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5 Fun Facts About February 15 In New York History

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1. In 1965, National Guardsmen were deployed to New York City for the first time since the Civil War to help quell race riots that erupted in the city the night before. The riots were sparked by the killing of a young black man, James Powell, by a white police officer.

2. On February 15, 1943, New York City's first subway line, the Interborough Rapid Transit Company's Lexington Avenue line, was extended northward from Grand Central Terminal to 125th Street in Harlem.

3. In 2003, the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The game featured some of the greatest players in NBA history, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal.

4. On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine, a U.S. battleship, exploded and sank in Havana Harbor, Cuba. The sinking fueled the growing tensions between the United States and Spain, eventually leading to the outbreak of the Spanish-American War later that year.

5. In 1961, New York City's iconic Central Park Zoo was renamed the "Tisch Children's Zoo" in honor of philanthropist Laurence A. Tisch, who had donated a significant amount of money to build a new children's zoo within Central Park. Today, the Tisch Children's Zoo continues to be one of the most popular attractions in Central Park.
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