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By On This Day in NYC's History

BEATLEMANIA AT CARNEGIE HALL

On February 12, 1964: The first time The Beatles visited New York City, they performed twice at Carnegie Hall in one day. Their appearance caused a sensation among teens and paved the way for other rock artists at Carnegie Hall, like Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John.

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NEW YORK TO PARIS

On February 12, 1908: American driver George Schuster won the New York to Paris auto race in a 1907 Thomas Flyer. The race started in New York City and took 88 days to complete.

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FIRST ICE RINK

On February 12, 1879: The first artificial ice rink opened at Madison Square Garden. The rink was an innovation with over a mile of wrought iron pipes and four inches of water to freeze.

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