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5 Fun Facts About February 12 In New York History

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1. Abraham Lincoln Statue Unveiled in Union Square - On February 12, 1870, Union Square in Manhattan became home to a bronze statue of President Abraham Lincoln. Created by sculptor Henry Kirke Brown, the statue depicts Lincoln standing with his hands behind his back.

2. The First Public Library in the Bronx Opens - On February 12, 1914, the first public library in the Bronx opened its doors to the public. The Bronx Library Center, located on East Kingsbridge Road, is now the largest public library in the borough.

3. The World's First Animated Cartoon is Patented - On February 12, 1906, J. Stuart Blackton patented the world's first animated cartoon in New York City. The cartoon, called Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, was created using stop-motion animation techniques.

4. The Original Penn Station Closes - On February 12, 1968, the original Pennsylvania Station in New York City closed its doors for the last time. The station, which was known for its grand architecture and beauty, was demolished to make way for Madison Square Garden and a new Penn Station.

5. The Knickerbocker Storm Hits New York City - On February 12, 1922, a massive snowstorm hit New York City, dumping 27 inches of snow in just 24 hours. The storm, which became known as the Knickerbocker Storm, caused the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington D.C. to collapse, killing 98 people.
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