September 18: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
ON THIS DAY IN 1913, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Finding nothing in the Brooklyn baseball situation over which to rejoice, we step in fancy lightly across the bridges, or through the tube, and mentally shake the horny fin of Frank Chance in congratulation upon his at last getting the New York Americans out of last place, a position they have occupied since September 22, 1912. Chance had sense enough when he was signed last winter to manage the Yankees not to claim anything for the team this season, and you can believe us or not, he would have had to have taken it out in claiming. Chance started the campaign with a team that looked good on paper and looked punk on the field. It was necessary for him to start at the bottom and build, without one outstanding star around which to form a team. Not a member of the Yankee squad was a household word, so to speak, and every player on the list had to fight for his life. If he had remained in last place until the robins nested again it would have been no reproach to Chance, and, therefore, the fans have all the more reason to felicitate him upon getting as high as seventh, even if he stays on that rung of the ladder a paltry few minutes.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1931, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (AP) — Activities of some detective agencies in New York are being investigated by the Labor Department as a result of discoveries made during its inquiries into alien smuggling rings. Secretary [William] Doak said today that special agents of the department, working under Murray W. Garsson, Special Assistant Secretary of Labor, had found that certain agencies were promising aliens protection against deportation. These agencies, it was said, claimed to have influence with immigration officers. Some of the aliens described as having paid the agencies a fee were said to be legally in the United States. ‘It has been learned definitely,’ Doak said, ‘that aliens have been receiving from so-called detective agencies offers of protection from deportation and other things, mostly imaginary, with which it was said they might be threatened. In the specific cases thus far turned to the light the charge in each case was $25 as an initial payment.’”
ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “DETROIT (U.P.) — Government action was expected today in the automobile industry wage dispute before spreading strikes balk the nation’s reconversion program. The federal decision to act came only a few hours before the deadline set by the United Automobile Workers (C.I.O.) for General Motors Corporation to accept a union ultimatum. U.A.W. officials had notified General Motors to reply today to their demand for a 30 percent pay boost or face a strike vote in 135 plants employing 350,000 workers. There was no indication that the country’s biggest motor maker intended to meet the deadline. Secretary of Labor Lewis B. Schwellenbach announced in Washington last night that the Labor Department would move ‘right square in the middle’ of the strike-jittery automobile industry. Schwellenbach said he would act as soon as President Truman announces a reorganization of the Labor Department today. Labor and industry in Detroit, Schwellenbach said, need somebody to ‘bring them together if it isn’t too late.’”
ON THIS DAY IN 1954, Eagle columnist Ray Tucker wrote, “‘Are the British growing restless over the cost of maintaining the monarchy, and over the goings-on of certain members of the royal family?’ Answer: It is difficult to answer this question from Mrs. H.F. of Richmond, Va. However, one evidence of substance behind this suspicion is Queen Elizabeth’s prim and mid-Victorian behavior. Her straight-and-narrow path and procedure irk both her husband and her younger sister, Princess Margaret. Margaret is an extremely independent young lady of 24, and not inclined to take orders, even from the Queen. She has so far refused to be rushed into an ‘appropriate alliance’ with any member of the few remaining royal houses. The attempt to find a wealthy husband for Alexandra, daughter of the Duchess of Kent and niece of Queen Elizabeth, has created public complaint in England and Canada. Her father was killed in an airplane accident and his widow is a sort of poor relation, supported by the Crown. The Queen plans to renovate a gloomy old building not far from Buckingham and St. James Palaces, to further Alexandra’s debut and marriage bid. In advancing the cause, Alexandra toured Canada recently at a cost of about $45,000. With taxes so heavy, it is natural that Britons gripe. The real and only national hero in the United Kingdom is Winston Churchill. It will be a bad day for Britain and royalty when age forces him to retire.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Hockey Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman, who was born in 1933; “Venus” singer Frankie Avalon, who was born in 1940; former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, who was born in 1951; Black Flag co-founder Keith Morris, who was born in 1955; Baseball Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who was born in 1959; Jayhawks co-founder Mark Olson, who was born in 1961; “21 Jump Street” star Holly Robinson Peete, who was born in 1964; Basketball Hall of Famer Toni Kukoc, who was born in 1968; “Whose Line Is It Anyway” host Aisha Tyler, who was born in 1970; “Angel Has Fallen” star Jada Pinkett Smith, who was born in 1971; “X-Men” star James Marsden, who was born in 1973; rapper and actor Xzibit, who was born in 1974; former “Saturday Night Live” star Jason Sudeikis, who was born in 1975; and soccer star Ronaldo, who was born in 1976.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“When I die, just keep playing the records.”
— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimi Hendrix, who died on this day in 1970
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