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Brooklyn Today: Feb. 12

Basketball legend Bill Russell's birthday is today. Wikimedia Commons photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 43rd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Feb. 12, 1902, covered the National Women’s Suffrage Convention in Washington, D.C. The speakers pointed out the disparity between the United States, which didn’t pass a women’s suffrage amendment until 1920, and several European states, which had already given women the vote.

One speaker from New York City pointed out that a recent mayoral candidate had pleaded with the women of the city to influence their husbands to vote for him, since the women supposedly had more time on their hands to weigh the pluses and minuses of each candidate and to make decisions. “If that is the case,” the New York speaker said, “then why not give the women the right to vote, too?”

Well-known people who were born today include sportscaster and former baseball player Joe Garagiola, comedian-actor Arsenio Hall, actress Christina Ricci, Hall of Fame basketball player and former coach Bill Russell, author Judy Blume (“Blubber,” ‘Superfudge”) director Franco Zefferelli (“Romeo and Juliet”) and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

February 12, 2013 - 9:26am


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