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DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

On July 9, 1776: George Washington read the Declaration of Independence to his troops in New York City. Read in hopes of inspiring others to join the fight against the royal rule, crowds in NYC and across the colonies destroyed signs and statues representing royal authority. A statue of King George in NYC was torn down.

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VINCE EDWARDS

On July 9, 1928: Actor and director Vince Edwards was born in Brooklyn. After studying acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Edwards was signed by Paramount Pictures in 1950. Though he played lead characters in various films, it was not until Edwards landed the role of Ben Casey in the hit TV series Ben Casey that he became a household name. Edwards passed away in 1996.

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FLYING HIGH

On July 9, 1952: The first helicopter passenger service was introduced in New York City. An everyday fixture in New York City’s skies, helicopter passenger services are used for police departments, fire departments, tourists, news agencies, and many others.

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