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Brooklyn Today for June 2

Rolling Stones singer front man Mick Jagger, left, with Keith Richards, right, and drummer Charlie Watts, center, perform during a concert in the Telenor Arena at Fornebu in Baerum just south of Oslo, Norway, last week. The Stones rock combo are on a world wide tour billed as The Rolling Stones On Fire. AP Photo / Terje Bendiksby, NTB Scanpix

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning.  Today is the 153rd day of the year.

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A BOOK SIGNING, READING AND Q&A EVENT, Elise Juska In Conversation with J. Courtney Sullivan, will take place at the Book Court tonight at 7 p.m.  Juska, a recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, will be discussing her novel “The Blessing.”  Sullivan is a Brooklyn native and has had two of her novels deemed “Best Book of the Year” by Time Magazine.  More recently she authored “The Engagements.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “Homeland” and “Firefly” Brazilian actress Morena Baccarin, who was born in 1979; “Soap” and “I’m a Big Girl Now” actress Diana Canova, who was born in 1953; “Wayne’s World” and “Saturday Night Live” comedian Dana Carvey, who was born in 1955; “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” actor Dominic Cooper, who was born in 1978; Ukrainian tennis player Nikolay Davydenko, who was born in 1981; actor and producer Charles Haid, who was born in 1943; “24” actor Dennis Haysbert, who was born in 1954; “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” actor Stacy Keach, Jr, who was born in 1941; “M*A*S*H” actress Sally Kellerman, who was born in 1936; “Dodgeball” actor Justin Long, who was born in 1978; “Leave It to Beaver” actor Jerry Mathers, who was born in 1948; “Prison Break” actor Wentworth Miller, who was born in 1972; “Star Trek” and “Heroes” actor Zachary Quinto, who was born in 1977; and Rolling Stones musician Charlie Watts, who was born in 1941.

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TODAY IS DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL DAY, celebrated in China. Dragon Boat Festival Day commemorates Chinese poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself to protest injustice and corruption.  

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MARVIN HAMLISCH was born on this date in 1944. Hamlisch was a New York City native and composer for film and Broadway scores.  He was accepted to Julliard at the age of seven. Some hit scores include “The Sting,” “The Way We Were” and “They’re Playing Our Song.”  Hamlisch is the recipient of multiple Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.  He also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for “A Chorus Line.”  He died in 2012.

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REPUBLIC DAY IN ITALY is celebrated on this date.  The holiday commemorates the 1946 referendum when the republic status was selected instead of a return to monarchy.

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TODAY IS NATIONAL LEAVE THE OFFICE EARLIER DAY.  This holiday celebrates employees committed to working productively all day so they can go home early.  This holiday was the invention of Laura Stack of Colorado.

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TODAY IS THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY! DAY.  This holiday commemorates the day that employees start their first days on, have birthdays, begin vacations and celebrate promotions on.  Dorothy Zjawin of New Jersey invented the holiday.

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THIS DATE MARKS THE FIRST DAY of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.  Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor Sir William Phips ordered the special court to judge more than 150 people accused of witchcraft.  Bridget Bishop was the first jailed on this date.  Bishop denied the charge, saying, “I am no witch—I know not what a witch is.” She was hanged on June 10.

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ON THIS DATE IN 1900, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Roosevelt May Suspend the Mayor at Once.”  The article refers to New York City Mayor Robert Anderson Van Wyck.  There was a pending investigation at the time of a charge of the mayor sharing in profits on the Ice Trust, referring to the Ice Trust Scandal that eventually destroyed his career.  The article quotes: “…If the Mayor should refuse to reply to questions concerning his dealings with the ice trust, the Governor could accept that as an evidence of guilt upon his part and remove him.”

 

June 2, 2014 - 9:00am


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