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May 28: ON THIS DAY in 1935, President acts to rebuild New Deal

May 28, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1918, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “MADRID — Business life in Madrid is almost paralyzed by the outbreak of a species of grip. The exact nature of the disease has not been determined, although it is not fatal. Theaters and moving picture houses are deserted while the tramways are crippled because of the illness of employees. Reports from the provinces show that 30 percent of the population is affected by the strange disease. King Alfonso is indisposed and is believed to be suffering from the disease, which he apparently contracted yesterday when mingling with the crowds in the palace chapel. Many other prominent persons are ill in bed, including the president of the Chamber of Deputies, the Ministers of Finance, Marine and Public Instruction and the under secretary to the president.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1931, the Eagle reported, “OBER GURGI, OETZ VALLEY, TYROL (AP) — Safe from a hazardous exploratory balloon voyage to the stratosphere, Prof. August Piccard and his assistant, Dr. Charles Kipfer, today were en route from their landing place on a glacier above this town to Ober Gurgi. The balloonists, for whose safety fears had been held many hours, declared their trip had been a success and estimated they had reached a height of 52,500 feet, almost ten miles, and a new altitude record. After 18 hours and 13 minutes in the air, swept by varying currents over many parts of South Europe, the adventurers landed safely and in good health at 10:08 o’clock last night on a glacier above Gurgi. Their instruments were safe and their balloon in good condition … Professor Piccard immediately asked the soelden gendarmerie to inform his family of the success of his undertaking.” 

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ON THIS DAY IN 1935, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON — President Roosevelt today ordered his advisers to make immediate studies of the havoc wrought yesterday by the unanimous Supreme Court decision which brushed aside the [National Recovery Administration] and is believed to have swept away much of the foundation upon which the New Deal had based its legislative program. It was stated at the White House that Mr. Roosevelt will remain silent until after the results of these studies have been reported to him. A high public official, who sat with the President during all of yesterday’s storm which blew down Pennsylvania Ave. from the courtroom in the Capitol with unprecedented force, likened Mr. Roosevelt’s predicament to that of a man who had a jigsaw puzzle on his desk three-quarters complete when a breeze swept it onto the floor.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “To help Brooklyn’s 300,000 men and women in the armed forces readjust themselves to civilian life, a timely, authoritative 40-page Brooklyn Veterans Handbook has just come off the presses under the sponsorship of the Brooklyn Eagle. The booklet will be distributed free to all veterans of World War II who are re-entering civilian life and to the families of men and women in service who wish to obtain the book for their sons or daughters in service. The handbook, containing the latest information on what the veteran must know in order to regain his place in civilian life, is a completely ‘localized’ production. It contains Brooklyn information for Brooklyn veterans. It contains specific information which will save Brooklyn veterans hundreds of steps and which will guide them to places they seek with information that is as factually correct as it is possible to make it.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “Only one case of definitely diagnosed paralytic polio has turned up among the 651,159 children taking part in the nationwide Salk anti-polio vaccine tests, statistics of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis showed today. Whether the child, a Michigan youngster, received the vaccine or the ineffective ‘control’ injection which was given half the children participating, was not known since the shots were given by code and the codes will not be opened until Fall. Six other ‘doubtful’ cases, tentatively identified as non-paralytic polio, have also showed up among test children. Three of these cases were in Michigan, two in Florida and one in Texas. It was not known which injection these children received. Meanwhile, parents of the 43,058 New York City children taking the test were urged to make certain their youngsters are in school on the dates for the third and final injections.”


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