Today in History March 5

Churchill, FDR and Josef Stalin

*363 – Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sasanian Empire, in a campaign which would bring about his own death. *1496 – King Henry VII of England issues letters patent to John Cabot and his sons, authorising them to explore unknown lands. *1616 – Nicolaus Copernicus’s book […]



To the editor: Your editorial slamming the governor’s congestion pricing proposal is breathtaking in its parochialism. Nowhere do you mention one of the proposal’s two primary objectives: to unsnarl traffic and improve car, taxi and bus travel times 15-20 percent. And you barely refer to its main goal, to raise revenue to pay for modern […]



1PM “Time’s Arrow – Susanna, Part the First” St. Paul’s Chapel This year’s Time’s Arrow festival juxtaposes old and new stories of the biblical character Susanna. Exploring sensitive themes of our time, the festival includes the full staged world premiere of the new opera Artemisia and concerts of Handel’s Susanna as Trinity continues its presentation […]

The Room Where America Was Born Is Reborn

This 1883 engraving by Henry Alexander Ogden depicts (100 years after the fact) Washington's farewell address to his troops in 1783, in the Long Room at Fraunces Tavern.

If America has a birthing room, the most common claim to that title would be asserted by Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were adopted. But a more interesting plea for recognition could be made on behalf of a large, upstairs parlor in a building at Pearl and […]