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MILESTONES: January 22, birthdays for Logic, Guy Fieri, Gabriel Macht

January 22, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 22nd day of the year.

On this day in 1931, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported on attempts to standardize law students and to require those attending school in the evening to complete four years. However, the proposal was met with vocal opposition, notably from the deans of Brooklyn Law School and St. John’s College School of Law. Professor Franklin F. Russell of Brooklyn Law School, in particular, called the proposal “highly illogical” as he and others believed it relegated evening law school students to inferior status and said the new policies would “mean that education by candlelight is an offense that disqualifies a man from taking a public examination in competition with men who are trained in the daytime.” The policy would have relegated evening students to part-time and thus hindered their bar examination applications. The professors pointed out that since many evening law students work during the day, they are just as — if not more — motivated to succeed.

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On this day in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page carried the sad news of Queen Victoria’s death, including sidebars on how foreign governments were given the news. Queen Victoria (1837-1901) was, at the time her death, the longest-reigning British monarch. She held onto that distinction until Great Britain’s current monarch, Elizabeth II, outdistanced her in 2015. Queen Victoria’s reign also “saw the growth of an empire on which the sun never set. Victoria restored dignity to the English monarchy and ensured its survival as a ceremonial political institution,” according to the History Channel’s website. An illustrated section on the bottom of the Eagle’s front page that day read, “Not Britain’s Only, But a World’s Bereavement.”

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On this day in 1905, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported on Russia’s Bloody Sunday. Angry workers stormed the plaza at Czar Nicholas II’s winter palace to demand reforms. This czar’s reign became known for its corruption, and for its pushing forth an unpopular war against Japan. The Rev. Georgy Appolonovich Gapon, considered to be a radical priest, led the march to St. Petersburg. The protest became deadly when imperial forces opened fire on the demonstrators. However, according to a sub-head in the Eagle story, which focused on efforts to keep the riots under control and secure that city, “Troops May Not Obey Orders.” In the aftermath of this massacre, the workers held more strikes and riots.

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On this day in 1954, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy spoke at the St. George Hotel in Brooklyn Heights. Kennedy, who was addressing the Cathedral Club’s 54th annual dinner honoring Judge Henry L. Ughetta, warned the 5,400 Catholic laymen that American foreign policy, under Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, was bringing the nation perilously close to atomic war. The son of U.S. Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, JFK was speaking of America’s policy of preferring “the threat of retaliation.” Kennedy pointed out that a time could come when neutralism is no longer viable, and that America’s “mutual guarantee will become worldwide. But until this is accomplished the announced new policy faces grave dangers and difficulties.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress LINDA BLAIR, who was born in 1959; actor SEYMOUR CASSEL, who was born in 1937; actress OLIVIA D’ABO, who was born in 1967; TV personality and restaurant executive GUY FIERI, who was born in 1968; actor BALTHAZAR GETTY, who was born in 1975; actress DIANE LANE, who was born in 1965; actress PIPER LAURIE, who was born in 1932; rapper LOGIC, who was born in 1990; actor GABRIEL MACHT, who was born in 1972; actor CHRISTOPHER MASTERSON, who was born in 1980; basketball player GREG ODEN, who was born in 1988; Journey singer STEVE PERRY, who was born in 1949; and author JOSEPH WAMBAUGH, who was born in 1937.

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RICHARD UPJOHN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1802. A Gothic revivalist, he designed many churches. Among his works were Trinity Chapel in Manhattan; the Corn Exchange Bank Building in New York City; and Central Congregational Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Upjohn also designed Green-Wood Cemetery’s main gates on Fourth Avenue and the Pierrepont family memorial, also in Green-Wood. In 1857, he founded the American Institute of Architects. Born in England, Upjohn died in 1878 in Garrison, N.Y.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROE v. WADE DECISION. In the 1973 case of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws restricting abortions during the first six months of pregnancy. In the following decades debate has continued to rage between those who believe a woman has a right to choose whether to continue a pregnancy and those who believe that aborting such a pregnancy is murder of an unborn child.

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GEORGE BYRON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1788. A flamboyant Romantic poet, Lord Byron was one of the first literary celebrities in the modern sense. His works — “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” “The Corsair” and “Manfred” — often sold out within days of publication. Described as “mad, bad and dangerous to know,” by Lady Caroline Lamb, Byron died in Greece in April of 1824 while fighting for Greek independence.

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THIS WEEK IS CLEAN OUT YOUR INBOX WEEK. It is observed annually the last business week of January, urging businesses and individuals to cure their e-mail “e-ddictions” and clean out their e-mail inboxes. A new year brings new beginnings — it’s a great time to adopt healthy e-mail habits, which make life stress-free and work more productive.

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FRANCIS BACON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1561. The lawyer, statesman, philosopher and author was born in London. Bacon’s fame rests on his philosophical works, including the Advancement of Learning and Novum Organum. Bacon is considered the father of the scientific method, and he was a hero to scientists later in the century. He died in London in 1626.

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY (BHS) will host “Book Talk: Greater Than Ever: New York’s Big Comeback” tonight at 7 p.m. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11 New York City’s economy was almost as damaged as its morale. As deputy mayor during the Bloomberg administration, Daniel L. Doctoroff helped spearhead a period of economic development that advanced the city through job creation, housing initiatives, sustainability plans, and much more. Join him as he recounts the triumphs and pitfalls of one of New York’s defining eras.

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

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“Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot are fools and those who dare not are slaves.” — Lord Byron, who was born on this day in 1788


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