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May 16: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 16, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1846, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “There is no news by the Magnetic Telegraph up to one o’clock today. Indeed, now that Congress has done all that could be done, in the premises, we shall hear nothing, probably, of great interest, until our army has a regular fight with the Mexicans. Excitement appears to be somewhat subdued today. The want of anything else to talk about, indeed, is one of the principal reasons for the ‘war feeling’ having reached the climax it has.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1872, the Eagle reported, “The Yellowstone National Park, in Montana, thirty or forty miles square, has a Superintendent, Hon. N.P. Langford, of Montana, appointed by the Acting Secretary of the Treasury. His salary and duties are not mentioned.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1920, the Eagle reported, “POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., MAY 15 — Levi P. Morton, former Vice President of the United States and ex-Governor of New York State, will celebrate his ninety-sixth birthday at his summer home, ‘Ellerslie,’ near Rhinebeck, tomorrow.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1921, the Eagle said, “It’s a curious reflection for non-scientific persons that some unexplained disturbance on the visible surface of the sun 92,800,000 miles away from us, is almost entirely responsible for the aurora borealis, which is a transmission of electricity through the atmosphere and for the gravest sort of magnetic disturbances that began on Saturday night to interfere with telegraphy all over the United States and affected the telephone wires to a marked degree, having also a perceptible influence on cable transmission. These disturbances haven’t ended yet, but are expected to do so very soon. Science has not proven demonstratively that there is a relation of cause and effect between the sun spots and the aurora, but recorded data make it clear enough that the two go together; that years of many and large sun spots are years of vivid auroral displays. The sun spot is a vast depression in what is called the photosphere, the outer gaseous envelope of the sun. A large group of sun spots was photographed on Monday last at the United States Naval Observatory, also on Tuesday. Incessant rain in Washington prevented photographing on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It is noted now that the spots are gradually moving away from the part of the sun’s photosphere directly facing the earth, and in forty-eight hours, it is said, magnetic disturbances will cease. Even electric lights were somewhat dimmed Saturday night and last night. What might happen to the conveniences of human beings from a frequent renewal of such interferences is not pleasant to think upon. And yet borrowing trouble or crossing a bridge before you come to it is not worth while.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, Eagle columnist William Juengst said, “That Television Seminar of the Radio Executives Club starts this Thursday in Studio 6A of the NBC quarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and continues for 15 consecutive Thursday evenings. Speakers at the first session: Chairman James Lawrence Fly of the FCC, Niles Trammell, NBC prexy, Dr. Alfred N. Goldsmith, the inventor. Your Hired Ear looks forward to the sessions in June on the effects of television on established industries.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, MAY 15 (U.P.) — Egyptian warplanes harried the principal city of one-day-old Israel four times today while Arab armies invaded Palestine from three sides. Tel Aviv was hit by air raiders ranging from four to 16 fighters and bombers. One Jew was killed and two injured in the raids, which also destroyed an Air France plane on the city’s airfield. Fighters forced down one of the attacking planes and its pilot was captured. Another, a spitfire fighter, made an emergency landing in the Negev Desert of southern Palestine. The vanguard of thousands of long-awaited Jewish immigrants was arriving to reinforce Israel. Troops of Syria and Lebanon were attacking Jewish settlements in northern Palestine, while Trans-Jordanian and Iraqi forces moved in from the east and the Egyptian army invaded from the south. The Egyptian National Defense Ministry announced in Cairo that two Egyptian columns, spearheaded by bombers, had rolled north into Palestine, ‘wiping out’ the Jewish settlement of Danjour and entering the key southern city of Gaza, 20 miles inside the Palestine border. The Arabs said units of King Abdullah’s Trans-Jordanian Arab Legion had penetrated the Jewish ‘life line’ highway. There were no details. But Jewish forces were striking back. The Jewish army said ‘the whole of western Galilee (in northern Palestine, near the Syrian border) is now in our hands.’ Jewish advances on the outskirts of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem reportedly reopened a stretch of the highway between the two cities and gave the Jews control of the Arab highway north from Jerusalem to Ramallah. The Jews held the dominant positions in Jerusalem itself.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “President Truman’s political stock spiraled upward last night as Mayor O’Dwyer and Borough President Cashmore joined national Democratic leaders in congratulating the President upon his speedy recognition of the new State of Israel. Party leaders, who for some time have been alarmed by the strong disaffection among Jewish voters because of the President’s Palestine policies, assumed a heartening note on the latest White House action and urged the immediate lifting of the arms embargo against Zion. General sentiment among local Democratic chieftains was that the Presidential support of the new Jewish State will turn the tide of opposition. However, the leaders felt that the breach will not be healed completely until the country moves to implement Palestine partition through the United Nations and lifts the arms ban.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — A radiant Queen Elizabeth II returned today from the first round-the-world tour ever made by a British monarch and nearly a million of her subjects gave her a tumultuous welcome … Thousands of her subjects broke through police cordons around Buckingham Palace chanting, ‘We want the Queen.’ And the Queen, her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, appeared on a palace balcony … Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who went aboard the yacht last night to welcome the Queen, joined the officials on the pier in their greeting to the Queen. ‘Hello, young man,’ he said as he leaned over to shake hands with Charles. The Prince plucked little Anne’s sleeve to indicate she, too, was to shake hands with the great man.”

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Janet Jackson
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Megan Fox
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Machete” star Danny Trejo, who was born in 1944; King Crimson founder Robert Fripp, who was born in 1946; “Mamma Mia!” star Pierce Brosnan, who was born in 1953; Baseball Hall of Famer Jack Morris, who was born in 1955; “Urban Cowboy” star Debra Winger, who was born in 1955; Olympic gold medal-winning runner Joan Benoit, who was born in 1957; “St. Elmo’s Fire” star Mare Winningham, who was born in 1959; “The Kids in the Hall” star Kevin McDonald, who was born in 1961; former NBA player John Salley, who was born in Brooklyn in 1964; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), who was born in 1965; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Janet Jackson, who was born in 1966; Pro Football Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas, who was born in 1966; New Edition singer Ralph Tresvant, who was born in 1968; “Bones” star David Boreanaz, who was born in 1969; political commentator Tucker Carlson, who was born in 1969; “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Tori Spelling, who was born in 1973; and “Transformers” star Megan Fox, who was born in 1986.

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

 

Quotable:

“Competition is great. And as long as it’s friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it’s cool.”

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Janet Jackson, who was born on this day in 1966


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