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

November 15, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Shailene Woodley. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
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ON THIS DAY IN 1860, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Last night the Wide Awakes gave vent to their enthusiasm at the recent victory of the party, for whose success they labored so earnestly, by a parade. The companies participating were the South Brooklyn Irrepressibles, Lincoln Battalion of the Rocky Mountain Club, Eleventh Ward Zouaves and Eleventh Ward Wide-Awakes. They formed on Montague Street about 8 o’clock, where they received the City Wide Awakes from New York. The line of march was then taken up through Henry, Union and Court streets, First Place, Clinton, Pierrepont, Hicks, Clark, Fulton, Tillary and Adams streets, Myrtle Avenue, Prince, Willoughby and Duffield streets, Fulton Avenue to the City Hall, where the procession was dismissed. The torches, the music, the steady bearing and the picturesque effect of the lights and the uniforms attracted a large crowd in the several streets through which the procession passed. Several banners were carried in the procession, one of which bore Jefferson’s apothegm — ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1889, the Eagle reported, “The World newspaper writer, who uses the pen name of Nellie Bly, and the book reviewer of the Cosmopolitan magazine, Miss Elizabeth Bisland, have become rivals in a novel task. The newspaper has started Nellie Bly around the earth eastward and the magazine has started Miss Bisland around the earth westward. The object of each is to accomplish the circuit of the globe in the shortest possible time, and each will be desirous of traveling more quickly than the other. Nellie Bly left on a steamer for Southampton yesterday morning. Miss Bisland left for the Pacific Coast on the Central Hudson express at 6 o’clock last night. The ocean voyager did not know the railway traveler was to undertake the trip, because arrangements for the latter were not made until the programme of Nellie Bly’s journey had been announced. Each is expected to arrive in New York about the 25th of January, the object being to ascertain if the journey can be made inside of 75 days.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1915, the Eagle reported, “Dr. Booker T. Washington, leader of the Negro race in America, and president of the Tuskegee Institute at Tuskegee, Alabama, died yesterday from hardening of the arteries at his home, near the institute, only a few hours after arriving there from New York City, where he had been under treatment in St. Luke’s Hospital all last week … His funeral will be held on Wednesday morning from Tuskegee Institute, the school for Negroes which he founded, and for which he worked with unflagging zeal during all of his active career … Dr. Washington was born a slave on the plantation of a family named Burrows, at Hale’s Ford, Virginia, probably in April 1856. He did not know the exact date of his birth, for in those days records were seldom kept of the birth of slave children, and all he knew about it was what he could gather from hearsay in after years.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “London, Nov. 15 (U.P.) — Princess Elizabeth rested comfortably at Buckingham Palace today after the birth of her first son, a prince who may someday be king, and all Britain threw off its somber austerity reserve for a rousing celebration. The prince, second in line to the British throne after his mother, arrived at 9:14 p.m. (4:14 p.m. Brooklyn time) yesterday. Elizabeth, 22, was in labor less than two hours, and the delivery was understood to have been relatively easy … The Daily Express speculated that the child would be known as Prince George of Edinburgh. Elizabeth was known to have a strong preference for the inclusion of the name of her father, King George, in that of her firstborn … Several hundred persons gathered this morning before the palace where 10,000 massed last night when the birth was imminent and shouted their regard for the members of the royal family. Of Philip they roared, ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.’”

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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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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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