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SAME SEX MARRIAGE LEGALIZED

On June 24, 2011: Same sex marriage was legalized in New York under the Marriage Equality Act. Celebrations were held around the U.S. and many believe that New York would set an example for other states across the country. The act does not have a residency restriction, meaning that couples who are not New York residents can still marry in the state.

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FORDHAM UNIVERSITY

On June 24, 1841: Fordham University was founded in the Bronx as St. John’s College. The university has since expanded to three different campuses across the area, including the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, the Lincoln Center campus in Manhattan, and a Westchester campus.

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NANCY ALLEN

On June 24, 1950: Actress Nancy Allen was born in NYC. Best known for roles in Carrie, the RoboCop trilogy, and Dressed to Kill, Allen has been nominated for one Golden Globe and three Saturn Awards. A strong activist for breast cancer, in 2010, Allen was named Executive Director of the weSPARK Cancer Support Center.

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