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April 2nd in New York City History - Those Who Left Their Mark

Posted: Apr 2, 2013 | 12:42 AM

1834:  Frederic Auguste Bartholdi,

who left his mark on NYC

with his 'Statue of Liberty,' born in France
.  He died in 1904.

1862:  Nicholas Murray Butler, longtime President of Columbia University (1902-1945), failed political candidate and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (for co-founding the Carnegie Institute of Peace and assisting the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which outlawed war), born.  He died in 1947.

He transitioned Columbia to its Morningside campus, an era of great building, and transformed it into a research university on the German model.  He also founded the first research hospital.

Students sent to him for discipline were stuck in his private elevator, addressing him through the bars.  Butler had a difficult relationship with Jews and undergraduates.  He had a good relationship with Mussolini, up to a point.

1872:  Telegraph inventor, painter, NYU Professor, anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, and pro-slavery Samuel Morse died in Manhattan at 79.

1875:  Walter Chrysler born.  

His Chrysler Building was never the automobile company's headquarters, more like an advertisement.  

That is not Moses Gates up there.

The building's land is owned by Cooper Union.  There is talk of renaming the building for much needed income.

We see the Chrysler Building on Midtown Tours, 42nd Street tours, and Grand Central Terminal tours.  We also experience Cooper Union on East Village tours.

1972:  Gil Hodges, a legendary Brooklyn Dodger and Mets manager died of a heart attack at 48.

1986:  New York City banned discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in employment, housing and public accommodations.

1992:  Gambino Crime family boss John Gotti was convicted in New York for murder and racketeering.

We see Gotti's neighborhood on NoLiIta tours and Little Italy tours.


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