On this day, February 4th, 1999, Amadou Diallo, a West African immigrant is shot and killed by four undercover New York City police officers. It was later found that Diallo was unarmed leading to heightened racial tensions in the city.
On this day, February 3rd, 1995 astronaut Eileen Collins becomes the first woman to pilot a Space Shuttle. Collins was born in Palmira, New York and was a former military instructor and test pilot. It was Collins' first spaceflight. The Space Shuttle she piloted left from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The original en:Castello Plan. Full size photograph of manuscript map in the Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana of Florence, Italy. The Castello plan is the earliest known plan of New Amsterdam, and the only one dating from the Dutch period. The text at the top of the image states: "Image of the city Amsterdam in New Netherland". Date 1660 Source New York Public Library, Digital Gallery. Digital ID: 54682, Digital Record ID: 118555. Author Jacques Cortelyou, General Governor of Nieuw Amsterdam at that time.
On this day, February 2nd, 1653, New Amsterdam is incorporated. New Amsterdam was a Dutch colonial settlement and would later be renamed New York in 1667 after the Duke of York.
On this day, February 1st, 1790 the Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time in New York City. They met at the Old Royal Exchange Building which was located on Broad Street near the intersection of Water Street. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States and was created through the implementation of the Judiciary Act of 1789. The Act created the entire judiciary system. The Supreme Court was originally supposed to have six justices although there have been nine throughout its history.
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