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5 Fun Facts About May 16 In New York History

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1. In 1929, the first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The award for Best Picture went to the film, "Wings."

2. On May 16, 1770, an event known as the Battle of Golden Hill took place in lower Manhattan. It was a clash between British soldiers and American colonists that resulted in injuries on both sides.

3. The Brooklyn Bridge opened on May 16, 1883, after 14 years of construction. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time, and its completion marked a major engineering achievement.

4. In 1962, American astronaut Scott Carpenter orbited the Earth three times in the Aurora 7 spacecraft. His mission was part of the United States' efforts to catch up with the Soviet Union in the space race.

5. The New York Knicks won their first NBA championship on May 16, 1970, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game series. This victory was significant for many Knicks fans and helped establish the team's legacy in the sport.
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