September 19, birthdays for Jimmy Fallon, Trisha Yearwood, Columbus Short
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 263rd day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1931, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “L.I.U. Faculty Members Win Fight for Jobs.”
The article focused on two professors who were asked to retire early by the chairman of a special committee of trustees.
“Today Joseph J. Baker, the diplomatic secretary of the board of trustees, said no charges or accusations were preferred against the professors at any time,” the Eagle reported. “‘There never was a criticism made or complaint filed against these men,’ he said. ‘Everything has been ironed out. Everything is harmony at the university.’”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former baseball player Jim Abbott, who was born in 1967; talk show host, comedian and actor Jimmy Fallon, who was born in Brooklyn in 1974; actor and director Kevin Hooks, who was born in 1958; Oscar Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, who was born in 1948; broadcast journalist Joan Lunden, who was born in 1951; actor Randolph Mantooth, who was born in 1945; actor David McCallum, who was born in 1933; sportscaster and Hall of Fame baseball player Joe Morgan, who was born in 1943; TV journalist Soledad O’Brien, who was born in 1966; actor and dancer Columbus Short, who was born in 1982; actress Alison Sweeney, who was born in 1976; actress and model Twiggy, who was born in 1949; actor Adam West, who was born in 1928; singer, actor and Oscar Award-winning composer Paul Williams, who was born in 1940; and singer Trisha Yearwood, who was born in 1964.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE Park’s Nantucket Lightship off of Pier 6 will host “Passenger Ships of the Past” tonight at 6 p.m. Conrad Milster, senior engineer at the Pratt Institute, will host the event and take attendees back in time to the great ships of New York that were used as a primary means of transportation, and compare it to the present, as New Yorkers are once again looking to the water as a vital resource in that way. For more information, visit brooklynbridgepark.org or nantucketlightship.com.
THE BROOKLYN Historical Society will host “From Gray to Green: The Role of Urban Parks in the 21st Century” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at 128 Pierrepont St. Landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and Paul Goldberger will discuss the power of green as cities around the country look at the role parks play to reshape and renew urban landscape. The event will be moderated by former Prospect Park administrator Tupper Thomas. For more information, visit brooklynhistory.org.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Don’t keep reaching for the stars because you’ll just look like an idiot stretching that way for no reason.” — Jimmy Fallon, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1971.
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