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May 15, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 134th day of the year.

On this day in 1923, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Coney Island opened officially today, with a military review, a dedication of the Riegelmann Boardwalk, a flood of oratory, a flag raising and a dense crowd which defied lowering skies to be present at what Coney Islanders hope will mark the renaissance of New York’s seaside playground … [At] the reviewing stand … stood Mayor [John Francis] Hylan, a little weary from the trip to Staten Island to attend the launching of the ferry boat George W. Loft, and Boro President [Edward] Riegelmann, looking hale and hearty in the realization of his greatest dream, a completed boardwalk at Coney.”

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On this day in 1904, the Eagle reported, “Dreamland, the delightful, after many months of planning and hard work, had its formal opening yesterday. It was just a little before noon when the gates were, without ceremony, opened and patrons began streaming in. They found everything immaculate and bright a shiny with the virtue of newness … Some of the graybeards in the crowds shook their heads as if half doubting the things that were spread before their gaze. ‘It don’t seem possible,’ said one of these. ‘I’ve lived here on Coney Island for close on to forty years and I wouldn’t have believed that anything half so fine and beautiful as this would ever be built here.’” 

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On this day in 1919, the Eagle published the obituary of Henry J. Heinz, “the famous pickle maker and Sunday school worker … Mr. Heinz started his business of preserving food from a kitchen garden at his father’s home in a suburb of Pittsburg, Pa., when he was a boy of 16 years. It has since grown until now there is a main plant covering many acres at Pittsburg, 16 branch factories, 45 branch houses and 98 selling agencies in all parts of the earth.” Heinz was 74.

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On this day in 1923, the Eagle reported, President [Warren G.] Harding has decided definitely to make his contemplated trip through the West and to Alaska, leaving Washington about June 20 and being absent from the capital about 60 days, it was announced today at the White House.” This trip, dubbed the “Voyage of Understanding,” came to an end with Harding’s death in San Francisco on August 2. Vice President Calvin Coolidge was sworn into office the following day.

 

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On this day in 1945, Eagle reporter Charles Arnot wrote, “Vidkun Quisling, the world’s most famous traitor, is cleaning the toilets of Oslo’s biggest prison, the United Press learned exclusively today. My informant, one of the only six men who have seen the arch-traitor since he surrendered six days ago, said Quisling has been given the most menial tasks at the prison at Moellergarten 19. Nevertheless, Quisling, 58 and fat, insists he is still the legal head of the Norwegian government. He complains constantly about his prison treatment. Two tough guards with tommy-guns stand over the puppet premier while he goes to work with a brush and a bucket of water.”

On the same page, it was reported, “The body of Nazi Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels has been found in a vast underground city beneath Berlin, the Red Army newspaper Red Star reported today. A Berlin dispatch said that Goebbels’ corpse and those of his wife and children were found where they had committed suicide, before a microphone … The story said the underground city, 20 meters below Berlin’s surface and safe from the reach of Allied bombs, contained factories, offices and arsenals linked by electric railroads. Goebbels, Herman Goering and other prominent Nazis had luxurious apartments in the subterranean Berlin. 

Another article reported, “Stars and Stripes staff writer Andrew Rooney claimed today that ‘according to sources considered reliable,’ a German V-bomb was launched against New York last Nov. 7, Election Day.”

 

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include singer and actress ANNA MARIA ALBERGHETTI, who was born in 1936; former U.S. Secretary of State MADELEINE ALBRIGHT, who was born in 1937; Hall of Fame baseball player and executive GEORGE BRETT, who was born in 1953; singer and actor DAVID CHARVET, who was born in 1972; filmmaker DAVID CRONENBERG, who was born in 1943; soccer player DWAYNE DE ROSARIO, who was born in 1978; musician and producer BRIAN ENO, who was born in 1948; TV host and actress GISELLE FERNANDEZ, who was born in 1961; actor LEE HORSLEY, who was born in 1955; artist JASPER JOHNS, who was born in 1930; singer and actress LAINIE KAZAN, who was born in 1942; actor DAVID KRUMHOLTZ, who was born in 1978; Hall of Fame football player RAY LEWIS, who was born in 1975; singer and actor TRINI LOPEZ, who was born in 1937; baseball player JUSTIN MORNEAU, who was born in 1981; tennis player ANDY MURRAY, who was born in 1987; actor, playwright and screenwriter CHAZZ PALMINTERI, who was born in 1951; sportscaster and radio personality DAN PATRICK, who was born in 1956; former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, who was born in 1948; actress JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER, who was born in 1981; Hall of Fame football player EMMITT SMITH, who was born in 1969; broadcaster and Hall of Fame baseball player JOHN SMOLTZ, who was born in 1967; and actor SAM TRAMMELL, who was born in 1971.

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RICHARD AVEDON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1923. The influential photographer began his career with the merchant marines, taking personnel identification photos and images of shipwrecks. Later, he worked for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, where his artistic style of shooting fashion models against famous backgrounds revolutionized the industry’s approach to fashion layouts. He was known for taking memorable, while not necessarily flattering, portraits and was honored with retrospectives and exhibits at many museums. He received the National Medal for the Arts in 2003 and died in New York in 2004.

 

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GEORGE WALLACE WAS SHOT ON THIS DAY IN 1972. The former governor of Alabama and a symbol of segregation was shot by Arthur Bremer while Wallace was in Laurel, Maryland, campaigning for the U.S. presidency. For the remainder of his life (until he died in 1998 in Alabama), Wallace was paralyzed from the waist down. Bremer was sentenced to 67 years in prison for the shooting.

 

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LYMAN FRANK BAUM WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1856. The American newspaperman who wrote the “Wizard of Oz” stories was born in Chittenango, N.Y. Although “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is the most famous, Baum also wrote many other books for children, including more than a dozen about Oz. He died in California in 1919.

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TENZING NORGAY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1914. The Sherpa and co-conqueror of Mount Everest was raised in Nepal and began mountaineering as a porter. Having participated in six previous attempts at scaling Mount Everest, he was the most experienced Everest climber on the British expedition of 1953, and on May 29, he and New Zealander Edmund Hillary were the first two men atop the world’s highest mountain. Norgay died in 1983 in India.

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

 

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“The best book, like the best speech, will do it all — make us laugh, think, cry and cheer — preferably in that order.” — Madeleine Albright, who was born on this day in 1937


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