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February 8: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

February 8, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “A lecture was delivered at the Hebrew Educational Society, Brownsville, Thursday night, by Harry Schachter of the Brooklyn Committee on the Prevention of Tuberculosis, on the topic ‘After the Flu — What?’ He said: ‘The influenza epidemic has so undermined the general health of the community that it is very urgent for each person who has suffered from the influenza to take particular care in the way of not overworking and proper feeding.’ It was voted to organize a local emergency committee composed of doctors, nurses and social workers, who would be prepared to handle properly and adequately any epidemic that might occur.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen of the Realm today and called on God’s help to ‘discharge worthily this heavy task that has been laid upon me so early in my life.’ The 25-year-old Queen, regal in a black dress, took the oath of accession before a distinguished assemblage of lords and statesmen in historic St. James Palace. ‘My heart is too full to say more to you today than that I shall always work, as my father did, throughout his reign, to uphold constitutional government and to advance the happiness and prosperity of my peoples — spread as they are the world over,’ Elizabeth said. The ceremony took less than 15 minutes. Then the reading of the proclamation hailing Elizabeth as ‘Queen of this realm and all of her other realms and territories’ drew massive crowds to the same historic landmarks of London where Shakespearean multitudes cheered the accession of another Queen Elizabeth 394 years ago.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “ALBANY (U.P.) — Governor [Thomas] Dewey has approved a $350,000,000 program to build new facilities to meet the rising tide of mental illness in the state. Money for the program will be raised through the sale of bonds to be voted on at a referendum at the fall election. Dewey said yesterday the program would put 30,000 ‘urgently needed’ beds into the state’s mental hospital wards. Some 18,000 of the beds would be in New York City. The program would be financed by proceeds of taxes now imposed for retirement of World War II veterans’ bonus bonds. ‘Despite the appropriation of more than $200,000,000 for mental hospital construction during the past 10 years,’ Dewey said, ‘we are still short of the beds and the needs are rising.’ The governor took the Democrats to task in their attempts to boost the bond issue to $500,000,000 and tab it for school construction. He said New York City’s ‘school system has suffered not from lack of funds but from lack of competent direction.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (UPI) — President [John] Kennedy declared today that the world would be faced with the greatest crisis in history if the United States ever again should detect Soviet offensive missiles in Cuba. The president said that if Russian offensive missiles are found in Cuba now that they supposedly have been withdrawn, it would raise a ‘much greater risk than it raised in October.’ Kennedy told his news conference it ‘may be that there are some missiles hidden away’ in Cuba. But he said ‘they are going to have to be erected’ if they are to be readied for action. The president said when this is done, U.S. planes keeping an eye on the Communist island would spot them. At that point, Kennedy said, ‘Russia would have to take the chance of another great encounter.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1980, the Home Reporter and Sunset News reported, “More than 300 residents turned out to greet the Olympic torch as the runner carried it off the Verrazano Bridge into Bay Ridge on Monday morning. The runner, delayed by crowds in New Jersey, arrived at 11 a.m., a half hour behind schedule … Two sixth grade classes from P.S. 104 on Gelston Avenue witnessed the runner’s arrival in Bay Ridge with special interest. The children, who are studying the history of ancient Greece, were able to watch an old legend come to life … ‘I think the children were impressed by it,’ said Mr. E. Richman, assistant principal of P.S. 104. ‘This is a once in a lifetime type of thing and it fit in perfectly with what they’re learning in school now.’”

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Alonzo Mourning
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Seth Green
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Oscar-winning composer John Williams, who was born in 1932; “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel, who was born in 1940; “48 Hrs.” star Nick Nolte, who was born in 1941; comedian and actor Robert Klein, who was born in 1942; “The Dead Zone” star Brooke Adams, who was born in 1949; Oscar-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, who was born in 1953; L.A. Angels manager Joe Maddon, who was born in 1954; “The Firm” author John Grisham, who was born in 1955; Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, who was born in 1961; “In Plain Sight” star Mary McCormack, who was born in 1969; Basketball Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, who was born in 1970; “Family Guy” star Seth Green, who was born in 1974; “Saturday Night Live” star Cecily Strong, who was born in 1984; former Paramore bassist Jeremy Davis, who was born in 1985; and five-time NBA All-Star Klay Thompson, who was born in 1990.

Cecily Strong
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GREAT ADVENTURES: Jules Verne was born on this day in 1828. The French writer, sometimes called “the father of science fiction,” penned such classics as “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864), “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas (1870) and “Around the World in Eighty Days” (1872). He died in 1905.

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BABY, YOU’RE THE GREATEST: Audrey Meadows was born 100 years ago today. The New York City native started her career on Broadway before moving to television. She is best known for playing Bensonhurst housewife Alice Kramden on “The Honeymooners” (1955-56). She died in 1996.

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

 

Quotable:

“Fans always ask, ‘What did the bedroom look like?’ All they ever saw was Alice or Ralph going in and out.”

— “The Honeymooners” star Audrey Meadows, who was born on this day in 1922


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