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January 18: ON THIS DAY in 1942, trio of ships sunk in Tokio Bay

January 18, 2019 Brooklyn Daily Eagle

ON THIS DAY IN 1893, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison are the only men living who have filled the office of President of the United States. They were the two candidates voted for at the last two general elections. The Indiana statesman succeeded the New York statesman in 1889 and will be succeeded by him this year. The mortality predictable of occupants of the chief magistracy is suggested by these facts which themselves are emphasized by the death of Gen. Rutherford Birchard Hayes, who ceased from the earth at 11 o’clock last night.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1905, the Eagle reported, “President pro tempore Frye of the Senate today appointed Messrs. Foraker and Gorman as tellers on the part of the Senate to count the electoral vote on February 8. Mr. Stone was then recognized to speak on his resolution for directing an investigation into charges of election fraud. He said in part, ‘The charges have been made by Alton B. Parker and Theodore Roosevelt. They are not vague, irresponsible campaign rumors; they are definite charges. We cannot ignore them. Let the investigation go on. If the Democratic Party has also been recreant, if it is also guilty of this monstrous crime against good government, let it suffer the consequences. Hew to the line, let the chips fall where they may.’ Such were the words with which Sen. Stone closed the first half of the speech made by him in the Senate today in support of his resolution directing the Senate Committee on Judiciary to investigate the charges of corruption in connection with the national elections of 1896 and 1904.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1936, the Eagle reported, “London, Jan. 18 (AP) — Rudyard Kipling, Great Britain’s famous poet-imperialist, died early today in Middlesex Hospital at the age of 70, sending the empire he set afire with patriotism into widespread mourning. His body lay later in the day in the same simple bed in a private hospital room which he had occupied since he underwent an emergency operation Monday for a perforated stomach ulcer. The family announced the body would be cremated at a time and place to be set later. From all sides came tributes to the memory of the poet and novelist, who until his sudden illness had lived for many years in virtual retirement in the quiet village of Burwash, on the age-old Sussex Downs. Bernard Shaw, calling Kipling ‘a great storyteller who never grew up,’ said the poet was ‘a great figure in what may be called imperialistic literature.’ Hugh Walpole, British novelist, said, ‘He wrote prose so electrically exciting, so rich in its choice of words and rhythm of sentences that to read them will always be for anyone who loves literature a marvelous experience.’”


ON THIS DAY IN 1942, the Eagle reported, “Washington, Jan. 17 (UP) — An American submarine has invaded the most closely guarded waters of the Japanese Empire — those off Tokio Bay — and has sank three Japanese vessels, the Navy announced tonight. The Navy announcement came as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his American and Filipino troops fought valiantly against a storming Japanese attack upon their Bataan Peninsula positions in the Philippines. The Navy communique revealed the most daring American naval operation of the war — a feat rivaling that of Army Capt. Colin Kelly in sinking the Japanese battleship Haruna. The submarine, presumably one of those attached to Adm. Thomas C. Hart’s Asiatic fleet, slipped into the closely protected waters off Japan’s greatest naval base, Yokusuka, within a few miles of Yokohama, heart of the vast Japanese sea empire … It was the first time in nearly 100 years that an American naval craft has entered Japanese waters on a mission of war or warlike nature.”

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