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November 30, birthdays for Ben Stiller, Chrissy Teigen, Steve Aoki

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November 30, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor Ben Stiller celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File

Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 335th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Billy Idol and G. Gordon Liddy, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Tony Will Aid Dock ‘Cleanup.’”

The article focused on a march led by Brooklyn dock boss Anthony Anastasio in an effort to secure fair treatment for dockworkers during the planned cleanup.

“’All we look for is justice. We intend to respect any government agency,’ Anastasio said. ‘We will go along with any effort to clean up the waterfront — if needed,’” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include D.J. STEVE AOKI, who was born in 1977; U.S. Sen. RICHARD BURR, who was born in 1955; founder of the Children’s Television Workshop and creator of “Sesame Street” JOAN GANZ COONEY, who was born in 1929; actress KALEY CUOCO, who was born in 1985; actress ELISHA CUTHBERT, who was born in 1982; actress JESSALYN GILSIG, who was born in 1971; actor ROBERT GUILLAUME, who was born in 1927; singer and songwriter BILLY IDOL, who was born in 1955; former baseball and football player VINCENT EDWARD “BO” JACKSON, who was born in 1962; convicted Watergate conspirator and radio talk show host G. GORDON LIDDY, who was born in 1930; dramatist DAVID MAMET, who was born in 1947; comedian and actor COLIN MOCHRIE, who was born in 1957; actress SANDRA OH, who was born in 1970; actor MANDY PATINKIN, who was born in 1952; former baseball player IVAN “PUDGE” RODRIGUEZ , who was born in 1971; actress AMY RYAN, who was born in 1969; director RIDLEY SCOTT, who was born in 1937; actor BEN STILLER, who was born in 1965; model CHRISSY TEIGEN, who was born in 1985; singer and songwriter NOEL PAUL STOOKEY, who was born in 1937; and actress ALLISON WILLIAMS, who was born in 1987.

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GORDON PARKS WAS BORN on this day in 1912. The award-winning and groundbreaking photojournalist and filmmaker was born the youngest of 15 to a poor family. His photography career encompassed glamorous fashion shoots for Vogue, as well as portraits of world leaders and searing photo essays for Life, where he was the magazine’s first black staff photographer. Parks became the first major black Hollywood film director, with such important works as “The Learning Tree” and “Shaft.” He died in New York in 2006.

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“THRILLER” WAS RELEASED ON THIS day in 1982. Michael Jackson’s sixth studio album is one of the most popular and most important albums of all time, charting seven songs in the top 10. It broke pop charts wide open for black artists, who had often been relegated to R&B charts, and simultaneously gave musical forms like genre crossovers in its songwriting and production. “Thriller” stayed on the charts for more than three years and has sold more than 110 million copies. The album was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2008.

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MARK TWAIN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1835. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the celebrated American novelist is best known for “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” and “The Prince and the Pauper.” He died in Connecticut in 1910.

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THE STATUE OF RAMSES II WAS UNEARTHED ON THIS DAY IN 1991. Egyptian construction workers in the ancient provincial town of Akhimim unearthed a statue of the Egyptian king. The statue was uncovered during an excavation to prepare a foundation for a post office. An additional statue was uncovered 33 feet away, but the subject was unknown.

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SHIRLEY CHISHOLM WAS BORN on this day in 1924. The Brooklyn-born educator, author and politician was the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. A liberal Democrat, she was known for her strong opinions and outspoken nature when she represented the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in City Congress from 1974 to 1982. She died in Florida in 2005.

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

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“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” — novelist Mark Twain, who was born on this day in 1835

 


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