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May 21: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 21, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1899, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Jacob German, who is said to be the first man arrested for running an automobile too fast, was locked up in New York last night. He runs cab No. 1,565 for the Electric Vehicle Company of 1683 Broadway. Bicycle Roundsman Schuessler saw German making twelve miles an hour on Lexington avenue early last evening and pursuing the man he saw him round the corner of Twenty-third street, an always crowded place, at the same break neck speed. Then he arrested him. German was surprised. The company was notified and its members were surprised. But German was locked up in the East Twenty-second street station. The automobile was left in front of the station.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1911, the Eagle reported, “Six-day bicycle race methods will be introduced in automobile track racing in the 500-mile race at the Indianapolis Speedway on May 30 by David L. Bruce-Brown and Joe Matson, his alternate driver. In a six-day bicycle race the racewise riders do not tire themselves by long tricks of riding, but swap pace at frequent intervals, in order to be fresh for the sprints. That is what Bruce-Brown and Matson will do in the five century grind at Indianapolis. Instead of tiring themselves by long tricks at the wheel these crack drivers will alternate at frequent intervals, and an old six-day race trainer will be in their camp to give each man a thorough massaging when he leaves the wheel. Bruce-Brown’s big Fiat car has been christened ‘Le Diable Rouge’ by reason of its color. The mechanics for the car will be Tony Scutlarie and V. Maza. ‘I hear there is some discussion anent the safest way to start the forty-five contestants in the race on Decoration Day,’ stated Bruce-Brown at the Indianapolis Speedway this week. ‘Why not take a leaf from the history of bicycle racing, and send the cars off from a rolling start, the first lap or two to not count until all the cars are together. It is impossible to fairly start a large field of bicycle riders from a standing start, and in my opinion a rolling start will be most satisfactory for the drivers in this big race and will serve to eliminate any possible chance of accident in starting such a large field of cars. A large flag run across the track in such a manner as to be visible to the drivers a half mile distant could serve as a starting signal. It would be a pretty sight to see the drivers jockeying for position in the first two laps.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1946, the Eagle reported, “TEHRAN, MAY 20 (U.P.) — Radio Tabriz called upon the men, women and children of Azerbaijan Province today to repulse attacking Iranian Government troops which, it said, began a frontier offensive toward Tabriz at 5 p.m. Sunday. ‘Bloodshed has started,’ the Azerbaijan broadcast said. ‘Azerbaijan troops and armed civilians have been instructed to defend the country to the last.’ Prince Mozaffar Firouz, Tehran government spokesman, denied that serious fighting had begun in Azerbaijan. He conceded that a local clash might have occurred. Both Firouz and high army officers said Premier Ahmad Ghavam had ordered central government troops to refrain from starting a fight. They suggested that Azerbaijan troops might have provoked incidents. Radio Tabriz said central government troops opened up mortar barrages against two Azerbaijan frontier posts at Sourat and Baghoh-Hehneshin in Zanjan Province. The broadcast said other government troops attacked Kurdish positions in Kurdistan, a mountainous province adjoining Azerbaijan, three days ago. The central government troops were repulsed by the Kurdish tribesmen, suffering casualties and losing 37 prisoners, it said. London press reports quoted the Tabriz radio as saying that 15,000 government troops have crossed the Azerbaijan border.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1953, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (UP) — President Eisenhower announced today he will meet soon with Prime Minister Winston Churchill and French Premier Rene Mayer to discuss common problems that must be solved ‘so that the cause of world peace may be advanced.’ The White House said Mr. Eisenhower had taken the initiative in calling the Big Three parley, which probably will be held in Bermuda late in June. Churchill said in London the meeting will be held shortly after June 15 and said he hoped it would lead to another conference of ‘greater import.’ He referred presumably to a Big-Power meeting with Russia. Mayer in Paris went far beyond this and said flatly the meeting was called to hammer out a ‘unity of views’ for a conference with Russia. The decision to call the three-power meeting was reached by Mr. Eisenhower himself. Administration sources said Mr. Eisenhower decided it was time the United States, Britain and France got together to ‘iron out their problems.’ Churchill told the House of Commons that ‘President Eisenhower has expressed a wish for a personal meeting with the French prime minister and myself to discuss our common problems.’ It was understood the invitations were extended in telephone calls last night to London and Paris following an extraordinary White House conference last night attended by Mr. Eisenhower and some of his top advisers.”

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Mr. T
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Lisa Edelstein
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Baseball Hall of Famer Bobby Cox, who was born in 1941; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Ronald Isley, who was born in 1941; “Bobby’s Girl” singer Marcie Blane, who was born in Brooklyn in 1944; Chicago singer Bill Champlin, who was born in 1947; “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” singer Leo Sayer, who was born in 1948; “The A-Team” star Mr. T, who was born in 1952; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stan Lynch (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), who was born in 1955; “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” star Judge Reinhold, who was born in 1957; former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was born in 1959; “Family Guy” producer Richard Appel, who was born in 1963; My Bloody Valentine founder Kevin Shields, who was born in 1963; “House” star Lisa Edelstein, who was born in 1966; “The Craft” star Fairuza Balk, who was born in 1974; former N.Y. Yankees pitcher Andrew Miller, who was born in 1985; and Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who was born in 1996.

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

 

Quotable:

“Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.”

— poet Alexander Pope, who was born on this day in 1688


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