March 31: On this date in 1865, Major and Quartermaster of U.S. Volunteers Horatio Collins King earned the Medal of Honor near Five Forks, Virginia: “While serving as a volunteer aide, [he] carried orders to the reserve brigade and participated with it in the charge which repulsed the enemy.”
March 30: On this date in 1858, DeWolf Hopper, who made a career, starting in 1888, of dramatically reciting the classic baseball poem, “Casey At The Bat,” was born.
March 29: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, who composed the scores for many movies, including “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Enchanted April,” and “Nicholas and Alexandra,” was born on this date in 1936.
2013 will be a banner year at Green-Wood. The Green-Wood Cemetery was chartered by the State of New York on April 18, 1838. So, in a few weeks we will mark our 175th anniversary. We are ready to celebrate–in both big and small ways. In mid-May, a landmark exhibition, “A Beautiful Way To Go,” devoted to … Read more
March 28: Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, who was the moving force behind the establishment of Green-Wood Cemetery in 1838, died on this date in 1888.
March 27: On this date in 1869, James Harper, one of the Harper & Brothers of publishing fame (now HarperCollins), and who served as Know-Nothing New York City mayor, died.
March 26: On this date in 1894, Kitty Flynn Terry, whose wild life was the subject of the 1945 movie “Kitty,” starring Paulette Goddard, was interred at Green-Wood.
March 25: William Colgate, founder of the company that we know today as Colgate-Palmolive, died on this date in 1857.
March 24: John Taylor Johnston, the founding president of The Metropolitan Museum, died on this date in 1893.
March 23: Richard Anthony Proctor was born in England on this date in 1837. He became an accountant but then pursued his true love, astronomy, lecturing on it throughout the world. His gravestone at Green-Wood bears two stars.