MILESTONES: July 27 birthdays for Maya Rudolph, Julian McMahon, Alex Rodriguez
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “All in the Family” creator Norman Lear, who was born in 1922; “Knots Landing” star John Pleshette, who was born in 1942; “Ode to Billie Joe” singer Bobbie Gentry, who was born in 1942; “Hill Street Blues” star Betty Thomas, who was born in 1947; figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming, who was born in 1948; “The Morning After” singer Maureen McGovern, who was born in 1949; “Chicago Hope” star Roxanne Hart, who was born in 1952; comedian and writer Carol Leifer, who was born in 1956; “Charmed” star Julian McMahon, who was born in 1968; former “Saturday Night Live” star Maya Rudolph, who was born in 1972; former Yankee and three-time American League MVP Alex Rodriguez, who was born in 1975; and three-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, who was born in 1984.
ACROSS THE SEA: The Atlantic Telegraph cable was laid on this day in 1866. Having started from Valentia, Ireland on July 7, 1866, the Great Eastern steamship successfully laid a submarine cable at Heart’s Content, Newfoundland, Canada. This cable provided transatlantic communication and followed almost-successful efforts in 1858 and 1865.
A MARVELOUS NIGHT: Van Morrison’s “Moondance” album was released 50 years ago today. Issued in the United Kingdom, it was an immediate critical and commercial success. It was rated triple platinum by 1996 and today ranks 65 on Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest albums list.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Baseball is like church. Many attend, few understand.”
— Hall of Famer Leo Durocher, who was born on this day in 1905
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