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NY PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENED ITS DOORS

On May 23rd, 1911: The New York Public Library opened at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, and was dedicated by President Taft. Exactly 16 years earlier to the date, the plan to create the public library was first hatched.

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KAREN “DUFF” DUFFY

On May 23, 1962: MTV Video Jockey, model, and actress Karen Duffy was born. She modeled and worked for MTV throughout the early ’90s and appeared in a number of television shows and films such as House of Tiny Terrors.

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NEW YORK’S SIXTH ARCHBISHOP

On May 23, 1939: New York’s sixth Archbishop, Francis Spellman, was installed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. Before studying for the priesthood, Spellman studied at Fordham University. During his tenure as Archbishop of New York, he became a close confidante of President Roosevelt.

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