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5 Fun Facts About March 22 In New York History

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1. In 1765, the New York City Stamp Act Congress met. Representatives from nine of the thirteen American colonies met to discuss the recently passed Stamp Act, which required a tax on printed materials, such as newspapers and legal documents. The meeting was one of the first major demonstrations of colonial unity against British authority.

2. In 1901, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) was closed for the funeral of President William McKinley, who had been assassinated the previous year. The NYSE has only ever closed for presidential funerals four times in its history.

3. In 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Beer and Wine Revenue Act, which legalized the sale of beer and wine with up to 3.2% alcohol content. The act was in response to the repeal of Prohibition, which had lasted for over a decade.

4. In 1963, the Beatles played their first-ever concert in the United States at the Paramount Theater in New York City. The concert was a precursor to their legendary performance on The Ed Sullivan Show later that year.

5. In 2018, a massive fire broke out at the iconic St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. The fire damaged the roof and some of the stained glass windows, but there were no injuries reported. The cathedral underwent extensive renovations and reopened to the public in 2019.
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