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July 8: ON THIS DAY in 1953, Ike vows to seek Korea unity

July 8, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1865, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Additional particulars of yesterday’s Washington horror have been received. One of the most curious features connected with it is the circumstances surrounding the last hours of Mrs. [Mary] Surratt … In every part of the country except Washington the impression was universal that her sentence would be commuted into imprisonment for life. Towards her cowardly son, John, she entertained at first feelings of deep-seated bitterness. What the state of mind of that scoundrel must be today cannot be well imagined. If, as her friends more than intimated, his testimony would have saved her; if, as his own offer proved, his revelations would have kept her from a death of infamy, he will hardly dare to survive her. It may seem strange that Mrs. Surratt, who appears to have kept an open house for the assassins [of President Abraham Lincoln], and who insisted that she had never seen and never knew [Lewis] Payne, and who said, when informed of her sentence, ‘I had no hand in the murder of the president,’ should seem so calm and consistent in her preparation for death.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1918, the Eagle reported, “Spanish grip is now seeking to invade New York. A ship that arrived this morning reported at Quarantine that 67 percent of those on board had been affected by the malady on the way across from the other side. Most of them had recovered by the time the steamer arrived at Halifax, but no chances were taken in the arrival of the vessel here today and she was ordered to remain in quarantine with all still on board for a special fumigation. The quarantine officials have been making extensive preparations to prevent Spanish grip from getting a foothold here. In connection with their inspection of the ship which arrived today with the disease on board, the doctors took cultures from a number of those affected and hope to isolate the germ. They have already made certain that what is called ‘Spanish grip’ is not a new form of influenza. It is the same old grip that we have had with us in previous epidemics in varied forms, and resembles in all its characteristics the virulent epidemic which had its origin in Russia several years ago and spread throughout the world.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “Admiral William H.P. Blandy, commander-in-chief of the Atlantic Fleet, is more concerned about a shrinking Navy than about flying saucers. Arriving from Norfolk, Va., for a six-day visit here prior to starting on an inspection cruise of the principal continental northern Atlantic ports, Admiral Blandy was interviewed today on his amphibious force flagship, the Pocono, at Pier 26, foot of Beach St., Manhattan. Remembering that he was in charge of the atom bomb tests at the Bikini Atoll, reporters asked him whether he thought the bomb explosions had anything to do with the flying saucers many ‘observers’ have reported seeing. ‘I thought they would get around to blaming the Bikini tests for it,’ he said, ‘but I don’t think there could be any more connection between the atom bomb and the flying saucers than between the Bikini tests and the unusual weather we are having this year.’ Thus disposing of a burning question, the Admiral changed the subject to the need of increased recruitment for the Navy. ‘We need an expanded Navy and an expanded personnel to man it,’ he said.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — President Eisenhower today assured Korean President Syngman Rhee that the United States is looking forward to the peaceful reunification of Korea and intends to work for it after an armistice. However, the president at his weekly news conference did not endorse President Rhee’s demands that the war be resumed if a political conference fails to unify Korea after three months of deliberation. The president said the question of trying to reunify Korea by warfare is something that would have to be weighed against the future of the United Nations. He said the hopes of all are high for the success of the world organization. The president said he hoped the efforts to negotiate with Mr. Rhee would lead to a settlement in Korea. But the president said he could not deny that there are troubles. He said no one can tell exactly how the situation will come out.”


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