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OCCUPY WALL STREET

On September 17, 2011: The Occupy Wall Street demonstration began in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. Protesters were eventually forced out of Zuccotti Park months later in November, but it didn’t stop the ‘We are the 99%’ movement.

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KRUSHCHEV IN THE WALDORF

On September 17, 1959: Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev got stuck in an elevator at the Waldorf Astoria during his stay in NYC while visiting the States for a frenzied 13 days. He called the incident a “capitalist malfunction.” Remember that phrase the next time you find yourself stuck in an elevator.

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CONSTANTINE MAROULIS

On September 17, 1975: American Idol contestant turned Broadway performer Constantine Maroulis was born in Brooklyn. He earned a Tony nod for his lead role in Rock of Ages.