1. Napoleon Bonaparte, born 243 years ago today.
Interested in learning a bit more about Monseiur Bonaparte? Check out our visit with Napoleon scholar Andrew Roberts, currently working on a biography of the general in NYPL’s Allen Room.

    Napoleon Bonaparte, born 243 years ago today.

    Interested in learning a bit more about Monseiur Bonaparte? Check out our visit with Napoleon scholar Andrew Roberts, currently working on a biography of the general in NYPL’s Allen Room.

  2. Well, this was yesterday, but still - these prints are gorgeous. Just a sample of the inspiration you can find at the library.

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    Today, on May 10, 1866, Russian painter and stage designer Leon Bakst was born. Check out some of his costume designs in the Library’s Digital Gallery.

  3. Two hundred and one years ago today, Percy Bysshe Shelley and his friend Thomas Jefferson Hogg were expelled from Oxford University for ”contumacy in refusing to answer certain questions put to them.” The two had published an incendiary pamphlet called The Necessity of Atheism.

    Visit the exhibition Shelley’s Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet to learn more about Shelley’s life and work.

  4. On March 8, 1877, in the Church of St. Francis Xavier on 16th Street, “the shriek of an hysterical woman in one of the galleries, and a heedless cry of fire which followed it, created a panic.” (NYT, 3/8/1877) Seven people were killed in the ensuing chaos. This newspaper clipping from our Picture Collection attempts to illustrate the scene in an era before news photography.

    On March 8, 1877, in the Church of St. Francis Xavier on 16th Street, “the shriek of an hysterical woman in one of the galleries, and a heedless cry of fire which followed it, created a panic.” (NYT, 3/8/1877) Seven people were killed in the ensuing chaos. This newspaper clipping from our Picture Collection attempts to illustrate the scene in an era before news photography.