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May 2, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor Dwayne Johnson celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 121st day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include David Beckham and Bianca Jagger, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “1,172 Pupils Fete Traffic Cop Quitting After 22 Years’ Service.”

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The article focused on a beloved traffic cop who was retiring.

“The day’s routine was interrupted at noon when the 1,172 pupils of the school, their teachers, the pastor and curates of the church, and many parents, staged a surprise farewell ceremony to say goodbye to ‘Uncle Jake,’” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Tony Award-winning actress CHRISTINE BARANSKI, who was born in 1952; former soccer player DAVID BECKHAM, who was born in 1975; actress ELIZABETH BERRIDGE, who was born in 1962; NASCAR racer KYLE BUSCH, who was born in 1985; singer and songwriter LARRY GATLIN, who was born in 1949; Olympic figure skater SARAH HUGHES, who was born in 1985; basketball star PAUL GEORGE, who was born in 1990; political activist and former actress BIANCA JAGGER, who was born in 1945; actor DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON, who was born in 1972; actress ELLIE KEMPER, who was born in 1980; Olympic skier TINA MAZE, who was born in 1983; U.S. Secretary of Commerce PENNY PRITZKER, who was born in 1959; actor DAVID SUCHET, who was born in 1946; and actress JENNA VON OY, who was born in 1977.

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THE KING JAMES BIBLE WAS PUBLISHED ON THIS DAY IN 1611. King James I had appointed a committee of learned men to produce a new translation of the Bible in English. This version, referred to as the King James Version, is known in England as the authorized version of the book.

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LEONARDO DA VINCI DIED ON THIS DAY IN 1519. The Italian artist, scientist and inventor painted the famed “Last Supper” and the “Mona Lisa.” He also invented the first parachute. Born at Vinci, Italy, in 1452 (the exact date is unknown), he died in France.

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GEHRIG’S STREAK ENDED ON THIS DAY IN 1939. New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig asked manager Joe McCarthy to take him out of the lineup for the game against the Detroit Tigers. By his sitting out, Gehrig’s record streak of consecutive games played, which began on May 25, 1925, stopped at 2,130. The slugger complained of fatigue, but he was really suffering from ALS, a condition later known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Gehrig never played again.

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (BHS) WILL HOST “BRINGING TRUTH Back: Reporting Facts in a Post-Truth Era” tonight at 6:30 p.m. What does it mean to report the news in the age of “alternative facts”? What is the future of modern journalism in a contentious media landscape amid the current strained relations between the White House and the press? BHS will explore these questions and others with a panel including Laura McGann, deputy managing editor of the Politics and Policy desk at Vox; and Nicole Hemmer, political historian and author of “Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics.” The talk will be moderated by Sopan Deb, culture writer for The New York Times and a former embedded reporter on the 2016 Republican presidential campaign.

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

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“Most New Yorkers want to look amazing, and they want you to understand that they look amazing, but they also want you to stop staring at them.” — actress Ellie Kemper, who was born on this day in 1980

 


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