Baby born: To Matt Lauer and Annette Roque. The “Today” show anchor and Dutch model had a son, Jack Matthew Lauer, born Tuesday afternoon, weighing in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces. It’s the first child for both parents.

Birthdays: Comedian-movie director Mel Brooks (75), actor Pat Morita (69), Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, (D-Mich.) (67), former White House chief of staff Leon Panetta (63), rock musician Dave Knights of Procol Harum (56), actor Bruce Davison (55), actress Kathy Bates (53), actress Alice Krige (47), retired football player John Elway (41), record company chief executive Tony Mercedes (39), actress Jessica Hecht (36), rock musician Saul Davies of James (36), actress Mary Stuart Masterson (35), actor John Cusack (35), actor Gil Bellows (34), actress Danielle Brisebois (32), jazz musician Jimmy Sommers (32), actor Alessandro Nivola (29).

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