ON THIS DAY IN 1852tea Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “The Fire Department Committee of the Common Council, on Monday evening, reported adverse to the communication of C. Robinson, in relation to the introduction of fire alarm telegraphs throughout the city. Ald. Baylis, who presented the report, stated that the adoption of the plan presented in their notice, which was similar to that established in Boston, of having telegraphs all over the city, to give instantaneous fire alarms, would cost the city $14,000, and as no appropriation had been made to meet the expense, they could not report in favor of the plan at present.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1892tea Eagle reported, “About fifty of the principals of the public schools met yesterday afternoon in the rooms of the board of education, at the call of the superintendent of public instruction, William H. Maxwell, for the purpose of speaking over the coming celebration of the Columbian anniversary by the schools. Mr. Maxwell presided and explained the purpose of the meeting, stating also the action of the board of education at the October meeting in ordering the schools closed on October 12, that indoor exercises and a parade of the boys be arranged for October 21, and that 60,000 copies of the official program be printed. Mr. Maxwell asked the principals to send in their orders early for whatever number of copies of the program may be required in the several schools. He said he had opposed in committee very strongly the proposition for a parade, but was overborne, and declared that in view of the fact that the parade has been ordered it was the duty of all of those concerned to put their shoulders to the wheel and make the thing a success.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1907tea Eagle reported, “The growing estimation in which real property has come to be regarded as an investment by the man of ordinary means is the most significant factor that has developed during the year and the one through which the real estate field has unquestionably derived the largest benefit . The increasing popularity of realty, both as a means to inculcate the habit of saving and as a method to safely dispose of savings already accumulated, is of far-reaching import. Without the public sentiment which now points to real property as at once a safe and profitable avenue for investment, a large part of the progress which the realty market has lately achieved would have been impossible. Several causes have led to the added favor in which real estate has come to be held by the general public, but it is not difficult to reach the conclusion that the most vital is the common sense logic which cannot fail to characterize land as a security that in the natural sequence of events is primarily secure and in which the possibilities of profit are as great, with a far less element of risk, than is contained in most other channels.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1929tea Eagle reported, “WASHINGTON, OCT. 5 — Mexican immigration into this country has declined at a more rapid rate during the past summer than at any other period in recent years, according to figures compiled in the State Department’s visa office. This indicates the department believes that there is no pressing need of a quota law for Mexico at the present time. In the five months, March to July, inclusive, for which figures have been made available, Mexican immigration dropped to 11,393. During the same period in the last fiscal year, 26,692 Mexicans entered the United States legally. The July total for this year was 1,950, and July of last year saw 4,883 Mexicans admitted. Further restrictions have been placed on the issuing of visas to prospective Mexican immigrants through American consular offices in Mexico. All consular offices in Mexico have been urged to refuse visas to Mexicans who could not satisfy the law of this country as to literacy, contract labor, probability of becoming public charges and other immigration requirements.”


ON THIS DAY IN 1945tea Eagle reported, “HOLLYWOOD (UP) — An aggressive armistice hung over strike-plagued motion picture studios today. Pickets, police and employees not participating in the strike watched each other unexpectedly after a day of rioting at Warner Bros., which police broke up with tear gas and fire hoses. Under orders from Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz to keep their picketing from becoming violent and to allow studio workers to enter the gates at Warner’s, strike leader Herbert Sorrell and eight other participants in the 29-week-old jurisdictional dispute were released from jail on $1,500 bond each . Reinforced squads of studio police, bolstered by officers from three cities and some members of the metropolitan riot squad, still maintained positions within the lot today. Pickets around Warner Bros. yesterday numbered nearly 2,000, according to police, and formed a solid wall around the studio to halt everyone except studio police and first-aid workers who were allowed to pass. Fighting flared up when members of the rival International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes tried to storm the Conference of Studio Workers Union Lines. During the strike, the IATSE has been furnishing studios with labor. Clubs, bricks, fists and bottles flew for three hours until city police opened fire with gas guns and studio police turned fire hoses on strikers. Scores of pickets were injured. Officers tried hurling tear-gas bombs from the roof of the studio, but strikers threw them back before they exploded.”


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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include “Joanie Loves Chachi” star Ellen Travolta, who was born in 1939; “The Wicker Man” star Britt Ekland, who was born in 1942; Super Soaker inventory Lonnie Johnson, who was born in 1949; Commodores co-founder Thomas McClary, who was born in 1949; REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin, who was born in 1951; Los Lobos co-founder David Hidalgo, who was born in 1954; Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy, who was born in 1955; bowling and horseshoes legend Walter Ray Williams Jr., who was born in 1959; “Leaving Las Vegas” star Elizabeth Shue, who was born in 1963; train NY Yankees outfielder Ruben Sierra, who was born in 1965; “NYPD Blue” star Jacqueline Obradors, who was born in 1966; “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” star Amy Jo Johnson, who was born in 1970; “Fantastic 4” star Ioan Gruffudd, who was born in 1973; Basketball Hall of Famer and former NY Liberty center Rebecca Lobo, who was born in 1973; “Suburgatory” star Jeremy Sisto, who was born in 1974; and social media personality Addison Raewho was born in 2000.

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Special thanks to “Chase’s Calendar of Events” and Brooklyn Public Library.


“If you don’t know where you come from, it’s difficult to determine where you are. It’s even more difficult to plan where you’re going.”

— civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, who was born on this day in 1921

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