MILESTONES: July 7 birthdays for Lisa Leslie, Ringo Starr, Michelle Kwan
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former “Tonight Show” bandleader Doc Severinsen, who was born in 1927; historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient David McCullough, who was born in 1933; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ringo Starr (The Beatles), who was born in 1940; “The Shining” star Shelley Duvall, who was born in 1949; “Once and Again” star Billy Campbell, who was born in 1959; “Ally McBeal” star Vonda Shepard, who was born in 1963; “Mad TV” star Mo Collins, who was born in 1965; actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan, who was born in 1966; “CSI” star Jorja Fox, who was born in 1968; “A Different World” star Cree Summer, who was born in 1969; Olympic gold medalist and Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie, who was born in 1972; U.S. and World Figure Skating Hall of Famer Michelle Kwan, who was born in 1980.
FRONT PAIGE NEWS: Leroy “Satchel” Paige was born on this day in 1906. The native of Mobile, Alabama, was one of the greatest stars of the Negro Leagues. In 1948, at age 42, he became the first black pitcher in the American League and helped the Cleveland Indians win the World Series. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971 and died in 1982.
WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Sandra Day O’Connor was announced as a nominee to the Supreme Court on this day in 1981. President Ronald Reagan, who pledged to appoint the first woman to the court during his campaign, formally nominated her on Aug. 19. She was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 99-0 on Sept. 21 and served on the court until her retirement in 2006.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”
— Baseball Hall of Famer Satchel Paige, who was born on this day in 1906.
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