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MILESTONES: May 21, birthdays for Mr. T, Gotye, Ian McEwan

May 21, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include baseball manager, and former player Bobby Cox, who was born in 1941; actress Lisa Edelstein, who was born in 1966; former comedian and former U.S. Sen. Al Franken, who was born in 1951; musician Gotye, who was born in 1980; baseball player Josh Hamilton, who was born in 1981; oboist, composer and conductor Heinz Holliger, who was born in 1939; former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was born in 1959; author Ian McEwan, who was born in 1948; actress Sarah Ramos, who was born in 1991; actor Judge Reinhold, who was born in 1957; singer and songwriter Leo Sayer, who was born in 1948; and actor Mr. T, who was born in 1952.

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THE AMERICAN RED CROSS WAS FOUNDED ON THIS DAY IN 1881 by Clara Barton, its first president. The Red Cross was founded in Switzerland in 1864 by representatives from 16 European nations. It is a not-for-profit organization governed and directed by volunteers and provides disaster relief at home and abroad. Its 1.1 million volunteers are involved in community services such as collecting and distributing donated blood and blood products, teaching health and safety classes and acting as a medium for emergency communication between Americans and their armed forces.

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RAYMOND WILLIAM STACY BURR WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1917. The stage, film and TV actor is best known for the role of lawyer/sleuth Perry Mason in the long-running hit TV series of the same name and 26 made-for-TV movies. He was also the star of “Ironside,” playing a paraplegic investigative consultant. His films include “Rear Window” and “Godzilla.” Burr received two Best Actor Emmy Awards for playing Mason. Burr died in California in 1993.

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ALEXANDER POPE WAS BORN IN LONDON ON THIS DAY IN 1688. The poet, critic, translator (of Homer) and satirist’s “The Rape of the Lock” firmly established Pope as the foremost poet of the time and remains his most popular work. He was also author of the unfinished “An Essay on Man,” which features the line “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” He died at Twickenham in 1744.

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RAJIV GANDHI WAS ASSASSINATED ON THIS DAY IN 1991. The late Indian prime minister was assassinated in the midst of a reelection campaign in which he was trying to make a political comeback. He was killed when a bomb, hidden in a bouquet of flowers given by supposed admirers, exploded as he approached a dais to begin a campaign rally. He had served as prime minister between 1984 and 1989 after succeeding his mother, Indira Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1984.

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

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“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” — Alexander Pope, who was born on this day in 1688

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