Brooklyn Today for February 24

Former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, Wikipedia photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 55th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Feb. 24, 1869, reported that African-American residents of Weeksville, which is now part of Crown Heights, protested when the Brooklyn Board of Education replaced a black teacher with a white teacher. The residents circulated a petition asking the board to search for an African-American teacher. The petitioners wondered whether the ruling in the 1857 Dred Scott case that “the African race has no rights the majority is bound to respect” still held. A few days later, however, other residents of the area circulated an opposing petition, calling the demand for the removal of the white teacher “wicked and silly.”

Well-known people who were born today include actor Billy Zane (“Titanic,” “The Phantom”), television journalist Paula Zahn, actor Abe Vigoda (“Barney Miller,” “Fish”), former U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Connecticut) and actor Steven Hill (“Law & Order”).

February 24, 2014 - 12:00am



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