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November 16, birthdays for Amar’e Stoudemire, Martha Plimpton, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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November 16, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Basketball star Amar'e Stoudemire celebrates his birthday today. Photos stylized by August Gibbs
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 321st day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Maggie Gyllenhaal and Amare Stoudemire, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1918, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Plans for Victory Day.”

The article focused on President Woodrow Wilson’s plans for New York’s Victory Day celebration.

“Steps have already been taken in an effort to have President Wilson come to Brooklyn to witness the fete at Prospect Park. Word was received today that he had not decided whether he would be in New York City on that day or not. However, it was stated that he would try and arrange a visit to this borough if he comes to the city,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Olympic figure skater OKSANA BAIUL, who was born in 1977; actress LISA BONET, who was born in 1967; author SUSANNA CLARKE, who was born in 1959; journalist ELIZABETH DREW, who was born in 1935; former basketball player DWIGHT EUGENE GOODEN, who was born in 1964; actress MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, who was born in 1977; actress MARG HELGENBERGER, who was born in 1958; jazz singer DIANA KRALL, who was born in 1964; actress MARTHA PLIMPTON, who was born in 1970; former soccer player PAUL SCHOLES, who was born in 1974; and basketball player AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE, who was born in 1982.

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TODAY IS THE UNITED NATIONS’ INTERNATIONAL Day for Tolerance. The General Assembly established this day in 1996 to commemorate the adoption by UNESCO member states of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. For more information, visit un.org.

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WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER HANDY was born on this day in 1873. Considered the father of the blues, the American bandleader and composer was born in Alabama and died in New York in 1958.

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GEORGE S. KAUFMAN was born on this day in 1889. Working collaboratively on Broadway and in Hollywood from the 1920s through the 1950s, the director, producer and critic’s credits include “The Cocaonuts,” ” You Can’t Take It with You” and “Guys and Dolls.” He died in New York in 1961.

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LEWIS AND CLARK’S EXPEDITION REACHED THE PACIFIC OCEAN on this day in 1805. The pair had first glimpsed the body of water almost a week earlier, moving Clark to write in his journal, “Great joy in camp! We are in view of the Ocean, this great Pacific Ocean which we have been so anxious to see.”

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MOMS OF BROOKLYN HEIGHTS AND DUMBO will host “Stand for Love,” a non-political event that aims to show love and support for everyone in a time when many people are in need of both, tonight at 5 p.m. on the lawn near Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO. There will be music and kids’ crafts from Creatively Wild, and faith leaders and local politicians are likely to attend. 

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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.

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Life is like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything into it, you don’t get anything out of it.” — William Christopher Handy, who was born on this day in 1873

 


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