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July 25, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Actor Matt LeBlanc celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 206th day of the year.

Notable people born on this day include Iman and Matt LeBlanc, among others.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1913, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published a front-page article titled “Cahill a Suicide Is Police Theory; Wife Scouts Idea.”

The article focused on a police officer who was shot with his own gun.

“There was no doubt that his wife regarded the suicide story as a convenient theory adopted by the police to provide an easy way out of a difficult case and cover up the fact that the keenest sleuths of the department were sadly at fault,” the Eagle reported.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include WWE superstar FINN BALOR, who was born in 1981; journalist and author MIDGE DECTER, who was born in 1927; actress ILLEANA DOUGLAS, who was born in 1965; model and actress IMAN, who was born in 1955; actor JAMES LAFFERTY, who was born in 1985; actor MATT LeBLANC, who was born in 1967; and former hockey player EVGENI NABAKOV, who was born in 1975.

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BENITO MUSSOLINI WAS OUSTED ON THIS DAY IN 1943. Two weeks after the Allied attack on Sicily began, the Fascist Grand Council met for the first time since December 1939 and took a confidence vote resulting in Mussolini’s being removed from office and placed under arrest. Italy’s King Victor Emmanuel ordered Marshal Pietro Badoglio to form a new government.

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JACK GILFORD WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1907. The American was blacklisted for 10 years following refusal to answer questions before the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s. Despite this, he appeared in many films, stage productions and television programs, including an Academy Award–nominated role opposite Jack Lemmon in “Save the Tiger” and his best-known role as Hysterium in the stage and film versions of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” He died in New York City in 1990.

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BOB DYLAN PERFORMED AT NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL ON THIS DAY IN 1965. Twenty-four-year-old folk star Dylan rocked the Newport Folk Festival — literally — by playing an electric set on stage. Those in the audience responded with catcalls or silence. At the festival, he brought a backing band, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and blasted out “Maggie’s Farm” and “Like a Rolling Stone.” It was a short set — which festival organizers threatened to make shorter by cutting the sound cables — but it went down in music history as the day that Dylan “went electric.”

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY WILL HOST “THE AMAZING AND Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation” tonight at 6:30 p.m. Long before Pixar, “The Simpsons,” “WB Looney Tunes” and Walt Disney became synonymous with cartoons, American animation was born and bred in Brooklyn. Animators John Canemaker and Jennifer Oxley, collector Tommy Stathes and archivist David Kay will host a panel exploring the past, present and future of Brooklyn animation, featuring clips from Winsor McCay (“Gertie the Dinosaur”), Fleischer Studios (“Ko-ko the Clown,” “Betty Boop”), 100 Chickens Productions (“PEG + CAT”) and more. 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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“It’s really not a good idea to forecast or double guess the fates; you will always be fooled.” — Iman, who was born on this day in 1955


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