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MILESTONES: October 11, birthdays for Cardi B, Daryl Hall, Joan Cusack

October 11, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include rapper, singer-songwriter and television personality Cardi B, who was born in 1992; physician Robert Gale, who was born in Brooklyn Heights in 1945; actress and comedian Joan Cusack, who was born in 1962; former baseball player Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, who was born in 1965; actress, director and producer Emily Deschanel, who was born in 1976; actress and singer Jane Krakowski, who was born in 1968; actor Sean Patrick Flanery, who was born in 1965; basketball player Mike Conley, Jr., who was born in 1987; singer and musician Daryl Hall, who was born in 1946; and Hall of Fame football player Steve Young, who was born in 1961. 

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CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE, U.N. DELEGATE, FIRST LADY: Eleanor Roosevelt was born on this day in 1884. She was the longest-serving first lady of the U.S. and the first wife of a president to hold her own press conferences at the White House. While serving as first lady, Roosevelt also worked as a column writer, radio host and national party convention speaker. She was an outspoken civil rights movement supporter despite her husband’s more conservative views, lobbying for the 1934 Costigan-Wagner Bill to make lynching a federal crime and speaking about New Deal programs’ racial discrimination. Roosevelt also worked as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations for seven years. She died on Nov. 7, 1962 in New York City.

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NUMBER ONE WITH A BULLET: Dottie West was born on this day in 1932. West is one of the most influential women in country music history and was the first ever country singer to win a Grammy Award. She topped country pop charts throughout the 1970s, and recorded duets with Kenny Rogers which would become standards, such as “All I Ever Need Is You” and “Every Time Two Fools Collide.” West died on Sept. 4, 1991 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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

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“Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.” — Eleanor Roosevelt, who was born on this day in 1884

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