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Brooklyn Today for Feb. 19

Amy Tan, author of "The Joy Luck Club" and other books has her birthday today. Wikimedia Commons photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 50th day of the year. A famous comedy song of the 1940s by early R&B singer Louis Jordan was titled “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens.” It may surprise some that chicken thefts were once a problem in Brooklyn, but in the 19th century, many local residents kept chicken coops. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Feb. 19, 1884, contained an article about a night watchman shooting a would-be chicken thief who tried to invade a chicken coop at 660 St. Marks Ave. in what is now Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“Only two nights ago,” the Eagle continued, “twenty-eight geese were driven out of the yard of Delwin Marsters, of Herkimer Street near Stone Avenue.”

Well-known people who were born today include singer Lou Christie (“Lighting Strikes”), singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson of the Miracles (“Ooh Baby Baby,” “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Tracks of My Tears”), singer-songwriter Seal, author Amy Tan (“The Joy Luck Club”), Prince Andrew of Great Britain, and Brooklyn-born author Jonathan Lethem (“Motherless Brooklyn,” ‘Fortress of Solitude”).

February 19, 2013 - 8:58am


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