MILESTONES: March 8, birthdays for James Van Der Beek, Petra Kvitova, Lester Holt
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 67th day of the year.
On this day in 1887, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle news pages gave extensive coverage of the death of famed abolitionist preacher Henry Ward Beecher, which had occurred at 9:30 that morning. The detailed and poetic obituary stated of Beecher, “All his life was a Gospel.” It pointed out that while some considered his religious views to be “dangerously heterodox,” they also compared Beecher’s ministry to that of Jesus’ confronting the Pharisees of his time. “During 40 years of intimacy, the sorrowing author of this tribute never heard from his friend’s lips or read in any production of his pen a sentiment that could be construed into a violation of that charity which Jesus of Nazareth crowned queen of all the virtues,” the Eagle wrote.
On this day in 1876, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle front page covered a talk by Dartmouth College professor C.A. Young to the Young Men’s Christian Association of Brooklyn, which had been established in 1844. Young described the spectroscope as an innovation of optic science. The Eagle provided substantial content of this well-attended lecture, titled “The Astronomical Discoveries of the Spectroscope,” with discussions of stellar disturbances and spots on the sun.