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ON THIS DAY IN 1946: Goering, 11 others to hang, 3 get life in prison, 3 freed

October 1, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “Nuernberg, Oct. 1 (UP) — The International Military Tribunal in measured judicial tones today wrote an end to Adolf Hitler’s schemes to dominate the world by sentencing Herman Goering and 11 other Nazi leaders to be hanged until dead within 15 days and committing to prison for terms ranging up to life seven other leaders of the Third Reich. Three Nazis, the wily financier, Hjalmar Schacht; the minor propagandist, Hans Fritzsche, and the scheming diplomat, Franz von Papen, were acquitted. One of those condemned to death, Martin Bormann, has not been seen since the final battles around the Reichschancellory in Berlin, in May, 1945, and probably was already dead … The Allied prosecutors who had indicted the Nazi elite on charges of conspiracy or a common plan of aggression, crimes against the peace, war crimes and crimes against humanity expressed some disappointment that not all the defendants had been convicted.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1882, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “It seems to be pretty well settled that in the pending canvass, [Buffalo] Mayor [Grover] Cleveland, the Democratic nominee for governor, will, in person, present to the people of the State the reasons why the Syracuse nominees should be elected. The Young Men’s Democratic Club of Brooklyn intend taking a very active part in the campaign and in accordance with this design have engaged the Academy of Music for next Saturday evening, when a grand mass meeting will be held in ratification of the Democratic ticket. The Executive Committee of the club telegraphed Mayor Cleveland on Friday, requesting him to visit Brooklyn and address the meeting. Yesterday morning a dispatch was received informing the committee that Mr. Cleveland accepted their invitation and that he would come to Brooklyn at the time indicated … Mayor Cleveland’s appearance on the stump will be met with great interest and enthusiasm. He will be the first gubernatorial candidate who has led the battle in person in a number of years.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1888, the Eagle reported, “The situation in Whitechapel remains unchanged. The theory that the murderer is a surgeon is again doubted and that of the ‘maniac butcher’ revived.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1903, the Eagle reported on the first World Series, which began that afternoon: “Not since the famous St. Louis Browns and equally redoubtable Chicago Nationals under ‘Pop’ Anderson met for supremacy in the 80s, have two such strong teams met for the world’s championship as the Pittsburgs and Bostons, which teams meet in the first game of the post-season series at the Hub this afternoon. Except in one or two minor details, the rival National and American League pennant winners of 1903 shape up with remarkable evenness, both individually and collectively, and it is indeed a clever mathematician who can figure out on past performances the victor in the series of nine games scheduled to be played.” The Boston Americans (now Red Sox) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates five games to three, winning four consecutive games for the championship.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1910, the Eagle reported, “The building and plant of the Los Angeles Times, one of the best known newspapers of the Southwest, of which General Harrison Gray Otis is editor and principal owner, was destroyed by an explosion and fire shortly after 1 o’clock this morning, resulting in the death of upward of twenty of its employees and a financial loss of near $500,000. The management places the blame for the explosion on the labor unions, with which the paper has long been engaged in bitter warfare.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Eagle reported, “Lake Success, Sept. 30 (U.P.) — The United States today called on the United Nations to destroy North Korean power ‘to launch future attacks’ by abolishing the ‘artificial barrier’ of the 38th parallel in Korea. Ambassador Warren R. Austin told the main Political Committee in a major policy speech: ‘The opportunity for new acts of aggression … should be removed. Faithful adherence to the U.N. objective of restoring international peace and security in the area counsels the taking of appropriate steps to eliminate the power and ability of the North Korean aggressor.’”

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


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