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June 28: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 28, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1916, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON — President [Woodrow] Wilson is ready to go before Congress tomorrow and make a statement on the Mexican situation. While his address is not in final form, it is known that Mr. Wilson has prepared the essential parts of it. It is known that the president has under consideration a plan to establish a police zone in northern Mexico, for the purpose of safeguarding the border and effectually preventing attacks upon American towns in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. There is no intention at this time of asking Congress for a declaration of war, but the president may ask that Congress give its approval to the employment of military forces of the United States in establishing a police zone. That [President Venustiano] Carranza will submit to such a scheme is not believed here. Therefore, if a police zone is established and occupied by American troops, the ultimate effect will, in the opinion of military authorities here, be a series of clashes with Mexican troops, which will eventually lead to wholesale warfare between the two countries.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Eagle reported, “VERSAILLES (A.P.) — The world war was formally ended today by the signing of the peace treaty with Germany. The epochal meeting in the Hall of Mirrors began at 3:10 o’clock and the German delegates, the first to sign, affixed their signatures at 3:12 and 3:13 o’clock, respectively. They were followed by the American delegates, headed by President [Woodrow] Wilson, and then by the plenipotentiaries of Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan. The representatives of the minor powers signed in alphabetical order. China’s delegates did not attend the session, declining to sign the treaty because they were not permitted to make reservations. Gen. Jan Christian Smuts, one of the delegates representing the Union of South Africa, signed the treaty under protest. He objected to certain territorial settlements, making a lengthy statement. Gen. Smuts said that the indemnities stipulated could not be accepted without grave injuries to the industrial revival of Europe. He declared it would be in the interests of the Allied Powers to render the stipulations more tolerable and moderate.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1939, the Eagle reported, “Thirteen members of the Yankees’ 1927 championship team, called by many the greatest baseball team of all time, have accepted invitations to participate in ‘Lou Gehrig Day’ on July 4 at Yankee Stadium. They are Wally Pipp, first baseman whom Gehrig replaced; Bob Shawkey, Tony Lazzeri, Mark Koenig, Joe Dugan, Bob Meusel, Wally Schang, Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock, Babe Ruth, Benny Bengough, Earle Combs and Everett Scott.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “City Council President Rudolph Halley nosed out three other strong contenders — Mayor [Vincent] Impellitteri, District Attorney Miles F. McDonald and Representative Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. — in the 40,595-vote Brooklyn Eagle Mayoralty Poll. The poll was taken last week among this newspaper’s 75,000 home-delivery readers. These represent slightly more than half of the Eagle’s total daily circulation. It is believed to have included many times the number of people that any similar public opinion poll has ever canvassed. County Judge Samuel S. Leibowitz was fifth and Manhattan District Attorney Frank S. Hogan was sixth in the polling which included 13 candidates plus a space for a write-in. A total of 244 additional names were written in. The highest number of write-in ballots were won by Construction Coordinator Robert Moses with 84 votes, followed by Borough President [John] Cashmore with 49 votes. The strongest four candidates, as shown in the results of the secret balloting, were considerably ahead of the rest of the field. Of the total of 40,595 votes cast, these four men came in as follows: Halley, 6,577; Impellitteri, 6,014; McDonald, 5,962; and Roosevelt, 5,196. Figures for the other candidates are: Leibowitz, 3,764; Hogan, 3,227; Manhattan Borough President Robert F. Wagner Jr., 1,871; W. Averell Harriman, 1,733; Manhattan Postmaster Harold Riegelman, 1,214; Manhattan Supreme Court Presiding Justice David W. Peck, 1,157; Supreme Court Justice Henry L. Ughetta, 1,132; Representative Jacob K. Javits, 1,129; and Controller Lazarus Joseph, 1,058.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Oscar-winning filmmaker Mel Brooks, who was born in Brooklyn in 1926; Super Bowl V MVP Chuck Howley, who was born in 1936; actor and impressionist John Byner, who was born in 1938; former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who was born in 1938; former N.Y. Yankees pitcher Al Downing, who was born in 1941; “X-Men” star Bruce Davison, who was born in 1946; Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates, who was born in 1948; “Star Trek: First Contact” star Alice Krige, who was born in 1954; Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway, who was born in 1960; former major league first baseman Mark Grace, who was born in 1964; “Some Kind of Wonderful” star Mary Stuart Masterson, who was born in 1966; “Ally McBeal” star Gil Bellows, who was born in 1967; “All in the Family” star Danielle Brisebois, who was born in Brooklyn in 1969; entrepreneur Elon Musk, who was born in 1971; singer and actress Kellie Pickler, who was born in 1986; and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who was born in 1993.

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DEADLY DAY: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated in Sarajevo on this day in 1914. The assassination is considered the immediate cause of World War I. The Treaty of Versailles, which ended the war, was signed in 1919 on the fifth anniversary of their deaths.

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FIGHTING BACK: The Stonewall Riot began on this day in 1969. Early in the morning, the clientele of a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, rioted after the club was raided by police. The riot was followed by several days of demonstrations. It is recognized today as the start of the gay liberation movement.

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

Quotable:

“Humor is just another defense against the universe.”
— Mel Brooks, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1926


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