Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the 259th day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Sept. 16, 1902 reported that Borough President Edward Swanstrom had proposed a new subway line down Fourth Avenue to Bay Ridge and then across the Narrows into Staten Island. The Fourth Avenue subway line, now used by the R, N and D trains, was eventually built and opened in 1915. As for the tunnel under the Narrows, work started in the early 1920s but was then stopped. The mayor at the time, Michael Hylan, was a former Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit (BMT) motorman who had been fired, and he tried to throw a monkey wrench into the BMT’s plans at every opportunity.
Well-known people who were born today include Mickey Rourke (“Sin City,” “The Wrestler”), Hall of Fame baseball player Robin Yount, singer Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, singer B.B. King (“The Thrill Is Gone,” “Sweet Sixteen”), singer Richard Marx, actor Ed Begley Jr. (“St. Elsewhere”) and scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.