Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 12th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Jan. 12, 1896, told of a ship leaving from Birmingham, Ala., carrying 400 African-Americans from the southern states, headed for Liberia. Throughout the 19th century, there was a small movement of African-Americans, many of them freed from slavery, to Liberia, sponsored by the American Colonization Society. The Americo-Liberians, as they became known, formed the leadership of the new nation and lived in the cities, while the indigenous African tribespeople largely lived inland in the forests.
Well-known people who were born today include talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, Hall of Fame basketball player Dominique Wilkins, TV and radio personality Howard Stern, coutnry signer Ray Price, and actress Luise Rainer (“The Great Ziegfeld,” “The Good Earth”).