MILESTONES: October 30 birthdays for Nia Long, Grace Slick, Henry Winkler
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The Power Broker” author Robert Caro, who was born in 1935; former football coach Dick Vermeil, who was born in 1936; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane), who was born in 1939; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Otis Williams (The Temptations), who was born in 1941; “Happy Days” star Henry Winkler, who was born in 1945; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Timothy B. Schmit (The Eagles), who was born in 1947; actor and director Charles Martin Smith, who was born in 1953; “Fatal Affair” star Nia Long, who was born in Brooklyn in 1970; “Glee” star Matthew Morrison, who was born in 1978; and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, who was born in 1981.
MIND YOUR MANNERS: Emily Post was born on this day in 1872. Her 1922 book “Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage” instantly became the American bible of manners and social behavior and established her as a household name. The book inspired many letters asking her for advice on manners in specific situations. She used these letters as the basis for her radio show and her syndicated newspaper column, which eventually appeared in more than 200 papers. She died in 1960.
FRIGHT NIGHT: H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” was broadcast on this day in 1938. As part of a series of radio dramas based on famous novels, the Orson Welles and Mercury Theater production resulted in mass panic when listeners believed that the simulated news bulletins describing a Martian invasion of New Jersey were real. The following day, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The more than 300 calls which cluttered the switchboard at Brooklyn Police Headquarters composed what one patrolman there called the strangest incident in his 25 years of service. Although dozens of unusual messages reach the Telegraph Bureau of the department each week, none were more fantastic than those last night.”
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy”
— U.S. Founding Father John Adams, who was born on this day in 1735
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