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March 23: ON THIS DAY in 1945, 3 armies storming Rhine, Paris reports

March 23, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1909, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Theodore Roosevelt, hunter of big game, sailed away for Africa at 11:06 o’clock this forenoon. If smiles and flowers, crowds and cheers, flags, playing bands and a world of good wishes go to make up a successful departure, then the departure of the former President was all that could be desired. Even the elements were kindly, and the sky smiled as if tolerant to the last of this ‘man of destiny,’ with his eccentricities, his irrepressible enthusiasms and his spectacular picturesqueness. The big liner Hamburg swung clear of her dock only six minutes later than the hour set for sailing, which, in view of the circumstances, was a remarkable tribute to the clock-like precision of the German crew in charge of the vessel. As the vessel cast off the heavy ropes which tied her to the bulkheads, and, under convoy of the tugs, drifted out into the stream, with pennants flying, a multitude of river craft set up a screaming which lasted until she was well on her way to the open sea. Mr. Roosevelt and his son, Kermit, stood on the bridge and, as long as those who watched could see, he still stood there, bowing and waving his hat to those along the shores.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1921, the Eagle reported, “CHICAGO — Testimony given the grand jury last year in the investigation of the World Series by President B.B. Johnson of the American League was repeated by him yesterday before another grand jury, and a transcript of the statements of other witnesses was read by Assistant State’s Attorney Gorman, in the effort to secure new indictments against the eight former White Sox and others whose indictments were dropped. Additional testimony by Johnson will be given later in the week and new indictments are expected to be voted next week, Gorman said.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “PARIS (UP) — British skirmishers crossed the Rhine in the Arnhem area today and an unconfirmed Paris radio report said Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery’s three Allied armies had stormed across the river on a 65-mile front extending south of Dusseldorf in the Ruhr. The German high command said American troops attempted to storm the Rhine barrier still farther south in the Ludwigshafen area, following their smashing victory in the Saar-Palatinate. The crossing attempt, made by spearheads of the 3rd or 7th Army, was repulsed, Berlin said. But there was every sign that the ‘one last heave’ to end the European war was coming at the northern end of the long Western Front, possibly in a matter of hours if it had not already begun.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “Lafayette High’s baseball team showed both pitching and batting strength in its non-league 9-2 win over Textile at Lafayette High yesterday. Fred Wilpon, the ace of the Frenchy staff last year, Tom LoVerdi and Guy Cutile shared the mound chores for Lafayette, limiting Textile to four hits. Wilpon allowed one safety in his two innings on the mound. Jimmy Tedesco and Dan Mazzola led the Lafayette batting attack with two hits each.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “City health officials moved swiftly yesterday to avert a threatened spread of typhoid after learning that 100 city residents, members of a recent chartered flight to Switzerland, had been exposed to the disease there. One of the charter passengers, a 24-year-old married woman, has a confirmed case of typhoid and is in New York Hospital, the Health Department disclosed. Her case was not reported to the Health Department until yesterday. None of those on the flight appeared to be from Brooklyn, a check of the Swiss Air Lines passenger list revealed. The typhoid outbreak in Switzerland spread from Zermatt, a ski resort. The Health Department assigned its epidemiologists to check on each of the 100 New Yorkers on the flight, which was sponsored by a ski club. Thirty others in the group, who came from elsewhere, will be sought out by the U.S. Public Health Service.”


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