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MILESTONES: July 9, birthdays for Tom Hanks, O.J. Simpson, Lindsey Graham

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July 8, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor Tom Hanks celebrates his birthday today. AP photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 190th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Tom Hanks and O.J. Simpson, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Eastern RRs Granted 17% Fare Boosts.”

The article focused on Washington’s decision to increase the fares of 60 Eastern railroads across the country.

“At the offices of the Long Island Railroad it was said that the rate increase would not affect the road’s commuters who travel within the state. However, a passenger buying a ticket for a point outside the state will pay the full 17 percent increase on both a one-way and round-trip fare,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Tony Award-winning actor BRIAN DENNEHY, who was born in 1938; dancer and choreographer MARGARET GILLIS, who was born in 1953; U.S. Sen. LINDSEY GRAHAM, who was born in 1955; Oscar Award-winning actor TOM HANKS, who was born in 1956; artist DAVID HOCKNEY, who was born in 1937; medical researcher and philanthropist Mathilde Krim, who was born in 1926; musician Courtney Love, who was born in 1965; actress Kelly McGillis, who was born in 1957; actor RICHARD ROUNDTREE, who was born in 1942;  actor FRED SAVAGE, who was born in 1976; former sportscaster, actor and Hall of Fame football player O.J. SIMPSON, who was born in 1947; actor JIMMY SMITS, who was born in 1955; TV host and composer JOHN TESH, who was born in 1952; and musician JACK WHITE, who was born in 1975.

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ELIAS HOWE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1819. The American inventor of the sewing machine died in Brooklyn in 1867 and is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery. 

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THE 14TH AMENDMENT TO U.S. CONSTITUTION WAS RATIFIED ON THIS DAY IN 1868. The amendment defined U.S. citizenship and provided that no state shall have the right to abridge the rights of any citizen without due process and equal protection under the law. Coming three years after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment also included provisions for barring individuals who assisted in any rebellion or insurrection against the U.S. from holding public office, and releasing federal and state governments from any financial liability incurred in the assistance of rebellion or insurrection against the U.S.

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THE FIRST OPEN-HEART SURGERY WAS PERFORMED ON THIS DAY IN 1893. In Provident Hospital on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a black surgeon, performed the first successful open-heart surgery.

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ANN WARD RADCLIFFE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1764. The English author is considered one of the most original and distinguished Gothic romance novelists. She brought poetry to the genre through her lush scenic descriptions. Among her works are “The Romance of the Forest,” “The Mysteries of Udolpho” and “The Italian.” She died in England in 1823.

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

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“If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.” — Tom Hanks, who was born on this day in 1956


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