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June 29: ON THIS DAY in 1950, 2 U.s. fliers die, 4 planes lost in combat over Korea

June 29, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1863, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The corps of General Ewell marched through Boonsboro, towards Greencastle, by way of the Cave Town road. At first it was supposed this corps intended to operate in the vicinity of Gettysburg and York; but on marching in that direction some ten or fifteen miles, it changed its course, and proceeded towards Greencastle, indicating a concentration of the whole rebel army, and Hill and Longstreet’s corps also took Greencastle in their advance towards Chambersburg.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1914, the Eagle reported, “SARAYEVO, BOSNIA — Death masks were taken today of the late Archduke Francis Ferdinand and of the Duchess of Hohenberg, who met their death yesterday at the hands of the young assassin, Gavrilo Princip, while on an official visit to the Bosnian capital … According to the semi-official report of the tragedy, at the time the fatal shots were fired Field Marshal Oskar Potiorek, Governor of Bosnia, was seated in the Archduke’s motorcar. Count Francis von Harrach was standing on the footboard of the car, acting as a shield to the occupants, of whom he had constituted himself the special bodyguard after the bomb had been thrown, a short time before, by Nedeljo Gabrinovics … The Archduke was joking with the Count about his precautions when the reports of several shots rang out. The aim of the assassins was so true that each of the bullets inflicted a mortal wound.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1928, the Eagle reported, “CONVENTION HALL, HOUSTON — Gov. Alfred E. Smith will make his fight for the presidency largely on the Prohibition issue. The governor today sent an acceptance telegram to Senator [Joseph] Robinson, chairman of the convention, to be read to the convention after the balloting for vice president has been completed later in the day … Governor Smith’s first public appearance after his nomination was a brief speech from his doorstep to friends and neighbors gathered on the lawn of the Executive Mansion early this morning. ‘The returns on the radio from Texas,’ he said, ‘indicate that New York State, myself, my family and all of my friends are greatly honored by the confidence placed in me by an overwhelming majority of the delegates … I am overwhelmed by the news and my heart is where my palate ought to be.’”


ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “The body of Col. David Marcus, Brooklyn war hero who was killed on June 10 while leading Hagana forces in Palestine, will arrive between 11 a.m. and noon tomorrow at LaGuardia Field. The body of Col. Marcus, who left Brooklyn secretly to become supreme commander of the Jewish forces in Palestine, will be flown from Paris, where it has been sent from Tel Aviv … Borough President [John] Cashmore will be the principal speaker at memorial services for Col. Marcus, sponsored by the Non-Pareil Club of Brooklyn tomorrow night at the clubhouse, Eastern Parkway and Prospect Place.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Eagle reported, “TOKYO (U.P.) — North Korean Communist forces pushed an armored spearhead across the Han River toward U.S. headquarters at Suwon, Korea, today, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrived at the front to rally the defenders. He returned to Tokyo later in the day. The U.S. Air Force reported that at least three B-26 bombers and an F-80 jet Shooting Star fighter have been lost in action in the past two days. Two airmen were known dead, but the Air Force withheld total casualties. A spokesman said they were ‘surprisingly small,’ however. A Suwon dispatch said the Soviet-backed northern army floated a number of tanks across the river barrier 18 miles west of fallen Seoul. South Korean troops at Cupyong, a few miles farther west, were said to be withdrawing in face of the new threat after destroying defense installations. If the Communists can break the South Korean lines on the south bank of the Han, they would have a clear sweep to Suwon, 20 miles south of Seoul, with only American air power to encounter.”

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