Bruce Bennett/Getty Images News/Getty Images
By On This Day in NYC's History


BEEP! BEEP!

On November 21, 1964: The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, connecting the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn, opened to traffic. The double-decker bridge today carries almost 200,000 passengers a day. The bridge also appears in a 1966 episode of Batman, renamed as the fictional Amerigo-Columbus Bridge.

131642753 628x418 On This Day in NYCs History: The Verrazano Bridge Opening
Christ Trotman/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

 

LIGHT ‘EM UP

On November 21, 1871: Moses Gale, of Brooklyn, obtained the first patent for a cigar lighter, described as an “improvement in cigar lighters”. Bic, one of the world’s premiere lighter manufacturers, has well over $2 billion in assets.

106669093 628x444 On This Day in NYCs History: The Verrazano Bridge Opening
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

 

GEORGE ZIMMER

On November 21, 1948: Founder and former executive chairman of Men’s Wearhouse, George Zimmer was born in New York City. The chain, which has over 1,200 retail locations across the country, used Zimmer in many of its commercials and featured his catchphrase “You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.”