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    December 7th:

    1842...The New York Philharmonic gives its first concert in The Apollo Room on Lower Broadway. Today, the Philharmonic is America's oldest orchestra.

    1941...The city swings into wartime alert, hours after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Japanese nationals living in New York are rounded up by FBI agents and held on Ellis Island. Later, they are transferred to holding camps for the remainder of the war.

    1993...A massacre on the rails as Colin Ferguson of Brooklyn opens fire on a Long Island Rail Road train, killing six passengers.

    Today's New Yorker birthdays include actor Eli Wallach, born in Brooklyn in 1915.

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    December 8th:

    1783...American troops gather at what is now Parson Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue in Queens to celebrate their victory over the British in the Revolutionary War.

    1962...A printers union dispute shuts down the city's daily newspapers. It leads to a 114-day strike, and several papers do not survive.

    1980...Rock music icon John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside Lennon's Dakota apartment on the Upper West Side. The former Beatle called New York his home in his final years, and the city returns the tribute by naming his favorite section of Central Park after one of his songs: Strawberry Fields. The site continues to draw visitors from around the world.

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    December 9th:

    1934...The New York Giants capture the Professional Football Championship, trouncing the Chicago Bears 30-13 on a cold and icy day at the Polo Grounds. The showdown is famous as the "Sneaker Game," for Giants coach Steve Owen's halftime order to wear sneakers for better footing on the slick turf.

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    December 10th:

    1905...O Henry's famed Christmas story "The Gift of the Magi" is first published in The New York World. O Henry had written the tale in just a few hours in a booth in Pete's Tavern at 18th Street and Irving Place. The tavern – and the famous booth – are still open to customers today.

    1906...U.S. President and New York native Teddy Roosevelt becomes the first American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation in the Russo-Japanese War.

    1950...Another New Yorker, Doctor Ralph Bunche, becomes the first African-American to win the Peace Prize for his work as a United Nations mediator during the Palestine War.

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    December 11th:

    1809...New York City Mayor Dewitt Clinton opens the city's first public school, on the site of today's P.S. 2 on Henry Street.

    1929...New York Governor Al Smith announces that a mooring mast for blimps will be built atop the Empire State Building. After the mast is constructed, the first blimp to land on the building is blown over by the wind and nearly sweeps away bystanders. A television tower later replaces the mast.

    1992...A state of emergency is declared when a furious Nor'easter blows into the Big Apple, destroying homes, flooding streets, and halting transportation.

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    December 12th:

    1658...Stone Street becomes the first paved street in New Amsterdam when cobblestones are laid after residents complain about horses kicking up dust and dirtying windows.

    1895...The Police Department establishes a bicycle squad to protect pedestrians from careless cyclists.

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    December 13th:

    1928..."An American in Paris," by native New Yorker George Gerswhin, makes its debut at Carnegie Hall to rave reviews.

    1930...Albert Einstein is honored at City Hall by Mayor Jimmy Walker. Columbia University president Nicholas Butler dubs the German scientist the "ruling monarch of the mind."

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    December 14th:

    1928...Mayor LaGuardia opens the Sixth Avenue subway in a ceremony at the 34th Street station. The new line includes the F, B and D trains, and runs from West Fourth to 50th Streets.

    1946...The United Nations votes to establish its world headquarters on land along First Avenue donated by the Rockefeller family.

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    December 15th:

    1928...Political boss William Tweed is indicted on more than 100 counts of fraud for pocketing millions of dollars of taxpayers money.

    1980...K-9 policing begins in the subways as 12 German Shepherds and their officers go on patrol underground. And in the sports world, the Yankees sign free-agent Dave Winfield to a 10-year contract worth $25 million.

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    December 16th:

    1835...The worst fire in New York City history starts in a textile warehouse near Pearl Street. The fire rages out of control for more than 16 hours, destroying nearly 700 buildings, many of them dating back to Dutch Colonial days. Firefighters are hampered by cold winds and frozen hoses, and smoke and flames can be seen as far away as Philadelphia. Incredibly, not a single life is lost.

    1905...Variety – the newspaper for showbiz – puts out its first edition. Over the decades, Variety becomes as famous as the people it covers. The paper is celebrated for its "slanguage," making words like "boffo," "whammo," "sitcom" and "deejay" part of everyone's vocabulary.

