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MILESTONES: October 28 birthdays for Julia Roberts, Lenny Wilkens, Dennis Franz

October 28, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Basketball Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens, who was born in Brooklyn in 1937; “Soap” creator Susan Harris, who was born in 1940; “NYPD Blue” star Dennis Franz, who was born in 1944; “Family Matters” star Telma Hopkins, who was born in 1948; Songwriters Hall of Famer Desmond Child, who was born in 1953; Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who was born in 1955; “The Talk” co-host Sheryl Underwood, who was born in 1963; “Still Standing” star Jami Gertz, who was born in 1965; Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Atwater, who was born in 1966;  blogger and activist Matt Drudge, who was born in 1966; Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, who was born in 1967; and Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix, who was born in 1974.

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LITERARY LANDMARK: “Gulliver’s Travels” was published on this day in 1726. Jonathan Swift’s masterpiece, set in such exotic locales as “Lilliput,” “Brobdingnag” and “Laputa,” was a satirical look at current events and human nature. The adventures of Lemuel Gulliver have been adapted numerous times for radio, television and film.

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MEDICAL MARVEL: Dr. Jonas Salk was born in New York City on this day in 1914. The Salk vaccine, which was introduced in 1955, was instrumental in the fight against the scourge of polio, one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century. He received the Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter in 1977. He died in 1995. 

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

 

Quotable:

 

“There is nothing like a fact to kill a theory.”

— journalist John Chamberlain, who was born on this day in 1903


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