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May 20: ON THIS DAY in 1927, Lindbergh reaches Nova Scotia ahead of schedule in ideal flying weather

May 20, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1848, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “There are only 48 prisoners now confined in the Kings County jail, twelve of whom are waiting trial at the next Court of Sessions, which will sit on Monday [this] week, for the following offences, viz, burglary 2; grand larceny 6; assault with intent to kill 1; assault, with intent to ravish 1; bigamy 2. In consequence of the convicts being sent from the justices’ courts directly to the county penitentiary and workhouse, it is thought that there will shortly be rooms to let in the jail.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1923, the Eagle reported, “Columbia’s baseball nine swamped Wesleyan yesterday at South Field by the overwhelming score of 15-2. The victory was due largely to [Lou] Gehrig, star Blue and White twirler. Gehrig allowed only three hits. He also did some timely batting. Gehrig started the ball rolling for Columbia in the first inning when he hit his seventh homer of the season, chasing Kennedy in ahead of him. He also singled and was walked twice. The Morningsiders were in rare form, the entire team going on a batting spree for the grand total of 19 hits.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1927, the Eagle reported, “The gray monoplane Spirit of St. Louis, in which Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh started on a reckless non-stop flight to Paris from Roosevelt Field, L.I., at 7:52 a.m. today, passed over Springfield, Nova Scotia at 1:05 p.m., the Associated Press reported. She had by that time gone about 700 miles of her projected 3,600-mile ‘hop,’ moving smoothly and beautifully over the Nova Scotia coast, headed northeast. Thus far the young man from Missouri has been flying, therefore, at the rate of 115 miles an hour, and he reached Nova Scotia ahead of the schedule he had set for himself … In midafternoon all signs were favorable for the success of the captain’s daring adventure. Even the elements extended a friendly hand to ‘Lucky’ Lindbergh. When he made his start, weather reports told of fogs over Newfoundland and generally bad flying conditions on the ‘Banks.’ But later today Navy hydraulic experts reported from Washington that weather prospects were ‘almost perfect’ for crossing the ocean, with an ‘unusual advantage’ in the high pressure area over the Great Circle Route which Lindberg was taking, though it was here that the gallant Frenchmen, Nungesser and Coli, went astray.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1932, the Eagle reported, “HARBOR GRACE, N.F. (AP) — Amelia Earhart Putnam, attempting the first transatlantic solo flight by a woman, landed here today at 12:31 a.m., E.D.T., after a four-hour trip from St. John, N.B. Mrs. Putnam was accompanied by Bernt Balchen, famous aviator-explorer, and by Eddie Gorski, a mechanic. The two men will assist the woman flier in preparations for the ocean hop, the destination of which she has not announced. She will await favorable weather here. She arrived at St. John last night after a flight of three and a half hours from Teterboro Airport at Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. Mrs. Putnam is the wife of George Palmer Putnam, publisher, who sponsored her flight four years ago when she and her companions landed in Wales.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “With meat practically non-existent and the supply of poultry and eggs becoming increasingly low, the main dish on most Brooklyn family dinner tables today probably will be fish. The city’s receipts of fish, reported by the Fulton Fish Market as about 1,000,000 pounds daily, continued yesterday the only bright spot in a gloomy food picture. The poultry shortage will not be relieved until army demands have been met, L.F. Champlin, in charge of the market news service of the War Food Administration, predicted. The few sales reported, Mr. Champlin said, were at prices far in excess of OPA ceilings. The low poultry supply has been reduced further, Mr. Champlin stressed, by the refusal of kosher dealers to pay above-ceiling prices and the intensive campaign of the city Markets Department against black market retailers … The supply of eggs is becoming increasingly short, Mr. Champlin declared, because of all-time high consumption to replace meat and poultry. The egg situation has been aggravated by increasing army demands, he added.”

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