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May 31: ON THIS DAY in 1934, 100 ships salute president

May 31, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle

ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “[Walt] Whitman lovers are bivouacking for a time today on the old camping grounds of the poet in West Hills, L.I., on this, the centenary of his birth. They are visiting the little gray house of the gray poet who sang of Nature, of man, of democracy, of the spirit of America the glorious youth, and paying homage to his memory in their speeches and by reading some of his more noted poems. It is  a day of many Whitman observances, but chief among them, perhaps, is the pilgrimage to the quaint house where he was born and where, as a child, he first learned to know Nature as she spoke to him in the waving grasses, the trees and the ‘lilacs which in the dooryard bloomed.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1929, the Eagle reported, “The book-of-the-month clubs, which have been excoriated as an evil influence by those publishers whose books they didn’t choose and by the booksellers with whom they are competing, now are faced with the additional allegation of censorship ‘by suggestion’ of at least one book on their list. This is the sensational German war book ‘All Quiet on the Western Front,’ written by Erich Maria Remarque, a private in the German Army, and published by Little, Brown & Co. today. The book came out today, according to an official of the firm in Boston, with certain of the more ‘robust’ phrases which appeared in the British printing expurgated. He said that suggestions had been made by judges of the Book-of-the-Month Club for changes.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1934, the Eagle reported, “On Board U.S.S. Louisville Off Ambrose Lightship, May 31 — The might and main of America at sea, as represented in her naval forces, this afternoon thundered a salute to its Commander-in-Chief, President [Franklin] Roosevelt, and a greeting to the citizens of the Atlantic seaboard in a display that set precedent for precision and spectacle. The review and pageantry got under way at 1:45 p.m., when fog pockets that had held the fleet stationary for nearly two hours lifted to provide visibility for the occasion. Ploughing through the choppy waters off Ambrose Lightship, bordered on the northwest by Coney Island and on the north by the Rockaways and Long Beach, nearly 100 vessels, comprising all but a few of the entire United States Fleet, passed by in review in procession so majestic and impressive as to defy adequate description. The procession from the stem of Pennsylvania, the leader and flagship of Admiral David Foote Sellers, Commander-in-Chief of the United States Fleet, to the sterns of Dahlgren and Tracy, two train ships bring up the rear, was more than 12 miles long.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “London, May 30 (U.P.) — Court protocol experts who have laid down stringent dress regulations for the Coronation turned their attention today to four-year-old Prince Charles, who will witness the crowning of his mother in Westminster Abbey. The experts said Prince Charles will wear ‘one of his party suits’ – a white silk suit consisting of shirt and shorts.”

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ON JUNE 2, 1953, the Eagle reported, “Katmandu, Nepal, June 2 (UP) — The British Union Jack waved today where man never had set foot before — atop 29,002-foot-high Mount Everest. E.P. Hillary, a New Zealand beekeeper, and Tensing Bhutia, a rugged Sherpa guide, reached the summit of the previously unconquered world’s highest mountain last Friday and planted the British flag. They sent down a signal that ‘all is well,’ that man finally had won his greatest physical victory over nature and the elements. Col. H.J.C. Hunt, leader of the British expedition, immediately dispatched a runner to Katmandu, nearest town to Everest’s dangerous slopes, with the glad news that the mission had been accomplished before Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. It took the runner three days to reach here. The news quickly was flashed to Buckingham Palace and Britain’s young queen was awakened to hear it only a few hours before she was scheduled to begin the greatest day of her life.”

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