MILESTONES: May 6 birthdays for Willie Mays, Roma Downey, Gabourey Sidibe
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who was born in 1931; U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, who was born in 1934; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Seger, who was born in 1945; “Lost” star Alan Dale, who was born in 1947; Emmy-winner Lynn Whitfield, who was born in 1953; “Touched by an Angel” star Roma Downey, who was born in 1960; Oscar-winner George Clooney, who was born in 1961; Olympic gold medalist and Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur, who was born in 1972; New York Jets Pro Bowler John Abraham, who was born in 1978; swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Brooke Bennett, who was born in 1980; “Empire” star Gabourey Sidibe, who was born in Brooklyn in 1983; and Olympic gold medalist and NBA All-Star Chris Paul, who was born in 1985.
HOPE OF A NATION: Bob Hope performed his first USO show on this day in 1941. The beloved entertainer made 57 tours for the organization over the next 50 years and was declared an honorary veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces in 1997. He received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1963 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. He died in 2003, two months after celebrating his 100th birthday.
THANK YOU: May 6-12 is National Nurses Week, a week to honor the outstanding efforts of nurses everywhere to strengthen the health of the nation. May 12 is the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. For more information, visit nursingworld.org.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Maybe I was born to play ball. Maybe I truly was.”
— Willie Mays, who was born in this day in 1931
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