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July 11: ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

July 11, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle History
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ON THIS DAY IN 1890, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The President has signed the act for the admission of Wyoming into the Union.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1908, the Eagle reported, “Like George Washington, St. Patrick and Abraham Lincoln, Cyrus Denton Young, the veteran twirler of the Red Sox, is to have a ‘day.’ It is to be August 13, and President John Taylor has issued a proclamation that it shall be a holiday at the American League grounds, at least. After his great work in New York, when he succeeded in shutting out the New Yorks without a run or a hit, thousands of fans all over the country poured into ‘Uncle Cyrus’ congratulations on his magnificent work.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1911, the Eagle reported, “That the reindeer herds of Alaska have been increased by nearly 3,000 head during the last year was the statement made yesterday by C. W. Hawkesworth, district superintendent of reindeer for northern Alaska, who has just arrived in Seattle. The Government reindeer in Alaska now total more than 30,000.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1928, Home Talk/The Item reported, “Approximately 2,375 students have registered in the New Utrecht summer school which opened at the Bensonhurst institution on July 3, Alfred Hoffman, principal of the session, told Home Talk yesterday. Lack of accommodations for this number in certain courses has forced the principal to hold elimination examinations. These tests will be given next Tuesday. New Utrecht this summer is being used as a summer school for the first time. Boys, Erasmus and Thomas Jefferson are the other secondary schools in this section of the borough which are open to students desiring special instruction during the summer. Because of the large number of students taking first year French and Spanish, Mr. Hoffman was forced to request additional teachers from the Board of Education. His staff, last week, was increased to 26. The purpose of the elimination tests, Mr. Hoffman explained to a reporter from this newspaper, is to cut down each class to about 40 pupils. Some sections have now more than 60 students. Although new classes are being formed, lack of proper facilities makes the further creation of new classes impossible.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1941, the Brooklyn Spectator reported, “Congressman Donald L. O’Toole reiterated today his opposition to a proposed preliminary appropriation for a vehicular tunnel between Brooklyn and Staten Island unless the Shore Road waterfront gets ‘ironclad’ pledges that it will not be damaged by the project. The bill introduced by Representative William T. Pheiffer, New York County Republican, which would authorize a $50,000 appropriation, has been referred to the House Rivers and Harbors Committee. According to O’Toole, his stand meets with the approval of Representative James A. O’Leary, Staten Island Democrat. O’Toole also made it plain that no measure for a vehicular tunnel under the New York harbor would get his support unless it was definitely provided that the Brooklyn outlet would be north of 65th St.”

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948, the Eagle reported, “PHILADELPHIA, JULY 10 — President Truman tonight appeared to have practically clinched the Democratic Presidential nomination, and top-level party strategists directed their attentions to the selection of a Vice Presidential running mate and the completion of a party platform. With the exception of a handful of rebel Dixie Democratic delegations and the Americans for Democratic Action, most of the remaining props were knocked from under the ‘stop-Truman’ movement in the preconvention maneuvers. Although National Democratic Chairman J. Howard McGrath told reporters that the Vice Presidential race is ‘wide open,’ the contest appears to have centered on Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky. The New Deal wing of the party had been plugging for Supreme Court Justice William O’Douglas for vice president if they couldn’t get him for President. At La Grande, Ore., however, Justice Douglas said he wouldn’t quit his court job to take either nomination. Two strong anti-Truman moves were eliminated early today when James Roosevelt, arriving with the strong California delegation, said the scheduled dump-Truman caucus would not be held tonight and Senator Olin D. Johnson of South Carolina added he will not seek National Democratic Committee support for a resolution asking President Truman to withdraw as a candidate.”

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Giorgio Armani
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Lil’ Kim
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include fashion designer Giorgio Armani, who was born in 1934; TV host Bill Boggs, who was born in 1941; “Last Exit to Brooklyn” star Stephen Lang, who was born in 1952; “Austin Powers” star Mindy Sterling, who was born in 1953; “Once and Again” star Sela Ward, who was born in 1956; Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), who was born in 1959; “Luka” singer Suzanne Vega, who was born in 1959; “Days of Our Lives” star Lisa Rinna, who was born in 1963; former N.Y. Knicks point guard Rod Strickland, who was born in 1966; “Grey’s Anatomy” star Justin Chambers, who was born in 1970; rapper and TV personality Lil’ Kim, who was born in Brooklyn in 1974; former N.Y. Giants linebacker Brandon Short, who was born in 1977; and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, who was born in 1990.


Richie Sambora
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FIGHT TO THE FINISH: One of history’s most famous duels took place in Weehawken, N.J., on this day in 1804. U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr shot former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, who died the next day. Hamilton had insulted Burr and refused to make a public apology. Although Burr returned to Washington, D.C., to execute his duties as vice president, the duel ended his political career.

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LOVE AND MARRIAGE: “The Newlywed Game” premiered on this day in 1966. Four newly married couples competed for prizes on the popular show created by Chuck Barris. The winners were the husband and wife who best predicted each other’s responses. Bob Eubanks served as host for three incarnations of the show.

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

 

Quotable:

“The essence of style is a simple way of saying something complex.”

— fashion designer Giorgio Armani, who was born on this day in 1934


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