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February 11, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Gilligan’s Island” star Tina Louise, who was born in 1934; “Real in Rio” singer Sergio Mendes, who was born in 1941; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was born in 1953; “Arachnophobia” screenwriter Wesley Strick, who was born in 1954; “Law & Order” star Carey Lowell, who was born in 1961; “All I Wanna Do” singer Sheryl Crow, who was born in 1962; former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was born in 1964; “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston, who was born in 1969; singer-songwriter D’Angelo, who was born in 1974; “Moesha” star Brandy Norwood, who was born in 1979; former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland, who was born in 1981; baseball player Dansby Swanson, who was born in 1994; and “Eastside” singer Khalid, who was born in 1998.


LET THERE BE LIGHT: Thomas Edison was born on this day in 1847. “The Wizard of Menlo Park,” who holds 1,093 U.S. patents, developed the phonograph, the electric lightbulb and the motion picture camera, along with many other wonders. He died in West Orange, N.J. in 1931 at age 84.

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“THE VOICE” IS SILENCED: Whitney Houston died on this day in 2012. One of the best-selling musical artists of all time, she is the only one to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the U.S. Billboard 100 chart. Her version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” spent 14 weeks at number one and won Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. Her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV on Jan. 27, 1991 electrified the nation during Operation Desert Storm. Houston also made successful forays into acting, starring in “The Bodyguard,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “The Preacher’s Wife” and “Sparkle.”


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




“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

— Thomas Edison, who was born on this day in 1847

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