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MILESTONES: January 15 birthdays for Regina King, Dove Cameron, Pitbull

January 15, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Adventures of Superman” star Phyllis Coates, who was born in 1927; Oscar-winning actress Margaret O’Brien, who was born in 1937; 1974 National League Cy Young winner Mike Marshall, who was born in 1943; “SCTV” star Andrea Martin, who was born in 1947; Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy White, who was born in 1953; former N.Y. Jets defensive tackle Marty Lyons, who was born in 1957; “New Jack City” director Mario Van Peebles, who was born in 1957; Oscar-winning actress Regina King, who was born in 1971; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who was born in 1979; rapper and producer Pitbull, who was born in 1981; author and political commentator Ben Shapiro, who was born in 1984; and “Liv and Maddie” star Dove Cameron, who was born in 1996.


BIRTH OF A DREAM: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on this day in 1929. The black civil rights leader and minister was an advocate of nonviolence and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968. After his death, many states and territories observed his birthday as a holiday. HR 3706, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, set aside the third Monday in January for the observance of King’s birthday.

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BLUE PERIOD: “Hill Street Blues” premiered 40 years ago today. The immensely popular NBC cop drama, created by Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll, focused more on police officers than on crime and was applauded for its realism. Starring Daniel J. Travanti and Veronica Hamel, it won numerous Emmys and spawned the catchphrase, “Let’s be careful out there.” The series ended on May 19, 1987.


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





“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born on this day in 1929

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