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Feb 20th in NYC History

Posted: Feb 20, 2013 | 10:01 PM

1861:  President-Elect Abraham Lincoln attended opera at The Academy of Music on 14th Street, not too far from Cooper Union, where his political career took off.

We visit Cooper Union on East Village Walking tours, and we visit Union Square and Irving Place, where the Academy of Music was, on Santa Claus NYC tours.


1899:  Businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney born.  He died in 1992.


1924:  Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt born.


1927:  Harlem's Sidney Poitier, Actor, born.

We see where his black box theater was on Harlem Tours.


1937:  Jazz singer Nancy Wilson, once a longtime New Yorker, born.


1942:  NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito of the New York Rangers born.


1950:  Steely Dan's co-founder, Queens' Walter Becker born.


1966:  Model Cindy Crawford born.

We see where she lived on Little Italy tours.


1988:  Singer Rihanna born in Barbados.

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