August 7, 'Strikers Quiet; Conference On'

Good morning, Brooklyn.  Today is the 219th day of the year.

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ON THIS DAY in 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Strikers Quiet; Conference On.”  The article focused on a strike involving the Department of Labor.  
“The street car strikers and their sympathizers, evidently cowed by the excellent police protection afforded the cars of the Coney Island and Brooklyn Railroad Company, had precipitated no violence up to 1 o’clock this afternoon,” the article reported.  “But the police fear that there is more trouble ahead of them and look for serious outbreaks tonight.”

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NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include hockey player Sidney Crosby, who was born in 1987; New York City-born actor David Duchovny, who was born in 1960; satirist Stan Freberg, who was born in 1926; “Smallville” actor John Glover, who was born in 1944; humorist and producer Garrison Keillor, who was born in 1942; “Dave’s World” actress DeLane Matthews, who was born in 1961; Brooklyn-born “Lost” actor Harold Parrineau, who was born in 1963; marathon runner Alberto Salazar, who was born in 1957; “Boardwalk Empire” actor Michael Shannon, who was born in 1974; Oscar Award-winning actress for “Monster” Charlize Theron, who was born in 1975; and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” singer Billy Joe Thomas, who was born in 1942.  

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THE WORLD TRADE CENTER tightrope walk took place on this day in 1974.  The French juggler and street performer Philippe Petit made the illegal tightrope walk between the twin towers, 1,350 feet above the plaza.  He faced charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.  “Man on Wire,” which won an Oscar, documented this “artistic crime of the century.”  

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THE PURPLE HEART anniversary is today.  General George Washington ordered to create the badge, which has a silver braided edge, on this day in 1782.  Only three are known to have been awarded during the Revolutionary War.  It now recognizes those wounded in action.  

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RUDOLF C. ISING, co-creator of “Looney Tunes,” was born on this day in 1903.  Along with Hugh Harmon, the two additionally created “Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid” and “Merrie Melodies.”  Ising received an Academy Award in 1940 for “Milky Way,” a cartoon about three kittens.  He died in 1992.  

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AN ART WALK will take place in DUMBO today from 6 to 9 p.m.  The event will feature various art gallery previews and openings.  This is the first of the monthly art walks.  The main hub for this walk is at 111 Front St.; however, the walk features 10 exhibitions throughout DUMBO.  The event is sponsored by Two Trees and DUMBO BID.  

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