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June 7: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 7, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1943, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Because of his ‘sterling qualities of leadership and inspiration to the youth of today,’ General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of Allied forces in North Africa, was named ‘Outstanding Father of 1943’ by the National Father’s Day Committee. Alvin Austin, executive director, sent the general a cablegram notifying him of the honor. Father’s Day is June 20.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “As news bulletins flashed the progress of the Allied invasion troops to those back home, Brooklynites crowded churches and synagogues all day and night in solemn prayer for speedy victory and a safe return of their fighting men. Throughout the ‘Borough of Churches,’ wives, fathers, mothers and friends of service men instinctively visited houses of worship yesterday, seeking to back the fight with the force of prayer. In special messages to the members of their congregations, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish clergymen stressed the importance of maintaining a spirit of courage and hope in the coming weeks. Thousands joined in as President Roosevelt’s request that the people ‘devote themselves to a continuance of prayer’ was read from the pulpits. On the way to work during the day and in the evening, borough residents interrupted their routine to go to church. Soldiers and sailors attended many of the services. Though dangers to their men cast an overtone of sadness in the congregations, there were few tears. Instead, a grim determination to do their part was silently pledged by those on the home front.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “A new professional basketball league to be known as the Basketball Association of America and represented by teams in 13 major cities has been founded. New York will be represented. A 54-game schedule for each team will be drawn up and announced in two weeks.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “With fewer than 300 transit policemen guarding the 250 route miles of the city’s subway system, the 6,000,000 passengers daily traveling on those lines are deprived of adequate protection, the Board of Transportation was told yesterday. The assertion was made by Frederick J. Haverbusch, president of the New York Transit Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, in requesting that the transit police force be increased to 1,000 men. In support of his request, Haverbusch cited figures showing that arrests for subway crimes, including muggings, assaults, larceny and degeneracy, have increased from 1,500 in 1942 to 9,990 in 1948, with 6,585 so far in 1949 indicating that the total for the current year may be 13,000. In many cases, he said, ‘one man is covering a territory which normally should be covered by either five or seven men.’ Haverbusch also called for an end to the divided jurisdiction under which transit police operate, being employed by both the Police Department and the Board of Transportation.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “Gordon Dean, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, reported for the first time publicly today that the hydrogen ‘super bomb’ is getting closer to realization. Dean also stated for the first time by an AEC official — though other sources have reported it — that the United States is developing ‘atomic warheads for artillery and guided missiles.’ In an unusually frank report on atomic progress, Dean told the New York State Chamber of Commerce that this country is in a position to fight an atomic war with Russia and ‘win it.’ He also disclosed that: 1. Development and improvement of weapons is proceeding at so rapid a pace that it will be necessary henceforth to conduct atomic tests ‘at more frequent intervals.’ Meanwhile, the AEC is practically doubling its $2,500,000,000 production plant; 2. Discovery and exploitation of new uranium sources have made the atomic raw material picture ‘encouraging’ and will keep it that way ‘for many years to come;’ 3. The AEC is ‘concentrating’ on development of atomic engines for world-girdling submarines and airplanes, and Dean is ‘sure’ that ‘we are going to have both.’”

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Liam Neeson
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Oscar-winning filmmaker James Ivory, who was born in 1928; “It’s Not Unusual” singer Tom Jones, who was born in 1940; “Schindler’s List” star Liam Neeson, who was born in 1952; former Vice President Mike Pence, who was born in 1959; “Jane’s Addiction” guitarist Dave Navarro, who was born in 1967; “Man vs. Wild” star Bear Grylls, who was born in 1974; Basketball Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, who was born in 1975; “Barry” star Bill Hader, who was born in 1978; tennis player Anna Kournikova, who was born in 1981; “Arrested Development” star Michael Cera, who was born in 1988; singer-songwriter Iggy Azalea, who was born in 1990; model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, who was born in 1991; and rapper and singer Fetty Wap, who was born in 1991.

Mike Pence
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BREAKING AWAY: On this day in 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia put a motion before the Second Continental Congress which said: ‘Resolved: That these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”

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THE ENTERTAINER: Dean Martin was born on this day in 1917. His show business career was barely moving when he met Jerry Lewis in 1946. Together they formed an unforgettable comedy act that carried them to dizzying heights of success. When the team broke up, Martin found continued success as a singer and actor. His signature songs include “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “Volare” and “That’s Amore.” He died in 1995.

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

 

Quotable:

“I can’t stand an actor or actress who tells me acting is hard work. It’s easy work. Anyone who says it isn’t never had to stand on his feet all day dealing blackjack.”

— entertainer Dean Martin, who was born on this day in 1917


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