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October 25: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 25, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1925, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported,  “Police Commissioner [Richard] Enright last night announced the establishment at Manhattan Police Headquarters of a new Crime Bureau to make a scientific analysis of all evidence. The Bureau will have the use of the city’s laboratory and the services of specialists in pathology, toxicology, chemistry, ballistics, criminology and chirography. Capt. John A. Golden, commander of the Bureau of Identification, will be in charge. Fingerprints, blood stains and marks of identification on clothing, furniture and movable objects will be examined by the staff of the Bureau, instead of by precinct detectives. Commissioner Enright said he planned the Bureau after his European trip and study of police methods in 1923. ‘We have now placed ourselves on a scientific plane equal if not superior to any police force,’ he said. ‘The result of the work of this Bureau is bound to be a reduction in the number of unsolved murder cases and a much desired increase in the number of convictions for homicide. It will also solve many other mysteries.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1934, the Eagle reported, “King Tut’s tomb, which according to Egyptian legend and tradition casts a spell of ill fortune on all who violate its sacred precincts, will visit bad luck on hundreds, perhaps thousands, this Winter if any credence can be placed in the age-old superstition … This is so because practically all who have signified their intention of going along on the cruise to the Mediterranean and the Holy Land this Winter aboard Samaria (Cunard White Star) have signed up for the special land trip to be made to the old Pharaoh’s resting place … Besides this tomb these bold ones will also penetrate the great Temple of Karnak, the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings and Queens, and Luxor.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1942, the Eagle reported, “Thomas E. Dewey, Republican nominee for governor, yesterday complimented New York women for their part in the war effort and, predicting the election of the GOP ticket, promised a more important role for them in the state government at Albany. ‘In the administration which takes office on Jan. 1,’ he declared at a women’s reception in the Hotel Pennsylvania, Manhattan, ‘I expect that women will take a more important part than ever before in the history  of New York State.’ The candidate’s speech was made late in the day after a campaign tour of Staten Island, where he omitted a set address and limited his activities to greeting party leaders and campaign supporters.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “Another straw in the inflationary wind blowing up college tuition fees is the announcement by Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., that it will increase its annual tuition fee from $600 to $650. This announcement followed similar ones by other centers of collegiate education. Dr. Victor L. Butterfield, Wesleyan president, explained that rising costs have made increases necessary for most independent colleges in the past five years. He pointed out that since 1941, Wesleyan’s annual expenditure per student has doubled — from $1,000 to $2,200 — while the cost to the student has gone up only one-third. The last tuition increase was made in 1947-48. It was from $500 to $600.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1962, the Eagle reported, “MOSCOW (U.P.I.) — Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev called today for a summit meeting to help settle the Cuban blockade crisis to prevent it from growing into a nuclear war. The official Soviet Tass news agency quoted him as saying in reply to a telegram from British philosopher and pacifist Lord Bertrand Russell that the Soviet Union ‘will make no rash decisions’ as a result of the Cuban crisis. But he also was quoted as saying that if the United States government ‘carries out its planned program of piratical action, then of course, we shall have to make use of the means of defense against the aggressor; we have no other way out.’ The Soviet premier said Moscow will ‘not let itself be provoked by the unjustified actions’ of the United States. He obviously referred to Washington’s decision to halt all further shipments of offensive arms to Cuba and its demand that present nuclear capable missile bases there be dismantled. ‘We will do everything which depends on us to prevent the launching of a war,’ Khrushchev said.”

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Ciara
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Katy Perry
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Happy Days” star Marion Ross, who was born in 1928; Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, who was born in 1935; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jon Anderson (Yes), who was born in 1944; political consultant James Carville, who was born in 1944; Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton, who was born in 1947; Basketball Hall of Famer Dave Cowens, who was born in 1948; Basketball Hall of Famer Dan Issel, who was born in 1948; hockey player and Olympic gold medalist Mike Eruzione, who was born in 1954; “The Simpsons” star Nancy Cartwright, who was born in 1957; “Square Pegs” star Tracy Nelson, who was born in 1963; “Spin City” star Michael Boatman, who was born in 1964; actress and TV host Samantha Bee, who was born in 1969; “The Equalizer” star Adam Goldberg, who was born in 1970; Baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who was born in 1971; “Firework” singer Katy Perry, who was born in 1984; and “Level Up” singer Ciara, who was born in 1985.

Marion Ross
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STROKES OF GENIUS: Pablo Picasso was born on this day in 1881. Called by many the greatest artist of the 20th century, the Spanish painter, sculptor and engraver is said to have commented once: “I am only a public entertainer who has understood his time.” He died in 1973.

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FED-XX: The first female FBI agents completed training at Quantico, Va., on this day in 1972. The new agents, Susan Lynn Roley and Joanne E. Pierce, graduated from the 14-week course with a group of 45 men.

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

 

Quotable:

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”

— artist Pablo Picasso, who was born on this day in 1881


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