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October 24, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Oscar Award-winning actor F. MURRAY ABRAHAM, who was born in 1939; singer and rapper DRAKE, who was born in 1986; Oscar Award-winning actor KEVIN KLINE, who was born in 1947; U.S. Sen. JEFF MERKLEY, who was born in 1956; former NAACP President KWEISI MFUME, who was born in 1948; singer MONICA, who was born in 1980; soccer player WAYNE ROONEY, who was born in 1985; Olympic gymnast KYLA ROSS, who was born in 1996; U.S. Sen. MIKE ROUNDS, who was born in 1954; Australian Prime Minister MALCOLM TURNBULL, who was born in 1954; Olympic ice dancer CHARLIE WHITE, who was born in 1987; and musician BILL WYMAN, who was born in 1936.

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BELVA ANN LOCKWOOD WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1830.  Lockwood, an educator, lawyer and advocate for women’s rights, was born in Royalton, N.Y. In 1879, she was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court — the first woman to do so. While practicing law in Washington, D.C., she secured equal property rights for women. By adding amendments to statehood bills, Lockwood helped to provide voting rights for women in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. In 1884 she was the first woman formally nominated for the U.S. presidency. She died in 1917 in Washington, D.C.

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THE FIRST BARREL JUMP OVER NIAGARA FALLS OCCURRED ON THIS DAY IN 1901. Niagara Falls attracted no end of daredevils through the centuries, but the first one to go over the falls and survive in any kind of contraption was the unlikely Annie Edson Taylor, a 63-year-old former dance teacher who was down on her luck and hoping for fame and fortune. She accomplished the feat in a 160-pound barrel. No one repeated her stunt until 1911.

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MELVIN PURVIS WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1903. He was America’s most famous FBI agent in the 1930s and an early protege of J. Edgar Hoover, the bureau’s influential director. In July 1934, Purvis and his fellow agents cornered John Dillinger outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater. The infamous bank robber was shot and killed, and the media hailed Purvis as “the Man Who Got Dillinger.” This angered the mercurial and jealous Hoover, who forced him from the FBI for good. Purvis died in South Carolina in 1960 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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TODAY IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE STOCK MARKET PANIC. After several weeks of a downward trend in stock prices, investors began panic selling on Black Thursday, Oct. 24, 1929. More than 13 million shares were dumped. Desperate attempts to support the market brought a brief rally.

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

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“The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.” — Belva Ann Lockwood, who was born on this day in 1830

 


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