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August 16: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

August 16, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1923, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “PARIS — Troubled Europe is not too busy with its own difficulties to have discovered what is pronounced a ‘new Japan,’ far over in the interior of Asia, and to have set about with all speed to reap the benefits of the discovery. As a name this new country, Afghanistan, is relatively old. But as a rich, diplomatic, political, commercial prize, it dates from the end of the World War. Germans and Englishmen are already installed there, busy with engineering and mining projects, and the French are hurrying thither post-haste. For the news is out that this thus far primitive country, which has only two newspapers, no railroads and other roads expect pack trails, is ready for a phenomenal spurt. Rich prizes in railroad concessions, other prizes in copper, lead, iron and gold mines, and any amount of trade, lie ready for men who are willing to take chances. They are all the more attractive because Afghanistan is not in immediate danger of a war with anybody and suffers from the burden of no recent conflict.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1931, the Eagle reported, “Leading Flatbush realty men expressed their views yesterday on the stimulus in the realty values that will result from the construction and operation of Floyd Bennett Airport in their district. New industries, huge factories manufacturing light articles, a base for ship-to-land airplane mail service, a passenger air terminal, a transatlantic line service direct to the airport, through Jamaica Bay, a pneumatic mail tube service direct to the airport from the Brooklyn Post Office, extensive home developments and a boom in real estate values that will leap to many millions within the next ten years are among the predictions of the realtors in the section. It is expected that air travelers from all parts of the world will come to Flatbush via the new airport at the foot of Flatbush Ave. Real estate follows the crowd and it is a safe prediction that all of the vacant land in the vicinity of the airport will be absorbed by shrewd investors and that within the next decade very little plottage will be available. The area from Nostrand Ave. to Barren Island is one of the most promising real estate fields in the city today, according to men who have made a study of real estate developments.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “These aren’t days for mourning. Consequently, there will be no attempt here to drape the crepe over the pennant hopes of our Dodgers. Anyway, they were hopes held only by our more chauvinistic fans and were based upon reasons for the most part non-existent. Chicago’s league-leading Cubs came to town yesterday. They beat the Dodgers by the delicate score of 20-6. That was the fourth straight Dodger defeat and dumped Brooklyn nine and a half games off the pace. With a completely shot pitching staff and three remaining single games against the Cubs staring them in the face, the chances of the Dodgers to improve their position before the end of the week are negligible.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “The Board of Estimate today authorized the expenditure of $2,576,100 for another link in the Brooklyn-Queens Connecting Highway. The new addition will stretch from Atlantic Ave. to a point about 100 feet north of Joralemon St. and will include a double-deck cantilever bridge on Furman St. at the foot of Joralemon St. The link will complete a section of highway from the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel entrance to a point just short of the Brooklyn Bridge. The proposed link will eventually continue northward to Main St., where traffic circles will provide direct access to the Brooklyn Bridge. Another contact, proposed to facilitate the flow of traffic between the tunnel and bridge, will provide for a traffic bridge between Congress and Amity Sts.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON, AUG. 15 (U.P.) — Senator Herbert H. Lehman today invited President Eisenhower to support his substitute for the controversial McCarran-Walter immigration act. The New York Democrat made public a letter to the President in which he commented that Mr. Eisenhower has indorsed the avowed purposes of the substitute: ‘The elimination of racism, discrimination and injustice from our immigration laws.’ Lehman also sent the President a copy of his measure which he introduced, with co-sponsorship of other Democrats in both the House and Senate, on the last day of the recent Congressional session. He said the sponsors are willing to consider ‘some further changes’ based on suggestions by the President. The substitute would repeal the so-called ‘national origins’ system for determining quotas of admissible aliens. It proposes a ‘unified quota’ plan designed to admit aliens whose entry would help the nation’s interest without regard to their national or racial background. ‘All of us,’ Senator Lehman told Mr. Eisenhower, ‘would truly welcome the opportunity to get behind you in a campaign to put such a bill through Congress and give to our people, and the world, a kindly, friendly and generous solution to the problem which means so much to millions of our own citizens and less fortunate peoples everywhere.’”

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Madonna
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Angela Bassett
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Mildred Pierce” star Ann Blyth, who was born in 1928; “Batman” star Julie Newmar, who was born in 1933; “Little House on the Prairie” star Ketty Lester, who was born in 1934; “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” star Bob Balaban, who was born in 1945; ballerina Suzanne Farrell, who was born in 1945; former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, who was born in 1947; NRBQ co-founder Joey Spampinato, who was born in 1948; TV personality Kathie Lee Gifford, who was born in 1953; Kool and the Gang singer James “J.T.” Taylor, who was born in 1953; Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron, who was born in 1954; “ER” star Laura Innes, who was born in 1957; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Madonna, who was born in 1958; “Black Panther” star Angela Bassett, who was born in 1958; “The Office” star Steve Carell, who was born in 1962; NBA coach Candice Dupree, who was born in 1984; and swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel, who was born in 1996.

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

 

Quotable:

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, OK.”

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Madonna, who was born on this day in 1958


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