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5 Fun Facts About February 10 In New York History

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1. In 1840, the first successful self-governing socialist community in America was established in New York City. The community, known as the "Workingmen's Party," was led by a German immigrant named Karl Schapper and had a thriving newspaper called The Laborer.

2. On February 10, 1897, the New York Times published an editorial endorsing the use of bicycles as a form of transportation in the city. The editorial argued that cycling was not only good for individual health but also reduced traffic congestion and pollution in the city.

3. In 1933, the first official state lottery in the United States was held in New York City. The lottery was introduced as a way to help fund public education in the state and quickly became a popular form of gambling across the country.

4. On February 10, 1966, the first subway cars with air-conditioning were put into service on the IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line in New York City. The new cars were a welcome relief for millions of commuters who had previously sweltered through the hot and humid New York summers.

5. In 2003, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas during re-entry, killing all seven crew members on board. One of the crew members, Ilan Ramon, was an Israeli astronaut who carried a piece of Holocaust art with him on the mission. A public memorial service was held for the crew at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on February 10, 2003.
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