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Actress Grace Moore & Al Capone deaths...

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January 27, 1947

THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 27, 1947

* Grace Moore killed in airplane crash
* Opera singer & actress - Tennessee Nightingale
* Gangster Al 'Scarface' Capone death

The top of the front page has a two column  headline: "GRACE MOORE DIES IN BURNING PLANE; PRINCE ALSO KILLED" with subheads that include: "Crash In Denmark" "Take-Off Mishap Fatal to Singer, Swedish King's Grandson, 20 Others" and more with photo. Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Page 25 has a small one column heading: "Capone Died 'Broke,' His Lawyer Asserts" (see)
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 38 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. Nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Grace Moore (December 5, 1898 - January 26, 1947) was an American operatic soprano and Academy Award-nominated actress in musical theatre and film, nicknamed the "Tennessee Nightingale." Her films helped to popularize opera by bringing it to a larger audience.

Grace Moore died in a plane crash near the Copenhagen, Denmark airport on January 26, 1947, at the age of 48. Among the other plane crash victims was Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden, who was at the time second in line to the Swedish throne and who was the father of the present King of Sweden, King Carl XVI Gustaf. She is buried in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Moore's life story was made into a movie, So This is Love, in 1953, starring North Carolina-born singer Kathryn Grayson. A collection of her papers is housed at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Category: The 20th Century