March 23 1857 – The First Otis Elevator is Installed in New York CityRate this post The modern city is defined by tall steel buildings stretching hundreds of feet above the streets. Until March 23, 1857, skyscrapers were little more than a dream. The first Otis commercial passenger elevator, installed at 488 Broadway in New York City, created new levels of safety — and spurred architects and engineers to push future designs ever upward. The basic concept for a lifting mechanism using ropes first appeared during the 3rd century BCE. In most cases, these primitive elevators often amounted to a slab of sturdy, lightweight wood or stone drawn upward by […]
March 23, 1998 – Titanic wins 11 Academy AwardsRate this post On March 23, 1998, James Cameron’s Titanic won 11 Academy awards, including the Best Picture. It tied with the 1959 classic Ben Hur. Titanic was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and made the distinction of tying with the 1950’s classic ‘All About Eve’ for most Oscar nominations. Titanic, which was starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet and was a fictionalized story about the sinking of RMS Titanic, was released in 1997 and received critical and commercial success. Over the next six months since its released Titanic became the first movie ever to garner more than $1 billion internationally.