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December 3: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

December 3, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1918, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The government has taken over the country home of the Crescent Athletic Club at Bay Ridge and will probably make use of it as an officers headquarters during the period of demobilization. The lease has been sent to Washington and has not yet been returned with signatures, but the negotiations which have been going on for the past six weeks have proceeded to such a point that there is scarcely any possibility that the arrangement will fall through. The government representatives are now in actual possession of the property. With the big clubhouse, the government will also take the boathouse and a portion of the extensive grounds. They will not take the golf links or the golf house. How long the government will remain in possession of the property is problematical. Officers of the club do not anticipate, however, that it will be possible for the members to make use of the clubhouse or boathouse next summer. This is the second time that the Crescent has put its fine country home at the service of the country. For some time during the summer months, the upper floors of the club were turned over for the use of nurses prior to their departure overseas.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1937, the Eagle reported, “Park Commissioner Robert Moses’ plan to rejuvenate Coney Island with a $3,500,000 development was hailed as welcome news today by the resort’s businessmen, but none of them would agree with his basic thesis that the character of the place must change. Curiosity about the commissioner’s intentions was unanimously expressed by public officials, property owners, business executives and civic workers. His published proposals, they insisted, were one thing, and the limits of his actual project quite another. But little change in the aspect of the Boardwalk and the established amusement centers was seen in the scheme to obtain land at an average depth of 400 feet from Ocean Parkway to Stillwell Ave. along the oceanfront. It was pointed out that Mr. Moses was aware of the limitations of his project when he said: ‘The drastic changes which would be required to bring about a real reconstruction of Coney Island on sound planning principles have been found too expensive to carry out. The sums required to wipe out all the frontage on the boardwalk, move it back and supply adequate play and parking spaces and municipal bathhouses is simply beyond the means of the city at this time, and I have not been able to discover any basis on which an authority could be set up for Coney Island to issue bonds on anything approaching a self-liquidating basis.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) – President [Harry] Truman called today on striking General Motors employees to ‘return to work immediately’ and asked Congress for a quick new law to deal with labor disputes holding up reconversion. The president asked Congress to give him the power to set up a fact-finding system similar to that which has minimized industrial strife between railways and the railway brotherhoods. But, the president said, he is not going to wait for Congress to act before doing something about the General Motors strike, which he called the ‘major obstacle holding up our reconversion program.’ He said he would appoint a fact-finding board to look into the strike and served notice on management and labor alike that he would mobilize public opinion on behalf of a settlement. He added that he would appoint a similar board to deal with a threatened strike of steel workers. He asked these workers to stay on the job in the meantime.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “TUCKER’S TOWN, BERMUDA (U.P.) — The Martians — if that’s where the flying saucers come from — are quite interested in what President [Dwight] Eisenhower, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French Premier Joseph Laniel will be doing here this weekend. A foreman for a commercial aircraft service company here reported at 1:20 in the morning earlier this week that a flying saucer was circling the island. The man described it as a ‘silvery yellow’ object. U.S. Air Force officers were not at all alarmed and the advance party from Washington took no extra precautions. The Martians could not get in the Mid-Ocean Club — site of the Big Three meeting — even if they landed a fleet of saucers here — for the simple reason they have no proper passes and probably would arrive without dinner jackets.”

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Dascha Polanco
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Ozzy Osbourne
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath), who was born in 1948; Jefferson Starship singer Mickey Thomas, who was born in 1949; Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, who was born in 1960; hockey player and Olympic gold medalist Mike Ramsey, who was born in 1960; N.Y. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, who was born in 1969; “Charmed” star Holly Marie Combs, who was born in 1973; former N.Y. Giants defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, who was born in 1976; “Veep” star Anna Chlumsky, who was born in 1980; actress and former Sunset Park resident Dascha Polanco, who was born in 1982; and “Mean Girls” star Amanda Seyfried, who was born in 1985.

Hal Steinbrenner
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THE GIFT OF LIFE: The world’s first successful heart transplant took place on this day in 1967. Dr. Christiaan Barnard of South Africa performed the surgery on 53-year-old Louis Washkansky. The donor was 25-year-old Denise Darvall, who was killed in a car accident. Washkansky lived for 18 days with his new heart before dying of pneumonia.

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BOXING DAY: “Rocky” was released in theaters on this day in 1976. Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the script, starred as underdog fighter Rocky Balboa, who gets his shot at fame and fortune. Made on a budget of only $1 million, the film was a huge financial success and won three Oscars, including Best Picture, and spawned a number of sequels, the most recent being 2018’s “Creed II.”

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

 

Quotable:

“I got rabies shots for biting the head off a bat, but that’s OK — the bat had to get Ozzy shots.”

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ozzy Osbourne, who was born on this day in 1948


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