MILESTONES: December 7, birthdays for Sara Bareilles, Terrell Owens, Nicholas Hoult
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 344th day of the year.
On this day in 1947, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported on a Jewish-Arab skirmish in three Arab neighborhoods near Tel Aviv. However, it was a local skirmish that angered New Yorkers — the decision to ban religious-themed Christmas carols from New York City school holiday programs. That decision was made by Assistant Superintendent of Schools Isaac Bildersee. Among the toughest critics of Bildersee’s ban was Mayor William O’Dwyer, who went so far as to accuse Bildersee of being less “solicitous” of banning Communists and other “Anti-God and Anti-American ideologies.”
On this day in 1941, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that President Franklin D. Roosevelt had sent an appeal to Japan’s Emperor Hirohito as a final resort to avoiding war. However, this story was published just as Japan launched its attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It was already after 1 p.m. in New York and the Eagle, an evening newspaper, had gone to press before word spread of the attack.