Brooklyn Today: August 13, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 226th day of the year. On Aug. 13, 1902, the Eagle reported that NYPD Captain Knipe (no first name given) had started a drive to wipe out “bad hotels” in Coney Island, probably meaning brothels. As an example, he mentioned a place where ladies in “very short skirts” loitered outside, but ran in whenever a cop approached. Knipe said these places shouldn’t even be classified as hotels: “They don’t have the requisite kitchen or dining hall, which are required under the law.”

Well-known people who were born today include opera singer Kathleen Battle, former Cuban president Fidel Castro, high-wire artist Philippe Petit and actor Kevin Tighe.