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May 20th in NYC History

Posted: May 20, 2013 | 12:43 AM
by Jared Goldstein


took off for Paris from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y.,

the Spirit of St. Louis on the first nonstop solo flight across
the Atlantic Ocean.

1939Regular trans-Atlantic air service began as a Pan American Airways plane took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Europe.

1954David Paterson, Former governor of New York

1895...The first commercial movie even shown in New
York City premieres in a converted store on Lower Broadway. The
four-minute film features a boxing match between world heavyweight champ
"Gentleman" Jim Corbett and Peter Courtney, a heavyweight from New

1970...About 100,000 Construction and office workers demonstrated peacefully at City Hall in support of President Nixon's Vietnam War policies.  This was in contrast to the May 8th Hard Hat Riot.

1972:  Busta Rhymes born in NYC as Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.

1989 Comedian Gilda Radner died of cancer at age 42.


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