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July, 2014

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QueensLine: Singer Guthrie died at Creedmoor in Queens Village

Iconic folk singer, radio host, author and political activist Woody Guthrie’s songs changed the landscape of American music and influenced generations of performers from Bob Dylan to Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen. Comment.
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Queens’ first traffic lights became operational in ‘30

In 1930, Queens got its first traffic lights. They are switched on along the el structure on Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, heralding a line of traffic signals that will extend to Flushing. Comments (1).

June, 2014

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‘26 summer heat wave caused more than 10 deaths in boro

The construction of the Flushing extension of the Corona “L” — today the No. 7 line — was completed from the east side of Flushing Creek to the station at Main Street. Comment.
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‘Unusual’ musical pioneer Lauper called Ozone Park home

Pioneering singer-songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist Cyndi Lauper was born in Boulevard Hospital in Astoria June 22, 1953. Comments (2).

May, 2014

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Queens tackled forming community boards in ‘62

In 1962, people in Queens ask themselves what is a neighborhood and how many neighborhoods are in Queens? Comment.
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Johnson spoke at New York World’s Fair in 1964

In a 1964 speech at the Singer Bowl at the New York World’s Fair site, President Lyndon Johnson called on all Americans to “open wide the door of equality” for 20 million of their fellow black citizens who had been “on the outside looking in” for 200 years. Comment.

April, 2014

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Public servant Grover Whalen oversaw the ‘39 World’s Fair

Business leader, civil servant and 1939 World’s Fair impresario Grover Aloysius Whalen was born in New York City June 2, 1886. Comment.
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Emergency G.I. housing built in Queens in 1946

It is April 1946. A few weeks before, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave an address at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., where he sounded the warning that an “iron curtain” of Soviet domination had descended across Eastern Europe. Comment.

March, 2014

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Despite the Depression, boro public works boomed in ‘31

It was called the Great Depression, a time that undoubtedly was the worst financial crisis in our country’s history. Nearly a third of the workforce was unemployed. A decade wiped off the map, nearly a generation would pass before the country reached the same level of economic activity as the 1920s. Comments (1).
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Singer, activist Belafonte once lived in E. Elmhurst

Born March 1, 1927, at the Lying-in Hospital in Harlem, Harold George Bellafanti Jr. is a singer, actor and political and civil rights activist whose unforgettable presence on the American stage has spanned seven decades. Comment.

February, 2014

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First female lawyer argued case in boro during 1906

Queens in February 1906 found itself a bustling community of rapidly disappearing farms and booming residential and industrial developments. Comment.
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Acting legend John Barrymore once called Bayside home

Known to the world as John Barrymore, stage and screen star John Sidney Blyth was born in Philadelphia Feb. 15, 1882. His English father, Herbert Arthur Chamberlayne Blyth, was a dashing leading man on the late 19th century stage, and his mother, Georgie Drew, was also an accomplished actress. Comment.

January, 2014

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Silent film star Francis X. Bushman once lived in Little Neck

Francis Xavier Bushman was a film and television actor whose career flourished during the silent film era. Born in Baltimore in 1883, he was perhaps best known for the role of Romeo in the 1916 Metro Pictures production of “Romeo and Juliet” as well as that of Messala in the 1925 silent epic “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” Comment.
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Queens was still independent of New York City in 1888

When 1888 dawned, most locals were out for good, innocent, holiday fun. A local paper wrote, “Carriages commenced to flit hither and thither shortly after noon and towards evening the houses commenced to light up and the sounds of merry music and joyous songs reached far out into the starry night and told of the happiness and enjoyment within.” Comments (2).
CNG: Community Newspaper Group