Sep 25, Elizabeth Cochran (1864-1922), under the pen name of Nellie Bly, managed to get herself sent to the New York Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island to do an undercover story of conditions there. Her 2-part story for the recounted her experiences and led to changes at the asylum.
Sep 25, Charlotte Mignon (Lotta) Crabtree (b.1847), the red-headed vaudeville dancer known as the “California Girl,” died.
Sep 25, Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley (37) & David Brown (43) wed.
Sep 25, Emily Post (b.1873), etiquette expert, died at 86. A 1941 profile of Emily Price Post called her “the American dictator of correct behavior,” an apt description since her book on etiquette sold more than 650,000 copies in its first 20 years. Born into high society, Post wanted to write novels, but she turned to etiquette when she discovered the poor quality of existing books on the subject. For her, however, “nothing is less important than the fork you use”–rather, etiquette was the art of making other people feel comfortable. Post delivered her message with wit and style in radio broadcasts and a daily column printed in 160 newspapers. A 1941 profile of Emily Price Post called her “the American dictator of correct behavior,” an apt description since her book on etiquette sold more than 650,000 copies in its first 20 years. In 2008 Laura Claridge authored “Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners.”
Sep 25, Leslie Michelle English (2) was raped and murdered in Griffin, Georgia. Her uncle, Eddie Albert Crawford was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. After 20 years on death row Crawford was executed July 19, 2004.
Sep 25, Florence Griffith Joyner won the women’s 100-meter dash at the Seoul Olympics.