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MILESTONES: October 18, birthdays for Zac Efron, Ne-Yo, Terry McMillan

October 18, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include author Terry McMillan, who was born in 1951; actress Freida Pinto, who was born in 1984; singer-songwriter, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, who was born in 1961; actor Joe Morton, who was born in 1947; record producer and actor Ne-Yo, who was born in 1979; actor Vincent Spano, who was born in 1962; Hall of Fame tennis player Martina Navratilova, who was born in 1956; actor Zac Efron, who was born in 1987; sportscaster and Hall of Fame football player Mike Ditka, who was born in 1939; Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, who was born in 1984; and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was born in 1960.

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BROOKLYN WRITER Ntozake Shange was born on this day in 1948. Shange was an American playwright and poet who lived in Brooklyn. In 1976, Shange premiered her choreopoem, “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf,” which won an Obie Award. She was an associate for the Women’s Institute for Freedom of the Press, taught at the University of Houston and published many poems, essays, plays and novels, including “Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo,” “Betsey Brown” and “Liliane.” Shange died in Trenton, New Jersey, on Oct. 27, 2018.

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ROCK AND ROLL PIONEER Chuck Berry was born on this day in 1926. Berry is best known for his chart-topping songs “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Maybellene.” His innovative performance style, which included his signature “duckwalk” and guitar solos, set trends that still influence rock music to this day. Berry died in Wentzville, Missouri, on March 18, 2017.

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PROLIFIC JOURNALIST A. J. Liebling was born on this day in 1904. Liebling wrote for The New Yorker from 1935 to 1963. He criticized the House Un-American Activities Committee through his writings of the late 1940s, many of which are included in his collection, “Of Mink and Red Herring.” His other collections include “Back Where I Came From” and “The Earl of Louisiana.” Liebling died in New York City on Dec. 28, 1963.

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

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“Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.” A.J. Liebling, who was born on this day in 1904


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