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By On This Day in NYC's History


On March 1, 1962: American Airlines Flight 1 crashed into Jamaica Bay shortly after take-off, and killed 95 people. An investigation determined the cause was a manufacturing defect in the automatic pilot system that led to a mechanical failure.

American Airlines Plane Tarmac

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On March 1, 1969: New York Yankee Mickey Mantle announced his retirement. At the time of his retirement, he was third on the all-time home run list with 536 hits. He was also the Yankees all-time leader in games played until that record was later broken by Derek Jeter in 2011.

Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

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On March 1, 2003: A $250,000 Salvador Dali sketch of the Crucifixion was stolen from a display case in the lobby at Rikers Island and replaced with a fake. In June of the same year, it was announced that three Correction Officers and an Assistant Deputy Warden had been arrested and charged. The drawing has not been recovered.

Rikers Island Circa 1955 Guard Outside

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