Born today was Edwin Booth.
Don't conflate with brother John.*
Shakespearean thespian, in all truth,
Belongs in drama's pantheon.
(Statue of Edwin Booth as Hamlet in New York's Gramercy Park)
* In a eerie coincidence, two months before his brother John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theatre in Washington, Edwin saved the life of Lincoln's son, Robert, at a crowded Jersey City train station. In Robert's words, "The incident occurred while a group of passengers were late at night purchasing their sleeping car places from the conductor who stood on the station platform. ... There was some crowding, and I happened to be pressed by it against the car body while waiting my turn. In this situation the train began to move, and by the motion I was twisted off my feet, and had dropped somewhat, with feet downward, into the open space, and was personally helpless, when my coat collar was vigorously seized and I was quickly pulled up and out to a secure footing on the platform. Upon turning to thank my rescuer I saw it was Edwin Booth, whose face was of course well known to me, and I expressed my gratitude to him, and in doing so, called him by name." [Jacob della Quercia, cracked.com]