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July 2, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Greetings, Brooklyn.  Today is the 182nd day of the year.

On this day in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The hottest July 2 ever recorded before in New York was in 1872 and 1876, when a temperature of 94 degrees was registered. This record was smashed before 10 o’clock this morning, at which hour the official thermometer registered 95 … The hot spell has caused a general desire on the part of the people to get out of the city and the exodus to the country resorts is great. Crowds flocked to the parks and piers this morning in a mad desire to get a breath of fresh air and early in the day the movement toward Coney Island and Manhattan and the Jersey beach cities began … The deaths and protestations from the heat in New York and Brooklyn have nearly doubled today over the terrible record of yesterday. Up to 1 o’clock yesterday there had been thirty-nine deaths in Brooklyn since midnight. The conditions are growing more serious every hour and they are becoming alarming in the extreme.”

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On this day in 1881, the Eagle reported about the shooting of President James Garfield at a railroad station in Washington, D.C. “President Garfield is conscious and does not complain of great suffering. He has just dictated a telegram to his wife. It is impossible to say as yet what the result will be, but the surgeons are of the opinion that the wounds are not necessarily fatal … The greatest interest centers in the possibilities of the president’s recovery from the wounds inflicted by the cowardly assailant. According to the latest information, the chances are largely in his favor.”

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On this day in 1903, the Eagle reported, “Butte, Mont., July 2 — Snow began falling in the vicinity of Butte last night and indications are that it will be heavy. It is predicted that Helena will also experience a snowstorm.”

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On this day in 1912, the Eagle reported from Baltimore, “Woodrow Wilson of New Jersey was nominated for president by the Democrats today. The breaking of the deadlock, which had continued since 7 o’clock Friday morning, was received with a great demonstration on the part of the delegates … Gov. Wilson was in the bath tub when a messenger burst into the executive mansion and shouted: ‘Governor, Illinois has gone to you.’ There were sounds of vigorous splashing within the bathroom, but no other response. The governor’s three daughters danced with delight when they heard the news and his secretary was hugely elated. A moment later the governor sent out word that he was ‘perfectly delighted.’”

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On this day in 1913, the Eagle reported on the reunion held at Gettysburg to mark the 50th anniversary of the battle. “The tide of invasion turned back from Gettysburg today and the armies of the Blue and the Gray began to melt away under the compelling influence of a torrid sun and the discomforts of camp life … Most of them have looked over the battlefield, shaken hands with comrades they knew in other regiments, got another glimpse of their friends, the ‘rebs,’ and left for home … The old men are footsore and exhausted, and while they have no complaint to make, they are happy at the prospects of getting home. The blistering heat is a strong factor in the get-away movement, which is as unexpected as it is sudden.”

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On this day in 1928, the Eagle reported, “London, July 2 (AP) — A Paris dispatch to the Exchange Telegraph Company reports that according to messages received from Oslo, the body of Capt. Roald Amundsen has been found in the sea off Norway. The report lacks official confirmation. Before this report was received, two large British seaplanes were ordered today by the Air Ministry to join the search for Amundsen, discoverer of the South Pole and noted arctic explorer, who left Norway on June 18 with Lief Dietrichsen, another noted Norwegian explorer, and a French crew in a French seaplane to search for Gen. Umberto Nobile, then stranded with five companions off Northeast Land. General Nobile has since been rescued by Lieutenant Lundborg, Swedish flier, and is now aboard the base ship Citta di Milano off Northern Spitzbergen.” The bodies of Amundsen his five crew members were never found.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former baseball player JOSE CANSECO JR., who was born in 1964; former baseball player SEAN CASEY, who was born in 1974; former Mexican President VINCENTE FOX QUESADA, who was born in 1942; actress POLLY HOLLIDAY, who was born in 1937; actress LINSDAY LOHAN, who was born in 1986; soccer player ALEX MORGAN, who was born in 1989; former race car driver RICHARD PETTY, who was born in 1937; actress MARGOT ROBBIE, who was born in 1990; hockey player JOE THORNTON, who was born in 1979; actress and singer ASHLEY TISDALE, who was born in 1985; and TV personality and Olympic skater JOHNNY WEIR, who was born in 1984.

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THURGOOD MARSHALL WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1908. Marshall, the first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court served as director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund for more than 20 years. He experienced his greatest legal victory May 17, 1954, when the Supreme Court decision on Brown v Board of Education declared an end to the “separate but equal” system of racial segregation in public schools in 21 states. Marshall argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court, winning 29 of them, before becoming a member of the high court himself. Nominated by President Lyndon Johnson, he began his 24-year career on the high court Oct. 2, 1967, becoming a voice of dissent in an increasingly conservative court. Marshall announced his retirement June 27, 1991, and he died Jan 24, 1993, in Washington, D.C.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY FOR THE FIRST SOLO ROUND-THE-WORLD BALLOON FLIGHT. In his sixth attempt, Steve Fossett became the first person to circumnavigate the world nonstop and in a nonmotorized craft in 2002. In his “Spirit of Freedom” balloon, Fossett traveled 19,400 miles. He began his odyssey on June 18, 2002, at Northam, Australia, and arrived at his starting longitude on July 2.

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THE CONSTITUTION OF THE U.S. TOOK EFFECT ON THIS DAY IN 1788. Cyrus Griffin of Virginia, the president of the Congress, announced that the Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states (the ninth being New Hampshire June 21, 1788), and a committee was appointed to make preparations for the change of government.

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AMELIA EARHART DISAPPEARED ON THIS DAY IN 1937. In 1937 aviatrix Amelia Earhart planned an around-the-world trip via the equatorial route that would be the longest ever made. Having completed 22,000 miles of her journey, Earhart, accompanied by navigator Fred Noonan, took off on this date from Lae, New Guinea, for the final 7,000 miles over the Pacific. About 800 miles into their flight to tiny Howland Island, radio contact was lost with her craft. Despite a massive search by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, Earhart, Noonan and their plane were never found.

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

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“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” — Thurgood Marshall, who was born on this day in 1908

 

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