MILESTONES: June 9 birthdays for Natalie Portman, Michael J. Fox, Gloria Reuben
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include comedian and actor Jackie Mason, who was born in 1931; former Yankees manager Bill Virdon, who was born in 1931; Basketball Hall of Famer and sportscaster Dick Vitale, who was born in 1939; “The Graduate” author Charles Webb, who was born in 1939; Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard, who was born in 1951; 1978 National League MVP Dave Parker, who was born in 1951; “Scarpetta” author Patricia Cornwell, who was born in 1956; “Back to the Future” star Michael J. Fox, who was born in 1961; “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, who was born in 1961; “ER” star Gloria Reuben, who was born in 1964; former Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi, who was born in 1973; soccer player and Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts, who was born in 1978; and Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, who was born in 1981.
CENTER STAGE: Cole Porter was born on this day in 1891. His career as a composer and lyricist for Broadway was launched in 1928 when five of this songs were used in the musical play “Let’s Do It.” His prolific contributions to the Broadway stage include “Fifty Million Frenchmen,” “Wake Up and Dream,” “The Gay Divorcee,” “Anything Goes,” Leave It to Me,” “Du Barry Was a Lady” and “Kiss Me Kate.” He died in 1964.
FOR THE RECORD: Les Paul was born on this day in 1915. The legendary American musician designed one of the first solid-body electric guitars. Though best known for the guitars that bear his name, Paul also made groundbreaking contributions in guitar effects and recording techniques, such as multitrack recording. He died in 2009.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“To this day, no one has come up with a set of rules for originality. There aren’t any.”
— guitar legend Les Paul, who was born on this day in 1915
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