MILESTONES: February 14, birthdays for Renee Fleming, Jim Kelly, Hugh Downs
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include journalist Hugh Downs, who was born in 1921; former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, who was born in 1941; former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who was born in 1942; actor Andrew Robinson, who was born in 1942; journalist Carl Bernstein, who was born in 1944; sportscaster Pat O’Brien, who was born in 1948; magician Teller, who was born in 1948; motivational speaker and former baseball player Dave Dravecky, who was born in 1956; opera star Renee Fleming, who was born in 1959; former quarterback Jim Kelly, who was born in 1960; and former quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who was born in 1972.
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. was born on this day in 1859. In response to a challenge to American engineers to create a monument that would dwarf the new Eiffel Tower, he built the Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. After the exposition opened, 38,000 people a day had their ups and downs. Ferris died in 1896.
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: James Bond died on this day in 1989. The noted ornithologist, with an expertise in birds of the Caribbean, wrote the influential “Birds of the West Indies” in 1936. In 1953, while searching for a name for the protagonist of his novel “Casino Royale,” author Ian Fleming, who enjoyed birdwatching, chose the name Bond … James Bond.
“When I retired from the NFL, my son was born on my birthday two weeks later, which is Valentine’s Day. Imagine having a son born on your birthday.”
— NFL legend Jim Kelly, who was born on this day in 1960
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