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MILESTONES: October 7 birthdays for Toni Braxton, John Mellencamp, Simon Cowell

October 7, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include talk show host Joy Behar, who was born in Brooklyn in 1942; former N.Y. Yankees coach Jose Cardenal, who was born in 1943; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, who was born in 1951; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tico Torres (Bon Jovi), who was born in 1953; cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was born in 1955; “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, who was born in 1959; “Unbreak My Heart” singer Toni Braxton, who was born in 1967; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Thom Yorke (Radiohead), who was born in 1968; “Boiler Room” director Ben Younger, who was born in Brooklyn in 1972; former NFL running back Priest Holmes, who was born in 1973; “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, who was born in 1976; former NFL cornerback Charles Woodson, who was born in 1976; San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria, who was born in 1985; and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, who was born in 1992.

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SIGNING IN: Caesar Rodney was born on this day in 1728. The Delaware native was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia and cast a tie-breaking vote that led to the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which he signed. He died in 1784 after a long battle with cancer.

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MEOW AND FOREVER: “Cats” premiered on this day in 1982. The second-longest-running production in Broadway history (after “The Phantom of the Opera”) was based on a book of poetry by T.S. Eliot and had a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber. More than 10 million theatergoers saw the New York City production, which closed Sept. 10, 2000 after 7,485 performances.

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

 

Quotable:

“If you break your knee, you have therapy on your knee, and it’s the same for your heart.”

— singer-songwriter Toni Braxton, who was born on this day in 1967


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