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By On This Day in NYC's History

GILDA

On October 17, 1918: Rita Hayworth was born in Brooklyn. Hayworth was best known as her star role in the 1946 film Gilda, and thus became known as the ultimate femme fatale. She passed away in 1987 a star and a pop-culture icon.

ARTHUR MILLER

On October 17, 1915: Playwright and essayist Arthur Miller was born in Harlem. A prominent figure in American theatre, Miller wrote numerous acclaimed dramas, including Death of a SalesmanThe Crucible, and View from the Bridge.

SAVED BY THE BELL

On October 17, 1975: Albert Shanker and the NYC Teacher’s Union helped save the city from bankruptcy by investing $150 million in municipal bonds from their retirement fund. The money from the union was all that saved the city from announcing bankruptcy, to which it was very close.

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