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September 28: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

September 28, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1898, a Brooklyn Daily Eagle editorial said, “So far as the personnel of the Republican ticket is concerned, little or no exception can be taken to it. All of the candidates are men of excellent character and are respectively highly esteemed in the sections of the state from which they come. Colonel [Theodore] Roosevelt is too well known to render necessary extended reference to him. His ancestry is among the oldest and best in the state. He was born in New York City in 1858 and twenty-two years later graduated from Harvard University. His experience in public life has been considerable, having been a member of the Legislature, a United States civil service commissioner, president of the New York Police Board and Assistant Secretary of the Navy. His literary capacity is not meager, for he has written at least one work of historical value, his style being on a par with the vigor of his disposition. The Colonel wears glasses and his most striking physical characteristic is his teeth. He has written many articles descriptive of frontier life in the West which have contributed almost as much to his popularity as the part he played in the war.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1919, Eagle columnist Frederick Boyd Stevenson wrote, “Which shall it be, Mr. American — Americanism or Bolshevism? It must be one or the other. There is no half-way house at the crossroads branching out to the independent democracy of America and the Red rule of ruin of Russia. We all know what Americanism means. We know that it embraces all that is worth living for in the grand scheme of civilization. We all ought to know what Bolshevism means. We all ought to know that it is the philosophy of violence. And we must all bring ourselves to realize that there is only one way to combat the philosophy of violence and that is by the philosophy of justice, backed by the philosophy of action.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1935, the Eagle reported, “Brooklyn, Long Island and Jersey boatmen have finally realized that a guardian angel has been watching them for weeks. Accordingly, they have written Kenneth Behr, acting manager of Floyd Bennett Field, requesting him to try to keep the ‘angel’ from going away. The angel referred to is a twin-motored Douglass amphibian Coast Guard plane manned by Lt. Perry S. Lyons and a crew of four. The plane and crew have been at the Brooklyn airport since July 15, but no one seemingly has been aware of the fact. The plane has located lost ships, captured smugglers, removed ill persons from liners to hospitals and has just returned from the hurricane area in Florida, where it aided in locating lost communities, missing persons and dead bodies. And not a word appeared in any of the papers! This service, according to present plans, is to be discontinued Oct. 15. Word of this reached the numerous yacht clubs which have been protected by the plane and, as a result, Mr. Behr has received a large number of letters requesting him to ask Washington officials to permit the service to continue throughout the year. Interviewed at the airport yesterday, Lieutenant Lyons asked that the public be informed of the work done by the plane so that more people could avail themselves of the service.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — King George’s doctors announced today that he is making ‘steady progress’ toward recovery from his lung operation. A new medical bulletin indicated the monarch’s doctors are well satisfied with his condition. However, he will not be out of danger until the end of next week. The doctors, nevertheless, relaxed their constant vigilance. At the same time, a Council of State comprising five members of the royal family took over the King’s duties and began clearing away the accumulation of paper work backlogged since the operation. With the King apparently on the road to recovery, Princess Elizabeth, heiress to the throne, went ahead with plans to tour Canada and visit Washington with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.”

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Mira Sorvino
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Hilary Duff
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “And God Created Woman” star Brigitte Bardot, who was born in 1934; “Eight Men Out” director John Sayles, who was born in 1950; “Supreme Courtship” author Christopher Buckley, who was born in 1952; Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Largent, who was born in 1954; Dokken guitarist George Lynch, who was born in 1954; “Reality Bites” star Janeane Garofalo, who was born in 1964; Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino, who was born in 1967; “The Ring” star Naomi Watts, who was born in 1968; former N.Y. Knicks point guard Jose Calderon, who was born in 1981; basketball player Emeka Okafor, who was born in 1982; and “Lizzie McGuire” star Hilary Duff, who was born in 1987.

Janeane Garofalo
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QUEEN OF THE COURT: Alice Marble was born on this day in 1913. The California native won 18 Grand Slam tennis titles from 1936 to 1940 and was the Associated Press Athlete of the Year in 1939 and 1940. During World War II, she was a spy for U.S. intelligence and was shot in the back. In 1950, she contributed to the desegregation of tennis when she voiced support for Althea Gibson. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1964 and died in 1990.

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KING OF THE DIAMOND: On this day in 1941, Boston Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams had a batting average of .400. Rather than sit out a doubleheader to protect the milestone on the season’s last day, he played both games against the Philadelphia Athletics. He went 4-for-5 in the first game and 2-for-3 in the second to finish at .406. He is the last player to hit .400 or higher in a season.

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

 

Quotable:

“In public relations, you live with the reality that not every disaster can be made to look like a misunderstood triumph.”

— author Christopher Buckley, who was born on this day in 1952


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