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July 10: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 10, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1849, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “We have reports by telegraph of the death of Mrs. [Dolley] Madison at Washington, of Col. [James] Duncan, inspector general of the army at Mobile, and of [John] Wilson the vocalist at Montreal. It is said in another dispatch that Mrs. Madison is not dead, but lies very low and is not expected to recover. Col. Duncan died of cholera. He was a native of Orange County, in this State, and throughout the Mexican war was one of the brightest ornaments of the service — always at the post of danger — and equal to any emergency. ‘Duncan’s battery’ is often mentioned in the dispatches of our Generals, and always with the highest approbation.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1850, the Eagle said, “Death of President [Zachary] Taylor: The melancholy announcement of the death of this distinguished patriot and soldier has filled the public mind with unfeigned sorrow and regret. He died last evening, at 35 minutes past 10 o’clock. His death was calm and peaceful. The Vice President, Cabinet, Mayor, Marshal of the District, the attending physicians, and his family, surrounded the bed at the time of his death. His last words were: ‘I am prepared; I have endeavored to do my duty.’ A calamity so sudden and unlooked for will silence partisan asperity, while the nation unites in doing homage to the many virtues of the chieftain who has just been called from the midst of earthly honors to the quiet of the sepulchre.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1915, the Eagle reported, “DENVER, COL. — More than a dozen American Indians, who came here from remote reservations, were among the first who viewed the Liberty Bell when it arrived in Denver early today on its journey to the Pacific Coast. The redskins, gay in blankets and feathers, gazed silently at the bell. Charles Thompson, 96, a veteran of the Mexican and Civil wars, and claiming to be a descendant of the man who rang the Liberty Bell when the Declaration of Independence was adopted, was another visitor. The bell left at noon on its westward journey.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1924, the Eagle reported, “Dick Williams, captain of the United States Olympic tennis team that goes into action next week in Paris, was aboard the ill-fated Titanic when she crashed into an iceberg on the night of April 14, 1912. One of his feet was frozen as a result of being in the water for some time before he was picked up. Fifteen hundred people perished, but Williams was saved, luckily, to become one of the finest figures in all international tennis.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1932, the Eagle reported, “Activity will continue this Summer on the carving of Mount Rushmore into a national memorial. This is where Gutzon Borglum is carving the heads of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt in solid granite so that it may stand as a lasting memorial in time to come.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1952, the Eagle reported, “CHICAGO (U.P.) — Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower swept out in front of the Republican convention race today at the head of a stop-Taft coalition that seemed likely to hand him the G.O.P. presidential nomination. Eisenhower was riding the crest of a smashing victory in the ‘battle of the stolen delegates’ as the Republicans returned to the stockyard amphitheater for the fourth day of their 25th national convention. But Ohio’s Senator Robert A. Taft, who twice before has had the nomination snatched from him, was fighting back with everything at his command to smash the coalition opposing him. Taft called 40 of his top aides into a strategy huddle in a desperate bid to stem the tide that, by the latest United Press tabulation, had rolled up 532 Eisenhower delegate votes against his own 497. At that point, Ike was just 72 votes short of the 604 needed to nominate.”

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Sofia Vergara
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Mavis Staples
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples, who was born in 1939; “CHiPs” star Robert Pine, who was born in 1941; former baseball player and manager Hal McRae, who was born in 1945; “Alice’s Restaurant” singer Arlo Guthrie, who was born in 1947; Triumph co-founder Rik Emmett, who was born in 1953; Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, who was born in 1954; Pet Shop Boys co-founder Neil Tennant, who was born in 1954; “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara, who was born in 1972; “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier, who was born in 1976; “I Wanna Love You Forever” singer Jessica Simpson, who was born in 1980; and “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” star Isabela Merced, who was born in 2001.

Jessica Simpson
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BREAKING NEWS: David Brinkley was born on this day in 1920. The North Carolina native was one of the most recognizable faces in American broadcast journalism for more than 50 years. He was NBC’s first White House correspondent, and his coverage of the 1956 Democratic and Republican national conventions landed him the anchor job on NBC’s nightly TV newscast. In 1981, he moved to ABC, creating the Sunday morning interview show “This Week with David Brinkley.” He died in 2003.

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KING OF THE COURT: Arthur Ashe was born on this day in 1943. The Virginia native is legendary for his list of firsts as a black tennis player. Chosen for the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963, he became captain in 1980. He won the U.S. men’s singles championship and U.S. Open in 1968 and the men’s singles at Wimbledon in 1975. Ashe won a total of 33 career titles and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. He died in 1993.

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

 

Quotable:

“If you don’t get out among the people, how are you going to know what they need to hear about?”

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples, who was born on this day in 1939


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