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The Wonder City Almanac: May 30, 2013

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May 30, 1883: Six days after the Brooklyn Bridge opens to traffic, a strange noise prompts someone to shout that the bridge is collapsing. A stampede ensues in the panic crushing and killing twelve people and injuring many more. 

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May 30, 1896: The city’s first car accident occurs when a motorist from Massachusetts, Henry Wells, hits a man on a bicycle. He suffers a broken leg and Wells spends a night in jail.  

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May 8th, 1945: The city erupts into spontaneous celebration as it is announced that the Nazi have been defeated and Europe is liberated. Times Square is completely flooded with revelers long into the night. 

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The Wonder City Almanac: May 7, 2013

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May 7, 1789: A week after his inauguration, a group of New York’s upper society sponsor a ball in honor of the first president in Manhattan. His wife, Martha, is not able to attend because she is wrapping up the First couple’s affairs in Mount Vernon.  It is reported that he danced the night away regardless. 

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The Wonder City Almanac: May 6, 2013

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May 6, 1626: Most certainly a defining day in NYC’s history. The Canarsie Indians sell the island of Manhattan to the Dutch East India company. Peter Minuit, governor at the time, is eager to facilitate this transaction because the Dutch are quickly outgrowing their original settlement on Nut Island (Governor’s). Although myth dictates that the island was sold for merely $24 worth of trinkets, the truth of the matter is that it’s closer to 60 guilders which is roughly $2000 dollars in today’s currency. Also, the Canarsie thought they Dutch were merely paying for rights to hunt the island.