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Brooklyn Today for Jan. 20

Political satirist Bill Maher turns 

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 20th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Jan. 20, 1889, carried an article about a congressional committee contemplating “Extra Bars to Check the Growing Immigration Rush.” The committee recommended excluding anyone who was insane, a pauper, likely to become a public charge, who had been convicted of a felony, or was a socialist or anarchist. The committee also recommended more immigration inspectors, and complained that too many “insane persons and paupers” were coming into the U.S. by way of Canada.

Well-known people who were born today include comedian Arte Johnson (“Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In); director David Lynch (“Twin Peaks,” “Blue Velvet”), TV host Bill Maher (“Real Time With Bill Maher”), country singer Slim Whitman and former astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin.

January 19, 2013 - 6:00pm


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