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    November 7th:

    1929...The Museum of Modern Art opens in Midtown with exhibitions of works by Cezanne, Gaugin, Seurat and Van Gogh.

    1961...Mayor Robert Wagner is re-elected for a third term, defeating Republican Louis Lefkowitz.

    1989...David Dinkins becomes the first African-American mayor of New York City, narrowly defeating Republican Rudolph Giuliani.

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    November 8th:

    1880...Actress Sarah Bernhardt makes her American debut at a packed Booth's Theater on 23rd Street. Tickets go for as much as $15.

    1977...Democrat Congressman Ed Koch defeats Liberal Mario Cuomo and Republican Roy Goodman to win the first of his three three terms as mayor.

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    November 9th:

    1953...Poet Dylan Thomas can "rage against the dying of the light" no more. He dies one week after collapsing in his room at the Chelsea Hotel.

    1965...A massive power failure blacks out the city at the height of the evening rush. For hours New Yorkers are stranded in the dark, but they remain calm and pull through by helping one another.

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    November 10th:

    1902...The cornerstone is laid for the New York Public Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue – the former site of the Croton Reservoir. The building is actually the melding of the Astor, Lennox and Tilden libraries into one of the world's great research centers. It opens in 1911.

    2007...Most of Broadway goes dark when the stagehands' union goes on strike. The strike lasts for 19 days, leaving most shows closed during the always-busy Thanksgiving weekend.

    2007...Legendary writer Normal Mailer dies in Manhattan at age 84.

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    November 11th:

    1918...New Yorkers jam the streets to celebrate the end of World War I. Revelers parade from City Hall to Columbus Circle, and the Kaiser is hanged in effigy in front of the Public Library.

    1921...November 11th is declared Armistice Day, a national holiday. It is now called Veterans Day.

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    November 12th:

    1927...The Holland Tunnel opens. But before cars can enter, the city allows pedestrians to cross under the Hudson River for one day. Full use by cars comes the following day.

    1954...Ellis Island closes its doors. The immigration station in New York Harbor had processed some 20 million new Americans since 1892.

    1995...It's long lines and short tempers, as straphangers deal with the first day of an increased mass transit fare. The hike is a whopping 20 percent, boosting the fare 25 cents to $1.50. But if it's any consolation, the Transit Authority promised no further increase for the rest of the century.

    2001...American Airlines Flight 587 crashes into the Belle Harbor neighborhood of Queens shortly after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport. The crash kills all 260 Passangers and crew onboard, as well as 5 on the ground. To date, it remains the 2nd deadliest aviation disaster in U.S. History.*

    *Info was not included in the original NY1 article and was added by me.
    Last edited by NYC4Life; November 13th, 2008 at 02:12 PM.

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    November 13th:

    In 1677...Stephen Van Cortland is elected the first native-born mayor of New York. Today he is best remembered as the namesake of a park in the Bronx.

    In 1992...Brooklyn's own Riddick Bowe wins the world heavyweight crown, defeating Evander Holyfield in Las Vegas

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    November 14th:

    In 1832...Public transportation arrives when the first streetcar begins running from Prince Street to 14th Street.

    In 1889...New York World reporter Nellie Bly sets sail to travel around the world in 80 days – hoping to beat the fictional record of Jules Verne's "Phileas Fogg." Bly returns in triumph 72 days later.

    In 1905...Genaro Lombardi receives the first city license to operate a pizzeria. His original parlor at 53 Spring Street is an instant hit – and the restaurant still operates today, one block from the original location.

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    November 15th:

    In 1926...The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) debuts on radio with a network of 24 stations. Its premiere program features Will Rogers and the New York Symphony Orchestra.

    In 1993...Robert Wagner Jr., son of former Mayor Wagner and heir to a New York political dynasty, dies suddenly while on a business trip in Texas. He was 49.

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    November 16th:

    1801...Alexander Hamilton and his political allies publish the first edition of The New York Evening Post to present the Federalist point of view. Today, the Post survives as New York's oldest newspaper.

    1959..."The Sound of Music," starring Mary Martin, debuts on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater.

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    November 17th:

    1961...Governor Nelson Rockefeller and his wife Mary announce they are divorcing after 31 years of marriage. The shocking news casts a shadow on the governor's possible run for the presidency in 1964.

    Today's New Yorker birthdays include director Martin Scorcese, born in Flushing, Queens in 1942; and former Met Tom Seaver, born in 1944.

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    November 18th:

    1946...Flamboyant former mayor Jimmy Walker dies in Manhattan at age 65. Walker had resigned amid scandal years earlier, but remained popular until his death.

    1959...The blockbuster epic "Ben Hur" has its world premiere at Loew's State Theater in Manhattan.

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    November 19th:

    1957...Leonard Bernstein is named musical director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He becomes the first American born conductor to hold the post.

    Today's New Yorkers birthdays include talk show host Larry King, born in Brooklyn in 1933; and fashion designer Calvin Klein, born in the Bronx in 1942.

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    November 20th:

    1775...The Continental Congress authorizes sending the militia to disarm loyalists in Queens who refuse to support the colonies against the British.

    1804...John Pintard founds the New York Historical Society in City Hall. Now located on Central Park West, it's the city's oldest museum.
    Last edited by NYC4Life; November 21st, 2008 at 03:23 PM. Reason: Date correction

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