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ANGIE MARTINEZ

On January 9, 1971: Radio personality Angie Martinez, “The Voice of New York,” was born in the Bronx. After beginning her radio career answering hotlines at Hot 97, Martinez became the protégée of DJ Funkmaster Flex. She hosted the “Afternoon Drive” weekday show on Hot 97, becoming one of the most popular radio hosts in the country, before her recent move to 105.1.

PURCHASING THE PINSTRIPES

On January 9, 1903: Frank J. Farrell and William S. Devery purchased the Baltimore Orioles for $18,000 and moved the franchise to New York City. The team was renamed the Highlanders and eventually became the Yankees.

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WHAT’S A LIBRARY WITH NO BOOKS?

On January 9, 1854: The Astor Library, developed through the collaboration of John Jacob Astor and Joseph Cogswell, opened to the public. Visitors were welcome but no books were actually in the library yet. The use of books began on the first of February.

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