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MILESTONES: August 15, birthdays for Ben Affleck, Debra Messing, Jennifer Lawrence

August 15, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Ben Affleck. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 227th day of the year.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Oscar Award-winning screenwriter, director and actor BEN AFFLECK, who was born in 1972; actor, writer and producer ANTHONY ANDERSON, who was born in 1970; PRINCESS ANNE OF THE U.K., who was born in 1950; U.S. Associate Justice STEPHEN G. BREYER, who was born in 1938; journalist LINDA ELLERBEE, who was born in 1944; Oscar Award-winning director and screenwriter ALEJANDRO INARRITU, who was born in 1963; actor ZELJKO IVANEK, who was born in 1957; singer JOE JONAS, who was born in 1989; civil rights leader VERNON JORDAN JR., who was born in 1935; Oscar Award-winning actress JENNIFER LAWRENCE, who was born in 1990; actress DEBRA MESSING, who was born in Brooklyn in 1968; and Olympic beach volleyball gold medalist KERRI WALSH, who was born in 1978.

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NAPOLEON BONAPARTE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1769. The French emperor was born on the island of Corsica and reigned as emperor from 1804–1815. He died in exile on May 5, 1821, on the island of St. Helena.

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JULIA CHILD WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1912. America’s beloved food authority, who didn’t take a cooking lesson until she was in her 30s, was born in Pasadena, California. Child’s cookbooks and television shows (most famously, “The French Chef”) encouraged Americans to cook and eat well and to be skeptical of food fads and diet strictures. “Cooking is not a chore; it is a joy,” Child believed. She died in California in 2004.

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SIR WALTER SCOTT WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1771. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the famed poet and novelist wrote, “But no one shall find me rowing against the stream,” in the introduction to “The Fortunes of Nigel,” continuing, “I care not who knows it — I write for the general amusement.” Scott died in Scotland in 1832.

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

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“If you believe in your heart that you are right, you must fight with all your might to do it your way. Only dead fish swim with the stream all the time.” — Linda Ellerbee, who was born on this day in 1944


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