July 21, "Lightning Fires Church; Worshippers are Unhurt"

Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 202nd day of the year.

NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, who was born in 1952; “National Treasure” actor Justin Bartha, who was born in 1978; sportscaster Brandi Chastain, who was born in 1968; “Lou Grant” actor Lance Guest, who was born in 1960; “Pearl Harbor” actor Josh Hartnett, who was born in 1978; “The Paper Chase” actor Edward Herrmann, who was born in 1943; producer and director Norman Jewison, who was born in 1926; “A League of Their Own” actor Jon Lovitz, who was born in 1957; Governor of Connecticut Dan Malloy, who was born in 1955; “Major Dad” actor Matt Mulhern, who was born in 1960; former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who was born in 1938; baseball player C.C. Sabathia, who was born in 1980; singer and songwriter Cat Stevens, who was born in 1948; New York City political cartoonist Garry Trudeau, who was born in 1949; “Tipping the Velvet” author Sarah Waters, who was born in 1966; and comedian and actor Robin Williams, who was born in 1952.  

EARNEST HEMINGWAY was born on this day in 1899.  Hemingway was an American author who made a name for himself with works “The Sun Also Rises,” “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”  He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1899.  He died in 1961.  

THE LOWEST RECORDED temperature in history was recorded on this day in 1983 at the USSR Vostok Station in Antarctica. The temperature was 128.6 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.  

“LAND OF LOVE AND DROWING” by Brooklyn author Tiphanie Yanique will be featured at BookCourt tonight at 7 p.m.  The event will feature a reading, audience Q&A and book signing.  

AN OUTDOOR STRENGTH class will take place at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 Promenade tonight at 7:30 p.m. The event includes a strength training and aerobic intervals with Brooklyn Strength.  

ON THIS DAY in 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Lightning Fires Church; Worshippers are Unhurt.”  The article focused on a lightning storm that damaged a Brooklyn church.  

“Lightning which accompanied two heavy thunderstorms, one of which came to town last night and the other this morning, did much damage in Brooklyn and Coney Island, where it seemed to center” the article reported.  “A bolt struck the monster stone cross surmounting the roof of the R.C. Church of Our Guardian Angel.”

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