MILESTONES: July 24 birthdays for Kadeem Hardison, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Chenoweth
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Laugh-In” star Ruth Buzzi, who was born in 1936; “Clueless” star Dan Hedaya, who was born in Brooklyn in 1940; “Fright Night” star Chris Sarandon, who was born in 1942; “Seinfeld” star Michael Richards, who was born in 1949; “Wonder Woman” star Lynda Carter, who was born in 1951; National Racing Hall of Famer Julie Krone, who was born in 1963; Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone, who was born in 1963; all-time home run champion Barry Bonds, who was born in 1964; “A Different World” star Kadeem Hardison, who was born in Brooklyn in 1965; “Wicked” star Kristin Chenoweth, who was born in 1968; “If You Had My Love” singer Jennifer Lopez, who was born in 1969; “Firefly” star Summer Glau, who was born in 1981; “Mad Men” star Elisabeth Moss, who was born in 1982; and Oscar-winner Anna Paquin, who was born in 1982.
AMERICAN FLYER: Amelia Earhart was born on this day in 1897. The Kansas native received training as a nurse’s aide and cared for patients during the 1918 influenza epidemic. Her interest in aviation was sparked at an exhibition by a World War I flying ace. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic and the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Hawaii to California. She disappeared on a flight from New Guinea to Howland Island in the Pacific on July 2, 1937 and was declared dead in absentia in 1939.
FURIOUS GEORGE: The “Pine Tar Game” took place at Yankee Stadium on this day in 1983. With the Kansas City Royals trailing the Yankees 4-3 in the top of the ninth with two outs, Royals third baseman George Brett hit a two-run homer to give his team the lead. Yankees manager Billy Martin complained to the umpires that Brett’s bat had too much pine tar on it. The umpires called Brett out and the Yankees won, prompting the enraged Brett to storm the field. The Royals protested the game and the American League president ruled that it would be replayed Aug. 18 from the point of the home run. The Royals won 5-4.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“There’s more to life than being a passenger.”
— Amelia Earhart, who was born on this day in 1897
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