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October 21: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 21, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1845, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “A Great Match at Base Ball. — This afternoon, at 2 o’clock, the New York Base Ball Club play a match at ball with the Brooklyn Club at the Elysian Fields, Hoboken. The interest attached to this match will attract large numbers from this and the neighboring city.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1937, the Eagle reported, “Bulls and bears in Wall Street battled spiritedly for control over the price trend today. Price rallies followed declines in swift succession, giving the market for a while a distinctly uneven appearance. Late afternoon trading found bulls in the lead, with prices showing gains of fractions to a couple of points in the leaders. Some specialties were up sharply. Numerous issues displayed a disinclination to follow further on the upside, however. The weight of profit-taking combined with some additional outright liquidation forced numerous stocks to lag behind the late rise. Rails and utilities, however, were in brisk demand at higher prices and numerous industrials were up several points on the day. Steel rallied briskly late.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1942, the Eagle reported, “The state campaign for the governorship entered its decisive stage today as the major party rivals threw away the gloves and prepared to exchange heavy blows for the final ten days of actual campaigning. While Democratic supporters of Attorney General John J. Bennett Jr. fought to gain the initiative and to put Thomas E. Dewey, the Republican nominee, on the defensive on issues growing out of the war, Dewey moved to bring the anti-corruption and ‘clean government’ issue into the campaign. After accusing his Democratic opponents of lacking a constructive plan to meet the state’s wartime needs, Dewey headed for Albany, where the O’Connell-controlled Democratic machine long has been the target of his hostility. Although Dewey refrained from indicating the subject of his speech, the announcement was permitted from other sources that his address tonight would be one which all those ‘interested in clean government and a cleanup of corruption will applaud.’ Dewey’s campaign schedule has been timed so that, after tonight’s major address, he formally enters the Brooklyn campaign tomorrow night.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — Royal heralds in medieval tunics of gold and scarlet trumpeted a fanfare today, and a wide-eyed girl fidgeting on a small oak and plush throne was presented to the British Empire as its next ruler. Princess Elizabeth made her debut as heiress apparent to the throne at the ceremonious opening of a new session of Parliament. She sat at the King’s right hand. Only the heir to the throne does that on this occasion. The last to do so was the Prince of Wales, in the closing years of the reign of George V. Elizabeth, the girl who will be married a month less a day hence, still will be heiress presumptive officially. By tradition, it must never be assumed that the King and Queen will have no male issue. But as clearly as though it had been clarioned in words, the Princess, in a long-skirted gown of dusty pink crepe, was being presented today to the Empire as its future Queen, Providence willing.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “TAIPEI, FORMOSA (U.P.) — Communist Chinese frogmen attacked two small islands today near Chiang Kai-shek’s Tachen outpost 200 miles north of Formosa. One group of frogmen swam ashore at Hsiaopi Island, but further details of the operation were unavailable. The second group tried to land on Pishan Island but drew fire from Nationalist Chinese sentries and fled, leaving one frogman dead. Nationalist Chinese anti-aircraft fire also drove two Red MiG-15 fighter planes away from Tachen, northern anchor of the island chain held by the Nationalists off the China mainland.”

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Judge Judy
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The Honeymooners” star Joyce Randolph, who was born in 1924; guitarist and singer Manfred Mann, who was born in 1940; U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer and N.Y Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello, who was born in 1942; judge and TV host Judge Judy Sheindlin, who was born in Brooklyn in 1942; former N.Y. Rangers coach Mike Keenan, who was born in 1949; former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was born in 1949; Go-Go’s guitarist Charlotte Caffey, who was born in 1953; Toto co-founder Steve Lukather, who was born in 1957; former N.Y. Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, who was born in 1969; “Growing Pains” star Jeremy Miller, who was born in 1976; TV personality Kim Kardashian, who was born in 1980; Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke, who was born in 1983; and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ricky Rubio, who was born in 1990.

Joyce Randolph
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LET THERE BE LIGHT: On this day in 1879, Thomas Alva Edison demonstrated the first incandescent lamp that could be used economically for domestic purposes. This prototype, developed at Edison’s Menlo Park, N.J., laboratory, could burn for 13 1/2 hours.

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HOLLYWOOD PRINCESS: Carrie Fisher was born on this day in 1956. The actress and writer found overnight stardom as the intrepid and wisecracking Princess Leia in the 1977 film “Star Wars.” As she built an admired body of work with films like “Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and “When Harry Met Sally” (1989), she also battled bipolar disorder, substance abuse and a sometimes rocky relationship with her famous mother, Debbie Reynolds, all inspirations for later works: her semi-autobiographical novel “Postcards from the Edge” and the memoirs “Wishful Drinking” and “Shockaholic.” She died in 2016.

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

 

Quotable:

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”

— actress and author Carrie Fisher, who was born on this day in 1956


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