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March 12th In NYC History

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1888..."The Great Blizzard" continues pounding New York. On Wall Street, a statue of George Washington is nearly hidden beneath the snow.

1929...Beth Israel Hospital moves to its present site on East 17th Street in Manhattan.

1955..."The King of Bee-Bop," sax player Charlie Parker, dies of heart failure at the Stanhope Hotel.

2008...After 14 months in office, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns his post. His resignation comes two days after shocking allegations that the former attorney general had been a client of a high-priced prostitution ring. Five days later, Lt. Gov. David Paterson is sworn in as governor.

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