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MILESTONES: September 21, birthdays for Stephen King, Faith Hill, Nicole Richie

September 21, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Stephen King. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was born in 1954; Oscar Award-winning filmmaker Ethan Coen, who was born in 1957; former baseball player CECIL GRANT FIELDER, who was born in 1963; actress and author FANNIE FLAGG, who was born in 1944; Hall of Fame basketball player ARTIS GILMORE, who was born in 1949; country singer FAITH HILL, who was born in 1967; author STEPHEN KING, who was born in 1947; TV journalist BILL KURTIS, who was born in 1940; talk show host and actress RICKI LAKE, who was born in 1968; actor ROB MORROW, who was born in 1962; comedian and actor BILL MURRAY, who was born in 1950; TV personality and fashion designer NICOLE RICHIE, who was born in 1981; former U.S. Poet Laureate KAY RYAN, who was born in 1945; actress NANCY TRAVIS, who was born in 1961; and actor LUKE WILSON, who was born in 1971.

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HERBERT GEORGE WELLS WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1866. The English novelist and historian wrote such popular books as “The Time Machine,” “The Invisible Man,” “The War of the Worlds” and “The Outline of History,” among others. His contributions to the development of science fiction as a genre were profound, and he was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921, 1932, 1935 and 1946. He died in 1946. Wells once wrote, “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”

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“THE HOBBIT” WAS PUBLISHED ON THIS DAY IN 1937. University professor J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic featuring Bilbo Baggins was published by George Allen & Unwin in the United Kingdom. Well received by critics and the public, it has never been out of print. Its international success spurred Tolkien to amplify his world of hobbits, dwarves, elves and dragons in “The Lord of the Rings” in the 1950s.

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LEONARD COHEN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1934. The Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work that explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality and more. He was the writer of the famous ballad “Hallelujah.”

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HURRICANE HUGO HIT THE AMERICAN COAST ON THIS DAY IN 1989. After ravaging the Virgin Islands, Hugo hit the American coast in Charleston, South Carolina. In its wake, Hugo left destruction totaling at least $8 billion.

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

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — author Stephen King, who was born on this day in 1947

 

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