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November 1: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

November 1, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle History
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Gogo ON THIS DAY IN 1875, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Mr. [George Herbert] McCord has just finished for a lady of this city a large picture of ‘Chapel Pond, Adirondacks.’ It is a late afternoon scene and the sun has partly sunk behind the western hills which throw dark shadows across the water and upon the face of the eastern cliffs bordering the pond. These cliffs on the left are barren and the granite crops out from the scanty herbage in every direction. The foliage on the cliff side is slightly tinged with Autumn colors and under the effect of the light and shade, which radiates over it, the scene is very brilliant. On the right a point of land juts out into the lake. This is covered with a luxuriant growth of hardy forest trees. The surface of the lake is quiet and the foreground of water is dotted with lily pads, while a hunter in a canoe leaves a long trail as he paddles along. The picture is well kept together and is carefully finished in every part. Mr. McCord is at present engaged upon several other canvases illustrating Adirondack scenes, some of which are very charming.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1928, the Eagle reported, “Gaiety and jazz paused for a brief space last night at the annual dinner-dance of the William E. Blaisdell Post, American Legion, in the Elks ballroom, and more than 500 guests and members present bowed their heads in memory of one of aviation’s great heroes. Former U.S. Senator William M. Calder presented a bronze bust of Floyd Bennett, victim of illness while flying to succor the Bremen fliers, to his widow. ‘As the years go by, I shall cherish it as one of my most treasured possessions,’ Mrs. Bennett told the post in accepting the bust. It is 18 inches high and cast in dull green.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1936, the Eagle reported, “The vast deserts and rocky plains of New Mexico and Texas were used as a background by King Vidor in directing his historic film of the old Southwest, ‘The Texas Rangers,’ coming to the Fantasy Theater, Rockville Centre, for a full week starting Friday, Nov. 6 with Fred MacMurray and Jack Oakie in leading roles. The picture, second made for Paramount by Vidor, immortalizes the band of men who made Texas safe for the pioneer settlers of the 1880s. Combining a sweeping panoramic view of early Texas history with a romantic, action-filled story of high adventure and romance, ‘The Texas Rangers’ is based on true records of the exploits of one of the world’s most famous organizations of peace officers.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1938, the Eagle reported, “Some 250 women, representing 64 borough women’s clubs, attended the annual one-day Kings County conference of the Long Island Federation of Women’s Clubs held yesterday in the Central Y.W.C.A., 38 3rd Ave. The delegates voted to present to the annual conference of the Long Island Federation of Women’s Clubs, to be held Jan. 20, resolutions proposing that billboards on the public highways be prohibited and that an educational program on the appearance and dangers of marijuana be carried out.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “JERUSALEM (U.P.) — Thousands of Haifa Jews scheduled a two-hour protest strike today against British policy in the Holy Land, and the Haifa port area was under heavy guard for the transfer of 1,400 illegal immigrants to Cyprus detention camps. British authorities began transferring the refugees from the immigrant ship Latroun and the operation appeared to be proceeding without incident. Palestine Arabs completed arrangements for a nation-wide strike tomorrow on the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, in which Britain promised to further the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The Arab Higher Committee authorized demonstrations and parades throughout the Holy Land.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “Up in Canada this evening, the New York Knickerbockers, one of the main cogs in the newly formed Basketball Association of America, take on the Toronto Huskies on the Maple Leaf Garden court, beating the other teams in the circuit to the punch by 24 hours. The Knicks will engage in two more road games before their Madison Square Garden bow Nov. 11.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “Out Chicago way tomorrow, the football Giants will strive to regain that winning touch they showed so advantageously on the road but which was sadly lacking at the Polo Grounds. Having suffered two successive disastrous defeats in these parts, the men of Mara must beat off the dangerous Cardinals here in order to stay in the American Conference race.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “FORT WORTH, TEXAS (U.P.) — Betsy Rawls of Spartanburg, S.C., won her second straight Texas women’s open golf title yesterday by beating Betty Hicks of Manhattan Beach, Cal., 1-up, over 36 holes. Miss Rawls, former University of Texas honor student, earned $500 first-place money while her rival got $300. The rest of the $1,300 purse was split among other professionals who were eliminated earlier.” (Editor’s note: Betsy Rawls won eight major championships during her career and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1960. She died Oct. 21, 2023 at age 95.)

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ON THIS DAY IN 1962, the Eagle reported, “The hopped-up New York Titans go after their 2nd straight victory, Sunday at the Polo Grounds, playing the Oakland Raiders in a 2 p.m. AFL game. The Titans impressed in beating the defending eastern champion San Diego Chargers, 23-3, at home last week, for their 3rd triumph in 8 games, while the Raiders lost a tough one, 26-16, to the powerful Boston Patriots, last Friday night. The resurgence of the Titans coincided with the debut of Johnny Green as quarterback two weeks ago and the emergence of the defensive team as a first-rate unit. It seems that the Titans’ overall picture has brightened considerably for Bulldog Turner’s men.”

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Toni Collette
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Sophie B. Hawkins
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include World Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player, who was born in 1935; “Falcon Crest” star Robert Foxworth, who was born in 1941; entrepreneur Mitch Kapor, who was born in Brooklyn in 1950; “Nobody Knows Me” singer Lyle Lovett, who was born in 1957; Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was born in 1960; former L.A. Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who was born in 1960; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), who was born in 1962; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Allen (Def Leppard), who was born in 1963; “As I Lay Me Down” singer Sophie B. Hawkins, who was born in 1964; former N.Y. Rangers right winger Tie Domi, who was born in 1969; “The Sixth Sense” star Toni Collette, who was born in 1972; “Santa Baby” star Jenny McCarthy, who was born in 1972; “You” star Penn Badgley, who was born in 1986; and “Hamilton” star Anthony Ramos, who was born in Brooklyn in 1991.

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

 

Quotable:

“Sometimes, the most profound of awakenings come wrapped in the quietest of moments.”

— author Stephen Crane, who was born on this day in 1871


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