    1949...It's "Dry Friday," as New Yorkers skip baths and shaving to conserve water in the midst of a severe drought.

    1960...Two airliners collide in heavy fog over the city. A United Airlines DC-8 falls onto Park Slope, setting fire to 11 buildings and killing 9 people on the ground. Pieces of a TWA plane also fall into New York Harbor and on Staten Island. Altogether, 134 people die. The planes were heading to LaGuardia and Idlewild Airports in Queens; human error and inadequate equipment are blamed for the crash.

    1985...In true gangland style, mafia chieftain Paul Costellano is cut down in a hail of bullets on busy East 46th Street outside Sparks Steakhouse. Costellano is succeeded by John Gotti, who is later convicted of the hit.

    2002...Straphangers breath a sigh of relief when a transit strike is averted. After 72 hours of 'round the clock negotiations that continue well beyond the original strike deadline, the Transport Workers Union and the MTA reach a deal that keeps the city's subways and busses running.

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    Timeline from the past 4 days -


    December 17th:

    1900...The new Immigration Processing Center on Ellis Island opens. Over the next several decades, millions of new Americans will pass through these buildings on their way to a new life.

    December 18th:

    1956...Phil Rizzuto comes out of retirement to rejoin the Yankees as a broadcaster.

    1987...Wall Street whiz Ivan Boesky gets three years in prison for his role in an insider trading scandal. Then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani says the sentence will deter white-collar crime.

    December 19th:

    1825...Church bell ringers – who are also used to sound fire alarms – refuse to ring their bells until they are paid an annual fee of $25.

    1903...The city celebrates the opening of the Williamsburg Bridge – the second span to link Brooklyn and Manhattan.

    In 1974...Former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller is sworn in as Vice President of the United States.

    In 2000...Former Mayor John V. Lindsay dies at the age of 79. Lindsay was a Congressman from the Upper East Side when he was elected mayor in 1965. He went on to serve two terms. Lindsay began his career as a Republican, but crossed over to the Democratic Party and in 1972 launched an unsuccessful bid for the presidency.

    December 20th:

    1880...Electric lamps replace gas lights on Broadway from 14th to 26th streets. But women complain the bright lights make them look too pale.

    1946...The classic Christmas movie "It's a Wonderful Life" premieres at the Globe Theater in Manhattan. At first the movie is neither a critical nor financial success. But over the years, Frank Capra's tale of family, community and eternal hope becomes a celluloid standard of the holiday season.

    1968...Nobel-winning author John Steinbeck dies at his Upper East Side apartment at age 66.

    1973...Pop singer Bobby Darin, a native of the Bronx, dies during open heart surgery at age 37.

    1993...Wedding bells finally ring for Donald and Marla Trump. A crush of paparazzi and high society guests turn out at his Plaza Hotel to witness the much-hyped nuptuals.

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    December 21st:

    1987...Three white teenagers from Howard Beach are convicted of manslaughter in the death of Michael Griffith. Griffith was a young black man who the teens chased onto the Belt Parkway, where he was hit by a car.

    1988...All aboard a Pan Am 747 jet bound for New York are killed when a terrorist bomb blows up the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland.

    1994...A firebomb explodes on a southbound 4 train at the Fulton Street station in lower Manhattan. More than 40 passengers are hurt, some of them critically burned. Edward Leary, an unemployed computer technician from New Jersey, is quickly arrested and later convicted. He's now serving a nearly 100-year sentence in prison.

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    Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city of New York and resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, most of them women, who either died from the fire or jumped to their deaths. Most of the workers could not escape the burning building because the managers had locked the doors to the stairwells and exits to keep them from leaving early. Fire truck ladders only reached the sixth floor. People jumped from the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors.

    The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory was located in the Asch Building, now known as the Brown Building of Science. It has been designated as a National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark.[1]

    A horse-drawn fire engine en route to the burning factory.

    People and horses draped in black walk in procession in memory of the victims.

    Tombstone of fire victim at the Hebrew Free Burial Association's Mount Richmond Cemetery.

    The building today.

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