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November 29, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 334th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Vin Scully and Diane Ladd, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1886, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Workingmen Advised to Unite in Politics.”

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The article focused on a meeting held on Eckford Street to encourage the Labor Party to come together and participate in the political process.

“The laboring men of no country had the opportunity that those in this country had for bettering their condition. The question was that, knowing they had this opportunity, why did they dally?” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor LUCAS BLACK, who was born in 1982; actor DON CHEADLE, who was born in 1964; former president of France JACQUES RENE CHIRAC, who was born in 1932; filmmaker JOEL COEN, who was born in 1954; actress KIM DELANEY, who was born in 1961; Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff RAHM EMMANUEL, who was born in 1959; actress ANNA FARIS, who was born in 1976; soccer coach and former player RYAN GIGGS, who was born in 1973; Hall of Fame soccer player KASEY KELLER, who was born in 1969; actress DIANE LADD, who was born in 1932; comedian and television personality HOWIE MANDEL, who was born in 1955; Grammy Award-winning musician and composer CHUCK MANGIONE, who was born in 1940; musician and bandleader JOHN MAYALL, who was born in 1933; actor ANDREW McCARTHY, who was born in 1962; former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona JANET NAPOLITANO, who was born in 1957; former baseball player MARIANO RIVERA, who was born in 1969; sportscaster VIN SCULLY, who was born in 1927; comedian GARY SHANDLING, who was born in 1949; and football player RUSSELL WILSON, who was born in 1988.


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CHARLES THOMSON WAS BORN on this day in 1729. He was America’s first official record keeper and was chosen as secretary of the First Continental Congress in 1774. He recorded proceedings for 15 years and delivered his journals together with tens of thousands of records to the federal government in 1789. It was Thomson who notified George Washington of his election as president. He died in Ireland in 1824.

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LOUISA MAY ALCOTT WAS BORN on this day in 1832. The American author is best known for her novel “Little Women,” which follows four sisters on their path from childhood to womanhood. She died in 1888 in Massachusetts.

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TODAY IS GIVING TUESDAY. It was started as a national day of giving to kick off the giving season on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. It was created by 92Y in partnership with the U.N. Foundation in 2011. For more information, visit givingtuesday.org.

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NELLIE TAYLOE ROSS WAS BORN on this day in 1876. She became the first female governor in the U.S. when she was chosen to serve out the last month and two days of her husband’s term as governor of Wyoming after he died in office. She was elected in her own right in the 1924 election but lost the 1927 race. Ross was appointed vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1926 and named director of the U.S. Mint by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. She died in Washington, D.C. in 1977.

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL HOST “Old Myths: Confronting Aging and Ageism” tonight at 6:30 p.m. The panel will focus on aging baby boomers and traditional misconceptions about old age. Ashton Applewhite, author of “This Chair Rocks”; Ellen Cole, co-author of “70 Candles”;  John Leland, author of the New York Times series “80 and Up”; and Dr. Veronic LoFaso, director of Geriatric Medical Education at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center will speak. “New Old Age” New York Times columnist Paula Span will moderate the positive discussion on aging. For more information, visit brooklynhistory.org.

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

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“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — novelist and poet Louisa May Alcott, who was born on this day in 1832

 


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