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January 14: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

January 14, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “A special committee of the American Public Health Association, having made a careful investigation and study of the epidemic of so-called influenza, has made a report to the association. Referring to the nature of the epidemic, the report says, among other things: ‘There is no known laboratory method by which an attack of influenza can be differentiated from an ordinary cold or bronchitis or other inflammations of the mucous membranes of the nose, pharynx or throat. There is no known laboratory method by which it can be determined when a person who has suffered from influenza ceases to be capable of transmitting the disease to others.’ In other words, it is purely a matter of the attending physician’s judgment whether the illness shall be dubbed ‘influenza’ or not. And it is purely a matter of the attending physician’s judgment whether the individual who has recovered from the ‘flu’ may or may not be safely permitted to mingle with susceptible persons.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1923, Eagle columnist Frederick Boyd Stevenson wrote, “The kings and the presidents and the premiers and the politicians have fallen flat. There is no question as to that. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. That is three years and seven months ago. The world financially, physically and morally is in a worse state today than it was on the day that war was formally declared at an end. The kings and the presidents and the premiers and the politicians have been trying to run the world. To use perfectly good English, they have balled up the whole shooting match. And, as a result of this mismanagement, what confronts the whole of the world today? No man can give the answer. Central Europe, with the exception of England, is on the verge of financial, commercial and industrial collapse. If the final collapse comes, even England and America cannot escape the consequences. For three and a half years the present units of world power have striven in vain to adjust the affairs of the world. Instead of moving the world away from war, they have brought it to the very edge of a war — possibly more terrible than the last. Why not have a new world management? Why not put the business affairs of the world in the hands of businessmen, and run the world on a business basis? Running the nations on a business basis may sound like an anomaly; and yet the whole world has advanced solely on the basis of business.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1923, the Eagle reported, “When completed, Brooklyn’s Municipal building will stand 12 stories high in the center and 10 stories high in the east and west wings. It will occupy a site 270×170 feet on Court St. between Joralemon and Livingston Sts., and ground will be broken in early spring. The structure will cost in the neighborhood of $6,000,000 and all of the city, boro and county bureaus and departments that now have offices here will be housed in the building, with one floor to spare. The old plans provided for a hip and valley roof, but this feature has been eliminated and three additional floors substituted. It will be a modern type of office building, with 400,000 feet of floor space. It is expected that the structure will take care of the needs of the boro for the next 25 years.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1934, the Eagle reported, “A ‘lunch room war’ raged yesterday between the students and principal of New Utrecht High School, 79th St. and 16th Ave., with not much prospect for an armistice in sight. The first skirmish resulted in a victory for the principal, Dr. Harry A. Potter, and one casualty for the students. The casualty is Morris Oshatz, 17, who suffered a suspension at the hands of the principal. He will have a hearing, however, in Dr. Potter’s office Tuesday morning, when the suspension may — or may not — be lifted. … Charges were made by the students that the food prices in the school lunch room were too high but that they were compelled to patronize it or bring their own lunches; that they didn’t want to do either; that their protests had been ignored, and that they had been ‘tyrannically’ dealt with.”

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Carl Weathers
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LL Cool J
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include actress and singer Carole Cook, who was born in 1924; blues and soul singer Clarence Carter, who was born in 1936; Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway, who was born in 1941; astronaut Shannon Lucid, who was born in 1943; “The Practice” star Holland Taylor, who was born in 1943; musician T Bone Burnett, who was born in 1948; “Rocky” star Carl Weathers, who was born in 1948; director and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who was born in 1949; Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, who was born in 1963; “Angela’s Ashes” star Emily Watson, who was born in 1967; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Grohl (Nirvana), who was born in 1969; rapper and actor LL Cool J, who was born in 1970; former N.Y. Jets tight end Kyle Brady, who was born in 1972; former N.Y. Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who was born in 1984; and “The Flash” star Grant Gustin, who was born in 1990.

Jason Bateman
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IT’S OFFICIAL: On this day in 1784, Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the American Revolution, established the U.S. as a sovereign power and fulfilled the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776.

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MORNING IN AMERICA: “Today” premiered on NBC on this day in 1952. Captained by Dave Garroway, the show was segmented with bits and pieces of news, sports, weather, interviews and other features that were repeated so that viewers did not have to stop their morning routine to watch. The segments were brief and to the point. Sylvester Weaver devised this concept to capitalize on television’s unusual qualities. It is the fifth longest-running TV series in U.S. history.

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

 

Quotable:

“I don’t live my life in the rear-view mirror because, if you do, you’re bound to end up wrapped around a pole somewhere.”

— rapper and actor LL Cool J, who was born on this day in 1970


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