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August 29: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

August 29, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1883, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “An island inhabited by some millions of people and studded with volcanoes suddenly became the theater of the most extraordinary manifestation of those activities for which science is able to give but a poor explanation. Some time ago a small volcanic island a few miles off the coast and containing a volcano was observed to be in a state of excitement. This was not an unusual occurrence, it appears, and though the wonderful phenomena were watched with intense interest, no especial alarm was felt in the main island. The glow and detonations on Krakatoa were distinctly perceptible forty-five miles distant, and a few hours later a shower of red hot rocks and ashes began to fall. The deposit increased for several hours; the water which separates the two islands was observed to be in a state of profound agitation, literally boiling or approaching that state. The bed of the strait was undoubtedly heated to a tremendous temperature, sharing the condition of Krakatoa. For 500 miles round the sea gave evidences of similar disturbances. But the sinister energy at work was traveling steadily toward Java carrying death and devastation with it.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1909, the Eagle reported, “Six new cases of infantile paralysis, the disease which many physicians of the Brownsville section of this borough have been battling with for the past two weeks, developed yesterday, and were taken to the East New York Dispensary at 68 Thatford avenue, for treatment. Physicians all over the district have attended numerous cases, which have not been taken to the dispensary, however, and, while no official report can be given, an Eagle reporter, making an investigation of the epidemic, was informed that many more cases had come to light. Since it became known that there was an epidemic among the children of residents of this section, there has been no alarming increase in the number of cases brought to the dispensary for treatment. Doctors who have been visited in their offices by persons seeking information as regards to the situation seem to be of the opinion that there are many cases among the poorer classes that have not received medical attendance because the parents did not realize the importance of having the children treated.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Eagle reported, “With the arrival in the Port of New York during the week ending yesterday of 18,691 aliens, all immigration records since long before the war were broken. Inspection of steerage passengers at Ellis Island from last Sunday up to and including yesterday numbered 12,838. Added to these were 2,600 cabin passenger aliens, making a total of 15,438 incoming aliens who have been inspected. More than 1,800 steerage passengers who came on the steamship Providence from Italy and 1,056 steerage and 397 second cabin passengers from the Baltic are yet to be inspected. These run the total arrival of aliens during the week to 18,691. A full force of inspectors will work all day today in an effort to pass the 3,253 from the Providence and the Baltic through the immigrant gates at Ellis Island.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1920, Eagle columnist Frederick Boyd Stevenson wrote, “The Rockefeller fortune is the greatest in America. It has tripled since 1911. John D. Rockefeller holds a good percentage of the shares in Standard Oil and has other holdings and properties, which bring him to first place in the multi-millionaire class. Mr. Rockefeller has been one of the most systematic and persistent planners to dispose of a large part of his millions. When he gave away $100,000,000 last year — half to the General Education Board and half to the Rockefeller Foundation – he broke the record in single philanthropic gifts in the history of the world and brought his gift total up to half a billion dollars … As an example of the methodical and business-like manner in which the Rockefeller millions are disbursed for philanthropic purposes, the conduct of the Rockefeller Foundation may be cited. There, a world war is being waged against disease — disease carried to all parts of the globe by commerce. Fighting disease can never be a success if it be confined to national boundaries. The fight must be carried on through international agencies, and so the Foundation is seeking cooperation among all nations.”

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Lea Michele
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Carl Banks
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Oscar-winning filmmaker William Friedkin, who was born in 1935; “M*A*S*H” star Elliott Gould, who was born in Brooklyn in 1938; Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Wyomia Tyus, who was born in 1945; Olympic gold-medal winning track and field athlete Bob Beamon, who was born in 1946; animal behaviorist Temple Grandin, who was born in 1947; former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who was born in 1955; Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who was born in 1957; “Risky Business” star Rebecca De Mornay, who was born in 1959; guitar wizard Tony MacAlpine, who was born in 1960; former N.Y. Giants linebacker Carl Banks, who was born in 1962; “Girlfriend” singer Pebbles, who was born in 1964; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was born in 1967; “Spy Kids” star Carla Gugino, who was born in 1971; “Glee” star Lea Michele, who was born in 1986; and former N.Y. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who was born in 1992.

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DEEP THOUGHTS: John Locke was born in England on this day in 1632. As the founder of philosophical liberalism, his ideas influenced the American colonists and were enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. He died in 1704.

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MUST-SEE TV: The final episode of “The Fugitive” aired on this day in 1967. David Janssen’s Emmy Award-winning adventure series about a wrongly convicted doctor on the run concluded in a two-part episode whose second part was the highest-rated show ever broadcast up to that time. An estimated 78 million people watched “The Judgment,” in which the one-armed man confessed and Dr. Richard Kimble was found innocent of murdering his wife. The ratings record held until 1980, when “Dallas” revealed who shot J.R.

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

 

Quotable:

“What worries you, masters you.”

— philosopher John Locke, who was born on this day in 1632


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