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May 17, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Basketball star Tony Parker celebrates his birthday today. AP Photo/Alonzo Adams
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Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 138th day of the year.

ON THIS DAY IN 1924, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “$100,000 Seizure of Narcotics Made in Warren St. Rain.”

The article focused on a raid at a tenement house where more than $100,000 worth of narcotics was seized.

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“The police secured entrance to the apartment where the dope was contained after Detective Henry J. Addy, posing as an addict, had purchased a small paper of alleged cocaine for $2,” the Eagle reported. “… three prisoners were taken.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include comedian, actor and TV talk show host CRAIG FERGUSON, who was born in 1962; Hall of Fame soccer player MIA HAMM, who was born in 1972; fashion designer CHRISTIAN LACROIX, who was born in 1950; former boxer SUGAR RAY LEONARD, who was born in 1956; basketball player TONY PARKER, who was born in 1982; actor BILL PAXTON, who was born in 1955; actor SENDHIL RAMAMURTHY, who was born in 1974; actress NIKKI REED, who was born in 1988; Nine Inch Nails singer TRENT REZNOR, who was born in 1965; actor and host BOB SAGET, who was born in 1956; and actress DEBRA WINGER, who was born in 1955.

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BROWN V. BOARD of Education was decided on this day in 1954. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that segregation of public schools “solely on the basis of race” denied black children “equal educational opportunity” even though “physical facilities and other ‘tangible’ factors may have been equal. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” The case was argued before the court by Thurgood Marshall, who would go on to become the first African-American appointed to the Supreme Court.

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THE FIRST KENTUCKY Derby took place on this day in 1875. The race took place at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. Jockey Oliver Lewis rode the horse Aristides to a winning time of 2:37.25.

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THE U.S.’S FIRST SAME-SEX marriages took place on this day in 2004. Massachusetts became the first state to sanction gay marriage when hundreds of gay and lesbian couples received licenses and were married.

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

 


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