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Brooklyn Today for July 16

Actor Will Ferrell celebrates his birthday today.  Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 168th day of the year.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include soccer player Gareth Bale, who was born in 1989; singer Ruben Blades, who was born in 1948; New York City actress in “Gremlins” Phoebe Cates, who was born in 1963; composer and musician Stewart Copeland, who was born in 1952; “Stand by Me” actor Corey Feldman, who was born in 1971; comedian Will Ferrell, who was born in 1967; dancer Michael Flatley, who was born in 1958; “Ugly Betty” actor Mark Indelicato, who was born in 1994; “Glee” actress Jayma Mays, who was born in 1979; former Miss America Bess Myerson, who was born in New York City in 1924; former football player Barry Sanders, who was born in 1968; and violinist Pinchas Zukerman, who was born in 1948.  

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THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA was selected as the capital of the U.S. on this day in 1790.  George Washington signed the legislation on this day, which deemed D.C. as the capital and later determined the boundaries in 1972.  However, the plans at the time were to remain housed in Philadelphia, Pa., until 1800.  

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“FAT BOY,” the nickname for an atomic bomb tested in the New Mexico desert, was set off on this day in 1945.  The experimental bomb was set off at 5:30 a.m. at the Alamogordo Air Base, 125 miles east of Albuquerque.  At ground zero, the bomb emitted heat three times the temperature of the sun.  

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A COMET CRASHED into Jupiter on this day in 1994.  The comet Shoemaker-Levy crashed into Jupiter, starting a series of spectacular collisions which unleashed more energy than the combined effect of an explosion of all of our world’s nuclear arsenal.  

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BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY’s Grand Army Branch will continue the Created in Brooklyn series today with artist Randy Duchaine at 6:30 p.m.  Duchaine will unveil his portraits of several Navy Yard makers as part of Created in Brooklyn Series II.  

A WEDNESDAY NIGHT TOUR at Brooklyn Bridge Park will focus on men who build the docks, spanning from the waterfront at DUMBO to Redhook with historian Inna Guzenfeld.  The tour will meet at the Pier 1 Entrance at 6:30 p.m.  

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ON THIS DAY in 1907, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Body of Aged Mr. Wines Found in Patch of Woods.”  The article focused on a retired Brooklyn merchant who was missing since June 28 of that year.  
“The body of William D. Wines, a retired merchant who lived at 552 Greene Ave., Brooklyn, was found late last night in a little patch of woods near Mt. Kisco, N.Y.,” the article reported.  “Mr. Wines, who was 77 years old, was in the habit of wandering away at times.”

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

 

July 16, 2014 - 8:30am


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