MILESTONES: September 4 birthdays for Beyonce, Damon Wayans, Mike Piazza
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “South Pacific” star Mitzi Gaynor, who was born in 1931; World Golf Hall of Famer Raymond Floyd, who was born in 1942; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Merald “Bubba” Knight (Gladys Knight & The Pips), who was born in 1942; World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson, who was born in 1949; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), who was born in 1951; “Brighton Beach Memoirs” star Judith Ivey, who was born in 1951; W.A.S.P. co-founder Blackie Lawless, who was born in 1956; “NewsRadio” star Khandi Alexander, who was born in 1957; “In Living Color” star Damon Wayans, who was born in 1960; Baseball Hall of Famer and former N.Y. Mets catcher Mike Piazza, who was born in 1968; musician and producer Mark Ronson, who was born in 1975; and “Single Ladies” singer Beyonce, who was born in 1981.
THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE: The first electric lighting took place on this day in 1882. Four hundred lights came on in offices on Spruce, Wall, Nassau and Pearl streets in lower Manhattan as Thomas Edison hooked up lightbulbs to an underground cable carrying direct current electrical power. Edison had demonstrated his first incandescent lightbulb in 1879.
THE HAND OF FATE: Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter on this day in 1993. In his first year as a Yankee — and with the resurgent Yanks in a pennant race for the first time in several years — the 25-year-old lefthander blanked the Cleveland Indians at the Stadium, 4-0. Abbott was no stranger to the big stage, having won a gold medal with Team USA at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. And he was no stranger to adversity, being born without a right hand.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“To be only the second Met to enter the Hall of Fame, following Tom Seaver, brings me great pride and joy.”
— Mike Piazza, who was born on this day in 1968
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