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June 25, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Ricky Gervais. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 175th day of the year.

On this day in 1863, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The sixth annual regatta of the Brooklyn Yacht Club takes place this afternoon, and as the weather is propitious, it is likely to be one of the best aquatic displays the club have yet made. To accommodate spectators, the steamer Rip Van Winkle was chartered by the club for the use of members and invited guests, and left the foot of Fulton Street at 12 o’clock with a full load of passengers, the prospect of a pleasant trip down the bay and a view of the race creating a strong pressure upon the committee for tickets. A band of music was on board to enliven the proceedings. The yachts started at one o’clock from the club house, foot of Court Street, and there being a fine breeze they sailed out in splendid style, cheered by the spectators.”

 

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On this day in 1845, the Eagle reported, “The ceremonies in honor of the deceased patriot, Andrew Jackson, were performed yesterday in a solemn and appropriate manner. The weather was favorable; business generally was suspended; and people of all ages, sexes and conditions repaired to New York, where the funeral obsequies, as agreed upon by the joint committee, were to take place. The Brooklyn division began to muster at the various places designated in the program some time in advance of the hour specified … When the procession began to move, the bell of St. John’s Church, and of the Presbyterian Church in Jay, near Sands Street, were tolled, and the minute-guns — fired by Capt. Crooke’s company of Artillery — reverberated from the Heights.”

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On this day in 1900, the Eagle reported, “The hotter it grows, the harder it is to reach Coney Island. This does not apply to the West End so much as it does to upper Brighton and Manhattan. The railroad facilities to both of these beaches this year are without question the worst that have prevailed since either resort was started. It has been announced to all who cared to make inquiry or learned through experience – no public announcement having been made – that Atlantic Avenue would no longer afford the means of reaching Manhattan Beach. The Long Island service has been entirely cut off so far as Brooklyn is concerned, and uptown residents can now get to Rockaway with a great deal less delay than they can to Manhattan.”

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On this day in 1908, the Eagle reported, “President [Theodore] Roosevelt will leave Oyster Bay at 1:30 o’clock Friday afternoon on a special train over the Long Island Railroad, bound to Princeton, N.J., where he will attend the funeral of Grover Cleveland at Westland. With him will go Mrs. Roosevelt, who, with the Roosevelt children and a party of friends and relatives, today is at New London, Conn., to witness the Harvard-Yale boat races, from the president’s yacht Sylph. Immediately after the races the Sylph will transfer the party to the president’s other yacht, the Mayflower, and they will come direct to Oyster Bay.”

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On this day in 1948, the Eagle reported, “Convention Hall, Philadelphia, June 25 (U.P.) — The Republicans by acclimation today named Gov. Earl Warren of California to run for vice president on the ticket headed by Gov. Dewey of New York. The choice was made with surprising suddenness after Arizona delegates decided to give up a plan to nominate Harold E. Stassen. The 1,094 delegates to the 24th G.O.P. national convention whooped the strapping 57-year-old Californian into the party’s No. 2 post and wound up their major business for another four years.”

 

On the same page, it was reported, “Berlin, June 25 (U.P.) — Russia made another of her bewildering turnabouts in cold war strategy today. Allied officials in Helmstedt, on the border between the British and Soviet zones of Germany, announced that the Soviet commander at Marienborn, Russian boundary control point, had said that freight shipments to Berlin from the West could be resumed Monday. The Russian decision to permit resumption of rail and road traffic from the Western zones of Berlin would lift the threat of starvation from some 2,000,000 Germans in sectors of the capital which are under American, British and French control.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actress LINDA CARDELLINI, who was born in 1975; former baseball player CARLOS DELGADO, who was born in 1972; actor and comedian RICKY GERVAIS, who was born in 1961; actor JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY, who was born in 1963; actress JUNE LOCKHART, who was born in 1925; humanitarian and former basketball player DIKEMBE MUTOMBO, who was born in 1966; Hall of Fame basketball player, basketball executive and former coach WILLIS REED JR., who was born in 1942; singer and songwriter CARLY SIMON, who was born in 1945; U.S. Supreme Court Justice SONIA SOTOMAYOR, who was born in 1954; former baseball player BILLY WAGNER, who was born in 1971; and actor and comedian JIMMIE WALKER, who was born in 1948.

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THE KOREAN WAR BEGAN ON THIS DAY IN 1950. Forces from northern Korea invaded southern Korea, beginning a civil war. U.S. ground forces entered the conflict June 30. An armistice was signed at Panmunjom July 27, 1953, formally dividing the country in two — North Korea and South Korea.

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THE MONTSERRAT VOLCANO ERUPTED ON THIS DAY IN 1997. After lying dormant for 400 years, the Soufriere Hills volcano began to come to life in July 1995. It finally erupted, wiping out the capital city of Plymouth and two-thirds of the rest of this lush Caribbean island on June 25, 1997. Two-thirds of the population relocated to other islands or to Great Britain.

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THE BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY will host “The (New) Urban Resistance: Progressives Go Local” tonight at 6:30 p.m. With a federal government mired in dysfunction, cities across the nation are the new frontier of progressive change, presenting solutions to issues that range from income inequality to public health. Join Democracy Now! co-host and former NY Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez, NYC Councilmember Brad Lander, civil rights and immigration supervisor at Make the Road New York Yaritza Mendez and Philadelphia City Councilperson Helen Gym to dig into the power of local advocacy and activism. It will be moderated by The Nation’s Lizzy Ratner and co-sponsored by The Nation magazine as part of its “Cities Rising” series. For more information, visit brooklynhistory.org.

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

 

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“Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.” — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was born on this day in 1954

 

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