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September 8: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

September 8, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (A.P.) — The Roosevelt Administration today regarded swift developments in troubled Cuba as approaching a climax — and possibly even solution — of the island crisis, but military mobilization for sea, land or air movements continued unrelaxed. Inclusion by the radical junta of all Cuban political factions in a commission to ‘study the nation’s problems’ was considered in some State Department quarters as an advance toward stabilization of conditions. But it still was remembered that should there be attacks on foreigners in Cuba, treaty obligations impose upon the United States the serious responsibility of maintaining a government there ‘adequate for the protection of life, property and individual liberty.’ These considerations — and more especially, anxiety for the safety of lives and property of United States citizens — sped 30 warships toward the trouble zone, assembled a regiment of fully equipped marines at Quantico, Va., and prepared a marine aircraft squadron there for instant flight. Yet throughout, the administration emphasized that these warlike orders were only in case of emergency, that the last thing the government wanted was intervention. Serving to stress the responsibilities of this government should law and order break down were solicitous calls at the State Department by diplomats from other foreign powers with nationals in Cuba. While concerned primarily about its own citizens, the United States is obligated to see that a government is maintained in Cuba which will protect all foreigners and Cubans alike.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Fred M. Vinson, 63, Chief Justice of the United States since 1946, died unexpectedly today. He was stricken with a heart attack in his suite at the Sheraton Park Hotel at 2:30 a.m. and died at 3:15 a.m., shortly after a physician reached his bedside. Justice Vinson had not been ill. Mrs. Vinson and one of their two sons, Fred M. Jr., said Vinson retired last night in good spirits and apparently good health. There was immediate speculation that Mr. Eisenhower will name Republican Gov. Earl Warren of California to fill the vacancy. Warren announced last week that he will not seek re-election when his present term as governor expires in January 1955. With Congress in adjournment, Mr. Eisenhower can fill the vacancy by recess appointment or call the Senate into special session to receive the nomination. In any case, the Senate eventually will have to confirm the choice. With Vinson’s death, the lineup on the high court is seven Democrats and one Republican — Justice Harold H. Burton, appointed by former President Truman. It seemed probable that Mr. Eisenhower’s appointee will become Chief Justice. Mr. Eisenhower could, however, elevate one of the present members of the high bench. The 1953-54 term of the Supreme Court starts Oct. 5. If a new Chief Justice has not been named by then, Justice Hugo L. Black will preside over the tribunal as senior justice.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “TAIPEI, FORMOSA (U.P.) — Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek hurled his American-made jet warplanes into the battle of Quemoy island today for the first time. The F-84 Thunderjets blasted Communist junks encircling Quemoy and bombarded troop installations and artillery emplacements which are within shell range on the Communist-held China mainland. Defense Ministry officials announced that several waves of the newly supplied jets swept over five points around the Red port of Amoy as a joint naval-air attack entered its third day. The planes sank 10 junks and destroyed several troop barracks, the officials said. Communist shore batteries, which killed two American lieutenant colonels stationed on Quemoy last Friday, opened fire on the island again following an all-night lull. Four barrages were reported. A Defense Ministry spokesman said there was no evidence of an air buildup near Amoy and ‘no appreciable increase in junk strength.’ The main Red strength was reported to center around the Shanghai area and the Nationalists alerted authorities on Tachen Island, 200 miles north of Formosa, to the threat of attack.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn in 1941; civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who was born in 1954; Dokken drummer Mick Brown, who was born in 1956; Basketball Hall of Famer Maurice Cheeks, who was born in 1956; ’Til Tuesday singer Aimee Mann, who was born in 1960; New Pornographers singer Neko Case, who was born in 1970; former N.Y. Knick Latrell Sprewell, who was born in 1970; “Scream” star David Arquette, who was born in 1971; political commentator Kennedy, who was born in 1972; “Menace II Society” star Larenz Tate, who was born in 1975; “Just Give Me a Reason” singer Pink, who was born in 1979; “Home Improvement” star Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who was born in 1981; rapper and actor Wiz Khalifa, who was born in 1987; and “Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo.

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HAIL CAESAR: Sid Caesar was born on this day in 1922. The Yonkers native was an intelligent and provocative innovator of the TV comedy-variety show known for his witty monologues, skits and spoofs. His “Your Show of Shows,” which launched writers Carl Reiner, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, established him as a master comedian. He died in 2014.

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FRONTIER DAYS: “Star Trek” premiered on this day in 1966. Although the science fiction show lasted only three seasons, it has remained enormously popular through syndication reruns. It has been given new life through numerous motion pictures, a cartoon TV series and popular spin-off series such as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Enterprise.” It has consistently ranked among the biggest titles in the motion picture, television, home video and licensing divisions of Paramount Pictures.

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

 

Quotable:

“The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.”

— comedian Sid Caesar, who was born on this day in 1922


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