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By On This Day in NYC's History

DEADLY FIRE IN BROOKLYN

On December 5, 1876: A catastrophic fire, known as the Brooklyn Theater Fire, broke out at the Brooklyn Theater and killed at least 278 people. It was one of the greatest fires in NYC history.

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FIRST IN NATION, NO DISCRIMINATION

On December 5, 1957: New York City became the first city in the United States to legislate against racial and/or religious discrimination in the housing market by adopting the Fair Housing Practices Law.

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BORN ON THIS DAY: CARRIE HAMILTON

On December 5, 1963: Actress Carrie Hamilton, daughter of Carol Burnett and Joe Hamilton, was born in New York City. Hamilton passed away in 2002 from cancer.

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