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MILESTONES: April 9 birthdays for Gerard Way, Leighton Meester, Keshia Knight Pulliam

April 9, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include screenwriter and producer Marty Krofft, who was born in 1937; “The Waltons” star Michael Learned, who was born in 1939; former baseball umpire Joe Brinkman, who was born in 1944; sportswriter Peter Gammons, who was born in 1945; actor Dennis Quaid, who was born in 1954; fashion designer Marc Jacobs, who was born in 1963; model and actress Paulina Porizkova, who was born in 1965; “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who was born in 1966; My Chemical Romance founder Gerard Way, who was born in 1977; actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who was born in 1979; former Yankee David Robertson, who was born in 1985; “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester, who was born in 1986; “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart, who was born in 1990; actress Elle Fanning, who was born in 1998; and singer Jackie Evancho, who was born in 2000.

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AN END IN SIGHT: The South gave up on this day in 1865. Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, commander in chief of the Union Army, ending four years of civil war. The meeting took place in the house of Wilmer McLean at the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The formal surrender took place at the courthouse on April 12. The death toll of the war is estimated at a half-million men.

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HOME TURF: The Astrodome opened on this day in 1965. Nicknamed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” it was the home of the Houston Astros (1965-99), Oilers (1968-96) and Rockets (1971-75). It was also used as a shelter for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It closed in 2008.

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

 

Quotable:

 

“To me, baseball has always been a reflection of life. Like life, it adjusts. It survives everything.”

— Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, who died on this day in 2001

 

 


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