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MILESTONES: August 23, birthdays for Kobe Bryant, Rick Springfield, Jeremy Lin

August 23, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include singer Rick Springfield, who was born in 1949; basketball player Kobe Bryant, who was born in 1978; actor Richard Sanders, who was born in 1940; actor Scott Caan, who was born in 1976; political comedian Mark Russell, who was born in 1932; author Nelson DeMille, who was born in Queens in 1943; first female and first Hispanic U.S. Surgeon General Antonia Novello, who was born in 1944; actor Jay Mohr, who was born in 1970; actress Barbara Eden, who was born in 1931; Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who was born in 1958; former dancer Patricia McBride, who was born in 1942; actress Vera Miles, who was born in 1930; basketball player Jeremy Lin, who was born in 1988; musician Julian Casablancas, who was born in 1978; and Hall of Fame football player Sonny Jurgensen, who was born in 1934. 

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SACCO AND VANZETTI WERE EXECUTED by electric chair on this day in 1927. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were Italian-born anarchists convicted in 1921 of an armed robbery at a shoe factory that left one guard dead. The verdict was surrounded by controversy as many believed that anti-immigrant bias had influenced the jury substantially. Protests on their behalf were held around the world in 1927 and celebrated intellectuals took up their cause. When the verdict was upheld and the two were executed, riots followed in Paris and London. 

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THE “STOCKHOLM SYNDROME” ROBBERY took place on this day in 1973. In Stockholm, Sweden, Jan Erik Olsson and Clark Olofsson took four hostages in a bank robbery and barricaded themselves in with the hostages in the bank’s vault. Eventually the hostages were released, and authorities realized the captives were more afraid of the police than the robbers, prompting Swedish professor Nils Bejerot to coin the phrase “Stockholm syndrome” to describe the phenomenon of hostages identifying with their captors. 

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GENE KELLY was born on this day in 1912 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Kelly was an actor, dancer and choreographer known for starring roles in musicals like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “An American in Paris” and “Hello, Dolly!” He died in 1996.

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“You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams.” — Gene Kelly, who was born on this day in 1912

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