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MILESTONES: April 29, birthdays for Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Uma Thurman

April 29, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former tennis player Andre Agassi, who was born in 1970; actress Megan Boone, who was born in 1983; actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who was born in 1957; comedienne and actress Nora Dunn, who was born in 1952; editor Robert Gottlieb, who was born in 1931; conductor Zubin Mehta, who was born in 1936; actress Kate Mulgrew, who was born in 1955; actress Michelle Pfeiffer, who was born in 1958; actress Eve Plumb, who was born in 1958; comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld, who was born in 1954; U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who was born in 1950; actress Uma Thurman, who was born in 1970; and hockey player Jonathan Toews, who was born in 1988.

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JAZZ LEGEND Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, an icon of American music, was born in Washington, D.C., on this day in 1899. Beginning with his early appearances at Harlem’s Cotton Club, Ellington made in indelible impression on the music world throughout a long career that lasted from the Roaring ‘20s to the early 1970s. Among his hits were “Take the A Train” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it Ain’t Got that Swing).” Ellington died in 1974.

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THE AGE OF AQUARIUS dawned in earnest on this day in 1968 when the rock-musical “Hair,” arguably the first of its genre, premiered on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre, several months after making its off-Broadway debut at the Public Theater. The musical was one of the first mainstream expressions of the counterculture, and made waves with its messages of sexual freedom and depiction of drug use, as well as its expressed opposition to the war in Vietnam. Probably as famous as its hits — which included “Let the Sunshine In,” “Aquarius” and “Good Morning Starshine” — was its controversial nude scene.

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INVENTOR GIDEON SUNDBACH of Hoboken, N.J. had April 29 all buttoned up, figuratively speaking, at least, when he received a patent for an innovation in clothing manufacture — the zipper — on this day in 1913.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1863, newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst was born in San Francisco. Hearst, who build a media empire beginning with the San Francisco Examiner, lived in his own castle, San Simeon, on the coast of California. Orson Welles’ masterpiece “Citizen Kane” was loosely based on Hearst’s life. Hearst died on Aug. 14, 1951 in Beverly Hills.

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“Art is dangerous. It is one of the attractions: when it ceases to be dangerous you don’t want it.” — Duke Ellington, who was born on this day in 1899


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