Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Greetings, Brooklyn. Today is the 73rd day of the year.
Notable people born on this day include Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Eva Longoria, among others.
ON THIS DAY IN 1950, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “City Rainmaking HQS. Set Up at Bennett Field.”
The article focused on Operation Cloudburst, an experiment that many hoped would solve the city’s water shortage.
“From this point in Brooklyn, it was announced, planes presently will take off loaded with dry ice or silver iodide or both. And from the sky above the New York watershed in upstate New York, lethargic clouds — when located — will be “seeded” with strewn dry ice particles to set off a precipitation chain-reaction: in other words, rain,” the Eagle reported.
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former baseball player HAROLD BAINES, who was born in 1959; former astronaut ALAN BEAN, who was born in 1932; sportscaster and former tennis player MARY CARILLO, who was born in 1957; model FABIO, who was born in 1961; Associate Justice of the U.S. RUTH BADER GINSBURG, who was born in Brooklyn in 1933; Emmy Award-winning actor JUDD HIRSCH, who was born in 1935; actress EVA LONGORIA, who was born in 1975; singer and musician MIKE LOVE, who was born in 1941; actor KELLAN LUTZ, who was born in 1985; singer MARK MCGRATH, who was born in 1968; musician and TV personality BRET MICHAELS, who was born in 1963; actress PARK OVERALL, who was born in 1957; actress KIM RVER, who was born in 1969; singer DEE SNIDER, who was born in 1955; singer and musician SLY STONE, who was born in 1944; and actor CRAIG WASSON, who was born in 1954.
TODAY IS IDES OF MARCH. Julius Caesar was assassinated on this day in 44 BC. In the Roman calendar, the days of the month were not numbered sequentially. Instead, each month had three division days: kalends, nones and ides. Days were numbered from these divisions: e.g., IV Nones or III Ides. The ides occurred on the 15th of the month (or on the 13th in months that had less than 31 days). This system was used in Europe well into the Renaissance. When Shakespeare wrote "Beware the ides of March" in “Julius Caesar,” his audience knew what he meant.
ANDREW JACKSON WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1767. The seventh president of the U.S. was a military hero in the War of 1812. The self-educated Jackson was the first president since George Washington who had not attended college and the first president elected by direct appeal to the mass of voters as opposed to an affiliation with a political party. He sought greater democracy for the common man by extending voting rights to all white men, nullifying government-granted bank monopolies and advocating for decentralizing the government in recognition of states' rights. During his first term, Jackson defiantly refused to support the Supreme Court's rulings to preserve the Cherokee Nation in Georgia, resulting in the brutal displacement of 15,000 Native Americans, thousands of whom perished on the deadly Trail of Tears to the Oklahoma Territory. Jackson died in Tennessee in 1845.
NORM VAN BROCKLIN WAS BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1926. The pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and coach played college football at Oregon and then signed with the Los Angeles Rams. He helped the Rams win their only NFL title in 1951. After finishing his playing career with the Philadelphia Eagles, he coached the Minnesota Vikings and the Atlanta Falcons. Brocklin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. He died in Georgia in 1983.
Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.
“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” — Associate Justice of the U.S. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was born on this day in Brooklyn in 1933