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5 Fun Facts About January 15 In New York History

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1. The first official regatta in America took place on January 15, 1824, on the Hudson River in New York City. The race was between the Amateur and the Washington sailing clubs and was witnessed by a large crowd.

2. On January 15, 1947, the infamous Black Dahlia murder case began in New York City. Elizabeth Short, a young actress, was found murdered and mutilated in a vacant lot in Los Angeles. The case remains unsolved to this day.

3. In 1777, General George Washington ordered the construction of Fort Clinton at West Point on January 15. The fort was built to protect the Hudson River from the British during the Revolutionary War.

4. The first million-dollar nose in America was insured on January 15, 1957. The nose belonged to New York-based wine connoisseur Ilja Gort, who insured it for $1 million against damage.

5. On January 15, 1919, the Boston Molasses Disaster occurred. A storage tank holding 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst, causing a 40-foot-high wave of molasses to flood the streets of Boston. The disaster resulted in 21 deaths and over 150 injuries.
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