MILESTONES: December 21 birthdays for Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Romano, Steven Yeun
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include talk show host Phil Donahue, who was born in 1935; Oscar-winner Jane Fonda, who was born in 1937; “Pulp Fiction” star Samuel L. Jackson, who was born in 1948; former N.Y. Mets outfielder Dave Kingman, who was born in 1948; film producer Jeffery Katzenberg, who was born in 1950; magician and mentalist Max Maven, who was born in 1950; International Tennis Hall of Famer Chris Evert, who was born in 1954; “Malcolm in the Middle” star Jane Kaczmarek, who was born in 1955; actor and comedian Ray Romano, who was born in 1957; former N.Y. Rangers player Joe Kocur, who was born in 1964; “NewsRadio” star Andy Dick, who was born in 1965; “24” star Kiefer Sutherland, who was born in 1966; “Before Sunrise” star Julie Delpy, who was born in 1969; and “The Walking Dead” star Steven Yeun, who was born in 1983.
A NEW WORLD: The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock 400 years ago today. According to Gov. William Bradford’s “History of Plymouth Plantation,” “On Munday,” [Dec. 21, 1620, New Style] the Pilgrims, aboard the Mayflower, reached Plymouth, Ma., “sounded ye harbor, and founde it fit for shipping; and marched into ye land, & founde diverse cornfields, and ye best they could find, and ye season & their presente necessitie made them glad to accept of it.”
CHRISTMAS STARS: The first moon voyage was launched on this day in 1968. Apollo 8, manned by Col. Frank Borman, Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr., and Maj. William A. Anders, orbited the moon on Dec. 24 and returned to Earth Dec. 27. The three were the first men to see the side of the moon that faces away from Earth.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“For the sake of your marriage, get a king-size bed. And if you really want to stay married, get two.”
—comedian Ray Romano, who was born on this day in 1957
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