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January 11: ON THIS DAY in 1941, Vast power for F.D.R. rushed as foes map right on aid bill

January 11, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The baseball world was amazed, and a bit puzzled, on Jan. 6, 1920, when it read that Harry Frazee, president of the Boston American League club, had sold [Babe] Ruth to the New York American League club for a sum which is now pretty generally agreed to have been $125,000 in a straight cash transaction. It was the highest price ever paid for a sunburned slave of the diamond. Major league franchises, with complete outfits in the way of players, have been sold for less than this one player brought. Whether the New York club made a good bargain by buying and whether Frazee was wise in selling such a notable performer for that price are questions which will have to await the actions of the fans next season. Perfectly good arguments, on their faces, can be advanced on either side when the questions are discussed in the Hot Stove League.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1941, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (A.P.) — Specific methods by which the Administration would extend aid to Britain under the proposed lend-lease bill began to take shape today even as Congressional critics called for restriction of the vast power which the measure would confer upon President [Franklin] Roosevelt. Senator [James F.] Byrnes (D.-S.C.), who participated in preliminary conferences on the legislation introduced in Congress yesterday, said it was likely that, if approved, the lend-lease program would be put into operation by the President chiefly through the new office of production management. This, it was said, would make for complete correlation from start to finish between production for American and that for British use. The office, headed by William S. Knudsen and Sidney Hillman, with Secretaries [Henry] Stimson and [Frank] Knox as members, already has been charged by the President with full responsibility for American production.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1942, the Eagle reported, “Fred C. Trump, outstanding borough home builder, announced yesterday the sale of twenty-two homes in his latest development at Cropsey Ave. and 18th Ave., adjoining Bensonhurst City Park. The preview showing of these homes took place on Saturday, December 13, ‘only twelve days before Christmas and during the week of the Pearl Harbor attack and the three declarations of war,’ he said. ‘These twenty-two purchases, made under adverse conditions,’ asserted Mr. Trump, ‘are a tribute to the confidence of the American public in the future of our country. And these sales prove to me that neither holidays and winter, nor wartime conditions can stem the all-time record demand of recent months for new homes, that is until every available new home is taken. How many more new homes can be built until the emergency is past, no one knows. With price inflation here now and rents beginning to soar, present purchasers of homes on payments of less than $50 monthly may soon be the envy of renters paying $100 a month for similar quarters, with no more new homes to buy.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON — President Kennedy is smoking Cuban cigars despite his ban on their importation. Secretary Dean Rusk is the source of this intriguing bit of information. It was disclosed at a social gathering in the State Department during the recent holidays. Much to the surprise of newsmen, Rusk came early and stayed late. Usually he drops in briefly and hurries off. This time he had several drinks, and was most affable and chatty. Taking advantage of this exceptional opportunity, one reporter on the chance of getting a Cuban clue, asked, ‘Mr. Secretary, without revealing any policy secrets, can you tell us when we might get our Cuban cigars back?’ With a smile, Rusk replied, ‘If you’re really interested, I’ll tell you how you can obtain them.’ When the correspondent nodded eagerly, Rusk continued, ‘Go to one of your diplomatic friends whose country has a mission in Havana and ask him to get you a supply of these cigars.’ At this, another reporter chimed in. ‘But Mr. Secretary, that wouldn’t be patriotic.’ ‘Come, come now,’ chuckled Rusk. ‘Surely you’ve been around Washington long enough to have lost your virginity?’”


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