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THE LANDMARK LAW

On April 19, 1965: The New York City Landmark Law was signed by Mayor Robert Wagner Jr. and was put into effect. It was a result of public outcry following the demolition of (the original) Pennsylvania Station and the Brokaw Mansions. This law made the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission responsible for preserving, revitalizing, and reusing New York’s architecturally significant buildings.

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THE FIRST 1ST PLACE

On April 19, 1897: The first-ever Boston Marathon was won by New Yorker John McDermott. The marathon was inspired by the successes of the first marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics and is now the world’s oldest annual marathon. It ranks as one of the world’s best-known racing events and is one of six World Marathon Majors.

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