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MILESTONES: August 28 birthdays for Florence Welch, Jack Black, Shania Twain

August 28, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former N.Y. Yankees outfielder and manager Lou Piniella, who was born in 1943; “Starsky & Hutch” star David Soul, who was born in 1943; former N.Y. Yankees pitcher and 1978 A.L. Cy Young winner Ron Guidry, who was born in 1950; Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove, who was born in 1952; “Home Alone” star Daniel Stern who was born in 1957; figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton, who was born in 1958; “American Pie” star Jennifer Coolidge, who was born in 1961; “From This Moment On” singer Shania Twain, who was born in 1965; “School of Rock” star Jack Black, who was born in 1969; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who was born in 1969; “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Jason Priestley, who was born in 1969; “Angel” star J. August Richards, who was born in 1973; “How Do I Live” singer LeAnn Rimes, who was born in 1982; “Shake it Out” singer Florence Welch, who was born in 1986; and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhane Wallis, who was born in 2003.


A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR: The first radio commercial was broadcast on this day in 1922. WEAF in New York ran a spot which was sponsored by the Queensboro Realty Corporation of Jackson Heights to promote Hawthorne Court, a group of apartment buildings. The commercial rate was $100 for 10 minutes.

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JUSTICE DENIED: Emmett Till was murdered on this day in 1955. The 14-year-old African-American from Chicago was visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, when he was killed by a group of white men angry at his reported flirtation with a white woman. The Till murder and the acquittal of two of the men involved focused the nation’s attention on racial tensions in the South and helped spark the civil rights movement.


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




“The gate of heaven is very low; only the humble can enter it.”

— Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who was born on this day in 1774

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