MILESTONES: February 5 birthdays for Roberto Alomar, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Meadows
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “General Hospital” star Stuart Damon, who was born in 1937; “Falcon Crest” star David Selby, who was born in 1941; Songwriters Hall of Famer Barrett Strong, who was born in 1941; Pro Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach, who was born in 1942; “Heat” director Michael Mann, who was born in 1943; Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper, who was born in Brooklyn in 1944; “A Mighty Wind” director Christopher Guest, who was born in 1948; “Beaches” star Barbara Hershey, who was born in 1948; “John Adams” star Tom Wilkinson, who was born in 1948; former “Saturday Night Live” star Tim Meadows, who was born in 1961; “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” star Jennifer Jason Leigh, who was born in 1962; “John Adams” star Laura Linney, who was born in 1964; former “Saturday Night Live” star Chris Parnell, who was born in 1967; Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, who was born in 1968; and “Glee” star Darren Criss, who was born in 1987.
BRAVE NEW WORLD: Hank Aaron was born on this day in 1934. The Alabama native made his major league debut with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954. Known as “Hammerin’ Hank,” he won the 1957 National League MVP award while leading the Braves to the World Series championship. In 1974, he passed Babe Ruth to become first on the all-time home run list with 715. He retired in 1976 with 755 — a record that was broken by Barry Bonds in 2007 — and still holds the all-time record for RBIs (2,297) and total bases (6,856). He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He died on Jan. 22, 2021.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
— Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who was born on this day in 1934
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