Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 143rd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of May 23, 1883, previewed a celebration planned for the next day to mark the opening of the “East River Suspension Bridge,” now known as the Brooklyn Bridge. The Eagle heralded the construction of bridge as being as important as the Great Pyramids of Egypt. “The bridge is a monument to the skill of a free people, to the arts of peace, to liberal thought and to the spirit which makes the promotion of the common welfare the chief end of government,” the Eagle wrote. The building of bridge helped pave the way for the consolidation of Brooklyn and New York some 15 years later.
Well-known people who were born today include journalist Mitch Albom, actor Drew Carey, former boxer Marvin Hagler, singer Jewel and actor Charles Kimbrough.