September 30: Morgan Andrew Robertson, who likely invented the periscope, and foretold the sinking of the Titanic, was born on this date in 1861.
September 29: Paul Jabara, Grammy Award winner for writing Donna Summer’s hit “Last Dance,” died on this date in 1992.
September 28: Politician Alfred R. Conkling was born on this date in 1850; he committed suicide by jumping from a 4th floor window in 1917.
It had never been done before. In the 34th America’s Cup challenge series, for yachting supremacy, a competition that has been going on periodically for more than a century and a half, no yacht had ever come back after trailing 8-1 in races, to run off 8 consecutive triumphs and to win the cup 9-8. … Read more
September 27: In 1854, on this date, the ship Arctic, the largest and fastest ship on the seas, collided with the Vesta and sank on its voyage from England to New York City; many were lost, including 6 members of the Brown family; not a single woman or child survived.
September 26: On this date in 1957, “West Side Story,” brilliant music by Leonard Bernstein, opened on Broadway.
September 25: George Steers, designer of the yacht America, who piloted it to victory against England’s best in 1851, thereby making the competition to this day for yachting supremacy “the America’s Cup,” died on this date in 1856.
Back in April of last year, I led a tour of Green-Wood for a class of Cooper Union students. At the end of the tour, their instructor, Michael Dorsch, asked me to show them our display of 19th-century vault keys in our offices. I did so and the students were fascinated. In fact, I soon … Read more
September 24: On this date in 1957, Ebbets Field, named for Charles Ebbets, early owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, closed.
September 23: On this date in 1839, Green-Wood’s books were opened for the purchase of lots; no burials would occur until 1840.