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MILESTONES: September 13, birthdays for Lili Reinhart, Fiona Apple, Stella McCartney

September 13, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY INCLUDE singer Niall Horan, who was born in 1993; actress Jacqueline Bisset, who was born in 1944; singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, who was born in 1977; former baseball player Bernie Williams, who was born in 1968; actress Jean Smart, who was born in 1951; actress Lili Reinhart, who was born in 1996; fashion designer Stella McCartney, who was born in 1971; author and journalist Judith Martin, who was born in 1938; baseball player Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was born in 1980; singer-songwriter Peter Cetera, who was born in 1944; and Olympic gold medalist in track Michael Johnson, who was born in 1967. 

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HE’S GOT A GOLDEN TICKET: Author Roald Dahl was born on this day in 1916, in Wales. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force at age 23 and served during World War II until his plane crash-landed in Egypt. Dahl went on to become one of the greatest children’s book authors of the 20th century. His stories can be simultaneously heartwarming, silly, dark and grotesque, and typically feature adult villains who were inspired by Dahl’s experiences at boarding schools. Dahl died on Nov. 23, 1990.

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GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN: Today is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day in honor of Dr. Samuel Gee, who was born on this day in 1839 and who first identified a link between the disease and diet. The disease affects one in 100 people worldwide, and the Celiac Disease Foundation writes that two and a million Americans are currently undiagnosed. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that prevents proper nutrient absorption upon ingestion of gluten. Treatment is simple: adherence to a gluten-free diet. 

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WAIT WHO’S TO BLAME? The first Friday the 13th of each year is Blame Someone Else Day, and you can take part in the festivities by shedding some of that irksome accountability. Sources are uncertain about what you should be blaming someone else for, so get here’s your chance to get creative — until tomorrow, that is, when you can go back to blaming yourself.

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“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”—Roald Dahl, who was born on this day in 1916, from “The Twits,” published in 1980.

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