MILESTONES: December 9 birthdays for Kirsten Gillibrand, Judi Dench, Michael Dorn
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Oscar-winner Judi Dench, who was born in 1934; “Stargate SG-1” star Beau Bridges, who was born in 1941; Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus, who was born in 1942; Jay and the Americans co-founder Kenny Vance, who was born in Brooklyn in 1943; World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Kite, who was born in 1949; “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Michael Dorn, who was born in 1952; basketball player and former Brooklyn resident World B. Free, who was born in 1953; “Dangerous Liaisons” star John Malkovich, who was born in 1953; “Donny & Marie” star Donny Osmond, who was born in 1957; U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was born in 1966; “Shark Tank” star Lori Greiner, who was born in 1969; musician Kara DioGuardi, who was born in 1970; and “24” star Reiko Aylesworth, who was born in 1972.
FREEZE THE DAY: Clarence Birdseye was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1886. The inventor and entrepreneur, who spent his early years in Cobble Hill, was one of the founders of the General Foods Corporation and is considered to be the father of the frozen food industry. He died in Manhattan in 1956 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005.
A JOYFUL ’TOON: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premiered on this day in 1965. The animated TV special, based on the popular “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles M. Schulz and featuring a jazz score by Vince Guaraldi, follows Charlie Brown as he tries to find meaning in Christmas beyond its commercial trappings. A hit with audiences and critics, its annual rebroadcast has become a beloved Yuletide tradition for millions of people.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“We get up in the morning. We do our best. Nothing else matters.”
— Judi Dench, who was born on this day in 1934
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