ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

ON THIS DAY IN 1870the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports, “The [New York] Star diligently and successfully provides his growing constituency with fresh and timely subjects handled with vigor. In its illustrated edition yesterday, it tells with thrilling effect the story of a human vampire who has lavishly feasted on the blood of his fellow boarders in a house on Twenty-fourth Street. The Star attests to the exact truth of the account, except as to the names. There is a sound moral application of the horrible story, which readers are sure to make, although the Star omits to indicate it. The meaning of the allegory is obvious. The jubilant monster in the engraving is clearly the two-headed New York [Tweed] Ring, attached to the sleeping victim’s neck, the unsuspecting Audience. The Twenty-Fourth Street Bloodsucker represents the aggregation of bloodsuckers at City Hall. It remains to be seen whether the parallel will be completed on a particular point. In the StarIn the illustrated story, the victim’s friend surprises the vampire in his disgusting meal in time to save the victim’s life. Audiences aren’t awoken from their stupor and seem to be enjoying the bleeding process so much they’ll likely submit to it indefinitely.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1897the Eagle reported, “Edgar Mayhew Bacon, a well-known writer, lived in Tarrytown, and, having excusably attached himself to that warm and quiet place, recorded it in a book called ‘Chronicles of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow’. … Among the incidents found in his story is one concerning Brom Bones, the villain in Washington Irving’s tragedy of the ride of Ichabod Crane Brom was actually Uncle Abr’m Van Tassel, and when someone someone at the grocery store told him that Mr. Irving had put him in a book, he was very angry, and grabbing his big cane, he headed for the door saying he was ‘going’. to lick this writer until he can’t see. It is not reported that the author ever managed to get thrashed.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1926the Eagle reported, “CONSTANTINOPLE (AP) — In Turkey’s remote districts, quaint customs still persist, despite Angora’s vigilant modernization goal. One of the strangest is in the remote village of Casaree. Every time a death occurs, a town crier shouts the news through the streets. Even if death occurs in the depths of the night, the crier immediately shouts the sad news and wakes up all the living villagers with his cries. The position of public death crier was created many years ago by the Evkaf, an official organization controlling religious affairs, which continues to pay the crier a regular salary for performing his macabre duty.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1934the Eagle reported, “Dr. Raymond L. Ditmars always has something to say when he sits down to write, and ‘Confessions of a Scientist’ in no way disappoints those who expect from him not only solid instruction, but honest and sometimes even thrilling entertainment… He has to tell the Associated Press from time to time that he doesn’t believe in prehistoric-type sea monsters, but is inclined to think that maybe the Loch Ness creature from the recent cables was possibly a large seal that had worked its way through the fresh water of the loch Seals, it seems, were often able to adapt to fresh water after the salt. hooded North Atlantic, tall, endowed with the peculiar ability to swell his head “into a grotesque shape”, may have been the monster, but dare we say that the good Scots who gave the world the mystery of the Loch Ness won’t settle for any such plausible explanation.

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ON THIS DAY IN 1951the Eagle reported, “‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’, in all its chilling fantasy, arrived today at the Albee Theater, Flying Saucer, Space Man, eight-foot robot and all. It’s the latest thriller from sci-fi, here to amaze (maybe scare) Brooklyn after a lengthy Broadway premiere. Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Billy Gray and Sam Jaffe star in the lead roles. Rennie plays the Space Man, who arrives at Washington, DC, in a saucer-shaped craft that took off from an unnamed planet about 250,000,000 miles away… The Space Man came on a mission of peace but he also has a warning message for earth Where he comes from, he says, locals are worried about the constant state of turmoil on the earth, and the advance of rockets and other Earth-made spacecraft. from earth are trying to take their weapons and their war to other planets, and Rennie warns that if we try So something like this, the earth will be destroyed by these space people, who have better weapons than us, as his robot buddy demonstrated.

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Piper Perabo
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Willow Smith
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NOTABLE PEOPLE BORN ON THIS DAY include journalist Dan Rather, born in 1931; singer-songwriter Tom Paxton, born in 1937; The “Alias” star Ron Rifkin, born in 1939; “Caddyshack” Star Brian Doyle Murray, born in 1945; Star of “Interview with the Vampire” Stephen Rea, born in 1946; Star of “Days and Our Lives” Deidre Room, born in 1947; journalist Jane Pauley, who was born in 1950; soccer coach Nick Saban, born in 1951; Star “Trapper John, MD” Brian StokesMitchell, born in 1957; producer and director peter jackson, who was born in 1961; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Larry Mullen Jr. (U2), born in 1961; former ‘Saturday Night Live’ star Rob Schneider, born in 1963; “Coyote Ugly” Star Piper Perabo, born in 1976; “American Pie” Star Eddie KayeThomas, who was born in 1980; and singer and actress Willow Smithborn in 2000.

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IN THE MYSTIC: Harry Houdini died on this day in 1926. Born Ehrich Weisz in 1874, the legendary magician, illusionist and escape artist died of peritonitis in Detroit following a blow to the abdomen on October 19. The anniversary of his death is the occasion for meetings of magicians.

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I hear you knocking: Today is National Knock-Knock Joke Day. Celebrated in tandem with Halloween, it answers the age-old question “Who is there?” and it’s a day for kids of all ages to try out their best pranks. Have fun!

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

Quoteable:

“When perfectly reliable people encounter ghosts, their stories are difficult to explain.”

— author CB Colby, who died on this day in 1977

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