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October 5: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 5, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1920, a Brooklyn Daily Eagle editorial said, “Brooklyn is the focus of the sporting world today. Before The Eagle reaches some of its readers tonight, the first contest of the World Series will have been fought and won at Ebbets Field and some line will have been given to help in figuring out the chances of the great popular sporting contest of the year. In advance of the game, the chances seem fairly even, with both teams in good condition and both managers, [Wilbert] Robinson and [Tris] Speaker, loudly proclaiming their confidence in victory. With the betting men, the odds are slightly in favor of Cleveland, the hard-hitting record of the Indians having made that impression. Against the mighty swing of Cleveland bats the Brooklyns will oppose the best string of pitchers in either league, so that the series ought to be one of the prettiest contests of skill ever offered to the public.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “PARIS (U.P.) — The United Nations Security Council, over the bitter objections of Russia, voted today by 9 to 2 to give a full public airing to the Berlin dispute. Soviet Delegate Andrei Vishinsky immediately announced that Russia will boycott the Council’s debate of the issue. Taking the floor immediately after the vote by which the Council agreed to place the Berlin crisis between the Western Powers and Russia on its agenda, Vishinsky said: ‘The Soviet delegation wishes to state that it will not participate in the deliberations of the Security Council.’ It was not immediately clear, however, whether Vishinsky actually would walk out of the Council meetings, as Soviet Delegate Andrei Gromyko did in 1946 on the Iranian issue, or would remain in the sessions but refuse to take part in the discussions. Ukrainian Delegate Dmitri Manuilski immediately made an announcement similar to Vishinsky’s. The Ukraine had been the only nation which voted with Russia against placing the Berlin question on the agenda.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Former Gov. Earl Warren of California was sworn in as the 14th Chief Justice of the United States today in a colorful Supreme Court ceremony attended by President Eisenhower. Mr. Warren was installed in the nation’s highest judicial post promptly at noon, as the high tribunal assembled for its Fall term. The court faces a heavy docket of important constitutional cases, including an historic test of racial segregation in public schools. The 62-year-old Californian arrived here by plane last night, after resigning the Governorship he had held for 11 years. He was accompanied by Mrs. Warren. She had not planned to come but changed her mind at the last minute when her husband said he ‘just wouldn’t know what to do’ if she were not here to share his big day. The eight Associate Justices of the Supreme Court were waiting for their new chief when he arrived, shortly before noon, at the white marble court building on Capitol Hill.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “HOLLYWOOD — Marilyn Monroe, red-eyed from weeping, said through her attorney today ‘there is no chance of reconciliation’ with Joe DiMaggio. She ordered her divorce suit filed immediately. Friends of the couple tried to get the nine-month-old marriage back on its feet by urging them to reconcile. But the weeping actress, near hysteria, told Jerry Giesler, her attorney, that any patch-up ‘is out of the question.’ ‘I discussed the possibility of a reconciliation with her,’ Giesler said, ‘but she said no. There is a conflict of careers and a general incompatibility. Yes, Joe has struck out.’ The former Yankee slugger remained in the couple’s rented Beverly Hills home, but Giesler said he assumed the ex-ball player planned to move to an apartment soon. The divorce suit, to be filed in nearby Santa Monica, will charge DiMaggio with the usual mental cruelty. Marilyn will not seek alimony from the currently jobless sports figure, and the couple accumulated no community property during their brief union. Michael Chekhov, Marilyn’s vocal coach, said the famous star had become ‘morose’ recently over her wedded life. He said long before their recent gay whirl of New York she confided to him that ‘Joe is a wonderful guy but we don’t have enough in common.’”

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Parminder Nagra
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Grant Hill
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller, who was born in 1943; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brian Johnson (AC/DC), who was born in 1947; baseball statistician Bill James, who was born in 1949; “Raiders of the Lost Ark” star Karen Allen, who was born in 1951; “Books of Blood” author Clive Barker, who was born in 1952; astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, who was born in 1958; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee Michael Andretti, who was born in 1962; Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, who was born in 1965; Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, who was born in 1965; “Melrose Place” star Josie Bissett, who was born in 1970; Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill, who was born in 1972; “ER” star Parminder Nagra, who was born in 1975; “Titanic” star Kate Winslet, who was born in 1975; “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg, who was born in 1983; and “Luca” star Jacob Tremblay, who was born in 2006.

Brian Johnson
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FATHER’S DAY, PART 1: Henry Chadwick was born on this day in 1824. The English-born sportswriter, historian and statistician is often referred to as the “Father of Baseball” for his contributions to the early development of the game. He is credited with creating the box score and the statistics of batting average and earned run average. He died in 1908 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938.

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FATHER’S DAY, PART 2: Robert Goddard was born on this day in 1882. Known as the “Father of the Space Age,” the Massachusetts native was largely ignored or ridiculed during his lifetime because of his dreams of rocket travel, including travel to other planets. In 1926, he launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket, paving the way for many of the innovations of later years. He died in 1945.

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

 

Quotable:

“It was not long before I was struck with the idea that baseball was just the game for a national sport for Americans.”

— statistician Henry Chadwick, who was born on this day in 1824


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