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June 10: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 10, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1937, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON — The prophets are somewhat fearful that President Roosevelt will spring a coup for a two-judge compromise on Supreme Court packing. There are about six senators you cannot put your finger on. They might backslide. However, odds are still against any increase in the court.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — The ‘GI bill of rights,’ a measure providing some $6,500,000,000 worth of veterans’ hospital, compensation, education and loan benefits, today appeared headed for early enactment following agreement by Senate-House conferees on all but two provisions. The agreement, reached yesterday after day-long conferences, embodied tentative acceptance of the following provisions: 1. Government allowance of $50 a month for a single veteran and $75 a month for a married veteran, plus $500 a year tuition fee, for continuing high school or college education; 2. Government guarantee of 40 percent, up to $2,000, of loans veterans receive to buy homes, farms or small businesses; 3. Unemployment compensation at the rate of $20 a week for one year.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “A wide-open race for Democratic candidate for the city’s highest post developed today after Mayor [William] O’Dwyer’s final ‘No!’ had dealt a death blow to the ‘Draft-O’Dwyer’ movement. In Brooklyn a swift boom was burgeoning for Borough President [John] Cashmore, and it was reported he was the favorite candidate of Ed Flynn, powerful Bronx Democratic leader. The mayor himself, certain to have a big say in the selection of the Democratic ticket, was not unfavorable, and Cashmore was hailed again and again last night as ‘our next mayor’ at a United Jewish Appeal dinner, attended by leading Brooklyn Democrats and at which he was presented with a Scroll of Honor. But naming of a mayoralty candidate is in the hands of the five borough leaders of the party, and the Queens, Manhattan and Richmond leaders have given no hint of their preference. The next move in the local political checkerboard will be a meeting of the borough leaders to pick their man.” 

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — The Duke of Edinburgh observed his 31st birthday anniversary today and gun salutes were fired to mark the occasion. A royal 62-gun salute was fired from the Tower of London saluting battery to mark the first time the duke had been so honored. In Hyde Park the king’s troop of the Royal Horse Artillery fired a 41-gun salute. The duke remained at Buckingham Palace with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “HOLLYWOOD (U.P.) — Columbia Pictures and the Ford Motor Company today signed the first contract between a national advertiser and a major film studio for production of movies specifically for television. The studio said the contract calls for Columbia to begin production immediately on 39 half-hour plays starring ‘top-name’ movie personalities. The plays will be presented for 39 consecutive weeks beginning Oct. 2 over 51 National Broadcasting Company television outlets, Columbia said.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “Edward A. Marasciulo, a native of Brooklyn who has had extensive experience as an economic specialist dealing with foreign aid to Latin America, is now in Guatemala serving with the Agency for International Development. Marasciulo is the program officer of the U.S. Regional Office for Central American (ROCAP), which was established by AID in August 1962 with headquarters in Guatemala. He is responsible for the planning of programs aimed at furthering the region’s economic integration and is bringing the plans into operation. Social and economic integration forms the major part of the Declaration of Central America adopted by President Kennedy and the presidents of the republics of the Isthmus (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama). ROCAP works closely with organizations formed by Central Americans themselves to help bring about integration of the economies and thereby raise living standards.”

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Kate Upton
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Gina Gershon
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Apollo 9 Commander James McDivitt, who was born in 1929; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Shirley Owens (the Shirelles), who was born in 1941; Yankees broadcaster and former Mets outfielder Ken Singleton, who was born in 1947; former “Saturday Night Live” star Rich Hall, who was born in 1954; “Riverdale” star Gina Gershon, who was born in 1962; “Big Love” star Jeanne Tripplehorn, who was born in 1963; “Bedazzled” star Elizabeth Hurley, who was born in 1965; “A Walk to Remember” star Shane West, who was born in 1978; figure skater and Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski, who was born in 1982; model and actress Kate Upton, who was born in 1992; and former first daughter Sasha Obama, who was born in 2001.

Shane West
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WIND OF CHANGE: Hattie McDaniel was born on this day in 1893. A child of former slaves, the Kansas native began her career as a singer and was the first African-American woman to sing on the radio. She moved into films in the 1930s and ’40s and became the first African-American to win an Academy Award, for her role as Mammy in the 1939 blockbuster “Gone With the Wind.” She also appeared in “I’m No Angel,” “Alice Adams” and “Show Boat.” She died in 1952.

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ROYAL CENTURY: Prince Philip was born 100 years ago today. The native of Greece served with distinction during World War II. In 1947 he married Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain and became Duke of Edinburgh. Elizabeth acceded to the throne upon the death of her father in 1952. Philip and Elizabeth had four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Andrew, Duke of York; and Edward, Earl of Essex. Philip was 99 when he died on April 9, 2021. He was the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch. 

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

Quotable:

“I think the main lesson we have learned is that tolerance is the one essential ingredient in any happy marriage. You can take it from me, the Queen has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”
— Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was born on this day in 1921


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