Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 135th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for May 15, 1902, carried an article about the dedication of the new “Naval YMCA” on Sands and Charles streets. This YMCA was meant to serve the needs of the sailors and officers at the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Navy itself was represented by Secretary of the Navy William H. Moody and Admiral George Dewey. The Y also contained lodgings for sailors who were in town temporarily. One might say that the event combined two Village People songs, “In the Navy” and YMCA,” but that would be about 70 years in the future.
Well-known people who were born today include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, filmmaker David Croenberg , artist Jasper Johns, singer Trini Lopez (“If I Had a Hammer”), U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and former baseball player John Smoltz.