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June 18: ON THIS DAY in 1928, Earhart plane lands on Wales coast

June 18, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1842, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The Croton River is not to be emptied into the Reservoir on Monday next, as announced in the papers, but merely into the Aqueduct at Croton Dam. Several days will yet elapse before it will reach the grand depot; but when it does, may we be there to see. The ‘pipelaying’ is nearly completed, and will be entirely by the Fourth of July. The aqueduct from Tusculum to Rome was child’s play in comparison with this Croton affair. We recorded our ‘No’ against it, notwithstanding.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1928, the Eagle reported, “London, June 18 (AP) — The transatlantic monoplane Friendship, carrying the first woman ever to span the Atlantic by air, landed near Burry Port, Wales, at 12:40 p.m. today (6:40 a.m. Eastern standard time), just 20 hours and 49 minutes after taking off from Trepassey, Newfoundland. The plane, which had been sighted 75 miles west of Ireland by the steamship America, landed in Burry Inlet because of a shortage of fuel. Wilmer Stultz, the pilot, [brought] his ship down without difficulty close to shore … It had been more than just a hop across the Atlantic for Miss [Amelia] Earhart, for she took her turn at the stick in the long journey through mist and rain that marked most of the trip. The crew of the Friendship, which included Louis Gordon, mechanic, was in the best of spirits and looked none the worse for their flight across the almost 2,000-mile stretch between Newfoundland and Great Britain.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1929, the Eagle reported, “Miss Elizabeth Trump, daughter of Mrs. Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Rd., Jamaica Estates, L.I., was married on Sunday to William Walter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Walter of 2312 Hughes St. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride’s mother by the Rev. Andrew F. Magill of the First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica. Miss Trump was given in marriage by her brother, Fred Trump, and had Miss Rose Walter, sister of the bridegroom, as maid of honor. Julius Walter Jr. was best man for his brother. A reception followed. After a trip through the Middle West, Mr. and Mrs. Walter will reside in Hollis.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1940, the Eagle reported, “London, June 18 (AP) — Winston Churchill proclaimed today to his Parliament and people the beginning of ‘the battle for Britain’ and declared direly that its loss would plunge even the United States ‘in the abyss of a new dark age.’ To a House of Commons echoing with wild cheers, he cried: ‘Let us brace ourselves to our duty. And so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and commonwealth lasts for a thousand years, men will still say: ‘This was their finest hour.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “If you enjoyed the vicarious thrill of having tomahawks, barrels, knives, torches and bodies thrown at you in some of the recent three-dimensional epics, or if you are a science-fiction addict, you probably won’t mind the spaceship that comes hurtling out of the screen in “It Came from Outer Space” at the Loew’s State. For its first three-dimensional production, Universal chose this science-fiction tale by Ray Bradbury so that they could have many outdoor location shots and thereby take advantage of all the 3-D tricks in the book.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “Declaration by the U.S. Supreme Court that recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and bible reading in public schools is unconstitutional drew mixed reactions in Brooklyn as it did throughout the nation yesterday. In a sweeping 8 to 1 decision, the court ruled that such religious exercises violated the first amendment which prohibits governmental ‘establishment of religion,’ stating that the state must maintain strict ‘neutrality’ between man and the worship of God. Brooklyn and other New York City schools — never having adopted the New York State Regents prayer which was struck down by the Supreme Court last June — will be affected only to the extent that bible reading, required under Board of Education bylaws at the opening of regular weekly school assemblies, will be dropped.”


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