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1886...An unemployed Brooklynite named Steve Brodie becomes a star when he claims to have jumped from the Brooklyn Bridge and lived to tell the tale. Brodie is never able to prove his story, but he does cash in on his fame by opening a bar on the Bowery.
2003...A routine afternoon at City Hall is shattered when Brooklyn City Councilman James Davis is shot to death inside the council chambers by his one-time political rival Othneil Askew. A plainclothes officer then shoots and kills Askew. Askew had entered City Hall with Davis, but didn't go through the metal detectors. The shooting leads to increased security at City Hall.
2009... Thousands turn out to honor legendary newsman Walter Cronkite as funeral services are held at St. Bartholomew's Church in Manhattan.