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MILESTONES: December 19, birthdays for Alyssa Milano, Richard Hammond, Ronan Farrow

December 19, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Alyssa Milano Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress JENNIFER BEALS, who was born in 1963; TV personality, human rights advocate and journalist RONAN FARROW, who was born in 1987; country singer JANIE FRICKE, who was born in 1947; actor JAKE GYLLENHAAL, who was born in 1980; TV personality RICHARD HAMMOND, who was born in 1969; anthropologist RICHARD E. LEAKEY, who was born in 1944; Hall of Fame basketball player KEVIN McHALE, who was born in 1944; actress ALYSSA MILANO, who was born in Brooklyn in 1972; U.S. Sen. ROB PORTMAN, who was born in 1955; actor TIM REID, who was born in 1966; and actress KRISTY SWANSON, who was born in 1969.

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THE FIRST RADIO BROADCAST WAS TRANSMITTED FROM SPACE ON THIS DAY IN 1958. U.S. Earth satellite Atlas transmitted the first radio voice broadcast from space, a 58-word recorded Christmas greeting from President Dwight D. Eisenhower that included this message: “To all mankind America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere.”

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CARTER GODWIN WOODSON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1875. The historian is known for introducing black studies to colleges and universities. Known as the father of black history, he inaugurated Negro History Week. Woodson was working on a six-volume Encyclopaedia Africana when he died in Washington, D.C. in 1950.

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“TITANIC” WAS RELEASED ON THIS DAY IN 1997. It was the most expensive film made (up to that time) at $200 million. The film was written and directed by James Cameron, featured the drama of star-crossed lovers (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet), paired with the special-effects re-creation of the 1912 ocean liner’s first and last voyage. It won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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ROBERT B. SHERMAN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1925. With his brother Richard, Brooklyn-born Robert Sherman formed a successful songwriting partnership that created such classics as “It’s a Small World (After All),” as well as “Chim Chim Cheree” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” both from “Mary Poppins.” An expressive writer and thinker, Sherman said that his combat experience in World War II influenced his later songwriting work, which often explored themes of joy, happiness and a generally hopeful outlook for society. He died in London in 2012.

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

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“Every journey starts with fear.” — Jake Gyllenhaal, who was born on this day in 1980

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