On this day, January 25th, 1881, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company of New York, Ltd. The telephone company is licensed to sell phones in Greece, Turkey, South Africa, India, Japan and other Asian countries.
On this day, February 12th, 1884, Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth was born to Alice Hathaway Lee and future US President Theodore Roosevelt. She was born in the family home at 6 West 57th St.
Two days after her birth, her mother died of undiagnosed Bright's disease, and the same day, her paternal grandmother, Martha Bulloch Roosevelt died of Typhoid. This combination of events caused her father to be extremely distraught and the newborn Alice was taken care of by Theodore's sister, Anna Barnie Roosevelt, who would long be a great influence in her life.
In 1886, Theodore re-married and Alice was then raised by her father and step-mother, though Barnie would continue to be actively involved with raising the independent Alice.
Alice eventually became quite the socialite and during her father's presidency he was said to have commented, "I can either run the country or I can attend to Alice, but I cannot possibly do both."
Alice eventually married Nicholas Longworth, a Republican US Representative from Cincinnatti, a city for which Alice had little love. Their marriage was far from a happy one, and the two even campaigned on behalf of opposing presidential candidates in the 1912 Presidential Election.
She was a political force in Washington throughout her life, and was even referred to as "The other Washington Monument."
She died in 1980.
On this day, September 4th, 1888, George Eastman of Rochester, New York registers the trademark Kodak and receives a patent for his camera that uses roll film.
On this day, September 3rd, 1833 in New York, The Sun began publication September 3, 1833, as a morning newspaperedited by Benjamin Day with the slogan "It Shines for All". An evening edition was introduced in 1887.
On this day, September 2nd, 1963 CBS Evening News located in New York City, becomes U.S. network television's first half-hour weeknight news broadcast, when the show is lengthened from 15 to 30 minutes.
On this day, September 1st, the SR-71 Blackbird sets (and holds) the record for flying from New York to London in the time of 1 hour, 54 minutes and 56.4 seconds at a speed of 1,435.587 miles per hour (2,310.353 km/h).
On this day, August 31st, 1907, William Shaw is born in Chicago, Illinois.
After traveling to Las Vegas and New Mexico as a journalist, Shaw and his wife moved to
New York City in 1932.
Soon after their arrival, Shaw's wife Lucille began a job as a fact checker at the popular magazine, The New Yorker. Shaw became an assitant editor at The New Yorker and oversaw the magazine's coverage of World War II. It was Shaw who persuaded then editor and founder of The New Yorker, Harold Ross, to print John Hersey's Hiroshima. After Ross' death in 1951, Shaw became editor of New York Magazine. He was editor for 53 years.
On this day, August 30th, 1989, Leona Helmsley is convicted of tax evasion of more than $1 Million in federal income taxes. Also Known as, "The Queen of Mean", Helmsley serves 18 months in prison.
The hotel magnate was quoted by her housekeeper as saying, "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.". In an ironic twist Helsmley was to report to prison on April 15th, 1992, which is of course, tax day.
After her prison sentence, Helmsley led a secluded life. She died in 2007 at the age of age of 87.
She left her Maltese dog, Trouble, a $12 million trust fund. This sum was subsequently reduced to $2 million.
On this day, August 29th, 1813, Henry Bergh was born. Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on April 10, 1866. In 1875, he went on to be co-founder of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC).
Bergh died on March 12, 1888 and was interred in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
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