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Brooklyn Today for April 22

Why not celebrate Earth Day at Brooklyn Botanic Garden? Photo: Lore Croghan

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 110th day of the year.

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THE EPA AND The Nature Conservancy are encouraging people to reconnect to nature for Earth Day with a hash tag. Project #NatureSelfie is a country-wide initiative, but Brooklynites in particular have the opportunity to meet BP Eric Adams, EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Ench and Nature Conservancy Director Emily Nobel Maxwell at 11:20 a.m. today at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park for an explanation and demonstration of the project. … THE POWERHOUSE ARENA in DUMBO is holding a book launch today for “Congratulations, by the way,” by the incomparable George Saunders. The author will be there for signings. …  APRIL IS Sexual Assault Awareness Month and today is Denim Day, which grew out of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision that overturned a rape conviction because the victim wore tight jeans. The YWCA of Brooklyn is hosting a panel discussion titled “Empowering Men to Speak Out Against Sexual Violence” at the Ruby Nottage Community Gallery in Gowanus at 6 p.m.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN today include singers Glen Campbell and Peter Frampton, actresses Sherri Shepard and Amber Heard, actor Jack Nicholson, and filmmaker John Waters.

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TODAY IS THE 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s pitching debut. At the time he was playing for the Baltimore Orioles in his hometown. Allowing just six hits and contributing two singles himself, Ruth shut out the Buffalo Bisons, 6-0.

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ON THIS DAY in 1864, by an act of Congress, the phrase “In God We Trust” began to be stamped on all U.S. coins.

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TODAY IS EARTH Day, a day to encourage all citizens to help protect our environment and contribute to a healthy, sustainable world. Earth Day was first observed in 1970 with the message “New Energy for a New Era” and attention to accelerating the transition to renewable energy worldwide.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1994, Norwegian explorer Borge Ousland became the first person to make the trip to the North Pole alone. The trip took 52 days, during which he pulled a 265-pound sled.

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RUSSIAN SOCIALIST AND revolutionary leader Nikolai Lenin, an ideological follower of Karl Marx, was born at Simbirst, on the Volga, Russia, on this day in 1870.

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IT IS NATIONAL Jelly Bean Day! A day to celebrate the colorful candy that has been around since Biblical times.

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II IS THE 125th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Rush. On this day in 1889 at noon, a gunshot signaled the start of the Oklahoma land rush as thousands of settlers rushed into the territory to claim land. Under pressure from cattlemen, the federal government opened 1,900,000 acres of central Oklahoma that had been brought from the Creek and Seminole tribes.

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ON THIS DAY in 1898 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on a very important sale of real estate: “The Samuel B. Duryea holdings on Ocean Parkway and Fort Hamilton [A]venue, at the southern entrance of Prospect Park.” The property, according to the Eagle, consisted of “about 250 lots running along both sides of Ocean Parkway to below Church [L]ane, the south side of Fort Hamilton [A]venue, with frontages on both sides of East Fifth and East Seventh streets, Caton [A]venue, Avenue A and Church [L]ane.” The new owners were all set to begin rapidly “laying out streets, setting out trees and in other ways bringing it up to the conditions its locality [demanded].”

April 22, 2014 - 1:36pm


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