Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning, Brooklyn. Today is the 190th day of the year.
ROOTS & RUCKUS, a free Wednesday folk, old-time and blues show, will take place tonight at 9 p.m. at Jalopy Theatre. The show is hosted by Feral Foster and features various musicians playing banjoes, guitars, washboards, tub-basses, kazoos and harmonicas. The show occurs weekly.
PLAZA SWING SERIES, a dance class and concert, will take place tonight and every Wednesday on the steps of Brooklyn Public Library’s central branch at 6:30 p.m.
TRIVIA TRYST will take place tonight at Rock Shop in Park Slope from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The game is free to participate in and prizes are available.
“NOBODY IS EVER MISSING” by Catherine Lacey will be the subject for an in conversation with Rivka Galchen tonight at BookCourt at 7 p.m. The event includes a release party, reading, audience Q&A and book signing. Lacey is the 2012 recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship for fiction writing.
NOTABLE PEOPLE born on this day include Tony award-winning actor for “Long Day’s Journey into Night” Brian Dennehy, who was born in 1938; dancer and choreographer Margaret Gillis, who was born in 1953; U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who was born in 1955; multiple Oscar award-winning actor for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump” Tom Hanks, who was born in 1956; English artist David Hockney, who was born in 1937; geneticist and philanthropist Mathilde Krim, who was born in 1926; singer and actress Courtney Love, who was born in 1965; “Top Gun” actress Kelly McGillis, who was born in 1957; “Roots” actor Richard Roundtree, who was born in 1942; “The Wonder Years” actor Fred Savage, who was born in 1976; former sportscaster and actor Orenthal James “O.J.” Simpson, who was born in 1947; New York City actor Jimmy Smits, who was born in 1955; “Entertainment Tonight” television host John Tesh, who was born in 1952; and The White Stripes singer and guitarist Jack White, who was born in 1975.
THE 14TH AMENDMENT to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on this day in 1868. The amendment defined U.S. citizenship and stated that no state shall have the right to abridge the rights of any citizen without due process and equal protection under the law. The amendment was ratified three years after the Civil War.
THE HIGHEST tsunami in recorded history struck on this day in 1958. An 8.3 Richter scale earthquake caused a massive landslide at the head of Lituya Bay, Ala., which created a tsunami of 1,700 feet (higher than the Willis Tower). A 300-foot wave followed the tsunami.
BROOKLYNITE Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, was born on this day in 1819. He died in 1867.
THE FIRST open heart surgery was performed on this day in 1893. The surgery took place in Chicago and was conducted by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who performed the first successful open-heart surgery.
ON THIS DAY in 1911, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published an article titled “Offers Five-Cent Fare if the City Will Take Interborough Plan.” The article focused on a plan to take care of city deficits at the time and also advance the transit system.
“’Nothing that I do,’ [J. Sergeant Cram] said, ‘will have any effect upon the action taken by the commissioners in regard to large affairs that are pending,’” the article reported. “’There will be no delay. I shall not in any way stand so as to prevent immediate action.’”