February 19 birthdays for Amy Tan, Smokey Robinson, Benicio del Toro
Amy Tan. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
REMARKABLE PEOPLE BORN THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Robinson smoke, who was born in 1940; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tony iommi (Black Sabbath), born 1948; Author “Le Joy Luck Club” Amy tan, who was born in 1952; The star of “The Press Room” Jeff Daniels, who was born in 1955; Star of the “Dynasty” Kathleen beller, who was born in 1956; former World Series MVP Dave stewart, who was born in 1957; Author of “Bridget Jones Diary” Helen Fielding, who was born in 1958; NFL Commissioner Roger goodell, who was born in 1959; “Kiss From a Rose” singer Seal, who was born in 1963; Kansas City Chiefs co-owner Clark Hunt, who was born in 1965; Oscar winner Benicio del Toro, who was born in 1967; and author of “Diary of a weakling child” Jeff Kinney, who was born in 1971.
A STAR IS BORN: Nicolas Copernicus was born on this day in 1473. The Polish astronomer and priest revolutionized scientific thought with what has been called the Copernican theory, which places the sun instead of the earth at the center of our planetary system. He died in East Prussia in 1543.
ONE PERSON OF NOTE: Saul Chaplin was born that day in 1912. The Brooklyn native attended New York University School of Commerce and performed in dance bands in the 1930s. He made his mark in Hollywood as a songwriter, arranger and producer for such films as “Cover Girl” (1944), “On the Town” (1949), “An American in Paris” (1951), “Kiss Me Kate” (1953), “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (1954), “West Side Story” (1961) and “The Sound of Music” (1965), winning three Oscars. He died in Los Angeles in 1997.
Special thanks to the Chase’s Calendar of Events and the Brooklyn Public Library.
“We take it for granted that the earth, enclosed between poles, is bounded by a spherical surface.”
– the astronomer Nicolas Copernicus, born that day in 1473