July 30: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

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ON THIS DAY IN 1941, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — President Roosevelt today asked Congress to enact legislation permitting ceilings on prices and rents in order to ward off inflation that would be disastrous to the defense effort. Wages, he said in a special message, should be regulated by cooperation between labor and industry rather than by legislative or administrative fiat. But he warned that unless ‘we act decisively and without delay’ to control already-spiraling price and rent levels, the nation faces inflation ‘and the specter of future deflation and depression.’ He said the administration has ‘sought to maintain a stable level of prices by enlisting the volunteer cooperation of business’ during the last 12 months, but that the authority to do this has been ‘indirect and circumscribed’ and further weakened by ‘evasion and bootlegging.’ In some cases, he added, the administration ‘has been openly defied.’ He said that the facts of American economy today are ‘frighteningly similar to those of the World War period.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1943, Eagle columnist Daniel Lionel wrote, “The shark menace has increased in local waters since the ban on offshore fishing has been in effect. The scavengers have been reported close to shore and the other day they came up into Jamaica Bay to ruin our weakfishing. Pleasure fishermen, whether they sailed aboard party boats or chartered cruisers, did much to keep the shark population in hand. Self-respecting party boat skippers never missed a chance to either handline a shark or pump a few well-directed shots into their carcasses. Many a tuna fisherman has hooked into sharks while trolling or chumming for tuna and thus brought another miscreant to gaff. In the course of a single season hundreds of sharks were accounted for in this way. Unless there is some action taken on the shark question, we may expect them to increase in numbers and cause a corresponding drop in the amount of fish caught in local waters.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “Alarmed by a mushrooming crime wave in a 20-block area of downtown Brooklyn, some 700 residents and businessmen of the neighborhood demanded that they be protected by the assignment of more foot patrolmen. In a plea to Mayor [Vincent] Impellitteri and Police Commissioner [George P.] Monaghan, the petitioners demanded ‘adequate police protection in the form of several patrolmen to walk the beat throughout the area and constantly keep it under surveillance.’ The petitioners charged that a lack of foot patrolmen has made the area ‘extremely unsafe for a woman or child to be out alone after dark.’ Several of the citizens emphatically underlined statistics on the soaring crime rate in the area — bounded by Flatbush and 4th Aves. and Dean, Smith and State Sts. — with notations such as ‘was robbed’ and ‘held up at State and Hoyt Sts., Feb. 11, 1953,’ next to their names.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — The Atomic Energy Commission today reported it is stockpiling H-bombs and A-bombs at a record clip under orders from President Eisenhower to keep ahead of Russia in the nuclear arms race. The AEC said in its 16th semi-annual report to Congress that it is producing atomic materials at an all-time high rate. It summed up this spring’s giant island-sinking H-bomb tests at the Bikini-Eniwetok proving ground as ‘successful.’ Noting that nuclear weapons have become battlefield arms as well as strategic city-killers, the AEC declared: ‘The nation’s atomic weapons stockpile, growing rapidly in total numbers, reflects a trend of increased variety and versatility of weapons.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include puppeteer and TV producer Sid Krofft, who was born in 1929; former Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, who was born in 1934; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy, who was born in 1936; “Diana” singer Paul Anka, who was born in 1941; former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was born in 1947; “Thirtysomething” star Ken Olin, who was born in 1954; “Designing Women” star Delta Burke, who was born in 1956; “Running Up That Hill” singer Kate Bush, who was born in 1958; “Boyz n the Hood” star Laurence Fishburne, who was born in 1961; “Friends” star Lisa Kudrow, who was born in 1963; Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, who was born in Brooklyn in 1963; “Soul Food” star Vivica A. Fox, who was born in 1964; “The Brady Bunch Movie” star Christine Taylor, who was born in 1971; Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank, who was born in 1974; Volleyball Hall of Famer Misty May-Treanor, who was born in 1977; and “Chuck” star Yvonne Strahovski, who was born in 1982.

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SHELF LIFE: Paperback books were introduced on this day in 1935. Although books bound in soft covers were first introduced in 1841 at Leipzig, Germany, by Christian Bernhard Tauchnitz, the modern paperback revolution dates to the publication of the first Penguin paperback by Sir Allen Lane in London in 1935. Penguin Number 1 was “Ariel: the life of Shelley,” by Andre Maurois.

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ELVIS IS IN THE BUILDING: Elvis Presley appeared in concert for the first time on this day in 1954. The show took place at Overton Park Orchestra Shell in Memphis. Presley was billed third and country crooner Slim Whitman was the headliner. Only 19, Elvis nervously began gyrating his leg and a legend was born.

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

 

Quotable:

“There are three things you can do in a baseball game. You can win, or you can lose, or it can rain.”

— Baseball Hall of Famer Casey Stengel, who was born on this day in 1890

 


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