MILESTONES: June 5 birthdays for Sam Darnold, John Carlos, Pete Wentz
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.
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.
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.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“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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