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By On This Day in NYC's History

A TRANSIT LAST

On April 6, 1957: Trolley service for public transportation ended in New York City. Trollies were introduced in the 1920’s, but ultimately got in the way of automobiles, leading to their eventual discontinuation.

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TEMPLE EMANU-EL

On April 6, 1945: Temple Emanu-El, the first Reform Jewish congregation in the United States, formed when a group of German immigrants met at a Lower East Side home. Located on Fifth Avenue, the congregation now meets in the largest, and some say the most beautiful, synagogue in the world.

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BILLY DEE WILLIAMS

On April 6, 1937: Actor Billy Dee Williams was born in New York City. Many recognize Williams from his role as Lando Calrissian in the films Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

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