Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 161st day of the year.
A VETERAN BUSINESS SEMINAR will take place 9:30 a.m. today at the Fort Hamilton Community Club. The event, “Make Your Business Grow,” is hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and involves the United War Veterans Council and Army Week Association. Panelists include Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, ACRE, Team HEVO, Investors Band, Department of Small Business Services, Small Business Development Corporation and NYC Business Solutions.
“THE DIRECTIVE” will be featured at BookCourt today at 7 p.m. Author Matthew Quirk’s novel is a sequel to “The 500” and the plot takes place in Washington, D.C. The event includes a reading, audience Q&A and book signing.
THE SWEET INDUSTRIES: REFINING WHAT WE KNOW exhibit is opening at Brooklyn Historical Society today, presented by the BHS Exhibition Laboratory afterschool program. The exhibit takes a closer look at the history of sugar in Brooklyn – Brooklyn being the sugar capital of the nation in the late 19th century.
NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DATE include lawyer F. Lee Bailey, who was born in 1933; former U.S. senator of North Carolina John Edwards, who was born in 1953; Canadian model Linda Evangelista, who was born in 1965; New York City author and journalist Jeff Greenfield, who was born in 1943; Boston journalist and music critic Nat Hentoff, who was born in 1925; model and actress in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” Elizabeth Hurley, who was born in 1965; the current Governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, who was born in 1971; Olympic figure skater from Philadelphia Tara Lipinski, who was born in 1982; “On Golden Pond” actor Doug McKeon, who was born in 1966; Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, who was born in 1921; “Joan of Arc” New York City actress Leelee Sobieski, who was born in 1982; “Big Love” Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn, who was born in 1963; and model Kate Upton, who was born in 1992.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS WAS FOUNDED on this date in 1935. Dr. Robert Smith of Akron, Ohio, had completed his first day of permanent sobriety and, with William G. Wilson, founded the organization on this date.
JUDY GARLAND was born on this date in 1922. Garland is known for her singing voice and performance in “The Wizard of Oz” among others. She died in 1969 in London.
THE FIRST COINT MINT IN AMERICA WAS MADE on this date in 1652. Silversmith John Hull established the mint, and the first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling.
HATTIE MCDANIEL, the first African American to win an Academy Award, was born on this date in 1895. McDaniel won the award for her role in “Gone with the Wind.” She was born in Wichita, Kan., and died in 1952 in Los Angeles.
TODAY IS DAY OF PORTUGAL. This is a national holiday celebrated in Portugal that recognizes the anniversary of the death of poet Luis Vas de Camoes.
ON THIS DATE IN 1900, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle printed an article titled “Mayor’s Testimony Is Now Under Fire.”
The article refers to Mayor Van Wyck admitting to owning stock in the American Ice Company – Van Wyck previously denied owning stock. The scandal was that Van Wyck intended on creating an ice monopoly.
“The lawyers who are trying to prove Mayor Van Wyck guilty of conspiring to create an ice monopoly,” the article wrote,” and, to the detriment of the city, secure control of all the docks available for ice business, are trying to establish the fact that Mayor Van Wyck owned other stock than the 5,800 shares to which he testified.”