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5 Fun Facts About November 18 In New York History

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1. In 1734, The Queen's College, which later became Rutgers University, was founded in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The college was named in honor of Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III of England.

2. In 1803, the New York Legislature passed a resolution to hire a professional architect to design the New York State Capitol building. The building was eventually completed in 1899 and is located in Albany, New York.

3. In 1928, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon with sound, Steamboat Willie, premiered at the Colony Theatre in New York City. The cartoon was produced by Walt Disney and featured the voice of Walt Disney as Mickey Mouse.

4. In 1956, the musical comedy film "The Girl Can't Help It" was released in theaters. The film starred Jayne Mansfield and was notable for its soundtrack, which featured performances by several popular rock and roll musicians of the time, including Fats Domino, Little Richard, and Gene Vincent.

5. In 1987, the New York State Thruway Authority began construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River. The bridge, which connects Westchester and Rockland counties, was completed in 1994 and is one of the busiest bridges in the United States.
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