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June 6, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Houston Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Weston Kenney
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 156th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Kenny G and Harvey Fierstein, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1928, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article on the front page titled “Girl Flier Ready to Hop Atlantic; Pacific Airmen Soar from Suva Tonight.”

The article focused on pilots Amelia Earhart Wilmer Stultz and their preparations for their attempted flight across the Atlantic.

“Troublesome winds that held them here yesterday continued to upset the fliers’ hopes, although the northwest breeze had abated somewhat and the weather otherwise was fine and clear,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include political activist and musician MARIA ALYOKHIN, who was born in 1988; actress SANDRA BERNHARD, who was born in 1955; singer and songwriter GARY U.S. BONDS, who was born in 1939; Hall of Fame tennis player BJORN BORG, who was born in 1956; civil rights activist and Children’s Defense Fund President MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, who was born in 1939; Tony Award-winning actor and playwright HARVEY FIERSTEIN, who was born in Brooklyn in 1954; saxophone player KENNY G, who was born in 1956; actor PAUL GIAMATTI, who was born in 1967; NFL star DEANDRE HOPKINS, who was born in 1992; actor JASON ISAACS, who was born in 1963; wrestler DREW MCINTYRE, who was born in 1985; and actress AMANDA PAYS, who was born in 1959.

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TODAY IS D-DAY. In the early morning hours, Allied forces landed in Normandy on the north coast of France. In an operation that took months of planning, a fleet of 2,727 ships of every description converged from British ports from Wales to the North Sea. Operation Overlord involved 2,000,000 tons of war materials, including more than 50,000 tanks, armored cars, jeeps, trucks and half-tracks. The U.S. alone sent 1,700,000 fighting men. The Germans believed the invasion would not take place under the adverse weather conditions, but as the sun came up, the village of Saint Mère Eglise was liberated by American parachutists, and by nightfall the landing of 155,000 Allies attested to the success of D-Day.

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NATHAN HALE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1755. The American patriot volunteered to seek military intelligence behind enemy lines during the Revolutionary War battles for New York and was captured in September 1776. In an audience before Gen. William Howe, Hale admitted he was an American officer and was ordered hanged the following morning. Although some question them, his dying words, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” have become a symbol of American patriotism. He was hanged in 1776 in Manhattan.

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THE FIRST DRIVE-IN MOVIE OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1933. Richard M. Hollingshead Jr. opened America’s first drive-in movie theater in Camden, N.J. At the height of their popularity in 1958, there were more than 4,000 drive-ins across America. Today there are fewer than 600 open.

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ALEXANDER PUSHKIN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1799.  The Russian nobleman, poet and author created some of his greatest work, notably his novel-in-verse “Eugene Onegin” during periods of exile. Other well-known works include “Boris Godunov,” “Queen of Spades,” “Tales of Belkin” and “The Bronze Horseman.” Goaded into a duel by an admirer of his wife on Jan 27, 1837, Pushkin died of his injury two days later in St. Petersburg.

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“SEX AND THE CITY” PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 1998. HBO’s modern comedy of manners focused on four fashionable women navigating the perilous waters of New York City’s dating scene. More than 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the 94th and final episode in 2004.

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (BHS) WILL HOST “TALES FROM THE VAULT: Adopting Brooklyn as Home” tonight at 6:30 p.m. Told through the voices of Puerto Rican, West Indian, European, and African immigrants whose oral histories are part of the BHS archive, Brooklyn residents will recall the challenges and joys of adapting to life in America. BHS archivist Brett Dion will brings Brooklyn history to life through these immigrant stories, some even going back as far as a century. For more information, visit brooklyhistory.org.

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

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“It is better to have dreamed a thousand dreams that never were than never to have dreamed at all.” — Alexander Pushkin, who was born on this day in 1799


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