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July 20, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Musician Carlos Santana celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 201st day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Carlos Santana and Diana Rigg, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1926, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published a front-page article titled “Boro Girl, Amnesia Victim, in Hospital.”

The article focused on a Brooklyn woman who was being treated for hysterical amnesia at Kings County Hospital.

“She was unable to tell what had brought on the amnesia. Shortly after leaving her home Saturday, her mind went blank, according to police,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include basketball player RAY ALLEN, who was born in 1975; model GISELE BUNDCHEN, who was born in 1980; singer and songwriter KIM CARNES, who was born in 1946; artist and feminist JUDY CHICAGO, who was born in 1939; actor JOHN DALEY, who was born in 1985; hockey player PAVEL DATSYUK, who was born in 1978; actress DONNA DIXON, who was born in 1957; hockey manager and former player PETER FORSBERG, who was born in 1973; actor JOSH HOLLOWAY, who was born in 1969; professional dancer JULIANNE HOUGH, who was born in 1988; actor and singer SALLY ANN HOWES, who was born in 1930; sports executive MICHAEL ILITCH, who was born in 1929; author CORMAC McCARTHY, who was born in 1933; U.S. Sen. BARBARA ANN MIKULSKI, who was born in 1936; President of Mexico ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, who was born in 1966; Hall of Fame soccer player CLAUDIO REYNA, who was born in 1973; Tony Award-winning actress DIANA RIGG, who was born in 1938; musician CARLOS SANTANA, who was born in 1947; and actor DEAN WINTERS, who was born in 1964.

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THE GENEVA ACCORDS WERE SIGNED ON THIS DAY IN 1954. The ceasefire that ended the First Indochina War was signed in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of the commanders in chief of French forces at Vietnam and the People’s Army of Vietnam. A further declaration of the Geneva Conference was released on July 21, 1954. Among the provisions of the agreement were partition, foreign troop withdrawal and elections for a unified government within two years.

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SIR EDMUND PERCIVAL HILLARY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1919. The explorer and mountaineer, along with Tenzing Norgay, a Sherpa guide, became the first to ascend the summit of Mount Everest in May 1953. Hillary died in New Zealand in 2008.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE LOCUST PLAGUE OF 1874. Long a pest in the American Midwest, the Rocky Mountain locust became an even bigger threat in the summer of 1874. Beginning in late July, the largest recorded swarm of this insect descended on the Great Plains. It is estimated that 124 billion insects formed a swarm 1,800 miles long and 110 miles wide that ranged from Canada and the Dakotas down to Texas. Contemporary accounts said that the locusts blocked out the sun and devastated farms in mere minutes. The swarms continued in smaller size for the next several years and caused an estimated $200 million in crop destruction.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST-EVER SPECIAL OLYMPICS. In 1968, the International Special Olympics Competition was held in Illinois as an international year-round program of sports training and competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. More than 3.5 million athletes in more than 170 countries train and compete in 32 Olympic-style summer and winter sports. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with disabilities continuing opportunities to develop fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy as they participate in the sharing of gifts and friendship with other athletes, their families and the community.

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

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“It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people can’t be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it.” — Cormac McCarthy, who was born on this day in 1933


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