MILESTONES: May 18 birthdays for Tina Fey, Chow Yun-fat, Reggie Jackson
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Dallas” star Priscilla Pointer, who was born in 1924; “Mad Men” star Robert Morse, who was born in 1931; Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, who was born in 1937; Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who was born in 1946; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Wakeman (Yes), who was born in 1949; Country Music Hall of Famer George Strait, who was born in 1952; “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star Chow Yun-fat, who was born in 1955; “Toy Soldiers” singer Martika, who was born in 1969; “30 Rock” star Tina Fey, who was born in 1970; former Mets pitcher and broadcaster Nelson Figueroa, who was born in Brooklyn in 1974; and figure skating champion Polina Edmunds, who was born in 1998.
THE PRIDE OF POLAND: Pope John Paul II was born 100 years ago today. The 264th pope of the Roman Catholic Church was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland. Elected on Oct. 16, 1978, he was the first non-Italian to become pope in 456 years and the first from Poland. His theology was conservative and traditional and he was known for his worldwide travels to bring the message of the Catholic Church to people around the world. He survived an assassination attempt in 1981 and died at Vatican City on April 2, 2005. He was beatified on May 1, 2011.
HOT SPOT: Mount St. Helens erupted 40 years ago today. The volcano in southwestern Washington blew steam and ash more than 11 miles into the sky, resulting in 57 deaths and more than $1 billion in property damage. It has been called the most disastrous volcanic eruption in U.S. history.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”
— Pope John Paul II, who was born on this day in 1920
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