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MILESTONES: August 4 birthdays for Barack Obama, Meghan Markle, Daniel Dae Kim

August 4, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include 1969 Mets World Series hero Cleon Jones, who was born in 1942; “Law & Order” star Richard Belzer, who was born in 1944; Pro Football Hall of Famer John Riggins, who was born in 1949; former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who was born in 1955; Oscar-winner Billy Bob Thornton, who was born in 1955; thoroughbred jockey Chuck C. Lopez, who was born in Brooklyn in 1960; former President Barack Obama, who was born in 1961; seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, who was born in 1962; “Hawaii Five-O” star Daniel Dae Kim, who was born in 1968; political correspondent Bret Baier, who was born in 1970; “Rectify” star Abigail Spencer, who was born in 1981; Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who was born in 1981; and “Little Women” director Greta Gerwig, who was born in 1983.


TOAST OF THE COAST: Today is Coast Guard Day. It celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the Revenue Charter Service in 1790, which merged with the Life-Saving Service in 1915 to become the U.S. Coast Guard. As of 2018, the Coast Guard is the world’s 12th largest naval force.

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HORN OF PLENTY: Louis Armstrong was born on this day in 1901. Also known as “Satchmo,” the trumpeter, composer and singer was one of the first African-American entertainers to find wide popularity with white audiences. He appeared in more than a dozen films and had 19 top-10 records, including “Stardust” and “What a Wonderful World.” He died in 1971 and is buried in Flushing Cemetery in Queens.


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





“All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard a horse sing a song.”

— Louis Armstrong, who was born on this day in 1901

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