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October 14: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 14, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1928, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Strike up the band! This week, to the accompaniment of red fire, fine oratory and the blare of trumpets, the campaigns of the candidates on the Democratic and Republican State tickets will get under way in the upstate counties. Tuesday morning Atty. Gen. Albert Ottinger, after his notification ceremony at the Hotel Astor the night before, will go aboard the four cars reserved for him on the rear of the Buffalo express bound for the cities above the Bronx that he hopes will live up to their reputation this year of being decidedly Republican. Wednesday morning, Franklin D. Roosevelt, traveling by train the first day, by motor thereafter, will invade the Republican belt in the southern tier of counties, hammering away at the Republican majorities in the rural sections where sentiment for Ottinger has never reached the boiling point. Both candidates will be mindful of the fact that they are running in a presidential year and that the Empire State is essentially Republican. To Ottinger, this will be an advantage; to Roosevelt, a disadvantage.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Beginning today, new government credit curbs will make it harder to buy automobiles, television sets and dozens of other consumer items on time. In an anti-inflation move announced last night, the Federal Reserve Board tightened the credit curbs issued last month, to require bigger down payments on many items and shorter periods to pay off the balance of the purchase price. Here are the new installment buying requirements: 1. Automobiles — A one-third down payment — the same as before — but 15 months instead of 21 to pay off the balance; 2. Home appliances — 25 percent down payment instead of 15 percent, and the maximum payment period cut from 18 to 15 months; 3. Furniture and rugs — The down payment will be 15 percent instead of 10 and the balance must be paid off in 15 months rather than 18; 4. Unclassified loans — Must be paid off in 15 months instead of 18. The Veterans Administration meantime loosened some of its new housing credit restrictions to give needy World War II veterans up to 30 years to repay mortgage loans. The VA said earlier that it would permit a maximum repayment period of only 25 years, but the agency agreed to approve terms up to 30 years if they are necessary to help the veteran meet monthly payments.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “Housewives were urged yesterday to build up a stockpile of food against the day when an atomic bomb might interrupt their normal supply. Lt. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, director of the New York State Civil Defense Commission, said every household in possible atomic bomb target areas should augment its present food stocks with a reserve supply for ‘four to five’ days. He said this reserve supply, including beverages, should be on hand ‘because an atomic attack probably would interrupt electricity, gas, water and transportation services.’ ‘Thousands of persons would be homeless and without their own food,’ Huebner said, ‘but those whose homes are not destroyed will be able to feed themselves if they follow the State CD plan and have adequate home food reserves.’ Huebner said he has issued a directive to local CD directors, urging them to encourage families to utilize this State CD food plan. He emphasized that the plan did not mean that hoarding should be practiced.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, an Eagle editorial said, “Harris J. Klein, outspoken Brooklyn member of the Transit Authority, has proposed that timetables giving the schedule of subway trains between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. be posted in every station. This is the period when the trains are operated on a reduced schedule. We think it is a splendid idea. As Mr. Klein points out, there has been a sharp increase in crime on deserted subway platforms. It follows that if riders had advance information on the arrival of trains, they could avoid the long and sometimes dangerous waiting period. We hope the full Authority will adopt this measure immediately as a public service. The suggestion is typical of Mr. Klein’s sincere interest in the welfare of the traveling public.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include fashion designer Ralph Lauren, who was born in 1939; former N.Y. Mets outfielder Art Shamsky, who was born in 1941; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), who was born in 1946; former National League batting champion Al Oliver, who was born in 1946; biotechnologist Craig Venter, who was born in 1946; World Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel, who was born in 1956; “Point Break” star Lori Petty, who was born in 1963; former N.Y. Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was born in 1964; sports commentator Stephen A. Smith, who was born in 1967; The Chicks singer Natalie Maines, who was born in 1974; singer-songwriter Usher, who was born in 1978; wrestler and actress Stacy Keibler, who was born in 1979; and “Girl Meets World” star Rowan Blanchard, who was born in 2001.

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A BORN LEADER: Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on this day in 1890. Nicknamed “Ike,” the Texas native was supreme commander of the Allied forces in western Europe during World War II. He then served two terms as president of the U.S. from 1953 to 1961. His popular presidency coincided with a postwar boom of prosperity and optimism. He died in 1969.

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A MAN OF PEACE: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on this day in 1964. King was the youngest recipient up to that time and donated his prize money ($54,000) toward furthering the efforts of the civil rights movement.

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

 

Quotable:

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was born on this day in 1890


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