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July 10, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actress Sofia Vergara celebrates her birthday today. AP photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 191st day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include former New York City Mayor David Norman Dinkins and Sofia Vergara, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published a front-page article titled “Grand Jury to Hear Six Cops on Row.”

The article focused on the hearing of six cops who were involved in an incident in which an off-duty officer pistol-whipped and beat a Bay Ridge businessman.

“A parade of 15 witnesses was called in the case yesterday but only four of these were heard by the jury in its first day of investigation. None of the principal combatants in the June 30 brawl has yet testified,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Hall of Fame baseball player ANDRE DAWSON, who was born in 1954; former New York City Mayor DAVID NORMAN DINKINS, who was born in 1927; actor CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, who was born in 1977; actor RON GLASS, who was born in 1945; actor ADRIAN GRENIER, who was born in 1976; singer ARLO GUTHRIE, who was born in Brooklyn in 1947; composer and lyricist JERRY HERMAN, who was born in 1933; actress SUE LYON, who was born in 1946; Nobel Prize-winning author ALICE MUNRO, who was born in 1931; actor LAWRENCE PRESSMAN, who was born in 1939; author KAREN RUSSELL, who was born in 1981; singer and designer JESSICA SIMPSON, who was born in 1980; actress SOFIA VERGARA, who was born in 1972; and Hall of Fame tennis player VIRGINIA WADE, who was born in 1945.

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MARCEL PROUST WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1871. The famed author gained an international reputation for his 13-volume masterpiece “A la Recherche du Temps Perdu” (“Remembrance of Things Past”). Proust died in Paris in 1922.

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FREDERICK HUBBARD GWYNNE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1926. Born in New York, the actor is best known for his TV roles as Herman Munster in “The Munsters” and Officer Muldoon in “Car 54, Where Are You?” Gwynne died in 1993 in Maryland.

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DAVID BRINKLEY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1920. He was one of the most recognizable faces in American broadcast journalism for more than 50 years. Brinkley was NBC’s first White House correspondent, and his outstanding coverage of the 1956 Democratic and Republican national conventions landed him the anchor job on NBC’s nightly TV newscast, paired with Chet Huntley until 1970. In 1981, Brinkley moved to ABC, creating a Sunday-morning interview show called “This Week with David Brinkley.” He died in Texas in 2003.

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (BHS) WILL HOST “TOLD IT FIRST Hand with Rakim” tonight at 7 p.m. As part of the 13th Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, the live interview series will return to BHS, featuring legendary MC Rakim. Arguably the greatest hip-hop emcee of all time, Rakim will sit down with Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival Founder Wes Jackson to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the seminal album “Paid in Full.” 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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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — author Marcel Proust, who was born on this day in 1871


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