September 7: ON THIS DAY in 1901, Eagle covers shooting of President William McKinley

September 7, 2018 Shlomo Sprung
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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 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 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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