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MILESTONES: December 22 birthdays for Jordin Sparks, Ralph Fiennes, Meghan Trainor

December 22, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Pretty Woman” star Hector Elizondo, who was born in 1936; former N.Y. Mets pitcher Jerry Koosman, who was born in 1942; Baseball Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, who was born in 1944; journalist Diane Sawyer, who was born in 1945; former L.A. Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey, who was born in 1948; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), who was born in 1948; Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Guy, who was born in 1949; former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lonnie Smith, who was born in 1955; “Schindler’s List” star Ralph Fiennes, who was born in 1962; U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in 1970; “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks, who was born in 1989; and “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor, who was born in 1993.

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CENTER STAGE: Giacomo Puccini was born on this day in 1858. The native of Tuscany composed the beloved operas “La Boheme” (1896), “Tosca” (1900), “Madama Butterly” (1904) and “Turandot” (1924). He died in Belgium in 1924.

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WATERMARK: The Lincoln Tunnel opened on this day in 1937. Designed by Ole Singstad, the 1.5-mile tunnel under the Hudson River connects Midtown Manhattan with Weehawken, N.J. It is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and its three tubes carry a combined average of more than 112,000 vehicles a day.

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

 

Quotable:

“When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.”

— Former First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, who was born on this day in 1912


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