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January 26: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

January 26, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “A proposal that the government establish a Central Bureau of Information, to be operated under the Department of Justice and not by the State, War or Navy Departments, was made by Victor L. Anfuso, prominent Brooklyn civic leader and founder of the Italian Board of Guardians, at a dinner in his honor last night in the Ambassador Hotel, Park Ave. and 51st St., Manhattan. The event was sponsored by the Regular Veterans Association of the United States. Mr. Anfuso suggested that the Central Bureau of Information operate like the FBI, except that the CBI would be concerned only with foreign intelligence. He warned that to set up such a bureau under the Secretaries of State, War and Navy might become dangerous and involved for our government. It may involve the State Department in the intrigues of undercover agents which would lower the dignity and ethical standards of the department. To leave it under the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Army and Navy is all right during a war, but certainly not in peace time. He said that to prevent another war, we must know what is really behind international agreements and protocols. Mr. Anfuso, who served with the Office of Strategic Services during the war, received at the dinner a merit medal for distinguished service.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “Three Brooklyn gas companies were feeding all their surplus fuel into mains of the Brooklyn Borough Gas Company in the southern section of the borough today in an effort to avert further curtailment of service by the stricken utility, which by last night had shut off gas-heating lines to 1,275 homes. Despite the supplemental supplies from Consolidated Edison, Brooklyn Union Gas Company and Kings County Lighting Company, a spokesman for the Brooklyn Borough Company said more homes in the Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Kings Highway and Marine Park areas may be deprived of gas for heating today. Gas company crews started out yesterday about 8 a.m. and began shutting off heating systems without any warning. Most of those affected were veterans and their families in two housing projects — the Marine Park development, housing 840 families, and the Manhattan Beach project, where about 300 were deprived of heat. Cooking supplies were not affected, and in most of the frigid homes kitchen ovens were turned on to furnish some warmth … Early today the company had announced another 1,100 homes would be cut off from heating gas supplies, starting at 8 a.m., but an hour before the deadline another announcement said the plan had been held up until later, because significant pressure had been built up during the night to maintain the curtailed service this morning. It was possible, the spokesman said, that no more lines will be shut off, but ‘that depends on how much gas is conserved by other consumers.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “HAVANA (UPI) — An estimated 1,000 Cubans boarded the American freighter Shirley Lykes today for an overnight voyage to the United States and freedom from Communist domination. The refugees started lining up along the Havana waterfront as early as 9 a.m. for an anticipated dusk departure for Port Everglades, Fla. Passengers included about 800 close relatives of recently-freed Cuban invasion prisoners and some 200 ‘hardship cases,’ the aged and infirm unable to get adequate medical treatment here. The Cuban Red Cross fed the passengers short-ration meals prior to their boarding. Aboard, an American Red Cross medical team installed cots and mattresses and prepared to distribute box lunches. To get cleared for departure, passengers had to turn over titles to any properties they owned in Cuba, their cars and ration booklets. Their friends and relatives were forbidden to see them off. The departure will swell to 1,200 the number of Cubans and Cuban-Americans allowed to leave Cuba this week. The first group of 98 flew out late yesterday. They reported that Fidel Castro is plagued by growing economic problems, dwindling popular support and growing resentment over the continued presence of Russians. With the Cubans and Cuban-Americans were four Red Cross officials and West German diplomat Johannes Hellmuth and his daughter, Ursula. A second flight from Miami tomorrow will deliver more ransom supplies and return from Havana with approximately 100 refugees.”

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Wayne Gretzky
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Vince Carter
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer, who was born in 1929; R&B musician Huey “Piano” Smith, who was born in 1934; baseball broadcaster Bob Uecker, who was born in 1934; comic book artist Sal Buscema, who was born in Brooklyn in 1936; “Eight Men Out” star David Strathairn, who was born in 1949; singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams, who was born in 1953; “Sweet Love” singer Anita Baker, who was born in 1958; talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who was born in 1958; Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, who was born in 1961; Cinderella singer Tom Keifer, who was born in 1961; former N.J. Nets shooting guard Vince Carter, who was born in 1977; former N.J./Brooklyn Nets shooting guard MarShon Brooks, who was born in 1989; and figure skater Emily Hughes, who was born in 1989.

Anita Baker
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WORDS ABOUT BIRDS: On this day in 1784, founding father Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his daughter expressing his unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America. Franklin preferred the turkey.

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PHANTASTIC: “The Phantom of the Opera” premiered on Broadway on this day in 1988. The multiple-award-winning musical, based on the Gaston Leroux novel about a tortured soul haunting the Paris Opera House, premiered in London on Oct. 9, 1986. Its music and lyrics are by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Charles Hart, with book by Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe. In January 2006 it became the longest-running show in Broadway history.

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

 

Quotable:

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”

— Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, who was born on this day in 1961


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