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August 19: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

August 19, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1906, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “HAVANA — The rumors of uprisings in Cuba are confirmed in some quarters. A detachment of rural guards last night encountered a band of thirty men near Rio Hondo, Province of Pinar del Rio. The band, which is commanded by Colonel Pozo, the well known veteran, fled after an exchange of shots, leaving one horse killed on the field. It is positively stated that two other bands are roaming about Pinar del Rio, led by locally influential men, but at the palace here it is said that the Pozo band consists of fourteen men and that no other bands are out. Rural guards recently encountered a band of outlaws in Santiago province. It was led by Enrique Mesa, a notorious bandit. One rural guard was wounded and two of the outlaws were captured. The grounds for the uprisings are vague and are said to be simply general discontent and a recrudescence of the revolutionary habit among the ignorant, adventurous classes.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1913, the Eagle reported, “ALBANY — Lacking a quorum for the transactions of business, both houses of the State Legislature failed to meet at the appointed hour, which was at noon today. Important matters are pending, and in view of the present turmoil, the leaders did not want to take any chances. Both ‘governors’ were in their respective chambers today as usual. The great seal of the State of New York was today, for the first time, affixed to a paper signed by Mr. [Martin H.] Glynn. It was an extradition request from Governor [Eugene] Foss of Massachusetts, asking for the delivery of Norman Foot, wanted for larceny in Berkshire County, across the state line from Albany. It is expected that Mr. Glynn will send a message to the Legislature as soon as the two houses convene, in order to give them an opportunity to give recognition to him as acting governor. … That Governor [William] Sulzer will decline to abide by the opinion of Attorney General [Thomas] Carmody declaring Lieutenant Governor Martin H. Glynn to be the acting governor of the state, but will seek a court decision to test the legality of his impeachment by the Assembly, was the general opinion expressed in official circles today. Both Mr. Sulzer and his counsel declined to discuss the attorney general’s findings.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “TEHRAN (U.P.) — Iran’s emotional, weeping dictator Premier Mohammad Mossadegh toppled from power today in a bloody coup d’etat by Iranian army forces loyal to exiled Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. Radio Tehran, which broadcast news of the coup, said Mossadegh’s firebrand Foreign Minister Hussein Fatemi was ‘cut to pieces’ by the infuriated population. The army was in control of the capital and Gen. Fazlollah Zahedi, the shah’s appointed successor to Mossadegh, broadcast an appeal to the people to remain calm and promised to ‘raise living standards’ and ‘insure social justice.’ The fate of Mossadegh himself was not disclosed. His palatial residence was burned by shouting, riotous mobs. The tight army control of the city made it unlikely he had escaped the city. The radio reports of the successful coup were considered official since the army, loyal to the shah, was in complete control. Mossadegh, together with Fatemi, had engineered the expropriation and nationalization of the billion-dollar Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. and had resisted all efforts to find a settlement of the dispute for two years, except on Mossadegh’s terms.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “CHICAGO (U.P.) — American Bar Association experts on criminal law today blamed the current rash of teenage ‘thrill crimes’ on glamorized vice on television, radio and in comic books. Juvenile delinquency is one of the issues before the A.B.A.’s 77th annual convention, which is meeting here. … Walter P. Armstrong Jr., chairman of the A.B.A.’s criminal law section, said writers of crime ‘thrillers’ must take much of the blame for teenaged vice. He said that persons responsible for the publication of crime stories should take the initiative to check the situation themselves. Armstrong referred to ‘thrill slayings’ and beatings which have occurred in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The Ten Commandments” star Debra Paget, who was born in 1933; former N.Y. Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson, who was born in 1935; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), who was born in 1945; former President Bill Clinton, who was born in 1946; “Simon & Simon” star Gerald McRaney, who was born in 1947; “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Jonathan Frakes, who was born in 1952; political consultant Mary Matalin, who was born in 1953; “Chicago Hope” star Adam Arkin, who was born in Brooklyn in 1956; former N.Y. Mets pitcher Ron Darling, who was born in 1960; “Full House” star John Stamos, who was born in 1963; “The Closer” star Kyra Sedgwick, who was born in 1965; “I Hope You Dance” singer Lee Ann Womack, who was born in 1966; “Friends” star Matthew Perry, who was born in 1969; and “Arms” singer Christina Perri, who was born in 1986.

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TO BOLDLY GO: Orville Wright was born 150 years ago today. On Dec. 17, 1903 near Kitty Hawk, N.C., he and his brother Wilbur achieved the first documented successful powered and controlled flights of an airplane, revolutionizing human transportation. Wright died in 1948.

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SPACE AND TIME: Gene Roddenberry was born 100 years ago today. The Texas native left his career as an airline pilot to be a writer. In 1966 he created the TV series “Star Trek,” which spawned one of the most successful science fiction franchises in history. He died in 1991.

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

Quotable:

“Earth is the nest, the cradle, and we’ll move out of it.”

— “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, who was born on this day in 1921


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