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MILESTONES: October 25, birthdays for Katy Perry, Bobby Knight, Craig Robinson

October 25, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include comedian and television personality Samantha Bee, who was born in 1969; actor Craig Robinson, who was born in 1971; singer Katy Perry, who was born in 1984; violinist Midori, who was born in 1971; former actress Marion Ross, who was born in 1928; author and literary critic Anne Tyler, who was born in 1941; singer, actor and activist Helen Reddy, who was born in 1942; Hall of Fame baseball player Pedro Martínez, who was born in 1971; former college basketball coach Bobby Knight, who was born in 1940; and actor Brian Kerwin, who was born in 1949.

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OPRY LEGEND AND COUNTRY COMEDIAN Minnie Pearl was born on this day in 1912. Pearl appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for over 50 years and on the television show “Hee Haw” for over 20 years. She received the National Medal of the Arts in 1992. Pearl died on Mar. 4, 1996, in Nashville, Tennessee.

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POPULARIZER OF PERSONAL POETRY John Berryman was born on this day in 1914. Berryman was one of the most well-known poets of the second half of the 20th century and an influential figure in the confessional school of poetry. His 1964 collection, “77 Dream Songs” won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and the full “The Dream Songs” compilation won the National Book Award. Berryman died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Jan. 7, 1972.

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THE FIRST WOMEN SPECIAL AGENTS: On this day in 1972, the first two women to become FBI agents completed training in Quantico, Virginia. Susan Lynn Roley and Joanna Pierce graduated alongside 45 men. That same year, nine other women would be sworn in. Today, nearly 3,000 female special agents work for the FBI. 

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

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“You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise you’re merely imitating yourself, going nowhere, because that’s always easiest.” John Berryman, who was born on this day in 1914


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