February 4

Betty Friedan, American author and activist
February 4 - 1921 ~  February 4 2006

*960 – The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries. *1555 – John Rogers is burned at the stake, becoming the first English Protestant martyr under Mary I of England. *1703 – In Edo (now Tokyo), all but one […]

EYES TO THE SKY February 4 – 17, 2019

February 5, 2019, one-hour before sunrise.
Image: Judy Isacoff, Starry Night

Every day, a ball of fire crosses the sky.             This bizarre reality was so flabbergasting in ancient times that people could relate to it only with worship. The Aztecs and Egyptians were far from alone in regarding the Sun as a god. The Persians, Incas, and Tamils (of southern India) also elevated the Sun to […]

Appellation Rail

Fulton Street Hub

Question for Big Apple Trivia Buffs: What does New York have only six of, although it might be due for a seventh? The answer was the focus of a discussion at the January 22 meeting of Community Board 1, where Transportation Committee Reggie Thomasnoted that, “Pace University’s assistant vice present of government and community relations, […]