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February 4th in NYC History

Posted: Feb 4, 2013 | 12:35 AM
by Jared Goldstein

1766:  The Sons of Liberty appointed a committee to communicate with radical groups in other cities.

1783:  Britain formally ceased hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.

Consider the Sons of Liberty organizing for independence seventeen years prior.

1938:  Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" opened on Broadway.

1952:  Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to become a U.S. television network executive (at NBC).

1959: NY Giant Lawrence Taylor, Football Hall of Famer, born.

1999:  West African immigrant Amadou Diallo is killed
in a hail of 41 shots at the 23-year-old, hitting him 19 times.
His death sparked demonstrations against racial profiling. The four officers involved were to be acquitted of criminal charges, and in January of 2004 the Diallo family reaches a $3 million settlement in a civil lawsuit against the city.

2005:  Civil rights activist and actor Ossie Davis died. 


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