July 16th in NYC History
Posted: Jul 16, 2013 | 3:09 AM
by Jared Goldstein
1854: Elizabeth Jennings, an African-American schoolteacher was kicked off a whites-only streetcar, leading to her suing the streetcar company. With the help of her community and Frederick Douglass, she won, which led to the desegregation of all New York City streetcars. This was about a century before Rosa Parks desegregated the south.
1951: J.D. Salinger's novel "The Catcher in the Rye" was published. New York City is almost a supporting character in this tale of alienation and difficulty with adjusting to adulthood.
1956: Tony Kushner, Playwright, born.
1963: Pride of the Columbia School of General Studies, Phoebe Cates, Actress, born.
We see Columbia on Columbia University tours.
1968: Will Ferrell comedian and actor from Saturday Night Live and Elf born somewhere.
1999: John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, and her sister died when his single-engine plane that he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Crowds left tributes of flowers and candles at his TriBeCa home as the search was underway for the plane and its passengers.
2004: Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest by a federal judge for perjury about a stock sale.
We see the Thurgood Marshall Federal Courthouse of her comeuppance on Downtown NYC Tours, MSO tours, Manhattan Step-On tours, Manhattan Step on tours, and Manhattan Sights Orientation tours.