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Brooklyn Today for May 12

Yogi Berra, AP Photo/Kathy Willens

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 132nd day of the year.

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Today Public Advocate Letitia James and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be hosting a town hall to help employers and employees understand the new paid sick leave laws. The town hall is at Brooklyn Borough Hall at 6 p.m. … A joint exhibition between Pratt Institute’s departments of film/video and photography highlighting an eclectic collection of works by graduating seniors opens today at 11 a.m. at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

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Notable people born on this day include Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Berra, who turns 89; television personality Cheryl Burke, who turns 30; actor Emilio Estevez, who turns 52; skateboarder Tony Hawk, who turns 45; artist Frank Stella, who turns 78; “Revenge” actress Emily VanCamp, who turns 28; and The Usual Suspects actor Gabriel Byrne, who turns 64.

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It is National Etiquette Week, the national recognition of etiquette and protocol in all areas of American life—business, social, dining, travel, technology, wedding and international protocol.

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The odometer was invented on this day in 1847. Mormon pioneer William Clayton invented it while crossing the plains in a covered wagon. Previous to the invention, mileage was calculated by counting the revolutions of a rag tired to a spoke of a wagon wheel.

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It is National Stuttering Awareness Week.

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Native American Rights were recognized on this day in 1879. When the U.S. tried to forcibly remove the Poncas from their homeland in Nebraska to an Oklahoma reservation, their chief, Standing Bear, brought suit to prevent it. The U.S. claimed that Standing Bear could not bring suit because as a Native American he had no legal standing in U.S. law. In Standing Bear v. George Crook at U.S. District Court, Judge J. Dundy ruled on this day that “an Indian is a PERSON within the meaning of the laws of the United States.” This landmark decision was appealed by the U.S. to the Supreme Court, which dismissed it. Standing Bear was not forced to move his tribe, but other Native Americans were unable to use the decision to their advantage in other disputes with the U.S.

On this day in 1890 the Brooklyn Daily Eagle published a column titled “Recent Events,” similar to the Eagle’s current daily column “What’s News.” Among the news briefs listed in the 1890 were as follows:

  • “Rev. Dr. O.H. Eaton preached against capital punishment and for uniformity of conviction instead.”

  • “The Albany bank defalcation will probably reach $100,000.”

  • “The steamship Venezia was held 23 hours in an ice field 115 miles long.”

  • “The last wave of tornadoes did great damage in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and Pennsylvania.”

  • “Another strike has begun in Hamburg, Germany, that of 700 dockmen.”

  • “The Vienna Rothschilds warn the Emperor and ministry that they must leave Austria and transfer their business to Hungary if persecution of the Vienna Jews continues.”

  • “The food at Bellevue Hospital, since complaints were made, costs 49 cents a day instead of 33.”

  • “The Manhattan Elevated Railroad employees have been instructed to use increased efforts, within the bounds of polite request only, to suppress smoking on the platforms.”

Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and the Brooklyn Public Library

May 12, 2014 - 12:45pm


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