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August 7th in NYC History

Posted: Aug 7, 2013 | 1:23 PM
by Jared Goldstein

1904:  Ralph Bunche, the American diplomat and civil rights leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950, born.  He died 12/9/1971.

We visit Ralph Bunche Park on my 42nd Street Tour.

1912:  The Progressive Party nominated NYC's Theodore Roosevelt for President after two terms as a Republican President.  Roosevelt lost to Wilson.


1919:  Actors strike.


1958:  Alberto Salazar, NY Marathon winner, born.


1974:  Philippe Petit illegally tightroped in between the Twin Towers a quarter of a mile up without a net.  Audacious, inspiring, brings people together: this work of art is the opposite of terrorism.


We visit the World Trade Center and explore Petit's legacy on The World Trade Center tour and on my other World Trade Center tours.


1998:  Two Queens residents are killed, along with 248 others, in the African Embassies Bombings.  The terrorists' trial will be postponed three years later due to the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001.


2011:  Former NYS Governor Hugh Carey, who helped bail NYC out in the 1970s, died at 92.


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