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May 17 in New York History

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Saturday, May 17, 1884 — 135 years ago

P.T. Barnum leads a parade of 21 elephants across the Brooklyn Bridge, which had opened just a year earlier. Ostensibly, the stunt was meant to demonstrate the strength and stability of the bridge, which at the time of its completion was the longest suspension bridge in the world and the tallest structure in the western hemisphere. As a convenient side effect, the parade of elephants also served as a promotion for P.T. Barnum's circus and his star elephant, Jumbo.

Wednesday, May 17, 1939 — 80 years ago

The first televised sporting event takes place at Columbia University as NBC broadcasts the Columbia Lions playing the Princeton Tigers. The two college baseball teams were filmed with a single camera along the third base line at Columbia University's Baker Field and broadcast on an experimental NBC frequency to an estimated 400 television sets in the broadcast area that were capable of picking up the signal. The location had been chosen because it was relatively clear of tall buildings that could obstruct the signals from the broadcast antennas.

Friday, May 17, 1968 — 51 years ago

A second round of protests take place at Columbia University, lasting for five days and resulting in 177 arrests.

Monday, May 17, 1976 — 43 years ago

The Roosevelt Island Tram opens for business, becoming the first commuter aerial tramway in North America.

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🌎 World History 🌏

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia

🌞 Weather Records 🌞

Record High: 92°F in 1974
Record Low: 39°F in 1956

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