Brooklyn Today for February 12

February 11, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Good morning. Today is the 43rd day of the year. On this day in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that when Charles F. Smith, the son of the publisher of the Flushing Times in Queens, was taken to court for passing forged checks, his troubles had just begun. Police soon discovered that he had two wives, one in Brooklyn and one in New Rochelle. Each wife was unaware of the other’s existence. Smith cheerfully admitted his crime, and the two women embraced each other in court.

Well-known people who were born today include author Judy Blume (“Blubber,” “Superfudge”), sportscaster Joe Garagiola, TV host and comedian Arsenio Hall (“Coming to America”), Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Russell, stage and film director Franco Zeffirelli (“Othello,” ‘Romeo and Juliet”) and singer Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips.


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