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October 25: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 25, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1907, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Several of the leading banks and trust companies in Brooklyn closed their doors today. The Borough Bank and the old Brooklyn Bank failed to open this morning, and in a few hours other banks suspended payment … Financial operations on the part of William Gow, the controlling factor in the Borough Bank, the Brooklyn Bank and the International Trust Company, are held responsible for the suspension of the Borough and Brooklyn banks. Gow’s method of financing the International Trust Company, which was organized to take over the Borough Bank and Brooklyn Bank, had a great deal to do with creating the present situation. In fact, it may be stated that the financing of the International Trust Company precipitated a situation which made it impossible for the Borough Bank to continue open at this time.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1941, the Eagle reported, “John F. Farley, a pressman, of 7 Pulaski St., today began his 51st year of employment on the Brooklyn Eagle. It was Oct. 24, 1891, that Mr. Farley started working for the newspaper as an office boy in the editorial department in the old Eagle building on lower Fulton St. In the next 15 years he worked in the editorial and business departments, then he became a pressman. He met his wife, Mrs. Kathryn Seaman Farley, whom he married 35 years ago, in the Eagle, where she was employed in the business office. His brother, Thomas, who started to work here on July 5, 1892, is less than a year behind him in total amount of service.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “Sure, Tom Kelly was nervous when the president snapped the Congressional Medal of Honor around his neck, but being given an official hero’s welcome back to Brooklyn today was another thing. He actually cracked his face with a grin. The ceremony took place in Borough President [John] Cashmore’s office in the presence of Sergeant Kelly’s family from 219 Cooper St.; his local assemblyman, John R. Starkey, and representatives of the borough veterans’ organizations. When it was over, he found himself borough president of Brooklyn for the day, a precedent established when Mr. Cashmore welcomed home another Brooklyn hero, Sgt. Irving Strobing. But Sergeant Kelly, having finished one job with laurels, wasn’t so quick to take on another. ‘I am greatly honored,’ he told the borough president quickly. ‘And since, when you’re president, I understand you can do as you please, I’ll just take the day off.’ Which he did forthwith.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1962, the Eagle reported, “MOSCOW (U.P.I.) — Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev called today for a summit meeting to help settle the Cuban blockade crisis to prevent it from growing into a nuclear war. The official Soviet Tass news agency quoted him as saying in reply to a telegram from British philosopher and pacifist Lord Bertrand Russell that the Soviet Union ‘will make no rash decisions’ as a result of the Cuban crisis. But he also was quoted as saying that if the United States government ‘carries out its planned program of piratical action, then of course, we shall have to make use of the means of defense against the aggressor; we have no other way out.’ The Soviet premier said Moscow will ‘not let itself be provoked by the unjustified actions’ of the United States. He obviously referred to Washington’s decision to halt all further shipments of offensive arms to Cuba and its demand that present nuclear capable missile bases there be dismantled. ‘We will do everything which depends on us to prevent the launching of a war,’ Khrushchev said.”

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Katy Perry
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Happy Days” star Marion Ross, who was born in 1928; Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, who was born in 1935; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Anderson (Yes), who was born in 1944; political consultant James Carville, who was born in 1944; Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, who was born in 1947; Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Cowens, who was born in 1948; Basketball Hall of Famer Dan Issel, who was born in 1948; hockey player and Olympic gold medalist Mike Eruzione, who was born in 1954; “The Simpsons” star Nancy Cartwright, who was born in 1957; “Square Pegs” star Tracy Nelson, who was born in 1963; “Spin City” star Michael Boatman, who was born in 1964; actress and TV host Samantha Bee, who was born in 1969; “The Equalizer” star Adam Goldberg, who was born in 1970; Baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who was born in 1971; “Firework” singer Katy Perry, who was born in 1984; and “Level Up” singer Ciara, who was born in 1985.

Marion Ross
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STROKES OF GENIUS: Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881. Called by many the greatest artist of the 20th century, the Spanish painter, sculptor and engraver is said to have commented once: “I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time.” He died in 1973.

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FED-XX: The first women to become FBI agents completed training at Quantico, Va., on this day in 1972. The new agents, Susan Lynn Roley and Joanne E. Pierce, graduated from the 14-week course with a group of 45 men.

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

 

Quotable:

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

— painter Pablo Picasso, who was born on this day in 1881


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