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5 Fun Facts About March 2 In New York History

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1. On March 2, 1837, Abraham Lincoln arrived in New York City for the first time to give legal testimony in a case involving the Illinois Central Railroad. At the time, Lincoln was a relatively unknown lawyer from Illinois who would eventually become the 16th President of the United States.

2. On March 2, 1917, the New York State Assembly passed a bill granting women the right to vote in state elections. This was a significant step forward for women's suffrage in the United States, and helped pave the way for the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

3. On March 2, 1931, the New York Giants baseball team announced that they would be moving from the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan to a new stadium in Coogan's Bluff, which would become known as "The House That Ruth Built" after the team's star player, Babe Ruth.

4. On March 2, 1965, the Selma to Montgomery marches began in Selma, Alabama. The marches, which were organized by civil rights activists in response to discriminatory voting practices in the state, eventually led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

5. On March 2, 2004, the New York Knicks traded star center Patrick Ewing to the Seattle SuperSonics. Ewing had played for the Knicks for 15 seasons and was one of the most beloved players in franchise history, but the team was looking to rebuild and decided to trade him for a package of players and draft picks.
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