MILESTONES: November 4 birthdays for Sean Combs, Bethenny Frankel, Ralph Macchio
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include 1960 National League MVP Dick Groat, who was born in 1930; “M*A*S*H” star Loretta Swit, who was born in 1937; singer-songwriter Delbert McClinton, who was born in 1940; former First Lady Laura Bush, who was born in 1946; “Cold Mountain” author Charles Frazier, who was born in 1950; “Night Court” star Markie Post, who was born in 1950; former Walt Disney executive Anne Sweeney, who was born in 1957; “Cobra Kai” star Ralph Macchio, who was born in 1961; “Survivor” host Jeff Probst, who was born in 1961; rapper and entrepreneur Sean Combs, who was born in 1969; Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, who was born in 1969; TV personality Bethenny Frankel, who was born in 1970; Pro Football Hall of Famer Orlando Pace, who was born in 1975; and former NFL return specialist Devin Hester, who was born in 1982.
FOLLOW THE MUMMY: The tomb of Tutankhamen was discovered in Luxor, Egypt, on this day in 1922.
Tutankhamen became pharaoh at age 9 and died at age 19 in about 1352 B.C. Perhaps the only ancient Egyptian royal tomb to have escaped plundering by grave robbers, it was discovered by English archaeologist Howard Carter, the leader of an expedition financed by Lord Carnarvon. Amid rumors that a curse had been brought upon its discoverers, King Tut’s tomb became a pop culture phenomenon, inspiring books, films and even a 1978 hit song by comedian Steve Martin.
TERROR IN TEHRAN: The Iran hostage crisis began on this day in 1979 when approximately 500 Iranians seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking some 90 hostages, including 66 Americans. They vowed to hold the hostages until the former shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi — who was in the U.S. for medical treatments — was returned to Iran for trial. The shah died on July 27, 1980 in an Egyptian military hospital near Cairo. Fourteen Americans were released in 1979 and 1980, but the remaining 52 hostages weren’t released until Jan. 20, 1981, after 444 days of captivity. The release occurred on Inauguration Day, during the hour in which the American presidency was transferred from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“The power of a book lies in its power to turn a solitary act into a shared vision. As long as we have books, we are not alone.”
— former First Lady Laura Bush, who was born on this day in 1946
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