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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 18, 1868, steamship entrepreneur Thomas Henry Ismay purchased the White Star Line. Believing iron-hulled steamships were the future of maritime travel, and leaving the old wooden ships of the past behind, Ismay founded the Oceanic Steamship Navigation Company and bought the White Star flag shortly afterward. His son J. Bruce Ismay was a …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 17, 1968, The Indian Wants the Bronx by Israel Horovitz, opened at the Astor Place Theatre. Starring Al Pacino in his Off-Broadway debut and John Cazale (who would go on to collaborate with Pacino another five times), the one-act play ran 177 performances. Both stars won Obie Awards, for Best Actor and Best …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 14, 1993, former NBC comedian David Letterman announced his move to CBS in the wake of Johnny Carson’s retirement from The Tonight Show. Passed over for Carson’s seat in favor of Jay Leno, Letterman departed from CBS and from Los Angeles and came to the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York to …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 13, 1943, Mafioso Carmine Galante was arrested for the murder of anti-Fascist newspaper editor Carlo Tresca the previous day. Believed to have been ordered by Vito Genovese to carry out the murder as a favor to Mussolini, Galante may have stepped out of a car and shot Tresca in the back of the …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 8, 1868, under the directorship of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the newspaper Revolution began publication. With offices on Printing House Square, located between The World and Scientific American, the publication began during a great divide in the suffrage movement, as alliances between the fight for racial equality and sexual equality …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 7, 1943, brilliant and eccentric inventor, physicist, and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla was found dead in his room at the Hotel New Yorker, where he had lived since 1934. Born in Belgrade, Tesla had moved to the US in his late 20’s and became a citizen at 35. Famous for developing technologies that …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On January 6, 1993, legendary jazz trumpeter and innovator of bebop Dizzy Gillespie died of pancreatic cancer. Born John Birks Gillespie in South Carolina, Dizzy learned music at an early age and came to New York City on tour with the Frank Fairfax Orchestra. He played every club in town many times over his busy …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On December 30, 1942, Frank Sinatra played his first solo show at the Paramount Theatre in Times Square. At 27 years old, Sinatra had developed a considerable fan base of teenage girls many of whom, upon finding tickets sold-out, proceeded to riot. This came to be known as “the bobby sox riot” and marked the …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On December 28, 1967, Muriel Siebert became the first woman to have her own seat on the New York Stock Exchange. She had paid a near record $445,000 and jumped through innumerable hoops for the chance. Eventually dubbed “the First Woman of Finance”, she would go on to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall …

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It Happened Today in New York City

On December 27, 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened. Featuring Donald Deskey’s peerless art deco interior design, the world’s largest indoor theatre (at just shy of 6,000 seats) premiered with an enormous extravaganza performance featuring some of the days brightest stars, including Martha Graham and Ray Bolger. However, without judicious cutting, the evening went on …

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