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MILESTONES: October 23, birthdays for “Weird Al” Yankovic, Emilia Clarke, Ryan Reynolds

October 23, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include filmmaker Ang Lee, who was born in 1954; actress Emilia Clarke, who was born in 1986; former soccer player Pelé, who was born in 1940; neurosurgeon and medical reporter Sanjay Gupta, who was born in 1969; Hall of Fame soccer player Tiffeny Milbrett, who was born in 1972; actor, comedian and producer Ryan Reynolds, who was born in 1976; talk show host Nancy Grace, who was born in 1959; sportscaster and former football player Doug Flutie, who was born in 1962; singer and satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic, who was born in 1959; former golfer Chi-Chi Rodríguez, who was born in 1935; former basketball player Keith Van Horn, who was born in 1975; and singer-songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam, who was born in 1956. 

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KNOWN AS “QUEEN OF THE WAVES,” Gertrude Ederle was born on this day in 1906.  Ederle was a competitive swimmer and the first woman to swim across the English Channel, breaking all five previous time records for the crossing. Winner of a gold medal at the 1924 Olympic Games, Ederle set nine world records during her swimming career, the first when she was only 12 years old. She died on Nov. 30, 2003 in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

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KNOWN AS “THE FATHER OF CANNING,” Nicolas Appert was born on this day in 1749. Appert was a confectioner who invented airtight food preservation. When French Emperor Napoleon, then a military commander, offered 12,000 francs in 1800 to anyone who could invent a new way of preserving food, Appert presented his method of sealing food in bottles and submerging the bottles into boiling water until their contents had been cooked. Appert published a book on his process and established the world’s first food bottling factory, Le Maison Appert, near Paris. He died on June 1, 1841 in Châlons-en-Champagne, France. 

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NOT YOUR FUZZY TUNNELER: Today is National Mole Day, which occurs between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m. in order to celebrate the Avogadro number, which is approximately 6.02 1023. This constant is used internationally in chemistry as the number of particles in one mole of substance. The constant, when multiplied by the amount of substance in a sample, gives the number of total particles (atoms or molecules) in that sample. 

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

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“I think great romance needs great obstacles and textures.” — Ang Lee, who was born in this day in 1954


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