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DEADLY FIRE IN BROOKLYN

On December 5, 1876: A catastrophic fire, known as the Brooklyn Theater Fire, broke out at the Brooklyn Theater and killed at least 278 people. It was one of the most destructive fires in New York City’s history. A monument was erected in Green-Wood Cemetery to honor the victims.

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CARRIE HAMILTON

On December 5, 1963: Actress Carrie Hamilton, daughter of Carol Burnett and Joe Hamilton, was born in New York City. Best known for her roles in films such as Tokyo Pop and Cool World, Hamilton also had various guest parts in numerous films and television series. Hamilton passed away in 2002 from cancer.

FIRST IN NATION, NO DISCRIMINATION

On December 5, 1957: New York City became the first city in the United States to create legislation banning racial and/or religious discrimination in the housing market by adopting the Fair Housing Practices Law.

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