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March 24, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 82nd day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Peyton Manning and Jim Parsons, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1937, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Strip Dancer, $25,000 Dope, 2 Men Seized.”

The article focused on a police raid of a Brooklyn apartment that was filled with thousands of dollars worth of opium, heroin and morphine.

“In the bedroom of the apartment the raiding party found Salvatore Palmieri, 38, of 369 Broome St., and Mrs. Angelina Ruoti, 35, a striptease dancer. In the same room were found a fully loaded 38-caliber revolver and two opium pipes that had just been used, according to police,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include basketball player CHRIS BOSH, who was born in 1984; actress LARA FLYNN BOYLE, who was born in 1970; actress JESSICA CHASTAIN, who was born in 1977; actor R. LEE ERMEY, who was born in 1944; beat poet and author LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI, who was born in 1919; pianist BRYON JANIS, who was born in 1928; TV personality and former Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney STAR JONES, who was born in 1962; costume and fashion designer BOB MACKIE, who was born in 1940; football player PEYTON MANNING, who was born in 1976; Emmy Award-winning actor JIM PARSONS, who was born in 1973; actress DONNA PESCOW, who was born in Brooklyn in 1954; and actress ANNABELLA SCIORRA, who was born in 1964.


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HARRY HOUDINI WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1874. The magician and escape artist was also a lecturer, athlete, author, expert on the history of magic, exposer of fraudulent mediums and an actor. He was famous for his ability to escape from locked restraints (handcuffs, straitjackets, coffins, boxes and milk cans). The anniversary of his death (Halloween) has been the occasion for meetings of magicians and attempts at communication by mediums. He died in Michigan in 1926.

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TODAY IS WORLD TUBERCULOSIS DAY. It is a day to promote awareness about the serious health consequences of tuberculosis. It is observed on the anniversary of Dr. Robert Koch’s 1882 announcement that he had discovered the bacillus that causes TB. For more information, visit stoptb.org.

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EDWARD WESTON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1886. Considered one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, his work gradually changed from a self-described pictorial style to one that was more realistic yet abstract. He created a large body of work that included nudes, barren landscapes (especially in California and Mexico) and natural still lifes. Weston died in 1958 in California.

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MIETEK PEMPER WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1920. In his position as personal typist to Amon Goeth, commandant of the Plaszow forced labor camp in Poland, Pemper learned that all labor camp inmates not engaged in work on the war effort would be killed. He convinced industrialist Oskar Schindler to convert his enamel works to the production of grenade parts. He then falsified records to suggest that certain Plaszow inmates had essential manufacturing skills and compiled lists of inmates to be transferred to Schindler’s factory. These, along with names compiled by Itzhak Stern, later became known as “Schindler’s list.” The scheme saved the lives of 1,200 people. Born in Poland, Pemper died in Germany in 2011.

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

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“Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has overcome to reach his goals.” — the late Dorothy Height, who was born on this day in 1912


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