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June 9: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 9, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1882, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Yesterday’s racing at Jerome Park was not a great success, although two of the greatest stakes of the meeting, the Belmont stakes for three-year-olds and the Westchester cup, were to be disposed of. The attendance was not large, it being known that there would be only three contestants in the Belmont and that Thora would probably walk over the course for the cup. … The betting was lively enough on the first, fourth and fifth events of the day, but nothing was done about the other two. … The Belmont stakes, for three-year-olds, one and a half miles, had thirty-four names gazetted on the card, and but three came to the post. … The Belmont stake was established in 1867, the year after racing began at Jerome Park.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1939, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — King George VI and Queen Elizabeth shook hands today with members of Congress under the dome of the Capitol Building which British redcoats half destroyed 125 years ago. Their firm handclasps capped a pledge of Anglo-American friendship toasted by the King and President Roosevelt last night. In addition to those toasts, President Roosevelt revealed today at his press conference that he had reviewed the international situation in general terms with the King. He did not specify what was discussed but said it was such a talk as any two persons might have in such strenuous days. Lacking only a few last-ditch Irish-blooded members and a scattering of other dissenters, most of the 96 United States senators and 435 United States representatives turned out for the hand-shaking ceremonies. The day was another typical Washington scorcher. Before it ended, there was no doubt the British couple, accustomed to damp and chilly English summers, would welcome their one brief respite in a grueling day of official functions — a cooling yacht trip with President and Mrs. Roosevelt down the broad Potomac River to Mt. Vernon. There the King will place a wreath at the tomb of George Washington, who led the Revolution against an earlier King George.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1939, the Eagle reported, “Socony-Vacuum Oil Company and Standard Oil Company of New Jersey announced this morning an advance of 1-10 of a cent per gallon, effective immediately, for all grades of gasoline in tank car lots. The advance applies to New York State, with the exception of the western part of the state, and in New England territory. Other companies are expected to follow the advances in the near future. At the same time, Sinclair Refining Company announced that effective June 14 it will advance gasoline prices for tank wagon deliveries throughout the 42 states in which it operates. The advance, the company announcement stated, will amount to 1/2 cent per gallon. H.F. Sinclair, in making the announcement, referred to the increase as a step toward the correction of a price situation that has been getting steadily worse for a long time. ‘In the past 18 months the gross revenue from a barrel of crude oil has declined more than 50 cents,’ Sinclair said. ‘This situation prompted me three weeks ago to say that the price of products must go up or the price of raw material must go down. Better product prices should help to avoid a reduction in the price of crude oil, which would bring about a downward cycle imposing increased hardship upon oil producers in particular, but ultimately on everybody.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, Eagle film critic Julian Fox wrote, “Those who, for one reason or another, couldn’t quite make it to London for the coronation last week, can do almost as well by going to the Guild Theater to see ‘A Queen Is Crowned,’ J. Arthur Rank’s ‘Technicolor film record’ of the historic rite. Having already qualified as a second-hand expert on the coronation by keeping my ear glued to the radio early in the morning and my eyes fixed on the television set late in the evening, I can report that this documentary film far surpasses every other medium that has reported the event.”

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Gloria Reuben
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Natalie Portman
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Basketball Hall of Famer and sportscaster Dick Vitale, who was born in 1939; Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard, who was born in 1951; 1978 National League MVP Dave Parker, who was born in 1951; “Scarpetta” author Patricia Cornwell, who was born in 1956; “Back to the Future” star Michael J. Fox, who was born in 1961; “The West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, who was born in 1961; “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Johnny Depp, who was born in 1963; “ER” star Gloria Reuben, who was born in 1964; former Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi, who was born in 1973; Olympic gold medal-winning soccer player Heather Mitts, who was born in 1978; Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, who was born in 1981; former NBA point guard Sebastian Telfair, who was born in Brooklyn in 1985; and “Valley Girl” star Mae Whitman, who was born in 1988.

Michael J. Fox
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CENTER STAGE: Cole Porter was born on this day in 1891. His career as a composer and lyricist for Broadway was launched in 1928 when five of this songs were used in the musical play “Let’s Do It.” His prolific contributions to the Broadway stage include “Fifty Million Frenchmen,” “Wake Up and Dream,” “The Gay Divorcee,” “Anything Goes,” Leave It to Me,” “Du Barry Was a Lady” and “Kiss Me Kate.” He died in 1964.

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FOR THE RECORD: Les Paul was born on this day in 1915. The legendary American musician designed one of the first solid-body electric guitars. Though best known for the guitars that bear his name, Paul also made groundbreaking contributions in guitar effects and recording techniques, such as multitrack recording. He died in 2009.

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

 

Quotable:

“To this day, no one has come up with a set of rules for originality. There aren’t any.”

— guitar legend Les Paul, who was born on this day in 1915


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