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November 14: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

November 14, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1929, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The bullish forces in the stock market turned on the bears with all the forces at their command today and staged a brilliant rally. Wide advances were scattered all over the list. The active retreat of the bears, inspired by a combination of Federal Government, big banking and Exchange authorities, was a large factor in the upward swing. But widespread buying from all sorts of sources was large also. Some of the stocks which had opened up widely settled down somewhat while others pointed still higher. U.S. Steel, a market leader, which had started at 155, was up to 159 at noon. General Electric, on the other hand, was down 3 from an opening at 187, which was up 16. Standard Oil of New Jersey, which started 8 points up at 59, dropped back several. American Telephone, on the other hand, continued to advance to 211. Trading was on a big scale with the ticker nearly an hour late at midday, with only an hour to go. Sales in the first two hours totaled 3,885,000 shares.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1931, the Eagle reported, “LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Governor [Harvey] Parnell has appointed Mrs. Hattie Caraway to the United States Senate to succeed her husband, Thaddeus H. Caraway. The Governor has also made it known that he will ask the State Democratic Committee to nominate her to fill the unexpired term ending in 1933. The committee meets Dec. 1. Mrs. Caraway is said to be willing to accept the appointment. Mrs. Caraway will be the second woman to occupy a seat in the Senate. In 1922 Mrs. Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia served a courtesy appointment for two days.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “LONDON, NOV. 13 (U.P.) — An empire paced the floor today, awaiting the birth of the prince or princess who will become second in line to its great throne. The baby, that of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is expected this weekend. Buckingham Palace remained officially silent on the imminence of the birth, but the King and Queen canceled all weekend engagements and remained at the palace. The royal household was alerted and placed under the ‘command’ of Nurse Helen Rowe, the registered midwife who will attend the birth. Sir William Gilliatt, Elizabeth’s physician, was standing by, awaiting the summons to the palace to deliver the baby … British Broadcasting Corporation technicians stood by at the palace, ready to flash to the world the news that also will travel by telephone, cable, field gun and church bell.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1962, the Eagle reported, “A Transit Authority official said yesterday that the TA campaign for more courtesy in the subways is paying off at the turnstiles. Sylvester V. Pointkowski, the TA public relations chief, spoke at the final day of the two-day meeting of the New York State Motorbus Association in Manhattan. Pointkowski said trying to lure new straphangers can be pointless if they are driven away in disgust by pokes in the ribs and jabs in the stomach from other passengers. He said the courtesy campaign also has produced generally more comfortable riding conditions for the regular customers. The public relations chief said 1,400,000 work-bound passengers are jammed into the subways during the morning rush hour, and the same 1,400,000 climb back down into the catacombs for the weary homeward ride at night. Under these trying conditions, he said, it isn’t surprising that a minority of the straphangers fail to show uniform good courtesy. But Pointkowski said that since the TA began its courtesy drive, it has received many letters from passengers telling of examples of thoughtfulness and courtesy they had not seen before. He said he is convinced the courtesy campaign helped increase TA revenue, a must if the 15-cent fare is to be retained.”

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Francisco Lindor
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Condoleezza Rice
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise, who was born in 1933; “House of Cards” author Michael Dobbs, who was born in 1948; King Charles III, who was born in 1948; Styx guitarist James Young, who was born in 1949; “The Simpsons” star Maggie Roswell, who was born in 1952; former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was born in 1954; composer and music producer Yanni, who was born in 1954; Basketball Hall of Famer Jack Sikma, who was born in 1955; “The Cutting Edge” star D. B. Sweeney, who was born in 1961; “Just Shoot Me!” star Laura San Giacomo, who was born in 1962; “The Tick” star Patrick Warburton, who was born in 1964; 2001 World Series MVP Curt Schilling, who was born in 1966; Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, who was born in 1975; former “Saturday Night Live” star Vanessa Bayer, who was born in 1981; and N.Y. Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor, who was born in 1993.

King Charles III
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GETTIN’ IN TOON: William Steig was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1907. The prolific cartoonist, satirist and illustrator wrote more than 25 books for children, including “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” “Abel’s Island” and “Shrek,” the basis for a series of animated films. He was also known for his work in the New Yorker. He died in 2003.

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BLONDE AMBITION: Veronica Lake was born in Brooklyn 100 years ago today. Lake was known for her femme fatale roles in 1940s film noirs and for her peek-a-boo hairstyle. She also inspired the animated character Jessica Rabbit in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” (1988) and Kim Basinger’s character Lynn Bracken in “L.A. Confidential” (1997). She died in 1973.

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

 

Quotable:

“The day has come when it’s not a surprise that a woman has a powerful position.”

— former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who was born on this day in 1954


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