RIP ETHEL MERMAN
On February 15, 1984: Astoria, Queens native Ethel Merman, known as the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage, died at age 76. Watch Merman belt out “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” from Gyspy: A Musical Fable.
OUTTA DA PARK
On February 15, 1917: The Yankees spent $37,500 (equivalent to roughly $742,000 today) to buy Frank “Home Run” Baker from the Athletics. Baker was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955 and is known for never playing any position but third base during his 13-year MLB career.
BORN ON THIS DAY: JANICE DICKINSON
On February 15, 1955: Janice Doreen Dickinson was born in Brooklyn. Dickinson often describes herself as the first supermodel and claims she coined the term. She recently opened her own modeling agency, the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency and produced a reality show following the agency’s progress.