ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

ON THIS DAY IN 1883the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported: ‘Yesterday’s cold snap brought joy to Fulton Street merchants. “You have no idea,” said one of the most eminent, “of the influence of time on our affairs. It rises and falls like mercury. Maintaining mild temperatures until Christmas would cost us thousands of dollars. The effect is felt mainly in clothing items and shawls, and it is in these lines that we realize the most substantial profits. It now looks like Jack Frost would pull us well throughout the season. ‘”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1923, Eagle columnist Frederick Boyd Stevenson wrote, “What does the President of the United States of America mean to you? The day after the election, when the shouting is over, what difference does it really make to you to be elected? And how much do you have to do with the selection of the president? … They begin to gather the starters of the Great Race. The Republicans have set their convention location and date and the Democrats are rolling and pulling in that direction. Candidates begin to arrive at the front for the nomination on tickets from the two major parties. There are plenty of potential contenders who, in the pleasant vernacular of the day, have thrown their hats into the ring and are ready to strive to propel themselves into the arena by their bootstraps. But, aside from seeing their names in the papers among the “other rans”, their dreams of the chair will fade softly and gently like ectoplasm.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1936the Eagle reported, “HOLLYWOOD (UP) – A second memorandum to the motion picture industry from the office of Will Hays, regarding the use of the royal romance of the Duke of Windsor and Mrs. [Wallis] Simpson in pictures, today dashed the hopes of several major studios. The opinion was informal but emphatic and indicated that thumbs were still down. This was in response to a request made following the abdication of King Edward VIII.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1936the Eagle reported: “LONDON (UP) – King George VI was unlucky today on the first start in his racing colours. The King’s Marconi was second seed in the New Windsor Handicap Steeplechase at Windsor at odds of 5 to 1, but finished out of the money in a field of nine.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953the Eagle reported, “Fashion design students from the Home Economics School of Pratt Institute showcased designs ranging from cocktail dresses to atomic protection suits at a recent dinner show in the faculty dining hall. The atomic protection suits are the result of a functional design project. The goal was to use street clothes that would serve as protection for the wearer in the event of an atomic explosion.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1962the Eagle reported, “LE HAVRE, FRANCE (UPI) – The bullet-proof truck roared up to the pier with an escort of six policemen on motorcycles and six cars blocked by policemen. A charming lady with an old-fashioned hairstyle and a enigmatic smile was ushered through customs, escorted by 45 members of the Republican Security Corps – the toughest policemen in France – with submachine guns slung from their shoulders.Surrounding the area were 30 or 40 plainclothes detectives, armed with The lady was received aboard the 60,000 ton French liner France by Captain Georges Croisile and taken to her first class cabin where six security men sealed the door and took up positions in adjoining cabins The famous passenger was Lisa Di Anton Maria di Noldo Gherardini, better known as ‘Mona Lisa’ The world’s most famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, officially listed in the archives of the Louvre Museum in Paris so us the name of “La Jaconde”, sailed aboard the France Friday for New York. The Mona Lisa, painted around 1503, is on its way to an exhibition of about two months at the National Gallery in Washington at the personal invitation of Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy.

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Kristen Ritter
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Anna Popplewell
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include the star “Battlestar Galactica” Terry Carter, born in Brooklyn in 1928; actress and author Joyce Bulifant, born in 1937; The star of “Face to Face” Liv Ullman, born in 1938; journalist Lesley Stahl, born in 1941; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Tony Hicks (The Hollies), born in 1945; Star of “The Walking Dead” Alexander Berkeley, who was born in 1955; former New York Giants center Bart Oates, born in 1958; former NFL tackle William “Refrigerator” Perry, who was born in 1962; Star of “Law & Order” Benjamin Bratte, born in 1963; Director “Ford v Ferrari” James Mangold, born in 1963; Star of “Jessica Jones” Kristen Ritter, who was born in 1981; former New York Giants defensive back Antrel Rolle, born in 1982; and star of “The Chronicles of Narnia” Anna Popplewellborn in 1988.

Benjamin Bratte
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WELCOMING A RANCIVE: On this day in 1773, the Sons of Liberty protested a new tax by boarding three British ships and dumping 342 cases of tea in Boston Harbor.

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IT’S A FACT, JACK: “Dragnet” premiered on this day in 1951. The famous detective show emphasized authenticity and its episodes were supposed to be based on real cases. Jack Webb starred as the stoic Sgt. Joe Friday, who was determined to get “just the facts”. The show is also known for its theme music and a narrative epilogue describing the fate of the villains.

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

Quoteable:

“Selfishness must always be forgiven, you know, because there is no hope of recovery.”

— novelist Jane Austen, born on this day in 1775

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