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5 Fun Facts About August 22 In New York History

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1. On August 22, 1831, Nat Turner's slave rebellion began in Southampton County, Virginia. The rebellion was one of the bloodiest slave uprisings in American history, with over 50 white people killed.

2. On August 22, 1911, the Mona Lisa, one of the world's most famous paintings, was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting was recovered two years later in Italy.

3. August 22, 1922, saw the opening of the first Lincoln Tunnel, connecting New Jersey and Manhattan. Named after President Abraham Lincoln, the tunnel was a significant engineering feat, stretching over 1.5 miles.

4. On August 22, 1963, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City opened its doors. With a seating capacity of over 3,800, the Met is one of the world's most prestigious opera houses.

5. August 22, 2011, was the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. The day was marked with a moment of silence, and the 'Tribute in Light' memorial was lit up, shining two beams of light into the sky where the Twin Towers once stood.
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