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5 Fun Facts About September 29 In New York History

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1. On September 29, 1975, President Gerald Ford escaped two assassination attempts in New York City. The first assailant, Sara Jane Moore, fired a shot at him from a distance of about 40 feet. However, a nearby ex-marine pushed her arm, causing her shot to miss. Later that same day, a second attempted assassin, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, pointed a pistol at Ford, but Secret Service agents quickly disarmed her.

2. On September 29, 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its largest single-day point drop in history, plummeting 777.68 points in response to the financial crisis gripping the United States at the time. The drop represented a 7% decline in stock market value.

3. September 29 is also known as "National Coffee Day" in the United States. Many coffee shops and retailers across New York City celebrate the occasion by offering discounts and freebies on coffee drinks.

4. The New York Yankees played their final game at the original Yankee Stadium on September 29, 2008. The team had played at the historic stadium for 85 years, winning 26 World Series championships during that time. The old stadium was demolished and replaced by a new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.

5. On September 29, 1982, musician and composer John Cage performed his piece "As Slow As Possible" at St. Burchardi Church in Halberstadt, Germany. The piece was designed to be played as slowly as possible, with a total duration of 639 years. The performance in 1982 began a continuous process of slow, gradual sound production that is scheduled to conclude in the year 2640.
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