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November 8: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

November 8, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON — The election of Fiorello H. LaGuardia as mayor of New York is regarded here as an event of prime importance in national politics. He becomes, forthwith, an outstanding figure in the Republican picture, where outstanding figures are at present non-existent, and he achieves the dramatic distinction of being the first man to administer a real defeat to the administration of President [Franklin] Roosevelt. The harm done to Mr. Roosevelt’s prestige through the defeat of Joseph V. McKee is regarded here as of less permanent importance than the potentialities of LaGuardia as a factor in Republican politics. In the rough, immediate judgment of politicians, Mr. LaGuardia has a magnificent chance to score for himself such a record as chief executive of New York City as to attract nation-wide attention and to render him an inevitable consideration in presidential politics in 1936 or 1940. While it is true that LaGuardia was elected at the head of a Fusion ticket, and while his Republicanism has hitherto been an unorthodox brand, his election is regarded here as, perhaps, a portent in Republican politics, an indication of the trend toward which Republican leadership must hereafter be directed if a real challenge is to be offered to the Democratic administration now in power, and if — as most far-sighted politicians believe — the political thought of the United States is to swing during the next decade further and further to the left.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “In his ‘blueprint for a better New York,’ Mayor-Elect William O’Dwyer indicated today he plans to include whatever good things he inherits from the administration of his predecessor, the outgoing Mayor LaGuardia. In Mr. O’Dwyer’s home borough of Brooklyn, he indicated, that would include such planned improvements as the great new Civic Center for downtown Brooklyn and the proposed Flatbush Ave. improvement. Within the first 24 hours after his election was conceded Tuesday night, Mr. O’Dwyer made it clear that he was not thinking in terms of forgetting such projects merely because they were launched by a political opponent. The mayor-elect was keeping an appointment with the National War Fund of New York at a luncheon rally in the Astor Hotel, when he was asked about the fate of the proposed Brooklyn projects. He said that ‘only a Brooklyn resident’ — Mr. O’Dwyer has lived in Bay Ridge for the past 18 years — knows how great is Brooklyn’s need of such civic improvements.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1962, the Eagle reported, “SAN FRANCISCO (U.P.I.) — Richard M. Nixon bowed in defeat to Democratic Gov. Edmund G. Brown Wednesday and all but ruled himself out of future political campaigns. Nixon told a news conference, after conceding the gubernatorial election to Brown, that he is leaving on a ‘long holiday.’ ‘I leave you now, Gentlemen,” he told reporters. ‘You don’t have Nixon to kick around any more. This is my last press conference.’ Nixon added that the Republican Party, which twice made him Dwight D. Eisenhower’s running mate and nominated him for the presidency in 1960, would find new leadership and be ‘revitalized in 1964.’ ‘And I look for it to be revitalized in California under new leadership, not mine,’ he added. Nixon complained about the press coverage of his ill-fated campaign against Brown, whose margin of victory was more than a quarter of a million. Although he started his remarks by praising the press, Nixon then criticized the reporting of his campaign. ‘I defended my opponent’s patriotism but you didn’t report that,’ he said. ‘For once, Gentlemen, I wish you would write what I said. Never in my years of campaigning have I complained to a publisher or editor about my coverage. I believe a reporter has a right to write as he feels. You have had the opportunity to attack me and I think I’ve given as well as I’ve got.’”

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SZA
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Bonnie Raitt
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Basketball Hall of Famer Satch Sanders, who was born in 1938; U.S. Racing Hall of Famer Angel Cordero Jr., who was born in 1942; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roy Wood (ELO), who was born in 1946; Space Shuttle astronaut Rhea Seddon, who was born in 1947; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt, who was born in 1949; former “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart, who was born in 1950; The Manhattans lead singer Gerald Alston, who was born in 1951; “Crooklyn” star Alfre Woodard, who was born in 1952; celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who was born in 1966; “Melrose Place” star Courtney Thorne-Smith, who was born in 1967; “Party Girl” star Parker Posey, who was born in 1968; “Sharknado” star Tara Reid, who was born in 1975; “90210” star Jessica Lowndes, who was born in 1988; and singer-songwriter SZA, who was born in 1989.

Alfre Woodard
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THE SPIRIT OF 76: Edmond Halley was born on this day in 1656. The British astronomer and mathematician observed the great comet of 1682 (now named for him), first conceived its periodicity and wrote in his Synopsis of Comet Astronomy: “I may venture to foretell that this Comet will return again in the year 1758.” It did, and Halley’s memory is kept alive by the once-every-generation appearance of the comet. There have been 28 recorded appearances since 240 B.C. The average time between appearances is 76 years. Halley’s comet is next expected to be visible in 2061.

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YA GOTTA HAVE HEART: Christiaan Barnard was born on this day in 1922. The South African native performed the first human heart transplant on Dec. 3, 1967, after years of practicing the procedure, mainly on dogs. The patient, Louis Washkansky, lived for 18 days before dying from an infection. Today heart transplants are performed regularly and with good success. Barnard died in 2001.

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

 

Quotable:

“Suffering isn’t ennobling, recovery is.”

— heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard, who was born on this day in 1922


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