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September 10: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

September 10, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1935, a Brooklyn Daily Eagle editorial said, “The annual reopening of the public school system for the Fall term took place yesterday with the weather enticing enough to make it doubly difficult for the boys and girls of the city to abandon their carefree existence out of doors for the confinement of the classroom. The judgment of the health and educational officials in starting the term on scheduled time in spite of the prevalence of infantile paralysis in recent weeks was confirmed by the report that over the weekend there was another falling off in the number of new cases to 62 as compared with a record of 147 a week ago. Furthermore, the expressed fears that parents in large numbers would keep their youngsters at home on account of the disease proved unwarranted since all but a very small proportion of the 1,170,000 children registered in elementary schools and in junior, senior, vocational and industrial high schools were in their places for the opening. The outstanding event in this borough was the opening of the huge new Brooklyn Technical High School on DeKalb Avenue, whose facilities were used only in part last spring due to the lack of equipment.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “BERLIN (U.P.) — Soviet authorities made a new assault on the Anglo-American airlift today by demanding that American Air Force headquarters provide full details of every flight along the air corridors of Berlin. American quarters said the Soviet demands raised impossible conditions. A prompt American rejection was handed to Soviet authorities, they said. The American rejection pointed out that the United States Air Force was operating and would continue to operate its aircraft according to ‘established procedures agreed upon on a four-power basis.’ The Soviet demands were contained in a formal letter delivered at the four-power air safety control center as a squadron or more of Soviet bombers maneuvered over the building. The letter said Soviet authorities wanted full information, down to the pilot’s name and exact time of takeoff, for each plane entering the air corridor. This information, the Russians said, must be given ‘not less than one hour before the takeoff to or from Berlin.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “Minus the wild publicity that served as background music for his flop in the spring, 20-year-old Mickey Mantle may be making good on his second attempt to be a New York Yankee. At least, the most heralded rookie of the 1951 season is looking more like a major-leaguer today than he ever has in the wake of a weekend during which he swatted two home runs and drove in a total of four runs to help keep the Yanks atop the American League. The reason for that might be people have taken a lot of the pressure off Mickey by cutting off the publicity blurbs that hailed him as ‘another Joe DiMaggio.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “TAIPEI, FORMOSA (U.P.) — Nationalist Chinese warplanes raided Communist positions along the China coast near Fukien today and sank or demolished 23 vessels, the Defense Ministry said. Fighter planes also plastered the Red-held port of Amoy and adjacent areas with bombs, napalm and rockets. The Navy joined in the shelling. It was the seventh straight day of air strikes against forces threatening the Nationalist-held island of Quemoy and the fifth straight day of joint air-naval action. The Defense Ministry said Communist guns had been brought ‘to almost complete silence.’ Only 70 shells were fired at Quemoy from the nearby mainland yesterday, the ministry said. A Nationalist news agency reported that more than 40 Communist warships have assembled off Chusan Island, which lies 200 miles north of the Formosan capital of Taipei. Chinatone News Agency said the Communists also had stockpiled about 7,000 rubber rafts on the island, 4,000 having been brought in recently from Dairen and Tsingto in North China. While the fighter planes were pounding Amoy today, other Nationalist aircraft streaked northward to Shanghai and southeastward to Canton and dropped propaganda leaflets on the cities. The leaflets accused the Chinese Communist regime of selling rice to Russia while their own people starved.”

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Misty Copeland
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Joe Perry
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Oscar-winning screenwriter Bo Goldman, who was born in 1932; “Feliz Navidad” singer Jose Feliciano, who was born in 1945; sprinter and Olympic gold medalist Jim Hines, who was born in 1946; author and journalist Bill O’Reilly, who was born in 1949; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Perry (Aerosmith), who was born in 1950; “Carrie” star Amy Irving, who was born in 1953; kickboxing legend Don Wilson, who was born in 1954; “Home Alone” director Chris Columbus, who was born in 1958; Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, who was born in 1960; Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, who was born in 1963; rapper and actor Big Daddy Kane, who was born in 1968; “Aladdin” director Guy Ritchie, who was born in 1968; “Cruel Intentions” star Ryan Phillippe, who was born in 1974; and ballet dancer Misty Copeland, who was born in 1982.

Guy Ritchie
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BEST WESTERN: “Gunsmoke” premiered on this day in 1955. TV’s longest-running western starred James Arness as Marshall Matt Dillon. Other regulars included Amanda Blake as saloon owner Kitty Russell; Dennis Weaver as deputy Chester B. Goode and Milburn Stone as Doc Adams. In 1962, Burt Reynolds joined the cast as Quint Asper. The last telecast was Sept. 1, 1975.

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ALIEN NATION: “The X-Files” premiered on this day in 1993. The spooky sci-fi drama starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who solved cases too weird for the bureau. The series ended in 2002 but returned for limited seasons in 2017 and 2018. It also spawned two feature-length films.

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

 

Quotable:

“More often than we realize, people see in us what we don’t see in ourselves.”

— ballet dancer Misty Copeland, who was born on this day in 1982


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