MILESTONES: November 13 birthdays for Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Noth, Jimmy Kimmel
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett, who was born in 1934; Hobby Lobby founder David Green, who was born in 1941; “Criminal Minds” star Joe Mantegna, who was born in 1947; “Six Feet Under” star Frances Conroy, who was born in 1953; “Law & Order” star Chris Noth, who was born in 1954; Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg, who was born in 1955; singer-songwriter Aldo Nova, who was born in 1956; “Scrubs” star Neil Flynn, who was born in 1960; former N.Y. Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who was born in 1963; TV host Jimmy Kimmel, who was born in 1967; “300” star Gerard Butler, who was born in 1969; The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture, who was born in 1978; “High School Musical” star Monique Coleman, who was born in 1980; and singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, who was born in 1993.
HAPPY HOLLAND DAY: The Holland Tunnel opened to traffic on this day in 1927. Running under the Hudson River between Manhattan and Jersey City, it was built by the New York-New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel Commission. It comprises two tubes, each large enough for two lanes of traffic, and was the first underwater tunnel built in the U.S.
UNCOUPLING: “On Nov. 13, Felix Unger was asked to remove himself from his place of residence. That request came from his wife.” So begins the opening narration of “The Odd Couple,” the popular TV sitcom about mismatched roommates — fussy photographer Felix Unger (Tony Randall) and slob sportswriter Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman). Based on Neil Simon’s Tony Award-winning play, the show ran on ABC from 1970 to 1975 and allowed viewers to ponder the question, “Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?”
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Wine is bottled poetry.”
— author Robert Louis Stevenson, who was born on this day in 1850
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