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MILESTONES: August 11 birthdays for Viola Davis, Tomi Lahren, Joe Rogan – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Viola Davis. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Journey to the Center of the Earth” star Arlene Dahl, who was born in 1925; FedEx founder Frederick W. Smith, who was born in 1944; “Star Wars” star Ian McDiarmid, who was born in 1944; columnist and author Marilyn vos Savant, who was born in 1946; “All by Myself” singer Eric Carmen, who was born in 1949; Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak, who was born in 1950; World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, who was born in 1953; Oscar-winner Viola Davis, who was born in 1965; comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan, who was born in 1967; “Hotel Rwanda” star Sophie Okonedo, who was born in 1968; “Boy Meets World” star Will Friedle, who was born in 1976; “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth, who was born in 1983; former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was born in 1984; and political commentator and TV host Tomi Lahren, who was born in 1992.

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STAR MAKER: “American Graffiti” premiered on this day in 1973. Written and directed by George Lucas, the coming-of-age comedy documented the cruising culture of the early 1960s. It featured a large ensemble of future stars including Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Cindy Williams and Suzanne Somers. Made on a budget of less than $1 million, it earned more than $50 million in its initial release and gave Lucas the clout to go ahead with another project, the “Star Wars” saga. 

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GOLD STANDARD: Carl Lewis attained Olympic glory on this day in 1984. In Los Angeles, the 23-year-old became the second track-and-field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympics, equaling Jesse Owens’ performance in the 1936 Games in Berlin. Lewis even took the gold in the same events: the men’s 400m relay, the 100m dash, the long jump and the 200m dash. 

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

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Quotable:

“What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom ‘to’ and freedom ‘from.’”

— Marilyn vos Savant, who was born on this day in 1946


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