May 15, 'Cheap Boxing Clubs Active in Brooklyn'

Good morning. Today is the 135th day of the year.

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Nearly 3,000 graduates will be honored at the LIU Brooklyn Commencement today at 9 a.m. at Barclays Center. Commencement 2014 will celebrate the achievements of 899 baccalaureate students, 1,339 master’s degree candidates, 258 doctoral candidates, 22 associate’s degree recipients, and 84 who have completed advanced certificates.The Brooklyn Historical Society, in conjunction with their exhibit Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom, is hosting a conversation with prominent Central Brooklyn clergy titled The Black Church: Faith and Community-Building in Central Brooklyn. It will be moderated by Colvin Grannum, President of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The panel will discuss the role of African American churches and congregations in tackling complex community issues, historically and today.College of Mount Saint Vincent students from Brooklyn will present their original research and service projects a symposium at 5 p.m. today at the college's Riverdale campus.

 

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Notable people born on this day include Madeleine Albright, U.S. secretary of state during the Clinton administration, who turns 77; “Flag Painting” artist Jasper Johns, who turns 84; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, who turns 66; “The Sopranos” actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who turns 33; and “True Blood” actor Sam Trammell, who turns 43.

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Richard Avedon was also born on this day, in 1923. The influential photographer was born in New York City. He began his career with the merchant marines, taking personnel identification photos and images of shipwrecks. Later, he worked for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, where his artistic style of shooting fashion models against famous backgrounds revolutionized the industry’s approach to fashion layouts. He was known for taking memorable, while not necessarily flattering, portraits and was honored with retrospectives and exhibits at many museums. He received the National Medal for the Arts in 2003 and died in New York in 2004.

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Pierre Curie was born in Paris on this day in 1859. He was one of the founders of modern physics. His research had already brought important results (in heat waves, crystals, magnetism, and symmetry) and the formulation of Curie’s Law before he married Marie Sklowdowska in 1895. Together, the Curies discovered polonium and radium while conducting research in radioactivity. With Henri Becquerel, the Curies were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903. Tragically, Pierre Curie was struck by a dray and died in 1906 in Paris.

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Ellen Church became the first flight attendant on this day in 1930. Her first flight was with United Airlines, and flew from San Francisco to Cheyenne, Wyo.

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Nylon stockings went on sale at stores throughout the country for this first time on this day in 1940. Competing producers bought their nylon yarn from E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. It was the first totally man-made fiber and over time was substituted for other materials and came to have widespread application.

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It is San Isidro Day in Mexico, a holiday widely celebrated in farming regions to honor St. Isidore, the Plowman. Livestock are gaily decorated during the holiday with flowers. Celebrations usually begin around May 13 and continue for about a week.

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On this day in 1900 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, in an article titled “Cheap Boxing Clubs Active in Brooklyn,” that “officials [were] doing nothing to repress [a] carnival of unlicensed brutality” occurring in the borough. “Since the Police Commissioners took the world of a New York City magistrate and declared that boxing licenses were no longer necessary on account of the repeal of the Horton [L]aw,” the paper stated, “cheap clubs, so-called, for the promulgation of prize fighting have sprung up like mushrooms all over town. According to the decision of the Police Justice and District Attorney Gardiner’s onion, any person has a right to organize a boxing club and conduct it between now and September 1, without paying the city a single cent for the privilege.” The Horton Law legalized boxing in the state of New York from 1896-1900.