August 14, ‘War on Gasoline Prices Spreads Over the Nation’

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August 14, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 227th day of the year.  
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ON THIS DAY in 1923, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “War on Gasoline Prices Spreads Over the Nation.”  The article reviewed national gasoline prices and reported on recent state gas reductions.  “Gasoline today is selling at 15.4 cents in Chicago, 14.25 cents in Omaha, 15.9 cents in Kansas City, 22 cents in Louisville, Ky., 11 cents in Dallas, Texas, and from 13 to 16 cents in other parts of Texas…” the article reported.  New York was not listed as one of the states making a cut in gasoline prices at the time.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include journalist Russell Baker, who was born in 1925; “Army Wives” actress Catherine Bell, who was born in 1968; Oscar Award-winning actress for “Monster’s Ball” Halle Berry, who was born in 1968; singer David Crosby, who was born in 1941; Bronx-born “Shaft” actor Antonio Fargas, who was born in 1946; singer Buddy Greco, who was born in 1926; Oscar Award-winning actor for “Pollock” Marcia Gay Harden, who was born in 1959; gymnast Terin Humphrey, who was born in 1986; Hall of Fame basketball player Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., who was born in 1959; “Black Swan” and “That ’70s Show” actress Mila Kunis, who was born in 1983; economist Arthur Betz Laffer, who was born in 1940; “The Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson, who was born in 1950; photographer and makeup artist Jay Manuel, who was born in 1972; comedian and actor Steve Martin, who was born in 1945; “McMillan and Wife” actress Susan Saint James, who was born in 1946; tennis player Robin Soderling, who was born in 1984; New York City-born “Wanderlust” author Danielle Steel, who was born in 1947; football player Tim Tebow, who was born in 1987; and auto racer Rusty Wallace, who was born in 1956.  

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THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT was signed on this day in 1935.  Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which became the federal old-age and survivors’ insurance in the U.S. Roosevelt was fulfilling a 1932 campaign promise.  

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THIS WEEK’S Syfy Movie with a View featured at Brooklyn Bridge Park is “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.”  The event begins at 6 p.m. with the short film “The Roper” by Ewan McNicol and Anna Sandilands at the Harbor View Lawn.


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