MILESTONES: May 7 birthdays for Michael E. Knight, Aidy Bryant, Sydney Leroux
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “One Life to Live” star Robin Strasser, who was born in 1945; Grammy-winner Thelma Houston, who was born in 1946; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), who was born in 1946; boxer and actor Randall “Tex” Cobb, who was born in 1950; “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” director Amy Heckerling, who was born in 1954; SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson, who was born in 1957; Royal College of Nursing President Anne Marie Rafferty, who was born in 1958; “All My Children” star Michael E. Knight, who was born in 1959; Trans-Siberian Orchestra bassist Johnny Lee Middleton, who was born in 1963; four-time NBA All-Star Shawn Marion, who was born in 1978; Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, who was born in 1984; “Saturday Night Live” star Aidy Bryant, who was born in 1987; and soccer player and World Cup champion Sydney Leroux, who was born in 1990.
EASING THE PAIN: Mary Eliza Mahoney was born on this day in 1845. She was the second African-American to work as a professionally trained nurse in the U.S., graduating from nursing school in 1879. In 1908 she co-founded the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, an organization that played a large part in fighting racial discrimination in the nursing profession. She was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 1976 and the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. She died in 1926.
MOTHER COUNTRY: On this day in 1914, a resolution was introduced by Rep. James T. Heflin of Alabama and Sen. Morris Sheppard of Texas providing that the second Sunday in May be designated as Mother’s Day. It passed both Houses. Two days later, President Woodrow Wilson declared Mother’s Day a national holiday.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Work more and better the coming year than the previous year.”
— nursing pioneer Mary Eliza Mahoney, who was born on this day in 1845
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