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December 23: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

December 23, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1915, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “A very small and bright-eyed baby of two weeks, or maybe more, for she had reached the ‘noticing’ stage, lay in a small carriage in the glare of a show window of one of the big shops on Fulton street, near Flatbush avenue, for about two hours last night. The natural impression of the passersby was that the mother was inside, shopping, but the hour for closing the stores came and there was no appearance of anyone who might take a real motherly interest in the small person. The baby carriage was of the collapsible sort, but the baby was tucked in carefully, and there was a swans-down white blanket over her, daintily trimmed with blue, which kept her snug and warm. An unknown woman, who had been naturally curious, said it was a ‘shame.’ ‘What’s a shame?’ asked John Bredelman of 183 DeKalb avenue, who came along then. ‘Somebody’s left that baby there for two hours,’ said the woman. ‘I bet it has been abandoned by its mother. Won’t you get a policeman?’ Mr. Bredelman went to get a policeman and a crowd gathered and tried to keep the wee thing interested in the ordinary idiotic way of grown folk by ‘goo-gooing’ at it. Patrolman Imperiale of the Adams street station was found and he decided to wheel the small person to the police station. There she was turned over to the matron for attention and artificial refreshment, and a careful examination was made of the clothing. After the little one had been rendered comfortable, she was taken to the Cumberland Street Hospital, but in view of the fact that the place had been quarantined, she was finally sent to the Kings County Hospital. The police took charge of the baby carriage and they are looking for the mother who set her baby adrift in the world.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1923, Eagle columnist Frederick Boyd Stevenson wrote, “‘Peace on Earth. Good will toward men.’ More than nineteen hundred years this message has gone broadcast throughout the world. No message ever came before that brought such peace — that brought such good will. This message came from one upon whom millions of men, women and children have looked as their saviour. They have looked upon him as the son of God. He Himself said: ‘I and my Father are One.’ These were the words of Jesus Christ. Those words were true or they were false. If they were true when Jesus said them they are true today. If they are false today they were false then. There can be no half-way ground. Christ was the true son of God or Christ was an impostor. That is the sum and substance of the whole distressing religious and theological controversy taking place today and which, by introducing doubts and fears, wavering beliefs and hesitation among many who are weak and many who are uncertain in their faltering steps, has cast a cloud upon the glorious breaking of another Christmas Day — a cloud of sorrow and disappointment even for those of the faith.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “Some days ago the newspapers of this city carried interesting accounts graphically describing the removal of [Mayor] Fiorello LaGuardia’s household effects from Gracie Mansion — his hitherto official residence — to a new home which he has lately purchased, near Riverdale, and in which he will live, as a private citizen, after he leaves office on New Year’s Day next. There was nothing said about what he may decide to take with him from City Hall itself before he turns the reins of government over to his successor, Mayor-elect William O’Dwyer. For it is a fact that every man who has ever held office — either as mayor, or the head of an important department under him — finds, when he is about to bid adieu, such an accumulation of private papers, confidential communications, which he regards as his own, and other impedimenta, that he is quite often at a loss what to do with this amazingly amassed ‘office junk.’ It must be carted off to his home, or else to a warehouse where, perhaps, it will lie forgotten for years, and eventually find its way to the city’s incinerating plants.”

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Finn Wolfhard
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Susan Lucci
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “This is Spinal Tap” star Harry Shearer, who was born in 1943; “All My Children” star Susan Lucci, who was born in 1946; Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Ham, who was born in 1948; original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips, who was born in 1951; political analyst Bill Kristol, who was born in 1952; Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray, who was born in 1956; singer-songwriter Victoria Williams, who was born in 1958; former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh, who was born in 1963; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), who was born in 1964; former Cleveland Indians catcher Victor Martinez, who was born in 1978; actress and model Estella Warren, who was born in 1978; Miss Brooklyn 2010 and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, who was born in 1988; and “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard, who was born in 2002.

Harry Shearer
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THE MONEY TREE: The Federal Reserve system was created on this day in 1913. Established pursuant to authority contained in the Federal Reserve Act, the system serves as the nation’s central bank, with the responsibility for execution of monetary policy. It is called on to contribute to the strength and vitality of the U.S. economy, in part by influencing the lending and investing activities of commercial banks and the cost and availability of money and credit.

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CURRENT EVENT: The transistor was introduced on this day in 1947. John Bardeen, Walter Brattain and William Shockley of Bell Laboratories shared the 1956 Nobel Prize for their invention, which led to a revolution in communications and electronics. It was smaller, lighter, more durable and more reliable and generated less heat than the vacuum tube, which had been used up to that time.

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

 

Quotable:

“It is in disaster, not success, that the heroes and the bums really get sorted out.”

— Medal of Honor recipient James Stockdale, who was born on this day in 1923


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