MILESTONES: May 21 birthdays for Cher, David Wells, David Paterson
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Cox, who was born in 1941; “Bobby’s Girl” singer Marcie Blane, who was born in Brooklyn in 1944; Chicago singer Bill Champlin, who was born in 1947; “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” singer Leo Sayer, who was born in 1948; “The A-Team” star Mr. T, who was born in 1952; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stan Lynch (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), who was born in 1955; “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” star Judge Reinhold, who was born in 1957; former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was born in 1959; “Family Guy” producer Richard Appel, who was born in 1963; My Bloody Valentine founder Kevin Shields, who was born in 1963; “House” star Lisa Edelstein, who was born in 1966; “The Craft” star Fairuza Balk, who was born in 1974; and former Yankees pitcher Andrew Miller, who was born in 1985.
HOPE SPRINGS: Alexander Pope was born on this day in 1688. The English poet, critic and satirist gained fame with “The Rape of Lock” (1712-14), which established him as the foremost poet of the time. He is also the author of the unfinished “An Essay on Man,” which features the line “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” He died in 1744.
LIFEBLOOD: The American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton on this day in 1881. Originally established in Switzerland in 1864 by representatives of 16 European nations, the Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization governed and directed by volunteers and provides disaster relief at home and abroad. Its 1.1 million volunteers are involved in community services such as collecting and distributing donated blood and blood products, teaching health and safety classes and acting as a medium for emergency communications between Americans and their armed forces.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“The only thing of value on this earth is that each of us is an individual and not a cog in a machine.”
— author Harold Robbins, who was born on this day in 1916
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