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MILESTONES: July 15, birthdays for Angela Merkel, Arianna Huffington, Forest Whitaker

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July 15, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates her birthday today. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 196th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Angela Merkel and Arianna Huffington, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1937, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Fewer Planes Hunt Earhart; Search May End Saturday.

The article focused on the reduction in the number of planes launched in search of Amelia Earhart and her navigator.

“Flyers of the aircraft carrier Lexington awaited passing of a tropical storm before resuming their ‘last chance’ search for the aviatrix and Frederick J. Noonan, who disappeared on a flight from New Guinea to Howland Island July 2,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor WILLIE AAMES, who was born in 1960; model KIM ALEXIS, who was born in 1960; musician JULIAN BREAM, who was born in 1933; hockey player JONATHAN CHEECHOO, who was born in 1980; actress LOLITA DAVIDOVICH, who was born in 1961; actor BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN, who was born in 1973; author and journalist ARIANNA HUFFINGTON, who was born in 1950; actress IRENE JACOB, who was born in 1966; actor KEN KERCHEVAL, who was born in 1935; actor TAYLOR KINNEY, who was born in 1981; German Chancellor ANGELA MERKEL, who was born in 1954; actor TERRY O’QUINN, who was born in 1952; actress LANA PARILLA, who was born in 1977; singer and songwriter LINDA RONSTADT, who was born in 1946; author RICHARD RUSSO, who was born in 1949; TV personality and host ADAM SAVAGE, who was born in 1967; former professional wrestler and Minnesota Gov. JESSE VENTURA, who was born in 1951; actor JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT, who was born in 1944; and Oscar Award-winning actor and director FOREST WHITAKER, who was born in 1961.

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REMBRANDT WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1606. The Dutch painter and etcher is one of the undisputed giants of Western art. He is best known for “The Night Watch” and many portraits and self-portraits. Rembrandt died in the Netherlands in 1669.

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JOHN FOWLER WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1817. He was an engineer renowned for his work on British bridges and railways. He constructed Victoria Station and the Grosvenor Bridge across the Thames River (the first railway bridge across that river) and was chief engineer of the 8,000-foot-long cantilever Forth Bridge over the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh, Scotland, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. He was the engineer of the London Metropolitan Railway — now known as the London Underground — which was the world’s first underground subway system. President of the Institute of Civil Engineers, Fowler died in 1898 in England.

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CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1779. The American author and teacher is best remembered for his popular verse “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (“‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”), which was first published anonymously and without Moore’s knowledge in a newspaper in 1823. Moore died in Rhode Island in 1863.

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

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“When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises.” — Angela Merkel


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