Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 207th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for July 25, 1902, tells the story of a widow, the owner of a candy store, who married a 17-year-old boy who lived near Avenue G in Canarsie. The boy’s father, shocked, went to court to get the judge to annul the marriage. Interestingly, the 17-year-old boy was named William Van Houten. However, the famous Van Houten brand of candy was around in Holland as early as 1828, well before this episode.
Well-known people who were born today include model-actress Iman, Hall of Fame basketball player Nate Thurmond, hockey player Evgenie Nabkov and journalist Midge Decter.
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Today at 11 a.m. at LIU Brooklyn's Kumble Theater, DeKalb and Flatbush avenues, writer Jimmy Breslin will be presented with an honorary doctor of letters degree by LIU President David Steinberg. Breslin has written dozens of books, including "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight" and "World Without End, Amen," and was also a columnist for the Daily News and Newsday.