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September 7, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Comedian Leslie Jones, who was born in 1968. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

ON THIS DAY IN 1864, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Louisville, Ky., Sept. 6. Official dispatches received at Nashville announce that in the late fight before Atlanta the rebels lost 3,000 killed and wounded, 2,000 prisoners, including a brigadier general, ten guns, and a large amount of camp equipage. Our loss was trifling. The rebels are retreating in great haste. Official information from the front, dated Sunday, 27 miles below Atlanta, represents that Gen. [William Tecumseh] Sherman is pushing rapidly southward of Atlanta.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1901, the Eagle published extensive coverage of the shooting of President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo the previous day. “The news of the attack upon the president has stirred Brooklyn more deeply than any event for a score of years,” said the Eagle. “The first report which reached the borough about 4:30 o’clock was greeted with general incredulity and amazement. It was fully 5 o’clock when the realization of the great national calamity had come to the borough with the confirmation of the meager earlier dispatch. Along Fulton Street and every important thoroughfare on the corners men stood in groups earnestly discussing the probability that the reports were authentic … It was 5:15 o’clock before the newsboys were crying the extras which were issued by almost every paper in the greater city.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “The Ebbets dynasty in Brooklyn baseball was legally ended today when a notice on settlement of the Charles H. Ebbets estate was presented to Surrogate Francis D. McGarey by the attorneys for the Brooklyn Trust Company as an executor. The Brooklyn Baseball Club, which was once the sole property of Charles H. Ebbets, is now owned by a group composed of John Smith, penicillin tycoon; Branch Rickey, president of the Brooklyn Baseball Club, and Walter O’Malley, who together control 75 percent of the stock, and Mrs. James Mulvey, who owns the remainder … It is to Charles H. Ebbets that Brooklyn owes the growth of baseball in the borough. His vision as a candy butcher at the old Washington Park in 1883 was later responsible for the present home of the Dodgers, which now bears his name.”

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ON SEPT. 8, 1941, the Eagle reported, “One of the features of the first day of school in Brooklyn today was the opening for ‘business’ of the new $2,700,000 Fort Hamilton High School at Shore Road and 83rd St. The school is not large, but it has accommodations for 2,500 students and boasts a splendid view of the Narrows. The school is three stories high and has a tower in the center. Architects, knowing that the school could be seen from the ships which ply in and out of the harbor, lavished much skill upon it. Dr. Augustus Ludwig is principal of the school. He was formerly at Far Rockaway High School.”

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ON SEPT. 8, 1945, the Eagle reported, “San Diego, Cal., Sept. 8 (U.P.) – The body of Vice Adm. John S. McCain will be flown to Washington, D.C., today for a final tribute of a grateful country. Funeral services will be held Monday in the capital.”

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ON SEPT. 8, 1953, the Eagle reported, “Washington, Sept. 8 (U.P.) – Fred M. Vinson, 63, Chief Justice of the United States since 1946, died unexpectedly today. He was stricken with a heart attack in his suite at the Sheraton Park Hotel at 2:30 a.m. and died at 3:15 a.m., shortly after a physician reached his bedside. Justice Vinson had not been ill. Mrs. Vinson and one of their two sons, Fred M. Jr., said Vinson retired last night in good spirits and apparently good health. There was immediate speculation that [President Dwight D.] Eisenhower will name Republican Gov. Earl Warren of California to fill the vacancy. Warren announced last week that he will not seek re-election when his present term as governor expires in January 1955 … It seemed probable that Mr. Eisenhower’s appointee will become Chief Justice. Mr. Eisenhower, could, however, elevate one of the present members of the high bench. The 1953-54 term of the Supreme Court starts Oct. 5.”

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ON SEPT. 9, 1893, the Eagle reported, “There was a birth in the White House at exactly 2 o’clock this afternoon. Baby Ruth has a little sister. Mrs. Cleveland and the new arrival are doing quite well.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include actor CORBIN BERNSEN, who was born in 1954; comedian and actress LESLIE JONES, who was born in 1967; actress SUSAN BLAKELY, who was born in 1950; actor MICHAEL EMERSON, who was born in 1954; singer and pianist MICHAEL FEINSTEIN, who was born in 1956; opera singer ANGELA GHEORGHIU, who was born in 1965; singer and songwriter CHRISSIE HYNDE, who was born in 1951; singer GLORIA GAYNOR, who was born in 1949; actress JULIE KAVNER, who was born in 1951; actor DEVON SAWA, who was born in 1978; former soccer player BRIANA SCURRY, who was born in 1971; actress EVAN RACHEL WOOD, who was born in 1987; basketball player KEVIN LOVE, who was born in 1988; and tennis player VERA ZVONAREVA, who was born in 1984.

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BUDDY HOLLY WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1936. The American music performer, composer and bandleader is considered one of the most innovative and influential musicians of his time and was a pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll. His hits include “That’ll Be the Day” and “Peggy Sue.” Holly died at age 22 in an airplane crash near Iowa in 1959.

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JACOB LAWRENCE WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1917. The African-American painter was best known for his series of historical paintings on John Brown and on the migration of African Americans out of the South. A recipient of the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal, he won many other awards during his lifetime. Lawrence died in 2000 in Seattle, Washington.

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JAMES VAN ALLEN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1914. The physicist studied Earth’s magnetic field, cosmic rays and Earth’s radiation belts, now named the Van Allen belts. The positions of these belts are now taken into consideration when planning spaceflights in order to plot courses that take spacecrafts through the weakest part of the radiation zones. Awarded the National Medal of Science in 1987, Van Allen died in 2006 in Iowa.

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TUPAC SHAKUR WAS SHOT ON THIS DAY IN 1996. The bestselling rap artist and actor was shot multiple times at a Las Vegas, Nevada intersection while riding in a car driven by Death Row Records founder Suge Knight. Shakur died of his wounds Sept. 13. The murder case has never been closed.

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

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“When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it” — Jacob Lawrence, who was born on this day in 1917.

 

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