MILESTONES: October 5 birthdays for Parminder Nagra, Grant Hill, Jesse Eisenberg
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller, who was born in 1943; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brian Johnson (AC/DC), who was born in 1947; baseball statistician Bill James, who was born in 1949; “Raiders of the Lost Ark” star Karen Allen, who was born in 1951; “Books of Blood” author Clive Barker, who was born in 1952; astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, who was born in 1958; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee Michael Andretti, who was born in 1962; Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, who was born in 1965; Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, who was born in 1965; “Melrose Place” star Josie Bissett, who was born in 1970; Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill, who was born in 1972; “ER” star Parminder Nagra, who was born in 1975; “Titanic” star Kate Winslet, who was born in 1975; and “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg, who was born in 1983.
FATHER’S DAY, PART 1: Henry Chadwick was born on this day in 1824. The English-born sportswriter, historian and statistician is often referred to as the “Father of Baseball” for his contributions to the early development of the game. He is credited with creating the box score and the statistics of batting average and earned run average. He died in 1908 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938.
FATHER’S DAY, PART 2: Robert Goddard was born on this day in 1882. Known as the “Father of the Space Age,” the Massachusetts native was largely ignored or ridiculed during his lifetime because of his dreams of rocket travel, including travel to other planets. In 1926, he launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket, paving the way for many of the innovations of later years. He died in 1945.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“It was not long before I was struck with the idea that baseball was just the game for a national sport for Americans.”
— statistician Henry Chadwick, who was born on this day in 1824
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