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March 21st in New York City History

Posted: Mar 20, 2013 | 11:30 PM

1790:  Thomas Jefferson became America's first secretary of state.  

His offices were in Fraunces Tavern, which was converted to government use.  Also in residence, Hamilton's Department of the Treasury and the Department of War.  Department of War - Department of Peace...  Hamilton - Jefferson: Everyone could agree on Fraunces Tavern.

As you might have gathered, NYC was America's first capitol.

We see Fraunces Tavern on Wall Street Tours, Financial District Tours, and Colonial NYC Tours.  We also see where Fraunces went while his tavern was put to public use - catering for George Washington, until he got fired.

1867:  Florenz Ziegfeld, the theater producer and impressario, born.  He died in 1932

1908:  John D. Rockefeller III born: philanthropist who worked for public causes such as population control, international peace, and improving the non-profit sector.  He died in 1978.  He was a founder of Lincoln Center.

1946:  The United Nations temporarily headquartered at Hunter College's Bronx campus, now Lehman College.

1949:  Eddie Money, rock musician, born in Brooklyn.

He started off, like much of his family, as a police officer; his name was Edward Mahoney then, and then he left the force for music.

1962:  Broadway and film actor Matthew Broderick celebrates his birthday.

Nowadays, women under the age of 35 know his wife better, Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City Fame, but those over 35 remember his Ferris Bueller's Day Off and War Games.  Broderick is still big on Broadway.

We walk their neighborhood on Greenwich Village tours.  On Community Gardens tours we see the bench they donated to the Suffolk Community Garden.

1962:  Television personality, actress, comedienne, activist, and philanthropist Rosie O'Donnell born in Long Island.


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