MILESTONES: April 26, birthdays for Channing Tatum, Melania Trump, Jemima Kirke

April 26, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History
Channing Tatum. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress Carol Burnett, who was born in 1933; former baseball player Joe Crede, who was born in 1978; actor Michael Damian, who was born in 1962; musician Duane Eddy, who was born in 1938; actor Giancarlo Esposito, who was born in 1958; baseball player Kosuke Fukudome, who was born in 1977; actor Kevin James, who was born in 1965; baseball player Aaron Judge, who was born in 1992; actress Jemima Kirke, who was born in 1985; actor Jet Li, who was born in 1963; TV journalist Boyd Matson, who was born in 1947; singer Bobby Rydell, who was born in 1942; actor Channing Tatum, who was born in 1980; poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, who was born in 1966; first lady of the U.S. Melania Trump, who was born in 1970; actor Tom Welling, who was born in 1977; and musician Gary Wright, who was born in 1943.
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LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1889. Considered one of the most influential analytic and linguistic philosophers of the 20th century, he had a fundamental influence on logical positivism, linguistic analysis and semantics. He theorized that philosophical problems were fundamentally problems of language, and studying “ordinary language” would enable one to solve many of these problems. Wittgenstein died in 1951 in England.
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TODAY IS NATIONAL PRETZEL DAY. It was proclaimed nationally in 1983 and then later proclaimed by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell in 2003. The hard pretzel is thought to have originated in the U.S. in 1850 in Lititz, Pennsylvania, with baker Julius Sturgis.
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ANITA LOOS WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1893. The American author and playwright is best-remembered for her book “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” which was published in 1925. Loos died in New York in 1981.
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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE GUERNICA MASSACRE. In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, the ancient Spanish town was attacked without warning by German-made airplanes. Three hours of intensive bombing left the town in flames, and citizens who fled to the fields and ditches around Guernica were machine-gunned from the air. This atrocity inspired Pablo Picasso’s mural “Guernica.” Responsibility for the bombing was never officially established, but the suffering and anger of the victims and their survivors are still evident at anniversary demonstrations.
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BERNARD MALAMUD WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1914. The Brooklyn-born Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist was also a two-time recipient of the National Book Award. Malamud’s works include “The Natural” and “The Fixer.” He died in 1986 in New York.
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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.” — philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, who was born on this day in 1889

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