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April 10: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

April 10, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1871, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The celebration of Easter Day yesterday was very general in this city, and while it has been generally supposed that only Catholics and Episcopalians made it a full holiday, yesterday all classes of people seemed, under the bright sun, which shone with almost too much warmth on the crowded streets, to enter heartily into the spirit of the occasion. Early in the morning thousands of children jumped out of their little beds to see the ‘sun dance,’ as it is the custom of children to believe that luminary does on every Easter Sunday morning, and the rich smell of the traditional bacon and eggs, which from time immemorial has graced the breakfast table on Easter Sunday morning, pervaded every kitchen. Later in the day people began to pour toward the churches in all directions, and the streets were literally crowded. It was pleasant to observe the prosperity which seemed to be shown in the abundance of new clothes, which in accordance with another time-honored custom, nearly everyone who could afford them wore.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1895, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON, D.C. — ‘As soon as the Fifty-fourth congress convenes I intend to offer a bill in the senate to repeal the income tax,’ said Senator David B. Hill to the correspondent of the Eagle this afternoon. ‘I believe that the action of the supreme court has practically emasculated the measure and has left so little in it to commend itself to the American people that congress will in short order repeal the obnoxious measure from the statue books. In connection with the action of the court of Monday, I think the Brooklyn Eagle should be congratulated. Its course, from first to last, has been patriotic, consistent and just, and in its editorial columns it has never wavered in its opposition to the income tax law, and if the law is repealed the Eagle can claim a great deal of credit or the victory achieved.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “Declaring the present city police force is inadequate to cope with a rising tide of crime, Mayor [William] O’Dwyer today defended his $857,131,849.90 executive budget and called for speed in its adoption. ‘We have had four murders and stickups in the last two days,’ he asserted at a public hearing before the Board of Estimate in City Hall. ‘You can’t possibly maintain law and order with 15,000 policemen. I can’t recommend to this board that we go slow on this.’ The mayor’s statement was prompted by three clue-less killings in upper Manhattan and the Bronx and the slaying early today of a sailor during a robbery attempt in a Times Square alley. At the same time, police hauled in another 120 gambling suspects in the citywide crusade ordered by the mayor, bringing the two-day total of gambling arrests to 237. The mayor also backed up his budgetary plans for strengthening the Fire Department; pointed out that streets were ‘filthy’ and declared hospitals have gone unpainted for six years. ‘There is no place in those items that I can go slow on,’ he commented.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1963, the Eagle reported, “The World Champion New York Yankees, behind Ralph Terry’s 6-hit pitching and Joe Pepitone’s two home runs, yesterday defeated the gaily attired Kansas City Athletics, 8-2, in their 1963 season opener. Terry, hero of the 1962 World Series, had a 3-hit shutout in the works until the eighth inning when Bill Bryan broke the Athletics scoring drought with a home run. Chuck Essegian hit another in the ninth for Kansas City’s second run. Pepitone, who took over the Yankee first base job when Bill Skowron went to the Los Angeles Dodgers, hit the first pitch offered to him for a home run in the second inning and blasted another solo homer in the eighth. Elston Howard slammed a home run with Mickey Mantle on base in the fourth and Bobby Richardson tripled home Tony Kubek during a 4-run uprising in the fifth inning to highlight the Yankee power display. Pepitone led the Yankees with three hits in five trips to the plate and had two runs batted in. He doubled in the fifth inning, sending Mantle to third and on the slide into second kicked the ball out of shortstop Dick Howser’s glove. Mantle scored on the error.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include baseball player Ken Griffey, Sr., who was born in 1950; “Out for Justice” star Steven Seagal, who was born in 1952; “Sophie’s Choice” star Peter MacNicol, who was born in 1954; Fox News analyst Juan Williams, who was born in 1954; singer-songwriter and record producer Babyface, who was born in 1959; Stray Cats founder Brian Setzer, who was born in 1959; “Mad TV” star Orlando Jones, who was born in 1968; “Supergirl” star Chyler Leigh, who was born in 1982; “The Gifted” star Jamie Chung, who was born in 1983; “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore, who was born in 1984; singer-songwriter Haley Westenra, who was born in 1987; and “Purple Hearts” star Sofia Carson, who was born in 1993.

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A HELPING HAND: William Booth was born on this day in 1829. A Methodist minister, he began an evangelical ministry in the East End of London in 1865 and established mission stations to feed and house the poor. In 1878 he changed the name of the organization to the Salvation Army. He died in 1912.

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LET IT BE: Paul McCartney left the Beatles on this day in 1970. In a press release accompanying promotional copies of his new solo album, McCartney announced that he had no plans for working with the Beatles because of “personal differences, business differences, musical differences.” He said he didn’t know if the break was temporary or permanent, but the years-long tension in the group coupled with the musicians’ solo work brought about the end of the band that year.

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

 

Quotable:

“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

— Pro Football Hall of Famer John Madden, who was born on this day in 1936


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