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August 10: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

August 10, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1914, a Brooklyn Daily Eagle editorial said, “In the midst of the torrid heat and hardly less torrid excitement from the European war, it is pleasant to read of the increasing efforts to take the children from the crowded streets and give to them wholesome interests and exercise. Perhaps the most significant recent incident of that campaign was the Parents Day celebrated in McCarren Park on Saturday, when the children enjoyed folk dancing and organized games, and their mothers enjoyed no less the opportunity to look on at the pretty sight, amid such comfort as the open air of the park could give even on a hot day. That represented the attitude of Park Commissioner Ingersoll, who is making at McCarren Park a social center of what was only a few years ago the bad lands of a crowded neighborhood.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1939, the Eagle reported, “Justice Juvenal Marchisio of Domestic Relations Court today returned from his honeymoon on the Italian liner Rex — alone. But there was no family rift separating him and his bride, Justice Marchisio explained, as he hurried to his home at 535 85th St., to learn what his assignment would be. He expected to resume his duties on the bench today. His bride of two months, Rosina Lawrence, Hollywood movie star, remained abroad to make an Italian picture at Tirrenia near Pisa. In the movie, Miss Lawrence, who is Canadian-born, will sing and talk in Italian. Last year she made Rigoletto in Italian. Justice Marchisio and the beauteous movie star were married on June 17 and sailed for Italy the same day on the Conte de Savoia. Theirs was a shipboard romance; they met two years ago on the Conte de Savoia on their way to Italy. Justice Marchisio studied juvenile delinquency problems in Genoa and Milan while abroad. He thought the possibility of war was remote. The people of Europe don’t want war, Justice Marchisio said, and the leaders are unlikely to start trouble if they thought there would be no co-operation from the people.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “SAN FRANCISCO (UP) — Tokyo Radio said today that Japan was ready to accept the terms of the Allied Potsdam surrender ultimatum, which provide the Japanese an opportunity to end the Pacific war and ultimately retain sovereignty over their four main homeland islands. The Tokyo Radio broadcast an official Domei News agency announcement saying Japan was ready to surrender to the United States, Great Britain, Russia and China. The broadcast followed four days after the American atomic bomb blasted Hiroshima and two days after Russia marched to war against Japan. All Tokyo stations went off the air before the completion of the broadcast. There was no explanation for the sudden silence.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “The Voice of America reported today that its broadcasts to China have been running into Russian ‘nuisance’ jamming. Voice officials said the jamming began months before the Communists crossed the Yangtse last April. They were sure it came from Russia, possibly Vladivostok, since China does not have the equipment to jam relay points at Honolulu and Manila. The Soviets have been jamming the Russian language broadcasts of the Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Corporation since April. Jamming, however, while ‘exasperating’ to listeners at times, has not stopped the Voice from reaching every province in China, officials said. On Aug. 1, or a few days before the State Department’s White Paper on China, the Voice increased its Chinese broadcasting time by 150 percent, to two and a half hours a day, officials said. They said they hoped to step up the program still further.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “Ed McCarrick, scout of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has signed Mario Cuomo, an outfielder, to a 1952 Salisbury contract in the North Carolina League, a Smoky City affiliate. Cuomo graduated from St. John’s Prep, in June of 1948, for whom he hit .350 in his senior year and earned All-Brooklyn C.H.S.A.A. recognition. He also excelled on the basketball court with the Little Redmen. Mario will enter his junior year at St. John’s University come September. He is a brilliant student, ranking third in his class academically. He reports to Salisbury after the spring semester exams next June. With the Redmen freshman nine in 1950 he hit .360. However, he did not play with the varsity the past spring. The boy is currently playing a bang-up game in the outfield for the Joe Austin Celtics of the Queens Alliance. Cuomo, who is 20, stands 6 feet in height, weighs 185 pounds and lives in Hollis. The Pirates have high hopes for the youngster eventually making the grade in the majors.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “PHILADELPHIA (U.P.) — Roy Mack, vice president of the Philadelphia Athletics, talks money today with a local syndicate striving to save the floundering A’s for the home town. It’s the first of two important meetings. The second comes tomorrow when Mack relays the syndicate’s offer to the team’s board of directors. Harry Sylk, head of the 15-man syndicate which has picked up the ball dropped by the rapidly folding civic ‘Save the A’s’ campaign, would not comment on the prospects of the meeting. But the wealthy drug store chain owner said the syndicate ‘has enough money to put the thing over.’”

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Patti Austin
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Angie Harmon
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include nine-time MLB All-Star Rocky Colavito, who was born in 1933; fashion designer Betsey Johnson, who was born in 1942; Jethro Tull singer Ian Anderson, who was born in 1947; “Baby, Come to Me” singer Patti Austin, who was born in 1950; “Hardcastle and McCormick” star Daniel Hugh Kelly, who was born in 1952; “Desperately Seeking Susan” star Rosanna Arquette, who was born in 1959; “Spy Kids” star Antonio Banderas, who was born in 1960; “Babylon 5” star Claudia Christian, who was born in 1965; former N.Y. Knicks shooting guard John Starks, who was born in 1965; former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, who was born in Brooklyn in 1967; “Rizzoli & Isles” star Angie Harmon, who was born in 1972; and media personality Kylie Jenner, who was born in 1997.

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

 

Quotable:

“[Hitchcock] told me I was going to play a nymphomaniac. I remember rushing home to look it up in the dictionary and being quite shocked.”

— “Spellbound” star Rhonda Fleming, who was born on this day in 1923


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