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MILESTONES: December 4 birthdays for Jay-Z, Bernard King, Marisa Tomei

December 4, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include game show host Wink Martindale, who was born in 1933; musician Southside Johnny, who was born in 1948; Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges, who was born in 1949; “Thirtysomething” star Patricia Wettig, who was born in 1951; singer-songwriter Cassandra Wilson, who was born in 1955; Basketball Hall of Famer Bernard King, who was born in Brooklyn in 1956; Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei, who was born in Brooklyn in 1964; former “Saturday Night Live” star Fred Armisen, who was born in 1966; rapper Jay-Z, who was born in Brooklyn in 1969; TV personality Tyra Banks, who was born in 1973; and singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, who was born in 1973.

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FIRST IN PEACE: Gen. George Washington said farewell to his troops on this day in 1783. The parting took place at Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan, one week after British troops evacuated New York as the American Revolution came to an end. Washington told his men, “I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your latter days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable.”

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THE LION IN WINTER: Bert Lahr died on this day in 1967. Born in 1895, the New York City native got his start in vaudeville at age 15. He was a Broadway star by the 1920s and made his feature film debut in 1931. His long and varied career is overshadowed by one role: a Cowardly Lion in search of courage in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz.” Lahr is buried in Union Field Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens.

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

 

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Quotable:

 

“Value will always work out in the course of time.”

— Dow Jones & Company founder Charles Dow, who died in Brooklyn on this day in 1902


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