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September 26th in New York City History

Posted: Sep 26, 2012 | 1:05 AM
1789:  In New York City, Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State and John Jay the first Chief Justice.

1898:  George Gershwin, operatic music and Broadway musicals composer, was born in Brooklyn, New York.  He will die around 38 years later.

1957:  The musical "West Side Story" opens on Broadway.

1961:  Roger Maris, the Yankee right fielder, knocks his 60th home run of the season, tying Babe Ruth's single-season record.  In five days Maris' 61st homer will break the record which will stand 37 years.

1965:  Joe Namath starts for the NY Jets as Quarterback, throwing 287 yards for two touchdowns, but they lose to the Buffalo Bills 33-21.  Namath will lead the Jets to championship in a few years.



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