MILESTONES: October 15 birthdays for Tanya Roberts, Bailee Madison, Emeril LaGasse
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Eve of Destruction” singer Barry McGuire, who was born in 1935; “Alice” star Linda Lavin, who was born in 1937; Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, who was born in 1945; singer-songwriter Richard Carpenter, who was born in 1946; “Don’t Pay the Ferryman” singer Chris de Burgh, who was born in 1948; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson (The Jackson 5), who was born in 1953; actor and comedian Larry Miller, who was born in 1953; “That ’70s Show” star Tanya Roberts, who was born in 1955; celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, who was born in 1959; “General Hospital” star Vanessa Marcil, who was born in 1968; “The Affair” star Dominic West, who was born in 1969; singer-songwriter Ginuwine, who was born in 1970; singer-songwriter and TV personality Keyshia Cole, who was born in 1981; and “Bridge to Terabithia” star Bailee Madison, who was born in 1999.
LEARNING TO FLY: Mankind left the earth for the first time on this day in 1783. Jean Francois Pilatre de Rozier and Francois Laurent, Marquis d’Arlandes, became the first people to fly when they ascended in a hot-air balloon in Paris less than five months after the first public balloon flight demonstration, and less than a year after the first experiments with small paper and fabric balloons by the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Jacques. The flight lasted about four minutes and carried the passengers to a height of about 84 feet.
FAMILY MAN: Mario Puzo was born 100 years ago today. The Manhattan native wrote the best-selling novel “The Godfather” (1969), which sold 9 million copies in two years. He and director Francis Ford Coppola adapted the novel into a wildly popular Oscar-winning film trilogy. Puzo also wrote the screenplay for the 1978 blockbuster “Superman.” He died in Bay Shore, N.Y. in 1999.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Fortune favors the bold.”
— Roman poet Virgil, who was born on this day in 70 B.C.
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