October 19, birthdays for Jose Bautista, Evander Holyfield, John Lithgow
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 293rd day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Delicatessen Gets Wurst of it in Hoax — Never Sausage Nerve!”
The article focused on a prankster who was having random supplies — including diapers, hearses, private ambulances, flowers and piles of fertilizer — delivered to a local delicatessen.
“Customers in the store had stories to tell of the mysterious so-called joker,” the Eagle reported. “Each had heard a rumor, each had a different version of the strange episodes … All agreed, however, that the delicatessen keeper had no enemies they knew of who might be bothering him for revenge.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include baseball star JOSE BAUTISTA, who was born in 1980; actor MICHAEL GAMBON, who was born in 1940; former world champion heavyweight boxer EVANDER HOLYFIELD, who was born in 1962; author JOHN LECARRE, who was born in 1931; Tony Award-winning actor JOHN LITHGOW, who was born in 1945; artist and designer PETER MAX, who was born in 1937; carpenter and TV personality TY PENNINGTON, who was born in 1965; writer and director JASON REITMAN, who was born in 1977; and former baseball player MICHAEL YOUNG, who was born in 1976.
ANNIE PECK WAS born on this day in 1850. The world-renowned mountain climber won an international following in 1895 when she climbed the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps. Peck climbed the Peruvian peak Huascaran, giving her the record for the highest peak climbed in the Western Hemisphere by an American man or woman, and at age 61 she climbed Mount Coropuna in Peru and placed a “Votes for Women” banner at its pinnacle. She died in New York City in 1935.
TODAY IS LGBT Center Awareness Day, a national day of action focused on awareness around the work of LGBT community centers everywhere. The day was planned to help bring national attention to the Community Center Movement within the LGBT movement, which serves more than 1.7 million people annually, and highlight the ways that people can get involved or utilize their local centers. For more information, visit lgbtcenters.org.
THE YORKTOWN Surrender took place on this day in 1781. More than 7,000 English and Hessian troops, led by British Gen. Lord Charles Cornwallis, surrendered to Gen. George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, effectively ending the war between Britain and its American colonies. There were no more major battles, but the provisional treaty of peace was not signed until Nov. 30, 1782, and the final Treaty of Paris on Sept. 3, 1783.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.” — John Lithgow, who was born on this day in 1945.
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