MILESTONES: February 26 birthdays for Corinne Bailey Rae, Marta Kristen, Jonathan Cain
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actor and producer Bill Duke, who was born in 1943; businessman and activist Ronald Lauder, who was born in 1944; “Lost in Space” actress Marta Kristen, who was born in 1945; musician Mitch Ryder, who was born in 1945; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jonathan Cain (Journey), who was born in 1950; musician Michael Bolton, who was born in 1953; astronaut Susan Helms, who was born in 1958; U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, who was born in 1958; actress “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” actress Chase Masterson, who was born in 1963; musician Erykah Badu, who was born in 1971; Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, who was born in 1973; and musician Corinne Bailey Rae, who was born in 1979.
HOW SWEET IT IS: Jackie Gleason was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1916. The musician, comedian and actor is best known for his role as Ralph Kramden in the TV comedy series “The Honeymooners.” He is also known for playing Minnesota Fats in “The Hustler,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination, and Sheriff Buford T. Justice in the “Smokey and the Bandit” franchise. He died in 1987.
A WAKE-UP CALL: The World Trade Center was bombed on this day in 1993. A 1,210-pound bomb packed in a van exploded in the underground parking garage of the North Tower, killing six people and injuring more than 1,000. The blast left a crater 200 feet wide and several stories deep. The fundamentalist Muslim cleric Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman and 14 of his followers were indicted for the bombing. Rahman was given a life sentence, and the others received prison terms of up to 240 years each.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.”
— actor Jackie Gleason, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1916
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