Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 27th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Jan. 27, 1890, reported on a religious sect in Kansas City known as the Samaritans who believed that the drinking of human blood was the cure for all diseases. They based their teachings on the Biblical verse, “The blood is the life.” Members of the cult allowed themselves to be bled for the benefit of others, but things came to a head when two seriously ill, pale and emaciated children were found in the home of one of the group’s leaders. The head of the house said the children had given their blood willingly, but the police disagreed and removed the children to a nearby hospital.
Well-known people who were born today include ballet dancer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov (“White Nights,” “The Turning Point”), actress Bridget Fonda (“Single White Female,” “Lake Placid”), TV commentator Keith Olbermann, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and sportscaster Cris Collinsworth.