MILESTONES: January 24, birthdays for Neil Diamond, Kristen Schaal, Rachel Crow
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 24th day of the year.
On this day in 1939, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page reported that banker Philip A. Benson was honored as the Borough of Brooklyn’s Citizen of the Year. Benson, at the time president of both the Dime Savings Bank and the American Bankers Association, received the Downtown Brooklyn Association’s gold medal at the Bossert Hotel ceremony.
On this day in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page provided a detailed report on the proclamation of Edward VII as King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and emperor of India. The traditional ceremonies throughout the city of London were “followed exactly the ancient procedure,” and provided a “glimpse of medieval times.” More than 10,000 guards of various sorts lined the streets of London. The king himself was not present, and the British royal family was still in mourning from the death of Queen Victoria just days earlier. According to British tradition, the actual coronation of a the British monarch would take place about a year later, as celebrations were deemed inappropriate during the time of mourning.