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MILESTONES: April 19, birthdays for Kate Hudson, Tim Curry, Maria Sharapova

April 19, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor Hayden Christensen, who was born in 1981; actor Tim Curry, who was born in 1946; actress Elinor Donahue, who was born in 1937; actor James Franco, who was born in 1978; TV personality Joanna Gaines, who was born in 1978; actress Kate Hudson, who was born in 1979; actress Ashley Judd, who was born in 1968; actor Tony Plana, who was born in 1952; singer and songwriter Alan Price, who was born in 1942; tennis player Maria Sharapova, who was born in 1987; and race car driver Al Unser Jr., who was born in 1962.

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ELIOT NESS WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1903. The Prohibition-era lawman gained lasting fame as the leader of the “Untouchables”: young, dedicated federal agents handpicked by Ness who could not be bribed by the mobsters they were targeting. Ness especially went after Chicago gangster Al Capone’s bootlegging business, which was finally brought down in 1931. After stints in other federal and municipal agencies, Ness died in 1957 in Pennsylvania just before the publication of his memoirs “The Untouchables,” which went on to inspire a TV series and later a film.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARSAW GHETTO REVOLT. When German troops tried to resume deportation of Jewish residents of the Warsaw Ghetto to the Treblinka concentration camp in 1943, a revolt erupted. With only 17 rifles and handmade grenades, 1,200 Jewish fighters resisted 2,100 German troops who were armed with machine guns for almost a month. When the uprising ended, 300 Germans and 7,000 Jews had died and the Warsaw Ghetto lay in ruins.

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DAVID RICARDO WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1772. He is recognized as the man who first systematized economics and whose writings greatly influenced the field. In his best-known work, “Principles of Political Economy and Taxation” (1817), he discussed wages and rent and the economic relationships among landlords, workers and owners of capital. In 1819, Ricardo purchased his own seat in the House of Commons and became a member of Parliament. He died in 1823 in England.

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