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MILESTONES: January 8, birthdays for Noah Cyrus, Genevieve Padalecki, David Silva

January 8, 2019 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include singer Shirley Bassey, who was born in 1937; pop singer Noah Cyrus, who was born in 2000; game show host Bob Eubanks, who was born in 1937; pianist Vladimir Feltsman, who was born in 1952; baseball player Jeff Francoeur, who was born in 1984; baseball player Jason Giambi, who was born in 1971; actress Kathleen Noone, who was born in 1946; journalist Charles Osgood, who was born in 1933; and actress Genevieve Padalecki, who was born in 1981.

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DAVID BOWIE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1947. A relentless creative who explored rock, folk, electronic music, film and visual art in a career that spanned five decades, Bowie (born David Jones) defined pop stardom as a chameleonic innovator. From his hit debut, 1969’s “Space Oddity,” through his outsized Ziggy Stardust persona of 1972 and onward to numerous experiments in spectacle and showmanship, his work shapeshifted freely over three decades. He explored photography and post-Modernist painting, acted in films, mounted ambitious world tours and retained his status as a pop icon well into the 21st century. “Blackstar,” his last album, was released two days before his death in New York in 2016.

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THE EARTH’S ROTATION WAS PROVED ON THIS DAY IN 1851. In his Paris home, using a device now called Foucault’s pendulum, physicist Jean Foucault demonstrated that Earth rotates on its axis.

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ELVIS PRESLEY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1935. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll.” Presley died in August of 1977 in Tennessee.

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TODAY IS ARGYLE DAY. It is a day to bring some brightness to winter by wearing argyle print — not just socks: anything with the diagonal diamond pattern. The more argyle, the better.

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JOSE FERRER WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1912. The Puerto Rican award-winning actor, producer, writer and director was nominated three times for an Academy Award and won Best actor for his role in “Cyrano de Bergerac.” In addition, Ferrer was awarded Tonys and Critics’ Circle Prizes during half a century in the entertainment world. He died in 1992 in Florida.

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

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“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” — David Bowie, who was born

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