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MILESTONES: November 5, birthdays for Tilda Swinton, Art Garfunkel, Bryan Adams

November 5, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actress Tilda Swinton, who was born in 1960; actor Sam Rockwell, who was born in 1968; actress and author Tatum O’Neal, who was born in 1963; singer Kevin Jonas, who was born in 1987; actress Elke Sommer, who was born in 1940; singer-songwriter and actor Art Garfunkel, who was born in 1941; actor, producer and screenwriter Corin Nemec, who was born in 1971; former baseball player Javy López, who was born in 1970; singer-songwriter and photographer Bryan Adams, who was born in 1959; basketball coach and former player Jerry Stackhouse, who was born in 1974; author Geoffrey Wolff, who was born in 1937; golfer Bubba Watson, who was born in 1978; and Governor of New Hampshire Chris Sununu, who was born in 1974.

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PROGRESSIVE LEADER IN AN ERA OF CHANGE: Ida Tarbell was born on this day in 1857. Tarbell was a major journalist of the Progressive Era in the U.S. and helped to spearhead the development of investigative journalism. Her writings were popular and helped spur social change, including the dissolution of the Standard Oil monopoly. She wrote 20 books over the course of her career, many of them biographies or analyses of the business world, and served on two presidential committees. Tarbell died on Jan. 6, 1944 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

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LEADING ACTRESS OF WORLD RENOWN: Actress Vivien Leigh was born on this day in 1913. Leigh was best known for her film performances as Scarlett O’Hara in “Gone with the Wind” (1939) and as Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). Leigh had bipolar disorder. Over the course of her career, she won two Academy Awards and one Tony Award. She died on July 8, 1967 in London, England.

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CHUCK OF ALL TRADES: On this day in 1946, the first NBA backboard was shattered by Chuck Connors of the Boston Celtics during a pregame warm-up at the Boston Garden. Connors also played major league baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949 and the Chicago Cubs in 1951, and went on to becomes a successful actor, starring in the television show The Rifleman, which premiered in 1958.

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

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“Sometimes I dread the truth of the lines I say. But the dread must never show.” Vivien Leigh, who was born on this day in 1913


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