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MILESTONES: February 9 birthdays for Michael B. Jordan, Margarita Levieva, Joe Pesci

February 9, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include broadcast journalist Roger Mudd, who was born in 1928; Songwriters Hall of Famer Barry Mann, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Carole King, who was born in 1942; Oscar-winning actor Joe Pesci, who was born in 1943; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, who was born in 1944; “Rosemary’s Baby” star Mia Farrow, who was born in 1945; “Who’s the Boss?” star Judith Light, who was born in 1949; N.Y. Mets World Series hero Mookie Wilson, who was born in 1956; former NASA Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson, who was born in 1960; country singer Travis Tritt, who was born in 1963; former N.Y. Mets catcher Todd Pratt, who was born in 1967; Baseball Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, who was born in 1975; “The Deuce” star and former Sheepshead Bay resident Margarita Levieva, who was born in 1980; and “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan, who was born in 1987.

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LIVE FROM NEW YORK: The Beatles began the “British Invasion” of America when they appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on this day in 1964. The Fab Four performed five songs before an estimated TV audience of 73 million — the largest viewership in history at that time.

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SAY CHEESE: Today is National Pizza Day, a day to celebrate America’s favorite pie. The first known pizzeria opened in Naples, Italy, in 1738 as a snack stall serving mostly working-class residents. Pizza has since become a worldwide favorite, with pizzerias and Italian pizza and pasta restaurants comprising 14 percent of all U.S. restaurants. Many pizza parlors offer special deals on this day.

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

 

Quotable:

 

“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.”

— U.S. founding father Thomas Paine, who was born on this day in 1737


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