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March 1, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor Jensen Ackles, who was born in 1978; actress Catherine Bach, who was born in 1954; Oscar Award-winning actor Javier Bardem, who was born in 1969; singer Harry Belafonte, who was born in 1927; singer Justin Bieber, who was born in 1994; actor Robert Conrad, who was born in 1935; singer Roger Daltrey, who was born in 1944; actor Timothy Daly, who was born in 1956; actor George Eads, who was born in 1967; U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, who was born in 1951; former hockey player Ron Francis, who was born in 1963; actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who was born in 1974; former basketball player Yolanda Griffith, who was born in 1970; director Ron Howard, who was born in 1954; singer Kesha, who was born in 1987; Oscar Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who was born in 1983; and former basketball player Chris Webber, who was born in 1973.

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK WAS ESTABLISHED ON THIS DAY IN 1872. It was the first area in the world to be designated a national park. Most of Yellowstone is in Wyoming, with small sections in Montana and Idaho. It was established by an act of Congress.

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FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1810. The pianist and composer is best remembered for his piano works. Chopin died in France in 1849 after a 10-year battle with tuberculosis.

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RALPH ELLISON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1914. The American writer and educator is the author of the acclaimed novel “Invisible Man,” the story of a young black man’s struggle for his own identity in the face of rejection from both whites and blacks. Quickly recognized as a classic of 20th-century literature, it won the National Book Award in 1953. While only one of his novels was published during his lifetime, Ellison published collections of his essays, reviews and stories in “Shadow and Act” and “Going to the Territory.” He died in New York City in 1994.

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WILLIAM M. GAINES WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1922. He is best known as the founder and publisher of Mad magazine, which influenced dozens of humorists with its comic strips, movie parodies and political satire. Alfred E. Neuman, freckle-faced mascot of the publication, became a pop-culture hero. Gaines died in New York City in 1992.

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

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“It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.” — author Ralph Waldo Ellison, who was born on this day in 1914


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