Brooklyn Today for August 19

Good morning. Today is the 231st day of the year. On this day in 1901, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Justice Stover (no first name given) of the state Supreme Court ruled that the Nassau Electric Railway Company, a trolley company, was forbidden from building a line on Union Street past the home of Mrs. Florence A. Lott and Frederick Adee. Brooklyn Borough President Edward Grout had filed suit against the trolley firm, saying that the route shouldn’t be built until a majority of the homeowners on the street agreed to it. The trolley company appealed the decision, and a Union Street line was eventually built. It lasted until the early 1950s, when most of the Brooklyn streetcar routes were dismantled and replaced by buses.

Well-known people who were born today include actor Adam Arkin (“Northern Exposure”), Tipper Gore (wife of former vice president Al Gore), actress Jill St. John (“Diamonds Are Forever”), actress Kyra Sedgwick (“The Closer”) and former U.S. senator and actor Fred Thompson (“Law & Order”).