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MILESTONES: June 5 birthdays for Sam Darnold, John Carlos, Pete Wentz

June 5, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include journalist and commentator Bill Moyers, who was born in 1934; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who was born in 1941; USA Track & Field Hall of Famer John Carlos, who was born in 1945; musician and filmmaker Laurie Anderson, who was born in 1947; financial advisor and media personality Suze Orman, who was born in 1951; Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain, who was born in 1952; Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who was born in 1953; “Matlock” star Nancy Stafford, who was born in 1954; jazz saxophonist Kenny G, who was born in 1956; singer-songwriter Brian McKnight, who was born in 1969; Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, who was born in 1979; and New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who was born in 1997.

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NEW HEIGHTS: The first public demonstration of a hot-air balloon flight took place on this day in 1783. In Annonay, France, brothers Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier succeeded in launching the 33-foot-diameter globe aerostatique that they had invented. The unmanned balloon rose an estimated 1,500 feet and traveled, wind-borne, about 7,500 feet before landing after a 10-minute flight — the first sustained flight of any object achieved by man.

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GRIDIRON GREAT: Marion Motley was born 100 years ago today. A fullback and linebacker, he was one of the first two African-Americans to break the color barrier in professional football when he and teammate Bill Willis debuted in the same game in September 1946. After serving in the Navy from 1944-45, Motley played for the Cleveland Browns (1946-53) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1955), winning a championship in 1950. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968 and died in 1999.

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

 

Quotable:

 

“How can you ask someone to live in the world and not have something to say about injustice?”

— John Carlos, who was born on this day in 1945


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