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Feb. 1st in NYC History

Posted: Feb 1, 2013 | 12:43 PM
by Jared Goldstein

1790:  The Supreme Court meets for the first time; the official session commenced the following day.  Hearings would not begin until 1792.

1902:  Langston Hughes, poet, playwright and luminary of the Harlem Renaissance, was born in Joplin Missouri.

We visit his secret resting place on Harlem tours. 

"There is so much to see in Harlem!"  - Langston Hughes.

1913:  Grand Central Terminal opens.

1937:  Garrett Morris, actor and comedian of "Saturday Night Live" fame born.

1982:  "Late Night with David Letterman" premiered on NBC.  Letterman has the record for late night television longevity, surpassing Johnny Carson.

2002:  Wall Street Journal investigative reporter and humanitarian Daniel Pearl slain by Pakistani terrorists with links to their government's military and covert operations. 

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, mastermind of the 9/11/01 attacks, claims that he personally killed Pearl.  He is being tried for other crimes.  His proceedings are in Guantanomo Bay, the US base in Cuba.

2013:  Three term Mayor Ed Koch died at 88

Here are some remarkable things about Koch dying today:

His Trinity Church (155th St) tombstone contains a quote from slain journalist Daniel Pearl affirming Jewish identity.  Pearl died on this day in 2002.

A major documentary about Koch premiers today.

We visit Koch's tomb on Washington Heights tours.


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