Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 360th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Dec. 26, 1902, reported on a fire at Arbuckle Cooperage at 214 Plymouth St. that took the lives of three Brooklyn firefighters. The firemen were killed when a wall collapsed at the 50-year-old building that housed the “cooperage,” meaning a firm that made wooden barrels. The Eagle pointed out that a fire at that location was very dangerous, since the company was surrounded by a paint factory, machine shops, a cork factory and a brewery, all of them containing flammable material.
Well-known people who were born today include actress Beth Behrs, singer Chris Daughtry, actor Kit Harrington (“Game of Thrones”), former tennis player Marcelo Rios, Hall of Famer basketball player Ozzie Smith and music producer Phil Spector (Ronettes, Crystals, Righteous Brothers, Beatles’ “Let It Be” album).