MILESTONES: April 1 birthdays for Brad Meltzer, Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, Mark Jackson
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Love Story” star Ali McGraw, who was born in 1939; Baseball Hall of Famer and former Yankee Phil Niekro, who was born in 1939; musician Jimmy Cliff, who was born in 1948; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who was born in 1950; actress Annette O’Toole, who was born in 1952; aerospace engineer Aprille Ericsson-Jackson, who was born in Brooklyn in 1963; basketball coach and former Knick Mark Jackson, who was born in Brooklyn in 1965; author Brad Meltzer, who was born in Brooklyn in 1970; commentator Rachel Maddow, who was born in 1973; former Met and 2015 NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy, who was born in 1985; and former Brooklyn Net Brook Lopez, who was born in 1988.
TO THE 10TH POWER: The Battle of Okinawa began on this day in 1945 when the U.S 10th Army invaded the Ryukyu Islands. With ground troops numbering more than 180,000 plus 368,000 men in support services, it was the biggest amphibious operation of the Pacific war.
HIGHER EDUCATION: The U.S. Air Force Academy was created on this day in 1954 with the signing of a bill by President Dwight Eisenhower. Construction on the Colorado Springs academy began in 1955 and ended in 1958. The academy was accredited in 1959. Women were admitted in 1976.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.”
— dancer Martha Graham, who died on this day in 1991
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