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By On This Day in NYC's History

NEW YORK’S BRAVEST

On October 17, 1966: Twelve firefighters died when the floor of a drug store at 23rd and Broadway collapsed during a fire. This was the greatest loss of firefighters in NYC history until the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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Image courtesy of New York Daily News

SAVED BY THE BELL

On October 17, 1975: Albert Shanker and the NYC Teacher’s Union helped save the city from bankruptcy by investing $150 million in municipal bonds from their retirement fund.

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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

BORN ON THIS DAY: ARTHUR MILLER

On October 17, 1915: Playwright and essayist Arthur Miller was born in Harlem. A prominent figure in American theatre, Miller wrote dramas, including Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and View from the Bridge.

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Image courtesy of New York Times

 

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