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February 17th In NYC History

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1943...Yankees slugger Joe Dimaggio joins the Army after waiving his player deferrment. He returns to baseball in 1946.

1953...A federal court in New York delays the executions of convicted Cold War spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg to give them time for a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Their appeal fails and the couple is put to death four months later.

1958...Giants star halfback Frank Gifford signs a movie deal with Warner Brothers.

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