On this day, February 10th, 1893, James Francis Durante was born in Brooklyn, New York. Durante, better known as Jimmy Durante was a pianist, comedian and actor who was popular from the 1920s until the 1970s. Durante’s long career landed him roles in Broadway plays and theater, radio shows and movies. Durante died at his California home at the age of 87 in 1980.
On this day, in 1870, the Young Woman's Christian Association (NYC Branch) was founded, though the Organization had a presence in the city to some degree since 1858. This was done by the consolidation of two other competing organizations into the YWCA by Grace Hoadley Dodge (May 21, 1856 - December 27, 1914).
The YWCA acts as a movement made up of women, to foster economic and social change. The YWCA is independent from the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) though some local entities are combined, and members of both umbrella organizations. There is also a varying degree, nation-wide and world-wide between member entities, of the significance of Christianity in their programs.
On this day, Samuel Tilden, who fought Tammany Hall, and in 1876, was the first person (of two, the other being Al Gore in 2000) to lose the Presidential Election in spite of winning a majority of the popular vote, was born. From 1860 until his death on August 4, 1886, Tilden owned 15 Gramercy Park South, now used by the National Arts Club.
Tilden is perhaps best remembered however for being the original benefactor of the New York Public Library(NYPL). He left $7 Million in a trust to establish a library (though the court eventually reduced it to $3 Million). The trust was combined with The Astor and Lenox Libraries, to form what is now the NYPL. In fact, Tilden's name appears on the front of the Library.
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