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LIGHTS OUT

On May 18, 1942: Mayor La Guardia instituted practice blackouts and drills as a precaution for air raids. Defense officials realized that the City’s signs, street lamps, and residential lights were the biggest threat, which led to “dim outs.” This required all unnecessary lights be turned off during the night, including stadium lights. This put an end to all baseball night games until the end of World War II.

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A NEW NATION

On May 18, 1951: The United Nations relocated its headquarters to the East Side of Manhattan. The building was designed by renowned architects Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier. Interestingly enough, although the complex is geographically located in New York City, the land is technically considered international territory.

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CANDICE AZZARA

On May 18, 1947:  Stage, television, and film actress Candice Azzara was born in Brooklyn. Azzara performed in the Broadway plays Lovers and Other Strangers, Any Wednesday, and The Moon Is Blue. She was featured in the movies Oceans Twelve, In Her Shoes, and Catch Me If You Can.

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