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June 18: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 18, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1873, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The trial of Miss Susan B. Anthony, for voting at the General Election in November last, was begun in the U.S. Circuit Court at Canandaigua yesterday. Miss Anthony, Mrs. Matilda J. Gage and other ladies were present. Her counsel are Henry R. Selden and John Van Voorhis, of Rochester. A jury was impaneled with little trouble. Mr. Beverly W. James, an Inspector of Election, testified for the government to the alleged illegal voting, and ex-Judge Selden addressed the jury in an argument lasting three hours. The court adjourned.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1912, the Eagle reported, “The Republican National Convention was called to order shortly after noon at Chicago today. There were scenes of tense excitement both inside and outside the Coliseum. At the eleventh hour the Roosevelt camp showed indications of weakening. The failure of Colonel Roosevelt to stampede the delegates was a palpable disappointment to his managers, and overtures for a compromise were made. They were promptly rejected by the Taft leaders. Efforts made by Senator Kenyon of Iowa to effect an agreement between the Taft and Roosevelt forces that the convention should proceed in an orderly manner failed. Roosevelt is expected to make a personal appeal to the delegates on the floor of the convention, and his managers will fight every inch of the proceedings. If all else fails, a bolt is contemplated. There has been considerable quarreling among the Roosevelt managers themselves. No further defections from Taft to Roosevelt were accomplished today. Roosevelt gained one vote by the seating of Robert Welwood of Brooklyn.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1919, the Eagle reported, “MINEOLA, L.I. — Evidence of destruction caused by the 17-year locusts, which are visiting that region in and around Farmingdale, Massapequa Swamp, Central Park and Plainview, is becoming apparent. The pests, technically known as cicada septendecina, have been feasting on the maple trees on the farm of Henry Lange until the beautiful maples are in danger of ruination. Three of his maples have been damaged in the extreme, due to the female laying her eggs in the tender bark. The locust can cut into the bark and there deposit her eggs. An Eagle reporter, accompanied by Frederick W. Ohm of the Nassau County Farm Bureau, went over to the locust-infested region on a tour of inspection. The infected section begins at Wantagh on the east and carries over to the Massapequa Swamp, where the cicada are the thickest. The region extends north. From a distance the humming croak of the locust attracts one. A boy with a toy ‘cricket’ could not produce a less harmonious sound. As the automobile party, led by Mr. Ohm, reached within a quarter of a mile of the swamp, the noise was perceptible even above the sound of the automobile engine. The car was brought up nearer and the engine was stopped; whereupon the cricket-like noises became very pronounced.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1929, the Eagle reported, “Miss Elizabeth Trump, daughter of Mrs. Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Rd., Jamaica Estates, L.I., was married on Sunday to William Walter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Walter of 2312 Hughes St. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride’s mother by the Rev. Andrew F. Magill of the First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica. Miss Trump was given in marriage by her brother, Fred Trump, and had Miss Rose Walter, sister of the bridegroom, as maid of honor. Julius Walter Jr. was best man for his brother. A reception followed. After a trip through the Middle West, Mr. and Mrs. Walter will reside in Hollis.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1931, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON — Justice Adkins of the District Supreme Court has set June 26 for a decision on pending applications by William Randolph Hearst and David Lawrence to purchase the Washington Post for $3,000,000. The sale is opposed by Mrs. Evelyn Walsh McLean, estranged wife of Edward B. McLean, publisher of the Post.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “GENEVA (U.P.) — British and American diplomats asserted today the Far Eastern conference has revealed that Communist China is becoming increasingly independent of the Soviet Union. They said calculating demonstrations of Soviet-Chinese unity have failed to convince them the two countries are completely in agreement. Diplomats who have observed Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav M. Molotov and Chinese Premier-Foreign Minister Chou En-lai at private as well as public negotiations have noted a change in their relations, with no sign of the master-pupil approach which the Soviet uses in dealing with satellite nations in Europe.”

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Alana de la Garza
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Paul McCartney
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include businessman and politician Brooks Firestone, who was born in 1939; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul McCartney, who was born in 1942; “Taxi” star Carol Kane, who was born in 1952; “Blue Velvet” star Isabella Rossellini, who was born in 1952; “Dream On” star Brian Benben, who was born in 1956; Boyz II Men founder Nathan Morris, who was born in 1971; Hockey Hall of Famer and former N.Y. Rangers right winger Martin St. Louis, who was born in 1975; “Law and Order” star Alana de la Garza, who was born in 1976; country music superstar Blake Shelton, who was born in 1976; eight-time NFL Pro-Bowler Antonio Gates, who was born in 1980; and former N.Y. Rangers center Derek Stepan, who was born in 1990.

Derek Stepan
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THE HEAT OF BATTLE: Red Adair was born on this day in 1915. The Houston native began fighting oil well fires after serving in an Army bomb disposal unit during World War II. He founded Red Adair Co. in 1959 and during his career battled more than 2,000 land and offshore oil fires. In his 70s, he took part in extinguishing oil fires in Kuwait that were set by retreating Iraqi troops during the 1991 Gulf War. He died in 2004.

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SPACE FOR EVERYONE: Sally Ride became the first American woman in space on this day in 1983. The 32-year-old physicist and pilot was a mission specialist on a six-day trip aboard the space shuttle Challenger. Ride was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007. She died in 2012.

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

 

Quotable:

“The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.”

— astronaut Sally Ride, who went into space on this day in 1983


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