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By On This Day in NYC's History

THE OLD NORTH TOWER

On December 23, 1970: The North Tower of the World Trade Center was topped out at 1,368 feet, making it the tallest building in the world at the time. The tower was designed by architects Minoru Yamasaki and Emery Roth & Sons, and was known for implementing the ethics of French architect Le Corbusier.

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NYC BECOMES THE CAPITAL

On December 23, 1784: The Continental Congress decided to move the Confederation Capital to New York City. New York remained the capital until 1790. The confederation capital was located in numerous cities over time, as the Congress did not meet in a fixed location.

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JAMES GREGORY

On December 23, 1911: Character actor James Gregory was born in the Bronx. Gregory performed on Broadway for sixteen years before transitioning to film and TV. He is best known for his work in The Manchurian Candidate, Barney Miller, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, and The Lawless Years.

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