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January 28: ON THIS DAY in 1943, Allies hold War Council, may speed Europe invasion

January 28, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1943, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — American and British military leaders held a council of war at Allied North Africa headquarters today and discussed means of putting into execution on the fighting fronts the broad strategic plans made at the Casablanca Conference between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The best military brains of the two nations were represented in the War Council that took place almost within the sound of guns booming on the Tunisian front. There were reports in military circles here today that the Allied commanders in North Africa were working on a definite plan for an assault on Europe this year … The United States was represented by Gen. George C. Marshall, chief of staff; Lt. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allied North African commander; Lt Gen. Henry H. Arnold, commanding the U.S. Army Air Forces; Admiral Ernest J. King, United States Naval commander; Lt. Gen. Brehon B. Somervell, of the Services of Supply, and W. Averell Harriman, Lend-Lease official.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “ALBANY — A bill to penalize indifferent voters by making them subject to a $25 fine if they fail to go to the polls and cast ballots was introduced in the Legislature today by Assemblyman Max H. Turshen, Brooklyn Democrat. The bill is modeled on the Australian law applying to all persons eligible to vote, and would permit the imposition of the penalty if they fail to register and also if, after having registered, they fail to vote in November in local, state and national elections. ‘The ballot is such a vital and important function, as well as a duty, of every citizen that it is high time that all persons who are citizens and qualified to vote shall be required to do so by law,’ Mr. Turshen said in offering his bill. ‘If this bill becomes law, everyone will be conscious of his civic duties and obligations and will take a real interest in politics and in the affairs of government. It will make for a more representative and real democracy.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “Fuel oil consumption in every one of the city’s 51 oil-heated school buildings will be slashed 15 to 20 percent in an effort to conserve oil during the current shortage, School Superintendent [William] Jansen today announced in an order to principals and custodians. Twenty-two of the schools, 15 elementary and seven highs, are in Brooklyn. Dr. Jansen revealed that the present supply of fuel oil in the schools is only 42 percent of capacity, although coal-heated buildings have an adequate supply of fuel. He also asserted that two buildings, which he did not name, had only a three-day supply on hand. Dr. Jansen said that a temperature of 68 degrees would be maintained in the classrooms.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.I.) — The United States said today it made more space progress than Russia in 1962. The claim was made in a report to Congress by President Kennedy which said 1962’s achievements augured ‘a record of even greater net advance’ this year. A section of the report summarized by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Chairman of the National Aeronautics and Space Council, had this to say about the U.S.-Russian space race: ‘The United States generated a greater rate of space progress than did the USSR (in 1962)… the United States was successful in putting more than 50 satellite payloads into earth orbit, the USSR more than 15.’ The report went on to say, however, that the Russians wound up the year ‘still ahead in size and total weights placed into orbit, in the thrust of their rocket engines, and in the development of the art of rendezvousing (coupling of craft) in space.”


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