Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 158th day of the year. On this day in 1902, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on the demand by Brooklyn residents that riders on the planned Brooklyn extension of the city’s subway system pay a 5-cent through fare to Manhattan. The planned fare within Manhattan and the Bronx was 5 cents, and some people had proposed a double fare between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Mayor Seth Low, however, supported the Brooklynites’ demand. The original Brooklyn subway extension (today’s 4 and 5 lines) only went as far as Atlantic Avenue, but other lines were soon planned.
Well-known people who were born today include basketball player Allen Iverson, singer Tom Jones (“It’s Not Unusual,” “Delilah”), Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, actor Liam Neeson (“Taken,” “Kinsey,” “Ethan Frome”) and musician-singer Prince (“1999,” “Purple Rain”).