July 17th in NYC History
Posted: Jul 17, 2013 | 4:58 PM
by Jared Goldstein
1763: Manhattan Real Estate baron, fur magnate, drug dealer, America's first multi-millionaire, and philanthropist, John Jacob Astor born 250 years ago in Germany.
1899: Academy-Award winning American actor James Cagney born. He died March 30, 1986.
1901: Millionaire industrialist Andrew Carnegie pledged to build 65 public libraries for the city.
1938: "Wrong Way Corrigan"Aviator Douglas Corrigan earned the nickname after he took off from New York bound for California and ended up in Ireland the next day.
1941: Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ended in a game against the Cleveland Indians.
1967: Jazz Saxophonist John Coltrane died in Long Island.
1996: 230 people aboard TWA Flight 800 bound for Paris died, as their flight exploded and crashed off Long Island, after departing John F. Kennedy International Airport.
2009: America's most trusted man, former CBS News' anchorman Walter Cronkite died at 92 in Manhattan.