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July 15: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 15, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1909, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “An important step in the unifying of the Bell telephone system of the country was announced today. This new development is also of considerable local interest, as it means the wiping out of the corporate existence of the New York and New Jersey Telephone Company through a merger with the parent concern, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, which has its headquarters in Boston. There is no question but that the growing aggressiveness and large combinations among the independent telephone companies has inspired the adoption of the policy of a closer combination of the Bell system, of which the absorption of the Brooklyn company is believed to be but the first step. For several years the Brooklyn company has been dominated by the New York Telephone Company, which operates in Manhattan Island and in which the Boston parent company also has a controlling or dominating interest. It is believed that ultimately the New York Telephone Company will be absorbed by the American ‘Tel. & Tel.,’ as it is known in Wall Street parlance.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1936, the Eagle reported, “Another American athletic argosy, 330 strong, sailed aboard the liner Manhattan today for Berlin and the 11th Olympic games. While spectators cheered and hundreds of whistles shrieked, the big liner got away from its pier at the foot of W. 19th St., Manhattan, at 12:16 a.m., headed down the Hudson to the bay and then to the open sea. Forgotten, at least for the moment, were past worries over the frenzied last-minute financing necessary to assure a full squad, as the athletes lined the ship rails and waved farewell to the spectators. The 330 who sailed today, together with those already in Europe or sailing later, form an American Olympic team of 382, by far the largest that ever represented this country in competition abroad. Previously the 1928 team of 325, which competed at Amsterdam, had been the largest which ever sailed out of New York Harbor. The political dispute engendered by Nazi policies in Germany which, for a time, threatened to cause this country’s withdrawal from the Berlin games, was recalled only faintly as the ship got away.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1940, the Eagle reported, “CHICAGO STADIUM (U.P.) — The Roosevelt third term bandwagon got off to a rolling start today within 20 minutes after the opening of the 1940 Democratic National Convention. The president’s name was mentioned by Mayor Edward J. Kelly, an original draft-Roosevelt man. It touched off the first floor demonstration of the 46-minute gathering — a 30-second round of cheers. Some delegates crowded out of their seats and the New York State banner was hoisted into the aisle, but there was no parade. The consensus here is that there no longer is any doubt concerning the president’s willingness to make the run. If information available here is correct, Mr. Roosevelt is entirely willing to meet Wendell L. Willkie, the Republican nominee, in the national campaign, and entertains no doubt of his ability to win, although the margin may be quite different from that of 1936, when Mr. Roosevelt swept all but two of the 48 states.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “CHERBOURG (U.P.) — For the first time in five long years people danced in the streets of Cherbourg last night. It was Bastille Day — the French day of independence — and was held in Place de la Republique, next to the harbor, where less than three weeks ago, men died in battle so that these people could dance and sing. American soldiers, nurses and officers, British troops and French sailors who helped to liberate this historic city danced along with the French people. A French sailor with kinky hair and a bronze face danced alone; two Negro GIs swung together and young French girls, wearing the tricolor in their hair, tried to step to the unfamiliar swing.”

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Forest Whitaker
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Lana Parrilla
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt, who was born in 1946; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo, who was born in 1949; The Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington, who was born in 1950; former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who was born in 1951; “Lost” star Terry O’Quinn, who was born in 1952; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Marky Ramone (The Ramones), who was born in Brooklyn in 1952; “I Love the Nightlife” singer Alicia Bridges, who was born in 1953; guitar great Joe Satriani, who was born in 1956; model and actress Kim Alexis, who was born in 1960; Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, who was born in 1961; “Malcolm & Eddie” star Eddie Griffin, who was born in 1968; “Beverly Hills 90210” star Brian Austin Green, who was born in 1973; and “Once Upon a Time” star Lana Parrilla, who was born in Brooklyn in 1977.

Brian Austin Green
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EXPRESS DELIVERY: Nolan Ryan pitched his second no-hitter of the season on this day in 1973. The California Angels righthander no-hit the Detroit Tigers two months to the day after he blanked the Kansas City Royals. Nicknamed “The Ryan Express,” he pitched seven no-hitters in his 27-year career, the seventh in 1991 at age 44. He retired after the 1993 season and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999.

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BUILDING SUSPENSE: “Die Hard” premiered on this day in 1988. The action film starred Bruce Willis as NYPD Det. John McClane, who must stop the terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles office building and rescue a group of hostages that includes his estranged wife. Co-stars included Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald Veljohnson. The film was a big hit, launching Willis’ movie career and leading to four sequels. 

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

Quotable:

“The quest for knowledge is pursued at higher speeds with smarter tools today, but wisdom is found no more readily than it was three thousand years ago in the court of King Solomon.”

— Arianna Huffington, who was born on this day in 1950

 


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