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February 24, birthdays for Floyd Mayweather, Zach Johnson, Kristin Davis

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February 24, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Boxer Floyd Mayweather celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 54th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Edward James Olmos, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1909, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Hammerstein Punched by Two Reporters.”

The article focused on two reporters who attacked Oscar Hammerstein, the then-manager of the Manhattan Opera House.

“James J. Doyle and Frederick M. Hall, reporters on the staff of the New York Press, attacked Hammerstein because of an offensive jetter which the impresario had sent to the newspaper which employs Doyle and Hall,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor WILSON BETHEL, who was born in 1984; actor BARRY BOSTWICK, who was born in 1945; actress KRISTIN DAVIS, who was born in 1965; former football player JEFF GARCIA, who was born in 1970; tennis player LLEYTON HEWITT, who was born in 1981; actor STEVEN HILL, who was born in 1922; musician and songwriter RUPERT HOLMES, who was born in 1947; golfer ZACH JOHNSON, who was born in 1976; composer and conductor MICHEL LEGRAND, who was born in 1932; former U.S. Sen. JOSEPH I. LIEBERMAN, who was born in 1942; quintuple boxing champion FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR., who was born in 1977; Hall of Fame baseball player EDDIE CLARENCE MURRAY, who was born in 1956; Emmy Award-winning actor EDWARD JAMES OLMOS, who was born in 1947; football player BOB SANDERS, who was born in 1981; soprano RENATA SCOTTO, who was born in 1936; actress HELEN SHAVER, who was born in 1951; TV journalist PAULA ZAHN, who was born in 1956; and actor BILLY ZANE, who was born in 1966.

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STEVE JOBS WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1955.  The CEO, tech innovator and visionary was the co-creator of Apple, Inc and 39th on the Forbes Richest People in America list when he died of cancer at age 56. In 1976, Jobs founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in order to sell the Apple 1 personal computer Wozniak had invented. Next came the Apple II, which Jobs made the first PC housed in consumer-friendly plastic and in 1984 came the Macintosh, which together with its iconic ad campaign solidified the Apple brand as charismatic, quirky and intuitive, traits that also applied to Jobs himself. A respected leader who was also fired from his own company before returning in 1996, he changed personal computing again with the iPod, iPhone and iPad devices. Jobs died in California in 2011.

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TODAY IS GREGORIAN CALENDAR DAY. Pope Gregory XIII, enlisting the expertise of distinguished astronomers and mathematicians, issued a bull correcting the Julian calendar, which was then 10 days in error. The correction was a minor one, changing the rule about leap years. The new calendar was named for him and became effective in 1582 in most Catholic countries, in 1752 in Britain and the American colonies, in 1918 in Russia and in 1923 in Greece. It is the most widely used calendar in the world today.

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WILHELM CARL GRIMM WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1786. The mythologist and author is remembered for “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” in collaboration with his brother Jacob. Grimm died in Germany in 1859.

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HONUS WAGNER WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1874. The American baseball great was nicknamed “the Flying Dutchman” and was among the first five players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. Wagner died in Pennsylvania in 1955.

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TD BANK WILL HOST THE BED-STUY CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER TODAY at 957 Marcy Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As part of its Bring Change program, TD Bank will be accepting monetary and food donations to support the local pantry. The foundation will also make a donation of its own. The funds raised will go toward BSCAH’s continuous efforts to serve communities that lack access to healthy meals. For more information, call 212-279-3115 x218.

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

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“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” — tech entrepreneur Steve Jobs, who was born on this day in 1955

 


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