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September 29, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Kevin Durant. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
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On this day in 1927, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported on the search across four U.S. states for a poultry raiser named Willis Beach who went missing after helping to kill Dr. A. William Lilliendahl. A detective found seven witnesses who could provide clues to this mystery. One of the witnesses, an auto dealer, testified that Beach told him he urgently needed a call for “an important job.” … That front page also covered the Eagle’s 17-day coverage campaign to end ambulance chasing by unscrupulous attorneys seeking after clients. A man named Abraham Gatner had come forward with information about attorneys involved in chasing ambulances to seek clients who were victims of injuries. In some cases, the attorneys caused further collisions. Brooklyn Bar Association President Edward J. Byrne declared that ambulance chasing is a crime and said that any attorneys involved in this activity “were scored as unfit members of the legal profession.” A front-page announcement asked attorneys in good standing to request that the Appellate Division appoint a referee to hear Abraham Gatner’s testimony … And Eagle writer William Weer tackled the recent controversy over whether women’s brains were equal to those of men. A woman physician named Dr. Mosher asserted, “We’ve known of equality for 100 years.”

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On this day in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt hailed the New Deal for Farms as the first issue of the 1936 Presidential election campaign. He cited a $5.3 billion gain in rural incomes. Naming the AAA, or Agricultural Adjustment Act, as a prime aid, Roosevelt said the function of government was “merely to supply the unifying element that the farmers themselves, in their past efforts, found so essential to success.”

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On this day in 1944, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that the Allies had broken the Belfort Gap in the southwestern part of the invasion road to Germany. Moreover, U.S. General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army Troopers had recaptured Chateau Salins and destroyed 82 Nazi tankers in a forest east of Nancy.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE who were born on this day include reality star LO BOSWORTH, who was born in 1986; basketball player KEVIN DURANT, who was born in 1988; TV journalist and host BRYANT GUMBEL, who was born in 1948; singer HALSEY, who was born in 1995; former basketball player HERSEY R. HAWKINS JR., who was born in 1966; actress PATRICIA HODGE, who was born in 1946; singer and musician JERRY LEE LEWIS, who was born in 1935; actress EMILY LLOYD, who was born in 1970; actor IAN McSHANE, who was born in 1942; basketball executive and former player JOHN PAXSON, who was born in 1960; former soccer player ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO, who was born in 1976; Polish statesman and Solidarity founder LECH WALESA, who was born in 1943; and Hall of Fame football player DAVE WILCOX, who was born in 1942.

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GENE AUTRY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1907. Autry was arguably America’s favorite singing cowboy in a career that spanned almost seven decades. He began performing on local radio in his late teens before signing with Columbia Records in 1931 and appearing for a time on the “National Barn Dance” radio show. His film career began soon after, and he starred in nearly 100 movies, almost all of which were B-westerns in which his singing featured prominently. After retiring from acting, Autry became a baseball executive. He died in 1998.

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TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY. The holiday is a popular observance for coffee drinkers, celebrated by the coffee industry and coffee shops and houses (often with free cups of joe). It is also a day to learn about fair-trade coffee and practices.

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MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1912. The groundbreaking Italian filmmaker is known for his experiments with color, cinematography, pacing and narrative structure. He was nominated for two Academy Awards for “Blow-Up” and was granted a Lifetime Achievement Oscar in 1996. He died in Rome in 2007.

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


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