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July 7: ON THIS DAY in 1937, Colorado nears Earhart hunt scene

July 7, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1937, the Eagle reported, “HONOLULU (U.P.) — The battleship Colorado, carrying three swift airplanes, approached the Phoenix Islands today to begin searching another area of the South Pacific for Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan, missing five days. The Colorado was scheduled to reach Winslow Bank, on the north edge of the Phoenix Islands group of small coral reefs and volcanic deposits, at about 2:30 p.m. From this narrow line of shoals, if daylight and visibility permit, Captain Friedell, the Colorado’s commander, planned to catapult the three planes and launch the search immediately. Winslow Bank is about 200 miles southeast of Howland Island, where Miss Earhart failed to land Friday on her attempt to fly around the world in an $80,000 plane. From Howland Island, which had been Miss Earhart’s goal on the most hazardous lap of her leisurely flight, came reports that new distress signals had been heard — signals indicating that the flier was trying desperately to guide rescuers to her position. The signals were faint. Five radio stations also reported hearing carrier signals sent on Miss Earhart’s wavelength today. They said the signals were ‘rippling’ and sounded as if powered by a motor generator instead of by direct current.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “ VATICAN CITY (U.P.) — Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, whose miracles and good works extended over the United States, Latin America and part of Europe, will become the first American saint tomorrow in one of the most solemn and elaborate ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church. The vaulted Basilica of St. Peter’s, where Pope Pius XII will conduct the canonization ceremony, has been decorated with rich draperies and gold and silver candelabra. Huge paintings have been hung, depicting the miracles attributed to Mother Cabrini, founder of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus … Mother Cabrini will have reached sainthood 96 years after she was born and less than 29 years after she died in Chicago.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “Army pilots were ready today for another air search for the mysterious ‘flying saucers’ now reported seen in 31 states and parts of Canada as practical jokesters added to the confusion. A 14-year-old boy was the first to report flying saucers in this area. John Heathcote said he spotted three objects which looked like large aluminum plates flying west in V formation last night over Valley Stream. John said he watched them for five minutes, but his companions couldn’t spot them. Staten Island also came into the disc picture when Nicholas Kronyak of Annadale informed a local newspaper that he had seen one of the will-o-the-wisp discs last Thursday. ‘I was watching an airplane come up from south Jersey at about 5,000 feet. About 1,000 yards behind it was this thing that looked like a silver baseball,’ Kronyak said. ‘I had read about pilots seeing these discs and figured maybe this was one of them. It wasn’t a sleeve target being towed by the plane either because they are cone-shaped and this was round and anyway a commercial plane wouldn’t be towing a target.’” 

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “Few sandlot hurlers can boast more than one no-hitter, but Fred Wilpon of the unbeaten Blue Jays turned in the rare feat of tossing two Hall of Famer performances in a row in the Senior National Division of the Kiwanis Baseball League. Wilpon, a right-hander who hurled at Abraham Lincoln High, twirled his second no-hitter at the expense of the Bengals, 11-0.” 

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — President Eisenhower declared today that he is completely and unalterably opposed to the admission of Red China to the United Nations under present circumstances. The President, however, said he had not reached any decision that the United States should withdraw from the UN if China gets in. Such a course has been urged by Senate Republican leader William F. Knowland and several others in Congress. Some Senators have expressed opposition to any such action. The President told his news conference that the withdrawal question, if it arose, should be considered long and calmly, and that it should not be prejudged at this time. The President at the same time lashed out at the international conduct of the Red China regime.”


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