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October 1: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 1, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1926, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Col. Archibald W.J. Pohl, president of the Granite National Bank, has been appointed to head the Red Cross’ drive in Flatbush for new members. Col. Pohl has already organized his committee. ‘The Florida hurricane disaster,’ he said, ‘has dramatized the splendid work of the Red Cross and strengthened its appeal for support. I am confident that Flatbush will, as usual, do its share when the drive is fully under way.’ The call for new members will run from Armistice Day to Thanksgiving Day.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1927, the Eagle reported, “The Yankees tuned in on victory No. 109 off the Senators by 4 to 2, Babe Ruth’s 60th circuit wallop with [Mark] Koenig on base breaking a 2-all tie and shattering Ruth’s own record of 59 home runs in a season.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “UNITED NATIONS HALL, FLUSHING (U.P.) — The United States battled toe-to-toe today with the Soviet Union in a desperate attempt to repudiate partially and indirectly the Stalin-Roosevelt secret Yalta agreement which gave the Soviet Union three votes in the United Nations. Alarmed U.N. delegates sat helplessly and almost equally divided while the two giants hurtled head-long at each other in a basic struggle over Poland’s successor on the Security Council. Many feared it may destroy the U.N. as it now exists. The United States is trying to establish the principle that neither the Ukraine nor White Russia have the same rights within the U.N. as other nations because of being an integral part of the Soviet Union. The Yalta agreement granted them an equal status with all other nations. If the U.S. wins, the Soviet Union is certain to challenge the decision with an explosion that will be heard far beyond these halls. The Soviets had more than a majority on their side as the fight entered its second day, but it was a few votes short of a needed two-thirds. The issue is: What nation shall succeed pro-Russian Poland, which has represented Eastern Europe and the Slav bloc on the Security Council for two years and has been Russia’s sole supporter in innumerable 9 to 2 votes. The Russians want the Ukraine. It is an integral part of the Soviet Union but has a separate U.N. delegation with a vote of its own.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “The eyes of the nation turned to Ebbets Field today as the Dodgers and Giants moved in for a last-ditch playoff series which will settle the National League pennant race in a best-of-three-game set. The weary, exuberant Dodgers, who were forced to fight a long uphill battle with Philadelphia to clinch a tie after leading the league for most of the season, sent Ralph Branca to the mound. Jim Hearn, third ranking Giant hurler, took over the hurling chores for the Giants, who climaxed a sensational six-week drive to erase a 13 1/2-game deficit and move into a first place tie in the last two days of the season. Long lines surrounded the park by 9 a.m., when tickets went on sale, and a capacity, howling crowd of 34,000 was a certainty by the 1:30 game time. The New York team was a slight favorite to win the series, which will shift to the Polo Grounds for the second game and a third, if necessary. Manager Chuck Dressen, heartened by the comeback yesterday when Brooklyn rallied to win in the 14th inning after the Giants knocked off Boston, wasn’t making any predictions.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who was born in 1924; Oscar-winning actress Julie Andrews, who was born in 1935; Peaches & Herb member Herb Fame, who was born in 1942; Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who was born in 1945; “Independence Day” star Randy Quaid, who was born in 1950; former N.Y. Mets pitcher Pete Falcone, who was born in Brooklyn in 1953; Shalamar singer Howard Hewett, who was born in 1955; singer-songwriter Youssou N’Dour, who was born in 1959; “NYPD Blue” star Esai Morales, who was born in 1962; baseball player Mark McGwire, who was born in 1963; “Between Two Ferns” host Zach Galifianakis, who was born in 1969; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sarah Drew, who was born in 1980; and Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson, who was born in 1989.

Jimmy Carter
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MODEL HOMES: On this day in 1947, the first residents moved into what would become Levittown, on Long Island. The community developed by William Levitt, his brother Alfred and their father Abraham started as affordable rental houses built for returning World War II veterans. In 1948 the Levitts began to sell the 800-square-foot homes for less than $8,000. By 1951, when this first community was finished, the Levitts had built 17,447 mass-produced Cape Cod and ranch homes. In 1952 they started construction on a new Levittown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they built another 17,000 houses and, beginning in 1958, they built 12,000 homes in Willingboro, N.J.

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FOR THE RECORD: N.Y. Yankees outfielder Roger Maris broke the single-season home run record on this day in 1961. Maris hit a drive over the right-field fence in Yankee Stadium for his 61st homer, passing Babe Ruth, who hit 60 in 1927. Maris’ record was broken by St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire, who hit 70 in 1998. Outfielder Aaron Judge tied Maris for the single-season Yankees record this past Wednesday.

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

 

Quotable:

“The love of liberty is a common blood that flows in our American veins.”

— former President Jimmy Carter, who was born on this day in 1924


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