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MILESTONES: May 13 birthdays for Debby Ryan, Harvey Keitel, Stevie Wonder

May 13, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Mean Streets” star Harvey Keitel, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939; former Mets manager Bobby Valentine, who was born in 1950; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Wonder, who was born in 1950; former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was born in 1952; comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert, who was born in 1964; Hootie & the Blowfish founder Darius Rucker, who was born in 1966; Bronze Star recipient and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, who was born in 1977; “The Walking Dead” star Samantha Morton, who was born in 1977; “Girls” star Lena Dunham, who was born in 1986; “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson, who was born in 1986; and “Jessie” star Debby Ryan, who was born in 1993.


A STAR IS BORN: Mary Wells was born on this day in 1943. Motown’s first big star, Wells was known for such hits as “You Beat Me to the Punch,” “Two Lovers” and her signature song, “My Guy.” She was one of a group of black artists of the 1960s who helped end musical segregation by having their work played on white radio stations. She died in Los Angeles in 1992.

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HOME OF THE BRAVE: Today is Children of Fallen Patriots Day. This day seeks to raise awareness for military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. It honors the bravery of surviving children while also creating awareness of the mission of the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation: to ensure a college education for all children of the fallen. For more information, visit 


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





“Just because a man lacks the use of his eyes doesn’t mean he lacks vision.”

— Stevie Wonder, who was born on this day in 1950

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