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June 1: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 1, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1921, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “TULSA, OKLA. — Nearly ten square blocks of the Negro section of Tulsa, where an armed conflict has been in progress between white men and Negroes since early last night, resulting in a reported death list of at least 6 whites and 50 Negroes and a rapidly increasing list of wounded, were in flames today. The fire was reported spreading and threatening to wipe out a white residence section in the Standpipe and Sunset Hill sections. State troops under the command of Adjt. Gen. C.F. Barrett arrived at 9 o’clock to take charge of the situation, augmenting local units of guardsmen who were called out last night. At this time there were reports of sporadic shooting and the situation seemed to be easing. Detachments of guardsmen were scattered throughout the city prepared to meet all emergencies with machine guns ready for action. Guards surrounded the armory while others assisted in rounding up Negroes and segregating them in jail, Convention Hall baseball park and other places which had been turned into prison camps.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “Brooklyn District Attorney William O’Dwyer, an avowed Democratic candidate for mayor, will accept American Labor party endorsement, it was reliably reported in Democratic circles today. The strong possibility of a Democratic-A.L.P. alliance in the mayoralty campaign appeared approaching with the naming of four City Council candidates by the A.L.P., which did not endorse two Communist incumbents. The Democrats have heretofore been cool to A.L.P. fusion overtures, presumably because of reported Communist influence in the labor group. The Laborites’ failure to name Peter V. Cacchione of Brooklyn and Benjamin J. Davis of Manhattan for re-election to council was regarded as party repudiation of Communist support.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “LAKE SUCCESS (U.P.) — An official spokesman disclosed today that Israel has accepted the United Nations plan for a four weeks’ truce in Palestine and a simultaneous arms embargo in the Middle East. The official said Israel’s note of acceptance, while it would not contain any ‘conditions,’ would be accompanied by an ‘interpretation’ of the cease-fire plan voted last Saturday night by the U.N. Security Council. The note was expected to be deposited with U.N. Secretary General Trygve Lie well before the U.N. deadline of 7 p.m. The U.N. still awaited the first official word from the Arab States. If accepted by the Arabs, the cease fire plan presumably would go into effect soon, bringing at least four weeks of peace to Palestine during which a universal arms embargo would be clamped on the Middle East and the U.N. would try to negotiate a more permanent settlement between Jews and Arabs.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — The great coronation ‘invasion’ began today as thousands set up camps complete with cooking stoves on streets where Queen Elizabeth II will ride tomorrow. The wide mall leading from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square resembled a battlefield strewn with bodies at dawn, but soon it became a scene of great activity. Overnight campers rolled out of their blankets and started making coffee and frying bacon. Every train and bus brought in early birds to claim their spots on the six-mile route that will be crushed with more than 2,000,000 persons by the time Elizabeth and Prince Philip ride by in their golden state coach. The Weather Bureau still had a damp outlook. The forecast for tomorrow was ‘mainly cloudy, short bright intervals and a few showers; very cool with maximum temperature around 55 degrees.’ A massive crowd swarmed around the palace in the early morning as Commonwealth representatives arrived to be greeted by the Queen. More than 40,000 persons assembled there last night. The Queen invited her Prime Ministers and other top officials to lunch today, her last official duty until the great ceremony of coronation tomorrow.”

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Morgan Freeman
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Tom Holland
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Gospel Music Hall of Famer Pat Boone, who was born in 1934; Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman, who was born in 1937; “Brazil” star Jonathan Pryce, who was born in 1947; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones), who was born in 1947; Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Dunn, who was born in 1953; “Knots Landing” star Lisa Hartman Black, who was born in 1956; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Alan Wilder (Depeche Mode), who was born in 1959; supermodel Heidi Klum, who was born in 1973; “You Oughta Know” singer Alanis Morissette, who was born in 1974; “The Walking Dead” star Sarah Wayne Callies, who was born in 1977; former Jets wide receiver Santana Moss, who was born in 1979; “Trainwreck” star Amy Schumer, who was born in 1981; and “Spider-Man” star Tom Holland, who was born in 1996.

Amy Schumer
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU: Marilyn Monroe was born on this day in 1926. The actress and sex symbol of the 1950s was born Norma Jean Baker in Los Angeles. Her film career, which included roles in “Bus Stop,” “Some Like it Hot,” and “The Seven Year Itch,” came to epitomize Hollywood glamour. In 1954 she married New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio but they divorced in 1955. She was married to playwright Arthur Miller from 1956 to 1961. Monroe died of a drug overdose on Aug. 5, 1962.

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U.S. STEEL: Superman debuted on this day in 1938. Ohio teenagers Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel wowed the comic book world with a new kind of pulp hero, a refugee from the planet Krypton, who made his first appearance in “Action Comics #1.” The character was such a smash hit that he ushered in an era of fantastical superheroes.

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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.

Quotable:

 “The best way to guarantee a loss is to quit.”
— actor Morgan Freeman, who was born on this day in 1937


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