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MILESTONES: October 1 birthdays for Rod Carew, Julie Andrews, Jimmy Carter

October 1, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who was born in 1924; Oscar-winner Julie Andrews, who was born in 1935; Peaches & Herb member Herb Fame, who was born in 1942; Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who was born in 1945; “Independence Day” star Randy Quaid, who was born in 1950; former N.Y. Mets pitcher Pete Falcone, who was born in Brooklyn in 1953; Shalamar singer Howard Hewett, who was born in 1955; singer-songwriter Youssou N’Dour, who was born in 1959; “NYPD Blue” star Esai Morales, who was born in 1962; baseball player Mark McGwire, who was born in 1963; “Between Two Ferns” host Zach Galifianakis, who was born in 1969; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sarah Drew, who was born in 1980; and Oscar-winner Brie Larson, who was born in 1989.

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A STAR IS BORN: Walter Matthau was born 100 years ago today. The New York City native won two Tony Awards — one as best actor in a play for his portrayal of slob Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple” (1965), a role he repeated in the 1968 film. A frequent film collaborator was Jack Lemmon, first in Billy Wilder’s “The Fortune Cookie” (1966), in which Matthau won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He also starred in “Hello Dolly!,” “The Front Page,” “The Sunshine Boys” and “The Bad News Bears.” He died in 2000.

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MODEL HOMES: On this day in 1947, the first residents moved into what would become Levittown on Long Island. The community developed by William Levitt, his brother Alfred and their father Abraham started as affordable rental houses built for returning World War II veterans. In 1948 the Levitts began to sell the 800-square-foot homes for less than $8,000. By 1951, when this first community was finished, the Levitts had built 17,447 mass-produced Cape Cod and ranch homes. In 1952 they started construction on a new Levittown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they built another 17,000 houses and, beginning in 1958, they built 12,000 homes in Willingboro, N.J.

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

 

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Quotable:

 

“Somewhere ‘out there,’ beyond the walls of the courthouse, run currents and tides of public opinion which lap at the courtroom door.”

— Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who was born on this day in 1924


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