MILESTONES: May 8 birthdays for Enrique Iglesias, Bill de Blasio, Melissa Gilbert
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Gravity’s Rainbow” author Thomas Pynchon, who was born in 1937; Grammy-winner Toni Tennille, who was born in 1940; Grammy-winner Philip Bailey, who was born in 1951; former Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, who was born in 1951; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alex Van Halen, who was born in 1953; Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Cowher, who was born in 1957; football coach Lovie Smith, who was born in 1958; Pro Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, who was born in 1959; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was born in 1961; “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert, who was born in 1964; “King of Latin Pop” Enrique Iglesias, who was born in 1975; and four-time NBA All-Star Kemba Walker, who was born in 1990.
THE WEST IS WON: Today is the 75th anniversary of the unconditional surrender of Germany to Allied forces, also known as V-E Day. The surrender document was signed by German representatives at Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s headquarters at Reims, Germany. President Harry Truman, in his proclamation, said, “Our armies of liberation have restored freedom to these suffering peoples whose spirit and will the oppressors could never enslave.”
KINGS OF THE CITY: The Knicks won their first championship 50 years ago today, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden. Willis Reed, who was injured in Game 5, inspired his teammates by starting the game and was named MVP of the series.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Freedom necessarily means that many things will be done which we do not like.”
— Economist and philosopher Friedrich Hayek, who was born on this day in 1899
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