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NEW YORK WORLD’S FAIR

On April 22, 1964: The 1964-65 New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows Park. The theme of the fair was “Peace Through Understanding” and was symbolized by the Unisphere, a 12-story high stainless-steel model of the Earth. An estimated 51 million people attended the fair during the two years it was open.

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NEW YORK JOINS THE (TEA) PARTY

On April 22, 1774: Following the lead of the Boston rebellion in protest of unfair British taxes being imposed on the American colonies, New Yorkers had their own tea party. Despite the events of the Boston Tea Party, a British ship captain attempted to secretly smuggle tea into New York. Once colonists caught wind of this, they boarded the vessel and pushed eighteen chests of tea into New York Harbor.

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A FATHER IS BORN

On April 22, 1904: Considered one of the “Fathers of the Atomic Bomb,” theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was born in New York. Oppenheimer famously worked on The Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the Atomic Bomb. Following the first successful test detonation of the bomb, Oppenheimer is said to have quoted Bhagavad Gita: “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

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