Nov. 20, 1915: The Times publishes the account of the execution of Joe Hill (Joe Hillstrom) by firing squad.
The New York Times has two terrific stories that are well worth your time.
The first is Rachel Donadio’s feature on the search for a lost work by Leonardo da Vinci, which might be hidden behind a fresco in the Palazzo Vecchio. Giorgio Vasari, the fresco artist, left what might be a tantalizing clue: “cerca trova” — “seek and you shall find” painted on a battle standard.
The second is Steven Greenhouse’s story on new research into the death of labor activist Joe Hill. William M. Adler, the author of a new biography titled “The Man Who Never Died,” says that he found a letter from Hill’s girlfriend explaining that he was shot by a rival suitor and not during the fatal holdup of a market — the crime for which he was executed in 1915.
On the jump: Joe Hill’s execution.