MILESTONES: March 11, birthdays for Sam Donaldson, Rupert Murdoch, Bobby McFerrin
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor John Barrowman, who was born in 1967; basketball player Elton Brand, who was born in 1979; astronaut Curtis Brown Jr., who was born in 1956; journalist Sam Donaldson, who was born in 1934; soccer player Didier Drogba, who was born in 1978; actor Terrence Howard, who was born in 1969; actress Alex Kingston, who was born in 1963; actor Elias Koteas, who was born in 1961; singer/songwriter Bobby McFerrin, who was born in 1950; former Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, who was born in 1962; media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who was born in 1931; and writer/producer Jerry Zucker, who was born in 1950.
ON THIS DAY IN 2004, four Spanish commuter trains were bombed in Madrid by terrorists just days before the country’s elections. In total, 191 people were killed, and some 1,800 were injured.
MARKING THE ANNIVERSARY of the death of John Chapman, in 1845, Johnny Appleseed Day is marked each year. Chapman – who was born in Massachusetts and died in Indiana — was renowned for planting orchards.
ON THIS DATE IN 1936, late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was born in Trenton, N.J. He died in Texas in 2016, having served on the high court for three decades.
ON THIS DATE IN 1544, Italian Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso was born in Sorrento. Tasso was best known for the epic poem, “Jerusalem Delivered.” He died in Rome in 1595.
ON THIS DATE IN 1903, bandleader Lawrence Welk – one of the TV performance pioneers of the 1950s – was born in Strasburg, N.D. Best known for “Champagne Music,” Welk’s eponymous show was broadcast on ABC from 1955 till 1971. Welk died in 1992 in Santa Monica, Cal.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“In every life we have some trouble,
But when you worry you make it double,
Don’t worry, be happy,
Don’t worry, be happy now.”
— Bobby McFerrin
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