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June 15, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor Neil Patrick Harris celebrates his birthday today. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 165th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Jim Belushi and Courteney Cox, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1914, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Fined for Selling on Sunday.”

The article focused on a group of Downtown Brooklyn merchants who broke the law prohibiting Sunday sales.

“They alleged that there seemed to be discrimination; that the law had been violated by all of their neighbors, and that they did not know why they should be brought to court when scores of others were selling all around them,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor JIM BELUSHI, who was born in 1954; Hall of Fame baseball player WADE BOGGS, who was born in 1958; actor SIMON CALLOW, who was born in 1949; actress COURTENEY COX, who was born in 1964; actress JULIE HAGERTY, who was born in 1955; Tony Award-winning actor NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, who was born in 1973; football executive and former coach MIKE HOLMGREN, who was born in 1948; Oscar Award-winning actress HELEN HUNT, who was born in 1963; golfer JUSTIN LEONARD, who was born in 1972; actress NICOLA PAGETT, who was born in 1945; actress LEAH REMINI, who was born in Brooklyn in 1970; actress ANNA TORV, who was born in 1978; and People’s Republic of China President XI JINPING, who was born in 1953.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST FATAL AVIATION ACCIDENT.  In 1785, French aeronauts Jean François Pilatre de Rozier and Pierre de Romain who were attempting to cross the English Channel from France to England in a balloon, were killed when their balloon caught fire and crashed to the ground. Pilatre de Rozier was the first man to fly.

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THE MAGNA CARTA WAS SEALED ON THIS DAY IN 1215. King John of England sealed the document that would influence the rise of England’s constitutional monarchy and lend historical weight to 18th-century ideas about inalienable natural laws. It is still invoked popularly and in jurisprudence as a symbol of the written law’s power to subdue tyranny. Four original copies of the 1215 charter survive.

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TODAY IS NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP DAY. It commemorates the day in 1924 when the U.S. Congress passed legislation recognizing the citizenship of Native Americans.

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SAUL STEINBERG WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1914. The artist is most famous for his illustrations for the New Yorker, for which he completed 90 covers and 1,200 drawings. Steinberg died in New York in 1999.

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MOUNT PINATUBO ERUPTED ON THIS DAY IN 1991. Dormant for almost 500 years, the mountain in the Philippines erupted with a violent explosion, spewing ash and gases that could be seen for more than 60 miles. The surrounding areas were covered with ash and mud created by rainstorms. It was the second-largest eruption of the 20th century, killing nearly 1,000 people.

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EDVARD GRIEG WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1843. The Norwegian pianist, composer, conductor and teacher was the first Scandinavian to compose nationalistic music. He died in Norway in 1907. Special celebrations at Lofthus on the Hardanger fjord where Grieg’s cabin still stands are held annually to commemorate his birth. 

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

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“I have not the least doubt that school developed in me nothing but what was evil and left the good untouched.” — composer Edvard Grieg, who was born on this day in 1843

 


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