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March 1: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 1, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1925, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “New York City was shaken by an earthquake of considerable intensity last night which lasted, in its most severe stage, from 9:21 to 9:25. This was part of a tremor that shook the whole northeastern and part of the western section of the United States, from Maine to Colorado, and from Canada in the north to as far as Virginia and Kentucky in the south. Buildings were shaken, telephone wires were put out of order, gatherings of persons were interrupted by the tremor, which was the severest that has been felt in this part of the country for at least two centuries. Fifteen states report having been affected. Just as a Broadway express (B.M.T.) pulled into the ‘L’ station at Broadway and Myrtle Ave., an unidentified man fell down on the track when the platform was shaken by the quake. Before the motorman of the train, William Thurn, could apply the emergency brakes, the front truck passed over the man’s body. The fire department was called and when the car was raised it was found the man was still living. He was rushed to Beth Moses Hospital in a dying condition.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1936, the Eagle reported, “Princess Elizabeth has become a fancier of the Welsh corgi. At first glance, this may seem of little importance to the average citizen of Brooklyn, but if you dig deeper you will discover a most interesting fact. England is the home of the pure-bred dog, and practically all of our doggy fads start in ‘the tight little isle.’ And so, as the Princess Elizabeth has become the proud owner of a corgi puppy, it isn’t going to be long before the breed will become popular in England. Once really popular in England, the corgi is sure to be liked, not only in Brooklyn but in all other parts of the civilized world. At the present moment little Princess Elizabeth is moving rapidly into the hearts of the British public. She is the daughter of H.R.H. the Duke of York, heir to the British throne. Her uncle is the new King, who, of course, is exceedingly popular in Great Britain. But the former Prince of Wales is now His Majesty, and somehow or other a king is not so dear to the hearts of his people as a young princess. That is why Princess Elizabeth is receiving so much attention in the British press and why the fact that she has been given a corgi by her father seems to be of as much importance to the British public as any of the affairs of state.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported,  “Brooklyn piled up a record total of 9,575 motor vehicle accidents during 1945, an average of more than 26 a day, with the result that 155 persons lost their lives and 11,981 were injured. The number of accidents jumped 1,330 over the total in 1944, the injured rose 1,700. Only the number of persons killed was smaller, by 12, than the fatalities in the preceding year. These are official figures submitted by Commissioner Clifford J. Fletcher of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, to Governor [Thomas] Dewey’s statewide conference on highway and traffic safety here. The conference concludes two days of discussions today on means to cope with a situation the governor has declared to be one of the most alarming confronting the public.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Admiral Arthur W. Radford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today America’s armed forces are gearing for a ‘long pull’ in the cold war which might last ’10 or 20 years or more.’ ‘The Communist world has no time limit for the accomplishment of its objectives,’ Radford said, adding that the aim of Soviet strategy is to ‘create situations which pose to us courses of action, all of which are unpleasant or which have definite disadvantages to us.’ Although he did not believe the Kremlin wants ‘a shooting war at this time,’ Radford warned there is the possibility one might be touched off ‘as a result of some miscalculation’ by the Reds.”

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Lupita Nyong’o
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Kesha
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger Daltrey (The Who), who was born in 1944; “The A-Team” star Dirk Benedict, who was born in 1945; “The Dukes of Hazzard” star Catherine Bach, who was born in 1954; Oscar-winning director Ron Howard, who was born in 1954; “Wings” star Tim Daly, who was born in 1956; Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem, who was born in 1969; “NYPD Blue” star Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who was born in 1974; “Supernatural” star Jensen Ackles, who was born in 1978; Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, who was born in 1983; “Tik Tok” singer Kesha, who was born in 1987; former N.Y. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, who was born in 1993; and “Love Yourself” singer Justin Bieber, who was born in 1994.

Jensen Ackles
Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

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HOUSE OF HORRORS: On this day in 1954, four Puerto Rican nationalists shot five congressmen from a balcony in the House of Representatives chamber of the U.S. Capitol. The shooters received long prison sentences, which were commuted by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 and 1979.

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HELP IS ON THE WAY: The Peace Corps was established on this day in 1961 by an executive order of President John F. Kennedy. The Corps has sent more than 220,000 volunteers to 140 countries to help people help themselves. The volunteers assist in projects related to health, education, water sanitation, agriculture, nutrition and forestry.

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

 

Quotable:

“I feel that I’m on the ground floor of something that human beings will be concentrating on for the next 1,000 years — if we don’t destroy ourselves in the meantime.”

— Mercury Seven astronaut Deke Slayton, who was born on this day in 1924


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