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April 27 in New York History

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Tuesday, April 27, 1897 — 122 years ago

Grant's tomb is dedicated in Morningside Park on what would have been General Grant's 75th birthday. In a letter to then New York City mayor William Grace, Grant's wife Julia explained that the choice of the New York City instead of Washington D.C. was due to her husband's wish for a memorial that would also serve as his wife's resting place, a practice that was prohibited in military cemeteries. Since Mayor Grace had offered space in New York City and she planned to live out her life in the city, Julia Grant chose the location over a federal site.

Grant's Monument and Riverside Church, April 11, 1964 via Cervin Robinson, Library of Congress

Monday, April 27, 1903 — 116 years ago

Jamaica Race Course opens for horse racing. It would become redundant after 1959 and was torn down. The Rochdale Village NYCHA houses sit on the location today.

Thursday, April 27, 1939 — 80 years ago

Grant's tomb is dedicated a second time after extensive renovations done by the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Art Project. The event was held 42 years after the first dedication and would have been General Grant's 117th birthday.

Sunday, April 27, 1947 — 72 years ago

"Babe Ruth Day" is held at Yankee Stadium to celebrate the record-breaking baseballer in front 58,339 fans. The Great Bambino was in ailing health and his voice was reduced to a raspy whisper, but he would make two more appearances at Yankee Stadium before cancer took his life in 1948 at the age of 53.

Sunday, April 27, 1997 — 22 years ago

Grant's tomb is dedicated a third time after advocacy efforts attain National Park Service funds to refurbish the monument after it had fallen into disrepair. The dedication took place on the 100th anniversary of the monument and would have been General Grant's 175th birthday.

Thursday, April 27, 2006 — 13 years ago

Construction begins on One World Trade Center, then called the Freedom Tower.

⏰ AGBC Rewind ⏰

7 years ago
Space Shuttle Enterprise Flies Over NYC Atop Its Carrier 747 [Photos and Video]

3 years ago
Take a Trip Inside a Manhattan Tarot Card Reading with the Unbelievable Podcast

🌎 World History 🌏

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia

🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 92°F in 1915
Record Low: 36°F in 1932

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