Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 11th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Jan. 11, 1901, reported that the Rev. Severin Simonsen of the Norwegian Methodist Episcopal Church on Carroll Street between Hoyt and Smith streets caused a stir when he resigned as pastor and became a regular parishioner at the Christian Science local headquarters on 160 Montague St. In his resignation letter, Simonsen explained that he was cured of scarlet fever through Christian Science, and added that he was considering starting a new Christian Science church.
Christian Science, then a fairly new phenomenon, maintains that the material world – including sickness and death – is an illusion. Nowadays, the church regards spiritual healing as a supplement to conventional medicine, not a rival.
Well-known people who were born today include radio host Jim Hightower, country singer Naomi Judd, actress Phyllis Logan (“Downton Abbey”), actor Rod Taylor (“The Birds”) and actor Stanley Tucci (“The Hunger Games,” “The Devil Wears Prada”).