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5 Fun Facts About January 21 In New York History

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1. In 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States, becoming the youngest person ever elected to the presidency at the age of 43. His inaugural address famously included the now-famous phrase, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

2. In 1924, Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, died in Moscow. Lenin was a controversial figure in New York, where he had a number of supporters and detractors among the city's immigrant communities.

3. In 1976, the Concorde, a supersonic commercial airplane, made its first commercial flight from New York to London. The Concorde was known for its sleek design and impressive speed, but it was ultimately retired in 2003 due to high operating costs and safety concerns.

4. In 1997, a major blizzard hit the Northeastern United States, including New York. The storm, which dumped several feet of snow in some areas, caused widespread power outages and transportation disruptions, and was responsible for several deaths.

5. In 1861, the state of Georgia seceded from the Union, becoming the fifth state to do so in the lead-up to the American Civil War. The Civil War had a profound impact on New York, which played a major role in both the Union war effort and the larger political and social changes that followed the conflict.
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