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MILESTONES: June 3 birthdays for Rafael Nadal, Imogen Poots, Deniece Williams

June 3, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Lonesome Dove” author Larry McMurtry, who was born in 1936; Basketball Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham, who was born in Brooklyn in 1943; sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Edith McGuire, who was born in 1944; World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin, who was born in 1945; “Hey There Lonely Girl” singer Eddie Holman, who was born in 1946; special effects wizard John Dykstra, who was born in 1947; “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” singer Deniece Williams, who was born in 1950; “Can’t We Try” singer Dan Hill, who was born in 1954; Slayer co-founder Kerry King, who was born in 1964; CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, who was born in 1967; tennis great Rafael Nadal, who was born in 1986; and “28 Weeks Later” star Imogen Poots, who was born in 1989.

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THE DRIVE TO SUCCEED: Ransom Olds was born on this day in 1864. The American automobile inventor and manufacturer founded the Olds Motor Works, which made Oldsmobile, the first affordable, mass-produced American car. It was also the first automobile produced in quantity with a progressive assembly system and composed of interchangeable parts. He died in 1950.

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LIBERATION IN PARIS: Josephine Baker was born on this day in 1906. The sensation of 1920s Paris, Baker was born into poverty in St. Louis. She began working as a dancer at age 16 and went to Paris in 1925, where her seminude “danse sauvage” became a hit. She was the first American-born woman to be awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor, in recognition of her Red Cross work during World War II. Baker performed up until her death on April 12, 1975.

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

 

Quotable: 

 

“The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.”

— Josephine Baker, who was born on this day in 1906.

 


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