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October 12, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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On this day in 1927, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that actress-turned-aviator Ruth Elder’s plane had not been sighted for 15 hours. Elder, who was 25 years old at the time, had set out to become the first woman to fly to Paris, partly in competition with “Lucky Lindy” Charles E. Lindbergh, who had accomplished the same earlier that year, and partly to prove that women are equal and could do the same. Even though she was urged to wait until spring, time was of the essence for her as she was in competition with other women with the same ambition. So Elder and navigator-pilot George W. Haldeman set out on the evening of Oct. 11, 1927 from Old Orchard, Maine, in their sturdy Stinson Detroiter airplane, christened as “American Girl.” The Brooklyn Eagle and other leading news agencies reported the pilots as missing as of Oct. 12. They were later sighted near the Azores, having crashed after their plane developed an oil leak. As the next day’s banner headline proclaimed, the duo were rescued, and Ruth Elder lived to be 77. While she did not become the first woman to fly to Paris, she did become the first woman to make the attempt.

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On this day in 1953, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that a mob of Yugoslavs assaulted and beat an American diplomat and destroyed the British Council Reading Room, finishing off their vandalism from the previous Thursday. The Yugoslav mob was reacting to British and U.S. officials’ agreeing to hand off Zone A of Trieste to Italy. The Trieste region (from which NYC Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia had ancestry), a port city situated on the strip of land that connects Italy and Slovenia across the Adriatic Sea, had been hotly contested. As one of the oldest parts of the Hapsburg monarchy for centuries, Trieste has influences from Latin, Germanic and Hungarian civilizations. It was annexed to Italy in 1918 and saw fierce destruction during World War II. In 1947, under protection of the newly formed United Nations, Trieste became a free territory, with the British and U.S. jointly administering the region as the Allied Military Government. The Eagle reported Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito warned that while he was trying to resolve the conflict with Italy peacefully, he would not hesitate to move Yugoslav troops in if the Italian armed forces took over Trieste. Today, Trieste is part of Italy.

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On this day in 1954, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that the French National Assembly backed — albeit without enthusiasm — Premier Pierre Mendes-France for continuing negotiation between the Western Allies on German rearmament. While the vote was not yet an approval to rearm Germany following World War II, it did open the door for ratification of this plan, which was expected within the month.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include singer and actress SUSAN ANTON, who was born in 1950; actor CARLOS BERNARD, who was born in 1962; actor Tyler Blackburn, who was born in 1986; actor KIRK CAMERON, who was born in 1970; actor JOSH HUTCHERSON, who was born in 1992; actor HUGH JACKMAN, who was born in 1968; former track athlete MARION JONES, who was born in 1975; sportscaster and former baseball player TONY KUBEK, who was born in 1936; actor ADAM RICH, who was born in Brooklyn in 1968; and TV anchor and political commentator CHRIS WALLACE, who was born in 1947.

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LUCIANO PAVAROTTI WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1935. Pavarotti made opera accessible for a wide audience and was the most popular tenor of his time. He was known for his perfect tone, especially in the highest ranges. A regular performer at the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan for decades, he brought his music to a wider audience in the 1980s and ’90s by performing as one of the Three Tenors. He, along with Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, crossed into mainstream pop music with TV appearances and nationwide tours and sold millions of records. A philanthropist, Pavarotti was active in raising funding and awareness for many humanitarian causes. Widely considered to be the best bel canto singer of the 20th century, he died in 2007.

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TODAY IS NATIONAL STOP BULLYING DAY. Approximately 160,000 teens stay home from school every day because they fear for their safety. The bullying and suicide prevention international nonprofit organization Hey U.G.L.Y. (Unique Gifted Lovable You) has designated this as a day for schools across America to conduct Stop Bullying classroom activities and school assembly presentations on how to eradicate bullying from schools and neighborhoods. For more information, visit heyugly.org or preventbullyingnow.org.

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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1872. Considered England’s first great truly national composer, Williams rooted “modern” composition techniques in traditional English folk and Tudor music and themes to create a uniquely English style. Among his many works are nine symphonies, church and choral music, film and stage music and several operas. His major compositions include the “Mass in G Minor” and the opera “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” He died in England in 1958.

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

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“We used to do things for posterity, now we do things for ourselves and leave the bill to posterity.” — Unknown


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