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January 9. 1902

On January 9, 1902, New York state assemblyman Francis G. Landon introduced a bill that would outlaw flirting in public. On January 8, 1902 he previously introduced and had passed a bill that outlawed “looking at women in that certain … Continue reading

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January 8, 1902

On January 8, 1902, the state of New York passed a law that criminalized the act of men turning around on a street and “looking at a woman in that way.” Assemblyman Francis G. Landon, the lawmaker who championed the … Continue reading

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December 29. 1813

On December 29, 1813, during the War of 1812, the British burned Buffalo, New York. The natives barely even noticed.

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August 4, 1735

On August 4, 1735, John Peter Zenger was acquitted of seditious libel. The royal governor of New York had brought the charges from an article written by Mr. Zenger in the New York Weekly Journal. His jury stated that “the … Continue reading

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June 18, 1861

On June 18, 1861 the first American fly-casting tournament was held in Utica, NY. Stranded southern businessman, Gaston Guidry, formerly of Thibadaux, Louisiana, was disqualified when he started fly-fishing with dynamite. Mr. Guidry was quoted as saying, “If you’re not … Continue reading

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June 15, 1907

On June 15, 1907 researcher, George Soper, published the results of his investigation in the typhoid outbreaks in the New York area. He announced that Mary Mallon, a cook, was the likely source. It very rapidly became clear that Ms. … Continue reading

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May 30, 1896

On May 30, 1896, the first automobile accident occurred in New York City. Automobilist Henry Wells of Springfield, Massachusetts struck cyclist Ebeling Thomas with his horseless carriage. Witnesses said that Wells appeared to lose control of his noisy contraption and … Continue reading

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March 8, 1894

On March 8, 1894, the first dog license law was enacted in the state of New York. This was a tiered statute, with different types of licensing for the various classes of dogs. Small dogs, such as a terrier were … Continue reading

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March 2, 1789

On March 2, 1789, Pennsylvania ended its ban on theatrical performances, along with other forms of expensive entertainment. It appears that the Quakers of Pennsylvania were as tight-assed and unloving of fun as the Puritans of Massachusetts were. In 1774 … Continue reading

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February 21, 1857

On February 21, 1857, the US Congress outlawed foreign currency as legal tender in the United States. Up until that time, foreign coin (especially the Spanish dollar) was allowed as legal tender throughout America, with the metal value of the … Continue reading

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