MILESTONES: August 13 birthdays for Debi Mazar, John Slattery, Sebastian Stan
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former All-Star pitcher Mudcat Grant, who was born in 1935; former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who was born in Brooklyn in 1946; former Yankees shortstop Fred Stanley, who was born in 1947; opera star Kathleen Battle, who was born in 1948; Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Clarke, who was born in 1949; “United 93” director Paul Greengrass, who was born in 1955; “The Partridge Family” star Danny Bonaduce, who was born in 1959; weather anchor Sam Champion, who was born in 1961; “Mad Men” star John Slattery, who was born in 1962; “Goodfellas” star Debi Mazar, who was born in 1964; former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was born in 1982; Olympic gold medalist and NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who was born in 1990; and “Captain America” star Sebastian Stan, who was born in 1982.
NO WAY OUT: The Berlin Wall was erected on this day in 1961. Early in the morning, the Communist East German government closed the border between the east and west sectors of Berlin with barbed wire to discourage further population movement to the West. Telephone and postal services were interrupted, and later in the week a concrete wall was built to strengthen the barrier between official crossing points. The wall remained in place for 27 years.
A HERO’S EXIT: Mickey Mantle died 25 years ago today. The Oklahoma native was signed by the N.Y. Yankees after high school and roamed the outfield at the Stadium from 1951 to 1968. He led the Yankees to seven World Championships while winning three MVP awards and a Triple Crown, despite a slew of injuries that left him in pain for the rest of his life. Mantle succumbed to alcoholism after his retirement and received a liver transplant in June 1995. Shortly before his death, he recorded a video message for his fans, saying, “This is a role model. Don’t be like me.” He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.”
— Mickey Mantle, who died on this day in 1995
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