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By On This Day in NYC's History

TEDDY ROOSEVELT

On October 27, 1858: The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in a four-story brownstone at 28 East 20th Street in the modern-day Gramercy section of Manhattan. Known for his progressivism, Roosevelt was also an ardent imperialist, having notably issued the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. However, often regarded as one of the greatest Presidents in America’s history.

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RIDE THE UNDERGROUND RAILS

On October 27, 1904: The first underground New York City Subway line, called the Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT), opened. It ran from City Hall up to 145th Street in Harlem. The City Hall station unexpectedly closed 41 years after it first opened to the public.

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BREAKING (INTO) THE BANK

On October 27, 1878: Thieves broke into the Manhattan Savings Institution at Broadway and Bleecker and stole almost $3 million in both cash and securities. It was the greatest bank robbery of the 19th century.

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