September 13, birthdays for Niall Horan, Tyler Perry, Stella McCartney
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 257th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1922, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Didn’t Like School So Set Fire to it, Says Girl of 13.”
The article focused on a public school student who set several fires in her school building in hopes of being transferred to a different school.
“Antoinette, according to the principal and her own admission, went about the business of burning down her school deliberately,” the Eagle reported. “She purchased 5 cents’ worth of kerosene in a grocery store. With this she soaked a number of small pieces of paper and scattered them through the hallway and several rooms of the school building. Then she got a match, lighted it and set the flame to the saturated papers.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include singer FIONA APPLE, who was born in Manhattan in 1977; actress JACQUELINE BISSET, who was born in 1944; singer and songwriter PETER CETERA, who was born in 1944; One Direction member NIALL HORAN, who was born in 1993; artist ROBERT INDIANA, who was born in 1928; Olympic gold medal-winning track athlete MICHAEL JOHNSON, who was born in 1967; author and journalist JUDITH MARTIN, who was born in 1938; baseball player DAISUKE MATSUZAKE, who was born in 1980; fashion designer STELLA MCCARTNEY, who was born in 1971; soccer player THOMAS MULLER, who was born in 1989; actor, director and screenwriter TYLER PERRY, who was born in 1969; actor BEN SAVAGE, who was born in 1980; TV producer, FRED SILVERMAN who was born in Manhattan in 1937; stage and screen actress JEAN SMART, who was born in 1959; and former baseball player BERNIE WILLIAMS, who was born in 1968.
ROALD DAHL WAS born on this day in 1916. The author of humorously dark fantasy novels, Dahl is often referred to as one of the most significant novelists for children of the 20th century. He is best remembered for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “The BFG” and “Matilda,” among others. He died in 1990.
A BROOKLYN BOOK Festival Bookend event featuring best-selling children’s horror author R.L. Stine will take place tonight at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Granite Prospect at 6:30 p.m. Stine will be doing a reading of his new book “Young Scrooge,” followed by an audience Q&A. For more information, visit brooklynbridgepark.org.
THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL Society will host “Families at Risk: The Central American Refugee Crisis” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 128 Pierrepont St. Panelists include Lara Miranda-Gaffar, staff attorney for Make the Road New York; JoJo Annobil, former director of the Immigration Law Unit, Legal Aid Society; and Lenni B. Benson (moderator), professor of law at New York Law School and founder of the Safe Passage Project. For more information, visit brooklynhistory.org.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Nothing that you do will ever feel good if you let people convince you that you have no choice.” — Fiona Apple, who was born on this day in 1977
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