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5 Fun Facts About May 23 In New York History

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1. In 1911, the New York Public Library opened its doors to the public for the first time. The library, which is now one of the largest public library systems in the world, has over 90 branches throughout the city.

2. In 1934, Bonnie and Clyde, the notorious criminals who had been on a crime spree across the country, were killed in a shootout with law enforcement in Louisiana. The two had targeted New York City in the past, and their deaths marked the end of their reign of terror.

3. In 1958, the first passenger jet service across the Atlantic began with a flight from New York to Paris. The BOAC service quickly became popular, and paved the way for the modern era of air travel.

4. In 1994, New York officially became the first state in the country to require seatbelt usage for all passengers in a vehicle. The law has been credited with saving countless lives over the years.

5. In 2013, One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, was topped out at 1,776 feet. The building serves as a symbol of the city's resilience following the September 11th terrorist attacks, and has become a major tourist attraction.
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