Brooklyn Today for Feb. 15

Simpsons creator Matt Groening celebrates his birthday today. Wikimedia Commons photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 46th day of the year. On Feb. 15, 1902, a man who was stepping off a train car onto the platform on one of Brooklyn’s elevated lines slipped, fell to the pavement and died. The accident happened at the Broadway-East New York station of the Fulton Street elevated line, which was replaced by the current Fulton Street subway line in the 1930s. Apparently, the “el” train motorman had stopped somewhat slightly past the platform, and the man thought he would be stepping onto the platform. The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital (now closed), where he briefly regained consciousness but then died.

Well-known people who were born today include Brooklyn-born feminist author Susan Brownmiller (“Against Our Will”), cartoonist Matt Groening (“The Simpsons,” “Futurama”), actress Marisa Berensnon (“Cabaret”) singer Melisa Manchester (“Don’t Cry Out Loud), and actress Claire Bloom (“The Spy Who Came in From the Cold,” “A Doll’s House”).

February 15, 2013 - 9:28am



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