Brooklyn Today for September 19, 2012

Good morning. Today is the 263rd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of September 19, 1902 reported that the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company, one of the ancestors of today’s transit system, planned to build an electric substation at Sands Street on Sands Street near Washington and Adams streets, part of an area that was later razed to make way for Cadman Plaza.  The plant, which produced alternating current, was designed to power a number of surface trolley lines on nearby streets.

Well-known people who were born today include actor David McCallum (“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”), actor Adam West (“Batman”), singer-composer Paul Williams, baseball player Nick Johnson, Brooklyn-born comedian Jimmy Fallon and former baseball player Jim Abbott.
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Today, LIU Brooklyn’s School of Health Professions being a series of free public education programs called “Brooklyn’s Health.” The first program is a panel discussion scheduled for 7:30 tonight at the college’s Zeckendorf Health Science Building on “Brooklyn’s Health: Past, Present and Future.” The panel will include Kimberly George, executive director at Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition; Julie Golia, public historian with the Brooklyn Historical Society; and Robin M. Katz, outreach/public services archivist for the Brooklyn Historical Society.