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MILESTONES: May 27 birthdays for Louis Gossett Jr., Peri Gilpin, Joseph Fiennes

May 27, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who was born in 1923; Oscar-winner Louis Gossett Jr., who was born in Brooklyn in 1936; “Hill Street Blues” star Bruce Weitz, who was born in 1943; “The West Wing” star Richard Schiff, who was born in 1955; investigative journalist Cynthia McFadden, who was born in 1956; Siouxsie and the Banshees founder Siouxsie Sioux, who was born in 1957; Crowded House founder Neil Finn, who was born in 1958; “Frasier” star Peri Gilpin, who was born in 1961; talk show host Adam Carolla, who was born in 1964; Baseball Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell, who was born in 1968; Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, who was born in 1968; “Shakespeare in Love” star Joseph Fiennes, who was born in 1970; “Glee” star Chris Colfer, who was born in 1990; and “A Faithful Man” star Lily-Rose Depp, who was born in 1999.


AND THEY’RE OFF: The first running of the Preakness Stakes took place on this day in 1873. The race, held at Pimlico, Maryland, was won by Survivor with a time of 2:43. Known as the second jewel in the Triple Crown, the Preakness is traditionally held on the third Saturday in May. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s race has been rescheduled for Oct. 3.

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STICKING WITH IT: Cellophane tape was patented 90 years ago today. Richard Gurley Drew’s invention was later manufactured by 3M as Scotch tape. It grew in popularity during the Great Depression as a cheap way for people to repair items they couldn’t afford to replace. Drew died in 1980 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2007.


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





“Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.”

— Henry Kissinger, who was born on this day in 1923

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