MILESTONES: June 18 birthdays for Paul McCartney, Lou Brock, Alana de la Garza
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who was born in 1939; businessman and politician Brooks Firestone, who was born in 1939; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney, who was born in 1942; “Taxi” star Carol Kane, who was born in 1952; “Blue Velvet” star Isabella Rossellini, who was born in 1952; “Dream On” star Brian Benben, who was born in 1956; Boyz II Men founder Nathan Morris, who was born in 1971; Olympic gold medalist and former New York Ranger Martin St. Louis, who was born in 1975; Law and Order” star Alana de la Garza, who was born in 1976; country music superstar Blake Shelton, who was born in 1976; eight-time Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates, who was born in 1980; and former New York Ranger Derek Stepan, who was born in 1990.
THE HEAT OF BATTLE: Red Adair was born on this day in 1915. The Houston native began fighting oil well fires after serving in an Army bomb disposal unit during World War II. He founded Red Adair Co. in 1959 and during his career battled more than 2,000 land and offshore oil fires. In his 70s, he took part in extinguishing oil fires in Kuwait that were set by retreating Iraqi troops during the 1991 Gulf War. He died in 2004.
SPACE FOR EVERYONE: The first American woman went into space on this day in 1983. Dr. Sally Ride, a 32-year-old physicist and pilot, functioned as a mission specialist on a six-day mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The near-perfect mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Ride was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007. She died in 2012.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I’ve done made a deal with the devil. He said he’s going to give me an air-conditioned placed when I get down there, if I go there, so I won’t put all the fires out.”
— firefighter Red Adair, who was born on this day in 1915
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