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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In New York History

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1. The New York Stock Exchange opened for its first day of trading on November 23, 1792. It was originally called the "New York Stock and Exchange Board” and was formed to help regulate and facilitate trade in the growing market.

2. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held on November 23, 1927. The parade was originally created as a way for Macy's to celebrate the opening of its new flagship store in New York City.

3. The Brooklyn Bridge opened to the public on November 23, 1883. The bridge, which spans the East River, was considered a marvel of engineering at the time and helped connect Brooklyn to Manhattan.

4. On November 23, 1963, the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, his body was flown back to Washington, D.C. from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Thousands of people lined the streets to pay their respects as the funeral procession made its way to the U.S. Capitol.

5. On November 23, 1936, Life magazine published a photo of the construction of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The photo has become an iconic image of the holiday season in New York City, and the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center remains a popular tradition to this day.
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