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MILESTONES: April 8, birthdays for Patricia Arquette, Ron Johnson, John Schneider

April 8, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress Patricia Arquette, who was born in 1968; comedian Shecky Greene, who was born in 1926; Hall of Fame basketball player John J. Havlicek, who was born in 1940; journalist Seymour Hersh, who was born in 1937; Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, who was born in 1955; author Barbara Kingsolver, who was born in 1955; musician Julian Lennon, who was born in 1963; actor Stuart Pankin, who was born in 1946; actress Katee Sackhoff, who was born in 1980; actor John Schneider, who was born in 1960; designer Vivienne Westwood, who was born in 1941 and actress Robin Wright, who was born in 1966.

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FORMER FIRST LADY Betty Ford, who was married to Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States, was born on this day in 1918 in Chicago. Born Elizabeth Ann Bloomer, Ford advocated strongly for women’s rights, breast cancer awareness and drug and gun control. An early model of the activist first lady, Ford was also frank about her own battle with addiction, raising awareness of it as a disease. She died in 2011.

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“HAMMERING HANK” AARON lived up to his nickname on this day in 1974, when he hit his 715th career home run, breaking the record held by Babe Ruth, which had been set in 1935. Aaron was an Atlanta Brave at the time he set a new Major League home run record.

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AMERICA’S SWEETHEART, actress Mary Pickford was born on this day in 1892. Pickford, who starred in such films as “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” and Pollyanna,” lived in Brooklyn during her career, and made films at the historic Vitagraph Studios at Avenue M and East 14th Street. Among her husbands was swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks. She was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Canada. She appeared in 52 films, mostly during the silent film era. She died May 29, 1979.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, which provided for the direct election of senators, was ratified. Previously, senators had been elected by each state’s legislature.

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

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It’s surprising how much memory is built around things unnoticed at the time.”

–Barbara Kingsolver, who was born on this day in 1955


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