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By On This Day in NYC's History

EMPIRE STATE OF MIND

On January 25, 1981: Singer, songwriter, and New York native Alicia Keys was born in Manhattan. She is the first singer to receive five Grammy awards after releasing her debut album, Songs in A Minor and her hit album, Girl on Fire earned her a 15th career Grammy Award in 2014.

 

GREASE CLOSES

On January 25, 1998: The Broadway pla, Grease closed at Eugene O’Neill Theater. The play starred Ricky Paull Goldin, Brooke Shields, and Rosie O’Donnell and ran for 1,505 performances before closing.

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BOEING 707

On January 25, 1959: The first transcontinental commercial flight of a Boeing 707 landed in New York City. Introduced by American Airlines, the flight departed from Los Angeles and cost $301.

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ONE GIANT WIN

On January 25, 1987: The New York Giants won Super Bowl XXI against the Denver Broncos with a score of 39-20. This was the first Super Bowl the Giants had ever won, and the first time a national audience had ever seen a Gatorade shower.

Super Bowl XXI: Denver Broncos v New York Giants 1987

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NEW YORK YANKEES

On January 25, 1945: Dan Topping, Del Webb, and Larry MacPhail purchased the New York Yankees for $2.8 million. In 1947, MacPhail sold his share of the team to Topping and Webb, and the two sold the controlling interest in the team to CBS in 1964. Topping remained team president until 1966, when he sold his remaining stake of the Yankees.

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