Today in History July 13

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1793 – Journalist and French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat is assassinated in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday, a member of the opposing political faction. 1814 – The Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy, is established. 1863 – New York City draft riots: In New York City, opponents of conscription begin three days of rioting which will […]

Celebrating Our Urban Archipelago

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Tomorrow (Saturday, July 14), City of Water Day will offer Lower Manhattan residents a dozen-plus ways to get close to, out on, and in the waters that surround Downtown. Organized by the Waterfront Alliance, in partnership with a coalition of community groups and non-profit organizations, City of Water Day will also feature events in all […]

Today in History July 10

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*1212 – The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground. *1499 – The Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returns to Lisbon after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama. *1553 – Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England. *1850 – […]

Today in History July 9

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1540 – King Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. 1776 – George Washington orders the Declaration of Independence to be read out to members of the Continental Army in Manhattan, while thousands of British troops on Staten Island prepare for the Battle of Long Island. 1790 – […]

Today in History July 3

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*987 – Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France until the French Revolution in 1792. *1754 – French and Indian War: George Washington surrenders Fort Necessity to French forces. *1775 – American Revolutionary War: George Washington takes commandof the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts. *1844
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Swedish Midsummer Festival in Wagner Park Celebrates the Solstice

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On Friday June 22nd, Battery Park City Parks hosted the Swedish Midsummer Festival, a celebration of the summer solstice. Thousands of Swedes and Swedes for a Day, not unlike St. Patrick’s Day, danced traditional Swedish folk dances with Barnklubben Elsa Rix, a children’s dance club, and joined in lively dance around the Midsummer pole. There was wreath […]

Today in History June 29

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1194 – Sverre is crowned King of Norway. 1534 – Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island. 1613 – The Globe Theatre in London burns to the ground. 1776 – First privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War fought at Turtle Gut Inlet near Cape May, New Jersey 1874 – Greek […]

Gateway Tenants’ Association Summer Solstice Get Together

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On the evening of June 20th the Gateway Tenants’ Association held an informal gathering for all Gateway tenants.   The new board members welcomed the crowd of old and new members and made for a pleasant evening with refreshments served in Gateway Plaza’s ‘backyard’ over looking the Hudson. While there was no formal program, chair […]

Today in History June 27

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1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo claims California for Spain 1743 – War of the Austrian Succession: Battle of Dettingen: in Bavaria, King George II of Britain personally leads troops into battle. The last time a British monarch would command troops in the field. 1833 – Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy […]

Today in History June 25

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Custer by Mathew Brady 1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov Winthrop. It was about tine. 1638 – Lunar eclipse is first astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies 1667 – Dr Jean-Baptiste Denys, French doctor, performs first blood transfusion 1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens 1868 […]