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MILESTONES: July 22 birthdays for Selena Gomez, John Leguizamo, Alex Trebek

July 22, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former Walt Disney Company animator Ruthie Tompson, who was born in 1910; former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, who was born in 1923; Oscar-winner Louise Fletcher, who was born in 1934; “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who was born in 1940; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton (Parliament-Funkadelic), who was born in 1941; former Yankees closer Sparky Lyle, who was born in 1944; “Lethal Weapon” star Danny Glover, who was born in 1946; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Don Henley (The Eagles), who was born in 1947; “The Cotton Club” star Lonette McKee, who was born in 1954; “Platoon” star Willem Dafoe, who was born in 1955; Indigo Girls cofounder Emily Saliers, who was born in 1963; “Carlito’s Way” star John Leguizamo, who was born in 1964; “Just Shoot Me!” star David Spade, who was born in 1964; former Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who was born in 1972; and “Lose You to Love Me” singer Selena Gomez, who was born in 1992. 


GOING MOBILE: Alexander Calder was born on this day in 1898. The Pennsylvania native earned a mechanical engineering degree but turned to art in the 1920s. By the ’30s, he was the most famous American artist in the world. Calder invented the mobile, a delicate hanging kinetic sculpture whose form changed continuously due to air currents or motors. His stationary abstract sculptures were termed “stabiles,” and they influenced generations of artists to turn to industrial materials and monumental scope for expression. He died in 1976.

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MIND OVER MANNERS: Amy Vanderbilt was born on this day in 1908. The New York City native wrote “Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Book of Etiquette” in 1952. In became the bible for manners of courtesy and society. She also hosted the TV program “It’s in Good Taste” from 1954 to 1960. She died in 1974.


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





“I don’t spend any time whatsoever thinking about what might have been.”

— Alex Trebek, who was born on this day in 1940

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