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MILESTONES: February 21, birthdays for Jordan Peele, Ashley Greene, Sophie Turner

February 21, 2019 Brooklyn Daily Eagle

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor Christopher Atkins, who was born in 1961; actor William Baldwin, who was born in 1963; singer and actor Corbin Bleu, who was born in 1989; actor Tituss Burgess, who was born in 1979; singer and musician Mary Chapin Carpenter, who was born in 1958; singer Charlotte Church, who was born in 1986; actor Jack Coleman, who was born in 1958; Emmy Award-winning actor Tyne Daly, who was born in 1947; actress Christine Ebersole, who was born in 1953; record company executive David Geffen, who was born in 1944; actor Kelsey Grammer, who was born in 1955; actress Ashley Greene, who was born in 1987; actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, who was born in 1979; former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who was born in 1956; actor Gary Lockwood, who was born in 1937; actress Ellen Page, who was born in 1987; actor and comedian Jordan Peele, who was born in 1979; actor William Petersen, who was born in 1953; and actress Sophie Turner, who was born in 1996.

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MALCOLM X WAS ASSASSINATED ON THIS DAY IN 1965. Just as he began a speech to his newly formed Organization of Afro-American Unity, the black activist and leader was gunned down by several men standing among the 400-plus crowd in the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. The assassination occurred barely a week after his Queens home was firebombed. Three men were convicted of the murder in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison (two were released in the 1980s and the third won parole in 2010).

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TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY. Since 2000, it has been a day to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It is observed on the anniversary of the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

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W.H. AUDEN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1907. The Pulitzer Prize–winning poet is best-known for his poems “Funeral Blues,” “The Shield of Achilles” and “For the Time Being.” He died in Austria in 1973.


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NINA SIMONE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1933. The blues and jazz singer was initially determined to become a concert pianist, but instead found a career as a singer of a wide range of musical genres in which she could put her uniquely raw and emotional voice on display. Simone was an ardent supporter of the 1950s and ’60s civil rights movement. She died in France in 2003.

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ERMA BOMBECK WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1927. The humorist and writer authored many books, including “The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank.” Bombeck died in California in 1996.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT NIXON’S TRIP TO CHINA. Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit any country not diplomatically recognized by the US when he went to the People’s Republic of China for meetings with Chairman Mao Tse-tung and Premier Chou En-lai. Nixon arrived at Peking on this date in 1972 and departed China on Feb. 28.

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

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“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” — Malcolm X, who was assassinated on this day in 1965

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