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March 3: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

March 3, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1912, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON, MARCH 2 — Free sugar and an income tax, the Siamese twins of revenue legislation, are welcomed with joy by a majority of the Democrats in Congress. There are still some conservative members of the party who hesitate to join in the rejoicing because they think there is a certain amount of dynamite concealed on the person of each twin. But in the main, the party is satisfied with the sugar bill and the other twin, which is variously called an excise measure and an income tax measure. These bills are inseparable because one takes away from the Government $53,000,000 a year, while the other is calculated to put it back, with perhaps a little more. Those Democrats who are somewhat fearful of the two bills base their criticism on the idea that these measures indicate that the announced Democratic policy of a revenue tariff has fallen down. They say that the party has departed from the revenue principle and has gone to free trade, on the one hand, with an income tax as an antidote. They realize that an income tax is good Democratic doctrine, but they do not like the fact that it is resorted to in order to overcome a revenue deficiency which would be caused by the passage of a free trade bill.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “HOLLYWOOD (U.P.) — Movie stars make their living by selling themselves to the public and for that reason cannot claim an invasion of privacy, a judge ruled yesterday in a $10,000 suit brought by actor Robert Mitchum. The dreamy-eyed star had sued Nanette Bordeaux for $10,000 on grounds she invaded his privacy by advertising a sofa, ‘Robert Mitchum sat here.’ Superior Judge William B. McKesson threw the case out of court. The sofa was from the hillside cottage where Mitchum and three others were arrested on marijuana charges. He is serving a 60-day sentence. The advertisement in a community newspaper said: ‘For sale. Robert Mitchum sat here. Charming sofa and arm chair. Slip covers hide cigarette burns.’ Mitchum accused Miss Bordeaux of using his name for personal profit without his permission. The French actress and artist is the owner of the cottage which was sub-let to starlet Lila Leeds, convicted with Mitchum.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Eagle reported, “TAIPEI, FORMOSA (U.P.) — Seventy-five thousand cheering Chinese hailed today Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek’s return to the Presidency. Soldiers, nurses, educators, students, businessmen and others marched through the city and assembled in front of the Presidential home to demonstrate their faith in Chiang and pledged a fight to the finish against the Chinese Communists.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “Police and Federal agents combed the city today for evidence to prove the terrorist Puerto Rican Nationalist party is engaged in a plot against the Government. Detectives in the Police Department’s top-secret Bureau of Special Services and Investigations worked hand-in-hand with FBI men in an attempt to track down the source of the Luger pistols used by four Nationalist fanatics Monday to shoot down five Congressmen in the House of Representatives. Authorities intimated that records of ownership of the weapons might lead to other conspirators who pose a potential threat of future terrorist acts. Justice Department officials in Washington, anxious for speedy grand jury action, believe there is a possibility of prosecuting the Nationalist party chiefs under the Smith Act, which makes it a crime for anyone to advocate or plot the overthrow of the Government.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “MADISON, WIS. — Flying saucers, phantom ships and ghostly figures that pass in the night might be partially explained if scientists accepted the reality of ball lightning, according to a University of Wisconsin scientist. Physicist Harold W. Lewis, writing in the current issue of Scientific American, said, ‘Any normal, cynical scientist, on hearing of ball lightning for the first time, almost instinctively places it in the category of Folklore, along with flying saucers and ectoplasm.’ But Lewis, who has made a hobby out of studying ball lightning, said, ‘A brief survey of reported events quickly convinces the skeptic that enough reputable observers have seen and possibly even photographed ball lightning to leave no doubt that the phenomenon is real, although it is rare and as yet unexplained.’”

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Becker” star Hattie Winston, who was born in 1945; “Up Where We Belong” singer Jennifer Warnes, who was born in 1947; Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow, who was born in Brooklyn in 1949; Space Shuttle astronaut Bonnie J. Dunbar, who was born in 1949; Hooters guitarist John Lilley, who was born in 1954; “All My Children” star Darnell Williams, who was born in 1955; “Enchanted April” star Miranda Richardson, who was born in 1958; heptathlete and Olympic gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who was born in 1962; former NFL running back Herschel Walker, who was born in 1962; rapper and actor Tone Loc, who was born in 1966; N.Y. Rangers legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, who was born in 1968; “Modern Family” star Julie Bowen, who was born in 1970; “7th Heaven” star Jessica Biel, who was born in 1982; and “Havana” singer Camila Cabello, who was born in 1997.

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MANY ARE CALLED: Alexander Graham Bell was born on this day in 1847. The native Scotsman is best known for inventing the telephone. On March 10, 1876, Bell spoke the first electrically transmitted sentence to his assistant in the next room: “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you.”

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TIME FLIES: Time magazine was first published 100 years ago today. It was founded by Henry Luce and Briton Hadden.

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BANNER DAY: On this day in 1931, the Senate adopted the bill designating “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the U.S. national anthem. President Herbert Hoover signed it the same day.

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

 

Quotable:

“America is a country of inventors, and the greatest of inventors are the newspaper men.”

— inventor Alexander Graham Bell, who was born on this day in 1847


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