MILESTONES: April 8, birthdays for Brenda Russell, John Schneider, Emma Caulfield
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actor Shecky Greene, who was born in 1926; director and special effects artist Douglas Trumbull, who was born in 1942; Yes guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Howe, who was born in 1947; musician Brenda Russell, who was born in Brooklyn in 1949; actor John Schneider, who was born in 1960; musician Julian Lennon, who was born in 1963; musician Donita Sparks, who was born in 1963; rapper and actor Biz Markie, who was born in 1964; actress Robin Wright, who was born in 1966; Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette, who was born in 1968; “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Emma Caulfield, who was born in 1973; former Mets outfielder Timo Perez, who was born in 1975; and “Battlestar Galactica” star Katee Sackhoff, who was born in 1980.
ARMS AROUND THE WORLD: The Venus de Milo was discovered 200 years ago today. One of the most famous works of Greek sculpture, it was found in the ruins of the ancient city of Milos in the Aegean Sea, intact except for its missing arms. It currently resides at the Louvre in Paris.
ALL THAT JAZZ: Carmen McRae was born 100 years ago today. After winning an amateur contest at the Apollo Theatre in her native Harlem, she went on to become a noted jazz artist, singing with the Earl Hines, Mercer Ellington and Benny Carter bands, among others, and recording dozens of albums. She died in 1994.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread — without it, it’s flat.”
— Carmen McRae, who was born on this day in 1920
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