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MILESTONES: February 20, birthdays for Rihanna, Cindy Crawford, Justin Verlander

February 20, 2019 Brooklyn Daily Eagle

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include sportscaster Charles Barkley, who was born in 1963; actress Brenda Blethyn, who was born in 1946; former Prime Minister of Britain Gordon Brown, who was born in 1951; model and actress Cindy Crawford, who was born in 1966; actress Sandy Duncan, who was born in 1946; actor Ron Eldard, who was born in 1963; hockey executive Phil Esposito, who was born in 1942; basketball player Stephon Marbury, who was born in 1977; U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who was born in 1942; actress Jennifer O’Neill, who was born in 1948; Oscar Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier, who was born in 1927; singer Rihanna, who was born in 1988; folksinger Buffy Sainte-Marie, who was born in 1941; newspaper heiress, kidnap victim and actress Patty Hearst Shaw, who was born in 1954; actor French Stewart, who was born in 1964; actor Peter Strauss, who was born in 1947; actress Lili Taylor, who was born in 1967; auto racer Bobby Unser, who was born in 1934; fashion designer and artist Gloria Vanderbilt, who was born in 1924; and baseball player Justin Verlander, who was born in 1983.

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FREDERICK DOUGLASS DIED ON THIS DAY IN 1895. Douglass was an American journalist, orator and antislavery leader. His original name before his escapes from slavery was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERARY OF THE CLOSEST APPROACH OF A COMET TO EARTH. An unnamed comet came within 860,000 miles of Earth on this date in 1491. By comparison, the closest approach that Halley’s Comet made to Earth was in April 837 A.D. at 3 million miles.

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TODAY IS WORLD DAY FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE. Observance of this day should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

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ROBERT ALTMAN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1925. The iconoclastic filmmaker was a master of satire, ensemble casts and the long take. His long and lauded career included such classic films as “M*A*S*H,” “McCabe and Mrs. Miller,” “Nashville,” “The Player” and “Gosford Park.” Altman received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 2006. Born in Missouri, Altman died in 2006 in Los Angeles.

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

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“We are not put on this earth to see through one another. We are put on this earth to see one another through.” ― Gloria Vanderbilt, who was born on this day in 1924

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