MILESTONES: April 6 birthdays for Billy Dee Williams, Marilu Henner, John Ratzenberger
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include molecular biologist and DNA discoverer James Watson, who was born in 1928; actor Billy Dee Williams, who was born in 1937; filmmaker Barry Levinson, who was born in 1942; “Cheers” star John Ratzenberger, who was born in 1947; Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, who was born in 1951; “Taxi” star Marilu Henner, who was born in 1952; football player and sportscaster Sterling Sharpe, who was born in 1965; actor Paul Rudd, who was born in 1969; “Scrubs” star Zach Braff, who was born in 1975; actress and TV personality Candace Cameron Bure, who was born in 1976; football player and sportscaster Tim Hasselbeck, who was born in 1978; model Hilary Rhoda, who was born in 1987; soccer player Julie Ertz, who was born in 1992; and actress Peyton List, who was born in 1998.
MARCHING ON: The Grand Army of the Republic was established on this day in 1866. The fraternal organization, founded by Union veterans of the Civil War, grew to more than 400,000 members at hundreds of posts by 1890. Politically, the group advocated for voting rights for blacks, veterans’ pensions and the creation of Memorial Day as a national holiday. It was disbanded after the death of its last member in 1956.
NOW BATTING: Baseball’s first designated hitter stepped up to the plate on this day in 1973 when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees squared off against Luis Tiant of the Boston Red Sox. Bloomberg drew a walk. While the American League has employed the designated hitter rule ever since, it was never adopted by the National League, which still lets the pitchers hit.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
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