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April 15: ON THIS DAY in 1945, Nation bides Roosevelt farewell

April 15, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1900, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON — In six weeks an army of from 50,000 to 55,000 men, each one equipped with a metal badge, to show that he is the representative of the government, and having under his arm a large black portfolio, will be turned loose on the country. They will proceed from house to house in every city, village and hamlet, from Maine to California, and will swarm out over the wide stretches of thinly settled territory of the south and west and into the mountainous districts of the Rockies and Alleghanies. The duty of these men will be to count the number of people in the United States, to report whether they are white or colored, male or female, native or foreign born; to gather a mass of special information in regard to the manufacturing and agricultural statistics of the country and a lot of other facts that would require a column or more of newspaper space to completely enumerate. In short, they are to take the census of the United States, marking the twelfth time this task has been performed. Washington is the center point from which connections with every portion of the United States will soon be established in the carrying out of this undertaking.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1912, the Eagle reported, “Wireless dispatches up to noon today showed that the passengers of the monster White Star liner Titanic, which struck an iceberg off the Newfoundland coast last night, were being transferred aboard the steamer Carpathia, a Cunarder, which left New York April 13 for Naples. Already twenty boatloads of the Titanic’s passengers have been transferred aboard the Carpathia, and allowing forty to sixty people as the capacity of each lifeboat, some 800 or 1,200 people already have been transferred from the damaged liner … The latest reports indicate that the transfer of passengers is being carried on successfully and deftly. The sea is smooth and the weather calm. It is probable that all of the passengers of the Titanic are safe.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1915, the Eagle reported, “The fiftieth anniversary of the death of President [Abraham] Lincoln, who was assassinated at Ford’s Theater in Washington, on the evening of April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth, the actor, is being observed in half-masted flags and the partial cessation of work in government offices throughout the state and nation today. By order of President [Woodrow] Wilson, all executive offices at Washington are closed for the day, while government offices in other parts of the country are closing at noon. In Brooklyn, flags were at half-staff over schools, clubs, public buildings and on private flagstaffs. Lincoln was shot between 8 and 9 o’clock in the evening. Of the nineteen actors and actresses who took part in the production of ‘Our American Cousin,’ which attracted him to the theater, only one survives, William J. Ferguson, of Brooklyn, who has reached the age of three score and ten years. He was playing the part of Lieutenant Vernon, R.N., on the night of the tragedy.” 

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “As the skies darkened and an almost twilight gloom descended on New York City yesterday, its 7,500,000 inhabitants reverently paused and observed one minute of silence beginning at 4 p.m. in homage to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The period of silence marked the hour of funeral services for the late President in the East Room of the White House in Washington. All over the nation, a sorrowing people joined in the observance at the same moment. Fifteen minutes later, a lashing rain swept the city and claps of thunder added a dramatic note. In an hour, the sun shone again.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “This is next year — the long winter of waiting over for the fans, for today the Dodgers put their 1947 fate on the line when they open the 1947 National League campaign against the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field … Jackie Robinson, the first Negro to crash the big league, will be at first base in his big test.”


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