Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning, Brooklyn. Today is the 183rd day of the year.
EVENTS TONIGHT AT Brooklyn Bridge Park include Abolition on the Water tour, Checkmate 101 and Sunset Pilates. The Abolition on the Water tour is part of the Wednesday Night Tour series that will take place tonight at the Pier 1 entrance at 6:30 p.m. The tour will focus on Henry Ward Beecher and will be led by Lois Rosebrooks, director of the History Ministry Services.
Checkmate 101 consists of beginner chess-playing opportunities and will take place at the Pier 1 entrance from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Sunset Pilates will be led by Lou Cornacchia, founder of Cobble Hill’s Body in Balance Studio, and will be held at the Pier 5 Promenade from 7 to 8 p.m.
A BOOK DISCUSSION will take place at the Brooklyn Public Library Information Commons Lab today from 2 to 4 p.m. The Small Southern Comforts: Short Stories by Alice Walker, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty and Zora Neale Hurston event will focus on short stories discussions by influential writers of the 20th century.
“ACCEPTING THE DISASTER: Poems” by Joshua Mehigan will be featured at BookCourt today at 7 p.m. The event includes a release party, reading, audience Q&A and book signing. Mehigan also wrote “The Optimist” and his poems have appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include former baseball player Jose Canseco Jr., who was born in 1964; former baseball player Sean Casey, who was born in 1974; former President of Mexico Vincente Fox Quesada, who was born in 1942; “Home Improvement” actress Polly Holliday, who was born in 1937; New York City-born “Mean Girls” actress Lindsay Lohan, who was born in 1986; “The Fitzpatricks” actor Jimmy McNichol, who was born in 1961; former race car driver Richard Petty, who was born in 1937; hockey player Joe Thornton, who was born in 1979; “High School Musical” actress Ashley Tisdale, who was born in 1985; and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, who was born in 1984.
AMELIA EARHART disappeared on this day in 1937. Earhart planned an around-the-world trip via the equator route. She took off from New Guinea for the final 7,000-mile installation of her journey. However, 800 miles into the flight, radio contact was lost. Despite a massive search, the plane was never found.
THE CONSTITUTION of the U.S. took effect on this day in 1788. Cyrus Griffin, president of Congress at the time, announced that the Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states. A committee was appointed then to make preparations for the change of government.
TODAY IS Made in the USA day. The holiday is meant to encourage U.S. manufacturing and the purchase of made-in-the-USA products.
ON THIS DAY in 1901, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Heat Kills Forty-Nine in Brooklyn — No Relief in Sight, Says Forecaster Emery.”
The article focused on an intense heat wave that killed New York City citizens and animals (including horses).
“The hottest July 2 ever recorded before in New York was in 1872 and in 1876, when a temperature of 94 degrees was registered,” the article wrote. “This record was smashed before 10 o’clock this morning, at which hour the official thermometer registered 95.”