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November 19: ON THIS DAY in 1944, Allied armies invade Ruhr and Saar as Patton’s forces storm into Metz

November 19, 2020 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1899, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “A meeting of the physicians comprising the consulting board of the Quarantine Station was held yesterday afternoon at the office of Dr. Herman M. Biggs, 5 West Fifty-eighth street, Manhattan, to take action to prevent the spreading of what may be bubonic plague, several cases of which may be at Quarantine. At the conclusion of the meeting, a statement was issued, saying that there was absolutely no need for alarm. When the British steamship J.W. Taylor, Captain Waters, reached port yesterday morning from Santos, Brazil, her captain and one of the crew were found to be suffering from what is supposed to be bubonic plague. One of the crew, Robert Hope, 22 years old, the steward, died from the disease on the voyage and was buried at sea. When the Quarantine officers boarded the vessel, they were informed of the disease and immediately took necessary precautions against the spreading of the disease. Captain Waters and the cook, Robert Burns, were ordered to be taken to Swinburne Island. The remaining members of the crew are well.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1925, the Eagle reported, “Cairo  (AP) — The condition of the mummy of Tutankhamen has been found to be such that it will be impossible to remove it from its gold coffin, Drs. [Douglas] Derry and Saleh Hamdi announced today in a report on the unwrapping of the mummy, which has occupied seven days. The experts announce that the mummy is firmly glued to the bottom of its gold coffin with a dried pitchlike material. It will also be futile to attempt to make X-ray pictures on account of the numerous layers of gold, faience and other materials covering the body to the knees.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1938, the Eagle reported, “A special prayer for all victims of racial and religious persecution, stressing the plight of Jews in Germany, will be offered today and tomorrow by millions of Catholics, Protestants and Jews at religious services throughout America. The supplication, a plea for surcease from ‘cruelty and persecution, imprisonment and exile,’ has been written in connection with the Day of Prayer sponsored by the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America and the National Conference of Jews and Christians. Bishop Thomas E. Molloy of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has instructed the priests of the diocese to pray for the world’s afflicted, and the directors of the Brooklyn Church and Mission Federation have also endorsed the Day of Prayer.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1941, the Eagle reported, “Rockwood & Co. and Charles Pfizer & Co. quintets scored victories in the opening of the Brooklyn Industrial Basketball League 1941-42 season at Livingston Hall last night. Rockwood, defending champion, with four new players in the starting lineup, defeated Abraham & Straus, 51-40, and Charles Pfizer came from behind to turn back Western Electric, 39-22. Western Electric was making its first start in the league.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “PARIS (U.P.) — History-making Allied armies invaded both the Ruhr and Saar Basins yesterday when American tanks merged with the British 2nd Army in an assault into the Siegfried Line from Holland, while the U.S. 3rd Army crossed the Reich frontier northeast of Metz after storming into that fortress city. The joint Anglo-American offensive, delivered on a 20-mile front north of Aachen, carried nearly seven miles to within 25 miles of Duisburg, center of the Ruhr’s vast industries. It appeared to involve a double ‘leap-frog’ maneuver, with flying columns of American armor, possibly from Lt. Gen. William H. Simpson’s 9th Army, passing through the British lines in the Roermond sector of Holland, 28 miles north of Aachen.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “Walter O’Malley, revealing that he receives concrete offers ‘continuously,’ stated today that the Dodgers are ‘not for sale,’ and fired a point-blank ‘no’ to the rumored possibility that the franchise is in danger of moving to another city, particularly Los Angeles. Back in his Montague St. office after a week’s tour of Puerto Rico and Cuba, the Dodger president smiled, ‘If our good fans in Los Angeles want to see our Dodgers, let them come to Ebbets Field next season.’”


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