MILESTONES: July 15 birthdays for Lana Parrilla, Forest Whitaker, Brian Austin Green
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt, who was born in 1946; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo, who was born in 1949; The Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington, who was born in 1950; former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who was born in 1951; “Lost” star Terry O’Quinn, who was born in 1952; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Marky Ramone (The Ramones), who was born in Brooklyn in 1952; “I Love the Nightlife” singer Alicia Bridges, who was born in 1953; guitar great Joe Satriani, who was born in 1956; model and actress Kim Alexis, who was born in 1960; Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, who was born in 1961; “Malcolm & Eddie” star Eddie Griffin, who was born in 1968; “Beverly Hills 90210” star Brian Austin Green, who was born in 1973; and “Once Upon a Time” star Lana Parrilla, who was born in Brooklyn in 1977.
EXPRESS DELIVERY: Nolan Ryan pitched his second no-hitter of the season on this day in 1973. The California Angels righthander no-hit the Detroit Tigers two months to the day after he blanked the Kansas City Royals. Nicknamed “The Ryan Express,” he pitched seven no-hitters in his 27-year career, the seventh in 1991 at age 44. He retired after the 1993 season and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.
BUILDING SUSPENSE: “Die Hard” premiered on this day in 1988. The action film starred Bruce Willis as NYPD Det. John McClane, who must stop the terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles office building and rescue a group of hostages that includes his estranged wife. Co-stars included Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald Veljohnson. The film was a big hit, launching Willis’ movie career and leading to four sequels.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“The quest for knowledge is pursued at higher speeds with smarter tools today, but wisdom is found no more readily than it was three thousand years ago in the court of King Solomon.”
— Arianna Huffington, who was born on this day in 1950
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