September 30: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
ON THIS DAY IN 1934, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON, SEPT. 29 (AP) — Justices of the Supreme Court gathered in the capital today for the opening on Monday of what appears likely to be the tribunal’s most historic term. In the hands of the nine justices will be cases holding possibility of sustaining or upsetting major parts of the New Deal. Already before the court are five cases arising out of Roosevelt recovery laws … Of the New Deal cases pending before the Supreme Court, three are from the East Texas oil field. In general they attacked the authority of the Federal Government under the [National Recovery Act] to control oil production. Two others from New York assail the authority of Congress to prohibit gold hoarding and suspend gold payments.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “The 1947 edition of baseball’s annual blue ribbon classic — the 44th in history — is scheduled to get under way in the Bronx at 1:30 p.m. when the first ball will be pitched in the duel between the Dodgers of our town and the New York Yankees for the championship of the world. Weather permitting, this World Series game will draw a crowd of about 72,000 customers into the elegant mass of masonry that Col. Larry MacPhail operates on the northeast bank of the Harlem River. This struggle for the championship, which, of course, will follow the traditional pattern of continuing until one club or the other shall have won four games, finds the Yankees, champions of the American League, heavily favored over Brooklyn’s champions of the National League. Odds today favored the Yankees to win the Series at the equivalent of 9 to 5 in man-to-man betting.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “Thousands of Brooklyn BMT subway riders inched their way to Manhattan during morning rush hours today after a broken water main flooded the Canal St. station and caused near paralysis of the entire BMT Division. Emergency crews, using all available pumping equipment, were working around the clock to drain the key Manhattan station that was put completely out of action from 12:53 to 2:45 a.m. by cascading waters of a broken 30-inch main at Canal and Lispenard Sts. Board of Transportation officials, who promised that normal service would be restored ‘before this evening’s rush hour,’ were forced to re-route all Manhattan-bound express trains — which normally use the Manhattan Bridge — on local tracks of the Montague St. tunnel. Meanwhile, as a convenience for passengers in slow-moving trains, station attendants at Atlantic Ave.., Pacific St., DeKalb Ave. and other downtown stations were issuing free transfers to other subway and surface lines. The express track at Canal St., flooded above the third-rail line, was closed to all traffic. As a result, Manhattan-bound Brooklynites were experiencing delays ranging from 25 to 45 minutes as their trains waited to creep onto the busy local tracks.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1954, an Eagle editorial said, “More than 200,000 of the vast number of persons uprooted by war and changing political conditions are waiting hopefully to enter the United States under the recently passed U.S. Refugee Relief Act. But needed are sponsors, responsible men and women who will open the door by assuring housing and employment to the newcomers. Authorized by the State Department, the American Council of Voluntary Agencies for Foreign Service, a non-sectarian organization embracing all major denominations, is aiding the migration. Public cooperation can provide new life for thousands. It is a cause in keeping with American traditions which recognize the fine contributions people from other nations have made here as new citizens. Specific information can be obtained from the War Relief Service, National Catholic Conference, resettlement division, 149 Madison Ave., New York 16, N.Y. Why not sponsor a refugee today?”
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Police Woman” star Angie Dickinson, who was born in 1931; soul and gospel singer Cissy Houston, who was born in 1933; “Chances Are” singer Johnny Mathis, who was born in 1935; “Blue Bloods” star Len Cariou, who was born in 1939; “Solid Gold” host Marilyn McCoo, who was born in 1943; “All of Me” star Victoria Tennant, who was born in 1950; “The Brady Bunch” star Barry Williams, who was born in 1954; “The Nanny” star Fran Drescher, who was born in 1957; “Some Kind of Wonderful” star Eric Stoltz, who was born in 1961; “The Matrix Reloaded” star Monica Bellucci, who was born in 1964; “Dharma & Greg” star Jenna Elfman, who was born in 1971; Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, who was born in 1975; International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Hingis, who was born in 1980; “Mean Girls” star Lacey Chabert, who was born in 1982; and rapper and actor T-Pain, who was born in 1984.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“My mother was against me being an actress — until I introduced her to Frank Sinatra.”
— Angie Dickinson, who was born on this day in 1931
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