MILESTONES: December 3 birthdays for Dascha Polanco, Ozzy Osbourne, Hal Steinbrenner
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), who was born in 1948; Jefferson Starship singer Mickey Thomas, who was born in 1949; Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, who was born in 1960; hockey player and Olympic gold medalist Mike Ramsey, who was born in 1960; New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, who was born in 1969; “Charmed” star Holly Marie Combs, who was born in 1973; former N.Y. Giants defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, who was born in 1976; “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky, who was born in 1980; actress and former Sunset Park resident Dascha Polanco, who was born in 1982; and “Mean Girls” star Amanda Seyfried, who was born in 1985.
THE GIFT OF LIFE: The world’s first successful heart transplant took place on this day in 1967. Dr. Christiaan Barnard of South Africa performed the surgery on 53-year-old Louis Washkansky. The donor was 25-year-old Denise Darvall, who was killed in a car accident. Washkansky lived for 18 days with his new heart before dying of pneumonia.
BOXING DAY: “Rocky” was released in theaters on this day in 1976. Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the script, starred as underdog fighter Rocky Balboa, who gets his shot at fame and fortune. Made on a budget of only $1 million, the film was a huge financial success and won three Oscars, including Best Picture, and spawned a number of sequels, with the most recent being 2018’s “Creed II.”
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I got rabies shots for biting the head off a bat, but that’s OK — the bat had to get Ozzy shots.”
— musician Ozzy Osbourne, who was born on this day in 1948
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