April 28, ’17-year-old charged with murder 1902′

April 28, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Good morning. Today is the 116th day of the year.

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Today powerHouse Arena in DUMBO is hosting Julia Rothman and Wendy MacNaughton, authors of “Hello, New York” and “Meanwhile, In San Francisco,” respectively. Their books are both illustrated homages to their respective cities. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. … Senior capstone projects by Digital Arts BFA and MFA Candidates from Pratt will be screening at the Bam Rose Cinema today at 6 p.m. Tickets are free.

 

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Notable people born on this day include Jessica Alba, Penelope Cruz, golfer John Daly, actor Jorge Garcia, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, author Harper Lee, and Jay Leno.

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On this day in 1994, Northwestern University announced that the so-called biological clock, that gene governing the daily cycle of walking and sleeping called the circadian rhythm, had been found in mice. Never before pinpointed in a mammal, the biological clock gene was found on mouse chromosome 5.

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Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was born on this day in 1928 in Philadelphia. In 1873 he became the first black man to be elected a judge in the U.S., winning an election for city judge at Little Rock, Ark.

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Saddam Hussein was born on this day in 1937. A member of the Baath Party, he took control of the Iraqi government in 1968, and became president of Iraq in 1979 and served in that role until he was overthrown in a U.S.-led multinational military action in 2003. During his tenure he was considered a major threat to Western interests and waged wars against Iran and Kuwait, and he was tried by an Iraqi Special Tribunal for crimes against humanity. He was executed in 2006.

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Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the Constitution on this day in 1788, by a vote of 63 to 11.

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Mussolini was executed on this day in 1945. Italian partisans shot him near the lakeside village of Dongo. Leaders of the Fascist Party, several of his friends and his mistress Clara Petacci also were executed. The 23-year-long Fascist rule of Italy was ended.

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The first tourist went to space on this day in 2001. Millionaire U.S. businessman Denis Tito reportedly paid the Russian space agency $20 million to accompany Soyuz TM to the International Space Station. The rocket with Tito and two Russian cosmonauts was launched from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan and arrived at the ISS on April 30. The crew returned to Earth in a week. NASA initially objected to the inclusion of the 60-year-old businessman but dropped its opposition.

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On this day in 1902, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on a complicated case involving a teenager in Bushwick: 17-year-old Conrad Schmitt of 407 Hamburg Avenue. Hamburg Avenue was changed to Wilson Avenue after WWI.

According to the Eagle, Schmitt was being charged with the murder of 33-year-old John Kenmore. Schmitt had struck Kenmore with “a blow in the face that caused the man to fall to the street and fracture his skull. Kenmore died in the German Hospital…after being unconscious for forty-eight hours.” The German Hospital was also renamed after WWI; it is now the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Bushwick off the DeKalb L train. The paper asserted that the “story told by Schmitt is borne out by several reputable witnesses. He says that on Friday night last he was standing at the corner of Hart street and Knickerbocker [A]venue, with two girls, Lena Seifert of 195 Suydam [S]treet, and Katie Hohmesiter of 2223 Suydam [S]treet, when Kenmore came staggering up and jostled the three. He attempted to take Katie by the arm and refused to go away when told to do so by Schmitt. Katie broke away from Kenmore and she and Lena ran off together, leaving the two men alone.

“Angry words followed between Schmitt and Kenmore and a crowd gathered. Kenmore, it is said, attempted to strike Schmitt, whereupon Schmitt struck Kenmore in the face, knocking him to the ground with great force. Kenmore laid still upon the ground and Schmitt walked away. An ambulance was summoned from the German Hospital, where Kenmore was taken, still unconscious. He died without regaining his senses.” That morning, Schmitt pleaded not guilty and was held without bail for examination.


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