August 6, ‘Whitman Working Hard to Appease Angry Republicans’

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August 6, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason celebrates his birthday today. AP photo
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Good morning, Brooklyn. Today is the 218th day of the year.  

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ON THIS DAY in 1913, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Whitman Working Hard to Appease Angry Republicans.” The article focused political issues surrounding the district attorney at the time, Charles Whitman.  
“District Attorney Charles S. Whitman is ready to abide by the decision of the Hapgood committee, accept the Fusion nomination as candidate for re-election to his present office and support John Purroy Mitchel as the Fusion mayoralty nominee,” the article reported.  

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include “The Bob Newhart Show” director Peter Bonerz, who was born in 1938; “Punky Brewster” actress Soleil Moon Frye, who was born in 1976; “Atonement” actress Romola Garai, who was born in 1982; “Alias” actress Melissa George, who was born in 1976; “Full Metal Jacket” actor Dorian Harewood, who was born in 1950; “7th Heaven” actress Catherine Hicks, who was born in 1951; physicist Shirley Ann Jackson, who was born in 1946; St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason, who was born in 1993; Hall of Fame basketball player David Robinson, who was born in 1965; “Signs” and “The Sixth Sense” filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who was born in 1970; soccer player Robin van Persie, who was born in 1983; and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress Michelle Yeoh, who was born in 1962.  

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LUCILLE BALL was born on this day in 1911.  Ball was a television pioneer and comedienne.  She is most famous for her 1950s role in “I Love Lucy.”  She died on in 1989.  

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TODAY IS Hiroshima Day.  The Hiroshima, Japan, bombings took place on this day in 1945, when an American B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb over the center of the city.  Memorial observances take place for Hiroshima Day to remember the victims.  

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ANDY WARHOL was born on this day in 1928.  Warhol was an artist, filmmaker and provocateur.  He was born to Czech immigrant parents and is known as a leader of the Pop Art movement, challenging the definition of art. His most famous works feature Campbell’s Soup cans and portraits of artists such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Mao Tse-tung.  He died in New York City in 1987.  

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THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT of 1965 was signed on this day in history.  The act was signed by President Lyndon Johnson and attempts to thwart efforts to discriminate against minorities at the polls.

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“BENEATH THE NEON EGG” by Thomas E. Kennedy will be presented at BookCourt tonight at 7 p.m.  The host of the event is Rene Steinke and the appearing guests include author Thomas Kennedy as well as H.L. Hix, Jeffery Renard Allen and David Grand.    

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Special thanks to Brooklyn Public Library and “Chase’s Calendar of Events.”   


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