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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.

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.

"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.


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