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MILESTONES: November 15, birthdays for Shailene Woodley, Lily Aldridge, B.O.B.

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November 15, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Shailene Woodley. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 321st day of the year.

On this day in 1947, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported on the general strike that the Italian Communist Party called. But it was a development closer to home that alarmed local leaders and the citizenry: plans to seize the Brooklyn Friends School’s property at 110 Schermerhorn St. to build a modern $5.2 million prison to replace the Raymond Street Jail. The city planners faced a wall of resistance. Helping to save the school was the fact that the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) had recently been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and leaders deemed it offensive to then demolish a Quaker school. The Brooklyn Friends School, now at a larger complex, marks its 150th anniversary this year.

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On this day in 1920, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page carried an Associated Press story on the first assembly of the newly formed League of Nations — absent any U.S. delegates. That first meeting, which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, chosen for the country’s neutral status, began with a parade of delegates from 41 nations. “Never before in the history of the world, it is believed, had the flags of so many nations flown together,” the story read. Some of the critical issues to be tackled included the particularly explosive Danzig Question (Polish sea access and the creation of the Polish Corridor that divided Germany); protecting racial and religious minorities in the Balkans; the Commission on Mandates (Allied governance over former German and Turkish territories deemed not ready to govern themselves); and the admission of Germany and its allies. Another front-page story addressed the need for the U.S. to join the League.

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On this day in 1940, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported on the Nazi air raid that destroyed the industrial city of Coventry in south-central England. The Luftwaffe blitz destroyed the 14th-century Cathedral Church of St. Michael’s, famously known as Coventry Cathedral. The cathedral, which has been rebuilt, dates back to the medieval period and is the home of the legend in which Lady Godiva rode naked on horseback on behalf of her people to protest her nobleman husband’s imposition of a harsh tax on the people. The Luftwaffe’s Coventry Blitz on Nov. 14-15 left 1,000 dead, with more people wounded and homeless … Another story reported on the Royal Air Force’s air raid on German railways.

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On this day in 1953, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that Mayor-elect Robert Wagner (a Democrat) decided to keep Abraham Beame on as New York City budget director. He did this to keep his promise to have the most-qualified man for that job. Beame, also a Democrat, would later become NYC’s 104th mayor (1974-77), presiding over the city during one of its worst fiscal crises.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include supermodel LILY ALDRIDGE, who was born in 1985; actor ED ASNER, who was born in 1929; musician and conductor DANIEL BARENBOIM, who was born in 1942; actress JOANNA BARNES, who was born in 1934; rapper and pop star B.O.B., who was born in 1988; singer and actress PETULA CLARK, who was born in 1932; actress BEVERLY D’ANGELO, who was born in 1951; musician and bandleader KEVIN EUBANKS, who was born in 1957; actor YAPHET KOTTO, who was born in 1939; actor JONNY LEE MILLER, who was born in 1972; actor SAM WATERSTON, who was born in 1940; and actress SHAILENE WOODLEY, who was born in 1991.

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ALLEN PHOG WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1885. The basketball player and coach was instrumental in having the sport added to the Olympic program in 1936. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959. Phog died in Kansas in 1974.

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TODAY IS AMERICA RECYCLES DAY. A program of Keep America Beautiful, it is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. For more information, visit americarecyclesday.org.

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GEORGIA O’KEEFFE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1887. Described as one of the most important American artists of the 20th century, she is known for her desert landscapes and flower studies. O’Keeffe died in New Mexico in 1986.

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WILLIAM HERSCHEL WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1738. He was the most renowned astronomer of his time, discovering the planet Uranus as well as its two moons, more than 2,000 nebulae and star clusters and Jupiter’s moons. He built a 20-foot reflecting telescope and systematically began to study the sky. Herschel became the first to observe sunspots and confirm the gaseous nature of the sun, note the movement of the solar system through space and identify the infrared range of sunlight. He died in England in 1822.

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MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE will host “Emergency Community Town Hall to Protect Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status and Pass the DREAM Act” tonight at 6 p.m. at the college at 1638 Bedford Ave. in Crown Heights. The emergency community town hall will focus on ways to protect immigrants living in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status and push Congress to pass the DREAM Act. The event is hosted by Medgar Evers College Center for Law and Social Justice and MomsRising, a national online and on-the-ground organization of more than 1 million mothers and their families. The evening will include representatives from BAJI, MEC Citizenship CUNY, Mixteca, UndocuBlack, Make the Road NY, National Immigration Law Center and Adhikaar. For more information, or to RSVP to attend the meeting, contact Madison Donzis at [email protected].  

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

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“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” — Georgia O’Keeffe, who was born on this day in 1887


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