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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 309th day of the year.
ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Murder of Actress Linked to Arab Feud.”
The article focused on a Brooklyn Broadway dancer and actress Joan Winters, who was murdered in Garden of Gethsemane, outside of Jerusalem.
“Her father was at the St. George Hotel today. He said he did not believe the motive for the slaying was robbery, because he knew she did not have much money with her, and because reports said Jerusalem police were mystified about the motive,” the Eagle reported.
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former Australian Prime Minister TONY ABBOTT, who was born in 1957; former first lady LAURA BUSH, who was born in 1946; rapper, musician and fashion executive SEAN “DIDDY” COMBS, who was born in 1970; comedian and actress KATHY GRIFFIN, who was born in 1966; football player DEVIN HESTER, who was born in 1982; actor ART CARNEY, who was born in 1918; actor RALPH MACCHIO, who was born in 1962; Tony Award-winning actress and singer ANDREA McARDLE, who was born in 1963; Oscar Award-winning actor MATTHEW McCONUGHEY, who was born in 1969; former football player ORLANDO PACE, who was born in 1975; actress MARKIE POST, who was born in 1950; and actress LORETTA SWIT, who was born in 1937.
WALTER CRONKITE WAS born on this day in 1916. The legendary American broadcast journalist anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, covering monumental events as such as President John Kennedy’s assassination and the Apollo 11 moon landing. A standard-bearer for exceptional TV journalism, Cronkite’s integrity earned him the status of “the most trusted man in America.”
TODAY IS NATIONAL Medical Science Liaison Awareness and Appreciation Day, a day to educate the public on the role of medical science liaisons and what they do across the pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries.
KING TUT’S TOMB WAS discovered on this day in 1922. The chamber, which was discovered in Luxor, Egypt, was that of Egypt’s child-king Tutankhamen, who became pharaoh at the age of 9 in 1332 B.C. and died when he was 19. Perhaps the only ancient Egyptian royal tomb to have escaped plundering by grave robbers, it was discovered more than 3,000 years after Tutankhamen’s death by English archaeologist Howard Carter. The priceless relics found were placed in Egypt’s National Museum in Cairo.
****ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE was born on this day in 1946. He was one of photography’s most controversial artists, known initially for his photographs of sadomasochistic rituals and later for his still lifes, nudes and portraits. Exhibitions of his work sparked controversy in 1989 and 1990, leading to intense political debate about the funding practices of the National Endowment for the Arts when its charter was up for renewal by Congress. An exhibition of his work in Cincinnati led to the arrest of the museum’s curator, causing additional uproar over First Amendment freedoms and obscenity issues.
THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL Society will host a rare, complete performance of Hanns Eisler’s “Hollywooder Liederbuch” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at 128 Pierrepont St. The piece, which was written during Eisler’s first few months in America during World War II, will be performed by soprano Kristina Bachrach, tenor Nils Neubert, and baritone Matthew Morris. Hanns Eisler scholar and soprano Karyn Levitt will also give a free pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. For more information, visit brooklynhistory.org.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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