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January 4th in NYC History

Posted: Jan 4, 2013 | 2:39 AM
by Jared Goldstein

1821:  Elizabeth Ann Seton goes to heaven.  Born in 1774, Sainted in 1975, the First American-born Saint.  On Downtown Tours we see the Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton, as well as St Peter's Church where she had her miraculous vision.

1877:  Railroad and shipping magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt died, leaving an estate of more than $100 million. Vanderbilt had built the New York Central Railroad and Grand Central Terminal.  I like to share stories of 'the Commodore' on my tours of Grand Central Terminal, which he built, and tours of Staten Island Ferry, which he founded.

1936:  Billboard Magazine (founded 1894 in NYC), published the first pop music chart based on record sales.  This signaled the transformation of popular music from sheet music performed on pianos.

1944:  Ralph Bunche becemees the first African-American in the U.S. State Department, when he joins the staff as a territorial studies expert.


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