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By On This Day in NYC's History

WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER…

On January 23, 1867: The East River froze solid. This, obviously, disrupted ferry service so resourceful New Yorkers crossed the river by foot. Talk about a morning commute.

Etching of the frozen East River, 1867 via Gothamist

Etching of the frozen East River, 1867 via Gothamist

MUSIC IS HOW HE LIVED

On January 23, 1943: Jazz great Duke Ellington played at the storied Carnegie Hall for the very first time. Ellington debuted his first extended piece, “Black, Brown, and Beige.” This began a four-year-long series of concerts at Carnegie Hall.

BORN ON THIS DAY: BOB MOSES

On January 23, 1935: Bob Moses, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement who later founded the U.S. Algebra Project, was born in Harlem.

Image courtesy of Learn to Question

Image courtesy of Learn to Question

 

Featured image courtesy of NPR

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