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MILESTONES: October 7, birthdays for Desmond Tutu, Thom Yorke, Yo-Yo Ma

October 7, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was born in 1955; Anglican cleric and activist Desmond Tutu, who was born in 1931; television personality and producer Simon Cowell, who was born in 1959; singer Toni Braxton, who was born in 1967; actor, producer, director and singer Matt Bomer, who was born in 1977; television personality and comedian Joy Behar, who was born in 1942; singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, who was born in 1951; novelist Thomas Keneally, who was born in 1935; singer and musician Thom Yorke, who was born in 1968; conductor Charles Dutoit, who was born in 1936; actor Shawn Ashmore, who was born in 1979; and President of Russia Vladimir Putin, who was born in 1952. 

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RHYMES OF THE RURAL MIDWEST: James Whitcomb Riley, writer, best-selling author and one of the most popular poets of the 19th century, was born on this day in 1849. Riley was known for his sentimental works and his children’s poetry, and published Rhymes of Childhood, his most successful book, in 1891. He came to be known as the “Hoosier Poet.” Riley died in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 22, 1916. 

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GIVE YOUR HERO A SQUEEZE for National Heimlich Heroes Month, which begins today. The Heimlich Maneuver can be performed by anyone, regardless of size and strength, and is easy to learn and to implement. This week celebrates individuals who have used the maneuver to save a life. Dr. Henry Heimlich invented the technique to save choking victims, calling it the “sub-diaphragmatic abdominal thrust,” in 1974. It was renamed by the news media. 

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SPACE-AGE TRASH DAY: Today is World Habitat Day, as organized by the United Nations. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on global living conditions and the basic human right to adequate shelter. This year’s theme focuses on frontier technologies and their contributions to sustainable waste management. Frontier technologies include robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, biotechnologies, electric vehicles and renewable energy technologies. 

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“As a musician I’m kind of nomadic, Waldo-like. I show up in different places, and I’m witness to unbelievable things.” Yo-Yo Ma, who was born on this day in 1955


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