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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Mike Wallace

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Mike Wallace! Born to Russian Jewish immigrants in New England, Wallace became one of the most recognized TV journalists of the 20th century, interviewing notable political figures such as Deng Xiaoping, Vladimir Putin, Manuel Noriega, and Anwar Sadat, and such artistic luminaries as Pearl S. Buck, Maria Callas, …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Pearl Bailey

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Pearl Bailey! Born in Virginia, Bailey sang onstage for the first time at age 15. After winning an Amateur Night competition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, she decided to pursue performing professionally. Making her Broadway debut at age 28 in St. Louis Woman, she was hailed as …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Howard Cosell

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Howard Cosell! After growing up Jewish in the public schools of Brooklyn, Cosell served in World War II and later left a successful law practice to devote himself to sports broadcasting. In the process, he transformed sportscasting forever with his analytical approach, no-holds barred style, and “tell it …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Mickey Spillane

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Mickey Spillane! Born Frank Morrison Spillane in Brooklyn, the son of an Irish bartender, he dabbled in comic book writing before introducing the world to the quintessential hardboiled detective, Mike Hammer, in his debut novel, I, the Jury. Between his solo career and collaborations with the much younger …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Arthur Kornberg

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Arthur Kornberg! Born in New York City to Jewish parents from Poland, he earned his BS from City College and MD from the University of Rochester, before going to work for the National Institutes of Health. There, he developed a fascination with enzymes that would ultimately lead to …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Thelonious Monk

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Thelonious Monk! The distinctive, inventive, idiosyncratic jazz musician and composer from North Carolina moved to New York when he was four years old and ultimately became the second most recorded jazz composer (after Duke Ellington) in history. Becoming house pianist at Minton’s in his early 20’s, Monk became …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Louis Auchincloss

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Louis Auchincloss! The privileged and pedigreed son of the Upper East Side who worked as a lawyer but lived as a novelist published over 60 books before his death at age 92. Following in the tradition of other upper crust New York authors like Edith Wharton and Henry …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Phil Rizzuto

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Phil Rizzuto! The Brooklyn native who played his entire professional baseball career with the New York Yankees went on to become the longest serving announcer in the team’s history, with 40 years in the booth. Voted MVP in 1950 and still holding several World Series records, Rizzuto was …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Jacob Lawrence

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Jacob Lawrence! Born in Atlantic City, Lawrence came to Harlem and studied art at the age of 16 during the height of the Renaissance. He would go on to depict dynamic cubist representations of African-American life and became a star of the art world with his 60-panel Migration …

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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE — Jack Kirby

Happy 100th Birthday to the late, great Jack Kirby! Born Jacob Kurtzberg, the native New Yorker became one of the most legendary pioneers of comics and comic book art, working for both Marvel and DC as well as many of their earlier incarnations. With famous collaborators like Joe Simon and Stan Lee, Kirby either created …

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