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5 Fun Facts About January 23 In New York History

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1. On January 23, 1787, a group of delegates gathered in New York City to sign the Treaty of Hopewell, which established a peace agreement between the United States government and the Cherokee Nation.

2. In 1845, Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven" was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. The poem would go on to become one of Poe's most famous works and a staple of American literature.

3. On January 23, 1911, the first transcontinental airplane flight in history was completed in New York City when Calbraith Perry Rodgers landed his Wright Flyer in Long Beach, California. Rodgers' flight was part of a $50,000 prize offered by publisher William Randolph Hearst for the first aviator to fly from coast to coast within 30 days.

4. The first Winter X Games were held in New York City on January 23, 1997. The competition, which features extreme winter sports like snowboarding and skiing, has since become an annual event held in various locations around the world.

5. On January 23, 2017, the "Fearless Girl" statue was installed in New York's Financial District. The statue, created by artist Kristen Visbal, was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors to commemorate International Women's Day and promote gender diversity in the workplace. The statue quickly became a popular tourist attraction and symbol of female empowerment.
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