Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 57th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for this day in 1902 ran a story about a “contagious disease hospital” on Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights being flooded with six feet of water. The city was concerned that many of the patients would succumb to chills due to the flooding, and the Fire Department was trying to get boats in the area to remove the patients to another hospital. The flooding, the Eagle said, began with a rainstorm the previous night—in those days, Crown Heights was still undeveloped and may not have had adequate drainage systems or sewers.
Well-known people who were born today include singer Erykah Badu, singer Fats Domino (“Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That a Shame” “I’m in Love Again,” “I’m Walking”), Hall of Fame football player Marshall Faulk, and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.