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April 13: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

April 13, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — President Harry S. Truman took up the burden of the world’s most powerful office today with a pledge to win the war which Franklin D. Roosevelt’s leadership had carried to the verge of victory. Shocked as all others by news of Mr. Roosevelt’s death, Mr. Truman spoke his promise to the world a few minutes after taking the oath of office last night. ‘The world may be sure,’ he said, ‘that we will prosecute the war on both fronts, east and west, with all the vigor we possess to a successful conclusion.’ Conferences with army and navy leaders are understood to be high on the new President’s list today. The new President took the oath of office at 7:08 last night. Mr. Roosevelt, at 63, had served 12 years, 1 month and 8 days in the office whose cruel exactions killed him, but also stimulated his desire to stay on. No other man had served more than eight years.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “Mayor [William] O’Dwyer last night set in motion the complicated machinery by which he hopes to have every one of the city’s 7,835,000 persons vaccinated against smallpox within the next three weeks. At an extraordinary press conference in City Hall, following a special meeting of his entire cabinet, the Mayor referred to the second death from the disease earlier in the day and declared: ‘There is a danger. The time has come as a health measure to urge everyone to be immunized against smallpox by vaccination. Since we’re fighting a hidden enemy, there is no way to win but to immunize everybody.’ An hour later, Police Commissioner Wallender called a special meeting of all division inspectors and precinct captains to outline plans for mobilizing members of the now-defunct civilian defense organization in a house-to-house campaign to urge everyone who has not been vaccinated in the last five to seven years to have the treatment. Mr. O’Dwyer said vaccinations will be given free at regular Health Department stations, city hospitals and baby health stations. Starting Wednesday, he added, free vaccinations also will be given at every police station from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily, and as soon as supplies and manpower are available, immunization will be provided at each of the 383 fire houses in the five boroughs.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “Jackie Robinson got his first hit as a big leaguer and batted in a run at Ebbets Field yesterday, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Yankees. The Dodgers couldn’t score again and were held to four hits, all told. The American Leaguers easily won, 8 to 1, and went one up in the exhibition series. The final will be played today and Brooklyn must win to halve the eight-game set.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Senate Majority Leader Scott W. Lucas said today the Senate must decide soon whether more American troops should be sent to Europe to back up the Atlantic Treaty. Lucas did not say specifically that the administration should ask an increase in troop strength for U.S. garrisons in Europe. However, such a possibility was raised recently by Secretary of the Army Kenneth C. Royall. And Secretary of State Dean Acheson yesterday listed ‘manpower’ as one of the ‘general obligations’ for mutual aid stemming from the defense treaty.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “BERLIN (UPI) — Thousands of Good Friday pilgrims flocked to the Communist wall dividing Berlin in an attempt to see or wave to their relatives imprisoned behind the barrier. A record throng of West Germans flowed into the city by rail, highway and air in the hope of meeting families and friends in Communist East Berlin. West Berliners are not permitted to enter East Berlin, but West Germans are. Residents of West Berlin stood in silent groups along the concrete and barbed wire barrier. They hoped to catch a glimpse of parents, brothers or sisters on the other side of the wall and at least greet them with a wave. Authorities expected more than 100,000 visitors would crowd into West Berlin during Easter weekend. Virtually all the city’s hotels and rooming houses were full, and homeowners offered space to the visitors.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Goodfellas” star Paul Sorvino, who was born in Brooklyn in 1939; geneticist and Nobel laureate Michael Stuart Brown, who was born in Brooklyn in 1941; “Leave It to Beaver” star Tony Dow, who was born in 1945; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Al Green, who was born in 1946; “Beauty and the Beast” star Ron Perlman, who was born in 1950; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Max Weinberg (E Street Band), who was born in 1951; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Destri (Blondie), who was born in Brooklyn in 1954; “Miami Vice” star Saundra Santiago, who was born in 1957; “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” star Caroline Rhea, who was born in 1964; “NYPD Blue” star Ricky Schroeder, who was born in Brooklyn in 1970; “Girls” star Allison Williams, who was born in 1988; and “Matilda the Musical” star Brooklyn Nelson, who was born in 2004.

Paul Sorvino
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FOUNDER’S DAY: Thomas Jefferson was born on this day in 1743. The Virginia native co-wrote the Declaration of Independence (1776), served as vice president to John Adams (1797-1801), and was the third president of the U.S. (1801-1809). He also founded the University of Virginia. He and Adams both died on July 4, 1826, 50 years to the day after the Declaration was adopted.

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MEET THE MET: The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on this day in 1870. Located at 1000 Fifth Ave. on the east side of Central Park, it is the largest museum in the U.S. In 2019, it hosted 6.5 million visitors.

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

 

Quotable:

“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House — with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

— President John F. Kennedy to a roomful of Nobel Prize winners, April 1962

 


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