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March 30, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Legendary rapper M.C. Hammer celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 89th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Warren Beatty and Eric Clapton, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1912, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Brooklyn Arsene Lupin Writes Notes to Police.”

The article focused on a Flatbush burglar who taunted police with their inability to catch him.

“A particular and fastidious gentleman of crime is this burglar. He takes what suits his fancy — clothing, sometimes money now and then, bric-a-brac, silver or such other things as his taste for the nonce suggests. Interesting, and at the same time exasperating as the thief is, residents of the district are almost repaid by the bewilderment of the police who cannot catch a man who leaves clue after clue behind him and taunts them with their inability by writing letters to them, which he leaves in the homes of his victims,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor JOHN ASTIN, who was born in 1930; actor WARREN BEATTY, who was born in 1938; singer TRACY CHAPMAN, who was born in 1964; singer, songwriter and guitarist ERIC CLAPTON, who was born in 1945; actor ROBBIE COLTRANE, who was born in 1950; singer CELINE DION, who was born in 1968; actor JASON DOHRING, who was born in 1982; rapper M.C. HAMMER, who was born in 1963; singer NORAH JONES, who was born in 1979; actor and TV host PETER MARSHALL, who was born in 1927; and actor PAUL REISER, who was born in 1957.

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VINCENT VAN GOGH WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1853. The Dutch painter was especially known for his bold and powerful use of color. Known as one of the most famous and influential figures in Western art, van Gogh died in France in 1890.

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SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1914. The influential harmonica player helped make the harmonica a blues staple. “Good Morning, School Girl” is one of his best-remembered hits. Williamson was murdered during a robbery in 1948 in Illinois.

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TODAY IS DOCTORS’ DAY. It is a day to honor America’s physicians on the anniversary of the occasion when Dr. Crawford W. Long became the first acclaimed physician to use ether as an anesthetic agent in a surgical technique in 1842. The red carnation has been designated as the official flower of Doctors’ Day.

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FRANCISCO JOSE de GOYA WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1746. It is estimated that the painter and etcher completed more than 1,800 paintings, drawings and lithographs during his lifetime. Goya was born in Spain and died in France in 1828.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTEMPTED ASSASSINATION OF RONALD REAGAN. President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by a 25-year-old gunman in Washington, D.C. on this day in 1981. Three other persons were wounded (press secretary James Brady was wounded and died of his injuries in 2014 — 33 years later). John W. Hinckley Jr., the accused attacker, was arrested at the scene. In 1982, a federal jury in D.C. found Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity, and he was committed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., for an indefinite time.

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

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“One must work and dare if one really wants to live.” — painter Vincent van Gogh, who was born on this day in 1853

 


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