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may 5th in new york city

Posted: May 8, 2013 | 10:54 PM
by Jared Goldstein

Frederick Barnard 5/5/1809 - 4/27/1889
president of Columbia College (1864-1889)

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Peter Cooper Hewitt 5/5/1861 - 8/25/1921
American electrical engineer; invented the mercury-vapor lamp

Christopher Morley 5/5/1890 - 3/28/1957
American novelist and columnist for the Saturday Review (1924-41)
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1891...Carnegie Hall – then known simply as the Music Hall – opens on 57th Street and Seventh Avenue with a concert conducted by Russian composer Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky.
1891Carnegie Hall (then named Music Hall) opened in New York City.


1893Panic hit the New York Stock Exchange; by year's end, the country was in the throes of a severe depression.


1955...The original "Damn Yankees," starring Gwen Verdun, makes its debut on Broadway.


1960 NBC News anchor Brian Williams born


1979Vincent Kartheiser, Actor ("Mad Men"),



2010Preliminary plans for a mosque and cultural center near ground zero in New York were unveiled, setting off a national debate over whether the project was disrespectful to 9/11 victims and whether opposition to it exposed anti-Muslim biases.


2011...Celebrated writer and director Arthur Laurents – the co-creator of musical theater classics like "Gypsy" and "West Side Story" – dies in Manhattan at age 93.

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