Brooklyn Today for July 15

Actor Forrest Whitaker, Wikipedia photo

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 196th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of July 15, 1901, published a feature article about vice in Coney Island and the almost complete lack of police enforcement. The reporter, walking around the area on a Sunday night, was accosted at least 10 times by “ladies of the evening,” two of whom tried to physically pull him into their so-called hotel, and once or twice by madams. At concert halls, women danced semi-naked, and at one place, men danced in drag. Although liquor was prohibited on “the Lord’s Day” at the time, beer and whiskey were sold openly almost everywhere.

Well-known people who were born today include classical musician Julian Bream, actor Terry O’Quinn, Brooklyn-born actress Lana Parilla (“Once Upon a Time”), singer-songwriter Linda Ronstadt (“Distant Drum,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “You’re No Good”), former professional wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura and actor Forrest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland,” ‘Bird”).

July 15, 2013 - 7:00am



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