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April 4: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

April 4, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1934, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “A hundred years after the old City of Brooklyn was founded, this borough became today the seat of government of Greater New York. In honor of the centenary celebration, which will come to a climax Saturday with a parade, dinner and other community activity, Mayor [Fiorello] LaGuardia crossed the bridge — the Brooklyn Bridge — from City Hall to Borough Hall and established the city’s headquarters under the approving bronze face of Henry Ward Beecher. He came with his secretary, his clerical staff, his customary energy and the mayor’s flag, which fluttered from the mayoral car at the head of the procession and was set up beside his desk in Borough Hall. The desk and the office which the mayor made his own for the duration of his five-day stay in Brooklyn were those of Borough President [Raymond] Ingersoll, who, for the time being, found other quarters. And within ten minutes of his arrival, the transplanted Mayor LaGuardia had plunged into a series of interviews, conferences, all the details of the job of manning the business of a 7,000,000-population city, with much the same smoothness and efficiency that was customary on the other side of the East River. Officials and others from Manhattan had to cross the river to get the mayor’s ear and Brooklynites didn’t.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — The foreign ministers of 12 democratic nations chilled by Russia’s cold war signed the North Atlantic Treaty against armed attack today. The treaty would shatter the American tradition of avoiding European entanglements. It would recognize that the security of the United States is tied to the security of Western Europe. In large measure the North Atlantic Treaty would extend our frontiers to the Rhine, the Baltic and Mediterranean and, at one point in the far North, to the border of the Soviet Union. That is along the 100-odd miles where Russia borders Norway, a treaty member. This new democratic weapon of defense seeks to mass the military, economic and spiritual force of 332,000,000 Western people against aggression by the 255,354,000 people of Russia and her captive states … More persons may see and hear the ceremony than have seen or heard any previous human event. Television and unprecedented broadcasting arrangements assure that. For those abroad, the short waves here and in Europe are to tell the story in 43 languages.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “ALBANY, APRIL 3 (UPI) — The Legislature hurdled another obstacle in the way of final adjournment today when the Senate completed legislative action on Mayor [Robert] Wagner’s request for special taxing powers to balance New York City’s budget. The Senate approved the controversial $225 million package tax plan by a vote of 30 to 27, after the Assembly earlier approved the bills, 87 to 56. Unlike the Assembly, where the plan was debated for more than two hours, discussion was brief in the Senate. Debate in the Assembly was aimed chiefly at giving the city permission to boost the sales tax from 3 to 4 cents. Governor [Nelson] Rockefeller said he would sign the measure when it reaches his desk. Senate minority leader Joseph Zaretzki emphasized that the bills were ‘permissive, enabling legislation’ ‘We are not, in this legislature, imposing any tax of any kind,’ the New York City Democrat said. ‘These measures,’ he continued, ‘must be introduced in the local legislative body — the city council and the board of estimate.’ Senate majority leader Walter J. Mahoney said, ‘I would like it distinctly understood that these bills were submitted by the mayor. They were introduced, considered and passed at the mayor’s request.’ He hit out at the Democrats who solidly opposed Governor Rockefeller’s bill to increase fees.’ ‘It wasn’t politically wise to vote for that because of those affected by it,’ he added.”

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Robert Downey, Jr.
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Kelly Price
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include record producer Clive Davis, who was born in Brooklyn in 1932; World Golf Hall of Famer JoAnne Carner, who was born in 1939; “Poltergeist” star Craig T. Nelson, who was born in 1944; former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, who was born in Brooklyn in 1948; “Chicago Hope” star Christine Lahti, who was born in 1950; “Picket Fences” creator David E. Kelley, who was born in 1956; film and voice actor Phil Morris, who was born in 1959; “Captain America” star Hugo Weaving, who was born in 1960; “Arrested Development” star David Cross, who was born in 1964; “Iron Man” star Robert Downey, Jr., who was born in 1965; “The Facts of Life” star Nancy McKeon, who was born in 1966; “Saving Private Ryan” star Barry Pepper, who was born in 1970; “Friend of Mine” singer Kelly Price, who was born in 1973; and “American Pie” star Natasha Lyonne, who was born in 1979.

Nancy McKeon
Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

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THE FAB FIVE: The Beatles took over the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on this day in 1964. “Can’t Buy Me Love” was number one, followed by “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please, Please Me.”

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SHATTERED DREAM: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on this day in 1968. King was shot as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. He was in the city to support striking sanitation workers. Assassin James Earl Ray died in prison in 1998 while serving a 99-year sentence for the crime.

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

 

Quotable:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.”

— The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who died on this day in 1968


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