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May 24: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

May 24, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1859, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The firing today in New York is in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday. All the British shipping in the harbor are decorated with flags, and the Union Jack is flying from many of the prominent buildings in the city, and many loyal Britons are engaged celebrating the occasion in becoming style.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1873, the Eagle reported, “Gov. [John Adams] Dix has issued a proclamation recommending that the 30th day of May ‘be solemnized by the people of this State.’ Decoration Day has recently been made a legal holiday.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1879, the Eagle reported, “The Catholic Review reminds its readers that Sunday, the 25th inst., is the long waited for day among the Catholics of New York, when will take place the dedication of the new St. Patrick’s cathedral by the Cardinal Archbishop. A great many bishops and archbishops from all parts of the country will honor the occasion by their presence, and so great is the anxiety of Catholics to be present, that $100 a seat for preferred places has been offered and refused.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1898, the Eagle reported, “The electrical show in Madison Square Garden will close on Tuesday, May 31. The experiment made last night on the theaterphone, by which a performance given at Milwaukee, Wis., could be heard distinctly by visitors in the Garden, was a triumph for the long distance telephone and goes to prove that there is no limit either of time or distance by which electricity can be bound. The printing press, the Edison ore separator, the thousands of meters all doing some work, the electrical cooking apparatus and electrical heating apparatus, and the little things and big things all over the Garden make up an exhibition in which there is something to interest everybody.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1909, the Eagle said, “John K. Tener, who twenty years ago was pitching ball for [Cap] Anson’s Chicago Colts and is now a Congressman from Western Pennsylvania, rarely misses a game at the Washington grounds, and several times each week dons a uniform and takes morning practice with the Senators. Standing six feet in height and looking as young and hearty as he did twenty years ago, this ex-professional carries sunshine through every stage of his remarkable career.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1911, the Eagle reported, “New Yorkers will watch the performances of drivers from the metropolitan belt with considerable interest when they strive for supremacy in the great 500-mile race at Indianapolis on Memorial Day. In any sporting event civic pride always plays a part, and the fact that drivers who reside in Indianapolis will have an advantage over all others in having been ‘raised’ on the speedway, as it were, with opportunities for far more practice, makes Gothamites want to see the boys from Greater New York make a showing.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1925, the Eagle reported, “Three million persons, or more than the entire population of the eight States of Wyoming, Utah, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Montana and New Mexico, enter and leave the Boro of Manhattan south of 59th st. during a 24-hour period, according to a comprehensive survey of the New York traffic situation presented to the International Police Conference by Deputy Chief Inspector William A. Coleman … The actual count made by the police reveals that 2,849,000 persons and 233,450 vehicles enter Manhattan south of 59th st. every day. Of the pedestrians it is estimated that 1,352,500 come from the Bronx, Westchester and other points north; 1,116,900 come from Brooklyn and Queens; and 30,000 come from New Jersey. From this great ebb and flow of humanity arise all of the many and varied traffic and transit problems of the world’s largest city.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1928, the Eagle reported, “Betty Robinson, 13-year-old schoolgirl of South Bend, Ind., on May 22, won the national spelling bee held in Washington. The word ‘knack’ gave her the title when Pauline Gray of Akron, Ohio, was unable to spell it. Twenty-three grade school pupils competed in the contest. The winner took the $1,000 first prize; while Pauline Gray received the $500 second prize.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1949, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — Senate majority leader Kenneth S. Wherry said today he will insist on FBI loyalty clearance for all atomic fellowship students even if they don’t have access to restricted material. Wherry is a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee which handles funds for the Atomic Energy Commission. He made his demand as Congress dug deeper into the granting of atomic fellowships to alleged Communists and the disappearance of a small amount of Uranium-235 from the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “Frank Gifford, triple-threat halfback and defensive star of the University of Southern California, has signed a contract to play for the New York Football Giants next Fall.”

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Patti LaBelle
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Bob Dylan
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, who was born in 1937; “Up in Smoke” star Tommy Chong, who was born in 1938; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan, who was born in 1941; “M*A*S*H” star Gary Burghoff, who was born in 1943; “Godmother of Soul” Patti LaBelle, who was born in 1944; “The Naked Gun” star Priscilla Presley, who was born in 1945; Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent, who was born in 1949; “Spider-Man 2” star Alfred Molina, who was born in 1953; “The Wheel” singer Rosanne Cash, who was born in 1955; “The English Patient” star Kristin Scott Thomas, who was born in 1960; Basketball Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, who was born in 1963; “Step Brothers” star John C. Reilly, who was born in 1965; former N.Y. Mets and Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon, who was born in 1973; Basketball Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, who was born in 1979; and “One Voice” singer Billy Gilman, who was born in 1988.

Bartolo Colon
Duane Burleson/AP

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

 

Quotable:

“He not busy being born is busy dying.”

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bob Dylan, who was born on this day in 1941


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