February 2nd, 1998 ¦¦ Hollywood star Daniel Baldwin is arrested in New York. The noise of a porn movie playing at maximum volume in his Plaza room and Daniel running totally disorientated (and naked) in the halls shouting 'Baaaldwiiin!', had kinda disturbed his neighbours...He is later checked into hospital in serious condition, apparently coming down from a cocaine and drinking binge.
February 2nd, 1653 ¦¦ Fort Amsterdam, a fortified settlement on the Southern tip of Manhattan Island with its citadelle laid out in 1625 to protect the entrance of the Hudson River and to consolidate trading operations, receives municipal rights and becomes a city called 'New-Amsterdam'. This Dutch settlement is to become the city of New-York after it came under English control in 1664 as King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York.
New-York served as the capital city of the U.S. from 1785 to 1790 and has been the biggest U.S. city since 1790.
Many still prefer Old Amsterdam today...
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