Saturday 21 A pleasant day. Edith + Audrea went for the violin lesson + did their weekly shopping. In the p.m. Edith took Audrea down to the “Capitol” to see Jackie Coogan. Three or four other girls went along too. They enjoyed it very much + got back about five thirty. I was very tired + was wondering how I was going to survive until two o’clock Sunday morning – for we expected the Baldwins – when Amozell + the two girls arrived on the way home from their piano recital. The girls wanted to show their new dresses. They looked very well + were very happy. Of course they stayed to supper + untill eleven o’clock. The fact that I am writing this shows that I survived, indeed perhaps it did me good. We live so deathly dull that we have no incentive to try + keep up. The Baldwins did not come owing to the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Harriman were down + they could not.
NOTES + EXPLANATIONS
In 1921, Jackie Coogan was one of the first famous child actors ever, after landing a lead role in Charlie Chaplan’s “The Kid”. His parents’ irresponsible squandering of his fortune resulted in the Coogan Act – the first legal protection for child actors. The best part is that he then went on to become Uncle Fester in the Addams Family!
Here’s a photo of Jackie Coogan at the Capitol on what must have been this precise day in history, May 21, 1927 (source: Library of Congress):
On this day in history: May 21, 1927 (Saturday)
- Charles Lindbergh became the first man to complete a non-stop trans-Atlantic airplane flight, from New York to Paris. He landed his monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis, at Le Bourget airfield near Paris at 10:21 p.m. local time (5:21 pm in New York), 33 hours and 29 minutes after taking off from New York. Lindbergh won the $25,000 Orteig Prize and a lifetime of fame and fortune.
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