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Brooklyn Today: Oct. 29th, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 303rd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for Oct. 29, 1929, covered the continuing story of the Wall Street crash that caused the Great Depression. The front-page headline read, “Bank Aid Fails in Stock Dumping,” with a secondary headline announcing, “8,370,000 Shares Sold by Noon as Hysteria Reigns.”

Well-known people who were born today include actor Brooklyn-born actor Richard Dreyfuss (“Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “The Goodbye Girl”), signer Randy Jackson of the Jackson 5, actress-singer Melba Moore, and actress Winona Ryder (“Girl Interrupted,” “Little Women”).

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Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the Cobble Hill Association is holding its fall general meeting at Long Island College Hospital, Conference Room A, with an emphasis on health issues. Featured speakers will include Dr. John Williams, president of Downstate Medical Center (LICH’s parent body), and Tony Lewis, president and CEO of the nearby Cobble Hill Health Center. ... Tonight at Congregation Beth Elohim, Eighth Avenue and Garfield Place, Park Slope, there will be a lecture and conversation on the upcoming election with Henrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker magazine and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice, facilitated by Senior Rabbi Andy Bachman. ... Today at noon at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., author William Tucker will read his play, “Freedom Summer,” about his experiences as a Freedom Rider in Mississippi in 1964. He focuses on the organizing efforts of Bob Moses, field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee at that time. Moses, a Stuyvesant High School graduate, later left the movement because he disagreed with its growing “Black Power” emphasis, but resurfaced as an advocate of teaching mathematics to inner-city youth.

October 29, 2012 - 1:00am


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