MILESTONES: February 25, birthdays for Eugenie Bouchard, Paul O’Neill, Chelsea Handler
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include media personality Sally Jessy Raphael, who was born in 1935; journalist Bob Schieffer, who was born in 1937; actress Diane Baker, who was born in 1938; Olympic runner Lee Evans, who was born in 1947; humorist Jack Handey, who was born in 1949; Yankees great Paul O’Neill, who was born in 1963; actress Tea Leoni, who was born in 1966; media personality Chelsea Handler, who was born in 1975; actress Rashida Jones, who was born in 1976; and tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, who was born in 1994.
SPEAKING VOLUMES: Emma C. Emsbury was born on this day in 1806. Born Emma Catherine Manley in New York City, the author and poet published many of her works under the name “Ianthe.” She married Brooklyn banker Daniel Emsbury in 1828, the same year she published her first poetry collection, “Guido, a Tale: Sketches from History and Other Poems.” She died in Brooklyn in 1863. Her funeral was held at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights.
A SEAT AT THE TABLE: Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African-American in Congress 150 years ago today. He was born in North Carolina in 1827, was ordained a minister in 1845 and served as a chaplain in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. In 1870, the Republican was chosen by the Mississippi State Senate to finish out of the term of one of the state’s U.S. Senate seats. After his term ended in 1871, he became the first president of Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Alcorn State University). He died in 1901.
THE PEACEMAKER: Philip Habib was born in Brooklyn 100 years ago today. A graduate of New Utrecht H.S., he was one of the most prominent U.S. diplomats of the late 20th century, serving under Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Reagan in 1982. In 2006, he was featured on a U.S. postage stamp alongside other noted diplomats. He died in France in 1992.
“The crows seemed to be calling his name, thought Caw.”
— humorist Jack Handey, who was born on this day in 1949
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