Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 352nd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Dec. 17, 1902, carried a story with the headline, “Cool School Teachers Save Girl Tots in a Fire.” The article detailed how fire broke out in a two-story wooden-frame house on Driggs Avenue that was temporarily being used as a school. One of the teachers noticed the flames, then marched all her children out into the street. She then went to the other teachers’ classrooms, notified them, and they, in turn, escorted their children out. The slang use of the word “cool” was, of course, still many years in the future.
Well-known people who were born today include actor Bernard Hill (“Great Expectations,” “Titanic”), comedian-actor Eugene Levy, British actor Tommy Steele (“The Happiest Millionaire,” “Half a Sixpence”), actor Sean Patrick Thomas and baseball player Chase Utley.