August 31: Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi, who was born on this date in 1842, became the first woman to graduate from the Ecole de Medecine in Paris in 1871, then returned to New York to become America’s first professor of pediatrics.
August 30: Luther Bradish, who served in the War of 1812, was New York State’s lieutenant governor 1839-1842, and was president of the New-York Historical Society, died on this date in 1863.
August 29: Henry Bergh, the founder in 1866 of the ASPCA, the first humane organization in the Americas, was born on this date in 1811.
August 28: On this date in 1865, Confederate General Robert Selden Garnett, the first general killed in battle during the Civil War, was secretly reinterred from Baltimore.
Sunday, a commemoration of the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, was a great day at Green-Wood Cemetery. The Battle of Brooklyn was a tremendously important event in American history. Fought on August 27, 1776, it was the first battle of the American Revolution after the Declaration of Independence was issued. It was the … Read more
August 27: The Revolutionary War Battle of Brooklyn was fought across what would become Green-Wood’s grounds, as well as other parts of Brooklyn, on this date in 1776.
August 26: On this date in 1893, Oscar and Maggie Dietzel, husband and wife, died after their train, coming back from Manhattan Beach, was run up on and destroyed by a Rockaway Beach train.
August 25: Leonard Bernstein, conductor, composer, and teacher, was born on this date in 1918, and died in 1990.
August 24: Entertainment impresario William Niblo was interred on this date in 1878.