October 7: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
ON THIS DAY IN 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The differences among Brooklyn Italians over plans for the Columbus Day celebration have been patched up, and there will be only one parade instead of two. Borough President [Alfred E.] Steers invited delegates of the ‘warring’ factions to his office and former Assistant District Attorney Francis L. Corrao and his South Brooklyn societies and former Municipal Court Judge J. Palmieri and the Italian organizations in Williamsburg have agreed to agree. The arrangements for October 12 as announced by Mr. Steers are as follows: The Williamsburg and East New York Italians will gather at Eastern Parkway and Pitkin avenue and march along Eastern Parkway to the Soldiers and Sailors Arch at Prospect Park Plaza. At Bedford avenue and Eastern Parkway they will be met by the South Brooklyn Italians. ‘Tony’ Vachris, the police officer, will be the grand marshal. At the Plaza the parade will be reviewed by Borough President Steers. Fifty organizations and between 10,000 and 15,000 men are expected to march if the weather is good. Two dinners will be held in the evening — Mr. Corrao and his followers at Raub’s and Judge Palmieri and his friends at the Imperial. President Steers will speak at both dinners.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1917, Eagle columnist Frederick Boyd Stevenson said, “When a man sums up three years’ earnest, conscientious work in an hour’s talk, he naturally puts before you the best results of his efforts. This is especially true if that man be so constituted that he throws all his mental and physical energy in the task that he has set for himself. Mr. [George W.] Perkins is just that sort of a man. His business has been the food question. He has made it a big business, and, with the same zest and ability that he undertook other big propositions, he has gone clear through to the bottom of it. In this work he has rendered a service to the public the worth of which in the years to come cannot now be estimated. It has been an unselfish service and one for which the public owes him a deep debt of gratitude. When we were seated at his desk the other day, I asked him to outline the main features of his investigations into the causes of the high cost of food products and to present his conclusions as to the most practical remedy at hand. He said: ‘It seems to me extremely important that our people realize that our food problem is, after all, but a part of a much greater problem, namely, the problem of how the world is going to gather that in our commercial and social activities we are in reality but one community. Because of the war the demands for food made on us by Europe have been so large that our supply has been greatly reduced, and as a consequence prices have gone up. But we must not for a moment forget that even before the war broke out the price of food in this country was advancing and that it had already reached a point in our large centers of population where those with small fixed incomes were feeling the pinch keenly. It behooves us, therefore, while wrestling with the immediate problem that we should not lose sight for a moment of the causes that were at work before the war broke out, which at that time were so rapidly increasing prices.”
ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Eagle reported, “Borough President [John] Cashmore announced yesterday that the major part of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade has been completed and will be opened to the public with appropriate ceremonies next Saturday, at 11 a.m. The ceremonies will be held near the foot of Montague St. and Columbia Heights and will be sponsored jointly by the Department of Parks and the Borough President’s office. The promenade surmounts the Brooklyn-Queens Connecting Highway, which skirts the waterfront on Brooklyn Heights along Furman St. The promenade was developed on the upper level of a three-tier cantilever structure. The two lower levels form arterial roadways which will carry traffic when this section of the Connecting Highway is placed in use. The elevated three-level structure has been hailed as a unique engineering achievement and the expressway itself is considered as one of America’s finest examples of urban arterial highway construction.”
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “The View” co-host Joy Behar, who was born in Brooklyn in 1942; former N.Y. Yankees coach Jose Cardenal, who was born in 1943; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, who was born in 1951; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tico Torres (Bon Jovi), who was born in 1953; cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who was born in 1955; “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell, who was born in 1959; “Unbreak My Heart” singer Toni Braxton, who was born in 1967; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Thom Yorke (Radiohead), who was born in 1968; “Boiler Room” director Ben Younger, who was born in Brooklyn in 1972; former NFL running back Priest Holmes, who was born in 1973; “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks, who was born in 1976; former NFL cornerback Charles Woodson, who was born in 1976; Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Evan Longoria, who was born in 1985; and L.A. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, who was born in 1992.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“If you break your knee, you have therapy on your knee, and it’s the same for your heart.”
— singer-songwriter Toni Braxton, who was born on this day in 1967
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