1. In 1776, the Battle of Valcour Island took place in Lake Champlain, New York. It was a naval battle between British and American forces during the American Revolutionary War. Though the British technically won the battle, it delayed their plans to invade New York City and gave the American forces time to prepare.
2. In 1854, the first official game of baseball under modern rules was played in New York City's Elysian Fields. The game was between the New York Nine and the Knickerbockers and ended in a score of 23-1.
3. In 1920, prohibition went into effect across the United States. This meant that the production, sale, and transportation of alcohol became illegal. Prohibition lasted until 1933 when the 21st Amendment was passed, repealing the 18th amendment and ending prohibition.
4. In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his final speech at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, where he famously said, "I've been to the mountaintop." Tragically, he was assassinated the following day in Memphis.
5. In 2019, the New York Mets held their home opener at Citi Field against the Washington Nationals. The Mets won the game 2-0, with a strong pitching performance by Jacob deGrom.
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