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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In New York History

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1) On March 29, 1638, the first recorded gift of a land grant was given by the Dutch colonial government to Jonas Bronck, a Swedish settler, who would later give his name to the Bronx borough.

2) On March 29, 1848, the first official meeting of the Free Soil Party took place in Buffalo, New York. This party was formed to oppose the expansion of slavery into the western territories of the United States.

3) On March 29, 1871, the New York Times published an editorial calling for the creation of a national park system. This idea eventually led to the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.

4) On March 29, 1892, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opened its doors for the first time. The inaugural performance featured the opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod.

5) On March 29, 1973, the last United States troops left South Vietnam, effectively ending American involvement in the Vietnam War. Many New Yorkers were drafted to serve in this conflict and the war had a significant impact on the city's politics and culture.
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