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MILESTONES: December 12, birthdays for Mayim Bialik, Yuvraj Singh, Regina Hall

December 12, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Mayim Bialik Photo by Peter Barreras/Invision/AP

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Hall of Fame tennis player Tracy Ann Austin, who was in 1962; Emmy Award-winning TV personality and game show host Bob Barker, who was born in 1923; actress Mayim Bialik, who was born in 1975; Oscar Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, who was born in 1970; singer and musician Sheila E., who was born in 1957; singer Connie Francis, who was born in 1938; actor Robert Lindsay, who was born in 1949; Hall of Fame basketball player Bob Pettit Jr., who was born in 1932; Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby, who was born in 1952; cricket player Yuvraj Singh, who was born in 1981; and singer Dionne Warwick, who was born in 1940.”

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TODAY IS POINSETTIA DAY. It is a day to enjoy poinsettias and to honor Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, the American diplomat who introduced into the U.S. the Central American plant that is named for him. Poinsett also served as a member of Congress and as secretary of war. He died in South Carolina in 1851.

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JOSEPH HAYNE RAINEY WAS SWORN INTO THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THIS DAY IN 1870. He was the first black person to serve in the House. Rainey served until 1879.

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GUSTAVE FLAUBERT WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1821. The French author is best known for one of the greatest 19th-century novels, “Madame Bovary.” He died in France in 1880.

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FRANK SINATRA WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1915. He matured from a teen idol to the premier singer of American popular music. Known as the “Chairman of the Board” to his fans, he made more than 200 albums. His signature songs include “New York, New York” and “All the Way.” His film career includes musicals “On the Town” and “Pal Joey” and two gritty films: “From Here to Eternity,” for which he won an Oscar, and “The Man with the Golden Arm.” Sinatra died in Los Angeles in 1998.

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

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“The art of creation is older than the art of killing.” — Ed Koch, who was born on this day in 1924

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