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MILESTONES: January 11, birthdays for Mary J. Blige, Naomi Judd, Lil Twist

January 11, 2019 Brooklyn Daily Eagle

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include singer Mary J. Blige, who was born in 1971; 20th Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chretien, who was born in 1934; golfer Ben Daniel Crenshaw, who was born in 1952; columnist and author Jim Hightower, who was born in 1943; country singer Naomi Judd, who was born in 1946; actress Christine Kaufmann, who was born in 1945; rapper Lil Twist, who was born in 1993; actress Phyllis Logan, who was born in 1956; actress Amanda Peet, who was born in 1972; children’s rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Kailash Satyarthi, who was born in 1954; singer Cody Simpson, who was born in 1997; TV executive Grant Tinker, who was born in 1925; and actor Stanley Tucci, who was born in 1960.

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ALEXANDER HAMILTON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1755. The American founding father, diplomat, soldier and co-author of “The Federalist Papers” was appointed by George Washington to serve as first secretary of the treasury in 1789. In that position, Hamilton established the basis for all future American fiscal policy. He was mortally wounded in a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804 in New Jersey.

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THE FIRST BLACK SOUTHERN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR WAS SWORN IN ON THIS DAY in 1986. L. Douglas Wilder was sworn in as lieutenant governor of Virginia. He was the first black person elected to statewide office in the South since Reconstruction. He later served as governor of Virginia.

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WILLIAM JAMES WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1842. The American psychologist and philosopher of the pragmatist school is considered the father of American psychology. Key works include “The Principles of Psychology,” Essays in Radical Empiricism” and “The Will to Believe.” Born in New York City of the distinguished family that included his brother novelist Henry James, he died in New Hampshire in 1910.

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ALICE PAUL WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1885. The women’s rights leader and founder of the National Woman’s Party in 1913 was an advocate of an equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. She died in New Jersey in 1977.

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THE FIRST BLACK SOUTHERN LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR WAS SWORN IN ON THIS DAY in 1986. L. Douglas Wilder was sworn in as lieutenant governor of Virginia. He was the first black person elected to statewide office in the South since Reconstruction. He later served as governor of Virginia.

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

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“There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.” — psychologist William James, who was born on this day in 1842