Brooklyn Today for September 30

Good morning. Today is the 273rd day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Sept. 30, 1902, carried the sensational news that Lt. Commander William Bronough, assigned to the battleship Kearsage at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, had “blown out his brains” with a revolver.

The Eagle speculated that Bronough’s promotion to executive officer of the ship was too much for him to handle. After other officers heard the shot and discovered his body, they were horrified and grief-stricken. No one offered any motive, and indeed, Bronough was happily married with a daughter in a local private school. However, one source told the Eagle there was a “wave of suicides” in the Navy.

Well-known people who were born today include singer T-Pain, actress Angie Dickinson (“Police Woman”), former tennis player Martina Hingis, signer Johnny Mathis (“Chances Are”), singer Marilyn McCoo of the Fifth Dimension and actress Victoria Tennant (“Winds of War”).