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September 8: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

September 8, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1907, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The spread of infantile spinal paralysis, one of the most serious diseases of children, which has been causing much anxiety to the physicians of the New York Society for the Ruptured and Crippled in Manhattan, and likewise throughout the state and in Pennsylvania, has extended to Brooklyn and surrounding districts and several cases have been reported by physicians in the various boroughs during the past few days. The disease, which baffles physicians in its treatment and of which very little is known, has extended even as far as Jamaica, and Brooklyn physicians are giving the matter considerable attention. Of such moment and of so vital importance is the question considered, that at the next meeting of the Pediatric Society, made up of very prominent physicians who specialize in diseases of children, it is very probable that infantile spinal paralysis will be thoroughly discussed and efforts projected which may lead to its scientific consideration from a bacteriological standpoint.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1918, the Eagle reported, “Something absolutely new under the baseball sun is to have a pitcher lead his team in batting in runs. This is what happened on the Boston American League club this year, George Herman Ruth knocking in more tallies than any of his associates on the combination that is now clashing with the Cubs. The Babe hammered home 64, wrecking many a ball game and causing anguish to at least seven managers and possibly seventy pitchers. How many tallies Ruth would have driven in had he been allowed to hit the ball when he wanted to, no one knows — he must have been passed at least fifty times on purpose. Of the 64 runs driven in by Ruth during 1918, 57 came over the pan on solid blows, five on infield outs and two on sacrifice flies. One of the runs resulting from an aerial sacrifice by the man who practically batted the Red Sox to the championship was tallied by an athlete who was on second when the fly ball was caught. Frank Gilhooley of the Yankees made the catch and Everett Scott made the run.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON, SEPT. 7 (U.P.) — The navy, heralding a new era in sea warfare, revealed tonight that two new warships will be equipped to fire guided missiles. A guarded official statement hinted that the first of the Atomic Age dreadnoughts — the 45,000-ton battleship Kentucky and the 27,000-ton battle cruiser Hawaii – were also being designed to withstand an atomic bomb attack. It said the designs were based on ‘war experience, the development of new weapons and the results of Operation Crossroads.’ The navy compared the advent of its first guided missile warships with the development nearly 25 years ago of the aircraft carrier. Vice Admiral E.L. Cochrane, chief of the bureau of ships, said navy experiments with guided missiles always contemplated shipboard installation. But design changes, he said, were handicapped until the navy had made more progress in the development of the missiles themselves. But progress has been ‘relatively rapid,’ he added.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “Brooklyn Republican Leader John R. Crews is slated to be in the forefront of a last-ditch effort to persuade Governor [Thomas] Dewey to change his decision not to run for a fourth term. While the 52-year-old governor’s announcement last night that he would not be a candidate for re-election — or for any office — this year was considered by many political observers as his ‘last word,’ it is not expected to halt an incipient effort to draft him. Crews, head of the biggest GOP organization in the state, is expected to push any measures possible to alter the governor’s decision — even, as a last resort, ‘threatening’ to press for Dewey’s actual nomination, despite his announcement, at the Republican state convention. With Dewey and his ‘heir apparent,’ Senator Irving M. Ives, on hand, the GOP State Executive Committee meets later today at the Hotel Roosevelt to discuss strategy for the gubernatorial campaign.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn in 1941; civil rights activist Ruby Bridges, who was born in 1954; Dokken drummer Mick Brown, who was born in 1956; Basketball Hall of Famer Maurice Cheeks, who was born in 1956; ’Til Tuesday singer Aimee Mann, who was born in 1960; New Pornographers singer Neko Case, who was born in 1970; former N.Y. Knicks guard Latrell Sprewell, who was born in 1970; “Scream” star David Arquette, who was born in 1971; political commentator Kennedy, who was born in 1972; “Menace II Society” star Larenz Tate, who was born in 1975; “Just Give Me a Reason” singer Pink, who was born in 1979; “Home Improvement” star Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who was born in 1981; rapper and actor Wiz Khalifa, who was born in 1987; and “Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo.

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HAIL CAESAR: Sid Caesar was born 100 years ago today. The Yonkers native was an intelligent and provocative innovator of the TV comedy-variety show and was known for his witty monologues, skits and spoofs. His “Your Show of Shows,” which launched writers Carl Reiner, Woody Allen and Mel Brooks, established him as a master comedian. He died in 2014.

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FRONTIER DAYS: “Star Trek” premiered on this day in 1966. Although the science fiction show lasted only three seasons, it has remained enormously popular through syndication reruns. It has been given new life through numerous motion pictures, a cartoon TV series and popular spin-off series such as “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Enterprise.” It has consistently ranked among the biggest titles in the motion picture, television, home video and licensing divisions of Paramount Pictures.

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

 

Quotable:

“The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.”

— comedian Sid Caesar, who was born on this day in 1922


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