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November, 2016

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A November of tunnels, buses and conflicts

On Nov. 8, 1939, the Queens-Midtown Tunnel was holed-through at 11:45 a.m., when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, dressed as a sandhog, set off a blast that pierced the last 6 feet of rock. Postmaster General James Farley and Queens Borough President George Harvey were among the dignitaries who spoke at the ceremonies at the Manhattan entrance to the tunnel. The Queens entrance was still under construction. The tunnel opened to traffic N Comment
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Maspeth Marine wins Medal of Honor

Lance Corporal Thomas P. Noonan, Jr. was a United States Marine posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for selfless gallantry while serving in the Vietnam War. Comments (1)

October, 2016

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When Pope Paul VI visited the New York World’s Fair

Pope Paul VI, perhaps the world’s most famous individual, was the first pope ever to visit the United States. On Oct. 4, 1965 the pope said mass at Yankee Stadium to an audience of 90,000 people. And to a country embroiled in the Vietnam War, Pope Paul preached a 15-minute homily on peace, telling the crowds that “Politics do not suffice to sustain a durable peace.” Another item on the pontiff’s schedule wa Comment
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How life was in Queens on the brink of war

On Sept. 1 Queens, not to mention the nation as a whole, was on the cusp of great change as 1941 drew to a close. Comment

August, 2016

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Astoria’s first subway line caused controversy

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Times/Ledger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comments (1)

June, 2016

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Hello, Idlewild Airport; Goodbye, United Nations

Suppose you could afford your own plane and might decide to bypass the daily commute? In June 1948 Queens residents were watching with interest preparations for the official opening of the New York International Airport at Idlewild (now known as JFK Airport). On June 28 practice flights and landings began. Capt. Douglas Larsen piloted the first commercial plane to land at the new airport, a Peruvian International Airways DC-4. Comment
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Barbara Bush’s legacy had its start in Flushing

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Times–Ledger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history. Comments (3)

May, 2016

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Best-selling author started his career in Queens

Best-selling author, sports journalist and musician Mitch Albom was born on May 23, 1958 in Passaic, N.J. Best known for his 1997 bestseller “Tuesdays with Morrie,” which shares insights from a terminally ill college professor, Albom is also one of the premier sports writers of his generation as well as an accomplished pianist and songwriter. He has founded eight charities focused on helping the neediest in Detroit, where h Comment

April, 2016

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Borough president’s daughter makes her mark in space

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Times–Ledger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comment
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When Shea Stadium was the newest game in town

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the TimesLedger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comment

March, 2016

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Spring 1954 had good memories, bad omens

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the TimesLedger Newspapers presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comment
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A son of Queens leaves unique legal legacy

United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Gregory Scalia was born in Trenton, N.J. on March 11, 1936 and grew up on O’Connell Court in the Elmhurst section of Queens. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the nation’s highest court in 1986, Justice Scalia became known in his 30-year career on the Supreme Court for his religious, political and social conservatism, perhaps best illustrated by his originalist interpre Comment

February, 2016

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Success on the silver screen for a son of Queens

Talented, widely acclaimed and prolific actor and director John Michael Turturro was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 28, 1957. Appearing in over 60 films, Turturro has worked with Spike Lee on nine features and has acted in four Coen Brothers movies. He comes from a family of actors; his brother Nicholas starred in the TV series “NYPD Blue” and his cousin Aida is best known for her role as Janice in “The Sopranos.” Comment
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The state of the borough’s real estate in 1959

In conjunction with the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Times–Ledger newspaper presents noteworthy events in the borough’s history Comment

January, 2016

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When the borough braced for World War II

It was 1939, and the sixth anniversary of German Fuehrer Adolf Hitler’s rise to power on Jan. 30, 1933 was at hand. The world was arming for war. In Washington, President Roosevelt proposed to Congress a $9,000,000,000 budget for 1940, to arm for defense and spend for recovery. Comment
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How a Maspeth boy became ‘The Last Don’

Born on Jan. 10, 1943 in New York City, Joseph Charles Massino is a former member of the Italian Mafia who was the boss of the Bonanno crime family from 1991 to 2004. During his 13 years running the crime syndicate, the powerful Massino was known as “The Last Don,” as he was the only New York mob leader at the time not in prison. However, he is perhaps best known as the first boss of one of the notorious five Mafia fami Comments (4)
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