Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Important New York Events on New Year's

As the New Year approaches, it’s interesting to take a look at important and historic events that took place at this time in history in New York. One of the most famous, of course, is the Manhattan Bridge. The bridge, designed by Leon Moisseiff, opened to traffic on December 31, 1909.

Interestingly, January 1, 1845 was the date when the Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn was completed and ready for traffic. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Proclamation of Emancipation, setting into motion the freeing of over four million slaves who were still being held in the South. Certainly, this event and the many documents from that day at the Shapell Manuscript Foundation and other locations signified a dramatic change in New York and around the country.

In 1874 on this date New York City annexed the Bronx. In 1892, Ellis Island became a reception center for the first time on this date for new immigrants. And, of course, in 1908, the ball dropped for the first time in Times Square, creating the now famous New Year’s Eve celebration.

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