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June 27: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

June 27, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1884, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Among the Congressional nominations yesterday were those of J.B. Wakefield, Republican, Second Minnesota District; W.D. Owens, Republican, Tenth Indiana District; Thomas J. Henderson, Republican, Seventh Illinois District; W.W. Williams, Republican, Thirteenth Indiana District, and Major William McKinley, Jr., Twentieth Ohio District.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1902, the Eagle reported, “Today is the last day of school throughout the city, and at 3 o’clock this afternoon all of the schools will close, not to reopen until September 8. Some of the schools will be open during the six weeks of summer session, and these will open for registration of pupils on July 7. According to the plans of the Board of Education, promotions were held today in all of the schools. The senior classes had all held their graduating exercises and everything was in readiness for the progression of classes down to the kindergarten classes. In practically all the schools there were no examinations for promotion and the scholars were advanced upon the records made by them during the term. This was the case in every class, with the exception of the kindergarten classes. In these the promotion is made not according to the proficiency of the pupils, but according to age. The directors all make out their promotion lists according to the age of their children, all over 6 being advanced to the lowest class in the primary departments.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1915, the Eagle reported, “‘Phraso,’ who is well known on the stage for his impersonation of a mechanical manikin, will be featured in a comedy, ‘The Mechanical Man,’ which will be released tomorrow by the Universal Company.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1928, Home Talk/The Item reported, “Disappointment for supporters of a Narrows Bridge plan, who had been led to believe Gov. [Al] Smith favored their project, is spelled in a letter sent to Home Talk by Mrs. Henry Moskowitz, advisor to Gov. Smith, which brands as misquotations some of the statements which appeared in the daily papers following the Governor’s speech at the opening of two New Jersey-Staten Island bridges last week. Governor Smith, in his speech at the bridge opening, stressed the importance of direct communication throughout the boroughs, and recommended early action on a Bay Ridge-Staten Island transportation link. Several of the daily papers, in their stories of the opening ceremonies, gave an account of the Governor’s speech in which the impression was conveyed that he had directly favored construction of a bridge across the Narrows. Mrs. Moskowitz, correcting this mistaken impression through a letter sent to Home Talk with the authorization of Gov. Smith, points out that the Governor does not favor a bridge. ‘He made no specific references in this speech as to whether it should be a bridge or tunnel, or just where it should be located,’ writes Mrs. Moskowitz to Home Talk. ‘This question is, of course, subject to engineering determination.’”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON (U.P.) — The United States will use its own Air Force to help South Korea’s defensive war against Communist invaders from the north, authoritative sources said today. The decision to give the tiny democratic republic American air support from nearby Japanese bases was settled at an emergency White House conference between President Truman and his military high command. The president summoned key congressmen of both parties to the White House shortly afterward and told them the decision. One inkling that this country had determined on positive military help for South Korea came from an Army spokesman just as the military conference at the White House broke up. He said a ‘very interesting’ development would be announced. But other authoritative sources beat this deadline. They said the United States decided to give South Korea air support on the authorization of the resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council on Sunday. This resolution called on ‘all members to render every assistance’ to the United Nations in execution of its ceasefire order to the invading North Korean Communists.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951, the Eagle reported, “Charles Addams, ‘horror’ cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, will have his first one-man show in his home town, Westhampton Beach, L.I., when the new Westhampton Playhouse opens next Monday with Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn in ‘The Fourposter.’ Mr. Addams’ drawing will decorate the lobby.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1954, the Eagle reported, “Michael A. Wellman, five-year-old son of director William A. Wellman, played a bit role so effectively in John Wayne’s ‘Island in the Sky’ that Wayne signed the youngster for ‘The High and the Mighty.’ ‘Remember me?’ Wayne asked the boy when he reported for the new film. ‘Sure do,’ the kid replied, ‘you were in my last picture.’”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include businessman and philanthropist Charles Bronfman, who was born in 1931; astronaut Joseph P. Allen, who was born in 1937; former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who was born in 1938; fashion designer Vera Wang, who was born in 1949; “Newhart” star Julia Duffy, who was born in 1951; “Possession” star Isabelle Adjani, who was born in 1955; producer and director J.J. Abrams, who was born in 1966; former U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who was born in 1968; “Angel” star Christian Kane, who was born in 1974; “Spider-Man” star Tobey Maguire, who was born in 1975; Sixpence None the Richer singer Leigh Nash, who was born in 1976; media personality Khloe Kardashian, who was born in 1984; Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter LaShawn Merritt, who was born in 1986; “Harry Potter” star Matthew Lewis, who was born in 1989; and “The Walking Dead” star Chandler Riggs, who was born in 1999.

J.J. Abrams
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AGAINST ALL ODDS: Helen Keller was born on this day in 1880. The Alabama native was left deaf and blind by a disease she contracted at 18 months of age. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Keller graduated from college and had a career as an author and lecturer. She died in 1968.

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AYE, CAPTAIN: Bob Keeshan was born on this day in 1927. The New Jersey native was beloved by generations of American children as Captain Kangaroo, the TV role he played from 1955 to 1984. His gentle, patient wisdom entertained and educated millions of kids over the years. He died in 2004.

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

 

Quotable:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”

— author Helen Keller, who was born on this day in 1880


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