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November 10: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

November 10, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Several divisions of sweepers of the Department of Street Cleaning joined the striking drivers this afternoon. Heads of the union said that hundreds had gone out in the downtown sections of Manhattan, that sweepers all over the city were refusing to help the strike-breakers and that the entire force of 3,500 sweepers would be out by tonight. That was the statement made by George Prescott, secretary-treasurer and business agent of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Prescott declared that should it become necessary, the drivers on all classes of vehicles might be called out. He said that he thought the men now out could handle the situation without any extra help, that they didn’t want physical help so much as they want financial assistance, and that the policy of the union leaders would be to ‘pull from their jobs’ as few men as possible. There was a persistent report going around during the day that the firemen on the tugboats which tow the garbage scows were also talking of going out on strike in sympathy with the drivers. Prescott said that there was no foundation for such talk just now, as the tugboats had no scows to pull. The union leaders will hold a council meeting tonight for the purpose of discussing a plan of action.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1918, the Eagle reported, “Eighteen thousand soldiers’ Christmas cartons or boxes in which the War Department has decreed gifts for Brooklyn soldiers with the American Expeditionary Force abroad must be mailed this year have been distributed in the last week by the Soldiers’ Christmas Parcel Committee of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Red Cross. All Christmas parcels for Brooklyn soldiers and Brooklyn workers abroad with the American Red Cross, the Knights of Columbus, Young Men’s Christian Association, the Salvation Army and similar organizations must be in the hands of the Brooklyn Chapter of the American Red Cross for mailing not later than Wednesday, November 20, at the very latest … Under a ruling of the War Department, no Christmas parcels can be sent this year to Brooklyn soldiers with the American Expeditionary forces abroad and to the Red Cross, Young Men’s Christian Association, Knights of Columbus and other workers except through the Brooklyn Chapter of the Red Cross … To mail Christmas packages, the relatives and friends of soldiers and Red Cross and other workers must conform to rules adopted by the War Department. In the case of relatives of soldiers, none will be permitted to mail Christmas parcels unless they receive from their soldier-relatives or soldier-friends a coupon which the War Department has issued to the men in the Army abroad.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1929, the Eagle reported, “Armistice Day! War over! Peace at hand! No one who saw the delirious crowds on Nov. 11, 1918 can ever forget it. The joy and exultation that peace and victory had come. The sudden deliverance from the fear which lurked in every heart that some loved one was in constant danger at the front. A new day had dawned for the world, a new era had begun. The war to end war had been fought, victory had been achieved and it only remained to express that victory in a treaty of peace that would bring a new hope to humankind. Eleven years have passed since that delirious day when the entire population of New York City seemed to be milling up and down Fifth Avenue, our Avenue of Victory. The mad enthusiasm of that day has gone but the substantial achievement of victory remains. Has the war to end war ended war? Has the peace that was made a decade ago become enduring? These are questions we must ask ourselves on each recurring Armistice Day. It is only by asking them and trying to give the answer that we can remind ourselves of the true purpose of Armistice Day celebration. For in the hearts and minds of the world’s millions, Armistice Day has become Peace Day. It gives us occasion to study and analyze the world’s progress toward the organization and consolidation of world peace.”

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Tracy Morgan
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Please Come to Boston” singer Dave Loggins, who was born in 1947; broadcast journalist Aaron Brown, who was born in 1948; former N.Y. Yankees outfielder Jack Clark, who was born in 1955; “A Different World” star Sinbad, who was born in 1956; former N.Y. Mets general manager Omar Minaya, who was born in 1958; “One Day at a Time” star Mackenzie Phillips, who was born in 1959; “In Living Color” star Tommy Davidson, who was born in 1963; former N.Y. Yankees pitcher Kenny Rogers, who was born in 1964; “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan, who was born in 1968; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, who was born in 1969; “Justified” star Walter Goggins, who was born in 1971; “Welcome to the Dollhouse” star Heather Matarazzo, who was born in 1982; singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert, who was born in 1983; NFL quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was born in 1992; and “The Politician” star Zoey Deutch, who was born in 1994.

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SEMPER FI: The Marine Corps was established by the Second Continental Congress on this day in 1775. Today, the Corps has approximately 182,000 active duty members and 38,000 reserve personnel.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Area codes were introduced on this day in 1951. The 10-digit North American Numbering Plan, which provides area codes for Canada, the U.S. and many Caribbean nations, was devised in 1947 by AT&T and Bell Labs. Eighty-four area codes were assigned. However, all long-distance calls at that time were operator-assisted. On Nov. 10, 1951, the mayor of Englewood, N.J. (area code 201) direct-dialed the mayor of Alameda, Cal. By 1960, all telephone customers could dial long-distance.

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

 

Quotable:

“The fewer the words, the better the prayer.”

— religious reformer Martin Luther, who was born on this day in 1483


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