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Brooklyn Today for May 9

Billy Joel, Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Good morning. Today is the 127th day of the year.

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At 5:30 p.m. today 80 juniors from the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies will present photos, oral histories and videos to showcase lessons from an intensive study of immigration and from interviews with their peers and advocates from a variety of group. The students, led by their humanities teachers, set out to question what it means to be an American and the American Dream itself. … The Brooklyn Historical Society is screening “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” followed by a conversation with featured singer Lisa Fischer, on Sunday at 4 p.m. The movie spotlights the untold stories of the backup singers of some of the greatest musical legends of our time.

 

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Notable people boron on this day include “Boston Legal” actress Candice Bergen, who turns 68; “Uptown Girl” singer Billy Joel, who turns 65; and “Sin City” actress Rosario Dawson, who turns 35.

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Member countries of the European Union commemorate the 1950 announcement on this day by French statesman Robert Schuman of the “Schuman Plan” for establishing a single authority for production of coal, iron and steel in France and Germany. The European Coal and Steel Community was founded in 1952. This organization was a forerunner of the European Economic Community, founded in 1958, which later became the European Union. At the European Summit at Milan in 1985, this day was proclaimed the Day of Europe.

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It’s Fintastic Friday, a day for kids nationwide to join WhaleTimes, Inc and the Shark Research Institute to raise their voices to help save unsung ocean heroes—sharks. This collaborative effort of two nonprofit organizations will raise awareness of the worldwide plight of sharks and get students involved in an important conservation issue. People kill as many as 100 million sharks a year for fins, liver or meat. Populations are declining at catastrophic rates. It is time to correct and update the image of sharks.

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It is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a day that was first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 to recognize and honor the contributions and sacrifices of military spouses.

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It is National Specially-abled Pets Day, to educate the public about caring for disabled pets. Disabled pets looking for homes are featured on this day. Animal lovers are encouraged to consider choosing a disabled pet on this day.

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Today is the anniversary of Reno, Nevada. First known as Fullers Crossing, and then Lakes Crossing, on this day in 1868 it officially became Reno, known today as “the Biggest Little City in the World.” Its six-week residency requirement for divorce became law on May 1, 1931.

 

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On this day in 1896, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, in a story titled “Sensational Developments in the Case of the Man Who was Found Dead in Bed on Thursday,” that a local man, Chester Foland, of 57 Garfield Pl. in Park Slope, was revealed to have two families after he was found dead in his bed on Thursday. Foland, an engineer, lived with a woman and their three children in Park Slope. Three months before his death, his wife had taken ill and was removed to an insane asylum. The three children lived with their father for a while and then went to live with relatives in Jersey City.

However, after a janitor found Foland dead on his bed—he had been dead for some time—a “small, thin woman, [well-dressed] and wearing jewelry, appeared at Henderson’s [undertaking warerooms on Myrtle Avenue] and claimed the body. She said she was his widow and produced a marriage certificate which showed that she had been married to Foland in the city in 1879. She admitted that an estrangement had taken place between herself and husband, and that they had not lived together for a long time. She said she now lived in Washington, and proposed to take the body therefor internment.

“…She was aware that her husband had been living with the woman who is now in the insane asylum as man and wife…Several neighbors who had heard that a woman other than the one who had been known as Mrs. Foland claimed to be his wife were astounded…. As far as they knew he was married to the woman who had been removed to the insane asylum.”

May 9, 2014 - 10:30am


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