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May 14, '1890 Diner Robbery'

George Lucas, AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 134th day of the year.

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Green-Wood is holding one of their historic trolley tours at 1 p.m. Today’s focuses on the far side of the cemetery. Tread where George Washington fought the Battle of Brooklyn, see breathtaking views of Manhattan and more. … Bestselling author of “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” and “Are You My Mother” Alison Bechdel will be at BAM as part of their Eat Drink and Be Literary series tonight at 6:30 p.m. … Brooklyn Bridge Park is giving a tour at 6:30 p.m. of the park’s oyster gardens, lead by Sam Janis of the New York Harbor School.

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Notable people born on this day include Australian “The Aviator” actress Cate Blanchett, who turns 45; “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas, who turns 70; Cuban-born Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Perez, who turns 72; and “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” actress Amber Tamblyn, who turns 31.

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The most important Buddhist holiday, commemorating the birthday of the Buddha, is today. It is also known as the Day of Vesak. The founder of Buddhism had the given name Siddartha, the family name Gautama and the clan name Shaka. He is commonly called the3 Buddha, meaning in Sanskrit “the enlightened one.” He is thought to have lived in India from circa 563 BC to 483 BC. Some countries celebrate this holiday on the lunar calendar, so the date changes from year to year, but it always occurs in either April or May. This day is a holiday in India, Indonesia, Korea, Singapore and Thailand. This is also a holiday in China, but the date differs on the Chinese calendar.

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Jamestown was founded on this day in 1607. The first permanent English settlement in what is now the U.S. took place at Jamestown, Va. (named for England’s King James I), on this date. Captains John Smith and Christopher Newport were among the leaders of the group of royally chartered Virginia Company settlers who had traveled from Plymouth, England, in three small ships: Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery.

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It is National Nightshift Workers day, a time to honor those workers who reverse their natural circadian rhythm to keep businesses running 24 hours a day.

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On this day in 1890, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported that “Robert Curry, of Washington [S]treet; Theodore Cronin, of 88 Degraw [St.], and John Lynch, whose address is not known, entered John Nagle’s restaurant, at the corner of Twenty-fourth [S]treet and Third [A]venue, late Monday night and called for something to eat. While waiting to be served Cronin quietly relieved Curry of his gold watch and chain, worth $100, and put them in his own pocket. Curry missed his property soon afterward and going into the street called for police. Cronin and Lynch followed and while the former tried to pacify Curry, Lynch made his escape. Policeman McGreevy, of the Eighteenth Precinct, came upon the scene, and, noting that both men were intoxicated, took them to the police station. There Curry accused Cronin of robbing him, and upon being searched the watch and chain were found in the latter’s vest pocket. [The] next morning Justice Tighe imposed a nominal fine on the two men for intoxication, while Cronin was remanded pending an examination on the charge of grand larceny, preferred by his companion.”

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

 

May 14, 2014 - 9:30am


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