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Brooklyn Today for Feb. 4

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 35th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Feb. 4, 1902, reported on what it called “without a doubt the biggest robbery that ever took place in the Flatbush neighborhood.” The victim, Mrs. Eva Hatch, who lived on Midwood Street, said the thieves took $4,000 to $5,000 in the haul, but police were only willing to say that $500 was stolen.

Mrs. Hatch was the widow of a well-known architect. She was described as someone who “has the appearance of a wealthy woman” and who owned several other houses in Flatbush as well as a suite at the Waldorf-Astoria. She suspected that a maid and the maid’s male friend had taken the loot while she was away on vacation.

In 1861, the Philadelphia Athletics beat Charter Oak 36-27 in a baseball game played on frozen Litchfield Pond, with the players wearing ice skates.

Well-known people who were born today include actress Gabrielle Anwar, country singer Clint Black, comedian David Brenner, singer-songwriter Alice Cooper (“I’m Eighteen”), former Vice President Dan Quayle, boxer Oscar De La Hoya, and Hall of Fame football player Lawrence Taylor.

February 1, 2013 - 3:43pm


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