MILESTONES: April 14 birthdays for David Justice, Brad Garrett, Sarah Michelle Gellar
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Country Music Hall of Famer Loretta Lynn, who was born in 1932; Oscar-winner Julie Christie, who was born in 1940; Major League Baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, who was born in 1941; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple), who was born in 1945; Human Genome Project leader Francis Collins, who was born in 1950; “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett, who was born in 1960; former Yankee and 2000 ALCS MVP David Justice, who was born in 1966; Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, who was born in 1966; “The Breakfast Club” star Anthony Michael Hall, who was born in 1968; “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Sarah Michelle Gellar, who was born in 1977; and “Scream Queens” star Abigail Breslin, who was born in 1996.
“NOW HE BELONGS TO THE AGES:” President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on this day in 1865. Less than a week after the end of the Civil War, the president was enjoying a performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington when John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Southern sympathizer, fired a pistol into the back of his head. Lincoln died the following day. The Great Emancipator was 56.
TROUBLED WATERS: The Titanic hit an iceberg on this day in 1912. The “unsinkable” luxury liner, on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, sank early the next morning. Of the 2,224 people aboard, more than 1,500 died. About 700 people were rescued by the liner Carpathia, which reached the scene about two hours after the Titanic went down.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.”
— Pete Rose, who was born on this day in 1941
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