Adam Smith, Dorothea Dix, Billie Holiday, Ty Cobb, and the Romanovs
Posted by Laurie Frost on July 17, 2010
What do economist Adam Smith, activist Dorothea Dix, singer Billie Holiday, baseball player Ty Cobb, and the last of the Russian royals, the Romanovs, have in common?
All died on July 17.
All images are from the Library of Congress.
Adam Smith (1723-1790) was a Scottish philosopher whose study Wealth of Nations secured his reputation as a founding father of free market economics.
Dorothea Dix (1802-1887) fought for the humane treatment of the impoverished mentally ill.
Ty Cobb (1886-1961) is considered one of baseball’s greatest players.
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) was a jazz singer and song writer.
Mar. 23, 1949. By Carl Van Vechten. LC-USZ62-116612
The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II (1868-1918) ruled from 1894 through the spring of 1917 when he abdicated and was detained with his his wife, his son, and his four daughters first in a palace, then governor’s mansion and finally a private home. There, the family, along with their doctor and cook, the Tsar’s valet, and the Empress’ lady-in-waiting, were killed by Bolsheviks sometime during the night of July 16-17, 1918.
Nicholas II before the Revolution. LC-DIG-hec-04620
Nicholas II after the Revolution, shovelling snow, 1917. LC-USZ62-59508
Alexei Nicolaevitch, Czarevitch, heir to the Russian throne (1904-1918), and his sister, Grand Duchess Tatiana (1897-1918) taking a break at Tsarskoe Selo, the palace where they were first imprisoned, 1917. LC-USZ62-38342
Empress Alexandra (1872-1918) embroiders while the royal family works in the garden at Tsarkoe Selo, Russia, 1917. LC-USZ62-59505
The Russian royal children resting after working in the garden at Tsarskoe Selo. Left to right: Olga Nicolaevna (1895-1918), Alexei Nicolaevitch, Anastasia (1901-1918) and Tatiana Nicolaevna. LC-USZ62-29428
In happier times: The Romanovs, the last royal family of Russia, in 1914. Seated (left to right) Maria (1899-1918), Queen Alexandra, Czar Nicholas II, Anastasia, Alexei (front), and standing (left to right), Olga and Tatiana.
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