MILESTONES: March 16, birthdays for Erik Estrada, Curtis Granderson, Nancy Wilson
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include astronaut Walter Cunningham, who was born in 1932; financier Sanford I. Weill, who was born in Brooklyn in 1933; TV personality Chuck Woolery, who was born in 1941; actor Erik Estrada, who was born in 1949; actress Kate Nelligan, who was born in 1950; musician and Heart co-founder Nancy Wilson, who was born in 1954; football player Ozzie Newsome, who was born in 1956; actor Clifton Powell, who was born in 1956; comic book creator Todd McFarlane, who was born in 1961; musician Patty Griffin, who was born in 1964; musician Tracy Bonham, who was born in 1967; actress Lauren Graham, who was born in 1967; former Yankee and Met Curtis Granderson, who was born in 1981; and basketball player Blake Griffin, who was born in 1989.
FOUNDER’S DAY: James Madison was born on this day in 1751. Known as the “Father of the Constitution,” the Virginia native also co-wrote the Federalist Papers, served as Thomas Jefferson’s Secretary of State (1801-09) and was the fourth president of the U.S. (1809-17). As president, he led the U.S. into war against Great Britain. During his years in office, his wife Dolley hosted many social functions that brought political rivals together in a spirit of cooperation. Madison died in 1836 at age 85.
UP AND AWAY: Robert Goddard successfully launched the first liquid-fueled rocket on this day in 1926. The flight, which took place in Auburn, Massachusetts, lasted only 2.5. seconds, but the rocket, traveling at 60 miles an hour, reached an altitude of 41 feet and landed 184 feet away.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“We didn’t want to be the girlfriends of the Beatles. We wanted to be the Beatles.”
— Heart co-founder Nancy Wilson, who was born on this day in 1954
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