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May 15, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include painter and sculptor Jasper Johns, who was born in 1930; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who was born in 1937; “My Favorite Year” star Lainie Kazan, who was born in 1940; Basketball Hall of Fame and former Knicks coach Don Nelson, who was born in 1940; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brian Eno, who was born in 1948; “A Bronx Tale” star Chazz Palminteri, who was born in 1952; Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett, who was born in 1953; Spectrum News 1 anchor Giselle Fernandez, who was born in 1961; Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz, who was born in 1967; Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, who was born in 1969; and “The Sopranos” star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who was born in 1981. 


A WIZARD WITH WORDS: L. Frank Baum was born in Chittenango, N.Y., on this day in 1856. Although “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is his most famous work, he also wrote many other books for children, including more than a dozen about Oz. He died in Hollywood in 1919.

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STOCKING UP: Nylon hose went on sale at stores throughout the country 80 years ago today. Competing producers bought their nylon yard from E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (later DuPont). W.H. Carothers, of DuPont, developed Nylon, called “Polymer 66,” in 1935. It was the first totally manmade fiber and over time was substituted for other materials and came to have widespread application.


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




“Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.”

— Jasper Johns, who was born on this day in 1930

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