January 30: Dr. Harvey Burdell was last seen in his office on Bond Street on this date in 1857; the next morning, his dead body, stabbed repeatedly, was found.
January 29: Polly Platt, Hollywood producer, screenwriter, and production designer, who wrote the screenplay for “Pretty Baby” and was the production designer for “The Last Picture Show,” “Paper Moon,” and “What’s Up Doc,” was born on this date in 1939.
Last week was Antiques Week in New York City. Antiques shows were everywhere! So, being a fan of such things, I thought I would take a day off from my work as the historian at Green-Wood to check out the shows. My first stop was the Armory Show at the 69th Regiment Armory–26th Street and … Read more
January 27: The scandalous separation trial of Peaches and Edward “Daddy” Browning (she was 15, he was 51, when they married) began on this date in 1927.
January 26: China-trade merchant William Shepard Wetmore, whose Newport, Rhode Island, mansion, Chateau-Sur-Mer (1852) is now open to the public, was born on this date in 1801.
January 25: On this date in 1904, George Francis Train, a character if there ever was one, who went around the world in 90 days and became the model for Phineas Fogg, and who charged admission to his rallies during his 1872 presidential campaign (in which he got few votes but made much money), died.
January 24: Henry J. Raymond, founder and editor of The New York Times, was born on this date in 1820.
January 23: Actor and comedian Henry Placide, who starred in America and London, died on this date in 1870.