MILESTONES: February 10, birthdays for Laura Dern, Roberta Flack, Chloë Grace Moretz
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin, who was born in Brooklyn in 1982; singer Roberta Flack, who was born in 1937; actress Chloë Grace Moretz, who was born in 1997; actress, writer and director Elizabeth Banks, who was born in 1974; singer-songwriter and guitarist Donovan, who was born in 1946; actress, director and producer Laura Dern, who was born in 1967; opera singer Leontyne Price, who was born in 1927; actress Keeley Hawes, who was born in 1976; television personality Jim Cramer, who was born in 1955; Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz, who was born in 1950; actor Robert Wagner, who was born in 1930; former baseball player Lenny Dykstra, who was born in 1963; author Frances Moore Lappé, who was born in 1944; and golfer Greg Norman, who was born in 1955.
MAN VERSUS MACHINE: The first victory by a computer in a chess tournament game occurred in Philadelphia on this day in 1996. IBM’s Deep Blue computer won against world champion Garry Kasparov in 34 moves, but Kasparov went on to win the tournament, defeating the computer three times. Deep Blue could evaluate 200 million chess positions but was incapable of using artificial intelligence to learn.
FAMOUS MASTHEAD MOTTO: The slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print” first appeared on the front page of the New York Times on this day in 1897. The motto had first appeared on the newspaper’s editorial page in 1896. Owner Adolph Ochs had announced a contest for a reader-submitted slogan with a prize of $100 before deciding that his own slogan was best.
POSTWAR THEATER CLASSIC: Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” debuted at Broadway’s Morosco Theater on this day in 1949. Directed by Elia Kazan, the play won six Tony Awards and the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It starred Lee J. Cobb, Arthur Kennedy and Cameron Mitchell.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Hope is a stance, not an assessment.” — Frances Moore Lappé, who was born on this day in 1944
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