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July 2: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 2, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The hottest July 2 ever recorded before in New York was in 1872 and in 1876, when a temperature of 94 degrees was registered. This record was smashed at 10 o’clock this morning, at which hour the official thermometer registered 95. By 11 o’clock another degree had been clipped off, and at this time street thermometers showed even much higher temperatures. The average temperature in New York on July 2 for the last thirty years is 72 degrees. The lowest yesterday was 80. The hot spell has caused a general desire on the part of the people to get out of the city and the exodus to the country resorts is great. Crowds flocked to the parks and piers this morning in a mad desire to get a breath of fresh air and early in the day the movement toward Coney Island and Manhattan [Beach] and the Jersey beach cities began …  Insanity that is sudden and violent is one of the features of the present heated term. There have been thirteen persons taken to the Kings County Hospital since Saturday last.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1926, the Eagle reported, “Lock the front door and don’t forget to find a home for the cat. The summer travel rush is on. Those who believe the motorcar has supplanted other means of travel are advised to try to reach a ticket agent today or tomorrow. All records are broken. Surging tides are migrating to seashores and mountains in huge numbers, the password of the moment being, ‘Gimme a ticket.’ Traffic experts estimate that, before the rush from the city ends tomorrow night, between 1,500,000 and 2,000,000 persons will be off for beaches and countryside. Some, of course, will return to their desks on Tuesday morning; others will remain away for two weeks’ vacation and still others will be away for two months. The above estimate does not include motor tourists. Brooklyn shows an increase of 35 percent in the number of travelers this year over last, as registered at the consolidated ticket offices, where all railroads and boats combine at Fulton St., off Court St. The staff, augmented to summer strength, has its hands full. It is working far into the night, sometimes not being able to get things in shape for the next day’s rush until nearly midnight.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1933, the Eagle reported, “The direct benefits of the comprehensive system of through highways under construction and proposed for Long Island and financed with state and federal funds are by no means limited to the users of automobiles. Every community from the city line to Montauk Point will be benefited in a large way as a result of the extensive operations. The flood of speeding automobiles that descended upon our ordinary highway system in the last decade brought with it a plague of nuisance including noise and fumes, besides the constant threat of sudden death to the innocent bystander. The indirect benefits in the form of more economical functioning of the whole system of transportation and distribution, reducing the costs of all business and industry dependent upon the services, will be passed on to the ultimate consumer, which is to say the whole community.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Senate Democratic Leader Lyndon B. Johnson (Texas) declared today that ‘the American people will refuse to support the United Nations’ if Red China is admitted. Johnson joined Senate Republican Leader William F. Knowland (R., Cal.) in declaring opposition to what the Texas Democrat called a campaign in Communist China’s behalf ‘by the people we have considered, and still consider, friends.’ Previously a congressional leader, who declined to be identified, had said British officials in last week’s Eisenhower-Churchill talks predicted admittance of China to the UN this fall. That was why, this leader said, Knowland and Senator Pat McCarran (D., Nev.) suddenly lashed out against the idea in separate actions yesterday. Knowland declared that if the Chinese Communists get into the UN he will resign his leadership post and fight to get the United States out. McCarran introduced a resolution which would direct the president to pull this country out of the UN and all UN activities if Red China is seated.”

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Alex Morgan
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Michelle Branch
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Alice” star Polly Holliday, who was born in 1937; NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty, who was born in 1937; former White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu, who was born in 1939; Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Richard Axel, who was born in Brooklyn in 1946; “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator Larry David, who was born in Brooklyn in 1947; three-time Super Bowl champion Troy Brown, who was born in 1971; “The Game of Love” singer Michelle Branch, who was born in 1983; Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, who was born in 1984; “High School Musical” star Ashley Tisdale, who was born in 1985; two-time Women’s World Cup soccer champion Alex Morgan, who was born in 1989; and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” star Margot Robbie, who was born in 1990.

Larry David
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FOUNDERS DAY, PART 1: On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia which said “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.” This resolution prepared the way for adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4.

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FOUNDERS DAY, PART 2: The U.S. Constitution went into effect on this day in 1788. Cyrus Griffin of Virginia, the president of Congress, announced that the Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states (the ninth being New Hampshire on June 21), and a committee was appointed to make preparations for the change of government.

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

 

Quotable:

“In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.”

— U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was born on this day in 1908


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