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5 Fun Facts About July 23 In New York History

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1. The Steamboat Erie Disaster
On July 23, 1833, the steamboat Erie sank near Dunkirk, New York, killing more than 200 people. The disaster was caused by a mechanical failure in the boat's engine, which led to a fire and explosion.

2. The First American Tourist Guidebook
In 1829 on July 23, the first American tourist guidebook was published in New York City. Entitled "New York as It Is," the guidebook provided visitors with information on attractions, hotels, and restaurants - much like modern travel guides.

3. The First Subway Accident
On July 23, 1905, the first subway accident occurred in New York City. A train crashed into another train that had stopped unexpectedly, killing one passenger and injuring many more.

4. The Birth of Raymond Chandler
On July 23, 1888, author Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago. Although he didn't move to New York until later in life, his hardboiled detective novels are set in Los Angeles and are considered to be some of the most influential works in the genre.

5. The Opening of the Apollo Theater
On July 23, 1934, the Apollo Theater opened in Harlem, New York City. The theater quickly became an important venue for African American performers, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and James Brown. Today, the theater continues to be an important cultural institution in New York City.
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