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May 23, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Comedian and actor Drew Carey celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 142nd day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Brooklyn-born Robert A.M. Stern and Drew Carey, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “IND-IRT Boro Hall Passage Sought.”

The article focused on a proposed plan to build an underground combination bomb shelter-passageway linking the Jay Street and Borough Hall stations.

“The proposed passageways, which the Wallander-Moses report said would serve a peacetime as well as wartime use, were pushed as an aid to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include journalist and author MITCH ALBOM, who was born in 1958; actress BARBARA BARRIE, who was born in 1931; actor H. JON BENJAMIN, who was born in 1966; hockey player BRIAN CAMPBELL, who was born in 1979; actor DREW CAREY, who was born in 1961; actress JOAN COLLINS, who was born in 1933; Hall of Fame golfer DAVID GRAHAM, who was born in 1946; former boxer MARVELOUS MARVIN HAGLER, who was born in 1954; singer JEWEL, who was born in 1974; actor CHARLES KIMBROUGH, who was born in 1936; architect, professor and author ROBERT A.M. STERN, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939; and WWE wrestler BRAY WYATT, who was born in 1987.

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BONNIE AND CLYDE WERE KILLED ON THIS DAY IN 1934. The two-year crime spree of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, bank robbers accused of at least 12 murders, came to an end when a law enforcement posse led by Frank Hamer opened fire on them in an ambush in Louisiana. The couple had operated in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana and other states, and had sent ballads to local newspapers chronicling their exploits, making them two of the most notorious — and romanticized — of many Depression-era gangsters. Some 20,000 people lined up to see the body of Clyde Barrow put on display in a mortuary in Texas.

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LEWIS TAPPAN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1788. The abolitionist and merchant is best known for his vigorous participation in the U.S. antislavery movement. Tappan helped found the American Anti-Slavery Society (1833) and led the efforts to aid the Mendi people who revolted against their captors on the slave ship Amistad. Tappan also created the first credit-rating service in the U.S. in 1841. The Mercantile Service’s success enabled Tappan to retire a wealthy man and to focus on abolition and philanthropy. He died in 1873 in Brooklyn.

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SGT. WILLIAM H. CARNEY RECEIVED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR ON THIS DAY IN 1900. He was the first black person to win the medal, for his efforts during the 1863 Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina.

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ROSEMARY CLOONEY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1928. The beloved pop and jazz singer became popular in the 1950s for singing the novelty song “Come-on-a-My House” and pop standards. She also starred in the holiday film “White Christmas” (1954). Clooney died in California in 2002.

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THE BROOKLYN HISTRORICAL SOCIETY (BHS) WILL HOST “Paging Through History: Mark Kurlansky in Conversation with Ella Morton” tonight at 6:30 p.m. Paper is one of the most common materials in the world, yet its impact on society is anything but ordinary. In his book “Paper: Paging Through History,” author Kurlansky weaves together the unconventional history of paper and the universal human need to document and create through writing. Atlas Obscura site editor Morton will join him in a conversation about how sometimes the most fascinating things are the ones right under our noses. For more information, visit brooklynhistory.org.

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

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“You’re not a wave, you’re a part of the ocean.” — author Mitch Albom, who was born on this day in 1958


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