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July 19, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
UFC star Jon "Bones" Jones celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/John Locher
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 200th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Padalecki, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published a front-page article titled “Boy and Girl Lost 5 Years in Russia, Found by Red Cross.”

The article focused on two Brooklyn children who went missing in Russia.

“Nicholai, aged 15, and his sister, Voluntain, aged 14, were sent to study in Russian schools shortly before the war broke out. Their father lost track of them then, but was not worried until the Bolsheviki uprising wiped out the Russian throne and set up a republic, Sept. 14, 1917. Hearing no word, he decided they had been slain by the mob,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include basketball star LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE, who was born in  actor TRAI BYERS, who was born in 1983; actor BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, who was born in 1976; actor ANTHONY EDWARDS, who was born in 1962; actor TOPHER GRACE, who was born in 1978; actress CLEA LEWIS, who was born in 1965; Hall of Fame tennis player ILIE NASTASE, who was born in 1946; actor JARED PADALECKI, who was born in 1982; and actor CAMPBELL SCOTT, who was born in 1962.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WOMEN’S RIGHTS CONVENTION AT SENECA FALLS. The convention concerning the rights of women, called by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, was held in New York in 1848. The issues discussed included voting, property rights and divorce. The convention drafted a “Declaration of Sentiments” that paraphrased the Declaration of Independence, addressing men instead of King George, and called for women’s “immediate admission to all the rights and privileges which belong to them as citizens of the United States.” This convention was the beginning of an organized women’s rights movement in the U.S. The most controversial issue was Stanton’s demand for women’s right to vote.

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GEORGE McGOVERN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1922. The U.S. politician and World War II hero began his career in public service in 1956. Representing South Dakota in both houses of Congress, he was a voice in support of civil rights and social issues throughout the 1960s, as well as a vocal opponent of American involvement in the Vietnam War. As the Democratic presidential candidate in 1972, McGovern and his party were the targets of spying by the Watergate conspirators. He lost the election to Richard Nixon in a crushing defeat, and later he returned to the Senate. His work with U.N. hunger causes earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000. McGovern died in 2012 in South Dakota.

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ELVIS PRESLEY’S FIRST SINGLE WAS RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1954. “That’s All Right (Mama)” backed by “Blue Moon of Kentucky” was released by the 19-year-old musician. Presley recorded it with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black for Sun Records. Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips previewed the single on July 7 — two days after it was recorded — on his radio show and his listeners went crazy, demanding that Phillips play it again and again.

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EDGAR DEGAS WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1834. The French Impressionist painter was best known for his paintings of dancers in motion. Degas died in France in 1917.

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL HOST “THE CIRCUS COMEBACK: Brooklyn’s Nouveau Sideshows” tonight at 6:30 p.m. From sideshows to burlesque, Brooklyn’s underground circus arts are making a comeback. The founder of the Mermaid Parade and unofficial Mayor of Coney Island Dick Zigun will moderate a discussion with circus arts leaders from across the borough. 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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“The longer the title, the less important the job.” — George McGovern, who was born on this day in 1922


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