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MILESTONES: September 25, birthdays for Will Smith, Barbara Walters, Mark Hamill

September 25, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Will Smith. Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP
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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former basketball player CHAUNCEY BILLUPS, who was born in 1976; actor TATE DONOVAN, who was born in 1963; Oscar Award-winning actor, producer and director MICHAEL DOUGLAS, who was born in 1944; actor JORDAN GAVARIS, who was born in 1989; actor MARK HAMILL, who was born in 1951; TV personality JAMIE HYNEMAN, who was born in 1956; actress HEATHER LOCKLEAR, who was born in 1961; actor MICHAEL MADSEN, who was born in 1957; actor LEE NORRIS, who was born in 1981; sportscaster and Hall of Fame basketball player SCOTTIE PIPPEN, who was born in 1965; actor and singer WILL SMITH, who was born in 1968; actor ROBERT WALDEN, who was born in 1943; TV journalist BARBARA WALTERS, who was born in 1929; and Oscar Award-winning actress CATHERINE ZETA-JONES, who was born in 1969.

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CHRISTOPHER REEVE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1952. The actor was best known for his portrayal of the title character in “Superman” and three sequels during the 1980s. After being paralyzed in a horseback riding accident, he was confined to a wheelchair and became an activist for spinal-cord research and awareness. Reeve died in New York in 2004.

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WALTER WESLEY “RED” SMITH WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1905. The Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist and newspaperman for 54 years, Red Smith was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He is considered by many to be the “nation’s most respected sportswriter.” Smith’s columns appeared in almost 500 newspapers. Smith died in Connecticut in 1982.

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WILLIAM FAULKNER WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1897. The Nobel Prize-winning novelist changed the style and structure of the American novel. Faulkner’s first novel, “Soldiers’ Pay,” was published in 1926. His best-known book, “The Sound and the Fury,” appeared in 1929. From 1930 until the onset of World War II, he published an incredible body of work. In June 1962 Faulkner published his last novel “The Reivers.”  Faulkner died in 1962 in Minnesota.

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SHEL SILVERSTEIN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1930. The cartoonist and children’s author, best remembered for his poetry — which includes “A Light in the Attic” and “The Giving Tree” — won the Michigan Young Reader’s Award for “Where the Sidewalk Ends.” Also a songwriter, he wrote “The Unicorn Song” and “A Boy Named Sue.” Born at Chicago, Illinois, he died in Key West, Florida, in 1999.

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

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“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” — William Faulkner, who was born on this day in 1897


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