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MILESTONES: August 19 birthdays for Christina Perri, Ron Darling, Matthew Perry

August 19, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The Ten Commandments” star Debra Paget, who was born in 1933; former N.Y. Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson, who was born in 1935; “I Can See Clearly Now” singer Johnny Nash, who was born in 1940; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), who was born in 1945; former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who was born in 1946; “Simon & Simon” star Gerald McRaney, who was born in 1947; “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Jonathan Frakes, who was born in 1952; political consultant Mary Matalin, who was born in 1953; “Chicago Hope” star Adam Arkin, who was born in Brooklyn in 1956; former N.Y. Mets pitcher Ron Darling, who was born in 1960; “Full House” star John Stamos, who was born in 1963; “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick, who was born in 1965; “I Hope You Dance” singer Lee Ann Womack, who was born in 1966; “Friends” star Matthew Perry, who was born in 1969; and “Arms” singer Christina Perri, who was born in 1986.


GOING TO CALIFORNIA, PART 1: The New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California on this day in 1848. While the news was already known out west, the Herald spread the word to a wide audience. In December, President James K. Polk publicized the news further in an address to Congress, sparking the California Gold Rush. 

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond


GOING TO CALIFORNIA, PART 2: The New York Giants announced they were moving to San Francisco on this day in 1957. The team didn’t go to California alone, however. They were joined by the Brooklyn Dodgers, who found a new home in L.A. Two Giants shareholders who opposed the move — Joan Whitney Payson and M. Donald Grant — helped to bring National League baseball back to New York by founding the Mets in 1962.


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




“The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”

— publisher Malcolm Forbes, who was born on this day in 1919

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