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By On This Day in NYC's History

LONG DISTANCE CALLING

On March 7, 1926: The first successful trans-Atlantic telephone conversation took place between London and New York City. Bell Laboratories in New York and the British post office in London engineered the call. The following year, a commercial telephone service between New York and London began, and it later spread throughout North America and Europe.

International Telephone Exchange 1926

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LEWIS J. STADLEN

On March 7, 1947: Actor Lewis J. Stadlen was born in Brooklyn. He made his Broadway debut as Groucho Marx in Minnie’s Boys and has been nominated for three Tony Awards over the years. Stadlen also starred in movies and had regular roles on TV shows, most recently in The Nance in 2013.

"The Producers" Opening Night  Party Lewis J Stadlen

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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

On March 7, 1995: New York became the 38th state to have the death penalty. Then Governor George Pataki signed a new statute into law, which provided for execution by lethal injection. But in 2004, the statute was declared unconstitutional and in 2008, Governor David Paterson disestablished execution.

Electric Chair

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