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January 3, 2019 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Angela Yee Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include poet and illustrator Joan Walsh Anglund, who was born in 1926; actress Nicole Beharie, who was born in 1985; actor Dabney Coleman, who was born in 1932; pop singer Erick Brian Colon, who was born in 2001; actor Mel Gibson, who was born in 1956; Hall of Fame hockey player Bobby Hull, who was born in 1939; football player Eli Manning, who was born in 1981; actress Danica McKellar, who was born in 1975; actress Victoria Principal, who was born in 1950; NYC radio host Angela Yee, who was born in 1976; and musician Stephen Stills, who was born in 1945.

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1892. The author, professor, medieval scholar and philologist is best known for his sagas of Middle Earth: “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings,” which introduced the world to hobbits, elves, orcs and more. These novels are some of the most influential fantasies of the 20th century. Tolkien’s works have been translated into more than 60 languages and remain best-sellers. Made a commander of the British Empire in 1972, he died in England in 1973.

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LUCRETIA MOTT WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1793. The American teacher, minister and antislavery leader was one of the founders of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. She died in Pennsylvania in 1880.

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MARION DAVIES WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1897. The Brooklyn-born actress made her first appearance on film in 1917. Her romantic and professional involvement with newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst ensured the type of publicity that would launch her to stardom. Her films include “When Knighthood Was in Flower,” “The Patsy” and “Show People.” Davies died in 1961 in California.

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“THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW” PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 1989. Arsenio Hall became the first African American to host a successful syndicated late-night talk show. The show attracted a younger audience than that of Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show” and effectively limited the impact of CBS’s 1989 late-night entry, “The Pat Sajak Show.” Hall was successful in booking soul and rap music acts that had rarely been seen on other shows. His was also the show on which presidential candidate Bill Clinton appeared, playing the saxophone in dark glasses. Hall was named by “TV Guide” in June 1990 as its first TV Person of the Year.

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THE DRINKING STRAW WAS PATENTED ON THIS DAY IN 1888. Marvin Stone’s drinking straw made out of paraffin-covered paper replaced natural rye straws.

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

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“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” — writer J. R. R. Tolkien, who was born on this day in 1892

 

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