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MILESTONES: November 12, birthdays for Neil Young, Tonya Harding, Anne Hathaway

November 12, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actress Anne Hathaway, who was born in 1982; actor Ryan Gosling, who was born in 1980; basketball player Russell Westbrook, who was born in 1988; singer-songwriter Neil Young, who was born in 1945; former figure skater Tonya Harding, who was born in 1970; actress, comedian and singer Megan Mullally, who was born in 1958; Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, who was born in 1961; actor and director David Schwimmer, who was born in 1966; U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, who was born in 1949; and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, who was born in 1931. 

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LEADER FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE: Elizabeth Stanton was born on this day in 1815. Stanton is widely believed to have set in motion the first U.S. women’s suffrage movement when she presented her “Declaration of Sentiments” at 1848’s Seneca Falls Convention. She died in New York City on Oct. 26, 1902.

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NO BREATHING EASY: It’s World Pneumonia Day, which was established by the Global Coalition Against Childhood Pneumonia in 2009 to raise awareness for the disease. Pneumonia, though easily preventable and treatable, is the leading infectious cause of death for children under age five. If prevention and treatment resources were available to the world’s poorest countries, nearly 1 million children’s lives could be saved each year worldwide, the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia estimates. 

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JUST LIKE REAL LIFE: Auguste Rodin was born on this day in 1840. Best known for his sculptures, “The Thinker” and “The Kiss,” Rodin focused on realism and physicality, causing controversy throughout the international artistic community. Rodin was widely regarded as the greatest artist of his lifetime, and his work helped pave the way for 20th-century expressionism. He died in Meudon, France on Nov. 17, 1917.

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

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“The more simple are we, the more complete we become.” — Auguste Rodin, who was born on this day in 1840


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