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Bring on the 'Dog Days' and other heat-related holidays

Tom Cruise celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 181th day of the year.

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KAYAKING along the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at Pier 2 floating dock will take place today at 5:30 p.m.  All levels are welcome.  

ONE-ON-ONE financial counseling is available today by appointment from 12 to 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Public Library Information Commons Meeting Room 3.  The counselors are from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Financial Empowerment Center.  Call 718-636-6994 for an appointment.  

THE 43rd INTERNATIONAL African Arts Festival launches today. The festival location for today is at Commodore Barry Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. rain or shine.  For more information, visit info@iaafestival.org.  

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who was born in 1940; former baseball player Moises Alou, who was born in 1966; WikiLeaks publisher and journalist Julian Assange, who was born in 1971; Brooklyn-born author and humorist Dave Barry, who was born in 1947; “Cats” actress Betty Buckley, who was born in 1947; “Top Gun” actor Tom Cruise, who was born in 1962; jazz musician Pete Fountain, who was born in 1930; “Criminal Minds” actor Thomas Gibson, who was born in 1962; hockey player Teemu Selanne, who was born in 1970; “That ’70s Show” actor Kurtwood Smith, who was born in 1942; Tony-award winning playwright Tom Stoppard, who was born in 1937; and “The Montel Williams Show” talk show host Montel Williams, who was born in 1956.  

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AIR CONDITIONING APPRECIATION days are from today until Aug. 15.  

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DOG DAYS are from today until Aug. 11.  Dog days are annually recognized for being the hottest days in the Northern Hemisphere.  Usually the Dog Days are about 40 days; however, depending on the year, they can range from 30 to 54 days.  Folklore says that this is an evil time “when the sea boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad and all creatures became languid….”

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EARTH AT APHELION takes place today at approximately 8 p.m.  Aphelion means that Earth reaches the point in its orbit when it is farthest from the sun (about 94 billion miles).  

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MARY FRANCES KENNEDY FISHER was born on this day in 1908.  Fisher was an author who wrote “With Bold Knife and Fork,” “The Gastronomical Me” and “Serve It Forth.”  Fisher died in 1992.   

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ON THIS DAY in 1904, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Bedford Section Youth Puts Bullet in a Waiter.”
The article focused on a shooting at a saloon.  The shooter fired at a waiter and then later at police.  
“The residents of the block bounded by Fulton street, Nostrand avenue, Herkimer street and Bedford avenue were awakened out of their slumbers at 1:30 o’clock this morning by shouts and shooting,” the article wrote.  

 

July 3, 2014 - 8:00am


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