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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In New York History

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1. On January 22, 1943, American troops landed on the island of Rabaul, a major Japanese base in Papua New Guinea during World War II. The landing was part of the Allied campaign to push the Japanese out of the Pacific.

2. On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion nationwide. The decision has been controversial and continues to be debated today.

3. On January 22, 1939, the first organized ski race in the United States took place at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in upstate New York. The race attracted skiers from across the country and helped to establish skiing as a popular sport in America.

4. On January 22, 1963, the New York City Ballet premiered George Balanchine's ballet "Liebeslieder Walzer," which was set to the waltz music of Johannes Brahms. The ballet was a major success and has since become a staple of the ballet repertoire.

5. On January 22, 1977, the first commercial flight of the supersonic Concorde jet landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. The Concorde was able to fly at twice the speed of sound and offered luxury air travel between New York and Paris or London. However, the Concorde was retired in 2003 following a fatal crash in France.
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