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May 12, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Oscar-winning composer Burt Bacharach, who was born in 1928; baseball player and manager Felipe Alou, who was born in 1935; “Slap Shot” star Lindsay Crouse, who was born in 1948; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Winwood (Traffic), who was born in 1948; “Babylon 5” star Bruce Boxleitner, who was born in 1950; “The Usual Suspects” star Gabriel Byrne, who was born in 1950; “Everybody Wants You” singer Billy Squier, who was born in 1950; “Pulp Fiction” star Ving Rhames, who was born in 1959; “Kids in the Hall” star Bruce McCulloch, who was born in 1961; “Soul Food” star Vanessa A. Williams, who was born in Brooklyn in 1963; “The Facts of Life” star Kim Fields, who was born in 1969; “Pump Up the Volume” star Samantha Mathis, who was born in Brooklyn in 1970; Oscar-winner Rami Malek, who was born in 1981; and “Lost” star Malcolm David Kelley, who was born in 1992.


A TIME TO HEAL: Florence Nightingale was born 200 years ago today. The English nurse and public health activist contributed perhaps more than any other single person to the development of modern nursing procedures and the dignity of nursing as a profession. She first came to prominence for tending to injured soldiers during the 1853-56 Crimean War. In 1859, she published “Notes on Nursing: What it is and What it is Not,” and the following year she founded the Nightingale Training School for Nurses. She died in 1910.

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BORN AT THE RIGHT TIME: Yogi Berra was born in this day in 1925. A veteran of the D-Day invasion, the slugging catcher joined the N.Y. Yankees in 1946 and won three MVP awards during his 19-year career. He holds the record for most World Series championships, with 10 as a player and three as a coach. As a manager, he won pennants with the Yankees (1964) and Mets (1973). He was almost as well known for his humorous “Yogi-isms,” such as “Ninety percent of the game is half mental.” He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972 and died on Sept. 22, 2015, the 69th anniversary of his major league debut.


Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.





“For the sick it is important to have the best.”

— Florence Nightingale, who was born on this day in 1820


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