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MILESTONES: February 17 birthdays for Michael Jordan, Paris Hilton, Ed Sheeran

February 17, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Roger Craig, who was born in 1930; “St. Elsewhere” star Christina Pickles, who was born in 1935; Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, who was born in 1936; Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker, who was born in 1945; “Major League” star Rene Russo, who was born in 1954; “Home Improvement” star Richard Karn, who was born in 1956; “The Mummers’ Dance” singer Loreena McKennitt, who was born in 1957; comedian Larry the Cable Guy, who was born in 1963; Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who was born in Brooklyn in 1963; “Armageddon” director Michael Bay, who was born in 1965; “Prison Break” star Dominic Purcell, who was born in 1970; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), who was born in 1972; “Jerry Maguire” star Jerry O’Connell, who was born in 1974; “3rd Rock from the Sun” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who was born in 1981; media personality Paris Hilton, who was born in 1981; and “Shape of You” singer Ed Sheeran, who was born in 1991.


ON THE AIR: Walter Lanier “Red” Barber was born on this day in 1908. The Mississippi native — one of the first broadcasters inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame — began his professional play-by-play career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1934. He moved on to the Brooklyn Dodgers (1939-53) and finished his career with the New York Yankees (1954-66). He died in 1992.

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PARENTAL GUIDANCE: Today is National PTA Founders’ Day — a reminder of the substantial role that the PTA has played locally, regionally and nationally in supporting parental involvement and working on behalf of all children and families since its creation in 1897. For more information, visit


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




“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”

— Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1963

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