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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

ON THIS DAY IN 1945the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Thirty-three students from Midwood High School, Bedford Ave. and Glenwood Road, will lead the Flatbush War Price and Rationing Board, 2585 Bedford Ave., on Friday as part of their education in democratic wartime procedure. Students will work from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Under the supervision of Herman Swarzman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Dr. Jacob Ross, Principal of Midwood High School, students will interview applicants for gasoline, food points, and other rationed items. . They will also assist board members in forwarding nominations. Other students will sit with price panels at retailer conferences regarding price violation complaints. Daniel P. Woolley, regional administrator of the OPA, said the one-day operation by the students will bring back to New Yorkers the basic principle of the OPA that neighbors transmit the rationing needs of members. of their community and the home front battle against inflation. “By spending a day at the local War Price and Rationing Board office, students will gain a better understanding of the magnificent work done daily by the thousands of OPA volunteer workers,” said Mr Woolley.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1947the Eagle reported: ‘Speculation was high in political and business circles today about the scale of the increase in public transport fares that would be needed to match the mayor [William] O’Dwyer’s proposal for a tariff sufficient to cover operating costs – but not debt service. Estimates are that a new fare could range from 7 to 10 cents, with the possibility of tokens for combined fares of two rides for 15 cents or three for a quarter. Mr O’Dwyer, in a surprising reversal of policy, became the city’s first mayor to propose the possible scrapping of the five-cent tariff when he revealed yesterday that plans were being made for a referendum next November on a fair increase. The amount of a boost that would be offered depended on the outcome of a study of the city’s finances currently being carried out by a three-man committee that is expected to report to the mayor in three weeks.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1948the Eagle reported, “BERKELEY, CAL. (UP) – President Truman told a crowd of 15,000 at the University of California graduation today that postwar Soviet “obstruction and aggression” was “the bitterest disappointment of our time”. But in his speech broadcast worldwide by radio, the chief executive also called on Russia for global peace and understanding through an “always open door for honest negotiations towards a real settlement”. . He abruptly slammed the door, however, on “quick and loose agreements between great powers at the expense of other nations or at the expense of principle”.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951the Eagle reported: “Shocking revelations about teenage drug trafficking reached a fantastic climax today as a 17-year-old Brooklyn boy, himself a ‘head bookmaker’ at a Brooklyn high school, revealed that the school’s ‘head drug peddler’ made $300 to $400 a day selling narcotics to other students. The dope peddler boss is still a student at the unnamed school in Brooklyn, the young bookie says. His astonishing testimony was presented to a packed and shocked audience at Attorney General Nathaniel Goldstein’s narcotics hearing at the Manhattan State Office Building via a recording. The young bookmaker, whose name has not been revealed, said he knew how much the dope peddler was making daily because he ‘took so much money’ from the ‘drug dealer’ himself through daily bets. School students bought their drug supplies directly from school, the 17-year-old bookmaker said. A chilling portrait of a Brooklyn neighborhood where “most 16-21 year olds” are confirmed heroin users and where at least four boys have died of drug addiction was also painted during the audience. Accusations that high school drug addicts were turned away from hospitals when seeking treatment and that drugs were smuggled into some hospitals and sold to users who were allegedly undergoing drug treatment were also made. at the hearing.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include the “Sesame Street” star Bob McGrath, born in 1932; lawyer and politician Eleanor Holmes Norton, born in 1937; The “A Clockwork Orange” star Malcolm McDowell, born in 1943; Star “The Waltons” Richard Thomas, born in 1951; “Last Man Standing” star Tim Allen, born in 1953; “St. Elmo’s Fire Star Ally Sheedy, who was born in 1962; sports journalist Hannah Storm, who was born in 1962; Weezer co-founder Cuomo Rivers, who was born in 1970; Star of the “Avengers” Chris Evans, who was born in 1981; former NFL cornerback Nate Jones, born in 1982; Star of “2 Broke Girls” Kat Dennings, who was born in 1986; “Full House” stars Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen, who were born in 1986; New York Mets catcher James McCann, who was born in 1990; and “Kick-Ass” star Aaron Taylor Johnsonborn in 1990.

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A PATH WITH THE WORDS: William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin on this day in 1865. The Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright once wrote, “If an author interprets his own poem, he limits his suggestibility. Yeats died in France in 1939. After World War II his body was returned to Ireland for burial.

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ON THE RIGHT WAY: The world’s first roller coaster opened at Coney Island on this day in 1884. Built and then patented by LaMarcus Thompson, the “Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway” featured two 600-foot parallel tracks that dropped 50 feet. Cars traveled at six miles an hour and passengers paid five cents each for their rides. The roller coasters caused a sensation and soon amusement parks around the world were introducing them.

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

Quoteable:

“The world is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our senses to be heightened.”

— the poet William Butler Yeats, born on this day in 1865