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May 16: ON THIS DAY in 1933, Roosevelt sends message to Hitler

May 16, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

ON THIS DAY IN 1868, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Speculation, comment and discussion on the attempt to remove the President of the United States, on charges preferred against him by a party vote of the House of Representatives, may now be suspended, in view of the probability that we will be able to announce the result of the trial in our present issue. The latest news from Washington is to the effect that the Radical Senators, who are certain to vote for the conviction and removal of the Chief Magistrate, met at midnight last night and concluded — contrary to the general expectation — to test their strength by a final vote today. This conclusion indicates that the leading advocates of impeachment either have not given up all hope of being able to secure a sufficient number of votes to convict, or in any event see that their cause has nothing to gain by delay. Both sides seem to be about equally confident.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1929, the Eagle reported, “John D. Rockefeller 3rd of New York City was voted the one ‘most likely to succeed’ by fellow seniors at Princeton University at their annual banquet last night. He was third in the poll for the ‘most pious.’ Princeton seniors this year are by no means arid, for 306 admitted they drink, while 61 voted ‘no’ to the query. And it was about the same proportion to those who smoked — 301 to 69 against. Only 41 are in favor of Prohibition; 314 are against it. Only 18 said they supported themselves entirely; 381 didn’t, and only 76 said they supported themselves in part; 303 don’t support themselves at all. The Phi Beta Kappa key is preferred at all times to the varsity ‘P.’ Football remains the favorite sport to watch while tennis is the favorite for actual participation.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Eagle reported, “In an attempt to dissuade Chancellor Adolf Hitler from delivering a provocative speech in the German Reichstag tomorrow that might ruin the chances of success of the disarmament conference at Geneva and the economic conference at London, President [Franklin] Roosevelt today cabled the heads of 54 nations, proposing that no nation should increase its armaments above the limitation of present treaties, pending further programs in disarmament. For the first time since the United States established its attitude of non-recognition in 1920, a direct message was sent to the Soviet government. The president cabled to President Mikhail Kalinin, All Union Central Executive Committee, Moscow, Russia — an act interpreted in some quarters as foreshadowing American recognition. The message, which constitutes a major statement of American foreign policies, as affecting disarmament and economic recuperation, was drafted at a surprise conference at the White House last night, in which the highest officers of the Department of State participated.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “A newly formed group of five prominent real estate investors has purchased the famous Bush Terminal Buildings — the world’s largest known industrial complex — for a reported sum of $22 million. The Gowanus waterfront site was acquired from the Bush Terminal Buildings Corp. headed by President Abner J. Gross, for investment purposes. The new owners are John L. Loeb and Clifford W. Michel, of Carl M. Loeb, Rhodes & Co.; real estate attorney Lawrence A. Wien; and investors Harry B. Helmsley and George V. Comfort, of 60 E. 42nd St., Manhattan. Their purchase encompasses 35 acres of New York Harbor area containing some 6 million square feet of heavy industrial floor with railroad sidings, large trucking berths, loading platforms, 150 elevators and steam and sprinkler systems. The complex, often referred to as Industry City, has its own police force and fire department, as well as extensive freight handling facilities and private streets. Also included are restaurants, cafeterias, medical and banking facilities for some 25,000 employees. For the first time since 1905, when Irving T. Bush founded the Gowanus site, control of the mammoth terminal has left company hands. Nevertheless, the present company will continue to direct its overall operation.”

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