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July 17th In NYC History

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1901...Millionaire industrialist Andrew Carnegie says he'll build 65 public libraries and donate them to the city. One of the most renowned is in Richmond Hill, Queens.

1938...Aviator Douglas Corrigan earns the nickname "Wrong Way Corrigan" after he takes off from New York for California and ends up in Ireland the next day.

1941...Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak is snapped in a game with the Cleveland Indians.

1947...19,000 fans brave rain and thunderstorms to hear bass-baritone Paul Robeson sing with the New York Philharmonic at Lewisohn Stadium.

1960...Lexington Avenue becomes one-way downtown and Third Avenue is made one-way uptown.

1996...Just minutes after takeoff from Kennedy Airport, TWA Flight 800, bound for Paris, explodes off the coast of Long Island. The jetliner splits in two and crashes into the ocean killing all 230 passengers and crew. After an unprecedented four-year investigation, the NTSB concludes that the crash was caused by an explosion in the plane's center fuel tank, most likely sparked by faulty wiring. Despite controversy in 2013, the NTSB stands by that ruling.

2009... Legendary newsman Walter Cronkite, once dubbed "the most trusted man in America," dies at his home in Manhattan at the age of 92.

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