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October 14: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 14, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1913, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “ALBANY — The Tammany plans have gone awry here. Governor William Sulzer has been granted a breathing spell. Today and all yesterday afternoon the Tammany leaders struggled with a situation which is of critical importance. They held their deliberations behind closed doors and only partial accounts have leaked out of what went on in the executive session. But this much is known: The leaders have found that certain judges of the Court of Appeals feel very strongly that the articles of impeachment do not cover some of the most effective testimony given and that legally the case is not at all satisfactory, irrespective of any view of facts themselves.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1917, the Eagle reported, “CHICAGO, OCT. 13 — In a game that thrilled and enthralled some 27,000 spectators this afternoon, the Chicago Americans scrambled into the World’s Series lead again by defeating the New York Nationals 8 to 5. The series now stands three games to two in favor of the White Sox. It was a contest that ran the gamut of baseball from sensational and brilliant to mediocre, but never during the two hours and thirty-seven minutes of battle did it lose its intense hold on the spectators and at its conclusion the fans were almost as exhausted as the players. For more than two hours the adherents of the White Sox roared and cheered without a moment’s intermission, while the players, once the Chicago team went into the lead, became frantic with joy and performed antics in front of their dugout that would have made a college cheerleader despair.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1943, the Eagle reported, “Postmaster Frank Quayle today called attention to the fact that all Christmas parcels for army men overseas must be mailed before midnight tomorrow to assure delivery before Christmas. Parcels for navy men may be mailed up to midnight on Nov. 1. Quayle pointed out that parcels may not weigh more than five pounds or exceed 50 inches in combined length and girth. Important as Christmas is to fighting men at the front, he said, shipping space must be conserved. Postal money orders may be used, he explained, to send gifts of money to men overseas.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “Eleven top Communist leaders today awaited a jury’s verdict which could outlaw their ‘American politburo.’ Four men and eight women jurors began their second day of deliberation at 9:30 a.m. in Manhattan Federal Court in the nine-month-old Communist criminal conspiracy trial. The defendants, including Eugene Dennis, No. 1 active Communist in the United States, were charged with conspiring to teach and advocate the violent overthrow of the American government. None of the defendants appeared worried. None showed the strain of the long trial as did Federal Judge Harold R. Medina, who was visibly tired. The Communists have said they will appeal any verdict to the Supreme Court, insuring that even if found guilty it would be years before they would go to jail. The jury deliberated the case for five hours and five minutes yesterday before retiring for the night at 10:20 o’clock.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “The case of the Democratic party vs. Mayor [Vincent] Impellitteri moved into Manhattan Supreme Court today as the Democrats continued their attempts to have the mayor ruled off the ballot as an independent candidate for re-election. While unsuccessful in an appeal to have the Board of Elections knock Impellitteri out of the mayoralty race, the Democrats, who are backing Robert F. Wagner Jr. for mayor, made some headway as far as lopping some names off the mayor’s designating petitions was concerned. The board declared 9,318 of the 24,187 signatures on the Impellitteri petitions invalid and left the validity of 5,617 other signatures up to Justice Thomas A. Aurelio, who began hearing arguments in the matter this morning. In addition the Wagner forces planned to attack the validity of thousands of other signatures on the ground the signers failed to register to vote last week. A total of 7,500 legal signatures are required for the petitions to stand up in court.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include fashion designer Ralph Lauren, who was born in 1939; former N.Y. Mets outfielder Art Shamsky, who was born in 1941; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), who was born in 1946; former National League batting champion Al Oliver, who was born in 1946; biotechnologist Craig Venter, who was born in 1946; World Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel, who was born in 1956; “Point Break” star Lori Petty, who was born in 1963; former N.Y. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was born in 1964; sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, who was born in 1967; The Chicks singer Natalie Maines, who was born in 1974; singer-songwriter Usher, who was born in 1978; wrestler and actress Stacy Keibler, who was born in 1979; and “Girl Meets World” star Rowan Blanchard, who was born in 2001.

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A BORN LEADER: Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on this day in 1890. Nicknamed “Ike,” the Texas native was supreme commander of the Allied forces in western Europe during World War II. He then served two terms as president of the U.S. from 1953 to 1961. His popular presidency coincided with a postwar boom of prosperity and optimism. He died in 1969.

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UNSTOPPABLE: Theodore Roosevelt was shot on this day in 1912. The ex-president (1901-09) was in Milwaukee campaigning for a third term when a bullet hit him in the chest. Instead of going to the hospital, Roosevelt gave his scheduled speech, saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.”

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

 

Quotable:

 

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born on this day in 1890


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