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5 Fun Facts About May 8 In New York History

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1. On May 8, 1792, the New York Stock Exchange was formed when 24 brokers and merchants signed the Buttonwood Agreement under a Buttonwood tree (hence the name). This was the start of what would become the world's largest stock exchange.

2. May 8, 1828, saw the cornerstone laid for the construction of the historic St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in Manhattan. The Gothic Revival-style church, which still stands today, took three years to build and was consecrated in 1836.

3. In 1884, on May 8, Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, was born in Lamar, Missouri. Truman's presidency was marked by several significant events, including the end of World War II, the beginning of the Cold War, and the start of the Korean War.

4. May 8, 1945, is known as V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day) as it marked the end of World War II in Europe. Across New York City, celebrations erupted as news of Germany's surrender spread. The Empire State Building was lit up in red, white, and blue to mark the occasion.

5. On May 8, 2010, the last section of the High Line, a public park built on a former elevated railway line on Manhattan's West Side, opened to the public. Since then, the High Line has become one of New York City's most popular tourist attractions, offering stunning views of the city and a unique green space in the heart of the city.
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