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October 17: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

October 17, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1915, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The approach of Election Day finds the Brooklyn Woman Suffrage party, its organization as nearly perfect as a political machine can be made, fighting to the last ditch for the Woman Suffrage Amendment. To one not familiar with the party and its members, a day devoted to a tour of inspection would be productive of many surprises. Long ago the movement has been shorn of its comedy element, and the general public has awakened to the fact that some women at least want the vote, and are kicking up considerable dust to get it. The Brooklyn organization is typical of thousands of others throughout the United States. The women are working shoulder to shoulder under able leadership, and with an excellent understanding of what it is all about. Last January the women of Brooklyn began to lay the foundation for the contest which reaches its climax within the next two weeks. They set out with a determination to win in Brooklyn. ‘Further than that,’ one of the leaders recently said, ‘we cannot be held accountable, but we are determined to show the country that Brooklyn women have been in the fight, and to convince Brooklyn men the need for the woman vote is pressing. There is more to the work than holding meetings, making speeches and gaining pledges.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1945, the Eagle reported, “In the seven-months Hollywood film strike a Warner Bros. spokesman admitted that the studio might be forced to close down unless the threat of violence is removed. Nearly 50 club-wielding police and sheriff’s deputies were called into action yesterday to force an opening in a ‘sit-down’ picket line of 50 around Warners. Half a dozen pickets were clubbed and three arrested in a brief but bloody battle.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947, the Eagle reported, “Benjamin G. Browdy, president of the Brooklyn Zionist region, announced today that more than 100 automobiles will assemble on Flatbush Ave. near Grand Army Plaza tomorrow night for a motor cavalcade which will tour the borough together with a police escort, in connection with a ‘Roll Call for a Jewish State.’ The cavalcade is part of a membership campaign and mass educational effort of the borough Zion region to enlist public aid. The campaign will be climaxed by a series of breakfast and radio addresses Nov. 2, the 30th anniversary of the issuance of the Balfour proclamation.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “The United Nations Security Council neared a vote today in the Anglo-Iranian oil dispute with prospects of a walkout by Iran and a veto by Russia. At the end of yesterday’s sharp-toned session at headquarters in Flushing Meadow Park — in which Mohammed Mossadegh, the frail Iranian premier, spoke three times with increasing emotion — Council President Joao Carlos Muniz of Brazil summoned the 11-nation group for two sessions today in hopes of getting a showdown vote by nightfall. Mossadegh served notice that he intends to make one more speech and then walk out on the UN debate about the nationalization of the giant Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. He suggested that it would be a good thing if the entire council forgot the dispute and went home. The 72-year-old Iranian refused to swerve from his steadfast contention that the UN has no jurisdiction in the dispute, which Iran considers a purely domestic matter, and that the Tehran government will reject any resolution — no matter how mild — the Security Council may pass. Russia, sharing Iran’s position on the council’s authority, finally threatened the veto. Without definitely saying that Russia would veto a British resolution calling for resumption of Anglo-Iranian oil negotiations, Soviet delegate Semyon K. Tsarapkin said Russia considers the measure ‘a rude violation of the sovereign rights of Iran,’ which the Soviet Union ‘protests and opposes.’ If he does block the measure, it will be Russia’s 50th veto.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “PHILADELPHIA, OCT. 16 (U.P.) — The money is in the bank and a meeting tomorrow could establish to a certainty that the Philadelphia Athletics will remain in this city where they were founded 54 years ago. Seven men, described as ‘honest to goodness, progressive businessmen’ are set to buy out Connie Mack Sr., founder of the club, and his son, Earle. They have $1,500,000 on the line ‘and more if needed.’ Roy Mack, who fought what appeared to be a hopelessly losing battle for months to save the club, will retain his interest but in an undetermined capacity. Should the purchase be made tomorrow, it would come less than 24 hours before the deadline of Roy’s reply to the American League on the team’s status. From what we learned after a top secret nine-hour meeting yesterday, the deal would have been consummated today but for the wedding of Roy’s daughter Kathleen.”

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Wyclef Jean
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Felicity Jones
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, who was born in 1933; singer-songwriter Gary Puckett, who was born in 1942; theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh, who was born in 1946; Olympic gold medal-winning pole vaulter Bob Seagren, who was born in 1946; “This Is Spinal Tap” star Michael McKean, who was born in 1947; “Cheers” star George Wendt, who was born in 1948; Space Shuttle astronaut Mae Jemison, who was born in 1956; Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson, who was born in 1958; “Idiocracy” director Mike Judge, who was born in 1962; singer-songwriter Ziggy Marley, who was born in 1968; World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els, who was born in 1969; Fugees co-founder Wyclef Jean, who was born in 1969; rapper Eminem, who was born in 1972; and “Rogue One” star Felicity Jones, who was born in 1983.

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

 

Quotable:

“I learned one thing from jumping motorcycles that was of great value on the golf course, the putting green especially: Whatever you do, don’t come up short.”

— stunt performer Evel Knievel, who was born on this day in 1938


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