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On August 20, 1958: TV weather forecaster Al Roker was born in Queens. He graduated from Xavier High School before attending SUNY-Oswego where he double majored in graphic design and broadcasting/journalism. Roker got his start as a television journalist in upstate New York before working his way up the ranks of NBC to become the weeknight weather forecaster in 1983. Since then, his career took off and he is now a beloved fixture of the New York television scene.


On August 20, 1990: George Steinbrenner officially stepped down as an active owner of the New York Yankees. He was part of a group of investors who bought the Yankees from CBS in 1973 to the tune of $10 million. Steinbrenner’s time with the Yankees was chaotic, with numerous feuds between him and players in addition to a high turnover of managers. His erratic behavior finally led to this ban from active management, though he is still considered owner.

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On August 20, 1911: The first telegram sent around the world via commercial service was sent from the New York Times offices. The telegram, which read, “This message sent around the world,” was a test to see how fast a message could be sent around the world using a commercial service. After traveling 28,000 miles and being relayed by 16 different operators around the world, the telegram returned to the Times office after 16.5 minutes.

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