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MILESTONES: September 6, birthdays for Idris Elba, Chris Christie, Elizabeth Vargas

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September 6, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Idris Elba. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
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On this day in 1946, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that the striking Teamsters agreed for humanitarian reasons to allow food and medical supplies to be delivered. This accord took place during a meeting with Mayor William O’Dwyer at Police Headquarters. On the same page, the Eagle reported that the Seafarers International Union agreed to remove pickets at nine area piers so that perishable food could be delivered to the city.

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On this day in 1914, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported a major German victory within a month after the start of World War I. The German army, under the command of Gen. Karl Wilhelm Paul von Bülow, captured Rheims — a well-fortified northern French city — without a struggle. The Allied front line was pushed south of Paris. That front page also reported that 12,000 prisoners were taken and 15 fish trawlers sunk in the North Sea.

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On this day in 1939, Great Britain foiled an air raid just as Nazis had captured Cracow in southern Poland and were advancing on Warsaw. British air forces shot down a German plane in what was called the first aerial dogfight in British airspace.

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On this day in 1950, a front-page article in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that North Korean troops advanced to within eight miles of Taegu, effectively rolling back the U.N. line and capturing Pohang.

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On this day in 1952, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page predicted a large GOP victory in the coming November election — one that proved to be on target on Nov. 4. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower would go on to win a landslide over Adlai Stevenson. Locally, Irving M. Irvine would win handily over Brooklyn Borough President John Cashmore for the U.S. Senate seat. Meanwhile, the same edition also announced the death of noted stage star Gertrude Lawrence at age 50.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was born in 1962; actress and comedian Jane Curtin, who was born in 1947; journalist and author Jennifer Egan, who was born in 1962; Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba, who was born in 1972; comedian and actor Jeff Foxworthy, who was born in 1958; sportscaster and former tennis player Tim Henman, who was born in 1974; actress Swoosie Kurtz, who was born in 1944; actress Rosie Perez, who was born in Brooklyn in 1964; actress Sarah Strange, who was born in 1074; TV journalist Elizabeth Vargas, who was born in 1962; actor Justin Whalin, who was born in 1974; and comedian and actress Jo Anne Worley, who was born in 1937.

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MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1757. The French general and aristocrat came to America to assist in the revolutionary cause. Lafayette, who had persuaded Louis XVI to send 6,000 French soldiers to assist the Americans, was given command of an army at Virginia and was instrumental in forcing the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. He was called “The Hero of Two Worlds” and was appointed a brigadier general on his return to France in 1782. He became a leader of the liberal aristocrats during the early days of the French Revolution. As the commander of the newly formed national guard of Paris, he rescued Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette from a crowd that stormed Versailles on Oct. 6, 1789. His popularity waned after his guards opened fire on angry demonstrators demanding abdication of the kind in 1791. He fled to Austria with the overthrow of the monarchy in 1792, returning when Napoleon Bonaparte came to power. He died in Paris in 1834.

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CATHARINE ESTHER BEECHER WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1800. In addition to teaching herself mathematics, philosophy and Latin, Beecher had been formally educated in art and music. She was an early advocate for equal education for women and founded the Hartford Female Seminary, which was widely recognized for its advanced curriculum. She was also instrumental in the founding of women’s colleges in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Beecher died in 1878 in Elmira, N.Y.

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THE UNITED NATIONS MILLENNIUM SUMMIT BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 2000. More than 150 world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City, the largest gathering of such leaders in history. Among the kings, prime ministers, presidents and generals attending were U.S. President Bill Clinton, Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat. These leaders adopted a declaration that committed them to promote democracy, strengthen respect for human rights, reverse the spread of AIDS, cut poverty, protect the planet and improve the ability of the UN to keep the peace.

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JANE ADDAMS WAS BORN ON THIS DAY 1860. The American worker for peace, social welfare and rights of women in 1889 co-founded the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois, which provided for the needs of the underprivileged community there. Addams was co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, making her the second woman to receive that honor. She died in Chicago in 1935.

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


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