June 17, Author Megan Abbott to present new novel

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

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THE 84th PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL will hold a meeting this evening at 7 p.m. at Brooklyn Bridge Park by the Carousel (at Water and Dock streets). Topics of discussion will include a Vision Zero follow-up report, transit police report and 84th precint crime report and results. There will also be a presentation for the Cop of the Month Award. Transportation will be provided by the Police Department to and from the meeting. Call Community Affairs (718-875-6850) to arrange transportation.

AN ART AND CONVERSATION event for individuals with memory loss will be held at the Brooklyn Museum today from 2 to 4 p.m.  The group is meeting in the Rubin Lobby on the first floor.  The event includes art, conversation and refreshments.  The event is free.

AUTHOR MEGAN ABBOTT will present her novel, “The Fever,” tonight at 7 p.m. at BookCourt.  “The Fever” is about a potentially hazardous outbreak of contagion that challenges the seemingly tight-knit family, friends and town.  Also included in the event is an audience Q&A, reading and book signing.  

“I LIKE YOU JUST THE WAY I AM” by Jenny Mollen will launch tonight at powerHouse Arena from 7 to 9 p.m.  Mollen is additionally an actress who lives in Los Angeles.  She was deemed as “one of the funniest women” by Huffington Post.  RSVP at [email protected].

A WRITING ABOUT WEDDINGS event will take place tonight at 7 p.m. at Community Bookstore.  Author and Brooklyn resident J. Courtney Sullivan of “The Engagements” and author Jen Doll of “Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest” will present their “big day”-centered works with a discussion on the search for love “in a time of anxiety, independence and indecision.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born in this day include “Wings” actor Thomas Haden Church, who was born in 1960; current Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett, who was born in 1949; “Saturday Night Live” comedian and actor Will Forte, who was born in 1970; retired U.S. Army general Tommy R. Franks, who was born in 1945; Harrisburg, Pa., politician Newt Gingrich, who was born in 1943; Olympic speed skater and sportscaster Dan Jansen, who was born in 1965; “Little Miss Sunshine” actor Greg Kinnear, who was born in 1963; “Perfect Strangers” actor Mark Linn-Baker, who was born in 1953; Brooklyn-born singer Barry Manilow, who was born in 1946; SNL comedian Joe Piscopo, who was born in 1951; and tennis player Venus Williams, who was born in 1980.  

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BUNKER HILL DAY is celebrated today to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill that took place in 1775.  

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RALPH BELLAMY was born on this day in 1904.  Bellamy was an American actor most known for his performance as President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He was also a founder of the Screen Actors’ Guild.  He died in 1991.  

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SAMMY FAIN, a New York City native composer, was born no this day in 1902.  He won an academy award for “Secret Love” and for “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.”  He died in 1989.  

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TODAY IS ICELAND’S 70th Anniversary of their Independence Day.  The holiday revolves around the founding of their republic and independence from Denmark in 1944.  Annual events include parades competitions and street dancing.  

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THE WATERGATE ARRESTS took place on this day in 1972.  The arrests at Democratic Party Headquarters in D.C. led to threats of impeachment of the current president at the time, Richard M. Nixon.  Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974.  

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AMERICAN AUTHOR John Hershey’s 100th birthday anniversary is today.  He was born in 1914 and wrote “A Bell for Adano,” which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945.  He died in 1993.