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By On This Day in NYC's History

MICKEY ROONEY

On September 23, 1920: Mickey Rooney was born in Brooklyn. Rooney began performing vaudeville at 17-months-old and sustained a successful career spanning over 90 years. Appearing in a huge range of films, from The Fox & The Hound to Breakfast At Tiffany’s to Boys Town, Rooney also entertained troops during World War II, receiving a Bronze Star Medal. Rooney passed away in April.

MUSIC TO OUR EARS

On September 23, 1962: The Philharmonic Hall opened as the first unit of Lincoln Center and as the home of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. The venue was later renamed to honor Avery Fisher in 1973 after his $10.5 million donation to the orchestra.

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5,000 YEARS IN THE MAKING

On September 23, 1938: The Westinghouse Time Capsule was deposited 50 feet below Flushing Meadows Park, the site of the 1939 World’s Fair. The capsule is to be opened in the year 6939. Items stowed away included a woman’s shirt, a man’s hat, and microfilm.

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