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March 16th in New York City History

Posted: Mar 16, 2013 | 12:16 AM

1648:  Nieuw Amsterdam Governor/Mayor/CEO/Director-General Peter Stuyvesant issued the colony's first tavern license.

I assume that this must have been a tax because taverns had existed in the colony for decades, many taverns.

We explore tavern life in my Dutch NYC tours, my Nieuw Amsterdam tour, my New Amsterdam tour, and my Colonial New York City Tour.

1967:  Actress Lauren Graham born in Honolulu.  

I went to college with her at Columbia and we worked in the student co-op; she's a sweet and sunny person.  Smarter and more sensible than the character she played in Gilmore Girls.  I saw her in NYC a few years ago at Old Town Bar, so I'm assuming she's still a New Yorker.

1969:  Actor and comedian Judah Friedlander of "30 Rock" born.

1985:  Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut.  Kidnappings like this caused and were caused by the Iranian Arms for Hostages Scandal that metastasized into the Iran-Contra Scandals.

1999:  Irrational Exuberance?  The Dow Jones Industrial Average peeked over the 10,000 mark for the first time.  Two years later it would be down.  By 2003, way down.


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