Brooklyn Today for April 24

Good morning. Today is the 114th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for April 24, 1902, carried a story about an explosion on a tugboat docked in the Newtown Creek, which destroyed three other tugboats and killed several people. In those days of heavy marine traffic, tugboats were extremely important because their jobs were to steer larger ships toward the docks and to escort barges in the river.  The blast also blew out the windows in a nearby factory and short-circuited an electric power plant.

Well-known people who were born today include writer Eric Balfour, actor-playwright Eric Bogosian (“Talk Radio”), comedian Cedric the Entertainer (“Street Kings,” “Barbershop”), former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, actress Shirley MacLaine (“Terms of Endearment”) and Brooklyn-born singer–actress Barbra Streisand (“Funny Girl,” “The Way We Were,” “Yentl).