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January 22: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

January 22, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “LONDON — The long reign of Queen Victoria is at an end. News of her death was officially announced in London at 6:55 o’clock this evening. The end came at 6:30 … The Queen is said to have bid farewell, in a feeble monosyllable, to her family, assembled at her bedside, at midday. She first recognized the Prince of Wales, to whom she spoke a few words of great moment; then Emperor William and the others present filed past and heard a whispered goodbye. All those in the bedroom were in tears … The following telegram from the Prince of Wales was received by the Lord Mayor at 7 p.m.: ‘Osborne, 6:45 p.m. — My beloved mother has just passed away, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. (Signed) Albert Edward.’ … The news of the Queen’s death spread quickly over New York. Almost as soon as the cables flashed the message across the sea, the tickers in hundreds of offices and public places were printing off the death notice. In a few minutes, flags on the big buildings began to descend to half mast. Nearly all the flags in the city were lowered out of respect to the memory of the dead Queen. On some of the buildings, British flags were run up to half mast where they dropped sadly in the still air.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1922, the Eagle reported, “ROME (A.P.) — Pope Benedict’s death occurred at 6 o’clock this morning. The end had been expected for several hours. The attending physicians, Cardinal Gasparri and other members of the Pope’s household were present at his bedside. From midnight all hope had been abandoned and at 2 o’clock Dr. Battistini announced that the pope could not live longer than four hours at the maximum … Pope Benedict XV, the 259th successor of St. Peter as supreme head of the Roman Catholic Church, began his pontificate on Sept. 6, 1914, soon after Europe entered upon its four years of war. Upon many occasions during the war he endeavored to bring the belligerent nations to a peace agreement and thus to maintain the title which had been affectionately bestowed upon him by a high dignitary of his communion as ‘a messenger God sent to bring peace.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1936, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (AP) — A shrill fanfare of trumpets, climaxing a colorful age-old pageant with modern touches, formally proclaimed Great Britain’s new flying monarch today as Edward VIII. Before a great crowd outside historic St. James’ Palace, the medieval-clad Garter King of Arms, Sir Gerald Woods Wollaston, stepped to the balcony over the Friary Court. In a firm voice he proclaimed the 41-year-old Edward King, Emperor and Defender of the Faith.  Blasts from silver trumpets rang out as Sir Gerald, a member of the Herald’s College, pronounced the resounding words: ‘God save the King!’ The throng stood silent, the battery of St. James’ Park crashed out with the first of its salute of 41 guns — one for each year of King Edward’s life. The new ruler was seen to appear momentarily at a tall window adjoining the crimson-hung balcony. Otherwise he took no part in the traditional ceremonies. The ‘faith and constant obedience’ of all his subjects was pledged to the new sovereign, confirming his succession to the throne of his late father, the 70-year-old King George V.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1955, the Eagle reported, “TAIPEI, FORMOSA (U.P.) — Nationalist China has begun the evacuation of the first 8,000 civilians and other non-combatants from Tachen Island, now threatened by an invasion fleet of 1,000 Communist warships and junks, it was reported today. There were persistent reports the 10,000-man defense garrison also would be evacuated, but all official statements said the outpost 200 miles north of Formosa [Taiwan] would be defended ‘to the last man.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “SEOUL, KOREA (UPI) — Adm. Harry D. Felt, U.S. Forces Pacific Commander, arrived yesterday for a three-day visit and said reports that Communist China has nuclear bombs are a ‘mistake.’ Felt was commenting on a statement attributed to Japanese Defense Agency Director Kenjiro Shiga that Red China now possesses two such bombs.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Carrie” star Piper Laurie, who was born in 1932; “The Galloping Gourmet” star Graham Kerr, who was born in 1934; “The New Centurions” author Joseph Wambaugh, who was born in 1937; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Perry (Journey), who was born in 1949; “Night on Earth” director Jim Jarmusch, who was born in 1953; “Exorcist” star Linda Blair, who was born in 1959; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Adler (Guns N’ Roses), who was born in 1965; producer and songwriter DJ Jazzy Jeff, who was born in 1965; “Streets of Fire” star Diane Lane, who was born in 1965; celebrity chef Guy Fieri, who was born in 1968; “The Wonder Years” star Olivia D’Abo, who was born in 1969; “7th Heaven” star Beverley Mitchell, who was born in 1981; and Evanescence co-founder Ben Moody, who was born in 1981.

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SOCK IT TO ME: “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” premiered on this day in 1968. Hosted by Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, the NBC comedy featured a talented young cast that included Dennis Allen, Chelsea Brown, Judy Carne, Ruth Buzzi, Ann Elder, Richard Dawson, Teresa Graves, Arte Johnson, Goldie Hawn, Alan Sues, Jo Anne Worley and Lily Tomlin. The show moved fast from gag to gag, with heads popping out of bushes or doors in a big wall. It brought a new energy to comedy as well as new phrases to our vocabulary (“You bet your sweet bippy,” “Sock it to me”). The last telecast was May 14, 1973.

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COURTING CONTROVERSY: On this day in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade struck down state laws restricting abortion during the first six months of pregnancy. The court overturned the decision on June 24, 2022.

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

 

Quotable:

“There’s always a price for what you want.”

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Perry, who was born on this day in 1949


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