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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In New York History

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1. In 1868, a group of businessmen founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The museum, which is now one of the world's largest and most comprehensive art museums, has a collection of over 2 million works of art.

2. In 1895, the first automobile race in the United States was held in Chicago, but New York soon followed with its own race in 1896, starting from the City Hall and running up to Irvington-on-Hudson. The winner was a Duryea motor wagon, which covered the distance of 54 miles in just over 10 hours.

3. In 1922, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City, featuring giant balloons and floats. Today, the parade is watched by millions of people on TV and in person each year, and is a beloved holiday tradition.

4. In 1986, the Statue of Liberty was reopened to the public after being closed for renovations for two years. The statue, which was a gift from France to the United States, has been a symbol of freedom and democracy for over 130 years.

5. In 2000, the Concorde supersonic jet made its final commercial flight from New York to London, marking the end of an era in air travel. The Concorde, which could travel at twice the speed of sound, was a symbol of technological innovation and luxury in the 1970s and 1980s.
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