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September 12: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

September 12, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1921, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “A formal charge of first degree murder, San Francisco police authorities have announced, will be preferred today against Roscoe (‘Fatty’) Arbuckle, the motion picture comedian, under arrest here in connection with the death last Friday of Miss Virginia Rappe, film actress. Miss Rappe’s death followed her attendance at a party given in Arbuckle’s suite at a local hotel a week ago. She died of injuries which District Attorney Matthew Brady of San Francisco and other authorities alleged were inflicted by Arbuckle. Arbuckle is held without bail in the Hall of Justice here. He was arrested last Saturday night on his arrival from Los Angeles and was booked on a charge of murder.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “Trucks strikebound for days moved again today, although the strike of 15,000 drivers in three locals of the A.F.L. Teamsters Brotherhood remained unsettled. At City Hall, Mayor [William] O’Dwyer announced that one of the three, Local 282, had sent its men back to work for four wholesale food stores and a chain store. The strike issues, and the question of an immediate return to work pending contract negotiations, went before a 1 p.m. meeting of Local 807 behind closed doors in Manhattan Center. Whether the members, resentful of what they considered cavalier treatment by their officers as well as the trucking employers, would agree to go back to work, or whether they would even permit a vote on the question, was in doubt as the meeting started. The new truck movement came as a result of action by Daniel J. Tobin, international Teamster president, who in telegrams yesterday warned that locals with bona fide contracts must continue at work and trucks driven by their men must not be ‘flagged’ off the streets. Similar warning went to New Jersey locals, where some 15,000 men had joined the strike, and today 5,000 of the men were reported back at work and trucks were moving freely from New Jersey into New York.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “DETROIT (U.P.) — The total of auto workers idled in the latest series of work stoppages dropped to less than 10,000 today as Hudson recalled its 14,500 production workers and 4,500 employees returned to their jobs in the Detroit Dodge plant of Chrysler corporation. Hudson officials said the 37 inspectors who quit in the body-building division Tuesday, forcing the layoff of the other workers, had agreed to negotiate their pay demands and returned to their jobs. Chrysler recalled the Dodge workers this morning, ending a dispute that started when pickets appeared at plant gates to protest a one-day layoff of 700 men.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “ST. LOUIS (U.P.) — The Sporting News, national baseball weekly, today named Jackie Robinson, Negro first baseman of the Brooklyn Dodgers, as its choice for ‘Rookie of the Year.’ Publisher J.G. Taylor Spink, author of the story, emphasized that Robinson’s selection was based solely on his ability as a hitter, runner, fielder and team man. ‘The sociological experiment that Robinson represented,’ Spink wrote, ‘the trail-blazing that he did, the barriers he broke down, do not enter into the decision … Jackie Robinson has done it all in his first year as a major leaguer. What more could anyone ask?’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “NEWPORT, R.I. (U.P.) — Senator John F. Kennedy (D., Mass.), once one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors, takes an heiress as his bride here today. Kennedy, son of former Ambassador to Great Britain Joseph P. Kennedy, will wed Jacqueline Lee Bouvier of Newport at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Archbishop Richard J. Cushing of Boston will officiate at the wedding, which caps the social season in this fashionable summer resort. Miss Bouvier, a descendant of prominent Washington and New York banking families, met the tousle-haired Kennedy while working as an inquiring reporter for the Washington-Times Herald. She is 24 and he is 36. Twenty-six attendants will participate in the wedding ceremony, which will be followed by a reception at Miss Bouvier’s Hammersmith Farm home, where she was presented to society in August, 1947.”

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Jennifer Hudson. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File
Television host Greg Gutfeld. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Dallas” star Linda Gray, who was born in 1940; folk singer Maria Muldaur, who was born in 1943; “Police Academy” star Bruce Mahler, who was born in 1950; “Midnight Run” star Joe Pantoliano, who was born in 1951; “The Thorn Birds” star Rachel Ward, who was born in 1957; Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, who was born in 1957; political commentator Greg Gutfeld, who was born in 1964; singer-songwriter Ben Folds, who was born in 1966; singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles, who was born in 1974; “Gotham” star Ben McKenzie, who was born in 1978; “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard, who was born in 1978; Basketball Hall of Famer Yao Ming, who was born in 1980; Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson, who was born in 1981; “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum, who was born in 1986; 2020 National League MVP Freddie Freeman, who was born in 1989; and “Reality” star Sydney Sweeney, who was born in 1997.

Actress Emmy Rossum. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

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

 

Quotable:

“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.”

— journalist H.L. Mencken, who was born on this day in 1880


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