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April 15th in New York City History

Posted: Apr 14, 2013 | 11:59 PM

1880:  Max Wertheimer, a founder of Gestalt psychology and New School professor, born in Prague.

We see the New School on Greenwich Village tours.


1889:  "The most dangerous black in America," A. Philip Randolph born, union and civil rights leader born.  He died 1979.

We visit his home Harlem on Harlem tours.


1889:  Artist Thomas Hart Benton born.  His career was in New York City.  He died in 1975.

Washington Square Park


1912:  The New York bound Titanic sank in the North Atlantic, just a few hours after hitting an iceberg.  Nearly 1,500 people died, including industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim and Macy's owner Isidor Straus.

We see the pier where the Titanic was supposed to arrive on Chelsea tours and on High-Line tours.  We see the lighthouse that was supposed to greet the ship on South Street Seaport tours, or Seaport tours.


1947:  Jackie Robinson debuted in his first official baseball game for the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming baseball's first black major league player.

We see the Dodgers' old office on Brooklyn Heights tours.


1992:  Leona Helmsley, "The Queen of Mean,"  started serving her four-year sentence for tax evasion.  Apparently, taxes aren't 'just for little people.'  On the other hand, she would be released the following year.






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