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MILESTONES: April 18, birthdays for Conan O’Brien, Melissa Joan Hart, America Ferrera

April 18, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress Chloe Bennet, who was born in 1992; actress America Ferrera, who was born in 1984; actress Melissa Joan Hart, who was born in 1976; actor, director and producer Robert Hooks, who was born in 1937; actor John James, who was born in 1956; actress Jane Leeves, who was born in 1961; actress Dorothy Lyman, who was born in 1947; actor Eric McCormack, who was born in 1963; actress Hayley Mills, who was born in 1946; actor and writer Rick Moranis, who was born in 1953; TV talk show host Conan O’Brien, who was born in 1963; actor John Pankow, who was born in 1954; actor Eric Roberts, who was born in 1956; actor Eli Roth, who was born in 1972; actor David Tennant, who was born in 1971; and actor James Woods, who was born in 1947.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF PAUL REVERE’S MIDNIGHT RIDE. In 1775, Revere and William Dawes started at about 10 p.m. to warn American patriots between Boston, Massachusetts, and Concord, Massachusetts, of the approaching British.

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TODAY IS NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY. It is a day to focus public awareness on one of the leading health problems in the world today. Health-related organizations throughout the country are encouraged to sponsor stress education programs and events. It is held annually on the first workday after income taxes are due.

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YANKEE STADIUM HELD ITS FIRST GAME ON THIS DAY IN 1923. More than 74,000 fans attended Opening Day festivities as the New York Yankees inaugurated their new stadium. Babe Ruth christened it with a game-winning three-run homer into the right-field bleachers. In his coverage of the game for the New York Evening Telegram, sportswriter Fred Lieb described Yankee Stadium as “The House That Ruth Built,” and the name stuck.

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CLARENCE SEWARD DARROW WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1857. The American attorney was often associated with unpopular causes, from the Pullman strike in 1894 to the Scottsboro case in 1932. At the Scopes trial in July 1925, Darrow said: “I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure–that is all that agnosticism means.” Darrow died in Illinois in 1938.

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

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“You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can only be free if I am free.” — American attorney Clarence Seward Darrow, who was born on this day in 1857

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