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May 29, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include basketball player Carmelo Anthony, who was born in 1984; actress, singer and talent judge Mel B; actress Annette Bening, who was born in 1958; actor Kevin Conway, who was born in 1942; actress Laverne Cox, who was born in 1972; former baseball player Eric Davis, who was born in 1962; population biologist Paul Ehrlich, who was born in 1932; singer and guitarist Melissa Etheridge, who was born in 1961; actor Rupert Everett, who was born in 1959; actor Anthony Geary, who was born in 1947; actress Riley Keough, who was born in 1989; U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, who was born in 1954; actor Adrian Paul, who was born in 1959; former auto racer Al Unser Sr., who was born in 1939; former Commissioner of Major League Baseball Fay Vincent, who was born in 1938; and actress Lisa Whelchel, who was born in 1963.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1917. The 35th president of the U.S. was the youngest man ever elected to the presidency, the first Roman Catholic and the first president to have served in the U.S. Navy. He was the fourth U.S. president to be killed by an assassin and the second to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. He was assassinated while riding in an open automobile in Texas in 1963.

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CONSTANTINOPLE FELL TO THE TURKS ON THIS DAY IN 1453. The city of Constantinople was captured by the Turks, who later renamed it Istanbul. This conquest marked the end of the Byzantine Empire; the city became the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

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SOJOURNER TRUTH GAVE HER “AIN’T I A WOMAN” SPEECH ON THIS DAY IN 1851. During the Women’s Rights Convention held at Akron, Ohio, from May 28 to May 29, 1851, former slave Sojourner Truth delivered an impassioned speech that is now titled after its common refrain: “I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man — when I could get it — and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? And when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me. And ain’t I a woman?”

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TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF UNITED NATIONS PEACEKEEPERS. It is a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace (Res 57/129, Dec 11, 2002). Annually, May 29. For info: United Nations, Dept of Public Info, New York, NY 10017. Web: www.un.org.

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

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“Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” — President John. F. Kennedy, who was born on this day in 1917

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