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23 Wall Street, also known as the J.P. Morgan Building, is an office building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City, at the southeast corner of Wall Street and Broad Street. The four-story building, designed by Trowbridge & Livingston in the Neoclassical style, was constructed between 1913 and 1914. When it was damaged during the Wall Street bombing in 1920, J.P. Morgan & Co. refused to make repairs to defy the bombers. The building was the firm's headquarters until 1989, when the company moved to 60 Wall Street. During the 2000s, there were plans to convert 23 Wall Street into condominiums. The building was sold in 2008 to interests associated with the billionaire industrialist Sam Pa. It has mostly remained empty, although it has been used for events. The building is a New York City designated landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP); it is also a contributing property to the NRHP-listed Wall Street Historic District. (Full article...)
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On this day
March 30: Land Day in Palestinian communities (1976)
- 1861 – British chemist William Crookes published his discovery of thallium using flame spectroscopy.
- 1867 – U.S. secretary of state William H. Seward negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia for US$7.2 million.
- 1921 – The Australian Air Corps was disbanded, to be replaced the following day by the Australian Air Force.
- 1950 – Usmar Ismail began shooting Darah dan Doa, widely recognised as the first Indonesian film.
- 1981 – John Hinckley Jr. shot and wounded U.S. president Ronald Reagan and three others outside the Washington Hilton (immediate aftermath pictured).
- Kazimierz Łyszczyński (d. 1689)
- Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (d. 1842)
- Celine Dion (b. 1968)
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The Papiermark is the name given to the German currency from 4 August 1914, when the link between the Goldmark and gold was abandoned. In particular, the name is used for the banknotes issued during the period of hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic in 1922 and especially 1923. During this period, the Papiermark was also issued by the Free City of Danzig. The last of five series of the Danzig mark was the 1923 inflation issue, which consisted of denominations of 1 million to 10 billion issued from August to October 1923. The Danzig mark was replaced on 22 October 1923 by the Danzig gulden. This set of Danzig banknotes, in denominations of 100, 500 and 1000 mark, was issued in 1922. These banknotes are part of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
Banknote design credit: Free City of Danzig; scanned by Andrew Shiva
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