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August 8, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actor Michael Urie, who was born in 1980; actor Keith Carradine, who was born in 1949; actress Connie Stevens, who was born in Brooklyn in 1938; U2 guitarist David Howell Evans, aka the Edge, who was born in 1961; first woman president of the American Bar Association Roberta Cooper Ramo, who was born in 1942; NSYNC singer J.C. Chasez, who was born in 1976; Princess Beatrice of York, who was born in 1988; tennis player Roger Federer, who was born in 1981; singer Shawn Mendes, who was born in 1998; “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville, who was born in 1958; actor Dustin Hoffman, who was born in 1937; and singer Drew Lachey, who was born in 1976. 

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MEXICAN REVOLUTIONARY and commander of the Liberation Army of the South, Emiliano Zapata was born on this day in 1879. Zapata championed the cause of Mexico’s peasants and inspired the agrarian movement called Zapatismo, which holds “the land belongs to the tiller.” When the Mexican revolution broke out in 1910, Zapata led the peasant revolt in his home state of Morelos. The Mexican Constitution was drafted in 1917 in response to Zapata’s demands. He was killed in an ambush in 1919. 

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THE TATE MURDERS occurred 50 years ago on this day in 1969 when members of the Manson family cult broke into the home Sharon Tate shared with director Roman Polanski and murdered the eight-and-a-half-months pregnant actress along with three of her friends. One of the murderers, Susan Atkins, wrote the word “pig” in Tate’s blood on the house’s front door. The home’s previous occupant was Terry Melcher, a record producer who had snubbed Manson. 

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AMERICAN CHOREOGRAPHER Russell Markert was born in Jersey City on this day in 1899. Markert is known for establishing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall and directing them from 1932 to 1971. He died in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1990. 

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“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” 

—Emiliano Zapata, who was born on this day in 1879

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