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By On This Day in NYC's History

SKATE ON, MSG!

On February 12, 1879: The first artificial ice rink in North America opened at Madison Square Garden.

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GERSHWIN’S RHAPSODY

On February 12, 1924: Brooklyn native George Gershwin debuted his classic “Rhapsody in Blue” at Aeolian Hall in NYC.

BORN ON THIS DAY: DARREN ARONOFSKY

On February 12, 1969: Director, screenwriter, and producer Darren Aronofsky was born in Brooklyn. Aronofksy has directed five feature films, including the psychological thriller Black Swan (2010), the trailer of which is below: