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5 Fun Facts About July 12 In New York History

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1. In 1863, the New York City Draft Riots began on July 12 and lasted for four days. These riots, which were sparked by anger over conscription during the Civil War, resulted in the deaths of at least 120 people and caused millions of dollars in property damage.

2. On July 12, 1799, the New York State Legislature passed a bill outlawing slavery within the state. This marked an important step towards eventual abolition of slavery in the United States.

3. In 1900, the first Zeppelin airship to visit the United States landed in New York City on July 12. The airship, which was named the LZ1, had been designed and built by German inventor Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.

4. On July 12, 1979, the second-ever Gay Pride Parade was held in New York City. This event, which marked the 10th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, featured thousands of participants marching through the streets of Manhattan to demand equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community.

5. In 2000, the New York Yankees played their final game at the old Yankee Stadium on July 12. The team won the game 7-5 against the Los Angeles Mets, and the stadium was eventually torn down and replaced with a new, modernized Yankee Stadium.
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