March 5, 1958: An obsolete Sherman tank, named for the Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman and bought on surplus, was used to demolish obsolete housing at 57th Street and Broadway in West New Y...

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May 24, 1983: From the top of the World Trade Center, a view of the Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, on its centennial. Photo: Vic DeLucia/The New York Times

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May 12, 1977: Dolly Parton performed at the Bottom Line in Manhattan, and a subsequent review in The Times announced, “It was a triumph.” Though beset by personal and professional struggles as she restaffed her band and cut some old Nashville ties to appeal to the mainstream pop market, the audience was won over, “and rewarded her with an idolatrous ovation at the end.” Photo: Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times

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Nov. 28, 1977: The first snow of the year fell on Thanksgiving weekend, but cold temperatures did not prohibit shoppers or skaters from taking to the city. “New York is fabulous and depressing, all at the same time,” assessed a visitor from San Francisco who rode the Staten Island Ferry to and fro. “I saw people who looked happy, especially those that were out with their children; but so many people’s faces here look as if they’re working too hard.“ Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times...

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Feb. 22, 1953: At the Worlds Motor Sports Show at Madison Square Garden, the Pegaso ($30,000, not adjusted for inflation), a 280-horsepower Spanish creation with a top speed of 125 miles per hour, was spurned by Johnny Rounds, 6, of Wilton, Conn., in favor of the Italian Lucciola. Photo: Eddie Hausner/The New York Times

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John F. Kennedy’s coffin lies in state beneath the Capitol’s dome, November 1963.Photograph by George F. Mobley, National Geographic

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Nov. 19, 1966: Before they played the Atlanta Falcons at Yankee Stadium, the New York Giants “had special entertainment for youngsters at Yankee Stadium. Personalities on hand included J. Fred Muggs, comedian and would-be kicker,” who, by the sound of the article, couldn’t have hurt the Giants’ chance at an “attempt to do something rare for them—win a professional football game.” Photo: Robert Walker/The New York Times

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An Egyptian belly dancer performs for tourists in a nightclub in Cairo, 1972. Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic Creative

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March 22, 1965: A friendly lioness cub at the A.S.P.C.A. shelter on Beech Street in Manhattan was eventually claimed by the Trefflich Bird and Animal Company, The Times reported in a brief article with the headline, “Lion, Taken for Stroll, Lands in Jail.” Roy F. Thorpe, a 27-year-old trucker and student, was given a summons for “violating the health code by having a wild animal in the streets.” Photo: Allyn Baum/The New York Times

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April 1, 1976: Alfred Hitchcock in his suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. “After knighthood,” the caption read, quoting Hitchcock, “ ‘all that was left was to await death, a few vodkas hastening its advent.’ ” A note on the back of the photograph clarified who was directing the photo shoot: “The picture showing Mr. Hitchcock creeping his way through the plant in his room was his idea.” Hitchcock died the following year. Photo: Jack Manning/T...

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Jan. 22, 1958: New York’s famous skyline was greatly reduced by fog that was part of a storm that disrupted air, sea and automobile traffic, brought the city’s reservoirs to 85 percent capacity and flooded Westchester basements. The Times reported that flights were rerouted, a boat ran aground, a motorist was killed and there was snow in the Midwest. Photo: Arthur Brower/The New York Times

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Princess Grace Kelly in Monaco, 1962. Photograph by Gilbert M. Grosvenor, National Geographic Creative

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Dec. 8, 1961: Victor Trucco, prompter at the Metropolitan Opera for more than 30 years, “the man with the closest view of what happens on the stage,” whose job is to “prod the forgetful and comfort the befuddled; they hurry the dawdlers and restrain the headlong,” according to Howard Taubman’s 1943 reportage. Photo: Sam Falk/The New York Times

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Mar. 29, 1941: A lion roared what our lion lip-readers assured us was disapproval as he paced at rehearsal. Photo: The New York Times

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A woman perches above red algae in a stagnant pool inside Anemone Cave on Mount Desert Island, Maine, September 1952.Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

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Sept. 25, 1968: A Times report lamented that the youngsters weren’t taken out of school for a month each year to go pick the apple crop anymore, or that farm owners’ sons didn’t want to inherit the family farm and that, “Like other villages through the apple country of the Hudson Valley, Red Hook is becoming suburban.” But, its politics were still conservative Republican: A local office-seeker wanted to warn of the dangers of George Wallace, so he told “a racist joke that he said Governor Wallac...

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Portrait of a daughter of Danaus acting in “The Suppliant Maidens” on Mount Parnassus in Greece, December 1930.Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams, National Geographic Creative

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April 1, 1941: Less than a month after the Lend-Lease Act was signed into law, temporary shelters for workers and their families lined up by the Lincoln Memorial for inspection. All while conflict simmered in Europe — a British cruiser, the H.M.S. Voltaire, was sunk by German U-boats in the Atlantic on April 4, and soon after Hitler began bombing Bulgaria. Meanwhile, in Congress, Rep. Carl Vinson of Georgia calls for “separate investigations … into the effect of defense strikes on product...

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Dec. 18, 1969: A neglected block in Brownsville, Brooklyn, where a nationwide Model Cities program — which aimed to bring a holistic improvement regimen to selected neighborhoods in 52 cities — was seen as stumbling. “Half of the program’s first year is gone,” The Times reported, “but only $7.7 million of the year’s allocation of $29 million in Federal funds have been spent.” The mayor blamed a heavy-footed city bureaucracy. “The mood is typified by Prospect Place in Brownsville, flanked by deso...

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Oct. 4, 1944: The showbiz cowboy Roy Rogers, right, helped Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia with a new gold-buckled belt, presented on the occasion of the Nineteenth Annual World’s Championship Rodeo at Madison Square Garden. The show promised “honest-to-goodness cowboys” competing for prizes in competitions as diverse as “wild cow milking,” calf-roping, riding and wrestling. “I urge all New Yorkers to attend this show,” the mayor said from the steps of City Hall. “It’s natural, it’s spontaneous, an...

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lostslideshows: “In the Crib” - 1954 *Is it weird to keep the dog treats by the baby’s crib?

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Nov. 20, 1969: “I equate a fully trained attack dog in the home with leaving a loaded, cocked pistol on the kitchen table,” explained one dog “dealer” in The Times. An article reported on an increase in guard dogs — especially in businesses — in America’s cities, as an answer to fears of rising crime. Lodi, a German shepherd trained at Nova Kennels and Training Academy in Brooklyn, was photographed for the occasion. Photo: Librado Romero/The New York Times

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A young vendor at the market in Fort de Kock, Indonesia, poses by her peppers, February 1930.Photograph by W. Robert Moore, National Geographic

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A brief taut with mystery and suspense, in the paper of March 11, 1953: Gloria Teich, of Riverside Drive, seemed to think her vehicle was sinking as she tried to unlock it for an afternoon drive. “Astonished by the strange occurrence, she stood for a moment, staring. Sure enough, it was sinking slowly into the earth. By the time Mrs. Teich collected her wits sufficiently to attempt to drive the car away, it was too late.” The culprit was determined to be a water main leak, and the car was towed...

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July 28, 1978: A water main break in Bushwick, Brooklyn, rendered Decatur Street “a scene of contrasts.” A 48-inch pipe had burst at about 4:25 a.m., sending millions of gallons into the street, “shot up through the asphalt like a geyser.” Children played while residents fretted about the damage — and the delayed response. “Bushwick is a forgotten place,” The Times quoted Anne Norris, “but we are damn good taxpayers here.” Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

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