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May 10 in New York History


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Thursday, May 10, 1849 — 170 years ago

A rivalry between Shakespearean actors fuels the Astor Place Riot at the Astor Opera House that results in 120 injuries and the deaths of 25 people. One actor was American and one was British, which stoked Revolutionary War sentiments, and the conflict would end with the largest number of civilian casualties since the Revolutionary War. As many as 10,000 people lined the streets as the performance began, and the American actor's fans sought to disrupt the British actor's performance. After losing control of the crowd, law enforcement called in the militia, who fired into the air and then into the crowd, killing both bystanders and rioters. In response to the killings, a crowd of thousands met the next night in City Hall Park and marched north to Astor Place to challenge the police, but law enforcement was better prepared and the confrontation stayed under control.

Friday, May 10, 2013 — 6 years ago


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🌎 World History 🌏

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia


🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 94°F in 1979
Record Low: 36°F in 1947


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