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5 Fun Facts About February 20 In New York History

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1. 1792: The New York Stock Exchange was founded on Wall Street. The Exchange was initially formed to provide a centralized location for stockbrokers to trade securities.

2. 1839: The New York Yacht Club was founded at the Knickerbocker Cottage in New York City. Today, it is one of the oldest and most prestigious yacht clubs in the world.

3. 1933: The Apollo Theatre, a historic Harlem theater known for its role in advancing African American culture, opened its doors. Over the years, the Apollo has hosted legendary performers like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and James Brown.

4. 1962: John Glenn became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft. The mission lasted nearly five hours and marked a major milestone in the U.S. space program.

5. 2003: A fire tore through The Station nightclub in Warwick, Rhode Island, killing 100 people and injuring hundreds more. Among the performers that night were the rock band Great White, who had ignited pyrotechnics that ignited foam insulation in the club's walls and ceiling.
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