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MILESTONES: June 29 birthdays for Lily Rabe, Nicole Scherzinger, Maria Conchita Alonso

June 29, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The Defiant Ones” star Cara Williams, who was born in 1925; weightlifter and Olympic gold medalist Pete George, who was born in 1929; “The Buddy Holly Story” star Gary Busey, who was born in 1944; “Anything but Love” star Richard Lewis, who was born in Brooklyn in 1947; “The Love Boat” star and former U.S. Rep. Fred Grandy, who was born in 1948; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian Paice (Deep Purple), who was born in 1948; “Alone Again” singer Don Dokken, who was born in 1953; Men at Work founder Colin Hay, who was born in 1953; “Moscow on the Hudson” star Maria Conchita Alonso, who was born in 1957; “NYPD Blue” star Sharon Lawrence, who was born in 1961; “Lost” star Zuleikha Robinson, who was born in 1977; Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, who was born in 1978; and “American Horror Story” star Lily Rabe, who was born in 1982. 


BY GEORGE: George Washington Goethals was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1858. The American engineer and Army officer led the construction of the Panama Canal and was the first civil governor of the Canal Zone. The Goethals Bridge between Staten Island and New Jersey is named for him. He died in 1928.

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MONSTER-SIZED TALENT: Ray Harryhausen was born 100 years ago today. The special effects wizard perfected the stop-motion animation he learned from mentor William O’Brien and created what he called “Dynamation.” He thrilled moviegoers in the 1950s and ’60s with realistic, rampaging monsters and alarming skeletal warriors in such films as “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms,” “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” and “Jason and the Argonauts.” He died in 2013.


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





“Knowledge of our duties is the most essential part of the philosophy of life. If you escape duty, you avoid action. The world demands results.”

— George Washington Goethals, who was born on this day in 1858

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