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On March 4, 1909: Real estate billionaire Harry B. Helmsley was born. His company, Helmsley-Spear, became one of the country’s biggest property holders, owning the Empire State Building and many of New York’s most prestigious hotels. He died of pneumonia at age 87 in 1997.

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On March 4, 1970: The New York Rangers set the NHL record for 126 games without being shutout. Hall of Fame goaltender, Ed Giacomin is credited for the Ranger’s success and Most Shutouts during the 1969-1970 season.  

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On March 4, 1789: The first Congress of the U.S. met at Federal Hall and declared that the Constitution was in effect. Noted as the most important Congress in U.S. history, it was their responsibility to pass all the legislation needed to implement the new system, answer difficult political questions, set up rules and procedures for the House and Senate, and establish the roles of its officers.

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