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MILESTONES: August 31 birthdays for Van Morrison, Debbie Gibson, Tom Coughlin

August 31, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Allison (The Crickets), who was born in 1939; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Van Morrison, who was born in 1945; violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman, who was born in 1945; former N.Y. Giants coach and two-time Super Bowl champion Tom Coughlin, who was born in 1946; Scorpions founder Rudolf Schenker, who was born in 1948; “Pretty Woman” star Richard Gere, who was born in 1949; “Earth Girls Are Easy” star Julie Brown, who was born in 1954; The Go-Go’s drummer Gina Schock, who was born in 1957; Squeeze co-founder Glenn Tilbrook, who was born in 1957; “Lost in Your Eyes” singer Debbie Gibson, who was born in Brooklyn in 1970; “Rush Hour” star Chris Tucker, who was born in 1971; and swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Ian Crocker, who was born in 1982.

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THE PARTY’S OVER: Solidarity was founded on this day in 1980. The Polish trade union was formed at the Baltic Sea port of Gdansk. It was outlawed by the Communist government and many of its leaders were arrested. Led by Lech Walesa, Solidarity persisted in its opposition to the Communists, and on Aug. 19, 1989, Polish President Wojciech Jaruzelski astonished the world by nominating for the post of prime minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a former deputy in the Polish Assembly and editor in chief of Solidarity’s weekly newspaper, bringing to an end 42 years of Community Party domination.

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GOODBYE ENGLAND’S ROSE: Diana, Princess of Wales, died on this day in 1997. The princess and her companion, Dodi Fayed, were killed in a car crash in Paris. Although press photographers had been pursuing her car, French courts determined that the paparazzi were not responsible for the crash but rather a driver operating under the influence of alcohol. Diana’s funeral was watched by an estimated 2.5 billion people.

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

 

Quotable:

 

“Winning is what happens when commitment, desire, talent, preparation, hard work and leadership all come together.”

— Tom Coughlin, who was born on this day in 1946


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