MILESTONES: November 20 birthdays for Joe Biden, Dominique Dawes, Sean Young
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Oscar-winner Estelle Parsons, who was born in 1927; “The X-Files” star Jerry Hardin, who was born in 1929; “Libra” author Don DeLillo, who was born in 1936; actor and comedian Dick Smothers, who was born in 1939; U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who was born in 1942; “Spirit in the Sky” singer Norman Greenbaum, who was born in 1942; composer and choreographer Meredith Monk, who was born in 1942; “Hill Street Blues” star Veronica Hamel, who was born in 1943; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh (The Eagles), who was born in 1947; “10” star Bo Derek, who was born in 1956; “Blade Runner” star Sean Young, who was born in 1959; “ER” star Ming-Na Wen, who was born in 1963; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mike D (Beastie Boys), who was born in 1965; former N.Y. Knicks point guard Chris Childs, who was born in 1967; “Homicide: Life on the Street” star Callie Thorne, who was born in 1969; and gymnast and Olympic gold-medalist Dominique Dawes, who was born in 1976.
FREEDOM’S FOUNDATION: New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights on this day in 1789. The state approved 10 of the 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution proposed by Congress on Sept. 25.
JUDGMENT DAY: The Nuremberg war crime trials began on this day in 1945, with indictments against 24 former Nazi leaders. One defendant committed suicide during his trial, and another was excused because of his physical and mental condition. The trials lasted more than 10 months and delivery of the judgment was completed Oct. 1, 1946. Twelve defendants were sentenced to death by hanging, three to life imprisonment and four to lesser prison terms; three were acquitted.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.”
— Robert F. Kennedy, who was born on this day in 1925