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MILESTONES: June 13, birthdays for Chris Evans, Kat Dennings, Tim Allen

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June 13, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor Chris Evans celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 163rd day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Chris Evans, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1904, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article on the front page titled “Landowners Now Want More Money from City.”

 

The article focused on the city’s plans to extend subway service to Prospect Park and on the group of property owners who were demanding more money from the city for their land. 

“The argument revealed the reason for the present stand. It was because the Rapid Transit Commission had passed a resolution, at a date later than the award, favoring the extension of the tunnel from the Long Island Railroad depot on Flatbush Avenue to the Willink entrance and from there to Ocean Avenue under Prospect Park to Parkside Avenue,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include comedian and actor TIM ALLEN, who was born in 1953; former U.N. Secretary-General BAN KI-MOON, who was born in 1944; conceptual artist CHRISTO, who was born in 1935; actress KAT DENNINGS, who was born in 1986; actor CHRIS EVANS, who was born in 1981; actor MALCOLM McDOWELL, who was born in 1943; fashion designers and actresses ASHLEY and MARY-KATE OLSEN, who were born in 1986; actress ALLY SHEEDY, who was born in 1962; actor STYELLAN SKARSGARD, who was born in 1951; and actor RICHARD THOMAS, who was born in 1951.

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THE WORLD’S FIRST ROLLER COASTER OPENED ON THIS DAY IN 1884. Built and later patented by LaMarcus Thompson, the Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway in Coney Island boasted two parallel 600-foot tracks that descended from 50 feet. The cars traveled at six miles per hour. Riders paid 5 cents each for their rides. The roller coaster was a sensation, and soon amusement parks all over the U.S. and the world featured them.

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MEDGAR  EVERS WAS ASSASSINATED ON THIS DAY IN 1963. The civil rights leader was active in seeking integration of schools and voter registration. He was killed by Byron de la Beckwith, a white supremacist. The public outrage following his death was one of the factors that led President John F. Kennedy to propose a comprehensive civil rights law.

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TODAY IS THE MUSEUM MILE FESTIVAL. On the second Tuesday in June each year, 10 museums — all ones that call Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue home — collectively open their doors from 6 to 9 p.m. for free to visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. Participating museums include the National Academy Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum for African Art, El Museo del Barrio New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, Guggenheim, Neue Galerie and Goethe Institute. For more information, visit museummilefestival.org. 

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (BHS) WILL HOST “Book Talk: ‘Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics’” tonight at 6:30 p.m. The Oct. 30, 1975 edition of the Daily News led off with a startling headline: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” This blunt declaration referenced a speech by then-President Gerald Ford denying any federal bailout money to the financially troubled City of New York, notorious for poverty and crime throughout the ’70s and ’80s. Historian and New York University professor Kim Phillips-Fein will dive into the crises of this turbulent period in New York’s history, surveying the fiscal policies that led the city to the brink of bankruptcy, the scare tactics used by the powerful to enforce austerity and the lasting effects on the city and nation at large. 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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“This Earth is our only home. Together, we must protect and cherish it.” — former U.N. Secretary-General  Ban Ki-moon, who was born on this day in 1944

 


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