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5 Fun Facts About May 26 In New York History

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1. In 1938, the first televised heavyweight boxing match was broadcasted from Madison Square Garden on May 26. The match was between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and was watched by millions of viewers across the United States.

2. On May 26, 1790, the federal government moved its capital from New York City to Philadelphia. This decision was made by President George Washington and Congress after New York City was deemed too unsafe and impractical for a national capital.

3. In 1923, the first running of the Indianapolis 500 was held on May 26. Although the race took place in Indiana, it was widely covered in New York newspapers and marked the beginning of the legendary auto racing event.

4. On May 26, 2006, the USS New York, an amphibious assault ship, was christened and launched in Avondale, Louisiana. The ship's name was chosen to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks, as its bow was made from steel salvaged from the World Trade Center.

5. In 1868, the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson came to a close on May 26. Johnson was the first president to be impeached by the House of Representatives, but he was ultimately acquitted by the Senate, escaping removal from office by just one vote.
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