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ON THIS DAY IN 1947: Truman urges nation stop food waste to aid Europe

September 25, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “Washington, Sept. 25 (U.P.) — President [Harry] Truman set in motion today a wasteless food campaign and said he will seek immediate stop-gap aid for hungry Europe without a special session of Congress, if possible. He revealed at a 27-minute press conference that his chief reason for summoning Congressional leaders to a White House conference Monday was to determine what immediate steps could be taken to provide prompt aid to Europe. As a starter, he set up a citizens food conservation program so more food will be available to hungry Europe without forcing prices up higher at home. ‘I am confident that the American people, realizing the extreme seriousness of the situation, will cooperate fully,’ the President said. Mr. Truman emphasized that he is not asking Americans to eat less — as Sen. Robert A. Taft (R-Ohio) proposed recently — but to waste less. As an example, he said the bread thrown away in this country is equivalent to about 70,000,000 bushels of grain a year.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1850, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The Cemetery of the Evergreens. — A party of gentlemen of this city and New York, numbering about 40, visited the grounds of this new cemetery, on Monday last, by invitation of the directors … The cemetery is about four miles from Brooklyn, and contains nearly 250 acres, about one half forest. The location is one of the most beautiful that could have been selected, and the improvements already made are many, and in good taste. A porter’s lodge, and chapel for funeral services, are completed. They are of the Norman style of architecture, and the latter is 80 feet in length by 40 in width. After an examination of the grounds, the company partook of refreshments. Addresses were made by ex-Mayor [Edward] Copland, Dr. Cox and others, and the highest satisfaction was expressed with the arrangements and plan of the cemetery. The cemetery is now open for burials, and the card of the directors will be found in another part of our paper.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1881, it was announced, “The Eagle will not be published tomorrow. In the judgment of the conductors of the Eagle it is proper to show this much, at least, of respect for the murdered Chief Magistrate of the republic [President James Garfield], whose funeral is to take place. Let us trust that never again will so strong a reason exist for bringing the ordinary enterprises of life to a standstill.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1903, the Eagle reported, “The Fusion campaign for the city will be opened in Brooklyn on the evening of October 10, when Mayor Low will make the initial speech of his campaign. Brooklyn is the home of the non-partisan idea and the stamping ground of the independent voter. Here Seth Low is always sure of an appreciative audience, in sympathy with his ideas. Twenty years ago, he formulated here the idea of non-partisan municipal government, and it has spread to many cities. It is to be put to a third test in Greater New York. The meeting will be held at the old Clermont Avenue Rink … Mr. Low will be formally notified of his re-nomination by the Republican and the Citizens Union on next Monday afternoon … Mr. Low is regarded as one of the most effective campaigners who ever took the stump in New York. That has been shown over and over again.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Eagle reported, “Chicago, Sept. 25 — Indictments based on charges of conspiracy to defraud may be the result of the Cook County Grand Jury’s investigation of alleged crookedness by the players in last fall’s World Series, it was indicated today by Henry H. Brigham, foreman of the jury. ‘There seems to be more than sufficient evidence to support such charges,’ Mr. Brigham declared. In connection with Brigham’s announcement that Arnold Rothstein, New York turfman and chief owner of the Havre de Grace race track, had been subpoenaed, it was learned that President B.B. Johnson of the American League has been in New York for two days investigating reports involving New York men in the alleged plan to ‘fix’ the 1919 World Series so Cincinnati would win and enable the gamblers on the ‘inside’ to win large sums.”

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THE FIRST AMERICAN NEWSPAPER WAS PUBLISHED ON THIS DAY IN 1690. The first (and only) edition of Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick was published by Benjamin Harris, at the London-Coffee-House in Boston. Authorities considered this first newspaper published in the U.S. offensive and ordered immediate suppression.

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THE PACIFIC OCEAN WAS DISCOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1513. Vasco Núñez de Balboa, a Spanish conquistador, stood high atop a peak in the Darien, in present-day Panama, becoming the first European to look upon the Pacific Ocean, claiming it as the South Sea in the name of the king of Spain.

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

 


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