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October 9: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 9, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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9ON THIS DAY IN 1927, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The New York Yankees are baseball champions of the world today by virtue of the fact that they won four games from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a row — and because in yesterday’s battle, the last of the series, John Miljus inserted a wild pitch into the ninth inning with the bases loaded with Yankee ball players. The score of the fourth game was 4 to 3. And it was just about as hectic and wild a bit of athletic drama as one could want to see. They made baseball, it seems, for this … ‘I can’t blame Miljus a mite for the wild pitch that lost the game,’ [Pirates] Manager Donie Bush said. ‘It was just the final break. Johnnie Gooch has caught worse balls in his career, although that was a very bad pitch, but the series is over and I must give credit to the Yankees as one of the finest clubs in the history of baseball.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1939, the Eagle reported, “MOSCOW (A.P.) — Soviet Russia threw her weight behind Adolf Hitler’s peace gestures today in an editorial in the government newspaper Izvestia, accusing Great Britain and France of ‘returning to the Middle Ages’ for waging war to ‘exterminate Hitlerism.’ At the same time, it was announced Premier-Foreign Commissar Vyacheslav Molotov had reached a quick decision last night with leaders of a German trade delegation. The delegation arrived only yesterday to expedite stimulated trade between Russia and Germany under the recent formal trade and credit agreements between the Nazi-Communist partners. It was not specified what goods were involved. Besides the German delegation, Russia was host to the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Lithuania and expected a third diplomat, former Premier Juhu Kusti Paasikiri of Finland, tonight or tomorrow as she pushed forward her bargain-driving campaign on Russian frontiers from the Gulf of Finland to the Black Sea.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “Mayor [Fiorello] LaGuardia will lead 10,000 city employees up 5th Ave., Manhattan, in one of the biggest Columbus Day parades ever staged in this city. More than 50,000 are expected to be in the marching line, which will start at 44th St. at 1 p.m. and continue to 84th St. Most of the civil service workers in the parade will be members of the various uniformed services. They will include an estimated 4,000 Department of Sanitation workers, 2,500 policemen, 1,500 firemen and 1,000 Board of Transportation employees. Prominent in the youth group will be students from Lafayette High School.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “LAS VEGAS, NEV. (U.P.) — Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Gordon Dean says America must do everything within its industrial and scientific power to stay ahead of Russia in the atomic weapons race. Dean toured the AEC’s nearby Frenchman Flat atomic proving ground yesterday and pronounced the site ready for the nation’s first atomic war games, scheduled to start soon. The AEC chairman refused to answer direct questions on whether he believed the United States still was the leader in the atomic armaments race in view of the recent atomic blast in Russia. Dean said he could not disclose how much this country knows of Russia’s progress in the atomic weapons field, but he added, ‘We must maintain our present pace and we must stay ahead of them.’ He said he had heard nothing about reports that President Truman might come here to observe the forthcoming combat maneuvers with atomic weapons. The tests are expected to start within a few days on the desert 65 miles north of here, and troops have been brought into the area to participate in them.”

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Sean Lennon
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Henry V” star Brian Blessed, who was born in 1936; former N.Y. Yankees first baseman Joe Pepitone, who was born in Brooklyn in 1940; singer-songwriter Nona Hendryx, who was born in 1944; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne, who was born in 1948; TV personality Sharon Osbourne, who was born in 1952; “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub, who was born in 1953; “Quantum Leap” star Scott Bakula, who was born in 1954; “Seinfeld” star John O’Hurley, who was born in 1954; “Little House on the Prairie” star Linwood Boomer, who was born in 1955; Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary, who was born in 1958; Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who was born in 1964; singer-songwriter Sean Lennon, who was born in 1975; and model Bella Hadid, who was born in 1996.

Tony Shalhoub
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GREEN DAY: The first PGA championship began on this day in 1916 at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y. The trophy and the lion’s share of the $2,580 purse were won by British golfer Jim Barnes. Barnes also won the second competition — not held until 1919 because of World War I. In 1921, co-founder Walter Hagen became the first American to win, a feat he accomplished four more times, from 1924-27.

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THEY SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY: John Lennon was born on this day in 1940. The Liverpool native co-founded the Beatles, the sensationally popular band that took the world by storm in the 1960s. He embarked on a successful solo career in the 1970s and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a Beatle and as a solo artist. He was murdered outside his Manhattan apartment building on Dec. 8, 1980.

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

 

Quotable:

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Lennon, who was born on this day in 1940


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