27th October
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1904 New York City Subway Opens

It was opened on this day by Mayor George McClellan. It ran north from City Hall, under Lafayette Street and Park Avenue to Grand Central Station, west along 42nd Street to Times Square, then north on Broadway to 145th Street.

Mayor McClellan drove the first train, which arrived at City Hall Station at 2:35 in the afternoon.

The subway opened to the public at 7pm. The fare for a ride was one nickel.

It was on this day...
1994 US State and Federal Prison Population Exceeds 1,000,000 For The First Time

The figure was actually 1,012,851 men and women and excluded the 500,000 in local prisons.

The US had the number two incarceration rate in the world, second only to Russia.

Most prisoners were men on drug related sentences. Half were of African-American ethnicity, as opposed to only 13% in the general population.

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1946 'Geographic-ally Speaking' becomes the first ever commercially sponsored TV show.
1954 Walt Disney's Disneyland starts it's record breaking run (later to be named Walt Disney Presents and The Wonderful World of Disney).
1954 Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio divorce. DiMaggio had allegedly struck Monroe after she filmed the famous skirt blowing up scene in The Seven-Year Itch.

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