Charles‑Auguste de Bériot (1802-1870)
Mary Garden (1874-1967)
Robert McBride (1911-2007)
Ruth Gipps (1921-1999)
Christoph Eschenbach (1940)
Barry Wordsworth (1948)
Cindy McTee (1953)
Riccardo Chailly (1953)
Chris Thile (1981)
Russel Crouse (1893-1966)
Louis Kahn (1901-1974)
Ansel Adams (1902-1984)
Richard Matheson (1926-2013)
And from the Writer's Almanac:
was on this day in 1872 that the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened to
the public in Manhattan. Its first home was rented space at 681 Fifth
Avenue, in a building that had started off as a house and been remodeled
by Allen Dodworth to serve as a dance academy.
founders of the museum were its first president, John Taylor Johnston, a
wealthy railroad tycoon who headed up the fundraising; and William T.
Blodgett, who paid $116,000 to buy three collections of Flemish and
Dutch paintings, and then turned them over to the museum. Blodgett was
in Europe during the grand opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On
February 22nd, Johnston sent Blodgett a letter about the openings — to
the press and artists the evening of the 19th, and to the public on the
20th: "Personally I felt very apprehensive of the effect of inviting the
disaffected artist element and the gentlemen of the Press, but it all
worked very well. One party who came there with an artist told me
afterwards that they halted for a moment before going in in front of the
building, and the artist told him it was a 'd----d humbug, and' added
he, 'I thought so too, but when we came out we thought very
differently.' Our public reception on the 20th was an equal success. We
had a fine turnout of ladies and gentlemen and all were highly pleased.
The pictures looked splendid, and compliments were so plenty and strong
that I was afraid the mouths of the Trustees would become chronically
and permanently fixed in a broad grin."
The museum moved several
times, eventually leasing land from the city on the east side of Central
Park and building a permanent home there. The Metropolitan Museum of
Art is now more than 2 million square feet and contains more than 2
million works of art.