Liz Taylor Late to Her Own Funeral; Earthquake Kills 74 in Myanmar; 100-Year Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire


Elizabeth Taylor was late to her own funeral, because she asked to be. She was laid to rest in L.A.’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park yesterday in a ceremony that began 15 minutes late at her stipulation. Westboro Baptist, who’d threatened to picket, did not appear. Taylor shares a “large, multilevel mausoleum” with Michael Jackson. A larger memorial service is expected in the next couple of weeks. Taylor died of congestive heart failure on Wednesday at the age of 79. [NYDN, Guardian]

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said that the situation at the Fukushima nuclear plant “still does not warrant optimism.” More countries have banned food imports from near the plant. Two Japanese citizens traveling to China were taken to the hospital with high levels of radiation; they’ve been determined to be fine. [CNN]

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck Myanmar, killing at least 74. Aftershocks have caused limited damage in Thailand and Laos. [Reuters]

Today marks the 100-year anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, which killed 146 people. There will be a tribute at noon at Washington Place and Greene Street, the site of the building, which is now part of NYU. [NYU]

The Bowery Boys website talks about where the victims of the fire lived — mostly the Lower East Side. [via the Lo-Down]

Manhattan’s youngest landmark building has been named. It’s the Japan Society HQ, at 333 East 47th Street, and it’s 40, not that it looks it! [Hyperallergic]

From last Friday to yesterday, a record has been set “for the shortest interval between a 77-degree temperature and snowfall” — just six days. Remember last Friday? That was nice. [NYT]