A Rooftop Murder: Stanford White, Henry Thaw, and the Trial of the Century

On June 25th, 1906, many New York City socialites were attending the theatrical premier of “Mam’zelle Champagne” at Madison Square Garden. One member of the audience was Stanford White, a prolific and famous architect. During the show’s final number White was approached by Henry Thaw, a multi-millionaire and son of a coal and railroad baron.Continue reading “A Rooftop Murder: Stanford White, Henry Thaw, and the Trial of the Century”

Human Zoos and Ota Benga

In September of 1906, visitors to the Bronx Zoo found a new exhibit. Standing in a cage in the Monkey House was not an animal, but a young man, dressed in a loincloth and holding a bow with arrows. Though many details of his life are uncertain, what we do know of Ota Benga isContinue reading “Human Zoos and Ota Benga”

Nicknames: A Tale of Three Cities

While people generally know the nicknames for cities, the origin of those nicknames is not so well known. The History Guy uncovers the surprising history behind the nicknames for three of America’s great cities: Washington D.C., New York and Chicago.