Today in History February 15

Chicago mayor Anton J. Cermak takes a bullet meant for F.D.R.

706 – Byzantine emperor Justinian II has his predecessors Leontios and Tiberios III publicly executed in the Hippodrome of Constantinople. 1493 – While on board the Nina, Christopher Columbus writes an open letter that was widely distributed upon his return to Portugal describing his discoveries and the unexpected items he came across in the New […]

Today in History February 14

Michael Rubens Bloomberg

1076 – Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor. 1804 – Karađorđe leads the First Serbian Uprising against the Ottoman Empire. 1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken. 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent […]

Valentine Workshop


Every year for the past 15 years, Battery Park City Parks has hosted a Valentine Workshop. It’s a popular draw, featuring fancy paper, glitter, doilies, dried rosebuds, a fair amount of imagination and, of course, lots of love. This year, according to Doug Van Horn of Battery Park City Parks, more than one hundred people attended-families and […]

Today in History February 13

Chuck Yeager and Glamorous Glennis

1322 – The central tower of Ely Cathedral falls on the night of 12th-13th. 1542 – Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII of England, is executed for adultery. 1633 – Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for his trial before the Inquisition. 1914 – Copyright: In New York City the American Society of Composers, […]

Today in History February 12

Charles Darwin, English geologist and theorist

881 – Pope John VIII crowns Charles the Fat, the King of Italy: Holy Roman Emperor 1502 – Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India. 1554 – A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason. 1832 – Ecuador […]

February 11

Henry VIII

660 BC – Traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. AD 55 – Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This clears the way for Nero to become Emperor. 1534 – Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of […]

The Morning Walk


Most mornings, the dogs of the Lower Lower East Side, (Pip, Ollie,  Jackson, Penny, Coco, Cosmo, Malish, Charlie, Maxie,  Buddha, Ziggy, Julia,  Louie, Capone, Nola, Zoey and Ralph) gather for a walk and bring their owners along. This has been going on for nearly twenty years. Michael Devereaux, long time downtown resident, seen here giving out treats on […]

Today in History February 8

Mary, Queen of Scots

1587 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. 1590 – Luis de Carabajal the younger is tortured by the Inquisition in Mexico City. 1693 – The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, is granted a charter […]

February 5

Miners and their wives posing with the finders of the nugget, Richard Oates, John Deason and his wife.

*AD 62 – Earthquake in Pompeii, Italy. *1597 – A group of early Japanese Christians are killed by the new government of Japan for being seen as a threat to Japanese society. *1852 – The New Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, opens to the […]