On this day, January 30th, 1971, New York artist Carole King’s album Tapestry is released. One of her 25 solo albums, Tapestry held the longest charting album by a female solo artist and sold 24 million copies worldwide. King was born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn. She began playing the piano and singing by the time she was eight years old. King would go on to write and perform dozens of chart hits throughout the 1960’s with her former husband, Gerry Goffin. Among the hits they co wrote together are, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Pleasant Valley Sunday”. Goffin and King met while attendingQueens College where she also befriended Neil Sedaka and Paul Simon.
On this day, January 31st, 1752, Gouvernur Morris was born in New York City. Morris was a Statesman and a Found Father of the United States. Although a native of New York City he representedPennsylvania in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He was also a signatory to the Article of Confederation. Morris is also credit was writing large portions of the Constitution including the preamble, he was also a signer.
Morris was exceptionally intelligent and enrolled in King’s College, now Columbia University at the age of 12. He graduated in 1768 and earned his master’s degree in 1771. An advocate of a strong central government, an unpopular idea after the American Revolution, Morris lost the re-election for Congress inNew York in 1779. Shortly thereafter he moved to Philadelphia where he worked as a lawyer and merchant.
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