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July 22: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 22, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History

ON THIS DAY IN 1912, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Dr. H. Allan Tupper, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Fourth avenue near Fourteenth street, preached a sermon yesterday morning on ‘The Olympic Games.’ His text was Hebrews xii:1: ‘Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1914, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON — Plans for mobilizing at least one thousand marines within striking distance of Haiti and the Dominican Republic move forward another step tomorrow with the arrival of the naval transport Prairie at Guantanamo from Vera Cruz. The transport Hancock, which has just landed 300 at Guantanamo, is now headed to the Philadelphia Navy Yard to return with another load to bring the total force up to at least one thousand. The Prairie will bring the full complement of officers for the marines already at Guantanamo and will remain there to transport the force to Haiti should an emergency arise while the Hancock is away for more troops. With those preparations, President [Woodrow] Wilson’s decision as to what action the United States shall take to quell the revolutions in the island republic and satisfy the pressure of European creditors will be awaited. War and navy officials, confident that peace can be restored on the island only by the active intervention of the United States, are perfecting their plans.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1937, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — The Senate Judiciary Committee today wrote ‘finis’ to President [Franklin] Roosevelt’s court reorganization bill and agreed to report within ten days a measure calling for reorganization of lower court procedure. After an extraordinary meeting attended by Vice President [John Nance] Garner it was announced that Senator M.M. Logan (D., Ky.) would move in the Senate this afternoon to recommit the pending judiciary bill. The committee will be instructed by the Senate, under the agreement, to draft a measure providing for changes in the lower court structure, but not affecting the Supreme Court membership. The decision — expected to end quickly the long court bill fight and lead to an early adjournment of Congress — was disclosed after a two-hour meeting of the committee. In addition to Garner, Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley and Senator Burton K. Wheeler (D., Mont.), leading foe of the original court measure, attended the session. None is a member of the committee. Garner was reported to have pleaded almost tearfully for Democratic party harmony, but Senator Wheeler, holding the whip hand, co-operated in reaching a settlement along lines previously outlined by the opposition.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “The Republican county leaders sat down together today at what was billed as their final conference on a GOP mayoralty candidate and their sentiment reportedly veered strongly toward Acting Manhattan Postmaster Harold Riegelman. Riegelman, long active in the Citizens Budget Commission, had been considered second choice to Queens Representative Henry J. Latham, but apparently had gained enough last-minute strength to push him across with the Republican designation. Only four of the five leaders, including Brooklyn Boss John R. Crews, were present when the meeting opened at the National Republican Club in Manhattan. Missing was Queens Leader Frank Kenna, but whether his absence bore any relationship with the reported swing away from Latham was not known. While the Republicans were readying their announcement, anti-Impellitteri Democrats were also struggling to decide on a candidate to meet the mayor in a bitter Democratic primary fight.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former Walt Disney Company animator Ruthie Tompson, who was born in 1910; former Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole, who was born in 1923; Oscar-winner Louise Fletcher, who was born in 1934; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer George Clinton (Parliament-Funkadelic), who was born in 1941; former N.Y. Yankees closer Sparky Lyle, who was born in 1944; “Lethal Weapon” star Danny Glover, who was born in 1946; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Don Henley (The Eagles), who was born in 1947; “The Cotton Club” star Lonette McKee, who was born in 1954; “Platoon” star Willem Dafoe, who was born in 1955; Indigo Girls cofounder Emily Saliers, who was born in 1963; “Carlito’s Way” star John Leguizamo, who was born in 1964; “Just Shoot Me!” star David Spade, who was born in 1964; former Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who was born in 1972; and “Lose You to Love Me” singer Selena Gomez, who was born in 1992.

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GOING MOBILE: Alexander Calder was born on this day in 1898. The Pennsylvania native earned a mechanical engineering degree but turned to art in the 1920s. By the ’30s, he was the most famous American artist in the world. Calder invented the mobile, a delicate hanging kinetic sculpture whose form changed continuously due to air currents or motors. His stationary abstract sculptures were termed “stabiles,” and they influenced generations of artists to turn to industrial materials and monumental scope for expression. He died in 1976.

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MIND OVER MANNERS: Amy Vanderbilt was born on this day in 1908. The New York City native wrote “Amy Vanderbilt’s Complete Book of Etiquette” in 1952. In became the bible for manners of courtesy and society. She also hosted the TV program “It’s in Good Taste” from 1954 to 1960. She died in 1974.

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

Quotable:

“I don’t spend any time whatsoever thinking about what might have been.”

— “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who was born on this day in 1940


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