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September 10: ON THIS DAY in 1935, Huey Long is dead

September 10, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1935, the Eagle reported, “Baton Rouge, La.  (AP) — United States Senator Huey P. Long, known the world over as the dictator of his native Louisiana, died at the age of 42 today of a wound inflicted by an assassin. Physicians battled for 31 hours to save the political chieftain’s life. They performed one operation, five blood transfusions and administered artificial oxygen to no avail … The widow who married him 22 years ago after her alibi testimony saved him from charges in a shooting scrape was led dry-eyed from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. She had been at the bedside in constant vigil since Sunday night … The gunshot wound was inflicted by Dr. Carl A. Weiss Jr., kinsman of a Long political enemy, in the corridor of the Louisiana State Capitol at 9:20 p.m. Sunday … Dr. Weiss, a 30-year-old eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, pressed a gun into the senator’s stomach and fired. His arm was deflected before he could fire a second shot, and Long’s bodyguards, state highway policemen, killed him on the spot with a fusillade of nearly 60 bullets.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “Washington (U.P.) — Britain’s socialist government was under hot Republican fire today as Anglo-American-Canadian conferees reported progress in their efforts to bail Great Britain out of her economic troubles. Foreign and finance ministers of the three nations called an early session today to hear recommendations by four working groups on some specific proposals to ease the British crisis without directly hiking costs to American taxpayers. Senator Robert A. Taft (R., Ohio) said these proposals might help some but won’t pull Britain out of the hole. He said she got into trouble ‘because she abandoned the ideals of a free economy’ and put such heavy taxes on industry that manufacturers fell behind in keeping their plants up to date. ‘Our superior position is due to economic freedom, and Britain abandoned it,’ said the Senate’s Republican policy leader.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “Minus the wild publicity that served as background music for his flop in the spring, 20-year-old Mickey Mantle may be making good on his second attempt to be a New York Yankee. At least, the most heralded rookie of the 1951 season is looking more like a major-leaguer today than he ever has in the wake of a weekend during which he swatted two home runs and drove in a total of four runs to help keep the Yanks atop the American League. The reason for that might be people have taken a lot of the pressure off Mickey by cutting off the publicity blurbs that hailed him as ‘another Joe DiMaggio.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “Hong Kong (AP) — Great Britain today charged the shelling of a royal navy launch by a Chinese Communist ship yesterday took place ‘in international waters.’ A navy announcement raised the casualty toll to seven killed — six British sailors and a member of the Hong Kong defense force. Five crew members were injured. An official naval source said the 12 dead and injured constituted all personnel aboard the 54-ton patrol boat. Survivors were brought to Hong Kong aboard the British destroyer Concord, which raced 20 miles to the scene after receiving radio reports of the shelling.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “Washington (U.P.) — An official of the National Cancer Institute said today it is ‘fairly clear’ that cigarette smokers are more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers. Sidney J. Cutler told the International Pathology Congress that studies show 40-year-old men who smoke cigarettes run four to 14 times more risk of developing lung cancer than non-smokers. He said it is ‘interesting’ to note that the risk even for light smokers is four times that of non-smokers. Cutler said he has not found a clinical study in 15 years that failed to show a higher percentage of heavy smokers among lung cancer victims than lighter or non-smokers and that the percentage of non-smokers is lower.’”

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