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By On This Day in NYC's History


MODERN ART INVADED

On February 17, 1913: The New York Armory Show, then known as the International Exhibition of Modern Art, introduced the artists Picasso, Matisse and Duchamp to the United States. The show was described as “an invasion of modern art on America.”

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THE YANKEE CLIPPER WENT TO WAR (KIND OF)

On February 17, 1943: Yankees center-fielder Joe DiMaggio enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces. DiMaggio spent his time in the armed forces in Hawaii, Atlantic City, and Santa Ana playing exhibition games, drinking, and tanning.

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BORN ON THIS DAY: MICHAEL JORDAN

On February 17, 1963: Chicago Bulls star and Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Michael Jordan, was born in Brooklyn. One of the best known names in sports history, ranked second on the Associated Press‘s list of athletes of the century, Jordan has found incredible success off the court as well, being the man behind Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers as well as starring in the well known children’s film Space Jam.

 

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