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March 6: ON THIS DAY in 1953, Malenkov due to step into Russia’s No. 1 spot

March 6, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1888, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “BOSTON — Louisa May Alcott died this morning. Coming so soon after the death of her father, the suddenly announced decease of Miss Alcott brings a double sorrow to the many friends of the family and to lovers of good literature everywhere. For a long time Miss Alcott had been ill, suffering from nervous prostration. She was born on her father’s birthday, November 29, 1832, in Germantown, that well known suburb of Philadelphia. [Henry David] Thoreau was for a time her teacher, but she was mainly instructed by her father. She began to write for publications when 16 years old, but with no marked success for fifteen years. During that time she devoted ten years to teaching. She was a volunteer nurse in the military hospitals during the war. In 1867 she wrote ‘Little Women,’ which has had an enormous circulation. Some of her more popular works are ‘Hospital Sketches,’ ‘An Old Fashioned Girl,’ ‘Little Men,’ ‘Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag,’ ‘My Boys,’ ‘Under the Lines,’ ‘Jack and Jill,’ ‘Proverb Stories,’ [and] ‘Spinning Wheel Stories.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1940, the Eagle reported, “The Three Stooges, screen and stage comedians, will begin a personal appearance engagement on the stage of the Flatbush Theater for a week beginning tomorrow. The slapstick stars of Hollywood are to appear on the bill with Erik Rhodes, movie comedian, ‘Hollywood’s frustrated lover,’ Howard Woods and his orchestra, Lou Valero, romantic singer; the Four Comets, the Whirlwind Skaters, and Eleanor Knight, tap dancer.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “MOSCOW (UP) — Moscow’s millions swarmed to the Trade Union Building in the center of the city today to view the body of Josef Stalin as it lay in state awaiting the greatest funeral in Russian history. V.M. Molotov, Senior Vice Premier, appears to be in control of the government temporarily, but there is no assurance he will become Stalin’s successor. Georgi M. Malenkov, Communist party Secretary and former private secretary to Stalin, seems to have the most likely chance to emerge as the strong man. Meanwhile, in worldwide speculation of Stalin’s successor, it was recalled that Stalin, as successor to Lenin, delivered his funeral oration. It was contended in some quarters that Stalin’s successor might be disclosed similarly. But most speculation on a successor centered at the moment on Malenkov.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “SAN JUAN (UP) — Police besieged Nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos in his home today, while authorities elsewhere on the island began a roundup of 37 other ‘dangerous’ members of the fanatic minority party that shot up the U.S. Congress last Monday. A police squad led by Capt. Benigno Soto went to Albizu’s home before dawn to arrest him and was met by a burst of gunfire. No one was hit, but Soto ordered his men back out of the field of fire and settled down to take further action later. Police Chief Salvador T. Roig said the other 37 Nationalists were being rounded up in raids ‘all over’ this U.S. island. It was not certain how many actually had been arrested … Albizu is president of the party that staged an abortive revolt here in October 1950, tried to assassinate President [Harry] Truman early in November of that year, and injured five members of the U.S. House of Representatives in a terrorist attack Monday.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “FRANKFURT (UPI) — Reinhold Vorberg, the first ex-Nazi extradited by Spain, arrived here yesterday to stand trial for the alleged mass murder of 10,000 mentally retarded persons during World War II. In its request for Vorberg’s extradition, the West German government accused him of the mass exterminations while helping Adolf Hitler carry out his plan for a ‘master race.’ Vorberg was arrested in Barcelona earlier this year on a request from Bonn. At that time, a Spanish Government spokesman said extradition procedures were started. The former Nazi was taken from Barcelona prison yesterday morning and driven to the airport, where he was bundled on the plane for Frankfurt.”


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