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MILESTONES: September 19, birthdays for Jimmy Fallon, Soledad O’Brien, Alison Sweeney

September 19, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Jimmy Fallon. Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former baseball player Jim Abbott, who was born in 1967; talk show host, comedian and actor Jimmy Fallon, who was born in Brooklyn in 1974; actor and director Kevin Hooks, who was born in 1958; Oscar Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons, who was born in 1948; broadcast journalist Joan Lunden, who was born in 1951; actor Randolph Mantooth, who was born in 1945; actor David McCallum, who was born in 1933; sportscaster and Hall of Fame baseball player Joe Morgan, who was born in 1943; TV journalist Soledad O’Brien, who was born in 1966; actor and dancer Columbus Short, who was born in 1982; actress Alison Sweeney, who was born in 1976; actress and model Twiggy, who was born in 1949; singer, actor and Oscar Award-winning composer Paul Williams, who was born in 1940; and singer Trisha Yearwood, who was born in 1964.

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THE ICEMAN MUMMY WAS DISCOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1991. At 10,531 feet in the Austrian-Italian Alps, two hikers discovered a 5,300-year-old frozen mummy from late Neolithic times. The man carried a rough bow and arrows as well as a copper ax and wore a grass cloak for warmth. His shoes were made from bearskin, deer hide and tree bark. He now rests as a frozen exhibit at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy. The “Iceman” was gently thawed in September 2000 in order for scientists to conduct valuable DNA analysis and determine his last meal.

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WILLIAM GOLDING WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1911. Born in Cornwall, England, the celebrated author was recognized for his contributions to literature with a Nobel Prize in 1983. His first and most popular novel was “Lord of the Flies.” Golding died in 1993 in Cornwall.

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“THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW” PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 1970. One of the most popular sitcoms of the ’70s, the show combined good writing, an effective supporting cast and contemporary attitudes. The show centered around the two most important places in Mary Richards’ (Mary Tyler Moore) life — the WJM-TV newsroom and her apartment. At home she shared the ups and downs of life with her friend Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper) and the manager of her apartment building Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman). At work, as the associate producer (later producer) of “The Six O’Clock News,” Mary struggled to function in a man’s world. Figuring in her professional life were her irascible boss, Lou Grant (Ed Asner), levelheaded and softhearted news writer Murray Slaughter (Gavin MacLeod) and narcissistic anchorman Ted Baxter (Ted Knight). In the last of 168 episodes, everyone in the WJM newsroom except the inept Ted was fired.

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

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“Language fits over experience like a straitjacket.” — William Golding, who was born on this day in 1911