October 5: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
ON THIS DAY IN 1919, Brooklyn Daily Eagle columnist Frederick Boyd Stevenson said, “It is obvious, without discussion, that when President Wilson called the conference between Labor and Capital, which will convene tomorrow, he had in mind the one great idea to bring about such unity among the now many contending factions as to make strikes of the future mere possibilities instead of probabilities. Will this object be attained? It depends upon how near Labor and Capital can come together. It depends upon the desires of all the factions to get together; upon the willingness of all to make concessions; upon the willingness of all to admit that the other side has rights. Success lies at a halfway point. It will never come if all factions are intent only in gaining special points of advantage for themselves. It can only come if the idea of union is universal, and this union must embrace, not alone industrialism, but, first and last, Americanism.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1922, an Eagle editorial said, “Four women are in the open this year as candidates for the United States Senate. Mrs. Ella A. Boole of New York and Miss Rachel C. Robinson of Pennsylvania, both Prohibitionists, lead forlorn hopes. There isn’t much chance for Mrs. Ben Hooper, regular Democratic candidate in Wisconsin, against [Robert M.] La Follette. Mrs. Peter Oleson of Minnesota, likewise a regular Democrat, may possibly beat Senator [Frank B.] Kellogg, and be the first woman to wear a toga, though Mrs. [Rebecca Latimer] Felton of Georgia is already a Senator by appointment. Ten other women are making contests in the different States for membership in the Lower House. Mrs. Alice Robertson, anti-bonus Republican in Oklahoma, has the best chance. She is a sitting member. Four other female aspirants are Republicans, three are Democrats, one is a Socialist. In our opinion the showing indicated above does not mean anything revolutionary or perilous. Women are going slowly in entering public life. The leaders of thought among them are not anxious to have them rush into competition at the polls in large numbers. Many of them need to study the practical phases of political government. That a gradual infiltration of law-making bodies, national and State, with feminine idealism may be helpful is a pretty common belief, even among practical men. Gradual infiltration is all that need be anticipated.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1940, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — A six weeks’ recess of Congress, starting Tuesday or Wednesday and running beyond Election Day, appeared likely today. The Senate and House were in recess over the weekend after completing the final phase of the national defense program yesterday. Both houses approved the $236,000,000 Civil Functions Appropriation bill, carrying funds for construction of about 250 airports, and sent it to the White House. The Ramspeck Civil Service bill, the $37,500,000 Rivers and Harbors Authorization bill and legislation to require registration of Communist and Nazi organizations appeared to be the only bar to a recess. All three measures now are in conference and leaders hoped to have them ready for consideration early next week. House Speaker Sam Rayburn, following a conference with President Roosevelt, yesterday indicated he would lead a drive for a recess until Nov. 18. Senate Democratic leader Alben W. Barkley, previously cautious in discussing recess plans, said there was little doubt that Congress would recess either Tuesday or Wednesday for at least 30 days. Opposition to a prolonged recess appeared to have collapsed. An informal survey showed that there are so many legislators out of the capital that it may be impossible to muster a quorum in either House or Senate between now and Election Day, Nov. 5.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1956, the Brooklyn Record reported, “As the Dodgers clash with the Yankees today at Yankee Stadium in the World Series, triple play Chester A. Allen, president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, president of Kings County Trust Company, and a member of the Brooklyn Sports Center Authority, has this to say: ‘Our distinguished adversaries, the Yankees, enjoy a stadium in the Bronx which is sometimes called ‘The House that Ruth Built.’ Babe Ruth, as part of a mighty team, made Yankee Stadium not only desirable but necessary. In winning the 1956 National League Pennant on their way to becoming, I, for one am sure, the 1956 World’s Champions, the Dodgers have done all that athletes can do for Brooklyn’s well being. As the Yankees of Babe Ruth’s day did for the Bronx, our champions are making a new sports center in Brooklyn not only a much to be desired civic enterprise but one of necessity for all our people, particularly our youth. The management of the Brooklyn Baseball Club, as well as the players, has shown such effective leadership and initiative that the rest of the community should reflect its determination to keep Brooklyn a suitable home for champions of all kinds. Then one day we will be able to point proudly to a splendid civic improvement as the sports center the Dodgers made possible in Brooklyn.’”
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller, who was born in 1943; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brian Johnson (AC/DC), who was born in 1947; baseball statistician Bill James, who was born in 1949; “Raiders of the Lost Ark” star Karen Allen, who was born in 1951; “Books of Blood” author Clive Barker, who was born in 1952; astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, who was born in 1958; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee Michael Andretti, who was born in 1962; Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, who was born in 1965; Hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, who was born in 1965; “Melrose Place” star Josie Bissett, who was born in 1970; Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill, who was born in 1972; “ER” star Parminder Nagra, who was born in 1975; Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet, who was born in 1975; “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg, who was born in 1983; and “Luca” star Jacob Tremblay, who was born in 2006.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“It was not long before I was struck with the idea that baseball was just the game for a national sport for Americans.”
— statistician Henry Chadwick, who was born on this day in 1824
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