Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the ninth day of the year. More than a hundred years ago, many diseases that have now almost disappeared still struck terror among the population. One example took place on Jan. 9, 1901, when a man walked down Fulton Street into the office of the Department of Charities, asked for the “head doctor” and said he had been “out of sorts” for the last three or four weeks. A doctor was unavailable at the time, but the man eventually found his way to Flatbush Hospital. There, it was found that he was suffering from smallpox. He was immediately sent to North Brother Island in the East River, the site of a sanitarium.
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle also reported a second case of smallpox in Harlem. After taking care of this second man, the entire staff of Harlem Hospital had to be vaccinated.
Well-known people who were born today include actress Mia Farrow (“Rosemary’s Baby”), Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Carole King (“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “I Feel the Earth Move”), TV journalist Roger Mudd, actor Joe Pesci (“My Cousin Vinny,” “Goodfellas,” ‘Raging Bull”) and author Alice Walker (“The Color Purple”).