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Brooklyn Today for June 11

Simon Cowell's American Idol had its first episode on this day in 2002. Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning, Brooklyn. Today is the 162nd day of the year.

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THE EIGHT SEAS, a local singing group, will perform today at 11 a.m. at the Brooklyn Public Library Kensington location.  The group will perform “Golden Oldies” of the ’60s and will be joined by The Super Cools.

AN INTERACTIVE PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR is being held at Brooklyn Bridge Park at the Pier 1 entrance tonight at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Wednesday Night Tour series.  The tour will additionally teach basic photography skills while touring the park.  The event will be led by Alexa Hoyer, BBP photographer.  Composition, lighting and depth of field are the topics to be focused on.  

THE SACKETT STREET WRITERS’ WORKSHOP will present a reading tonight at 7 p.m. at BookCourt.  The readers appearing include Julia Fierro, Cristina Henriquez, Bret Anthony Johnston and Kevin Clouther.  There will also be a book signing.  

AUTHOR ROSS KLAVAN WILL PRESENT A READING FROM HIS NOVEL “SCHMUCK” tonight at 7 p.m. at WORD Bookstore’s Brooklyn location.  “Schmuck” is based on Klavan’s father’s experience on NYC radio team, Klavan And Finch, in the 1960s.  

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Maude” actress Adrienne Barbeau, who was born in 1945; “All My Children” actor Peter Bergman, who was born in 1953; current Governor of South Dakota Dennis Daugaard, who was born in 1953; "Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage, who was born in 1969; “Fringe” and “Dawson’s Creek” actor Joshua Jackson, who was born in 1978; “House” actor Hugh Laurie, who was born in 1959; Hall of Fame foodball player Joseph C. Montana Jr., who was born in 1956; former auto racer Jackie Stewart, who was born in 1939; “The Producers” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” actor Gene Wilder, who was born in 1939.  

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“AMERICAN IDOL” PREMIERED ON THIS DAY IN 2002.  The FOX program was originally based on a British show.  The original judges were Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson with Ryan Seacrest as the host.  Kelly Clarkson was the winner of the first season.  

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THE INVENTOR OF THE AQUA-LUNG, Jacques Cousteau, was born on this day in 1910.  Cousteau was an undersea explorer, writer and film maker.  Two of his documentaries won Oscars.  He died in 1997 in Paris.  

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JEANNETTE RANKIN, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, was born on this day in 1880.  She was a reformer, feminist and pacifist and the only member of Congress to vote against a declaration of war against Japan in 1941.  She died in 1973.  

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DAVID BOWIE’S “Space Oddity” was released on this day in 1969.  Forty-five years ago, Bowie released the song to coincide with Apollo 11’s trip to the moon.  

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ON THIS DAY IN 1902, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Escape From the Jail Kept Secret Ten Days.”  
The article wrote that Andrew Ehring, a six-month-commitment prisoner, escaped from prison and was being hunted by private detectives at the time.  
“Ehring was committed to the jail by the Court of Special Sessions,” the article wrote, explaining also the grounds on which Ehring was sentenced to jail time.  “With a number of other young men, he entered a Williamsburg saloon and beat the proprietor and his wife.”

June 11, 2014 - 8:00am


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