Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa soon following with their own declarations. Poland, overwhelmed by German air and land power, was in German and Soviet hands before the month concluded.
ART IN DUMBO’S First Thursday Gallery Walk will take place tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. around the neighborhood. Local galleries will stay open late for a night of art, gallery openings, artist talks and live performances. For the entire schedule and more information, visit artindumbo.com.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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