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MILESTONES: November 18 birthdays for Kirk Hammett, Megyn Kelly, Gary Sheffield

November 18, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood, who was born in 1939; “Once Is Not Enough” star Brenda Vaccaro, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939; “Dynasty” star Linda Evans, who was born in 1942; “Falcon Crest” star Susan Sullivan, who was born in 1942; “Crooklyn” star Delroy Lindo, who was born in 1952; former “Saturday Night Live” star Kevin Nealon, who was born in 1953; “Big” star Elizabeth Perkins, who was born in 1960; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Kirk Hammett (Metallica), who was born in 1962; news anchor and author Rita Cosby, who was born in 1964; former N.Y. Yankees and Mets outfielder Gary Sheffield, who was born in 1968; “Wedding Crashers” star Owen Wilson, who was born in 1968; former N.J. Nets point guard Sam Cassell, who was born in 1969; news anchor Megyn Kelly, who was born in 1970; “Boys Don’t Cry” star Chloe Sevigny, who was born in 1974; and former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was born in 1975.

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POLLS APART: Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting on this day in 1872. Seeking to test for women the citizenship and voting rights extended to black males under the 14th and 15th amendments, Anthony led a group of women who registered and then voted at a Rochester, N.Y., polling place. In the ensuing federal criminal trial, held in June 1873, she was found guilty and sentenced to pay a $100 fine She refused to do so and never did. 

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STAT’S LIFE: George Gallup was born on this day in 1901. The Iowa native and journalism professor pioneered a statistical method to measure public opinion. He received national recognition for correctly predicting that Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt would defeat Republican challenger Alf Landon in 1936, but also gained notoriety for incorrectly predicting that Republican Gov. Thomas Dewey would defeat incumbent Democratic President Harry Truman in 1948. He died in 1984.

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

 

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Quotable:

 

“I could prove God statistically. Take the human body alone — the chances that all the functions of an individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity.”

— statistician George Gallup, who was born on this day in 1901


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