Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 224th day of the year. On Aug. 12, 1902, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that the Montague Street cable car, which traveled down to the waterfront on an incline that was later destroyed when the BQE was built, would run until 1 a.m. Previously, it had stopped running at 9 p.m., when the ferry from Wall Street made its last run for the night. The change was made, according to the Eagle, because local property owners felt that it was unfair to look at the area as “a mere dormitory to Manhattan” and maintained that there was enough local traffic at night to keep the cars running.
The Montague Street cable-car line was converted to an electric trolley line in 1909. However, after the ferry stopped running in 1912, the line lost its main source of revenue. It was discontinued several years later.
Well-known people who were born today include billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros, Hall of Fame tennis player Pete Sampras, actor George Hamilton, writer William Goldman and jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.