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September 13: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

September 13, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1879, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “LONDON — The Times, in a leading editorial article, says: ‘Nothing is known up to the present time to confirm the rumors of a general rising in Afghanistan. We are justified in believing that the condition of the country has become no worse since the first outbreak.’ The Press Association announces that the home government telegraphed to the Viceroy of India, last night, expressing approval and gratification at his military arrangements. The political department of the India office here considers it extremely probable that Herat, Badakhshan and Balkh will support the revolt, but has no definite news on the subject. The very absence of news from those districts is accepted as evidence that the country beyond Kabul is practically in the hands of the Heratic troops, which is considered exceedingly probable. The government may have to exercise military intervention in the affairs of Burmah.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Eagle reported, “New York turned out today in a great and colorful and jubilant outpouring of citizens to march and hurrah for the NRA [National Recovery Act]. The weather was fair and cool. A half holiday had been declared by the mayor and governor of New York. From all over the nation statisticians sent word that the number of the unemployed was slowly lessening under the recovery act, that the silver lining was definitely brighter along the edge of the depression cloud. And so, with bands playing and banners flying, New Yorkers gathered to march and cheer the marchers — to celebrate what had been achieved and arouse enthusiasm and hope for more to come. Long before the parade was to start, at 1:30 p.m., groups of employers and workers, clerks and day laborers, brewers and bankers and soldiers, men and women from factories and offices and stores massed along the line of march for the Recovery Parade — the greatest mass parade, in peace time or war, this country has ever known. More than a quarter of a million were to be in line. Maj. Gen. Dennis E. Nolan, as grand marshal, announced the total in advance as exactly 254,475. Twice that number or more could have been recruited, for in the past few days requests for added places in the line repeatedly had to be denied, so as the keep the march in hand. And in addition to the marchers, 2,000,000 or more, it was expected, would line 5th Ave., Manhattan, from Washington Square up to 72nd St. to look on.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1940, the Eagle reported, “LONDON — German warplanes bombed Buckingham Palace and Downing Street today in unprecedented daylight attacks that for the first time almost paralyzed London life and aroused British fears of a deliberate offensive to drive the King and government from the capital. A Nazi bomber diving at Buckingham Palace dropped five explosives and a shower of incendiary bombs, but King George and Queen Elizabeth, in an underground shelter, escaped injury. Three plumbers working on the south wing were slightly injured, craters were dug in the ground and the royal chapel was wrecked. Other incendiary bombs were showered over Downing Street — residence of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and site of the Foreign Office, Treasury and other government buildings — and nearby areas. (The great Parliament buildings are in this area.) An official statement said slight damage was done in Downing Street. The Air Ministry announced that ‘it is feared that the enemy has succeeded in killing and injuring a number of civilians’ in this morning’s long raid, the Associated Press said.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “An expected 750,000 voters — 250,000 of them in Brooklyn — will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether Vincent Impellitteri or Robert F. Wagner will be the party’s candidate for mayor on Nov. 3. Mayor Impellitteri, with the backing of the Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island organizations and several Manhattan district leaders, has been considered the favorite since the party split over choice of a candidate two months ago. The Wagner forces, however, claim the Manhattan borough president will draw an overpowering vote in the ‘New Deal’ areas in Brooklyn and will cut deeply into Impellitteri’s vote in Queens. They claim Wagner will win by upward of 25,000 votes.”

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Tyler Perry
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Bernie Williams
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include N.Y. Rangers legend Emile Francis, who was born in 1926; “Mission: Impossible” star Barbara Bain, who was born in 1931; “As the World Turns” star Eileen Fulton, who was born in 1933; “An American Tail” director Don Bluth, who was born in 1937; Blood, Sweat & Tears singer David Clayton-Thomas, who was born in 1941; “Bullitt” star Jacqueline Bisset, who was born in 1944; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Peter Cetera (Chicago), who was born in 1944; “Designing Women” star Jean Smart, who was born in 1951; musician and producer Don Was, who was born in 1952; drumming legend Vinny Appice, who was born in Brooklyn in 1957; Megadeth co-founder Dave Mustaine, who was born in 1961; talk show host Tavis Smiley, who was born in 1964; sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson, who was born in 1967; former N.Y. Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams, who was born in 1968; actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry, who was born in 1969; and singer-songwriter Fiona Apple, who was born in 1977.

Dave Mustaine
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START SPREADING THE NEWS: New York City became the U.S. capital on this day in 1788 when Congress relocated the government from Philadelphia. In 1790 the capital moved back to the City of Brotherly Love for 10 years before moving permanently to Washington, D.C.

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KEY MOMENT: “The Star-Spangled Banner” was born on this day in 1814. Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and amateur poet, was on a ship in Baltimore harbor during the British attack on Fort McHenry. Seeing the flag still flying over the fort the next morning inspired him to write the verses that, coupled with the tune of a popular drinking song, became America’s official national anthem in 1931.

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

 

Quotable:

“Your beginning never dictates your destination.”

— filmmaker Tyler Perry, who was born on this day in 1969


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