Posts Tagged ‘New York Daily News’

What’s on the radio: December 19, 1934

April 24, 2010

This radio guide, which ran in the Daily News the Wednesday before Christmas in 1934, is a neat little time capsule of news events and popular entertainment in the middle of the Depression.

George Burns and Gracie Allen’s comedy routine. Singer Kate Smith hosting a music variety show. Amateur night in Harlem. Even a broadcast about Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic expedition.

One Man’s Family was kind of the As the World Turns of its time—a popular soap opera that ran for three decades into the 1950s.

The punchiest Daily News headline ever

November 2, 2009

Okay, so it lacks the cadence of The Post‘s 1983 masterpiece “Headless Body in Topless Bar.” But this Daily News gem, from the October 30, 1975 edition of the paper, more than makes up for it in punch and bluntness.

FordtocityheadlineOf course, Ford didn’t actually tell the city to drop dead. New York City in the 1970s was broke, and city lawmakers were desperate for Federal funds to keep services going. On October 29, Ford gave a speech denying the city a bailout.

It was more of a tough-love move to get the city to stop its out-of-control spending than an outright no. And a few months later, Ford did sign off on loans to keep New York from going bankrupt. 

But the immortal headline cast Ford as a villian. In an interview years later, he said that he felt it cost him the presidency in 1976.

A Queens housewife gets the electric chair

September 23, 2009

Ruth Snyder was not the first woman to be put to death by New York state. But she’s perhaps the most famous. Tried in 1927 at the Long Island City courthouse for killing her husband, her case was a media sensation—and her execution caught on camera and published in the Daily News.

RuthsnyderelecticchairFor two years, Ruth, a 32-year-old housewife in Queens Village, had been having an affair with a corset salesman named Judd Gray. The two soon began plotting the murder of Ruth’s husband, Albert.

On March 20, 1927, Albert was killed in a staged home-robbery-gone-wrong scenario: he was beaten, smothered with a chloroform-soaked pillow, and stranged with wire. 

Police quickly realized the home-robbery scenario didn’t add up and arrested Ruth and Judd, who confessed. On trial, each blamed the other for the murder. The jury believed them both and handed down two first-degree murder verdicts. 

Ruth and Judd were put to death in Sing Sing on January 12, 1928. Ruth went first. Just as the executioner delivered the fatal volts, a Chicago Tribune reporter snapped a photo of Ruth with a camera surreptitiously attached to his ankle. The shocking image ran in the next day’s Daily News.

About the case itself, it was the basis for the 1935 novel Double Indemnity, later made into a movie starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck.

What’s playing at the movies, 1934

October 8, 2008

It’s Christmas week 1934, which means Disney has a holiday cartoon special (Mickey Mouse! Krazy Kat!) running at the Bijou and the Astor is playing Babes in Toyland.

Other Times Square movie palaces are showing flicks starring Garbo, Bing Crosby, Douglas Fairbanks, and Carole Lombard, according to the December 21 New York Daily News.

The cost of a ticket: 25 cents, or 35 cents between 2 and 7 p.m.