Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 200th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of July 19, 1870, ran an article, titled “Changes of a Decade,” about how the area west of Prospect Park had improved during the previous 10 years. “Just yesterday,” the Eagle said, the area was a “dense forest” interrupted by small farms with wooden houses and grist mills. Since that time, the article continued, thousands of dwellings had been constructed, from wooden-frame houses to workshops. Streets had been laid out with underground water pipes, sewers and gas lines.
“Dashing horsecars have replaced lumbering farm wagons and stagecoaches, while the plodding farmer, giving way to progress, has been succeeded by hundreds of artisans in factories and workshops,” the article read. “Hills have been leveled, trees uprooted and ponds filled in,” the Eagle continued enthusiastically.
Well-known people who were born today include actor Benedict Cumberbatch, actor Anthony Edwards (“ER,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”), Hall of Fame tennis player Ilie Nastase and actor Campbell Scott.