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By On This Day in NYC's History

RAISE THE CURTAIN

On April 23, 1964: The New York State Theater, renamed the David H. Koch Theater, opened. It was originally constructed in conjunction with the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. A part of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, the 2,586 seat venue is the home of the New York City Ballet.

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THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

On April 23, 1789: President-elect George Washington arrived in New York City, the capital of the newly formed United States of America. He was sworn in as the first President of the United States a week later at Federal Hall.

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

On April 23, 1894: The Vitascope, an early film projector, had its premier theatrical presentation at Koster and Bial’s Music Hall, helping usher in the “moving picture” phenomenon.

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THE WESTERN REACHES THE EAST

On April 23, 1838: The English steamship, Great Western arrived in New York City, having completed her maiden Atlantic crossing voyage. Considered by many to be the benchmark of trans-Atlantic wooden-hulled steamers, she completed 45 Atlantic crossings during her eight years of service.

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