“When Mary Ann’s labor pangs started November 13, 1833, the birth did not progress as expected. More concerned than usual after the bereavements of the past year, her midwives may have advised sending for a doctor. June, Mary Ann’s oldest boy, was the chosen messenger. As he headed out on the back of a mule hours before daybreak with Joe Hall as his companion, June recalled that in the darkness above, thousands of meteors started raining downward. Baltimore’s papers reported the next morning that many people believed the world was coming to an end. Others were certain the meteors ‘prognosticated some dreadful war.’ Only astronomers seemed unafraid, ‘viewing the phenomenon wonderful.’ The Shower lasted for a full hour. One meteor exploded with a bang over northwest Baltimore, lighting the clouds like a sunrise and leaving a fiery, thirty foot trail.” – My Thoughts Be Bloody by Nora Titone
Edwin Booth entered the world on this day to the fanfare of a great celestial event. It seems only fitting then that on this, the 179th anniversary of his birth, another spacial phenomenon occurred:
On this day, I’d also like to give a continued congratulations to Carolyn Mitchell of The Spirits of Tudor Hall and the Edwin Booth Society for her wonderful work on these websites. Carolyn is a wealth of knowledge about the Booth family and I check her sites everyday to see what’s new with Edwin and the rest of the Booths. I certainly wish I could have been in New York today to visit The Players during the celebration of their Founder.