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5 Fun Facts About January 24 In New York History

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1) In 1977, a blizzard struck New York City, dumping over two feet of snow in less than 24 hours. The storm paralyzed the city, causing transportation disruptions and forcing many businesses and schools to close for several days.

2) On January 24, 1862, the U.S. Navy launched its first ironclad warship, the USS Monitor, from the Continental Iron Works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Monitor gained fame for its role in the Battle of Hampton Roads during the Civil War.

3) In 1961, Bob Dylan made his debut appearance in New York City, performing at Greenwich Village's Cafe Wha?. The young folk musician quickly gained a following in the city's thriving folk scene during the early 1960s.

4) January 24, 1908, marked the opening of the New York City Subway's first elevated line in Brooklyn. The line ran from Prospect Park to Manhattan Beach and helped spur development in Brooklyn's southern neighborhoods.

5) On January 24, 1965, Winston Churchill died at his home in London. The famed British statesman had a close relationship with New York City, frequently visiting and giving speeches in the city throughout his career. In 1965, the city renamed Sixth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Streets in his honor, calling it "Winston Churchill Way."
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