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June 10: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1905, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Mayor [George] McClellan has issued orders that the flags shall fly from the City Hall on Wednesday, June 14, in observance of Flag Day, the 125th anniversary of the adoption of the flag of the United States, and Superintendent of Schools Maxwell has requested of all public schools the devoting of part of the opening exercises of the day shall have reference to the flag and the respect and honor due it.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1908, the Eagle reported, “PRINCETON, N.J. — The one hundred and sixty-first annual commencement exercises of Princeton University were held here today before a large number of visitors. The trustees, faculty and graduates clad in academic costume, led by the United States Naval Academy band, marched from Nassau Hall to Alexander Hall where the exercises were held. The Rev. Dr. R. D. Fraser, of Newark, N.J., pronounced the benediction. Walter W. Westervelt, of Beemerville, N.J., of the class of 1908, gave the Latin salutatory and J. Havon, Jr., of Passaic, N.J., delivered the honorary oration. President Woodrow Wilson, of the university, then announced the prizes for the year and Dean Andrews F. West conferred the bachelors, masters and doctors degrees … John Foster Dulles, of Auburn, N.Y., gave the class valedictory and the exercises closed with the singing of ‘Old Nassau.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1924, the Eagle reported, “CONVENTION HALL, CLEVELAND, OHIO — The Republican National Convention, scheduled to nominate Calvin Coolidge for President on the first ballot, opened here today at 11 a.m. Representative Theodore E. Burton of Ohio, chosen temporary chairman, delivered a ‘keynote’ speech in which he extolled the achievements of the Administration under both Presidents Harding and Coolidge. The convention opened in an atmosphere of very restrained enthusiasm. Representative Burton’s speech provoked some applause, but there was a general feeling on the floor that everything was somewhat too prearranged to promise any thrills. The chief interest is still in the Vice Presidency and therefore delegates are not expecting anything to happen until Thursday, when nominations will be made.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “LONDON (U.P.) — Thousands of American and British warplanes went to the support of Allied invasion armies in France today, taking advantage of improving weather to strike at German troop concentrations, airports, rail centers and gun posts behind the Normandy front. A 1,000-plane fleet of Flying Fortresses, Liberators, Mustangs, Thunderbolts and Lightnings bombed and gunned many airdromes in Brittany and Normandy Nazi strong points near the battlefront, and targets of every variety. The daylight fleet of American planes struck in the wake of perhaps 750 British heavy bombers which defied night storms to smash at the most forward airdromes behind the German lines, impeding a reported Nazi attempt to reinforce its air squadrons in the battle area.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1944, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — The ‘GI bill of rights,’ a measure providing some $6,500,000,000 worth of veterans’ hospital, compensation, education and loan benefits, today appeared headed for early enactment following agreement by Senate-House conferees on all but two provisions. The agreement, reached yesterday after day-long conferences, embodied tentative acceptance of the following provisions: 1. Government allowance of $50 a month for a single veteran and $75 a month for a married veteran, plus $500 a year tuition fee, for continuing high school or college education; 2. Government guarantee of 40 percent, up to $2,000, of loans veterans receive to buy homes, farms or small businesses; 3. Unemployment compensation at the rate of $20 a week for one year.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — President Eisenhower told a news conference today the United States faces a truly serious international situation with Communism, a situation which he said might last as much as 40 years. In a philosophic mood about the world situation, Mr. Eisenhower agreed the dangers facing the United States today are greater than about any other time in the history of the country. He was asked about a statement recently by Admiral Robert B. Garney, Chief of Naval Operations, that the dangers facing the United States today are greater than ever before. Mr. Eisenhower said he did not like to use such terms because danger is a comparative situation. But he added that he thinks the question before the country today is whether we are in a truly serious situation. He said the answer is inescapably yes. Under later questioning he said the United States and other free nations might be faced for 40 years with international tension caused by Soviet Russia. To counter the steady threat to world security, he said the United States must maintain a highly mobile defense force, centrally located and ready to move in event of major conflict. He said more than anything he feared an inclination on the part of the public to look at international danger on a point-by-point basis rather than looking at the world-wide effort of the Communists to subvert all of the free nations.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “James Starbuck will be choreographer of ‘Fanny,’ the S. N. Behrman-Joshua Logan-Harold Rome musical which David Merrick and Mr. Logan will produce. Set for an early November opening, the show will co-star Ezio Pinza and Walter Slezak, with Florence Henderson in the title role.”

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Kate Upton
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Gina Gershon
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Shirley Owens (the Shirelles), who was born in 1941; “Das Boot” star Jurgen Prochnow, who was born in 1941; former N.Y. Yankees broadcaster Ken Singleton, who was born in 1947; former “Saturday Night Live” star Rich Hall, who was born in 1954; former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who was born in 1959; “Riverdale” star Gina Gershon, who was born in 1962; “Big Love” star Jeanne Tripplehorn, who was born in 1963; “Bedazzled” star Elizabeth Hurley, who was born in 1965; “A Walk to Remember” star Shane West, who was born in 1978; Olympic gold medal-winning figure skater Tara Lipinski, who was born in 1982; model and actress Kate Upton, who was born in 1992; and former first daughter Sasha Obama, who was born in 2001.

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

 

Quotable:

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”

— actress and singer Judy Garland, who was born on this day in 1922


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