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MILESTONES: December 17 birthdays for Pope Francis, Laurie Holden, Milla Jovovich

December 17, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Avalon” star Armin Mueller-Stahl, who was born in 1930; Pope Francis, who was born in 1936; “Ghostbusters” star Ernie Hudson, who was born in 1945; political commentator Chris Matthews, who was born in 1945; “American Pie” star Eugene Levy, who was born in 1946; Oscar-winner Wes Studi, who was born in 1947; Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, who was born in 1949; “Independence Day” star Bill Pullman, who was born in 1953; former N.Y. Mets pitcher Bob Ojeda, who was born in 1957; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mike Mills (R.E.M.), who was born in 1958; “The Walking Dead” star Laurie Holden, who was born in 1969; “American Horror Story” star Sarah Paulson, who was born in 1974; “Saving Private Ryan” star Giovanni Ribisi, who was born in 1974; “Resident Evil” star Milla Jovovich, who was born in 1975; boxer Manny Pacquiao, who was born in 1978; and “Raising Hope” star Shannon Woodward.

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IN THE SPIRIT: “A Christmas Carol” was published on this day in 1843. The Charles Dickens classic was published in a print run of 6,000 copies that sold out in one week. By Jan. 6, 1844, an additional 2,000 were sold. The reformation of Ebenezer Scrooge has remained immensely popular.

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THE WRIGHT STUFF: On this day in 1903, after three years of experimentation with kites and gliders, brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved the first documented successful powered and controlled flights of an airplane. The flights, near Kitty Hawk, N.C., were sustained for less than one minute but represented the beginning of a new era in history. 

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

 

Quotable:

— “God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.” — Pope Francis, who was born on this day in 1936.


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