Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 342nd day of the year. It is the anniversary of the Dec. 7, 1941, “day of infamy,” as the Japanese Air Force attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The next day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Imperial Japan. Soon after the attack was announced, youths across the country, including many in Brooklyn, flocked to recruiting offices to sign up.
Well-known people who were born today include Hall of Fame baseball player Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame basketball player and coach Larry Bird, actress Ellen Burstyn (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”), U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), former baseball player Tino Martinez and singer-songwriter-actor Tom Waits (“Down by Law”).
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This evening at 6 p.m. at Carroll Park Ball Field, Carroll Gardens merchants will join with Santa Claus and light the Carroll Gardens Christmas Tree, provided by Mazzone Hardware. Refreshments will be provided by D’Amico Foods and other Court Street merchants. ... Today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) has arranged for a team of lawyers and law students to come to the Homecrest library, 2525 Coney Island Ave., to provide help with Hurricane Sandy-related matters. A Russian interpreter will also be present. The lawyers and students will provide help with FEMA forms, replacement food stamps, landlord/tenant issues, small business relief and more. ... Tomorrow, FIDO, a group of Prospect Park dog owners, is having a party and holiday sing-a-long for members and their dogs from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Long Meadow. The event is called “Bark the Herald Angels Sing.”