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January 18th In NYC History

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1849...New York's first major library, the Astor Library, is founded on Lafayette Street with money donated by financier John Jacob Astor. The Astor is one of three private libraries that merge to form the New York Public Library in 1895.

1991...After 62 years in the air, New York City-based Eastern Air Lines announces it is shutting down due to bankruptcy.

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