Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 78th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of March 19, 1900, reported on the new horse-drawn fire engines that the Brooklyn Fire Department was receiving. An illustration shows three horses hitched to a steam-powered fire engine, with one firefighter at the reins and two others standing by. Within a few years, they would become obsolete – the first motor-driven fire engines appeared in 1905. A 1938 Three Stooges comedy, “Flat Foot Stooges,” stars the Stooges as firemen who try to persuade their old-fashioned chief to abandon his horse-drawn vehicles and enter the modern age.
Well-known people who were born today include actress Ursula Andress (“Dr. No,” “What’s New, Pussycat?”), actress Glenn Close (“The Big Chill,” “Fatal Attraction,” “Damages”), author Philip Roth (“Goodbye Columbus,” “Portnoy’s Complaint”), business executive Brent Snowcroft and actor Bruce Willis (“Sin City,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Die Hard”).