New York

The departure of the ill-fated Mary Celeste

November 7, 1872 New York, New York The Mary Celeste departs; the eleven people onboard are never seen again The Mary Celeste was found adrift less than a month after her departure on December 5, between the Azores and the coast of Portugal. A ship spotting her saw no sign of a captain or crew… Continue reading The departure of the ill-fated Mary Celeste

New York

After argument over noise, woman strangled, body posed to look like a suicide

November 1, 2006 Greenwich Village, New York, New York Actress/screen writer/director Adrienne Shelly is killed in her apartment and hanged to appear as a suicide after she complained to construction workers about noise Shelly (40) had been working in an apartment which she used as an office, and found noise from a construction crew in… Continue reading After argument over noise, woman strangled, body posed to look like a suicide

Disasters · New York

Boiler explosion at telephone company kills 21 and injured 95

October 3, 1962 New York, New York A boiler in the New York Telephone Co. building explodes, killing 21 and injuring 95 While employees of the New York Telephone Co. ate lunch on October 3, the building’s boiler reached critical temperatures and exploded, killing 21 and wounding nearly 100. It was later found inspectors had… Continue reading Boiler explosion at telephone company kills 21 and injured 95

Executions · Famous Last Words · New York · Political

FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner

Famous Last Words Major John André Tappan, New York October 2, 1780 “I am reconciled to my death, but I detest the mode.” Maj. André was hanged for as a spy for assisting Major General Benedict Arnold in his attempt to surrender to the British. He requested to be executed by firing squad, believing it… Continue reading FLW: accepts his death, but not the manner

New York

Woman stabs MLK in failed assassination attempt

September 20, 1958 Harlem, Manhattan, New York Izola Curry stabs Martin Luther King Jr. with a letter opener during a book signing Curry, who later stated she believed King was a communist who was spying on her, approached King during the book signing. She asked if he was Martin Luther King and, when he confirmed… Continue reading Woman stabs MLK in failed assassination attempt