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MILESTONES: October 8 birthdays for Matt Damon, Bruno Mars, Sigourney Weaver

October 8, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include gossip columnist Rona Barrett, who was born in 1936; International Tennis Hall of Famer Fred Stolle, who was born in 1938; “Crocodile Dundee” star Paul Hogan, who was born in 1939; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Fred Cash (The Impressions), who was born in 1940; civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, who was born in 1941; original “Saturday Night Live” star Chevy Chase, who was born in 1943; “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine, who was born in 1943; “Alien” star Sigourney Weaver, who was born in 1949; Kool and the Gang co-founder Robert “Kool” Bell, who was born in 1950; former “Saturday Night Live” star Darrell Hammond, who was born in 1955; gospel singer CeCe Winans, who was born in 1964; “Lost” star Jeremy Davies, who was born in 1969; Oscar-winner Matt Damon, who was born in 1970; and “Just the Way You Are” singer Bruno Mars, who was born in 1985.

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AMERICAN FLYER: Eddie Rickenbacker was born on this day in 1890. The auto racer, war hero and airline executive was dubbed “America’s Ace of Aces” for his victories as a pilot in the 94th Aero Squadron during World War I. He was a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Medal and the French Croix de Guerre. He died in 1973.

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SPICE OF LIFE: Frank Herbert was born 100 years ago today. He published his first short story in 1945 and went on to write the phenomenally successful science fiction novel “Dune” (1965) and its five sequels. Initially refused by numerous publishers, “Dune” eventually sold more than 12 million copies during Herbert’s lifetime and spurred a franchise in screen adaptations, comics and games. He died in 1986.

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

 

Quotable:

 

“I can give you a six-word formula for success: Think things through — then follow through.”

— Medal of Honor recipient Eddie Rickenbacker, who was born on this day in 1890


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